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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016

Sun! Warmth! A terrific Sounders performance (albeit in a draw). What more do you want? (Sorry, I can't singlehandedly end Trumpism for you folks.)

WEATHER

Mostly sunny and unseasonably warm through at least Thursday. Rain may return late Friday.

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BY THE BOOK

Happy 125th birthday to the Seattle Public Library! Honest, you don't look a day over 110. (PI.com)

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BERTHA BUT…

The latest stoppage over, the waterfront tunnel machine tunnels again, for at least a little while. (KING)

DEVELOPING STORIES

That proposed 102-story downtown tower, that became a proposed 100-story tower? Now it may become a proposed 90-story tower. (PS Biz Journal)

How the southern end of Aurora Avenue will look when/if the tunnel's ever done. (PS Biz Journal)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

State House leaders won't try to impeach embattled state auditor Troy Kelley. (AP)

House Democrats and Senate Republicans are miles apart on resolving the state's teacher shortage. (KCPQ)

IN YOUR COURT

Sens. Murray and Cantwell slammed Senate Republicans who refuse to even consider any Obama Supreme Court nominee. (PI.com) 

OIL'S NOT WELL

Another victim of cheap oil: the proposed billion-dollar refinery and propane plant in Longview. (AP)

IN THE ZONE

Applications for HALA citizen advisory boards are still overwhelmingly dominated by north-end NIMBYs. Renters, south-enders: apply now. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

THERE GOES THE GAYBORHOOD

The UK Guardian has discovered the discontent on Seattle's Capitol Hill between the GLBT old guard, the rent-hike-benefitting techbros, and the violent homophobes. (Note: the latter two groups are NOT necessarily one and the same.)

SIC TRANSIT

Lake Washington passenger ferries ("water taxis") would be scenic, but would cost more than equivalent bus-service capacity. (Seattle Transit Blog)

Fuel-efficient cars + aging roads = a strain on gas-tax revenues. Is the answer to switch to a "pay-by-the-mile" system? (KING)

BMW continues to test a potential Car2Go-like car-sharing service in Seattle, possibly using its Mini Cooper cars. (Yes, you too could call yourself "Mini Driver.") (PI.com)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Is Seattle's bigger-than-ever housing levy enough? (Crosscut)

El Centro de la Raza received 450 applications in less than a day for a new project that, when done, will have 112 housing units. Some applicants stood in line for more than 24 hours. (Crosscut)

Could affordable housing be built above the SCCC parking garage? (Capitol Hill Seattle)

POLICING THE POLICE

Local NAACP leaders continue to condemn Sunday's police shooting of Che Taylor in Wedgwood, calling it "cold blooded murder." (KOMO)

TODAY IN TRAGEDY

A house explosion outside Port Orchard killed two residents, and was powerful enough to register on seismometers for miles around. (KIRO-TV)

THE BURBS

If Renton cracks down, as promised, on stray shopping carts on the sidewalks, how will you know you're really in Renton? (KIRO-TV)

ECO

The Sound, and its salmon, are gettin' full of human drugs. (SeaTimes)

THE SOUND OF DEBT

Calvin Johnson's K Records, pioneers of teen-twee-punk and the indie/DIY ethos for nearly 35 years, is in fiscal trouble again (or rather, has been for some time). Can it pay its artists? Can it survive in the post-physical-media era? (Stranger)

LABOR PANES

Teaching assistants in the UW's Romance language department want a new job title, since they actually teach the courses themselves. (UW Daily)

THE LAZY B

Boeing still hasn't decided whether to make a new jet to compete with Airbus's "midsize" A321neo. (PS Biz Journal)

TECH TALCH

Those big umpteen-hundred-computer "data centers" need to be calibrated and tested before they can start receiving their clients' bits. Two local companies won a patent for a system to speed up that testing. (PS Biz Journal)

OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE SOUTH

The Mystery Noise of Forest Grove, OR still haunts. (UK Guardian)

WORDS

The late great Umberto Eco reminded us back in '95 that political/social movements don't have to bear the swastika to be, as he calls it, "Ur-Fascist." (NY Review of Books)

SPORTS

Clint Dempsey scored to amazing goals as Sounders FC vfought to a 2-2 draw vs. Club America (Mexico). The home-and-away series ends in Mexico City on March 2.

UW men's basketball at Oregon State tonight.

Mariners position players report to spring training in Arizona today.

TODAY

"The Art of Alzheimer's: Improv Demonstration," about using improv-theater shticks to help alleviate memory loss. (City Hall Lobby Gallery, noon)

TONIGHT

Author Jon Krakauer on campus rape and the justice system. (Town Hall)

Rickie Lee Jones. (Triple Door, thru Thurs.)

Documentary "The Human Face of Big Data." (KCTS, 10 p.m.)

Opening of "The Walk Across America for Mother Earth," "bedazzled drag show" play about activism. (UW Penthouse Theater, thru Sun)

Vance Joy. (Paramount)

Panel on "Complex Exchange: Tradition | Innovation." (NW African American Museum)

Earphunk. (Nectar)

Stickers, Boyfriends, Display. (Chop Suey)

Comedians Emmett Montgomery, Rachel alls, Dylan Cole, Natalie Holt, Timmy Booth. (Crocodile early, free)

Striking Matches. (Columbia City Theater)

Lady Delilah Baucoup, Bissou. (Triple Door)

Daniel Chesney, Tom Magliatto, Samuel Henry, Bogdan Dareav, more. (Lo-Fi)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Pellucid"

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