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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

It's Lent, and there are many things you could give up. You could give up mourning this past year's Seahawks, for one thing. Or you could give up whining that this town used to be cool but now sucks, if you were saying back then that this town sucked. Give up snootishly boasting about how many years it's been since you had a TV. Give up automatically reposting outrageously sounding "news" headlines from sites you never heard of. Just don't give up MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Clouds and showers return today; heavier rain's possible for Thursday and probable by Friday.

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DOWN IN T TOWN

A statue's going up at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo this summer honoring Ivan, the gorilla who lived for many years as an attraction at South Tacoma's B&I Shopping Center. (News Tribune)

The woman who started a recall petition against Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says she won't have enough signatures by the Feb. 22 deadline. (KING)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

A "broad based" coalition called "Seattle for Everyone" supports the state Senate bill offering tax breaks to landlords who keep 25 percent of their units "affordable." (Capitol Hill Seattle) But longtime activist John Fox pans the bill; he says it just gives landlords incentive to jack up rents on the other 75 percent of their units. (PubliCola)

THE RACE IS ON

A report by the indie "Washington State Budget & Policy Center" admits that tons of work needs to be done, on multiple fronts, before there's anything approaching racial equality here, in education and in everything else. (SeaTimes)

Seattle Pacific U. students started a petition asking the private Christian school to start a diversity office and an anti-racism program. (Slog)

LABOR PANES

Meet the woman behind Casa Latina and its indoor day-labor center. (KUOW)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Continuing his ire at state Senate Republicans for effectively firing WSDOT head Lynn Peterson, Gov. Inslee has canceled (for now) his regular meetings with Senate Majority Leader Mark Schloesler. (KPLU)

A mother says the anti-trans restroom bill could put her eight-year-old trans daughter "at risk." (KUOW)

Heidi Groover parses the Democrats' chances of retaking the state Senate. (Stranger)

Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants a statewide system to reform driver's-license suspensions, giving drivers payment terms to help them pay back fines. (NWNews)

SIC TRANSIT

Sound Transit wants to add more light rail service than there'd be room for in the current downtown Transit Tunnel, even with the buses taken out. ST's currently thinking of a second tunnel, but is also looking into running trains down First Avenue. (KUOW)

The Obama administration's proposing $75 million for a Seattle streetcar extension downtown, connecting the Lake Union and First Hill lines between the retail core and Pioneer Square. (PI.com)

MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY

Erosion threatens the "historic" (read: tourist-friendly) Coupeville waterfront. (KOMO)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Preliminary plans for Paul Allen's mixed-use block where the 23rd and Jackson strip mall now is look exactly like you'd expect them to look (i.e., no space for the Red Apple Market). (Capitol Hill Seattle)

The Weyerhaeuser corporate campus in Federal Way, soon to be vacated as what remains of the company's head office moves to Pioneer Square, has been sold to an LA developer. The Pacific Bonsai Museum will stay on the campus for the time being. (KIRO-TV)

TODAY IN CRIME

Somebody pulled the ol' surplus-fake-check scam on a local nonprofit. (SeaTimes)

O NO CANADA

Even with the depressed exchange rate, Canada's still a pricey place to be a tourist. (SeaTimes)

UPDATE

The state Parks Dept. decided it won't solicit private recreational developments near wildlife crossings at Crystal Springs after all. (SeaTimes)

THE BIG A

Amazon's not just investing in cargo properties willy-nilly, according to Bloomberg; it's assembling its own global, factory-to-consumer freight system, for itself and its third-party sellers of stuff. (GeekWire)

And it's getting in on the self-driving vehicle fad, filing patents for autonomous delivery trucks. (GeekWire)

THE LAZY B

Cheap oil's good for airlines, therefore it's good for Boeing. (GeekWire)

SPORTS

UW men's basketball at Utah tonight.

TONIGHT

Woody Guthrie tribute with Baby Gramps, Massy Ferguson, Ian Moore. (Tractor)

G. Love and Special Sauce, Ripe. (Crocodile)

Amber Tamblyn, with her mother Bonnie. (Town Hall)

Sports Star of the Year Awards. (Paramount)

Basic Maintenance, Slow Code. (Lo-Fi) 

The Bird and the Bee, Alex Lilly, Whitney Lyman. (Neumos)

Ocular Proof, Rik Wrighht's Fundamental Forces, Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band. (Royal Room)

Community forum on neighborhood gentrification, race relations, and other issues depicted in Tracey Scott Wilson's play "Buzzer." (Hillman City Collaboratory)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Guetapens"

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