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MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016

Those of you who don't have to go to work today, but who also aren't camping out anywhere: Have a relaxing day. Tidy up around the home but don't get anxious about it. Take a one-day vacation from your diet. Read that book that's been collecting dust for weeks/months. Love someone (consensually).

WEATHER

After several drippy days, sun and warmth return Monday.

Seattle's summer forecast: Still warmer than "normal," but not AS hot as the last three summers. (KOMO) 

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PLACES IN THE HEART

One R. Luke DuBois made a map of the Puget Sound area based on the most common words in online dating-site profiles from each city and town. (Curbed Seattle)

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FIRES

The Sasquatch! music festival in central Washington was not evacuated due to early-in-the-season wildfires (though the mainstage was closed most of Sunday). But a lot of the rest of Grant County was ordered to bug out. (KIRO-TV)

One contributing factor: warm spring weather (which has also given prematurely depleted snowpacks). (News Tribune) 

THE RACE IS ON (OR OFF)

As the Central District becomes less than 20 percent African American, whole extended families, institutions, and ways of life are being, to use a modern cliché, "disripted." (SeaTimes)

The Puyallup Tribe's working to save the Lushootseed language from oblivion. (Crosscut)

TOOTH OR CONSEQUENCES

The Swinomish Tribe's defying state law, and dealing with a nationwide shortage of dentists on tribal lands, by employing a dental therapist." (KING)

Buried in an article about the UW dental school's budget deficit: its graduates can owe as much as $400,000 in student loans; many of them have to take less than high-paying jobs at "health care companies." (SeaTimes)

PARK(ING) SPACE

Seattle parking laws, and the way they're enforced, have often-devastating impacts on non-upscale households. (Real Change)

Ex-Mayor McGinn believes Brier Dudley's "war on cars" screed is utter hogwash. (Crosscut) 

DRUGS

A federal judge ruled that Washington's Medicaid program has to provide vital but costly hepatitis C drugs to everyone with the disease, not just to "the sickest." (SeaTimes)

More private rehab clinics are accused of fraud, including offering to sell patients false recovery reports. (KING) 

I STILL LIKE THELONIOUS MONK BETTER

One of the companies involved in the big Longview coal-train terminal has bugged out. (Sightline)

DEVELOPING STORIES

We now know what'll become of the Old Spaghetti Factory's building: it'll be preserved and added to. We don't know whether the restaurant will get to stay. (Curbed Seattle)

AG

Seeking additional irrigation sources, farmers are looking to get more water from the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Environmentalists aren't so sure it's such a good idea. (AP)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Dear airlines: Women's short-shorts are not terrorist weapons. (KIRO-TV) 

Sea-Tac Airport's fences are breached by intruders every now and then; but officials insist there's no terror fear to be inferred. (AP)

TEL AVIV

Hulu.com's religious-cult drama "The Path" will introduce a fictional character who's the sibling of a teen killed during the Marysville-Pilchuck HS shooting. MPHS officials, needless to say, aren't amused. (KIRO-TV)

BIZ

Russell Investments, recently sold from one out-of-state owner to another, is quietly laying people off at its Seattle HQ. (PS Biz Journal)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

A UK think tank claims women are more likely than men to send "misogynistic" Tweets®. (The study presumably didn't count Tweets® against Seattle City Council members.) (CS Monitor)

R.I.P.

John Sisko, 58, was a local sculptor, gallery operator, art teacher, and overall mover n' shaker in the local arts scene. (Slog) 

SPORTS

The Mariners returned to their at-home horrors, dropping all three against the last-place Twins (the last game went 5-4). A four-game, home-and-away series vs. San Diego begins at home today.

The Storm finally won one at home, 93-81 vs. Connecticut. At Indiana Wednesday.

Sounders FC fell to New England 2-1 (meaning they're still winless on the road). At DC United Wednesday.

TONIGHT

SIFF continues all week. (Various spots)

Folklife Festival ends. (Seattle Center)

SCCC art students' invitational exhibition. (M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery, thru June 17)

The Obsessed. (El Corazon)

"Baba Yaga, the Game," theater/performance piece based on a Slavic folk tale. (Slate Theater, thru June 12)

Peach Kelli Pop, Topless, Blooper, Happy Times Sad Times. (Black Lodge)

European Movie Mondays. (EuroPub)

The Salute Sessions presents a Charles Mingus tribute. (Royal Room)

INSIDE

We'll have a small intimate get-together for the one-year anniversary of this letter (and, oh yeah, my birthday) next midweek. Watch this space.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Ernest Hemingway, "The Garden Of Eden"):

“You want everything so much and when you get it it’s over and you don’t give a damn.”

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