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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016

Wasn't it less than a week ago that we had sun and 80 degrees? Now we're back to the heavy precipitation. You KNOW you'll miss it in a couple of months.

WEATHER

Rain continues Wednesday; a little lighter Thursday.

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GETTING STEAMED

The latest eccentric luxury business in town: a floating sauna on Lake Union. (KOMO)

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ECO

The Green/Duwamish river system's been added to the nonprofit group American River's list of America's "most endangered" waterways. Specifically, the group cites "outdated" old dams that don't let fish through. (KPLU)

SIC TRANSIT

Explaining just how Seattle's highway construction projects help make traffic worse. (Seattle Transit Blog) 

Jack Shaner says Sound Transit could build light rail faster, but it would require repealing not just "the Seattle process" but participatory democracy itself. (Seattle Transit Blog)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Still no decision on the idea of placing a tent city somewhere on the UW campus. (KING)

Katie Wilson of the Transit Riders Union says King County should fully fund the SHARE shelter network, and also help social-service agencies give away more bus tickets. (Slog)

Ending the "stigma" about homelessness is probably easier than ending homelessness itself. (UW Daily)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A lawsuit by two families claims the Olympia School District covered up evidence about a bus driver who's since been convicted of molestation. (KING)

POLLY TICKS

Southeast-Seattle Democrats failed to pass "early endorsement" resolutions for Go. Jay Inslee or Sen. Patty Murray. (PubliCola)

Inslee fired Western State Hospital's CEO after two and a half years plagued by scandals, budget shortages, and most recently some patient escapes. (KIRO-TV)

 A simple case study in Washington's regressive tax system. (KUOW)

There's an ethics probe into SDOT head Scott Kubly; about whether he used insider influence to steer the city's original bike-share contract to ex-colleagues. (SeaTimes) 

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

Turns out some rich Northwesterners are helping finance those anti-GLBT political drives in the south and elsewhere. (Slog)

THE RACE IS ON

"How Seattle gave up on busing and allowed its schools to become alarmingly resegregated." (Stranger)

Is Equal Pay Day just for "corporate white women"? (The Establishment) 

LABOR PANES

Seattle may be making progress in the fight against "wage theft." (Weekly)

ON AND OFF THE AIR

Cliff Mass REALLY doesn't like KUOW's announcement of a jazz/blues stream, that would compete against KPLU if the former can't devour the latter.

THE BIG A

Amazon's Audible audiobook unit's expanding into short-form podcasts, with the subscription-based service Audible Channels. (GeekWire)

MS BEHAVIOR

Lots of people are upgrading to Windows 10. That's not necessarily good for Microsoft, at least not in the short term. (GeekWire)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Alaska Air's not only growign through acquisitions. Its Horizon division's buying 30 small jets, to service routes with potentially more business than its current turbo-prop runs but too low in demand to be serviced with 737s. (PS Biz Journal)

A coalition of environmental groups filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency, saying it's failed to control airplane emissions. (AP)

BIZ

Trident Seafoods, Washington's biggest seafood processor, is buying a German plant to process Alaska-caught seafood for European markets. (PS Biz Journal)

Can the health-care world learn to be more like, say, Nordstrom? (PS Biz Journal) 

WHERE BIG DATA = BIG BROTHER

Companies and governments are using data colleciton to more thoroughly "profile" poor people, helping to keep them poor. (Atlantic)

SPORTS

Another night, another Mariners loss, 8-0 to Texas. The series, and the brief opening homestand, end today.

Chris Daniels describes the upcoming final vote on the Chris Hansen arena plan as the ultimate, perhaps last, battle between "new Seattle" and "old Seattle." (KING)

TODAY

Million Student March to Stop Trump. (UW Red Square, noon) 

Local stop on Clipper Round the World Race. (Seattle Yacht Club)

TONIGHT

The Residents present "Shadowland;" plus documentary "Theory of Obscurity." (Neptune)

"Wednesday on Wednesday," "photographic monotypes" by Matthew Chernicoff. (Lovecitylove, thru Thurs)

"Complex Exchange: Collaboration | Connectivity," community conversation with Christine Orbe, Karen Toering, Gabriel Teodros. (NW African American Museum)

"House of Julie" variety cabaret wtih Julie Cascioppo. (Chapel Performance Space)

Plant biologist/"Lab Girl" author Hope Jahren. (Town Hall)

"Spinurn," fire-based performance event. (Gas Works Park)

Badbadnotgood. (Neumos)

"The Tempest." (New City Theater, thru 4/30)

1991 film "Point Break." (Central Cinema)

Bilal, Sharpece, DJ El Mizell. (Nectar)

DMAs, Dirty Sidewalks, Uh Oh Eskimo. (Sunset)

"Mal de Fleur's Nightblooms," drag revue. (Pony)

INSIDE

I'm a few days away from having the 20th anniversary edition of the book "Loser" available to a select cadre of typo-finders and fact-confirmers. If you wanna be one, lemme know.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Walker Percy):

“What interests me as a novelist is not the malevolence of man... but his looniness.”

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