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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016

I know this is rude, and I know some of you don't give a darn, and I know I've said it before, but: Thuck the Funder.

WEATHER

Sunny with highs perhaps near 70 today. Rain returns Wednesday.

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FOR THE 1 PERCENT OF THE 1 PERCENT

A 236-foot "megayacht," built in Seattle and appropriately named Albatross, is on sea trials in Puget Sound this week. (PS Biz Journal)  

Also, the largest cruise ship to ever dock in Seattle is here. It's 1,000 feet long and fits over 3,000 passengers. (KCPQ) 

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O GIVE ME A HOME

KUOW's got more stories from humans camped out in The Jungle. They're just as heart-rendering as you'd expect.

FIRES

Thanks in part to the rains, the Oso and Gold Bar wildfires have been contained (but not yet put out). (KIRO-TV)

ECO

KIRO-FM, always eager to brand progressives as hypocrites, ranted about climate-change activists leaving trash behind at their big Anacortes protest. However, the protesters might not have had the chance to pick up after themselves when they were arrested for blocking BNSF train tracks.

Ocean-fisheries protections in the US should be strengthened. Instead, the GOP Congress is looking to weaken them. (Crosscut)

PARK(ING) SPACE

As the state's population explodes, state parks get more crowded. (Seattle mag)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Thirteen health insurers have filed plans to raise individual-plan rates by an average of 13.5 percent. (SeaTimes)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

Was a Seattle Channel interview host too sympathetic to a spokesperson for the anti-trans bathroom initiative? A Seattlish piece believes so.

THE RACE IS ON

Last week's "Decolonize UW" student walkout aimed to bring more urgency to fighting ingrained "discrimination and institutional inaction." (Weekly)

ON AND OFF THE AIR

Pacific Lutheran U told the group raising money to save KPLU to stop using the station's logo or other PLU trademarks. (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

Nick Hanauer brands low-wage employers as comprising a "parasite economy," profiting from "a cheap supply of taxpayer-subsidized labor."

DEVELOPING STORIES

WeWork, the big "co-working space" company, has launched a similar "co-living" concept, WeLive, in a couple of cities. Now it may bring that to Seattle, and may lease an entire forthcoming 36-story Belltown tower for it. (GeekWire)

Buildings up to 320 feet tall could go into the U District under current city plans, undoubtedly annihilating many small businesses and affordable housing units. (KIRO-TV)

The City Council unanimously approved Swedish Medical Center's master plan to double the size of its Cherry Hill (née Providence) campus, provided that Swedish work to reduce car traffic in the area. (SeaTimes)

A "Chinese behemoth" has invested in an under-construction Seattle apartment tower. As Charles Mudede would say, here come the global real-estate speculators who don't even care about a site's real-world value. (PS Biz Journal) 

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

The Port of Seattle tried to scrub references to the Sodo neighborhood from documents about its serarch for new office space, having been vocally opposed to non-industrial uses in the area in the past. (PubliCola)

FEAR THE BIG ONE! OR DON'T!

A "swarm" of minor, shallow earthquakes has struck under Mt. Hood. (KOMO) 

CRIME

One of the two brothers accused in the murder of an Arlington couple turned himself in to US authorities after hiding out in Mexico. (KIRO-TV) 

VANISHING SEATTLE?

Wallingford's legendary Teahouse Kuan Yin needs to find a new location. (Seattle Eater)

THE BIG A

Amazon's reportedly going to add more of its own store-brand products, ranging from packaged food products to diapers and detergent. (AP)

If you want to know why more women prefer to buy clothes online these days, watch an "Inside Amy Schumer" skit about trying to buy non-size-zero women's clothes in a store. (USAT)

THE PLANE TRUTH

The pilots' union at Southwest Airlines doesn't want the carrier to take delivery of any more Boeing planes until the union gets a new contract. (AP)

SPORTS

Mariners travel to Baltimore for three games starting tomorrow.

TODAY

"Syttende May" festival, honoring Norway Constitution Day. (Bergen Place)

Cascade Bicycle Club protests against planned cuts to new bike lanes. (City Hall)

Annual arrival of Copper River salmon. (Various spots)

TONIGHT

SassyBlack (formerly of THEESatisfaction) record release, with J'Von, ZELLI, DJ Toya B. (Barboza)

1922 silent documentary "Nanook of the North" with new live score by Tanya Tagaq. (Neptune)

Grant-Lee Phillips. (Triple Door)

"Salon of Shame," group reading of old "writing that makes you cringe." (Theatre Off Jackson) 

Amon Amarth, Entombed A.D., Exmortus. (Showbox)

Wild Belle, James Supercave, Goodbye Heart. (Crocodile)

Merle Haggard tribute with Country Dave Harmonson, the Familiar Strangers. (Tractor) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Khaled Hosseini):

"And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”

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