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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2015

"And the days wind down to a precious few…." As one who remembers when "resolution" popularly referred to promises instead of screens, I implore you not to get too worked up about trying to become a different person, and instead work one-day-at-a-time to be a better version of your own magnificent selves.

WEATHER

Continued cold (highs in the upper 30s at most; lows in the 20s) but dry, with partial clouds, through the New Year's holiday. 

There's an air stagnation warning in effect at least through Monday morning. (West Seattle Blog)

A UW researcher's enlisting volunteers to peruse the records of 19th Century whaling boats, hoping to glean long-term climate trends from their weather accounts. (KPLU)

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NOW YOU SEE IT…

Here's the local startup that makes material to make art on concrete and other surfaces, that's only visible when the surface is wet. (KIRO-TV)

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YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

If more Washington students don't agree to take statewide exams next spring, the Feds could impose sanctions. (SeaTimes)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Seattle's in a three-way tie for America's fastest-rising home prices. (PS Biz Journal)

And we've got the eighth-highest rents in the country. (PS Biz Journal)

Josh Feit finds that we've built a lot of housing units for the homeless and recently homeless (40,000 in a decade); but more people end up on the streets every year than get off of them. (Seattle Met)

SIC TRANSIT

Could Belltown and/or South Lake Union get their own light rail stops in the next Sound Transit construction phase? (KING)

MOVING STORIES

White Pass won't fully reopen until next summer. (KPLU)

Those states whose driver's licenses might not be enough ID for airplane flights (even domestic flights) next year? Washington's now one of 'em. (AP)

ECO

Local orca populations are doing great; "back from the brink" even. But will it last? (Crosscut)

Illegal dumping in Seattle's up 75 percent over last year. (KIRO-TV)

AG

Washington farmers produced a record hop crop this year. But the 6 percent increase came from an 11 percent increase in the acreage used to grow them, hiding losses from heat and drought. (AP)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

The UW's landed a $16 million grant from the National Science Foundation, to develop implantible devices to "fix" paralyzed limbs. (GeekWire)

An anonymous local man sells a medical office for $5.8 mil; donates the proceeds to a charity for the blind. (PI.com)

The state still allocated funds to clear its backlog of untested rape kits. (KING) 

UPDATE

The software glitch that got some Washington prisoners prematurely assigned for release? It was known; and there was a planned fix for it. That fix was delayed 16 times in three years, for reasons not yet disclosed. (Meanwhile, the early-released prisoners are starting to be re-confined.) (AP)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Protesters took to downtown streets Tuesday evening, calling attention to mass killings of ethnic Oromos in Ethiopia and demanding the U.S. stop supporting Ethiopia's regime. (KIRO-TV)

The Human Rights Campaign gave Seattle, Bellevue, and Olympia perfect "100" scores on "LGBT inclusiveness." (Olympian)

TODAY IN SAD

Two boats and a boathouse were totaled in a fire at a Harbor Island marina. (KIRO-TV)

A Civil Air Patrol search-and-rescue plane crashed into a downtown Anchorage office building, killing the pilot. The building houses a law office employing the pilot's wife. (AP)

TODAY IN ICK

A 72-year-old former chiropractic-association leader was charged in Gig Harbor with 16 counts of possessing child porn. He'd been previously convicted of that in '04. (KIRO-TV)

DRINK

Wine World (and Spirits), the indie "big box" beverage palace at the former motor inn off of I-5 in Wallingford, is closing after six years, at least for now. The place has a buyer, but he hasn't passed Liquor Board approval yet. (Eater) 

SPORTS

UW women's basketball downed WSU 79-64. At Colorado Saturday.

A long look at Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and the suburban megachurch of his choice. (ESPN the Magazine)

TONIGHT

Digable Planets. (Moore)

"You Get a Spoon!," "variety show/audience prize giveaway" with Chris Duffy. (Annex Theatre)

Dwarves, Piston Ready, Go Like Hell, Stuntmen. (El Corazon)

Seattle Symphony presents Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with guest vocalists. (Benaroya Hall)

Random Rab, Saqi, Willdabeast. (Nectar)

Freudian Slurp. (Triple Door)

"Tainted Tales: Eggnog Hangover." (Kremwerk)

INSIDE

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QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Arthur Miller, "The Crucible"):

“I may think of you softly from time to time. But I’ll cut off my hand before I ever reach for you again.”

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