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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016

Spring is here. The expanded light rail is here. Bernie Sanders was here (with his basic stump speech). And MISCmedia MAIL is, and will continue to be, here.

WEATHER

Showers and potential thunderstorms.

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TRAINS OF THOUGHT

The new light-rail stations are every bt as beautiful as advertised. Ellen Forney's public art at the Capitol hill station is a fine tribute to Seattle's, and Capitol Hill's, comic-art and alt-media heritage. Leo Saul Berk's "Subterranium" at the Husky Stadium station is a stunningly beautiful set of installations, befitting one of the nation's most beautiful college campuses. (And the trains are just as speedy as advertised, too.)

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QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Let's get this straight: A Magnolia anti-homeless NIMBY thought it was a good idea to smash open the windows of a van two people were living (and, at the time, sleeping) in. They thought they were being attacked, and fought back. But then a KOMO story treated the affluent attacker as the incident's "real" victim.

Mentally ill defendants, waiting extended periods for competency exams, shouldn't be sent to jails, not even "renovated" jails, say defense lawyers. (AP)

REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE

Bernie Sanders didn't say much of anything new at KeyArena Sunday, but he said it before the biggest political-event crowd here since Obama in '08. (KOMO)

THE PAST ISN'T PAST

The Wash. State History Museum's raising money to restore old event posters from pre-WWII Tacoma. (KING)

AND WHEN THEY GOT TOGETHER, IT WAS MURDER!

A Seattle scientists claims crows' brains are remarkably like humans' brains. (AP)

ECO

A Seattle law firm filed a class-action suit about the Portland air pollution linked to a glass factory. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

"Clean energy" shouldn't be just for the NPR demographic (white, affluent). (CityLab)

OIL'S NOT WELL

A mixup at a Yakima Fred Meyer gas station meant dozens of motorists inadvertently pumped diesel fuel into their gasoline cars, rendering them inoperable. (via KING)

VANISHING SEATTLE

The owners of the Guild 45th just nominated the venerable Wallingford cinema for official landmark status. Does that mean it's saved? Actually, possibly not. (PS Biz Journal)

A would-be new self-storage complex in Interbay would kick out several small businesses, and the Sex Positive Community Center. (Queen Anne News)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The contractors fired from the Convention Center expansion project are suing. (SeaTimes)

POLICING THE POLICE

The SPD will need 175 new officers, plus the equivalent of many more in overtime, according to a new report. (KIRO-TV)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

One issue keeping the Legislative special session running: whether to treat higher teacher pay as a necessity or just a nice idea. (AP)

KELLEY GREEN

At his trial about his former real-estate services business, State Auditor Troy Kelley's expected to present a "Nordstrom defense." They'll claim Kelley wasn't obligated to return customers' fees, but did so whenever they asked. (AP)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The former Dearborn Avenue homeless encampment has a new, temporary, site. (Slog)

IN YOUR COURT

"Who said it: Merrick Garland or Judy Garland?" (Mother Jones)

CAFFEINE

Is Starbucks deliberately shortchanging latte buyers? That's what a class-action lawsuit in Calif. claims. (PI.com)

TODAY IN ICK

An already-suspended Port Townsend High School teacher was charged with burglarizing his old classroom and with threatening to kill the school's principal. (KCPQ)

"Three teens accused of raping girl, posting attack on Snapchat." (KOMO) 

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

The Fire Dept.'s person in charge at both the Ride the Ducks crash and the Greenwood gas explosion says her higher-ups are stifling her career and ignoring her accomplishments, because of plain ol' misogyny. (SeaTimes)

Microsoft's games division hired a troupe of female dancers in "erotic schoolgirl" costumes, for a promo party at a Frisco game-biz convention. Not a way to make women feel welcomed in the tech biz. (GeekWire)

THE BIG A

The SEC sez Amazon should let shareholoders vote on an activist-sponsored "gender equity pay" proposal. (PS Biz Journal) 

SPORTS

Sounders FC remains winless, losing 2-1 to Vancouver. At Montreal April 2.

Gonzaga moved into the NCAA tournament's "sweet 16" with an 82-59 rout of Utah. Next: Friday vs. Syracuse.

UW women's basketball beat Penn 65-53 in the NCAA tourney. Next: Maryland today.

UW men's basketball in an NIT game vs. San Diego State tonight.

The spring-training Mariners' four games in three days (including a split-squad Saturday) resulted in wins vs. Texas and Kansas City, then losses to Arizona and Cleveland. Dodgers today, then a day off Tuesday.

TONIGHT

Dave Chappelle. (Paramount) 

Greg Dulli, Derrick Brown. (Triple Door)

Transportation-planning expert Jeanette Sadik-Khan with Mayor Murray. (Town Hall)

"Circle of Sawdust," one-man show by Rob Mermin about old-time circus life. (Hale's Palladium, free)

Gordon Edgar reads from "Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America's Most Iconic Cheese." (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

"Bard in a Bar" series presents a "rowdy, crowdsourced, and boozy" interpretation of "Measure for Measure." (Solo)

Wildlife photographer Art Wolfe. (U Book Store)

Phil Cook, the Dead Tongues. (Sunset)

Bacillus, Knifecream, more. (El Corazon)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Ataraxia"

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