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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016

Another month is upon us. So are the first steps that count in the Presidnetial race, and a renewed urgency around here about economic inequality and its consequences. 

WEATHER

Showers and sun breaks through Tuesday.

UW researchers believe the moon's gravity has at least a slight effect on rainfall levels. (GeekWire)

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YOU KNOW YOU'VE ARRIVED WHEN…

Portland's legendary Voodoo Doughnuts created a "Welcome to Portland" confection to denote Ammon Bundy and pals' arrests. (Oregonian)

The FBI continues to negotiate with the last four Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupiers. (Slate)

About 100 self-described "patriots" have come to Burns, OR in solidarity with the occupation. They're forbidden from getting into the wildlife refuge. (SeaTimes)

Local ranchers and townspeople are really, really tired that the siege still isn't over. (AP)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Results of last week's One Night Count show over 4,500 people with neither homes nor shelter in King County (a number that's undoubtedly less than the real amount). That's a 19 percent increase over last year. Of those, 2,942 were unsheltered in Seattle (129 more than in 2015). (Seattlish)

One place where the homeless count increased by a lot: Federal Way. (Crosscut)

Youth homelessness is "a crisis" in Pierce County. (KIRO-TV)

State Senate Democratic leader Sharon Nelson wants to alocate $300 million from the state's "rainy day fund" to support anti-homelessness programs around the stae. (Crosscut)

Meanwhile, are "concerned neighbor" groups turning into the potential shock troops of some new, more violent, War Against the Poor? (The C Is For Crank)

POLICING THE (PRIVATE) POLICE

Despite the claims of "concerned neighbor" groups in Magnolia, Ballard, and elsewhere, overall crime in Seattle went way down last year. (AP)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

A new Senate bill would make it easier to prosecute police officers over deadly force. (SeaTimes)

The daughters of Casey Kasem and Peter Falk, who were prevented from seeing their respective fathers just before their respective deaths, testified in Olympia about a bill to make "elder visitations" easier. (AP)

STUPID REPUBLICAN TRICKS

State Republicans would only sign on to a resolution denouncing the terror attack against Planned Parenthood in Pullman if it didn't mention the organization's name. (Slog)

Clark County Councilmember David Madore posted a doggerel anti-evolution poem to his Facebook page. (Patheos)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The labor union Unite Here still opposes the gigantic Rainier Square redevelopment deal, demanding more affordable housing units. (PS Biz Journal)

IDENTITY ISSUES

A local woman claimed to have survived cancer three times. She co-founded a group that raised almost half a million for the Komen Foundation and other groups over the past decade. Now she reveals she'd never had cancer. (KOMO)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

The Catholic Church used to deal with sexually abusive priests and nuns by simply transferring them to more remote spots. Among those spots: Indian reservations. (KUOW)

MOVING STORIES

The Pronto! bike-share program is losing money. The city may have to buy out its owners. (SeaTimes)

TODAY IN MAYHEM

The ex-Sounder and the ex-Miss Washington USA have differing accounts of how the ex-Sounder got stabbed in December. But both claim she didn't do it. (PI.com)

TODAY IN CRIME

An Everett heroin supplier was sentenced to 15 years in prison. (Everett Herald) 

TODAY IN SAD

One of the elephants Woodland Park Zoo shipped off to Oklahoma has died. (KING)

BIZ

Ballard's beloved Sonic Boom Records (the last of what had been a three-store chain) is for sale. (SeaTimes)

How to stake out an advantage in the crowded "hip" barber-shop scene: offer a free beer with every haircut. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

How not to break the news you're closing your hair salon and firing everyone: by a group text. (KIRO-TV)

SPORTS

Seahawks Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and Michael Bennett played key roles in the NFL Pro Bowl, as "Team Irvin" beat "Team Rice" 49-27.

UW men's basketball lost 98-88 at USC Saturday. Home vs. Arizona State Wednesday.

UW women's basketball fell 69-53 to Stanford Friday, then came back to dispatch Cal 75-65 Sunday. Home vs. Oregon State Friday.

Gonzaga dropped San Francisco 86-48 Saturday. At Loyola Marymount Thursday.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman clarifies his previous statements; says Seattle's not in the current running for an expansion hockey franchise. (SeaTimes)

TONIGHT

Ladysmith Black Mambazo. (Triple Door)

The Wood Brothers. (Moore)

Journalist Mei Fong, discussing the legacy of China's "one child policy." (Town Hall)

Rvivr, Sharkie, Jason Clackley, Listen Lady. (Black Lodge)

Hal Merrill Trio. (Stone Way Cafe, free)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Nassim Nicholas Taleb):

“Modernity: we created youth without heroism, age without wisdom, and life without grandeur.”

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