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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016

It's Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, and the onetime raucous Pioneer Square festivities are apparently gone for good. Alas. We could use some more moments of anarchy. Not the kind of "anarchy" that's an excuse for destroying stuff in the name of ideological superiority, but the sensual, joyous, celebratory kind. (Preferably without public vomiting, though.)

WEATHER

Continued mostly sunny and unseasonably warm. Clouds and showers may return Thursday.

Mountain snowpacks in Washington are at 109 percent of "normal." (KING)

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THE ONLY ONE

After snatching up Safeway, spinning some stores out to Haggen, buying most of those back, and ending up with the only supermarkets in many Northwest towns, Albertsons sure picked an inappropriate game brand for its spring giveaway promotion.

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

Gov. Inslee, at a Monday press conference, derided the Senate Republicans' ousting of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson as "an election year stunt," part of "a dishonest, partisan, and frankly scurrilous political campaign." (KING)

Meanwhile, the I-405 tolls, a major point of complaint by GOP state senators, have raised three times the money they were expected to raise by this time. (SeaTimes)

Dept. of Corrections head Dan Pacholke, who dramatically resigned Saturday, now says he'll stick around for the time being. (KIRO-TV)

O GIVE ME A HOME

State ACLU deputy director Jennifer Shaw told a City Council roundtable that current city policy "criminalizes" the homeless for doing things everybody does every day. (PubliCola)

Citing spiking numbers of homeless people in east and south King County, County Executive Dow Constantine announced plans to build 237 affordable housing units and increase shelter capacity. (KING)

Kshama Swwant believes other City Council members are hypocrites for criticizing state Senate Republicans' lack of interest in the homelessness crisis. (PubliCola) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Seattle's now America's 10th most densely populated city. (Seattle Curbed) 

Some city leaders in Bellevue are thinking about how to make the place at least a little less pedestrian-hostile. (KING)

GIMME REFUGE

The remaining four Malheur occupiers issued a video mocking the FBI as "losers." (AP)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to work around the occupiers, resume managing water flows at the Malheur refuge. (SeaTimes) 

THE RACE IS ON

A state Senate bill to outlaw "sex-specific abortions" will only serve to "fuel false stereotypes against Asian-American women," says Sen. Pramila Jayapal. (Slog op-ed)

"Indigenous activists" have started a campaign against "disenrollment," in which tribal administrations kick out many of their own members, often for fiscal reasons. (Slog)

Some people are striving to make Seattle's theater and performing-arts scenes less white. (KUOW)

UPDATES

There may be an official investigation into the West Seattle woman who said she'd survived cancer three times, then admitted she'd never had it. (KOMO)

The website for anonymous Amazon employees' inside stories, hosted on a Google sub domain, was taken offline by Google on Friday but restored on Saturday. (GeekWire)

TODAY IN CRIME

The Joint Terrorism Task Force in Seattle raided the home of a suspected ISIS sympathizer in Montesano, and charged him with illegal possession of weapons, including machine guns. (CNN)

SIC TRANSIT

Want more King County Water Taxi routes, even across Lake Washington? You might just get 'em. (KING)

BOOZE NOOZE

Among the biggest winners from Washington's privatized liquor sales: the still state-owned (and cheaper) liquor stores of Oregon and Idaho. (NWNews/KPLU)

Last year's Eastern Washington drought could mean a worldwide shortage of hops, especially the kinds used in craft beers. (UK Guardian)

BIZ

American Express's stock is down 36 percent, mainly because Costco's pulling out of its co-branded credit card deal with Amex. (PS Biz Journal)

SPORTS

Art Thiel speculates that Marshawn Lynch may have decided to quit pro football while he was still healthy, having apparently saved up more than enough money to retire on.

Knute Berger remembers Lynch as "smart, in football and in business. He played with enormous heart." He "backed up his attitude with performance on the field, delivering blunt force impact and excitement."

TONIGHT

Reception and sneak preview of "Destino," documentary about photojournalist Michelle Frankfurter. (Creative Blueprint)

"Fat Tuesday: The Music of the Meters, Plus New Orleans Classics." (Royal Room)

Adam Sandler, David Spade, Norm McDonald, Rob Schneider. (Paramount)

"Passing the Laurel," reception and group reading for new state Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. (Hugo House)

Mardi Gras masquerade party. (Triple Door)

Northwest Balkan Mardi Gras. (Lo-Fi)

Rat City Brass. (Central Saloon)

Follichon, the Humphreys (no relation), Troupeau Acadien. (Lake City Eagles)

Jordan O Jordan, Mal DeFleur, Night Cadet. (Chop Suey)

TubaLuba, Elektrapod, Blubber. (Tractor)

"Baroque-n-Hearts: Music For (and Against) Valentine's Day." (Naked City Brewery)

Marmalade, the Cumbieros. (Nectar)

Meat Wave, Wolfgang Fuck, Mutiny Mutiny. (Sunset)

Rare Air. (Q Nightclub)

Film "My Life as a Dog." (Nordic Heritage Museum)

John Donvan and Caren Zucker discuss "Unpacking the Mysteries of Autism." (Town Hall) 

Jack and Jack, 18-year-old social media stars. (Neptune)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Boris Pasternak, "Doctor Zhivago"):

“I don’t think I could love you so much if you had nothing to complain of and nothing to regret. I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and of little value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them.”

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