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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016

There was a point in the Reagan/Bush I era when a lot of "alt-culture" people thought certain forms of right-wing kitsch culture were uproariously funny (including wrestling, supermarket tabloids, televangelists, "Rambo" movies, and a certain puffy-haired "celebrity CEO" who kept getting joked about in Spy magazine). Now more people realize all this was, and is, no joke.

WEATHER

Morning clouds, afternoon sun. Rain returns Friday.

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ECO

Lovely drone video of Skagit Valley geese. (KIRO-TV)

Last year's Skagit River coho salmon run was the worst ever; less than 12 percent of the past decade's average. Is the Pacific Ocean's "blob" of abnormally warm coastal water to blame? (SeaTimes)

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DEVELOPING STORIES

The on-again, off-again proposal for a 12-story apartment building on Alaskan Way in Pioneer Square is off again. Seattle Deputy Hearing Examiner Anne Watanabe reversed the City's prior approval of the project. She called it out of scale with surrounding historic buildings. (SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Gee, who'd've guessed? Senate Republicans don't want to close tax breaks OR dip into the rainy day fund to pay teachers more. (KPLU)

State House Speaker Frank Chopp may block a bill Mayor Murray wants, to encourage landlords to set aside one quarter of new housing units as "affordable." Chopp believes it's a giveaway to landlords. (PubliCola)

Business interests are heavily lobbying against a bill that would forbid companies from collecting or selling "biometric" information about people without their consent. (GeekWire)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Seattle-area home prices rose nearly 10 percent in a year; the fourth-highest rate in America. Number 1: Portland. (SeaTimes)

City-mandated "design review" is "a good way to make housing scarcer and more expensive." (Sightline)

Homelessness is rising faster in the rest of King County than in Seattle. Shelter facilities on the Eastside are finally in the works. (KING)

As homeless youth come of age, they have to face the strange new world of "adult services." (Crosscut)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Mayor Murray's considering ending the city's official involvement with NextDoor, a collection of neighborhood-based online forums that's become a hot spot for NIMBY outrage, rumors, lies, and "hysteria." It recently had a thread where members were encouraged to "blitz" City Council members' homes. (The C Is For Crank) (Slog)

ON AND OFF THE STREETS

A visit to a coffeehouse/drop-in center serving Aurora Avenue's street people with non-judgmental compassion. (Weekly)

SIC TRANSIT

An author specializing in "societal disruptions" says parking and car ownership will eventually be passé in places like Seattle. (KIRO-FM)

Among other things, Tacoma's mayor wants light rail to Seattle. (KCPQ)

TODAY IN CRIME

Trapeze/burlesque performer Kassandre Wilson's car was stolen, with all her gear and costumes inside. (KOMO)

Students at five Seattle high schools were dismissed early Wednesday after "a series of hoax robocalls." (KIRO-FM)

TODAY IN ICK

A volunteer cheerleading coach in Covington was charged with sending cell-phone "dick pics" of himself to a teen in the squad. (KIRO-TV) 

One of the six men arrested in Lynnwood for allegedly pimping young children had worked with a company entrusted to care for at-risk children. (KCPQ)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

For years, Harborview doctors have offered Somali immigrant parents a "cosmetic tuck" to their newborn daughters, as an alternative to what western activists call female genital mutilation. (CNN)

BY THE BOOK

Former Town Hall/U Book Store staffer Stesha Brandon is the interim leader of a revived effort to get UNESCO to declare Seattle an "International City of Literature." (SeaTimes)

THE BIG A

Amazon's hiring big again, this time for private-label clothing brands. It's apparently registered about a dozen brands so far, including such nonsense phrases as "Lark and Ro" and "James and Erin." Industry analysts say Amazon could become America's #1 clothing retailer within a year. (The Verge)

THE LAZY B

Leanne Caret, a 28-year Boeing veteran, is the new head of its Defense, Space, and Security group. Between Caret and Lockheed Martin's Marillyn Newson, "America's two biggest aerospace defense businesses are now run by women." (PS Biz Journal)

Airbus is getting more new plane orders than Boeing these days, but "both companies are prospering." (AP)

SPORTS

UW men's basketball came from way behind to lead Oregon State, only to see that lead gnawed away, losing 82-81 on a last-second three-pointer. At Oregon Sunday.

UW women's basketball at home vs. Utah tonight.

Gonzaga at San Diego tonight.

TONIGHT

"SNL" performer Michael Che. (Columbia City Theater)

OK Hotel reunion, with different bands each night. (Royal Room, thru Sun)

Joe Satriani. (Paramount) 

Lecture by NY video artist Amelia Saul. (Henry Art Gallery) 

Sewing & Stitchery Expo. (Puyallup Fair Events Center, thru Sun)

Wintergrass Festival. (Bellevue Hyatt Regency, thru Sun)

Seattle Fringe Festival. (Various spots, thru March 5)

Crater, Briana Marela, DJ Sharlese, RPAL. (Chop Suey)

Comedian Brett Hamil. (NW Film Forum)

"A Night to Remember: Corsages, Cake, and Cabaret." (Nordo's Culinarium, thru March 7)

"Short Takes: The World of Emily Dickinson." (ACT Theatre)

Bad Luck, Dex Amora, Bubbles & Bananas, JCB WST. (Lo-Fi)

Brass Monkeys (Beastie Boys tribute), #4All4Doras ("Seattle's first boy band"). (Barboza)

Sharkmuffin, Megasapien, Red Martian, Grey Waves. (Funhouse) 

Documentary "Screenagers," with director Dr. Delaney Ruston. (West Seattle Library)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Iain Thomas):

“All the most beautiful things are pulled from the ground.

All the most beautiful things are made in a fire.

All the most beautiful things are hit again and again. 

All the most beautiful things are shaped with hard hands.

Nothing about you is ugly.

You are made of the most beautiful things.”

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