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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016

The first day of hot weather = "Man, do I deserve this after that miserable winter!" The 50th day of hot weather = "When the heck's it gonna rain already?" Enjoy day one.

WEATHER

Warm today; perhaps downright hot Thursday.

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I CAN SEE CLEARY NOW

Beverly Cleary, the great Portland kid-lit author (even though she's lived in Calif. for many years), is about to turn 100! And she's apparently just as feisty and plain-spoken as ever! (WaPo)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

Mayor Murray seems to be getting his proverbial ducks in a proverbial row  i/r/t raising support for the big Housing Levy. (PubliCola)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

State lands commissioner Peter Goldmark won't run for re-election. (SeaTimes)

THE RACE IS ON

At least 200 Black Lives Matter marchers walked into, and took over, a UW campus public meeting on "race and equity." The marchers demanded more than just talk on improving nonwhite student and faculty numbers, and on improving relations with UW Police. (KCPQ)

A group called "Women of Color Speak Out" attended eco-author Bill McKibben's recent speech at Town Hall. They asked him about, among other topics, bring more people of color into the environmental movement. They claim McKibben responded not with answers but with mere "whitesplaining."

I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE

A very minor earthquake hit near Whidney Island Tuesday morning. (AP)

I HAVE THE POWER!

At the end of a Seattle Transit Blog piece about "New Tactics for Thorny Transportation Problems," we learn some companies sell electric cars only in states where the law says they have to (including Calif.). That's because the companies lose money on some of the electrics, but have to keep the total emissions of their whole product lines within state restrictions.

A project for a new utility billing system for City Light and Seattle Public Utilities is "millinos over budget and months behind schedule." (KING)

Snohomish County PUD will go back to reading electric meters, instead of relying on electric users' estimated usages (which often proved to be highly inaccurate). (KOMO) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

The good news: people in unauthorized encampments will get bags to put their trash. The bad news: people in unauthorized encampments are still getting "swept," with no specific other place to go. (Seattlish)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Seattle's school superintendent publicly defended the firing of a popular Garfield High choir teacher, after a sexual assault occurred on an overnight trip she was supervising. (KING)

Hundreds of drummers, including several oldies-band celebs, appeared at the Emerald Queen Casino during "Woodstick," a benefit for way-underfunded school music programs. (KCPQ)

FREAK ACCIDENTS

A bald eagle hit a truck. The truck driver brought the eagle into the truck and held onto the bird until emergency crews could show up. The bird died later anyway, sadly. (KIRO-FM)

A truck crashed through the window of a Christian Science Reading Room in Bothell. Insert your lines about seeking "religious healing" for its brakes here. (KCPQ)

PARX

The Kent City Council rescinded a previous backroom deal to sell off a city park to developers. (KCPQ)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Wanna know how frickin' fancy developers of high-rise offices are getting? One of them just opened a "holographic leasing office." (PS Biz Journal)

BIZ

Other local tour-bus operators don't want to face the same tight regulations recently imposed upon Ride the Ducks. (PI.com)

Did you know there's a private mint in Federal Way, selling gold and silver custom coins and other products? There is, but it's bankrupt. (KING) 

Ford, the only U.S. automaker to not seek federal assistance during the last recession, is moving small-car production to Mexico; just in time for it to be an election-year issue. (AP)

An Italian company thinks real-life retailers could be saved with stores that look and feel more like websites. Really. (GeekWire)

SPORTS

Maybe we can put a little hope into this year's Mariners after all. They scored four homers to beat Texas 10-2. Same teams today.

TONIGHT

Film "Nanook of the North," with live score by Tanya Tagaq. (On the Boards)

Diarrhea Planet, Music Band, Aan. (Crocodile)

Deep Medi showcase. (Kremwerk)

Silent Reading Party. (Sorrento Hotel)

Shakespeare's "The Tempest." (New City Theater, thru April 30)

Father John Misty. (Paramount)

Dreamers, Arkells. (Neumos)

Fredo Santana, Sir Michael Rocks, more. (El Corazon) 

Peter Murphy. (Triple Door)

Omar Sosa. (Jazz Alley)

Fielder/Horvitz/Eagle/Stoller. (Royal Room)

"Sweetheart in a Chicken Coop, and Other American Fairy Tales." (West of Lenin)

"Karajokey" comedy improv. (Rendezvous)

"Lady Rizo: Multiplied," cabaret show about "how fecundity and parenthood fit with the revelry of showbiz." (Teatro ZinZanni)

"PubSci" series presents "Shooting Mosquitos With Lasers." (Hilliard's Tap Room)

INSIDE

"Loser" book new-edition news: Currently working on updating the discography and bibliography (a trudging task indeed).

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Atticism"

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