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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016

It's Presidents' Day, in a Presidential election year. And suddenly, with the death of one of the Supreme Court's most conservative justices, the current President is "still relevant" (to quote Bill Clinton about himself) and then some. Republican Senators have already vowed not to confirm anybody Obama nominates. A D.C. political scene that already was nearly fatally partisan has just become even more divided. As the old curse goes, "May you live in interesting times."

WEATHER

Rain with mild temps all week.

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IF YOU CAN'T TRUST YOUR CAR DEALER…

Remembering a true local media legend: the hippie-dippie, coke-snortin', barely-legal-gal-lovin', Chevy dealer of Federal Way. (Federal Way Reporter) (image: KIRO-TV via YouTube)

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THE LOOK OF LOVE?

The supposed hot new Valentine's gift: potatoes with love messages written on them. Supposedly it's real. (KOMO)

The Seattle Aquarium canceled its annual Valentine's exhibit of Pacific octopi mating. (Crosscut) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The state Senate narrowly defeated a proposed constitutional amendment (written by Tim Eyman) that would have required "supermajorities" in the Legislature for any future tax increases. (Joel Connelly)

While Washington's current prepaid tuition program remains "on hold," legislators are working toward a second college-savings plan. (AP) 

Seattlish explains just how our state's tax system is so darn regressive.

A TOUCH OF CLASS

The state's Office of Financial Management has a study breaking down residents' health in each Legislative district. Result: Places with more average personal wealth have longer life expectancies. (PubliCola)

GIMME REFUGE, THE AFTERMATH

Amanda Marcotte at Salon claims the main outcome of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge invaders was to reveal "how incoherent and peurile their grievances were."

MOVING STORIES

A Seattle "traffic data" company issued a report claiming the express toll lanes on I-405 were slowing down traffic on the non-toll lanes. A UW "traffic and transportation" professor fhas blasted the reort, quetioning the company's research methods. (KING)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Another of those ideas that sounds great on conserva-talk radio but doesn't work that well in real life: the "three strikes you're out" rule denying parole for thrice-convicted felons. The state's Sentenign Guidelines Commission now recommends a "second look review board" to see which of these convicts could safely be paroled, saving taxpayer bucks. (NWNews/KPLU) 

A former Seattle IRS agent was convicted of taking a bribe from a pot-shop owner. (PI.com)

POLICING THE POLICE

Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole told a Seattle U forum that officers resisting the reform process should "get on board or consider other options." (Slog)

ECO

Activists scheduled a public protest against City Light's plan to cut down old and allegedly diseased cherry trees at a former substation property. City Light found out about the plan and got its crew out earlier that day, to cut down the trees before the protesters could show. (KING)

Oregon state senators have declared Portland's "toxic air" a public health emergency. (Oregonian)

Wild salmon have returned to the de-dammed Elwha River for the first time in a century. (TakePart.com)

O GIVE ME A HOME

There's a citizens' commission to oversee the affordable-housing drive in Seattle. Applications for new members close soon. So far, almost all applicatns appear to be north end white NIMBYs. (The C Is For Crank)

There are also NIMBYs in Bothell, complaining about proposed UW-Bothell dorms. (SeaTimes)

Explaining the politics of homeless sweeps. (SeaTimes) 

TECH TALCH

Seattle tech startups are raising money with "reverse takeovers" involving collapsed Australian mining companies. Really. (PS Biz Journal)

BIZ

Quick: What's the biggest manufacturing operation within Seattle? Hint: It's not in Sodo but Interbay. And it's thinking of splitting Seattle's costly real estate for the suburbs. (PS Biz Journal) 

SPORTS

UW women's basketball won 61-53 at USC Friday, then lost 63-59 to UCLA Sunday. At Arizona Friday.

UW men's basketball fell way behind to Colorado, got caught up, fell behind again, and got almost caught up again, losing 81-80. Home vs. Cal Thursday.

Gonzaga fell 69-60 to SMU. Home vs. Pacific Thursday.

The city apparently knew of a plan that could make KeyArena hockey-friendly without a total tear-down, but decided against it. (SeaTimes) 

TONIGHT

Michael Loftus surgery benefit with Blood Drugs, Sayonara, Big Trughk, Boyfriends, Constant Locers. (Pettirosso)

Charlie Chaplin film "The Gold Rush." (Paramount)

Discussion "Invisible: The Dilemma of the Black Artist in America," with Donald Byrd. (Rainier Valley Cultural Center)

Kung Fu Grindhouse. (Push/Pull)

Donkeys, Stereo Embers, Pale Noise. (Sunset)

All Star Opera, Marshall Mung. (Substation)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(C.G. Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"):

“I am astonished, disappointed, pleased with myself. I am distressed, depressed, rapturous. I am all these things at once, and cannot add up the sum.”

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