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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2016

It's Groundhog Day, and also the day after the Iowa Caucuses. Don't feel weird if it seems like you've heard the candidates' sound bites before, or if you keep hearing the same sound bites for many more days.

WEATHER

Dry with partial clearing Tuesday; showers probably back Wednesday.

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BEDROCK, NOW WITH MORE GRIT

You can have the new expanded line of BarbieĀ® doll shapes and sizes if you like. Me, I'm trying to figure out what the heck DC Comics is doing with the (also TimeWarner-owned) Hanna-Barbera characters, turning them all harsh and pseudo-realistic. It just doesn't work. (Entertainment Weekly)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Martha Rosler, the NYC artist-activist here on a one-year residency, told an audience at the Central Library Saturday that artists need to work harder to fight, and to acknowledge their own role in, urban gentrification: "It's essential to be a shitkicker." (Slog)

Snohomish County has 54 percent more shelterless people than a year ago. (SeaTimes)

TWO WHEELS GOOD

Seattle Prep's offering to donate some of its land for a bike trail approaching the new 520 bridge. (SeaTimes)

A TOUCH OF CLASS

Seattle has the "highest concentration of college students below the poverty line" of America's 50 most populous cities. (SeaTimes)

BERTHA, BUT...

Seattle Tunnel Partners insists the state-ordered suspension of Bertha drilling could create, not prevent, future sinkholes. (KING)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Ending youth incarceration's going to be a lot harder than it sounds. (Crosscut)

Three teenage boys were arrested in connection with the Jungle shooting. (KIRO-TV)

One of the two beating victims in Belltown's Seattle Housing Authority tower was a regular model for art classes at Gage and Cornish. (PI.com)

TODAY IN DUMB CRIMINALS

A guy was arrested for driving high on pot cookies, in a car with expired tabs, while transporting a felon, with an illegally stoweds gun in the car. (SPD Blotter via Seattlish)

'LIT' UP

New Inquiry cofounder Jennifer R. Bernstein questions Seattle's drive to become a UN-acknowledged "World City of Literature." Bernstein says Seattle's a great place for book lovers, but is simply "not a central locus of the publishing industry." Hello? Where is the book biz's current 500-lb. gorilla situated? (Slog)

ON AND OFF THE AIR

The fund drive to keep KPLU from being bought and dismantled by KUOW has raised $1 million in its first three weeks, on pace to make its $7 million goal by the end of June. (Slog) 

KING-TV's finally set Feb. 13 as the opening day of broadcasts from its new HQ near Safeco Field, after 65 years on Dexter Avenue. Local daytime newscasts are on reduced schedules the next two weeks.

MS BEHAVIOR

The real question of the Iowa caucuses: How did Microsoft's fancy returns reporting software do? Results are, in a word, mixed. (USAT)

As if the oceans weren't already getting too warm, Microsoft's testing an underwater "data center" computer server setup, which would save on air conditioning costs. (NYT)

THE LAZY B

The feds may help keep the Boeing 747 in production, by ordering a few for "Air Force One" use. As long as the price is right. (PS Biz Journal)

TECH TALCH

The Legislature might revive tax breaks for "life sciences" firms, but not for other tech companies. (GeekWire)

The Clearwire network, started by a local company that once promised broadband Internet at competitive prices without the phone/cable duopoly, dies forever (in some of its cities) on Tuesday, more than a year after Sprint bought and closed the company. (Contracts with low-income Internet providers delayed the network's final shutoff by three months, and continue to delay it in some regions.) But now a new company promises even faster and cheaper wireless Internet, using something called "millimeter wave technology." (Engadget)

BIZ

A documentary TV producer alleges that Gravity Payments, the local credit-card processing company in the news last year for its well-publicized high minimum salaries, may have bilked MasterCard and Visa on a regular basis. (GeekWire)

SPORTS

We may have a City Council vote on the Sodo arena proposal as early as April 25. (KING)

TONIGHT

Aurelio Martinez, Honduran guitarist. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed)

Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., Drew Baldridge. (Showbox Sodo)

Coco Montoya. (Triple Door)

Ex-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, discussing his book "A Passion for Leadership." (Town Hall)

"Salon of Shame," readings and talks about "whatever makes us cringe." (Cornish Playhouse)

"Counterpoint/Phase," evening of Steve Reich music. (On the Boards)

AC/DC. (Tacoma Dome)

INSIDE

Had more oral surgery Monday. If this e-missive's prose seems weirder than "normal," that's why.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Eudaimonia"

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