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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015

It's another "slow news week." But MISCmedia MAIL continues to inform you about whatever does happen around here.

WEATHER

Continued cold and cloudy but dry.

Wednesday, meanwhile, could be our first day without any rain all month! (SeaTimes)

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SCARE STORY OF THE WEEK

Here's the interactive map just put up online, that shows just how your neighborhood would be decimated by a "Really Big One" earthquake or other mega-disaster. (KUOW)

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DESIGN FOR LIVING

The Atlantic discovers what are known here as "aPodments®;" only it calls them "dorms for grownups."

Meet Susan Surface (her real name), who grew up in Steilacoom, has worked at everything from Cirque du Soleil to a dildo factory, and is now running the local branch of the American Institute of Architects' "Design in Public" enterprise. There and elsewhere, she advocates that architects and designers need to plan with the people in mind. (Stranger)

TODAY IN FALSE ALARMS

A hand grenade (real, but emptied of explosives) was found near a grade school in SeaTac. (KCPQ)

THE RACE IS ON

The family that founded KING-TV once had a slave plantation in the South. The family's currently most prominent member discusses that legacy with Jerry Large.

ON AND OFF THE AIR

The head of the UW Board of Regents sez the U will "gladly step aside" from merging KUOW and KPLU, if a "community buyer" for the latter station emerges. (Joel Connelly)

ECO

Sometime last week, someone dumped 250-300 gallons of oil into a marsh near a Kent induatrial park. Dept. of Ecology crews only started cleaning it up on Monday. (KCPQ)

LABOR PANES

Five City Council members officially support a unionization drive among UW doctors. (SeaTimes)

Labor groups and others are promoting an initiative campaign to raise the minimum wage, and establish paid family leave, statewide. (PubliCola)

FEEDING FRENZY

Piatti's Restaurant in U Village apologized to a local mom, after a waiter told her to cover up while breastfeeding. (KIRO-TV)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Education advocate Robin Lake says that when the Legislature finally gets around to fully funding public schools, it should allocate that money to indivual students, so schools can choose how to best spend it. (News Tribune)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

That "revenue-neutral" carbon tax initiative could lead to massive state budget deficits, a legislative-staff study concludes. (SeaTimes)

Should the State Patrol lower its recruiting standards to counteract massive staff attrition? (KCPQ)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Tent City 4's new interim location is far from bus routes, social services, or jobs. (KIRO-TV) 

VANISHING BELLINGHAM

Six industrial tanks from the mostly-demolished Georgia Pacific paper plant in B'ham could be preserved as a waterfront park. (B'ham Herald)

GAYS OF OUR LIVES

An Oregon bakery that denied to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple has finally paid a state-ordered damage award of $135,000. (AP) 

THE BIG A

Amazon Prime got three million new members in just one week. (PS Biz Journal)

Amazon's third office tower, on the old Toyota of Seattle block, will start construction in the fall. (PS Biz Journal) 

MS BEHAVIOR

The Microsoft campus could get 10-story buildings, but not just yet. (SeaTimes)

BIZ/ECONOMY

Talking Rain, the Preston-based maker of (the yummy) Sparkling Ice beverages, may sell out to Japanese beer giant Asahi for $415 million. (SeaTimes)

The Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle has a new interim president. Her name is Neepaporn Boungjaktha-Stremme, but you can call her "A." (PS Biz Journal)

R.I.P.

George "Meadowlark" Lemon, 83, was the Harlem Globetrotters' star player during the comedy basketball team's '60s-'70s heyday. (USAT)

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, 70, played in Hawkwind and several other UK bands before fronting Motorhead for four decades. He also narrated Troma Films' "Tromeo and Juliet." (Consequence of Sound)

SPORTS

UW men's basketball lost to UC Santa Barbara, 83-78. Home vs. UCLA (conference opener) New Year's night.

UW women's basketball at WSU tonight.

TONIGHT

Racer Sessions starring Hines/Zermanovic Duo. (Cafe Racer, free)

21st Century Science Fiction Book Club discusses "Broken Monsters" by Lauren Beukes. (Ada's Technical Books)

"Klondike: The Last Adventure," theatre performance about a young woman during the Klondike gold rush. (Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Museum, thru Thurs)

"The Book of Mormon" return engagement. (Paramount, thru Jan. 10)

Red Fang, Helms Alee, Wild Throne. (Neumos)

Blag Dahlia (Dwarves), Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age) acoustic set. (Crocodile)

Amy Viking, Select Level, Screens. (Tractor)

The Bobs, Sweetspot Combo, Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse, Geoffrey Daniels. (Triple Door)

INSIDE

Still seeking your nominations for our massive annual MISCmedia In/Out List.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Stochastic"

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