One month back from the winter solstice and things still seem mighty dim outside. At least they did Thursday, with overcast skies and rain about as heavy as it ever gets here. Things are supposed to be a little better today. 


Rain decreasing, with sunbreaks possible, through the weekend.

Yesterday's rain was so hard in Aberdeen, a school building flooded and ceiling tiles fell to the floor. (KIRO-TV)



The stoic old four-story office building on Second between Pike and Pine? The one that housed Amazon's second main office, the Art Bar (seen above in 2001), and the Noc Noc dance club, and now houses an Elysian brewpub? Doomed, natch. Plans for the high-rise to replace it show upper floors separated from the street by an above-street-level (i.e., non-public) outdoor plaza. (PS Biz Journal)



A King County Superior Court judge ruled that Tim Eyman's Initiative 1366 unconstitutional on several grounds. The measure, which would have cut the state sales tax unless Legislators passed a constitutional amendment to only allow future tax increases with a "supermajority" vote, was declared to be too broad in scope under the rules of the intiative process. Judge William Downing also said 1366 unlawfully "abridges the plenary powers" of the Legislature, proposes precise terms for a constitutional amendment, and "exceeds the scope of the initiative power." Eyman's group will likely file an appeal. (AP)

Goldy: "Congratulations, Tim, on winning the quadfecta of unconstitutionality." (HorsesAss)


House Democrats have picked up some Republicans' support for a bill to tie Boeing's tax breaks to in-state jobs. (KPLU)

State Budget Director David Schumacher says there won't be a deal on full education funding from this year's Legislative session. (AP)

The Legislature will consider several relatively light gun-control measures, designed strictly to keep guns away from "at-risk" people. (AP)


An apparently-drunk man with a gun apparently-accidentally fired it in a Renton multiplex cinema. A woman was (definitely) critically injured. (KIRO-TV)


State Sen. Pramila Jayapal will run for Jim McDermott's Congressional seat. With already-announced candidates Joe McDermott (no relation) and Brady Walkinshaw, the race includes one east-Indian-American woman, one white gay man, and one Cuban-American gay man. (PubliCola)


A lot of people in Tacoma don't want their waterfront to host a planned world's largest methanol refinery. For one thing, it could use up half the city's daily water usage. (KIRO-TV)


The ACLU has joined the voices calling for the city to stop clearing away unauthorized homeless encampments. (Slog)

People kicked out of encampments usually don't have any place else to go. (Crosscut)


Unionized nurses and health-care workers at Group Health approved the cooperative's devouring by Kaiser Permanente. (PS Biz Journal)


The Seattle police union strongly dislikes the department's new civilian-oversight official. (Slog)


An Oregon GOP legislator wants to revive the occasional conservative schemes to sever eastern Oregon and Washington from their more populous, prosperous, and (yes) liberal west sides. What makes this version of the plan different is that it would annex everything east of the Cascades to Idaho, thus skewing the presidential Electoral College rightward. (KATU)

Donald Trump's dad was an overt racist and was once Woody Guthrie's landlord. The political-folk legend sharply criticized the guy, in some of Guthrie's "most bitter writings." (Raw Story)


Is a planned BBQ joint in West Seattle really more threatening to the neighborhood than the teriyaki joint it's replacing? How 'bout if the BBQ joint adds a drive-thru window? (KING) 


Mark Hinshaw at Crosscut believes that even if a new I-5 lid park space overcame the useability problems that beset the current Freeway Park, the money would be better spent on other things.


Boeing will cut production of the once-dominant 747 down to one plane every two months. (SeaTimes)


Gonzaga fell in the final minutes to St. Mary's, 70-67. At Pacific Saturday.

UW women's basketball at home vs. WSU Saturday.

UW men's basketball at home vs. Utah Sunday.


"Cry & Roar 6: Celebrating Six Years of Racer Sessions." (Cafe Racer, Fri-Sun)

Opening of "Constellations," play by Nick Payne about romance and quantum physics. (Seattle Rep, Fri thru Feb. 21) 

"It's OUR Right: 43 Years of Legal Abortion," presentation by Planned Parenthood and ShoutYourAbortion.org, with Amelia Bonow and Lindy West. (Town Hall, Fri)

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. (Neptune, Fri)

Staxx Brothers, Hoot Hoots, Blackheart Honeymoon. (High Dive, Fri)

Tower of Power. (Jazz Alley, Fri)

PWR BTTM, Lisa Prank. (Vera Project, Fri)

"Seattle Fiction Fedaration No. 6," four readers telling stories about "failed flying machines." (Hugo House, Fri) 

Rebirth Brass Band. (Tractor, Fri)

Pony Time, Draemhouse, Lures. (Sunset, Fri)

Tlingit tattoo artist Nahaan. (CORE, Fri)

Cid & Fancy, Pezzner, Hanssen, Mark Lippert. (Monkey Loft, Fri)

Newaxeyes, Jo Passed, Hana and the Goose, Pleasures. (Black Lodge, Fri)

The Rita, Withering of Light, more. (Kremwerk, Fri)

Sherlock Holmes Mini-Convention. (Broadway Performance Hall, Sat-Sun)

Rene's Special Soul/Funk/Groove Birthday with Rat City Brass, Planet Fly, DJ Alpha Mullett. (Darrell's, Sat-Sun)

Film "Freaks" with discussion. (Central Library, Sat)

Don McGreevy's "Temporal Nature of Stability," a rock symphony about the Chernobyl disaster. (Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Sat) 

"Art Encounters: Before You Were Born and After You Are Gone," forum for "play, experimentation, and connection" with Mandy Greer and Alice Gosti. (Olympic Sculpture Park, Sat)

"Destroy//Seattle," created-in-one-day dance performance with choreographer Leyya Tawil. (Pivot Art + Culture, Sat)

Shivering Denizens, Hard Money Saints, Nathan Payne and the WIld Bores. (Slim's Last Chance, Sat)

Corridor Fest, with musicians (including the Esoterics), dancers, visual artists. (Equinox Studios, Sat, all ages)

The Suffering F&*#heads. (Parlaiment Tavern, Sat)

"Muppets Burlesque." Columbia City Theater, Sat) 

Peking Acrobats. (Meany Hall, Sat)

Home Slice presents Specs Wizard, Silas Blak, Sir Withers, more. (Crocodile, Sat)

Rumba Jazz with vocalist Faith Beattie. (Queen City Grill, Sat)

Majical Clouds, She-Devils. (Barboza, Sat) 

"National Geographic Live: Spinosaurus, Lost Giant of the Cretaceous." (Benaroya Hall, Sun-Tues)

"Bands for Bernie," Bernie Sanders benefit with Pleasure Island, Zooma Bella, Rat City Brass. (Royal Room, Sun)

Sō Percussion performs works by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Bryce Dessner. (Meany Hall, Sun)

Topless (the band), Post Boredom, Back Chat. (Chop Suey, Sun)

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. (Neptune, Sun)

Singer-songwriter showcase with Chris Parker, Peter Alba, Greg Dember, Backdoor Trio. (Hattie's Hat, Sun)

Theories, Addaura, Into Violence, the Great Doddamn. (Barboza, Sun)

"Lovesick Expo," an "alternative wedding resource." (Showbox Sodo, Sun)


(Iain Thomas):

“Death isn’t when your heart stops. Death is when you give up who you could be for the safety of who you are.”


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