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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016

The Mariners' home opener is tonight. Now it REALLY feels like the warm season is among us. And the Ms seems to be a better team this time around. Better enough? We'll see.

WEATHER

Cloudier and cooler over the weekend.

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IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS

Fun with super-microscopic views of common objects. (PI.com)

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THE RACE IS ON

Author/activist Touré, at his UW speech this week, recalled being the only black person in a 16-member team assigned to prepare a Black History Month special for MSNBC. He said one of the other people scoffed at the whole idea of Black History Month; another said, "What about 'White History Month?', and nobody else criticized these remarks. Yes, he said this was MSNBC. (South Seattle Emerald)

Those supposedly "diverse" Seattle neighborhoods are a lot less integrated when you study them block by block. A LOT less. (KUOW)

CUT TO THE CHASE

One of the guys involved in the Oregon wildlife refuge seige was found hiding in a stranger's barn in southwest Washington. (Oregonian)

One of the two escaped prisoners who escaped from Western State Hospital is still at large, possibly in Spokane. (Spokesman-Review)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The Washington Education Association will take the new charter-school law to court. (AP) 

Activist parents want the Seattle School District to make it easier to excuse their kids from standardized tests. (KUOW) 

Rainier Beach High's tough, honored "International Baccalaureate" program relies not on school district funding but on a grant, that's running out. Can it find alternate funding? (SeaTimes)

SIC TRANSIT

Is Sound Transit planning future light-rail routes where they'd be most needed, or where the agency needs political/voter support? (PubliCola)

Hey, why not bike lanes on I-5 through Seattle? (KIRO-FM)

Car2Go and its "car shares" ilk have gotten more than 9,000 area households to give up private cars. (KIRO-FM)

The city's giving a paltry $25,000 to six 23rd Avenue businesses disrupted by seemingly endless road work. (SeaTimes)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Councilmember Lisa Herbold says "a housing bond and a growth fund" could help current Seattleites from getting squeezed out. (KING) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Residents of a costly high-rise (the one depicted in "Fifty Shades of Gray") don't want newer high-rises blocking their dearly-paid-for views. They're trying to appeal to the public with scare-talk of "more gridlock." (KIRO-TV)

A judge ruled the Convention Center doesn't have to keep working with the former main contractor on its big expansion project, for now. (Capitol Hill Times)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Miss Washington USA Stormy Keffeler won't be charged in the December stabbing of Colorado Rapids soccer player Marco Pappa. (Denver Post)

Federal instpectors claim a Redmond farm kept dozens of goats and sheep (indended for medical research) in "dirty, unsafe conditions." (SeaTimes)

BERTHA, BUT…

Waterfront tunnel contractors want the state to pay $1.1 million for the sinkhole-related Bertha shutdown. (KIRO-TV)

OH NO, CANADA!

On the 30th anniversary of the Vancouver world's fair (the last fair of its kind in North America to date), the city's become a magnet for global Big Money, but not a place where young adults (or a lot of other folks) can afford to live anymore. (Knute Berger)

CAFFEINE

As the personal bankruptcy of the Bauhaus coffeehouses' owner drags on, a sign mysteriously appeared at the Ballard location promising a reopening next week. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Airbus plans to make passenger planes with hybrid engines by 2030. (CNN)

TEK TALK

You'd think that with our region's tech leadership, Sea-Tac would have better wifi coverage than it does. (GeekWire)

The FCC's going to auction wireless frequencies it bought back from "inactive broadcasters." It may be T-Mobile's last chance to beef up its supply of "spectrum." (PS Biz Journal)

Meet HERE Seattle, a networking and career-mentoring group particularly (though not exclusively) for nonwhite techies. (GeekWire)

Amazon has pledged to work with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, to help improve "gender equity" in its own ranks and across the region. (PS Biz Journal)

SPORTS

Mariners' home opener tonight vs. Oakland. Series continues thru Sun.

Sounders FC at Houston Sunday.

