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MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016

To many Americans, the real first day of the warm/dry season is opening day of baseball. Hope keeps a-springing eternal in the hearts of hardcore home-team fans, even among some Mariners fans. Will this be a playoff season (Felix Heranndez's first)? Or at least a .500-plus season? Stay tuned.

WEATHER

Rain's back, for at least the next couple of days.

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THE FLOATING WORLD

The walking-only grand opening of the new 520 bridge was really, really popular. (PI.com)

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THE WAR AGAINST THE POOR, REDUX

Starting today, thanks to Federal legislation passed in 2009 but not enforced in this state until now, EBT ("food stamps") recipients under 49 in King and Snohomish counties will have to prove they're working, or in work-training or volunteer programs. Some 15,000 people (many of whom have been looking for work for some time) could be affected. Expect overused food banks to get even more overused. (Crosscut)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Gov. Inslee will let the Legislature's charter-schools rescue bill go into effect.  There's still no fix for public-school funding. (Slog)

More Republican Senate tricks: A little-noticed new law "zeroes out" funding for independent groups that monitor toxic-waste cleanups and fight pollution. (InvestigateWest/Crosscut)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The SHARE/WHEEL folks indeed put up a tent city outside the County Courthouse. it's still there. But is it legal? (KIRO-FM)

SIC TRANSIT

Westlake Avenue's recent "road diet" seems to have gone almost unnoticed. (Danny Westneat)

WHALE TALES

Orcas and gray whales apparently don't like each other. (KOMO)

Where the girls aren't: among Puget Sound's baby orcas. (KUOW)

ECO

Who's not benefiting fiscally from this past winter's dampness n' coldness? Blueberry farmers. (NWNews/KPLU)

A Nathan Hale student and amateur diver's organizing a volunteer drive, to clean up Puget Sound beneath the surface. (KOMO)

AFTER THE DISASTER

Do strategic "prescribed burns" really help prevent wildfires? A state study's trying to figure that out. (SeaTimes)

DEVELOPING STORIS

Ballard neighbors are fighting a school-district plan to greatly expand Loyal Heights Elementary, destroying most of a playground and all of its parking spaces. (KIRO-TV)

THE PAST ISN'T PAST

A rotting dead whale dug up a few years ago at Long Beach, WA smelled like "the devil's garbage dump." (KPLU)

NON-VANISHING TUMWATER

The old brewhouse building at the Olympia Brewery site will be doanted to the City of Tumwater. (Olympian) 

ED

The new prez of Wazzu (where my parents met) is named Kirk Schultz. I can't possibly be the only person who's thinking, "'Star Trek' Meets 'Hogan's Heroes.'" (KPLU)

A would-be charter school operation plans again to open now that funding for such things has apparently been re-legalized. (W Seattle Blog)

TWO WHEELS GOOD

Would you believe Seattle's getting bike-lane speed bumps? ’Cuz it is. (KOMO)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Next topic in State Auditor Troy Kelley's trial: his tax statements. (KPLU)

PONTIFICATION

Seattle's own NYT correspondent Tim Egan wonders whether creative and other non-super-rich people Seattle (and other Western cities) in "Dude, Where's My City?

THE PLANE TRUTH

Alaska Air's allegedly close to a deal to take over Virgin America. (GeekWire) 

BIZ

Thanks almost entirely to tech companies, the Seattle area had the country's "highest annual wage growth" last year. (GeekWire)

SPORTS

Two Northwest teams were in the NCAA women's basketball Final Four. Both lost big. The UW fell to Syracuse 80-59, and UConn mopped up Oregon State 80-51. Still, we can be proud of our Huskies for a spectacular, near-miraculous run.

Sounders FC finally won one, 1-0 vs. Montreal. At Houston Sunday.

The Mariners' spring training ended with two games vs. Colorado—a 1-1 tie Friday and an 8-5 win Saturday. Today, at Texas, it all begins for real.

For the first time since 1970, no Canadian hockey team will be in the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. (AP)

TONIGHT

"Bard in a Bar" series presents a "rowdy, crowdsourced, and boozy" version of "Much Ado About Nothing." (Solo)

Bill McKibben on the climate-change fight. (Town Hall)

Escondido, Prom Queen. (Tractor)

The Jezabels. (Barboza)

Freddie Gibbs, Illfightyou, Cool Nutz, Chaz French. (Crocodile) 

Tin House litzine editor Rob Spillman. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Rose Alley Press group reading. (U Book Store)

Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer), the W Lovers. (Columbia City Theater)

KA, Spirit Host, Shadow Age, Blackpool Astronomy. (Lo-Fi)

Bane Twitching Tongues, more. (El Corazon) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Fulminate"

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