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TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016

It's our 200th edition! If you care about such things, and I perfectly understand if you don't.

WEATHER

Decreasing showers and calmer winds today; perhaps completely dry Wednesday for the first time this month.

Some 50,000 households were still without electric power Monday, following Sunday's windstorm. Several schools were closed. The (old) 520 floating bridge reopened Monday morning. (KCPQ) (SeaTimes)

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SMELLS LIKE…

A photographer has a Kurt Cobain exhibit in L.A. Not of the guy himself, but of his "stuff." (PI.com)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

The City Council voted 7-2 to bail out and take over the Pronto! bike-share service, the first step toward making it large enough to become viable. (KIRO-FM)

The Council also allocated $600,000 toward alternatives to youth incarceration. (Seattlish)

Mayor Murray confirmed Triad Development's formally asked the city to transfer its interest in the long-delayed Civic Square project to another developer, Touchstone. (PS Biz Journal)

WHERE THE ELITE MEET

Ex-Gov. Gregoire and some of the area's top CEOs have formed "Challenge Seattle," a coalition striving to find solutions to area traffic, create more jobs, keep low-income students in college, etc. (KING)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The City tore down the evicted Dearborn encampment. (KCPQ)

State Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way) tells what we've all long known: Seattle's schemes to end homelessness "have failed." (SeaTimes oped)

BERTHA, BUT…

The deeply boring tunnel machine got to its "maintenance stop." (KCPQ)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Could Gov. Inslee's mass-vetoes backfire? (Crosscut)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Among the GOP Senate's last-minute maneuvers in the regular session: gutting a bill to address children's mental health. (Crosscut)

Is the charter-school funding fix just as illusory as the public-school funding fix? (Weekly)

Education blogger Diane Ravitch chastises "turncoat Democrats" in the Legislature, who she claims contributed to the charter-school bailout.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says he might run for governor as an independent, on a fund-the-schools-dammit platform. (KING)

MOVING STORIES

With fuel-efficient vehicles cutting into gas-tax proceeds, prepare for a shift to "by the mile" road taxes. (KING)

ECO

Climate change will affect "low-income communities of color" faster and harder. (Slog)

CRITTERS

Buried in a story about booming Washington wolf populations, there's a mention of a wolf pack named "Stranger." Do these wolves love savagely? (SeaTimes)

Chai, the late ex-Woodland Park elephant, may have had a fatal digestive condition that could not have been diagnosed before death. (AP)

JUNK FOOD OF THE WEEK

Full Tilt has given librarian superstar Nancy Pearl her own ice cream flavor! It's just one of several flavors honoring local celebs and institutions the mini-chain plans to offer this year. (SeattleMet)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Providence Helath grows again. This time it's taking over the Institute for Systems Biology, a nonprofit biomedical-research concern. (PS Biz Journal)

THE BIG A

Amazon Web Services, the division that rents computing services and server space to other dot-coms and institutions, is now 10 years old and may become, if it isn't already, the profitable tail wagging Amazon's e-commerce dog. (PS Biz Journal)

After four months, veteran local journalist Frank Catalano's decided he likes Amazon Books in U Village.

BIZ

The Starwood hotel group, which includes the formerly locally-based Westin chain, got a $1.4 billion takeover bid from Chinese interests. (AP)

Coinstar/Redbox says it will seek "strategic alternatives." That's usually bureaucratese for either downsizing, selling out, or both. (GeekWire)

ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA

The SeaTimes has discovered Erica Barnett's discovery of Backdoor.com's NIMBY-outrage threads.

ORANGE (HAIR) IS THE NEW BROWN (SHIRT)

This morning e-missive has not devoted much of any space to the Presidential campaigns. But Josh Feit has a handy guide to the violence- and "victimhood"-inducing tactics of He Who Must Not Be Named, including just why it was Chicago where his calculated brutality was finally brought to "mainstream" attention.

SPORTS

The UW men's basketball team starts the National Invitational Tournament vs. Long Beach State, at home tonight.

UW women's basketball faces Pennsylvania Saturday in the NCAA tournament's first round. 

In split-squad games, the spring-training Mariners lost to the Rockies 6-4 and to the Diamondbacks 8-3. Angels today.

A letter opposing the Sodo arena project was sent to the City Council by 40 state lawmakers. They say they're worried about traffic impacts to Port of Seattle shipping. (KIRO-TV)

TODAY

Sodo Arena project supporters' rally, including Kevin Calabro and Slick Watts. (City Hall, 4 p.m.)

TONIGHT

APRIL Festival opening party. (Pine Box) 

David Crosby. (Neptune)

Bernie Sanders benefit with Bret Hamil, Kimya Dawson, more. (Tractor)

Ripe Mangos, Dry and Dusty, Hedgehag. (Cafe Racer)

Biologist George Dikovy on climate change's effects in Alaska. (Town Hall)

Finish Ticket, Vinyl Theatre, Patternist. (Crocodile)

"Design in Depth: The New Regionalism," panel talk. (Center for Architecture & Design) 

Songwriters' showcase featuring Alicia Amiri. (Columbia City Theater)

"Be Here to Love Me," documentary about Townes Van Zandt. (Chop Suey)

Sweetspot Combo. (Triple Door)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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