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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016

Yesterday was International Women's Day. While our city and state have had more than their share of influential individual women over the decades, it's the unsung, even "invisible" women's work that really made this place this place. They range from the European fashionistas whose taste in furs helped spur commercial exporation in the Northwest, to the pioneer women who turned settlements into communities, to the society ladies who started/supported institutions still with us (Children's Hospital most prominently), to the politicians and activists fighting for a better, more just society today.

WEATHER

Rain increases Wednesday, tapers off Thursday, comes back in full force Friday or Saturday.

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Tuesday was move-in day at the new Othello homeless camp. (KIRO-TV)

Mayor Murray has an op-ed in the UK Guardian's US website, pleading for homelessness to become an issue in the Presidential election.

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

Gov. Inslee threatened to veto everything coming out of the Legislature unless it reaches at least a tentative budget agreement by midnight Thursday. (PubliCola)

Among the many things Senate Republicans don't seem to give a whit about: protecting pregnant workers. (Slog)

Lt. Gov Brad Owen's retiring, effective January. He's spent 40 years in different state-government posts. Four people have already said they're running for his current office this fall. (KOMO)

Is Inslee only certain of a re-election victory if his GOP opponent has to run on a Trump-led slate? (Knute Berger)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The City wants all non-residential buildings of 50,000 square feet or more to regularly review their power and water usage, and to become more efficient in such usage. (KING)

The Seattle Channel's starting "Citizen University TV: Lessons in Power," a series introducing viewers to the local political process. (Sightline)

I HAVE THE POWER!

Thirty percent of Oregon's electricity now comes from coal. But that state's legislature passed a plan to phase it out. (EarthFX/KUOW)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal by a group that wanted to put ads on Metro buses juxtaposing images of Muslims with the headline "Faces of Global Terrorism." (KING)

Evacuation warnings in central Washington during last year's wildfires didn't reach many non-English speakers, Gov. Inslee has revealed. He wants that to not happen again. (Wenatchee World) 

Fatalities from car-pedestrian collisions, here and nationally, are on the rise. Charles Mudede puts the blame on civic policies that are all about cars, even while cities are becoming "more about people."

TODAY IN CRIME

The city, county, and U.S. Postal Service combined forces to arrest a Skyway mother and adult daughter accused of running an "industrial scale" ID theft operation. (KCPQ)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

Microsoft's posted an International Women's Day-themed video encouraging girls to aspire to become "inventors"—not code drudges (which MS, like most tech firms, has far too few of). (GeekWire)

A UW Bothell prof's trying to design and make "Kevlar dresses" and other bulletproof attire for Trans women. (Weekly)

THE 'BURBS

Scoff all you want at tourism spending in Tukwila, SeaTac, and Des Moines. The suburban communities will still insist their joint marketing campaign brings in a lot more money than it costs. (PS Biz Journal)

TO YOUR HEALTH

Yes, the Navy used radium paint on planes formerly stored at Sand Point's hangars. But there's no evidence of scary radiation levels at today's Magnuson Park. (KIRO-FM)

Something else not to do while drunk: teach kindergarten. (Even if it seems the only way to survive doing it.) (KCPQ) 

SUDS

Fremont Brewing's doubling its capacity, with a new hi-tech plant in Ballard. (GeekWire)

THE BIG A

Even Seattle-based companies aren't making movies or TV shows in Seattle these days. Amazon's new one-click home shopping show, "Style Code Live," is in New York. (GeekWire)

TEK TALK

It's not just the local population that's becoming Californicated. Golden State investors are pouring in three times more money into local startups than in-state investors are. (PS Biz Journal)

BIZ/ECONOMY

Washington's second biggest private company, Saltchuk, is moving to new offices. In other news, there's really a company called Saltchuk. (It owns Foss Maritime and the TOTE shipping line.) (PS Biz Journal)

R.I.P.

Sir George Martin, 90, was responsible for every Beatles studio release except their last; also produced Shirley Bassey tracks, "Goon Show"/Peter Sellers comedy records, and, eh, the band America. (BBC)

SPORTS

UW men's basketball opens the Pac-12 tourney vs. Stanford, noon today in Las Vegas.

Gonzaga drew away from St. Mary's 85-75, to take its zillionth consecutive WCC conference crown and an automatic NCAA tournament entry.

The spring-training Mariners lost 4-3 to Cleveland. The Ms play defending World Series champs Kansas City today.

TONIGHT

Chocolate for Choice benefit. (Fisher Pavilion)

Woody Guthrie tribute with Danny Newcombe, Baby Gramps, Whiting Tennis, more. (Tractor)

Beacon Bards poetry reading series. (The Station)

Author Sean Beaudoin. (Third Place Ravenna)

Justin Bieber. (KeyArena)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Agglutinative"

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