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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016

Around these highly curated parts,  the day following April 19 and preceding April 21 is just another day. As the old T-shirt says, "If you must smoke, smoke salmon."

WEATHER

A little less dreadfully hot today; possible storms late. Even cooler Thursday.

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THE GOLD (PAINTED) STANDARD?

Some disgruntled former employee or employees of the Bauhaus Coffee chain's put up boycott posters on light poles. The posters deride Bauhaus as "the Donald Trump of coffee shops." They note that owner Joel Radin declared bankruptcy a week before Christmas, then recently made plans to reopen at least one location under a different corporate identity. In the process, the poster claims, Radin engaged in "stealing from minimum wage employees and using lawyers to avoid paying them." (Matt Lynch on Twitter)

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ECO

Hanford crews are preparing to pump nuclear waste back into the tank from which it had been leaking (though the tank's outer walls still held it). (AP)

That huge methanol refinery/export terminal planned for the Port of Tacoma? Dead. (KIRO-TV)

Sally Jewell, Seattle's own U.S. Interior Secretary, denounced both militia land-takeover movements and corporate attempts to privatize public lands. (AP)

Alas, the grey whale found lifeless off Vashon is the same one who was at the Ballard Locks two weeks ago. (KCPQ)

State and tribal leaders can't decide on how long this year's salmon fishing season will be, or whether there will be one. (KOMO) 

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A federal judge dismissed one of the 16 charges against State Auditor Troy Kelley. (SeaTimes)

The guy who bought protected old-growth wood stolen from a public forest, then used it in making crazy-expensive musical instruments, insisted he was "an honorable man" as he received a jail sentence. (PI.com)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Yep, the City People's Garden complex in Madison Valley will be replaced by yet another "mixed use" rambling mid-rise. But hey, it'll have a PCC store in it! (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

All those techie-inflated housing values mean a windfall in property tax revenues, Zillow asserts. (KIRO-FM)

A 13-acre former gravel yard along the Duwamish is Seattle's last major undedicated "open space." Should it become a park, or affordable housing, or sold to developers to subsidize affordable housing? (Crosscut)

Could the last remaining parts of Yesler Terrace be razed for 30-story office towers? (PS Biz Journal)

TODAY IN TOTALLY PREDICTABLE DEVELOPMENTS

Professional enemy of progress Tim Eyman has set his sights against the big Sound Transit expansion. (Stranger)

POLLY TICKS

Could last weekend's Democratic district caucuses have possibly been run any worse? (Stranger)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The City won't ban special "move-in" deals for apartment renters from tech giants and other "preferred employers." At least not yet. Mayor Murray did, however, call for banning housing discrimination based on tenants' sources of income (including disability and Section 8 grants). (Slog)

Some of the biggest, most established homeless shelters in town are situated on or near "ground zero" of any potential "Big One" earthquake. (Real Change)

FIRE, FIRE, HEH HEH!

Police arrested a young man on charges of "reckless endangerment," after they saw him performing a fire breathing act on a Pike/Pine sidewalk late Monday night. (PI.com)

FOODIE

This is the dawning of the age of asparagus. (SeaTimes)

MS BEHAVIOR

In what's absolutely not a secret to anyone who studies these outfits, Boeing, Amazon, and (especially) Microsoft use offshore "tax haven" accounts to stash wads of cash. (Slog) 

Software: It's still important, Microsoft insists. (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS 

The Mariners tried to come back at Cleveland in late innings, but lost 3-2. Same teams today. 

The City Council's Transportation Committee voted to approve giving would-be arena developer Chris Hansen two blocks of Occidental Avenue South. The plan now goes to the full Council—though nothing would be built, and the street won't be razed, until Hansen and/or partners get a team. (KCPQ) Meanwhile, the Port of Seattle, biggest opponent to the arena plan, has ideas of its own for expanding its Sodo presence. (PubliCola)

TONIGHT

New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris. (Folio)

Japanese film "House" with new live score by Correspondents. (NW Film Forum) 

Opening of "My Name Is Asher Lev," stage adaptation of Chaim Potok novel about a Jewish painter's conflict with his conservative family. (12th Ave. Arts, thru May 21)

Lush. (Showbox)

"House of Thee UnHoly," drag/cabaret/multimedia performance. (Triple Door, thru Sun) 

Mount Moriah, Margaret Glaspy, Chris King and the Gutterballs. (Tractor)

Wild and Senic Film Festival. (SIFF Uptown)

MAP Theatre presents Mario Kart N64 tournament. (Central Cinema) 

Data visualization expert Martin Krzywinski. (UW Kane Hall) 

Peggy Orenstein on "Teaching Girls About Sex." (Town Hall)  

Nacho Picasso, Harry Fraud, more. (Neumos) 

"Beyond the Pale: Jewish Voices from Russia and the New World." (ACT Theatre)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Rugose"

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