MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016

It's Pi Day! Besides treating yourself to a tasty baked dessert, you could take some time this day to ponder the magic circle, that central locus of "sacred geometry," the symbol of the intersection of mathematics and mysticism. It's also a good excuse to visit the Sacred Circle Gallery inside Discovery Park.


Rain gradually tapers off over the next three days. Winter storm warnings remain in effect in parts of the Cascades.

Another massive windstorm (gusts up to 79 mph) led to more power outages (over 250,000 were without electricity at one point), downed trees, yet another landslide along the northern Sounder train tracks, and one fatality. (Cliff Mass) (KCPQ) (SeaTimes)



Ernestine Anderson, 87, was the dean of local jazz vocalists. She made almost 20 albums, toured for years, and received almost every award given in her profession. (SeaTimes) (KPLU tribute show)



How long will the Legislature's special session last? What will the final budget deal look like? Will any of Gov. Inslee's 27 vetoes get overridden? Stay tuned. (KIRO-TV) 

Among the bills that didn't make it: yet another attempt to increase film/TV production tax credits, in hopes of reversing the trend of "runaway" productions to Canada.

The state Senate is "where voting-reform bills are killed." (Joel Connelly)

The Federal trial of State Auditor Troy Kelley (the first Wash. stte official to be indicted in 35 yerars) begins today. He's charged with stealing $1.4 million in undeserved fees related to a real-estate services company he used to run. (AP)


The last residents of Camp Dearborn (née Nickelsville) were evicted Friday morning, three weeks after a rift between the camp's residents and its nonprofit operators. (Weekly)

Despite the rumors to the contrary, most of King County's homeless are from right here. (SeaTimes)


PhinneyWood has a list of all the Greenwood businesses affected by Wednesday's gas explosion.

In news not related to the nearby gas explosion, Greenwood's food bank will close, having lost all its city funding. (Danny Westneat)


Another threat to salmon in Washington rivers: commercial dredging for gold. (PBS NewsHour)

Local tribes may cancel the coho salmon season across Puget Sound this year. (KING)

One way Gov. Inslee can help the environment in spite of state Senate Republicans: by dumping state investments in fossil-fuel stocks. (Crosscut) 


Seattle tops the U.S. in Bernie Sanders campaign donations per capita. (Gene Balk)


A Thurston County judge ruled the Grocery Manufacturers Association violated campaign-finance laws, when it financed "astroturf" campaigns against the GMO-labeling initiative in 2013. (AP)


Community health centers in Washington are getting $3 million in federal funds for treating opioid addiction. (SeaTimes)


The Port of Seattle's conducting a review of its real-estate holdings. No word about selling anything off yet. (KING)


Did the UW misspend $2 million in National Science Foundation grant money on excessive managerial salaries, travel, and promotional Snuggies? (KIRO-TV) 


Group Health's voting members approved the devouring of the pioneering patient-owned cooperative by Kaiser Permanente. (SeaTimes)


Albertsons/Safeway will acquire 29 of the 33 remaining Haggens supermarkets. The other four will close. (SeaTimes)

Things that could be done to help local small retailers and other businesses survive. (Crosscut)

Nordstrom's laying off 120 more people from its online-sales operation. (SeaTimes) 

Another obstacle for female entrepreneurs: "angel investors" like to invest in companies with CEOs who look like CEOs are supposed to look like (i.e., dudes). (PS Biz Journal)


The spring-training Mariners beat the Giants Friday, split two split-squad games with the Dodgers and Reds Saturday, and lost to the Reds Sunday. Split-squad games with Arizona and Colorado today. 

An injury-plagued Sounders FC's still winless this young season, losing 2-1 to Real Salt Lake. Home vs. Vancouver Saturday.

In the NCAA men's basketball tourney: Gonzaga, Oregon State, Oregon. 

The UW had to settle for the NIT, and will meet Long Beach State at home Tuesday.


Pi Day pie eating contest. (Lost Lake)


Douglas Smith, author of "Rasputin, Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs." (Folio)

Film "Nosferatu" with live soundtrack by The Invincible Czars. (SIFF Uptown)

Gogol Bordello. (Showbox)

Violent J. (El Corazon)

Trapeze artist Tanya Brno. (Pink Door)

Collide-O-Scope comedy revue. (Re-bar)

"The Magic Hat" comedy/storytelling revue. (Rendezvous Grotto)

Charles Duhigg discussing "How to Become Smarter, Faster, Better." (Town Hall)


(Elizabeth Cady Stanton):

"Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving."


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