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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016

Thanks to a couple of obscure state holidays in the east, Tax Day isn't until Monday. But ton't spend all of what promises to be a busy weekend shuttered indoors. Get out and do something. Even if it's just slouching at your laptop and irs.gov outside.

WEATHER

Drying out today. Warmth returns over the weekend.

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ORCA OR DORKA?

Jake Ellison asks what few of us wish to consider: "Are southern resident killer whales too screwed up to survive?" (His answer: no.) (PI.com)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

The infamous "Montlake spite house" is for sale again. This time, the sellers want a cool half million for the li'l thing (4.5 feet wide at its narrowest side). (KOMO)

Can even Magnolia NIMBYs learn some compassion for the homeless? (Weekly)

DEVELOPING STORIES

"Shoring contractors" dig holes in the ground for big construction projects, and build temporary walls that keep the holes from caving in. And in Seattle, with all its regrades and fill-ins over the decades, it can be a challenge. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Well, THERE goes the neighborhood. A 40-story condo tower (yes, condos, not ultra-high-end rentals) is coming up a block from Re-bar on Howell. (PS Biz Journal) 

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

Proponents of the anti-trans bathroom initiative lost their challenge against the presence of the word "segregated" in the initiative's state-written official ballot title. (Slog) 

MEDIA MIX

Josh Feit disses the "classic reverse stereotyping" in the Seattle Times' coverage of the Ingrid Lyne slaying. Language that "exalts women as saintly caretakers," Feit argues, "diminishes the reality that an actual human being, a woman (not an idealized character), was brutally murdered."

I'M WALKIN' HERE!

The city's decision on another summer of ped-only weekend nights on East Pike Street? More talk. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

TWO WHEELS GOOD

The City's latest "short term bike plan update" is considerably smaller in scope than last year's. Why? (Seattle Bike Blog)

UNCOMMON LANGUAGE

UW Tacoma and the Puyallup Tribe are offering a summer immersion program in the Lushootseed language. (LRInspire)

FOLLOWING THE MONEY

A state audit claims the Washington Commission on African American Affairs diverted money for six years to a nonprofit run by a former commission member, and that some of that money was used for allegedly "inappropriate" purposes. (AP)

The founder of a local events promotion company may be cited for contempt for his responses (or lack of them) to a suit brought by ex-investors. (KOMO)

VANISHING SEATTLE

A King County judge ruled the UW can go ahead and tear down the little brutalist nugget that is the ex-nuclear reactor building, in spite of city preservation laws. (Knute Berger)

AFTER THE DISASTER

Crooks posing as gas-company workers (without ID or badges) are asking their way into businesses struck by the Greenwood gas explosion, presumably to case the places for future robbery opportunities. (KIRO-TV)

I HAVE THE POWER!

As solar energy gets more popular in Washington, the state's generous incentives for it are going down. (NWNews/KUOW)

Long-term climate change could mean higher electricity demand but lower dam-water levels. (KIRO-FM)

ECO

The State Dept. of Ecology held a "worst-case scenario" drill for responding to a hypothetical oil spill in the San Juans. Scarily, this type of rescue rehearsal hadn't been done before. (KING) 

The Tacoma methanol plant/export-terminal plan is still alive. If built, it'd instantly be the biggest one in the world. (Sightline)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Gov. Inslee promises, if re-elected, to re-open Boeing's generous tax breaks in the light of its latest rounds of job cuts. (Weekly)

GETTING SCHOOLED

Former Boeing/Ford exec Alan Mulally's joining Seattle U's business school as a "senior fellow." (SeaTimes)

An independent probe has determined that Bellevue High School boosters "paid for athletes to attend a private alternative school," and provided fake residential addresses to give athletes BHS eligibility. (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

There's a unionization drive at Amazon. Yes, apparently really. But it's a small effort so far. (Slog) 

TEK TALK

There aren't many Intel chips in smartphones. That's trouble for Intel. (Oregonian)

SPORTS

The Mariners are at the Yankees for three games starting today.

Sounders FC's home vs. Philadelphia Saturday evening.

