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MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016

It was Snow Day Sunday! At least for short periods of time, depending where you were. A beautiful way to start the working year.

WEATHER

Snow gives way to rain showers, sunbreaks; lows above freezing.

Burn bans have been lifted in King and Snohomish counties. (AP)

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TODAY AT MISCMEDIA.COM

It's a leap year, and it's a bigger-than-usual MISCmedia In/Out list, delineating what will become torrid and tepid over the next 366.

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TODAY IN STANDOFFS

Right-wing militia doodz, including Cliven Bundy's son, continue their armed occupation of a federal wildlife-refuge office in Burns, OR. Apparently they believe laws against damaging protected lands are an assault on personal freedom or something like that. But they're white, so the media won't call them terrorists or thugs of course. (KUOW)

WATCH THIS SPACE

Will Jim McDermott announce he's not running for a 15th Congressional term? We may learn today. (KING)

UPDATES & CORREX

The dead baby orca that washed up on Vancouver Island last week was not from any of the pods that hang out in Puget Sound. (SeaTimes)

Here's a correct link to Thursday's blurb about Washington driver's licenses possibly not being sufficient ID to get on commercial flights later this year. (KING)

VANISHING SEATTLE

Despite being the oldest continually active gay bar in the western U.S., Pioneer Square's Double Header Tavern closed quietly on New Year's Eve. (Jetspace Studio)

The campaign to save and move the famous Ballard "spite house" failed, so the structure will likely come down. (PS Biz Journal)

AFTER THE DISASTER

A fire at a south Everett apartment complex left one dead and more than 100 homeless. (KING)

AG

Washington farmers and related industries lost over a third of a billion from last year's droughts and fires. (SeaTimes)

OIL'S NOT WELL

Cheap oil means delays in developing and monetizing alternative fuel sources, including tree-based biofuels here. (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

A King County Superior Court judge dismissed another challenge to SeaTac's $15/hour minimum wage. (SeaTimes)

UW administrators rejected newly unionized medical residents' initial contract demands. (SeaTimes)

BUH-BYE NOW

Seattle's new gun law has already had one effect: a gun shop's moving to Lynnwood. (KIRO-TV)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Now that the old Olympia Brewery has a buyer, what'll become of it? A hotel or convention center are among the more likely options. (Olympian)

In a surprise to absolutely no one, the gas station next to the U District Safeway's doomed for more mixed-use blah. (Seattle In Progress)

MOVING STORIES

A group promoting "transit-oriented development" on Capitol Hill got a $10,000 City grant. (Capitol Hill Times)

Uber "surge pricing" reached almost 10 times normal rates in some places on New Year's. (GeekWire)

LEGAL

The State Supreme Court upheld a Seattle law stating there's no Second Amendment right to carry kitchen knives in public. (PI.com)

MINOR CRISES

Twice on Friday, Edmonds police stopped the same car. The driver ended up in a ditch outside an office park. (PI.com)

A car crashed into a Lakewood gym, injuring a man on an elliptical trainer. (If he'd only been running for real….) (News Tribune)

TECH TALCH

An industry analyst sez 2016 will see a "206 area code street battle" between Amazon and Microsoft to dominate cloud computing services. (PS Biz Journal)

R.I.P.

Doug Walker, 64, co-founded the WRQ software company, and served on the boards of Fred Hutch and REI. He also had many environmental and charitable gigs, including the Wilderness Society and the Seattle Parks Foundation. He died in an apparent avalanche while hiking near Granite Mountain. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

The Seahawks routed the Arizona Cardinals 36-6 to end their regular season. They'll play at Minnesota in a wild-card playoff game Sunday.

UW men's basketball took two overtimes Friday to achieve its first win over UCLA in three years, 96-93. Then on Sunday, the Huskies came back from a 22-point deficit to edge USC 87-85. At WSU next Saturday.

UW women's basketball beat Colorado 76-74 Saturday. At Utah tonight.

Gonzaga edged Santa Clara 79-77 Thursday, and beat San Francisco 102-94 in OT Saturday. Home vs. Portland next Saturday.

TODAY

City Council swearing-in. (City Hall, 2 p.m.)

TONIGHT

Patti Smith. (Moore, thru Tues)

Run Forever, Looming, more. (Black Lodge)

Siamak Vossoughi, reading from his story collection "Better Than War." (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

"Revelry!," burlesque revue. (Naked City Brewery)

Trio Guayoyo. (Triple Door)

Tanya Montana Coe, Shane Tutmarc. (Tractor)

Freeway Park, Fonzarelli. (Sunset)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Haruki Murakami):

“Memories are what warm you up from the inside. But they're also what tear you apart.”

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