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FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016

March has come in like a lion. If we're lucky, it will go out like it does in one of the unnamed countries John Belushi once ranted about.

WEATHER

Partly sunny early Friday; rain coming late and continuing through the weekend.

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A TIME OF THE SIGNS

Port Angeles now has the world's only bilingual English/Klallam street signs. (Peninsula Daily News)

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TODAY IN OOPS

The City Council Transportation Committee really voted 4-2 to save and bail out the Pronto! bike-share program. Earlier reports from Councilmember O'Brien mistakenly reported the vote as a 3-3 tie. The proposal still goes to the full Council, but now with an official committee recommendation. (SeaTimes)

VANISHING SEATTLE

The UW Regents' offer to preservationists who want the campus's old nuclear reactor building to remain standing: demolish it, but not before making a virtual-reality app about it. (UW Daily)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The state Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision to kill a recall drive against State Auditor Troy Kelley. The high court said the allegations behind ex-attorney Will Knedlik's recall campaign were "legally or factually insufficient." Kelley goes to trial later this month, on allegations other than those cited in Knedlik's campaign. (AP)

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants a four- to six-state regional Presidential primary day. She calls it "the Pac-12 Primary." The problem with the idea: the candidates and the media would care only about California, and would ignore "the rest of the west" even more than they already do. (KUOW)

The Legislature passed a tax bill to help Seattle annex White Center and the unincorporated part of South Park. (SeaTimes)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

Having failed in the Legislature, reactionary interests have begun "the most radical anti-Trans ballot initiative ever submitted." (Think Progress)

POLICING THE POLICE

The Seattle Police oversight committee says it's so found "no basis" to refer the fatal police shooting of Che Taylor to prosecutors. (KUOW)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Remember how elections by district were supposed to help get big money out of the City Council? Didn't work out that way. (Weekly)

The Civic Square project (the hole-in-the-ground block on Third where Seattle Police HQ used to be) may have a new City-approved developer. (PS Biz Journal)

BERTHA, BUT…

The deeply boring tunnel machine is still running, but is still several weeks from heading beneath the Viaduct. (KIRO-FM)

O GIVE ME A HOME

A longtime Beacon Hill community volunteer says he knows how "The Jungle" can be "saved." Part of the plan involves somehow neutralizing the drug dealers. (Weekly) http://flip.it/TWugR

DEAD AIR

Good news everyone! iHeart Media (a.k.a. Clear Channel), the 500 lb. gorilla of radio station ownership, lost three quarters of a billion last year, and may need to divest some or all of its over-1,000 stations in order to appease shareholders. (TheTop22.com)

UNDEAD AIR

KIRO Radio recorded and saved more CBS News broadcasts from WWII than CBS itself did. And now they're at the Smithsonian. (Feliks Banel)

ECO

The State's filed criminal charges against a company that ran a "reclaimed water facility" near the State Patrol's fire training academy in North Bend. The company's charged with submitting false water-quality data 177 times, endangering firefighters' health. (KUOW)

You might not have heard much about it lately, but the coal train issue hasn't gone away, not yet. (Weekly)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Boeing's testing a special kind of ultraviolet light fixture that could help sanitize airplane restrooms. (KING)

LABOR PANES

Uber's doing just about everything it legally can to persuade its "independent contractor" drivers not to unionize. (SeaTimes)

And the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (which has essentially become a hard-line conservative political lobbying group in recent years) is suing Seattle to overturn the law allowing for-hire drivers to unionize. (Slog)

With all the political rhetoric about "protecting" or "rescuing" sex workers, why don't the politicians ask what sex workers themselves want/need? That was the message of a downtown rally on Thursday. (Slog)

TEK TALK

A Seattle company with the professed aim of bringing broadband Internet to communities that don't have it is building a pilot system—in California. (PS Biz Journal)

BIZ & ECONOMY

Yep, Amazon's hiring more people to work in and around Seattle than anybody else. You might not guess who's got the #2 and #4 fastest-growing local payrolls—Catholic Health Initiatives and Providence Health & Services. (PS Biz Journal)

Costco's increasing its employees' base pay to $13 or $13.50/hr., varying by location. (CNN) 

SPORTS

Sounders FC starts its regular season Sunday at CenturyLink Field against Sporting Kansas City.