The Seahawks' season schedule, announced Thursday, opens at home vs. Miami Spet. 11, followed the next week by a visit to the back-in-L.A. Rams (their first new-home home game). There's one Monday night, one Thursday night, and three Sunday night games on the sked. (KCPQ)

Those games apparently won't feature wide receiver Percy Harvin, who is apparently retiring. (SeaTimes) 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

"Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam," adult puppet sketches. (Theatre Off Jackson, Fri-Sat)

"Huis Clos," French-language production of Sartre's "No Exit." (Pocket Theater, Fri-Sat) 

Noprthwest Women's Show. (CenturyLink Field Events Center, Fri-Sun)

Reps Showcase, live old-time-radio recreations. (Coast Bellevue Hotel, Fri-Sun) 

Good to Die Records showcase with Blood Drugs, Steal Shit Do Drugs, Charms, Freeway Park. (Central Saloon, Fri)

Seattle StorySLAM on the theme of "romance." (St. Mark's, Fri)

SYNC Music Video Festival. (SIFF Uptown, Fri)

Opening reception for "Young Blood: Noah Davis, Kahil Joseph, The Underground Museum." (Frye Art Museum, Fri)

Crack Sabbath, McTuff. (Nectar, Fri)

Art School Listening Party. (On the Boards, Fri)

Rempis/Johnston/Ochs improvisational horn trio. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri) 

Craftstravaganza "Tax Day Edition." (Push/Pull, Fri)

Hugo Literary Series presents "All's Fair in Love and War" group reading. (Hugo House, Fri)

Public opening of KEXP's new studio complex; with live sets by Grace Love, Mark Pickerel, Bob Mould, Hey Marseilles, Deep Sea Diver, Car Seat Headrest, more. (Seattle Center Northwest Court, Sat)

Seattle Chinese Garden Peony and Bamboo Festival. (6000 16th Ave. SW, Sat-Sun)

KEXP DJ Greg Vandy signs book "26 Songs In 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs & The Planned Promised Land In The Pacific Northwest." (Easy Street Records, Sat)

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo (10th anniversary), Country Lips, Bread & Butter. (Nectar, Sat)

Handmade and Homegrown Market. (Second Use Building Materials, Sat)

"Obscura Day," self-guided tours of obscure or fascinating spots around town. (Various spots, Sat)

Graqphic novel creator Chester Brown. (Hugo House, Sat)

Record Store Day. (Various spots, Sat)

Roo and the Few, Ninjanun. (C&P Coffee, Sat)

"Encyclopedia Greenwoodia" group reading. (Phinney Books, Sat) 

"Surface City," participatory workshop with artist Tivon Rice. (Henry Art Gallery, Sat)

"First Folio: ShakesQueer." (Central Library, Sat)

Seattle World's Fair Party. (Changes Tavern, Sat)

Blue Moon 82nd Birthday, with the Brothers Balthazar, Blackheart Honeymoon, Allman Butters, Hounds of the Wild Hunt. (Blue Moon, Sat)

"The Best '80s Party Ever (So Far)." (Crocodile, Sat)

Film "Dog Day Afternoon" discussed by Sandy Cioffi. (SIFF Film Center, Sat)

"The Petting Zoo 6.0: Furpocalypse." (Studio Seven, Sat) 

"Pro Wrestling and Live Music." (El Corazon, Sat)

Unique Boutique Spring Showcase, with over 50 local vendors. (Q, Sat)

"Project Luck Dragon: Serendipity," with street art and collaborative music pieces. (Sodo Park, Sat)

Imharan, Diminished Men, Zen Mother, BOTKA. (Vera Project, Sat)

Gunnar Haslam, Olin. (Kremwerk, Sat)

Author-illustrator Nikki McClure. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Sun)

"Clownin' Around Anniversary Party." (Drunky's Two Shoe BBQ, Sun)

"Crowd Sourced," improv comedy involving cell-phone pictures. (Pocket Theater, Sun)

Haiku Day. (Seattle Japanese Garden, Sun)

Foster Body, Sioux City Pete & the Beggars, Quaaludes, Fabulous Downey Brothers. (Lucky Liquor, Sun)

Paul McCartney. (KeyArena, Sun)

INSIDE

Still looking for typo-hunters for the newly updated version of my old book Loser, which should be up for sale (in REAL PRINT dammit!) any month now.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Aubrey Plaza):

“If you feel like a weirdo, it’s okay because weirdos rule the world.”

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