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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day is one of the top three or four "amateur drinking days" of the year. But it can also be a time to ponder the more significant Irish contributions to literature and to the world at large, and the pagan equinox rites that the Irish Catholics stole/morphed.

WEATHER

Sunny and mild Thurs-Fri; rain returning late Saturday.

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ANOTHER FIRST FAMILY

You know about ex-President Dave Dederer. You may know about his yoga-memoir sister Claire. Now meet their cousin Anne, who regularly fights for the legal rights of "the folks who need it most." (Stackedd)

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GIMME REFUGE, THE AFTERMATH

A group of western-states Republican politicians "planned and participated in aspects" of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Good news: More people are volunteering to help the homeless, and they're expressing more "compassion" toward their service recipients. (Weekly)

Another potential piece of the solution to homelessness: shelters people don't have to check out of in the morning. (Crosscut) 

"Seattle's apartment market is back on track" this year. Meaning: fewer vacancies, soaring rents. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

After all these months we still don't know who killed International District advocate/activist Donnie Chin. (Crosscut)

TODAY IN ICK

An Uber/Lyft freelance driver was charged with sexually assaulting several customers. (KOMO)

An alleged serial rapist of Aurora sex workers has been charged. (SeaTimes)

Buy a used van, get a dead body for free. (KIRO-TV) 

An Idaho sheriff blasted that state's legislature for creating a statewide system for collecting and tracking rape kits. The sheriff alleged that most reported rape accusations are really "consensual sex." (AP) 

POLLY TICKS

Once again, Hillary Clinton's coming to the area. Once again, you've gotta be a high roller to attend. (But since it's at the home of a Costco founder, maybe you can buy invites by the carton.) (PS Biz Journal)

The three candidates for Jim McDermott's Congressional seat are showing more similarities than differences thus far. (Joel Connelly)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Could the key to a state budget compromise be found in an obscure proposal to tax national TV networks' in-state ad revenues? (SeaTimes) 

AFTER THE DISASTER

Three people who were hurt on the Ride the Ducks crash may try to sue the city and the state. (SeaTimes)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Sea-Tac wants to get bigger. A lot bigger. Like $10 billion bigger. (KING)

FERRY TALES

A new member of the state Transportation Commission thinks the ferry system should consider selling itself to private operators; apparently forgetting the state got into the ferry business by bailing out a private operator that couldn't pay its bills anymore. (KING)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The original Red Robin restaurant site's set to contain a 70-unit apartment complex. (Curbed Seattle)

CODA

Following the death of drummer Andrew Loomis, Dead Moon's Fred and Toody Cole ("the first couple of Portland punk") are retiring from performing. (Willamette Week)

FULL COURT PRESSURE

The newest potential member of the Supremes, is a centrist (like Obama has always really been), a white dude, an experienced D.C. circuit judge, and a… forget it. What you really need to know is this is Obama's (last?) gauntlet-throw to Congressional Republicans, a chance to call 'em out on their official obstructionist, party-before-country policy. (NYT) (USAT)

CHURCH KEYS

The battle for control of Seattle Presbyterian Church (and the valuable land it sits on) has escalated, with local preachers counter-suing the denomination. (KING) 

ECO

A lot fewer boys want to be Boy Scouts these days. Result: the Scouts' south-sound region may close four of its five camps and sell the land for logging. (SeaTimes)

THE BIG A

The problem with Amazon's "selfie as ID" scheme: what if your evil twin hacks your account? (PI.com)

LABOR PANES

Teamsters won't strike Columbia Distributing, a big beer/liquor wholesaler, not until after St. Patrick's Day. (PS Biz Journal) 

More Chipotle trouble: A Pennsylvania judge found the chain violated labor laws when it fired a worker who'd Tweeted® about not being able to take breaks. (Salon) 

DEATHS ON THE TELLY

Sylvia Anderson was the model for and voice of Lady Penelope on "Thunderbirds." She and her then-husband Gerry co-produced all the "Supermarionation" shows, as well as "UFO" and "Space: 1999." (UK Guardian)

We must also say goodbye to Tony Warren, an actor-turned-writer who pushed through network naysayers by creating, and  shepherding the development of, the "downmarket" primetime soap "Coronation Street" (another top contender for the title of the Great British TV Show). (Daily Beast)

SPORTS

Gonzaga opens the NCAA men's basketball tournament vs. Seton Hall in Denver, 6:57 p.m. tonight on truTV (no, I don't know the channel number either).

The spring-training Mariners came back from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Giants 9-6. A's today.

ST. PATRICK'S-RELATED EVENTS

"Irish Wake for Lost Seattle Places." (LoveCityLove)

Feast of St. Patrick. (BottleNeck Lounge & Two Doors Down)

Earl Brooks, John Ramberg, Hinges; plus corned beef and cabbage meal. (Cafe Racer) 

St. Patrick's Day Celebration. (Kate's Pub)

33rd annual St. Patrick's Irish Festival. (Kells)

St. Patrick's Day Shindig with Wes Sp8 and the Apollo Proxy, Peter & the Tribe, Bleeding Romeos, TBASA. (Darrell's)

Annie O'Neill. (Columbia City Theater)

The Irish Experience, Brendan Regan. (Substation)

"Junk Yard: St. Patrick's Day Special," all-male cabaret revue. (Can Can)

"St. Patrick's Day Punk Massacre" with Hounds of the Wild Hunt, Spinning Whips, Bad Motivators, Chrome Lakes. (Neumos)

TONIGHT

Moisture Festival opening night. (Hale's Palladium and other venues, thru April 13)

Seattle Symphony with John Adams. (Benaroya Hall; also Sat)

Lauren Weedman talking with Dan Savage. (Town Hall)

"Marching in Gucci: Memoirs of a Well-Dressed Activist," one-man show with Chad Goller-Sojourner. (Gay City, thru Sun)

"A Port, a Playwright, a Novelist, and a Drag Queen," "competitive storytelling event." (Hugo House)

"Proof," play by David Auburn about "genius, family, and in/sanity." (Pocket Theater, thru Sat)

Opening of "Mariela in the Desert," play by Karen Zacarias about "creativity, loss, and secrets." (Theatre Off Jackson, thru April 9)

Margin Shift reading series presents Imani Sims, Justine Chan, Aria Riding, Daemond Arindell. (Common Area Maintenance) 

Thunderpussy and guests. (Sunset, thru Fri) 

Sad Lovers and Giants, Soft Kill, KA. (Chop Suey) 

Hoop, P.E.T.S., Slashed Tires. (Vera Project) 

Black Tuck, Wounded Giant, more. (El Corazon)

Yonder Mountain String Band. (Neptune) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Cavil"

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