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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016

It's Viageddon Day 5. The Bertha tunnellers are a little behind the pace they'd need to finish tunnelling under the Viaduct by its tentatively scheduled May 16 reopening. Will the deeply boring machine make it in time? Or will it become almost fatally stuck again? Stay tuned.

WEATHER

Cooler Tuesday with potential rain later in the day.

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SUDDEN DEATH; OVERTIME?

After years of planning, cajoling officials, massaging the local media, negotiating with the other local pro teams, and almost getting a moved NBA franchise, Chris Hansen's arena plan got a potentially fatal blow when the full City Council voted 5-4 not to let him take over two blocks of a little-used industrial street. Councilmember Lorena Gonzales gave what turned out to be the deciding vote. Hansen told supporters in a Tweet® that his crusade to bring men's pro basketball back to Seattle will go on. (Could that include a revised design that incorporates a couple of saved or replaced street lanes? Or yet another reworking of KeyArena? Or a new or revived suburban site?) (KING)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

The City Council also voted unanimously to send Mayor Murray's $290 million housing levy to the voters in August. (KCPQ)

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights sued 23 landlords for discrimination, based on application attempts by undercover "testers." (SeaTimes)

Already, Paul Allen's team wants tax breaks to include "affordable" units in its big new project at 23rd and Jackson. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Of all the verbal noise over The Jungle, how 'bout hearing from some of the people who live in the sprawling encampment themselves? (KUOW)

Homeless youth with addiction issues now have a new shelter in Auburn. (KUOW)

AFTER THE 'BLAST BALLS' AND 'FLASH BANGS'

Ansel Herz and Seattlish have nothing good to say about Sunday's May Day anarchist march, or the police and media over-reactions to it.

POLLY TICKS

The County Council approved 43 more ballot drop-box locations, including 11 in Seattle. (KING)

STATE OF THE ARTS

The Punk Rock Flea Market, an arts/crafts/music fair held for more than a decade, was to have set up shop this upcoming weekend in the old Lusty Lady peep show space on First Avenue. But the City declared the building uninhabitable due to structural damage.

Cairo, the tiny combined clothing store, art gallery, and music/performance space at Summit and Mercer on Capitol Hill, closes at the end of May. (Slog) 

LABOR PANES

The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal by franchise owners against Seattle's minimum-wage law. (AP)

THAT SINKING FEELING

Bertha's not the only boring thing that leaves sinkholes. The light-rail construction's got one of its own. (KIRO-TV) (Seattlish)

I HAVE THE POWER!

Alcoa reached a new electric bargain with the BPA; won't close its Ferndale smelter for now. (AP) 

DRINX

Now that a few microbreweries have helped make beer in cans respectable, a Seattle marketing firm's trying to do the same with (California) wine. (SeaTimes)

I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE

Lest we forget, the Big Big One earthquake possibility still looms. (Crosscut)

THE BIG A

How Amazon Prime turns casual online shoppers into Amazon loyalists/addicts. (AP)

THE LAZY B

Boeing's South Carolina plants are still adding workers overall; even as they ask engineering staffers to take "voluntary layoffs." (PS Biz Journal)

R.I.P.

Douglas Mays was a longtime Seattle music booker/promoter. Among many other gigs, he was involved in the Gorilla Gardens, the short-lived International District club that had hosted Guns n' Roses' first Seattle show. He also co-ran the Ballard Firehouse and was part of Burning Spear's management team.

SPORTS

The Mariners won their series opener at Oakland 4-3. Same teams tonight.

"Full Court," a documentary about Sonics legend Spencer Haywood, opens at this year's SIFF. (SportspressNW)

The UW's infographic for prospective cheer-team women was quickly taken down after online complaints and jokes; but WSU's very similar graphic is still posted. (KUOW)

TODAY

"Give Big," coordinated one-day fundraising drive for local nonprofits and arts groups.

TONIGHT

Evergreen State College prof Stephanie Coontz on American families past and present. (Town Hall)

Joey DeFrancesco Trio. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed)

Floating Points, Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids, DJ Explorateur. (Neumos)

Tekla Waterfield, Human Hitman, Saint John. (Triple Door)

Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese experimental musician/composer. (Chapel Performance Space)

The Summer Set. (Chop Suey)

Jacob Zimmerman and His Pals exploring "the early sounds of Chicago jazz." (Royal Room)

"The Brothers K," adaptation of David James Duncan's novel. (Book-It Repertory Theatre, thru June 26)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Georges Bataille, “Death and Sensuality”):

“We approach the void… but not to fall into it. We want to become intoxicated with dizziness and the image of the fall is sufficient.”

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