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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016

A social-media spectacle is over; a person who took over a visible "space" that didn't involve a protest or an overt statement of any kind. And on Wednesday night, all across the awning-girded exterior of the retail building next to the spectacle's site, men bedded down for the night with no apparent other place to go. Let us hope and work for a better future for him and for them.

WEATHER

Showers, strong winds, and sun breaks through Easter.

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THE DENOUMENT

The still not-officially-identified "Man In Tree" finally came down Wednesday from the 80-foot sequoia in the Fourth and Stewart street median, after nearly 12 and a half hours. (KIRO-FM)

Capitol Hill Seattle has given the tree climber a first name ("Cody"), and describes him as a 28-year-old homeless man who'd recently arrived in Seattle.

The tree itself was transplanted to its present site in 1973, and was considered unhealthy in 2010. But it's been pruned and nurtured since then. (SeaTimes)

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STATE OF THE ARTS

A/NT Gallery (née Art/Not Terminal, after its original space in an ex-Trailways depot), the artist-run cooperative that lost its first space to redevelopment and is losing its second, has been invited to moe to Seattle Center. It's starting a crowdfunding campaign to support this.

ECO

Chinook salmon populations in western Washington are "dismal" compared to decades past. (East of Seattle News)

A climate scientist claims sea levels are rising a lot faster than previously thought. (Slog) 

Despite the collapse of fossil-fuel prices, two coal export megaprojects in western Washington are still on the drawing boards (or rather, the CAD/CAM computer terminals). And they'd move a LOT of coal. (Sightline)

SIC TRANSIT

The Transit Riders Union doesn't like that Sound Transit light rail doesn't accept the reduced-fare bus tickets handed out by social-service agencies. (Slog)

Ex-mayor Mike McGinn suggests banning cars from Westlake Avenue between Stewart Street and Denny Way. It would mean buses and the streetcar wouldn't get stuck in traffic as much, and wouldn't impact South Lake Union traffic volumes that much. (Crosscut) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Erica C. Barnett parses just how and why "high-barrier" services (such as strict church-run rehab programs) aren't the solution for all homeless drug users.

Meanwhile, the new camp run by the ex-Nickelsville rebels is trying to prove it can operate safely with fewer resident restrictions. (Weekly)

A King County pilot project for "rapid rehousing" has resulted in permanent homes for almost all its participants. (Real Change)

Nope, free-marketeers: A higher supply of apartments hasn't stopped rents (in new AND old buildings) from continuing to skyrocket. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

THE RACE IS ON

John Ehrlichman, the onetime Seattle land-use attorney who became one of Richard Nixon's chief henchmen, has a new revelation from beyond the grave. Dan Blum, in the current issue of Harper's, says Ehrichman had told Blum the original "war on drugs" was really a ploy to legally harass blacks and leftists. (Slog)

Ijeoma Oluo compares the atmosphere surrounding a certain political campaign to the bad old days of open, overt, official racism. (The Establishment)

Anis Gisele tells white NPR-demographic progressives, "Your Bernie/Hillary fandom makes people of color invisible." (Seattle Globalist)

LABOR PANES

Unpredictable employee scheduling is no big problem, say the employers who impose it. (Slog)

Amazon doesn't want an independent review of gender pay equity, but has released an in-house report claiming women and minirities get (almost) the same pay as white men with similar job titles. (GeekWire)

Paid parental leave is another way to stem the tech-biz gender gap. Too many tech companies still don't have it. (GeekWire)

DRUGS

There will soon be an official place to drop off your unused prescription drugs, so they don't get either to non-prescribed-to humans or to the fish. (KING)

JUST IN TIME FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY

The Seattle Archdiocese will pay $9 million to eight now-adult victims of one former priest. (AP)

SPORTS

Spring-training Mariners lost a 13-12 slugfest to Oakland. Colorado today.

The thing about this year's UW men's basketball team was that it had a couple of budding frosh stars, who'd do great things in future seasons. Now they'll do those things in the NBA, not here. (SeaTimes)

TONIGHT

Sen. Cory Booker discussing his book "United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good." (Town Hall)

"Rodney King," one-man performance piece by Roger Guenveur Smith. (Langston Hughes Center, thru Sat)

Norwescon 39, area's biggest SF/F fan convention. (Southcenter DoubleTree Suites, thru Sun)

GeekWire Bash. (CenturyLink Field)

Sustainable Ballard benefit with the Harper Conspiracy, Ward Trio, Stick in the Sand, David Layton. (Egan's Jam House)

"Family Matters: Works in Progress," group reading. (Hugo House)

"Haunted House," group reading hosted by Jackie Hell. (Eastern Cafe)

Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners performing unrecorded songs by Seattle jazz pioneer Frank D. Waldron. (Cornish PONCHO Concert Hall.)

Wim Wenders film "Notebook on Cities and Clothes." (NW Film Forum)

Seattle Symphony presents Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Augustin Hadelich. (Benaroya Hall, thru Sat)

JLIN, x.o, 7777777. (Kremwerk)

Sophie, Seiho, Warlokk. (Crocodile)

Studio 4/4 with Duke Dumont. (Q) 

Bruce Springsteen. (KeyArena, sold out)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(John Erskine):

"There's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me."

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