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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2015

"Christmas Time Is Here…" Time to survive the relatives, politely decline any demands to be "happy," and think of hopeful new beginnings. And to read MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Rain decreasing through the day. Still a mightily-slight chance of a little overnight snow. Mostly clear and cold through the holiday weekend.

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GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST

This time of year, many local old-timers recall the cheap but loveable Christmas trees sold by the long-gone Chubby and Tubby stores. But now, the local hardware/sporting-goods chain's Rainier outlet (seen above in 2001) has blossomed anew with immigrant-run businesses. (KUOW)

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT(S)

Income inequality, and the decline of "mainstream middle class" culture, have greatly impacted holiday shopping. (CS Monitor)

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS YET TO COME?

Seth Kolloen and Tatiana Gill ponder what would happen if, as some here wish, Amazon would just disappear. (Weekly)

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FISH TALES

The Feds now recognize "Alaska Pollock" as a place-based "appellation" (to use the French nomenclature). That means fish caught in Russia and processed in China can't be called "Alaska…" in U.S. stores. (PS Biz Journal)

Speaking of fishy names, should we demand that genetically-modified salmon be called something other than "salmon"? (Knute Berger)

A LITTLE LIGHT READING

A study concludes that more lights in Cal Anderson Park won't prevent all gay-bashing assaults in and near there, but it could still help. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR…

Hookah lounges are not "criminal hotspots," according to data analysis. (Weekly) 

WHY A DUCK?

Even as Ride the Ducks gets the state go-ahead to run some of its vehicles again, more lawsuits against the company are emerging. (KING)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The "tiny house" homeless camp at 23rd and Jackson is coming together. (KING) 

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Spokane's police chief quit after allegations of sexual harassment (which he still denies). The local NOW chapter has filed a complaint against the city's mayor, saying he didn't do enough to control the police department's "hostile" environment. (Spokesman-Review via AP)

TEL AVIV

One in five young adults has quit cable or satellite service. (And I bet every one of them is haughtily boasting about how many years it's been since they've watched "teh-levision.") (GeekWire)

MOVING STORIES

You know those private shuttle buses used by Amazon and Microsoft, among others? A company now wants to offer them for everyone, for $4 a ride (with monthly discounts) and limited stops. (GeekWire)

I HAVE THE POWER!

Pot growing, legal and othwise, can use up a LOT of electricity. (Bloomberg)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

A Vancouver, WA woman charges that a clinic sterilized her without her consent, while she was sedated for a C section. (PI.com)

NIGHTLIFE

Marcus "Ursula Android" Wilson has quit as bar manager of Pony, the hit Capitol Hill gay dance club he'd helped create. (Slog)

LABOR PANES

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court could vastly restrict the power of government-employee unions. They're one of the Democrats' biggest campaign contributors, and right-wingers are adamant about crippling them. (KLPLU)

Starting in January, most of Microsoft's "permatemps" (or "external staff," in the firm's official parlance) will have to take six months off for every 18 months they've been working. (GeekWire)

Also starting in January, the city's minimum wage clicks up again, to $13 an hour for some larger employers. (SeaTimes)

THE LAZY B

As we mentioned earlier, Boeing's plane deliveries are up even as its local job rolls are down. (SeaTimes)

BIZ

An online invoicing company named Seattle the country's #1 city for small businesses. (PS Biz Journal)

It's official: Central Co-Op/Madison Market's merging with the much smaller Tacoma Food Co-Op. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

At almost the same starting time (11 and 11:20 a.m. respectively) on Boxing Day morning, WSU meets Miami in football's Sun Bowl at El Paso, and the UW meets Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Meanwhile, Art Thiel asks the reasonable question, does anybody (other than ESPN and alumni boosters) need so many bowl games (40!) that teams such as the 6-6 Huskies can get into one?

Seahawks' home closer against the (for now) St. Louis Rams Sunday.

Gonzaga slammed Loyola Marymount 85-62. At Santa Clara New Year's Eve.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Holiday pageant with the Yule Loggers, Best Band from Earth, Butt Dial. (Blue Moon, Thurs)

Misfits' Christmas Eve. (Poco Wine + Spirits, Thurs)

"Fiddler on the Roof" singalong. (SIFF Cinema Uptown, Fri)

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. (Jazz Alley, Sat thru Wed)

The "Toxic Avenger" Musical. (Renton Civic Theater, Sat)

"Twisted Flicks: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." (Jet City Improv, Sat)

Garlic Man & Chikin, Project Wonder Bread. (High Dive, Sat)

Avatar Darko, Ugly Frank, more. (Crocodile, Sat)

Diminished Men, Skerik. (Blue Moon, Sat)

Duke Ellington's "Sacred Music," with Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. (Benaroya Hall, Sat)

She Is We, Amanda Markley, Amsterdam Knight, Afterwords. (El Corazon, Sat)

Winterfest ice sculpting. (Seattle Center, Sat, free)

EarDr.Umz, the MetroGnome, DJ smerk, Ray Skjelberd's Yeti Chasers. (Royal Room, Sat)

Pornadoes. (Triple Door, Sat)

Total Request Live Night: Ugly Sweaters Edition. (Nectar, Sat)

René Hart, Skerik, Thomas Marriott, Dawn Clement. (Royal Room, Sun)

Hardly Boys, Dale Patchouli, Jiu Jitsu, Animal Camera. (Lo-Fi, Sun)

Hot Chip. (Neumos, Sun)

INSIDE

Unless there's big breaking news, don't expect a MISCmedia MAIL on Xmas Day. We'll be back Monday with the usual flotsam & jetsam of local affairs.

Meanwhile, keep sending in your nominations for this year's MISCmedia In/Out List.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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