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WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016

Many of us are in mourning over the latest setback in the Sonics revival saga. Meanwhile, as if timed to assauge our collective tears/anger, the pro basketball team we've still got, the Storm, starts its season tonight with the women's sport's newest superstar on board. 

WEATHER

Cloudy and even cooler; still possible showers.

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GORILLA MY DREAMS

A sculptor's using a 3-D printer to help make a statue of Ivan, the late beloved Tacoma shopping-center gorilla. (News Tribune)

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TEK TALK

The GiveBIG website went kablooey for a long part of the Seattle Foundation's big one-day online fund campaign for dozens of local nonprofits. As a result, this year's GiveBIG campaign has been extended through midnight tonight. (Slog) (Seattle Review of Books)

MS boss Satya Nadella sez people have a right to be worried about even more jobs becoming automated, robotized, outsourced, or otherwise made obsolete. Nadella even hinted that, in spite of the libertarian-utopia talk of other tech guys, governments may need to provide more help to displaced workers. (KPLU)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Besides lending an ex-motel to Mary's Place for a year, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos says he'll match up to $1 million in donations to the women-and-families shelter group. (GeekWire) 

Both the NIMBY "tough love" and the do-gooder "just smile" approaches don't begin to solve the underlying issues behind homelessness. (Erica C. Barnett)

ECO

"Communities of color," which historically have a lot more pollution issues, "should lead on the environmental fight." In other words, caring about the planet shouldn't just be for backpackers. (Crosscut) 

More than 90 percent of the sockeye salmon entering the Columbia River last year died. Can this be lessened in the future? (AP)

While it's building a new Life Sciences Building, the UW's temporarily moving most of its 9,000 greenhouse plants to the same Redmond facility where Amazon's raising plants for its downtown domes. (SeaTimes)

THE PAST ISN'T PAST

Nikkita Oliver recalls "Seattle's not-so-hidden history of racism." (South Seattle Emerald)

POLLY TICKS

"Proportional representation voting" is one of those progressive/utopian ideas you hear about but often without an explanation or definition. Sightline explains what it is and how it could work around here.

AFTER THE DISASTER

State regulators raised their fine against Ride the Ducks, over last year's fatal Aurora Bridge crash, to $308,000. (AP)

SIC TRANSIT

Bicycle traffic, on Second Avenue and to/from West Seattle, has spiked during the Viaduct closure by a lot. Can this keep up after the end of Viageddon? (Seattle Bike Blog)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Some leaders in the "Jungle" drug-dealing ring have been convicted. (PI.com)

Turns out there have been dozens of escapes and "walk aways" from Western State hospital in just the past three and a half years. (KING) 

WHAT'S IN STORE?

Rainier Beach residents want their own Trader Joe's. (KPLU)

MOOZIK

Settle composer/pianist Wayne Horvitz won a $275,000 award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. (SeaTimes) 

ATTRACTIONS YOU NEVER HEARD OF

Seattle has a Lamborghini Museum. It's only open to the public one Saturday a month. Among its top sights: a display all about modern carbon-fiber materials now used in car (and plane) bodies. (KING)

DEMOGRAFIX

Ethnically, religiously, politically, etc., "'Normal America' is not a small town of white people." (FiveThirtyEight)

OIL'S NOT WELL

We might be nearing "Peak Oil" after all—not in terms of supply but of demand. (Tom Dispatch/Salon)

THE LAZY B

Boeing's tax breaks the past two years total over half a billion, even as it's eliminated over 6,000 jobs in the state. (Dominic Gates)

Boeing may revamp some of its 737 variants to keep up with competitors' offerings. (PS Biz Journal) 

R.I.P.

Lewis S. Nasmyth, 93, was a boatbuilder and a graphic designer. In 1954 he designed Georgetown's iconic Hat n' Boots gas station, since restored in a nearby park. (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS

The Storm's season, with UConn superstar Breanna Stewart, opens at KeyArena tonight vs. Phoenix.

The Mariners thumped Oakland 8-2, with three home runs. The series ends today.

TONIGHT

"Six Weeks in Time," group show of "time based" art and performances. (Henry Art Gallery, thru Sun)

"Complex Exchange: Media | Representation," panel on "race, power, and the politics of representation" in art and media. (SAM)

SIlent Reading Party. (Sorrento Hotel)

Beach House, Skyler Skjelset. (Paramount)

"Writing for a Cause," panel on writing important, actionable stuff, with Nick Licata, Anne Focke, Elissa Washuta, Anastacia Tolbert. (Hugo House)

Jay Prince Brothers From Another, Jarv Dee. (Crocodile)

"PubSci" talk with UW anthropologist Dan Grunspan on "gender biases in biology classrooms." (Hilliard's Brewery)

"Campout Cinema" series presents "Spaceballs." (EMP Museum)

Must Be the Holy Ghost, Empyrean, Gruft, Flames of Durga. (Funhouse) 

"Am I Normal: Weird French Music," with DJ Emmanuelle. (Revolver) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Alexithymia"

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