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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016

For the first time in X years, I watched the Grammys. When the tributes to dead superstars and the anti-streaming sermon are the most poignant parts, you know the awards, and the "mainstream" music biz in general, are in trouble.

WEATHER

Rain abates a little Tuesday. Flood warnings are still in effect through western Washington through the morning. 

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TEL AVIV

KING-TV's new HQ officially debuted Monday, following a weekend "soft opening." The news set is in the modern 360-degree, hi-tech shtick of "Today" (and the BBC's "regional" newscasts). The rest of the facility, built into half of an existing office building (about one-third the size of KING's old space), is all about shrinking and crowding. Especially the "New Day Northwest" studio (the only other dedicated studio in the building), crammed into a sub-cable-access size closet. (GeekWire)

Just as KING was set to premiere its new look, Comcast went kablooey around the region early Monday, leaving KING and other channels unavailable to many viewers. (CNN) 

In other TV news, Seattle's own Tacocat created the theme for Cartoon Network's revival of "Powerpuff Girls." (Pitchfork)

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

Sexual-assault survivors were trotted out alongside the usual homophobes in Olympia in a protest against Trans restroom rights. (Slog)

Black Lives Matter protesters were also in Oly, demanding Senate Republicans act to fully fund public schools. (KIRO-TV)

Washington's stretch of Highway 99, once named after Jefferson Davis, may be renamed in honor of a black Civil War veteran from Snohomish. (SeaTimes)

Gov. Inslee's expected today to announce an accelerated program to replace I-5's expansion joints, to add more incident-response teams along the freeway, and to revise I-405's express toll lanes. (KING)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Residents of the Nickelsville homeless camp on Dearborn Ave. are rebelling against the camp's director. The rift may end up with the whole place getting evicted. (Slog)

Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim revealed she and her birth family once struggled with "housing instability." (SeaTimes)

POLICING THE POLICE

Concrete, specific police-reform proposals: delayed, again. (Crosscut)

I HAVE THE POWER!

The Northwest's future electrical needs can come from conservation instead of new power plants, a regional council proclaims. (AP)

TODAY IN MAYHEM

A car smashed into the side of the Granite Curling Club off Aurora. Insert your own "sweeping" and "center stone" references here. (KOMO)

MOVING STORIES

Seattle Bike Blog suggests Pronto, Seattle's stuggling bike-rental program, can only succeed when Seattle has more dedicated bike lanes.

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Mayor Murray will run for re-election. (Joel Connelly)

ECO

The Colville Tribes want to bring back a long-gone-from-here breed of antelope. (SeaTimes)

R.I.P.

Annamarie (A.M.) Collins, co-founder of the Pioneer Square Theater and co-creator of the long-running local musical "Angry Housewives," died Sunday from a stroke. Collins had been living in L.A., working in animal welfare. No obit has been posted yet, but here's the Weekly piece I'd linked to a few weeks back about a recent "Housewives" revival production.

Denise "Vanity" Matthews, 57, the "Prince protégé" who recorded the hit "Nasty Girl" and appeared in the films "Tanya's Island" and "Action Jackson," died Monday from complications of kidney and abdominal illness. (TMZ)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

A Seattle biotech firm has a newfangled ultrasound dental scan that doesn't use radiation. (KING)

THE LAZY B

Boeing figures southeast Asia will need 3,750 new planes over the next 20 years. (Fortune)

BIZ/ECONOMY

Black Coffee Co-op, the anarchist collective coffeeshop that lost its East Pine lease a year and a half ago, announced it won't try to reopen. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

"Wealthy families are increasingly trying to move large sums of money out of China." Expect Seattle's real estate hyper-inflation to get even hyper-er. (NYT)

SPORTS

Art Thiel says forget about redoing KeyArena. His argument: Only Chris Hansen has shown interest in bringing pro winter sports back to Seattle AND backed it up fiscally; Hansen wants an arena complex of his own at a site of his own, with multiple revenue streams that don't have to be shared with Seattle Center's management or its other tenants.

TODAY

Kshama Sawant hearing about impacts of 23rd Avenue road work and its impacts on neighborhood merchants. (City Hall)

TONIGHT

Film "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution." (Central Library, free)

Public meeting on proposed Rainier Valley homeless camp. (NewHolly Gathering Hall)

"Noir at the Bar" group reading. (Hugo House, free)

"Lovecraft Country" novelist Matt Ruff, interviewed by Paul Constant. (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

Sonny Fortune Band. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed)

"Mayhem With Mama," drag riffs on three modern musicals. (Triple Door)

"Taking Back Tuesday: Emo Night in Seattle." (Crocodile)

"Breez Talent Show," open mic night with Bree McKenna (Tacocat/Childbirth). (Chop Suey) 

The Dream. (Neumos)

Discussion on "Revisiting the Newness of 'New Drama.'" (UW Jones Playhouse)

Fantasy novelist Randy Henderson. (U Book Store)

Garrison Keillor/"A Prairie Home Companion" farewell tour. (Benaroya Hall)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Williwaw"

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