Mariners beat San Diego 6-5. Spring training games continue vs. Milwaukee today, Anaheim Saturday, and Texas Sunday.

UW women's basketball opened the Pac-12 tourney by beating Colorado 67-51. Next round vs. Stanford, tonight in KeyArena.

Gonzaga starts the West Coast Conference tourney vs. Portland Saturday in Las Vegas.

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse says he won't be back next season. (KCPQ)

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Stripped Screw Burlesque presents "Disney After Dark: The Road to Happily Ever After?". (Columbia City Theater, Fri-Sat)

Polar Science Weekend. (Pacific Science Center, Fri-Sun)

CityArts "GenreBender" revue. (Seattle Center Cornish Playhouse, Fri-Sat) 

"Visual Chorus," short films with live-music accompaniment. (West of Lenin, Fri-Sat)

Girl Scout cookie sales begin. (Various spots, Fri)

Spin the Bottle cabaret. (Annex Theatre, Fri)

Animal Collective, Ratking. (Neptune, Fri)

Anti-Flag, Leftover Crack, War on Women, more. (El Corazon, Fri) 

Local author Colleen McElroy reading from her book "Blood Memory." (Elliott Bay Book Co., Fri)

Wolf Eyes, Timmy's Organism. (Barboza, Fri)

Jayda G., J. Albert. (Kremwerk, Fri)

Fox and the Law, Hand of the Hills, A Townsman Echo, Kevin Nichols. (Chop Suey, Fri)

ANDY, the Burnz, Vanity Mirrors. (Highline, Fri)

"Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers." (Founders Theater, Sat-Sun)

Seattle Miniature Show. (Tukwila DoubleTree Suites, Sat-Sun)

Public opening of exhibit "Anne Frank: A History for Today." (Holocaust Center for Humanity, Sat-Sun)

Seattle Bike Show. (CenturyLink Field Events Center, Sat-Sun) 

John Prine. (Paramount, Sat)

Balkan Night Northwest. (St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Sat) 

Open house and $1 book sale. (Wave Books, Sat)

Half Price Books warehouse sale. (9241 Greenwood Ave. N., Sat)

"Page to Screen" series presents "Blow Up." (Central Library, Sat)

"The Space Between Us," tribute to "spatial music pioneer" Henry Brant with David A. Jaffe, Andy Schloss, and Trimpin. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

Johnny Cash tribute with Cash'd Out, Mads Jacobsen. (Tractor, Sat) 

Harlot's Ball, with DJs, kink demonstrations, and a "safe sex kissing booth." (LoFi, Sat)

"20 Springs" anniversary group show. (Fountainhead Gallery, Sat)

Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy, Abysmal Dawn. (El Corazon, Sat)

Red Heart Alarm, Hinjanun, Ghost Train Trio. (Darrell's, Sat)

Vinyleaters DJ crew. (Lava Lounge, Sat)

MarchFourth, Sepiatonic. (Showbox, Sat)

Mimi Gardner Gates discusses "The Buddhist Caves at Dunhuang." (Seattle Asian Art Museum, Sat)

"Playful," Dj set with Manoj Matthew. (OmCulture, Sat, all ages)

Funbucket improv comedy. (Jet City Improv, Sat)

Late Nite Art, art/dinner party. (Lovecitylove, Sat) 

Activist Shirin Ebadi on "Fighting for Human Rights in Iran." (SU Campion Ballroom, Sun)

UW Women's Center presents "SEVEN," collaborative "documentary play" on women's struggles in seven different countries, with State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu. (Town Hall, Sun)

The Tiptons, Full Fathom Five, Crystal Beth. (Tractor, Sun)

Ani DiFranco. (Neptune, Sun)

Joses Gonzalez, yMusic. (Moore, Sun)

Beer & Yoga. (Hellbent Brewing Co., Sun) 

INSIDE

A loyal reader thought my regular category title "Tech Talch" was a typo. So I've changed it as of today to "Tek Talk." Hope it's more acceptable.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Graham Greene, "The Power and the Glory"):

"Hate is a lack of imagination."

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