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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016

Sooper Toosday has come and gone. Nothing's really changed. One single non- (but not necessarily anti-) Trump GOP candidate has still yet to emerge; Bernie Sanders' progressive crusade rolls on despite setbacks. Around here, wintery conditions continue, and the Sounders and Mariners haven't broken our collective hearts this year yet.

WEATHER

Rain decreasing Wednesday, decreasing further Thursday.

Big winds Tuesday meant the usual big problems with fallen trees and power lines. (KIRO-FM)

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TAT FOR, WELL, YOU KNOW…

My longtime acquaintance, tattoo ace Vyvyn Lazonga, helps make post-mascectomy women look and feel beautiful again. (KUOW)

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SIC TRANSIT

The City Council's Transportation Committee voted 3-3 on rescuing or dumping the Pronto! bike-share system. The full council will have to make the final decision, around the end of the month. (GeekWire)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Looks like House Speaker Frank Chopp's getting his way in greatly narrowing the scope of Mayor Murray's proposal for tax credits for "affordable" housing. (PubliCola)

The race for Bradley Walkinshaw's seat in the 43rd Legislative District has one more entrant—Danni Askini, who'd be the Legislature's first openly Trans member. (Slog) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Mayor Murray gave Triad Development, which has failoed for years to get the "Civic Square" project built on city-owned land, more time to find a buyer for its interests in the project. (SeaTimes)

Another day, another tower proposal. This one's at Fifth north of Blanchard, across the alley from the stalled Portola tower project. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The old KING-TV building is allegedly already being "squatted," lerss than a month after being vacated. And banners are going up around South Lake Union, asserting that "Sweeps Make Squats." (Danny Westneat)

While some north end homeowners scoff at homeless camps, south end citizens held a work party to welcome the arrival of Othello Village. (South Seattle Emerald)

SOCIAL ISMS

Proponents of the Nextdoor neighborhood social-media network insist it's good for a lot more than just inciting hatred against the poor and homeless. (GeekWire)

There are things worse than being a person with disabilities; such as having your disabilities exploited by the media into "inspiration porn." (The Establishment)

ECO

If Tacomans don't want a humongous methanol plant and export terminal, the Columbia River town of Kalama would gladly have it. (Say, why doesn't that town have a zoo yet?) (KUOW)

There are lessons to be learned from big layoffs at one Northwest oil-export facility and a major change in plans for another. (Sightline)

An investigation into the "safety culture" is growing at the Columbia Generating Station, Hanford's (and the Northwest's) last operating nuclear power plant. (NWNews/KPLU)

Environmentalists want the Dept. of Ecology to release more water into the Spokane River in the summer, when it can become nearly dry. (AP)

The idea that a "Big One" earthquake's due here any day now? Don't get your fears up too high, one expert says. (KIRO-FM)

DRUGS

The county-run heroin treatment center on Beacon Hill, closed last year, will soon reopen. And the county's convening a task force on how to deal with both heroin and prescription-painkiller addictions. (KOMO)

THE LAZY B

Boeing's on the hunt for historical memorabilia about the company, for a centennial exhibit in May at the Museum of Flight. (GeekWire)

COULDN'T HAPPEN TO A NICER GUY, NOT

Aubrey McLendon, a member of the Oklahoma cartel that stole our Sonics, was indicted for his role in an alleged conspiracy to fix bids on oil and gas leases. (KIRO-TV)

TECH TALCH

Drew Atkins proclaims, "We must civilize the tech bros," not just to help more women enter and stay in the industry, but "for the good of humanity." (Crosscut)

You know tech workers make a lot of money. But did you know they now make up 8.2 percent of the state's workforce? (PS Biz Journal)

Clear Channel Outdoor, the billboard division of U.S. radio's 500-lb. gorilla, wants to use its billboard sites to track your movements via your smartphone. Just for "marketing purposes," they assure you. (NYT)

SPORTS

UW men's basketball season finale vs. WSU tonight.

Next:  Pac 12 tourney, starting Friday.

Sounders FC vs. Mexico's Club America in part two of a home-and-away series, tonight in Mexico City.

TONIGHT

Debut of "The Real O'Neals," sitcom "loosely based" on Dan Savage's childhood. (KOMO, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.)

National Theatre of Scotland presents "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart." (The Factory Luxe, thru March 20)

"Am I Normal? French Disko." (Revolver Bar)

Galantis, Swedish electronica duo. (Showbox Sodo)

XURS, Pink Muscles. (El Corazon)

Silent Reading Party. (Sorrento)

Hundred Waters, Phantoms, Youryoungbody. (Tractor)

PubSci series discusses "Magnetospheres." (Hilliard's Brewpub)

ACTLab Reading Series presents "The Great Soil of Russia." (ACT Theatre)

Comedian Demitri Martin. (UW HUB Ballroom)

INSIDE

Still trying to rectify how "bots" at some large email providers have "blacklisted" this newsletter, apparently believing it to be spam. I have a diagnosis but not a treatment.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Nora Ephron):

“What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications.”


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