The Storm's coming back to broadcast TV, with 15 home games this season on "JoeTV" (the ex-KTZZ 22). (KCPQ)

Maybe the Port of Seattle doesn't really want the Chris Hansen arena plan defeated at all costs. Maybe it's really just sore at the City Council for putting off road improvements along Lander Street. (Art Thiel)

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Emerald City Comicon continues. (Convention Center, thru Sun)

Seijun Suzuki film series opens with "Passport to Darkness." (Grand Illusion and NW Film Forum, Fri thru May 11)

Opening of "Stupid Fucking Bird," a modern "sort-of-adaptation" of Chekhov's "The Seagull." (ACT, thru May 8)

Acrobatic Conundrum presents "Love and Gravity." (Broadway Performance Hall, Fri-Sun)

World Rhythm Festival. (Seattle Center, Fri-Sat)

Shen Yun, Chinese-American dance and music troupe. (McCaw Hall, Fri-Sun)

"An Evening with Noel Fielding." (Moore, Fri)

Tinashe. (Showbox, Fri) 

Seth McFarlane singing jazz standards with the Seattle Symphony. (Benaroya Hall, Fri)

Documentary "Work in Progress." (NW Film Forum, Fri)

Metalachi, El Steiner. (El Corazon, Fri)

"Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage," with a live orchestra performing TV/film soundtrack cuts. (Paramount, Fri)

"In the Spectrum: The Seatle Concert for Autism," with Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind. (Skylark, Fri)

"Stuff You Should Know" podcast. (Neptune, Fri)

"Ivan Amodei: Intimate Illusions." (Westin Hotel, Fri)

Power Trip, Gag, Lower Species. (Highline, Fri)

Wild Powwers, Young Evils, Pleasures. (Sunset, Fri)

Wanderlust Circus. (Columbia City Theater, Fri)

"Heroes of the Dorm: The Heroic Four," video-game tournament. (CenturyLink Field, Sat-Sun)

"Bootie Seattle: Onesie Night," with DJs Mysterious D, King of Pants, Destrukt. (Neumos, Sat)

Georgetown Art Attack, including a tribute to Italian cartoonist Guido Crepax at Fantagraphics Bookstore; Jueqian Fang's "Orchids That Look Good In Bad Lighting (Interstitial); the group installation "I Wasn't Just Saying What You Wanted to Hear" at The Alice; Ashleigh Robb at Bridge Productions. (Various spots, Sat)

"A Tiny Act of Kindness," performance-art piece by Alice Gosti. (Henry Art Gallery, Sat)

"Celebrating the Life of Ernestine Anderson." (Paramount, 1 p.m. Sat, free)

Sitar musician Anoushka Shankar. (UW Meany Hall, Sat)

Release of "Encyclopedia Greenwoodia," anthology book benefitting Greenwood gas-blast victims. (Greenwood Senior Center, Sat) 

Funkadelic tribute and Bernie Worrel fundraiser. (Seamonster, Sat) 

MAGCON Tour Seattle. (Showbox Sodo, Sat) 

Santigold, DoNormaal. (Neptune, Sat) 

Open houses on the Burke Museum’s new-building plans. (Sat)

"Rock This Way," music/circus/dance performance. (Teatro ZinZanni, Sat, all ages)

Seattle Modern Orchestra presents "Musica Electronica." (Chapel Performance Space, Sat) 

Night Beats. (Neumos, Sat) 

Stile Antico vocal ensemble. (Town Hall, Sat) 

Drone Cinema Film Festival (that's drone music, not drone planes). (Grand Illusion, Sat)

"David London's Magic Outside the Box. " (Taproot Theatre, Sat) 

Cucci's Critter Barn, drag revue. (Kremwerk, Sat) 

Life-celebration event in honor of artist and Harvey Danger bassist Aaron Huffman. (Neumos, Sun, free)

"Sinful Sundays," burlesque/circus/variety revue. (Funhouse, Sun)

Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle 80th anniversary concert. (Leif Erikson Lodge, Sun)

"Shakesbeerience" troupe presents "Books, Beer, and the Bard." (Elliott Bay Book Co., Sun)

Gary Clark Jr. (Moore, Sun) 

"National Geographic Live: I Bought a Rainforest." (Benaroya Hall, Sun-Tue)

"Wine Shots: Comedy's Happiest Hour," all-female comedy show. (Rendezvous, Sun)

Comedian Jeff Dunham. (Tacoma Dome, Sun)

ZZ Top. (Emerald Queen Casino, Sun) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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