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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016

intro: It's 3/16! That number means a lot if you're a Christian or a fan of '90s wrestling stars. For the rest of you, we'll celebrate the Ides of March one day late by stabbing into a big Caesar salad.

WEATHER

Could we actually have our first completely rainless day this month?

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FULL COURT PRESSURE

An overflow crowd of still-loyal Sonics fans, and such team legends as Kevin Calabro and Lenny Wilkens, rallied in City Hall prior to a City Council hearing on vacating a single little-used, one-block road for a new basketball/hockey arena. The Council's forthcoming vote on the proposal is the last hurdle for would-be team owner/arena builder Chris Hansen (other than, you know, actually landing a franchise). (KIRO-FM)

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MOVING STORIES

Street hot-rod racing is apparently still a thing, at least in Renton (where a 40-car race allegedly led to a shooting). (PI.com)

The state transportation commission voted to drop express-lane tolling on I-405 nights and weekends. (KCPQ)

Forget driverless cars. Boeing's got a driverless submarine! (And, yes, it's at least partly yellow.) (PI.com)

NON-MOVING STORIES

A traffic-reporting company says Seattle drivers lost an average of 66 hours being stuck in traffic last year. If you want to know the psychographic of right-wing talk radio, think of a target audience of frustrated drivers being encouraged to channel their general feelings of outrage into "anti-government" crusades, which effectively make traffic even worse, thus preserving the vicious cycle. (KING)

But were the above traffic study's data and conclusions accurate? Some say maybe not. (GeekWire)

Challenge Seattle, the elite group of local CEOs and ex-Gov. Gregoire, has issued its list for what to do about transportation. It's full of vague bureaucratese. (KIRO-TV)

A Puget Sound Regional Council task force recommends a centralized bureaucracy to manage all regional transportation projects, and (as we've mentioned before) to replace the gas tax with a "by the mile" road use tax. (KING)

Microsoft and its partners claim they can use "Big Data" to analyze just what traffic-safety improvements are needed and where. (GeekWire)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

By reducing "automatic lockup" arrest warrants and employing an evening "on call" judge, the County hopes to reduce the number of juveniles who get jailed. It's still not enough for the "no youth jail" activists. (SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The Legislature's special session is almost a week old, with no budget deal in sight. (AP)

O GIVE ME A HOME

A Zillow exec insists that Seattle's current housing hyperinflation is technically not a "bubble." (KIRO-FM)

Is the only hope for Seattle renters that (1) the "free market" gets to build all the units it wants, eventually leading one of these decades to a glut, AND (2) the same "free market" brings on another recession? (Erica C. Barnett)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Merchants in the Melrose Market building say Capitol Hill's ongoing construction tie-ups are hurting business. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

The Archdiocese of Seattle's leasing land at Terry and James for a 23-story senior housing tower. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

TODAY IN SCANDAL

Poulsbo's police chief resigned, following allegations (since officially cleared) of a "romantic relationship" with one of his officers. (Kitsap Sun)

AFTER THE DISASTER

The man killed in the weekend windstorm (a tree fell on his SUV) was a Pokémon Company staff artist with two young daughters. (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

A union-funded poll says most Seattle voters support scheduling protections for low-wage workers. (Slog)

DRUGS

Some Seattle Police officers will carry a heroin-antidote drug. (KING)

ON AND OFF THE AIR

CBS, the only old "big three" broadcaster still owning local radio stations, plans to sell off its Radio Stations Group. This includes the Seattle outlets KZOK, KMPS, KJAQ ("Jack FM"), and KFNQ ("1090 The Fan"). The buyer will probably be another mega-group. (Variety)

BIZ

Xerox (remember them?) is shutting a Redmond customer-service office, laying off 325 workers. (PS Biz Journal)

SPORTS

UW men's basketball beat Long Beach State 107-102, in the NIT opening round. Next: San Diego State, Monday.

The spring-training Mariners and Angels tied 4-4. Giants today.

TONIGHT

Deep Sea Diver, Radiation City. (Neumos)

"Blackass" novelist A. Igoni Barrett. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

APRIL Festival fireside chat with poet Cedar Sigo. (Sorrento Hotel)

Lisa Sheets art exhibit (rescheduled opening, due to Greenwood blast-related rebuilding). (Chaco Canyon)

KUOW's "Un-Caucuses" with Ross Reynolds. (Spitfire) 

Psychologist Andi Zeizsler on taking command of social situations. (Town Hall)

"Piano Starts Here," fundraiser for repairing the Royal Room's Steinway.

Chris Staples. (Barboza)

Joy, Pharlee, Coyote. (Lo-Fi)

FWD series presents Pomo. (Q)

Well-Strung. (Neptune)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Haruki Murakami):

"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking."

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