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MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016

Yep, it rained on the Sounders (and the rest of us). If you're from here, you're used to it. You even look forward to it at times.

WEATHER

Intermittent rain through most of the week.

Heavy rain and winds caused still more power outages, landslides, etc. over the weekend. (KOMO)

Gov. Inslee declared a state of emergency in seven counties, due to destruction from January's rainstorms. (KING)

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A TIME OF THE SIGNS

A woman in Delridge posted this image from her front yard to the West Seattle Blog.

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QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Some 200 activists protested at the site of a proposed new King County youth jail on Sunday. (KIRO-TV)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The current Legislative session could go into overtime, or it could adjourn without a budget deal. (KPLU)

The state House passed a bill to set up a doctors' database, to track/prevent "doctor shopping" by opioid addicts. (Crosscut)

O GIVE ME A HOME

If current homeowners don't like higher property taxes to support affordable-housing plans, "lobby your lawmakers for a more equitable way to do so, like a capital gains tax or an income tax." (Seattlish)

A shower facility for homeless women has opened in a U District church. (KIRO-TV) 

Rent hyper-inflation: it's even worse in Tacoma than in Seattle. (PS Biz Journal)

DAMNING SECRETS

Newly-unearthed documents show the Catholic Seattle Archdiocese knew a parish priest was a dangerous serial child abuser but kept him on, transferring him regularly to new churches and new towns, for almost two decades. (SeaTimes)

POLICING THE POLICE

Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole has no time limit to decide whether to punish the officer who punched a handcuffed woman. (KING)

ECO 

Just why making the waters around here cleaner is so difficult. (Crosscut)

The woman who attached herself to the anchor chain of a Shell ship in Bellingham Bay told a Coast Guard inquiry she still believes her actions were necessary. (Bellingham Herald)

BACKROOM DEALS

How did Kent sell off a public park to a private developer, with no public scrutiny until the deal was done? A lack of "watchdog" media people in the 'burbs didn't hurt. (Danny Westneat) 

TODAY IN CRIME

Spokane's Sikh Temple was vandalized, probably by bigots who (like so many bigots these days) can't even tell the difference between Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims (who shouldn't be hit by bigotry-related crime either). (Spokesman-Review)

VANISHING VANCOUVER

The NIMBY's nightmare is even worse in Vancouver than Seattle: "single family home" neighborhoods getting uprooted without being rezoned. (SeaTimes) 

GAYS OF OUR LIVES

This year's Capitol Hill Pride Fest will last two days instead of one. (Capitol Hill Times)

MS BEHAVIOR

Shades of the 1990s: Microsoft's being accused of "monopolistic" actions, this time in the PC gaming realm. (GeekWire)

THE PLANE TRUTH

A federal court denied an appeal by the city of Mukilteo and others who are trying to stop commercial flights from returning to Everett's Paine Field. (Everett Herald)

Boeing's been invited to talks about replacing Iran's aging commercial air fleet. (PS Biz Journal)

The Machinists' union keeps trying to organize at Boeing's South Carolina plant. (SeaTimes)

BOOX

Fantagraphics Books has landed its most prestigious contributor yet, with Obama writing the intro to the final volume of "The Complete Peanuts." (NYT)

BIZ/ECONOMY

Metal prices are falling as much as oil prices (thanks in part to China's industrial slowdown). Result commercial metal and plastic recycling's having trouble staying profitable. (SeaTimes) 

R.I.P.

Bill Hobson, 76, was the longtime head of the Downtown Emergency Service Center and a longtime advocate for helping the homeless find first shelter and then permanent homes. He famously said, "There is no such thing as a throwaway person." (SeaTimes)

Jon Gash Sanders was a towering presence as a doorman and security chief at the Neumos complex and other local clubs. He died Sunday from undisclosed causes. (Steven Severin on Facebook)

Nancy Davis Reagan, 94, was America's first or second de facto "first woman President." She was a major proponent of the (disastrous) "War on Drugs," and refused to help her dying friend Rock Hudson. (NPR)

SPORTS

Sounders FC's Oniel Fisher was red-carded near halftime; they lost the season opener vs. Sporting Kansas City 1-0. At Real Salt Lake Saturday.

The spring-training Mariners fell 5-2 to Milwaukee Friday and 9-7 to Anaheim Saturday, then beat Texas 7-3 Sunday. Ms vs. Arizona today.

Sparked by Kelsey Plum's 29-point performance UW women's basketball advanced in the Pac-12 tourney vs. Stanford Friday, 73-65. But on Saturday, Oregon State came back from a halftime deficit to edge out the Huskies 57-55.

Gonzaga opened the WCC tourney in Las Vegas by downing Portland 92-67. The Zags face BYU today.

TONIGHT

Author Steve Olson on the Mt. St. Helens eruption and its aftermath. (Town Hall)

Spoken-word artist Andrea Gibson, Jinkx Monsoon. (Town Hall)

Wainwright Sisters, Local Strangers. (Tractor)

Judy Collins. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed)

Magma Fest, experimental/noise music festival, continues. (Hollow Earth Radio, thru March 31)

Jack Garratt. (Barboza)

INSIDE

I'll have not one but two book-reissue announcements to make in coming weeks. Watch this space.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Henotheism"

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