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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016

One year of this daily adventure (and venture) has come and gone, and it is (and I am) still here. If I've learned anything from this business-wise, it's this: 

• In this brave new online world, people still want to know what's going on. 

• In this time of globalized subcultures and virtual "tribes," it's still important to know what's going on in one's own "place."

• In an "information marketplace" increasingly obsessed with delving deeply into single topics for ever more narrowly-defined audiences, there's still value in "breadth," in knowing as many different aspects of your "place" as possible.

It's also the 30th anniversary of my whole series of MISC ventures. More about that tomorrow.

WEATHER

Cloudier and way, way cooler today, with showers possible in the evening.

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VANISHING RAINIER BEACH

King Donuts and Laundromat, a southeast Seattle institution since the late 1980s, closes later this year. (South Seattle Emerald)

And on Capitol Hill, demolition of the old Hugo House building starts today. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

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PENALTY FLAGS

The KingCo Conference banned Bellevue High's controversial football program from post-season appearances for the next four years. During that time, the school's big-walleted boosters will be prohibited from donating to the program. BHS's football coaches will be suspended from working for the school or "feeder programs" for two years. The Bellevue School District may or may not appeal the rulings. (SportsPressNW) (KING)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Does Kshama Sawant's City Council victory in banning rent increases at sub-code apartments represent a major "tactical shift" for her? (PubliCola)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Lawsuits against Ride the Ducks over its fatal Aurora Bridge crash, brought by families of crash victims, might be stalled by Washington state laws restricting suits by non-U.S. residents. (KIRO-TV)

Seattle-based Black Lives Matter activist Sarra Tekola "ran into" Bill Clinton at an L.A. campaign rally. She publicly cursed him over his 1994 crime bill that, she feels, kickstarted today's racist mass-incarceration complex. CBS aired the confrontation on national TV. (Slog)

POLICING THE POLICE

Teacher Jesse Hagopian reached a $100,000 settlement with the SPD over his getting unjustifiably pepper-sprayed at an MLK Day protest. (Slog)

The recent re-assignment of unclosed criminal cases from a former SPD detective has already led to one arrest in a particularly gruesome, four-year-old, child rape case. (PI.com) 

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Several local tribes have reps in Washington, DC this week. They want a law to let them re-bury the bones known as "Kennewick Man." (NWNews/KPLU)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

A four-year-old Idaho boy faced "internal decapitation" following an auto accident; but somehow recovered without surgeries. (KBOI)

SIC TRANSIT

Zach Shaner says driverless cars are still cars, and thus would still get stuck in traffic and waste space and resources. (Seattle Transit Blog) 

The Seattle Subway group says Seattle can help Sound Transit build light rail a lot faster by streamlining the permitting process at all steps. (Slog)

PARKING PLACES

The City may sell its interest in the parking-garage part of Pacific Place. (PS Biz Journal)

PARK(ING) PLACES

The "Myers Way parcels," 33 acres in southwest Seattle, are the last major, undeveloped, city-owned lands. A city board recommended selling them off in pieces. Neighborhood activists would rather see the whole thing preserved as park land. (West Seattle Blog)

GAYS OF OUR LIVES

The Capitol Hill Pride Festival couldn't get city permits to extend its street fair to the Sunday of Pride Weekend. Organizers might go ahead and extend the street fair's duration anyway. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

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The early Northwest cherry harvest has hit a new May record. (Yakima Herald-Republic)

SUDS

A Poulsbo brewery has a whole line of beers tying into the "Mortal Kombat" video-game franchise. (C-Net)

CAFFEINE AND OTHER DRUGS

A mental-health nurse bought and reopened a shuttered coffee shop in Parkland, partly to offer an alternative to heroin addiction. Really. (KPLU)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Alaska Airlines is testing "fuel from fermented corn" on two passenger-bearing flights. (SeaTimes) 

I STILL LIKE THELONIUS MONK BETTER

The state Dept. of Natural Resources struck another procedural blow against the coal-train terminal plan at Cherry Point. (Joel Connelly)

BIZ

Two years ago, the state passed a law letting startup companies sell stock via crowdfunding campaigns. No company here has yet to try such a scheme, but one just got official permission to do so. (PS Biz Journal)

SPORTS

The Mariners broke a four-game losing streak, stompin' on Cleveland 7-1. Same teams tonight. 

TODAY

"Block the $160 Millon Police Bunker," activist meeting to stop the city from building "the most expensive police station in America." (City Hall, 9:30 a.m.) 

TONIGHT

"The Complete History of Seattle," documentary about the band Raft of Dead Monkeys. (NW Film Forum)

"Homecoming" novelist Yaa Gyasi. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Beacon Bards Poetry Reading Series. (The Station)

At the Drive-In, Le Butcherettes. (Showbox Sodo)

Navvi album release. (Barboza) 

Forum on "Protecting Yourself and Your Privacy in the Digital Age." (Town Hall) 

Charles Mudede discussing documentaries seen at this year's SIFF. (Vermillion)

"Go All the Way" power-pop night with DJs Brnt ZZA and Sloppy Jo. (Revolver)

INSIDE

We celebrate the one-year anniversary of these newsletters (and my birthday) at 6 tonight, in the bar of the potentially threatened Old Spaghetti Factory. Be there or be trapezoidal.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Doughty"

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