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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016

After a wet, wet winter, sun with warmth may come here today. Don't everybody run to the beaches at once.

WEATHER

Would you believe, clear and warmer (after some morning fog/frost) for the next four days?

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WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

You ought to know by now that we still have plenty of avid "Patches Pals" around here. This gent, f'rinstance, paid over $200 on eBay for a J.P. Patches-endorsed peanut butter jar. (Feliks Banel)

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HATE HAS ITS CONSEQUENCES

Mayor Murray's banned, for the time being, any official travel by City workers to North Carolina, over its hastily-passed homophobic/transphobic legislation. (But will the bigots only see that as evidence they're being martyred for their supposedly noble cause? Or will they even notice?) (Seattlish)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The Legislative special session is nearing its end, with a tentative agreement on a budget (at last) and on overriding Gov. Inslee's 27 "protest vetoes." (KPLU)

Could the special session end with no further progress toward fully funding schools? Yes it could. (KCPQ)

The state Senate approved a bill to regulate the vaping industry. (AP)

SANDERS KERNEL

Bernie Sanders supporters want Wash. State's Democratic "superdelegates" to follow the caucus votes and ally with Sanders. (PubliCola)

So much for the "soviet of Seattle" wags: Sanders is raising more money in the state overall, but Clinton's leading within the city limits. (KUOW) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Today's fear about Our Kids: that they'll mimic politicians' hate speech. (KIRO-TV)

Yes, autism-spectrum conditions also appear among girls; and now there's a support program just for them. (KING)

ECO

A huge ash cloud's emerging from the erupting Mt. Pavlof in Alaska. Already it's canceled 41 flights to Fairbanks and five other Alaska cities. (GeekWire) 

Turns out the property owner responsible for the 153 trees cut from a City-owned West Seattle greenbelt had already told the City about it two months ago. He blamed a landscaping contractor, and offered to make amends. (SeaTimes)

State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) wants the state attorney general to join other states in investigating ExxonMobil's alleged will coverup of climate-change science. (Slog) 

THE PLANE TRUTH

Could Alaska Airlines take over Richard Branson's Virgin Air America? Maybe not. (PS Biz Journal)

Boeing says by next year its planes will stop adding more greenhouse emissions than they already produce, even with a lot more new planes entering the skies. (PS Biz Journal) 

UPDATE 

Cody Lee Miller, the "#ManInTree," was charged with assaulting a police officer and told to stay away from the tree. (PI.com)

AFTER THE DISASTER

The Bureau of Fearless Ideas (née 826 Seattle) is publishing a neighborhood anthology to benefit blasted Greenwood merchants. (Slog)

Marysville-Pilchuck High School will build a new cafeteria, to replace the one that was the site of a 2014 shooting. (KOMO)

THE RACE IS ON

The Tri-Cities area is about 24 percent Latino these days. Its local governments: a LOT less diverse. Can this discrepancy be resolved? (NWNews/KPLU)

DRUGS

The Neighborcare clinics are promoting a "gentle nudging" approach toward convincing opioid addicts to accept help. (Crosscut) 

CRITTERS

Some folks want to bring Chinese giant pandas to Wash. state. Other folks are already opposing the idea. (KOMO)

SIC TRANSIT

In his "State of the County" address, County Exec Dow Constantine rallied for support for the Sound Transit 3 ballot measure, even if it will take 25 years to complete all the projects in it. (KPLU)

THE PARKS DEPARTMENT

Mercer Island NIMBYs want to keep a youth and performing-arts center out of a park. (KING)

THE PARK DEPARTMENT

Do you use free parking spaces, only to move to another one when time's up? Then, some businesspeople say, you're part of the problem. (KOMO)

THE FICKLE FINGER OF FAITH

Could Seattle's next great entrepreneurial craze be "startup religions"? (SeattleMet)

TEK TALK

Virtual-reality headsets are here, and they have every potential to be boring. (NPR)

FBI to Apple: "Don't need your help after all." (NPR)

SPORTS

The spring-training Mariners beat Kansas City 6-4. Cleveland today.

TONIGHT

Biographer/historian Douglas Brinkley discusses Franklin Roosevelt. (Folio)

"What Belongs to You" novelist Garth Greenwell. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Joanna Newsom, Robin Pecknold. (Paramount)

Mobb Deep, Slightly Flagrant, more. (Nectar)

Breez Talent Show open mic night. (Chop Suey)

Weedeater, Author & Punisher, Today is the Day, Lord Dying. (Highline) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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