---

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2016

Sure enough, the first working weekday of the year has brought huge news, locally and among our neighbors to the south (see below). Slow News Season is over.

WEATHER

Showers; temps above freezing. Possible sun breaks Wednesday.

---

END OF AN ERA

As rumored yesterday, Rep. Jim McDermott, 79, is retiring from Congress at the end of his 14th term early next year. A psychiatrist, McDermott was one of the House's most reliably (and defiantly) progressive voices. Aside from a few years in the late 1980s, he's been in either Congress or the state legislature since 1971. (Slog)

State Rep. Bradley Walkinshaw already announced his candidacy for McDermott's seat; many others are now expected to also run. (Knute Berger)

In more expected political news, the Seattle Channel's got video of the City Council inauguration; including Kshama Sawant's speech describing her ideal world, where "the resources of the major corporations" would be brought under "democratic public ownership."

---

NONE DARE CALL IT TERRORISM

What can we call the 150 white armed militia doodz occupying an Oregon nature reserve? Some onilne wags are calling them #VanillaISIS or #YallQueda. (Salon)

So far, none of the Republican Presidential candidates will state support for the occupiers. (CNN)

Here's a backgrounder on the recent history of "Patriot Movement paramilitaries in Oregon." (Rural Organizing Project)

Sally Kohl at the Daily Beast blames the Ammon Bundy siege on the lack of suitable punishments after the Cliven Bundy siege. 

Meanwhile, the father-and-son ranchers whose convictions for setting fires on federal land inspired the occupation have reported to prison. (TPM)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The FAA doesn't want that proposed 101-story downtown tower. The agency claims something that tall in that place could be a hazard to aircraft flying to or from Boeing Field, and to emergency helicopters going to Harborview. (PS Biz Journal)

LABOR PANES

Joint Base Lewis-McChord plans to cut about 5 percent of its civilian labor force (some 900 people) over the next few years. (News Tribune via AP)

TO YOUR HEALTH

Could we get more low-income dental care if Washington allowed "dental therapists" (a designation being fought by the state dentists' lobby) to perform simple procedures? (SeaTimes)

The state's asking a U.S. District Court to let it delay speeding up mental-health evaluations of accused law violators, so it can improve conditions at Western State first. (SeaTimes)

In Oregon you can now get birth control without a prescription. (CBS)

A few pharmacists want the State Supreme Court to review the ruling that pharmacists have to provide emergency contraception (including "Plan B") to women who seek it. (AP)

WORD OF PRAISE

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch salutes a Seattle-area anti-trafficking task force. (CS Monitor)

O GIVE ME A HOME

"Seattle is too expensive for the artists who help it boom." (KUOW)

Union Gospel Mission's running out of blankets to give to the homeless. (KCPQ)

One potential way to build affordable housing: mixed-income developments with "complex financing." (Boston Globe)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

An alliance of local legal organizations has issued "a shared vision to end youth incarceration." (South Seattle Emerald)

Two state senators from Spokane have a scheme to re-legalize publicly-funded charter schools, by putting them under ostensible school-district supervision. (SeaTimes)

And the Seattle Education blog has harsh words about charter schools, which it calls a "money laundering" operation from taxpayers to private operators.

TWO WHEELS GOOD

The long-planned Westlake bike path is finally under construction. (SeaTimes)

VANISHING SEATTLE

Caffe Vita on East Pike has closed its truly lovely and quiet upstairs seating room, which will now become "employees only." (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

R.I.P.

Robert Stigwood, 81, ran the RSO record label, masterminded the Bee Gees' career, and produced "Saturday Night Fever," "Grease," "Xanadu," and (er) "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band: The Movie." (NYT)

SPORTS

Will a rehabbing Marshawn Lynch be ready to play for the Seahawks on Wild Card Sunday? (KCPQ)

Both former L.A. NFL teams want to move back; so do the San Diego Chargers. (KCPQ)

TONIGHT

Patti Smith. (Moore)

Jeremy Pelt Power Quintet. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed)

Delvon Lamarr. (Royal Room)

Tsurimi Records presents "4 Hours to Live," with Trimtab, Sonic Medicine, videos, and DJ sets. (Chop Suey)

Margaret Malone, discussing her story collection "People Like You." (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Circular Reasoning, The Cosmic Shuffle. (High Dive)

Seattle Poetry Slam. (Re-bar)

INSIDE

This is the 150th MISCmedia MAIL, for those of you keeping track of such things (I'm not). Thanks again for all who've read and supported this venture thus far.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Catenary"

---

For more laffs n' insights,

check out MISCmedia.com!

---

If you find this service at all useful,

then consider a voluntary recurring donation.

---

Have an event you want plugged? A story you want written about? Send an email here.

---

And tell your friends (hey, even your enemies)

to subscribe at this handy link!

(now with embedded graphic links for your own site and/or social-media presence)

---