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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016

It's Valentine's Day weekend. (Yep, another opportunity to be reminded of how alone you are in the universe.) And it's a three-day weekend for some of you. (We'll still have a newsletter on Monday, fret not.)

WEATHER

Rain, in varying intensities, through at least Monday.

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THE LOOK OF LOVE (OR AT LEAST 'LIKE')

Archie McPhee's/Accoutrements boss Mark Pahlow's been posting lovely and/or creepy vintage kids' Valentine's cards on Twitter.

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GIMME REFUGE

After 41 days, the last Malheur Wildlife Refuge armed occupiers surrendered late Thursday morning. The last to go: David Fry, who'd previously insisted on a YouTube stream that "I will die a free man." (NPR)

The refuge staff's still sorting out what damage the invaders may have done to the place; but they're already asking for volunteer help cleaning up and rebuilding. (Oregonian)

The surrendering militants said they'd left some sort of "booby traps" behind at the refuge, without going into detail. (Raw Story) 

ROLIE POLIE OLIE

Senate Republicans' next anti-transit scheme: legislation forcing the state to only sell "right of way" to Sound Transit at "fair market value." (KUOW)

John Stang believes both parties are displaying "incompetence" this Legislative session. He claims the Republicans have the drive but not the vision, while the Dems have the opposite problem. (PubliCola)

The State Dept. of Natural Resources wants more female wildfire-fighters. (KCPQ)

Swinomish fisheries manager Lorraine Loomis says the state's wasting money fighting tribal fishing rights in the courts, money that could be more productively spent on salmon-recovery efforts. (SeaTimes op-ed) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

The City Council's moving toward approving Mayor Murray's homeless-emergency funding, which (as previously reported) will not stop the "sweeps" of unauthorized encampments. (Slog)

An RV at the city's temporary homeless-vehicles lot in Interbay burned, injuring two people. (KIRO-TV)

Councilmember Bagshaw insists the city's not asking the police not to enforce laws i/r/t alleged property crimes by homeless people. (KIRO-FM)

Lisa Daugaard details steps that could be taken to help people in homeless encampments, not just shoo them out. (Crosscut) 

Among the situations Seattle's shelters don't accommodate: homeless couples who wish to remain together. (KUOW)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

The three teenage brothers arrested for the "Jungle" shootings have pled not guilty. (PI.com)

Somebody pointed a laser light on two ferry wheelhouses, injuring two crew members. (Everett Herald)

POLICING THE POLICE

City Attorney Pete Holmes wants the City Council to do nothing about police-accountability legislation; not until the Feds say more about it. (SeaTimes)

The ACLU's suing the Tacoma Police, for not turning over documents about cell-phone surveillance. (KING)  

TODAY IN CRIME

The operator of several "clean and sober" group homes in Everett was arrested for dealing in heroin, meth, and other drugs. (KOMO)

ECO

The fight against the Port of Tacoma's proposed big methanol plant/export terminal is reaching as far as Federal Way. (KING)

BORING STORIES

There are other tunnel-digging machines under Seattle besides the notorious Bertha. One of them, on Sound Transit's light-rail extension to Northgate, has been out of service for six weeks. (SeaTimes)

KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES

Hanford's Laser Interferometer Wave Observatory (LIGO) is behind the new discovery proving Einstein's old theory of "gravitatonal waves." (Slog)

VANISHING UW

The UW Board of Regents voted to demolish the small, brutalist, old nuclear-reactor building, so it can build even more computer-science classrooms. (SeaTimes)

BIG PHARMA NIGHTMARE OF THE DAY

There's a pill to cure some deadly forms of hepatitis C. But many insurers won't cover it because it's just so creepy-expensive (up to $94,000 a year!). (KOMO)

THE LAZY B

The SEC is investigating Boeing's accounting practices. The company's stock dropped 7 percent in Thursday trading. (KPLU)

TECH TALCH

Supporting and nurturing tech startups by black female entrepreneurs is "simply good for business," a new study concludes. (GeekWire)

Blue Nile, the Seattle-based online jewelry seller, saw sales drop a lot this past holiday season. (GeekWire) 

SPORTS

UW women's basketball at USC tonight and UCLA Sunday.

UW men's basketball at Colorado Saturday.

Gonzaga downed Portland 96-66. At SMU Saturday.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Seattle RV Show. (CenturyLink Events Center, Fri-Sun)

Ray Chaos memorial show with Raw Dogs, Mother Chorizo, 9 lb. Beaver, many more. (Tim's Tavern, Fri-Sat)

Hugo House Literary Series presents D.A. Powell, Heidi Juvalits, Sierra Nelson, and OCNotes. (Hugo House, Fri)

GeekWire Startup Day. (Bellevue Meydenbauer Center, Fri)

Young Fresh Fellows, Girl Trouble, Peter Buck, Tripwires. (Chop Suey, Fri)

"Craftsravaganza #2, Valentine Edition." (Push/Pull, Fri)

Northwest Tap Connection. (EMP, Fri) 

The Of, E-Neptunes. (O'Malley's Irish Pub, Fri)

Motopony. (Nectar, Fri) 

Branford Marsalis. (Benaroya Hall, Fri)

Mass Gothic, Gathered Goats. (Columbia City Theatre, Fri)

Tangerine, Great Spiders, Bod, Versing. (Black Lodge, all ages, Fri)

Kevin Gates. (Showbox, all ages, Fri)

Hollers, Battleme, Greet the Sea. (Sunset, Fri)

Country Lips, Lonesome Shack. (Lo-Fi, Fri)

Final KING-TV newscast from 333 Dexter Ave. (the Northwest's oldest broadcast facility). (11 p.m. Fri)

Tet in Seattle. (Seattle Center, Sat-Sun)

First Hill Streetcar grand opening celebration. (8th and S. King, Sat)

"The Red Party," fundraiser for the All Cycles Outreach Project (providing menstrual supplies to homeless women). (Common Area Maintenance, Sat)

Lunar New Year Festival. (International District, Sat)

Black History Month celebration. (MOHAI, Sat)

KEXP "Dancing on the Valentine" with Fly Moon Royalty, Peter Parker, Gibraltar, Murder Vibes, Exohxo, more. (Neumos, Sat)

Harlem Globetrotters. (KeyArena, Sat)

Onry Ozzborn "visual album" release with Grayskul, P.O.S. of Doomtree, Kimya Dawson, more. (Nectar, Sat) 

Georgetown Art Attack, including John Romero mural opening at 6521 5th Ave. S.

"Thrift Store Love" with DJ Jo Smitty. (Carlile Room, Sat)

The Westerlies, Robin Holcomb, Peggy Lee. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

Fred and Toody Cole (Dead Moon), Mommy Long Legs, Acapulco Lips, more. (El Corazon, Sat)

Intiman Theatre Festival "Show the Love" launch party/fundraiser. (Canvas Event Space, Sat)

Sound Off!, under-21 battle of the bands. (EMP, Sat)

Joe August, Zach Caldwell, Kill the Speaker, Evan Daley. (Vera Project, Sat) 

"A Date with John Waters." (Neptune, Sun)

Charles Parrish sculpture show and sale. (James and Janie Washington Cultural Center, Sun) 

"IllumiNATURE," songs and stories with the "Salmon Is Life" troupe (recently back from the Paris climate talks). (Duwamish Longhouse, Sun)

Chastity Belt, Lemolo. (Nectar, Sun)

Budos Band. (Neumos, Sun)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Karaites"

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