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THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016

Today marks the end of (the real) Mama's Mexican Kitchen, after 42 years of dishing out assorted combos built around melted cheese and refried beans. Yeah, something else with a similar name, and at least a little of the same beloved kitschy decor, will arise temporarily in the building later this spring, then again reappear in the slick new building that'll replace the lovely old brick Mama's structure. But we've already been warned it'll trade in fancy upscale/artisinal Mexi-inspired fare; i.e., food for the condo dwellers and the Amazonians, not for what's left of the old Belltown.

WEATHER

Sunny, or mostly so, through Sunday.

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O GIVE ME A HOME

UK comedian Billy Connolly, taping a travel/reality show in the U.S., visited Seattle's Tent City and ended up in tears. (Scottish Sunday Post)

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AFTER THE SPECTACLE

We now know more about Code Lee Miller, aka "#ManInTree". His mother in Alaska says he'd had ADHD as a boy, but then developed paranoid schizophrenia as a young adult. She's using the case's noteriety to advocate for change in the mental-health system, to let parents be more involved in their adult children's situations. (KOMO)

Meanwhile, the Legislature's extra appropriation for mental-health care still leaves some three dozen developmentally-disabled adults stuck in institutions. (KING)

DEVELOPING STORIES

There's a huge backlog of residential building-permit applications in King County. (KING)

STATE OF THE ARTS

The New Foundation Seattle, which just launched an ambitious exhibition series called "Housing Is a Human Right," is suddenly closing its exhibit space at the end of May. (Slog)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

With the end (at last) of the Legislative session, re-election fundraising starts RIGHT NOW. (KPLU) 

Among the other details in the new state supplemental budget: a hit to the state auditor's office. Did Auditor Troy Kelley's continuing legal troubles have something to do with it? (KING)

Meanwhile, one of the key aides in Kelley's old real-estate services businesses has been testifying at his trial. (AP) 

VANISHING SEATTLE

Who'll win the legal showdown over the UW's small, homely, obsolete, but architecturally important ex-nuclear reactor building, the U or the City? And will it set a dangerous precedent for other preservation drives? (Crosscut)

FROU-FROU UPSCALING HAS GONE TOO FAR

The Roosevelt Hotel on Pine Street is to be renamed "The Theodore." (PS Biz Journal)

TODAY IN ICK

The principal of a private Christian school in Sequim was charged with raping several "female children," as young as 10. (KIRO-FM)

THE RACE IS ON

Following the change of "Coon Lake" to "Howard Lake," three dozen other racially insensitive place names around the state will also change. (Knute Berger)

SIC TRANSIT

Some legislators are asking if Sound Transit can get light rail to Everett in less than a quarter-century from now. ST says it's possible to get it there within "just" 15 years, if it gets to use I-5 right-of-way. (KOMO) 

GRUB

A restaurant was supposed to open on Broadway with the name "Spirit Animal." It'll now be called "Spirit AND Animal," "out of respect for First Nations." (Eater Seattle)

The outfit running the food concessions at Safeco Field will soon also run them on Washington State Ferries. It promises fancier, even "healthier" selections. (West Seattle Blog)

Sonic Drive-Ins is expanding in Washington, but staying out of Seattle. The prospect that Seattleites might not want to patronize a company based in Oklahoma City (but only coincidentally sharing a name with the beloved Seattle institution stolen by Oklahomans) officially has nothing to do with it. (PS Biz Journal)

TEK TALK

Google's making a one-time $344,000 grant to the Seattle Housing Authority, to help provide Internet access to families in subsidized housing. (PS Biz Journal)

BIZ

Seattle's a rising leader in "women-led angel investing." (PS Biz Journal)

R.I.P.

Love Israel (née Paul Erdmann), 75, founded a commune/religious sect/"family" that had 350 members at its peak; including women who took turns as his personal "priestess of the day." The "family" owned a large house on Quen Anne's north slope, then a farm in Arlington, then essentially disbanded in 2003. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

The spring-training Mariners lost to San Diego 7-5. Colorado Friday.

Seattle Storm legend Lauren Jackson's retiring. She's been under contract with the team the past two seasons, but hasn't played due to long-term injuries. (KCPQ)

TONIGHT

Tacocat (album release), Ononos, Mommy Long Legs, Erik Blood. (Chop Suey)

Blue Man Group. (Paramount, thru Sun)

"Old & New: A Photo Show Celebrating the Legacy of KEXP." (Sole Repair)

"Triple Threat with Kimball Allen," variety revue. (Triple Door)

Campout Cinema series presents "Donnie Darko." (EMP)

Denzel Curry, Allan Kingdom, JK the Reaper. (Crocodile)

Charlie Parr, Michael Wohl. (Tractor)

Dark Star Orchestra. (Showbox Sodo)

Wolfmother, Deap Valley. (Showbox)

Magma Fest presents Underpass, Mourning Coup, Annex, Arcane. (Hollow Earth Radio)

"BlinkThink: How Technology is Shaping Our World," art exhibit and panel talk. (Blink UX) 

RAW: Seattle presents "Signature," pop-up gallery and concert with local artists in many fields. (Studio 7)

BDSM Writers' Con. (Everett Holiday Inn, thru Sun) 

INSIDE

I've now completed the main 16-page new chapter for the anniversary reissue of the book "Loser." More updates soon.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Nonputrescibles"

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