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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016

There's a reason "tiny houses," those micro-cabins (sometimes on wheels) seen in umpteen websites and cable shows, are almost always photographed way out in the countryside—besides the fact that it prevents the things from being immediately compared to full-size habitations. It turns out that most urban and suburban jurisdictions, including Seattle, essentially don't allow 'em. Some folks want to change that. (Around here, they're working to allow 'em as "detached accessory dwelling units" on existing single-family lots.) 

WEATHER

At least one more day of hotness. Cloudier and cooler, with possible showers, on Thursday.

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STATE OF THE ARTS

Crosscut praises the human-scale weirdness in the art of my ol' pal Kathleen Skeels.

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LIVE AIR

Friends of 88.5 FM struck a deal with Pacific Lutheran U to take over KPLU, pending FCC approval.

O GIVE ME A HOME

Home prices around here just keep hyper-inflating. (Seattle Bubble) (SeaTimes)

Sharon Jones of Federal Way has created a scale model of a mega-development to get homeless people into homes. She made it partly out of dry pasta. (KUOW) 

GENDER JUSTICE

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge by religious pressure groups against a Wash. state law requiring pharmacists to carry and sell "Plan B," the emergency contraceptive. The issue's largely "moot" these days anyway, since Blan B is now available over-the-counter. (Seattlish)

UPDATES

The parents of a Koren student killed in the Ride the Ducks crash claim the company's being racist by invoking a century-old law claiming parents of deceased foreign nationals have to be U.S. residents in order to sue in the U.S. (Stranger)

CRIME

Our ol' pal Ferdous Ahmed had been selling his vintage clothes at Georgetown's Trailer Park Mall. Until someone pulled up in the middle of the night and went away with his 1977 airstream. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

The coffee house on 23rd Avenue whose business got decimated by never-ending road construction, then got robbed? The robber returned what he'd taken, and apologized. (KOMO) 

GETTING SPACY

Seattle's private space-flight ventures have the money and the tech, but they're "still searching for a business plan." (Crosscut) 

PARK(ING) SPACE

Knute Berger's manifesto: Paved street-corner "parklets" are not real parks. And neither is the waterfront plan. (Crosscut)

Meanwhile, one "real park" (with grass and everything), Broadway Hill Park, just opened at a former would-be townhome site at Federal and Republican. Will it be "the last of its kind"? (Capitol Hill Seattle)

ECO

A parasite may be killing off Puget Sound steelhead. Researchers are tying to figure out if this is so; and, if so, what to do about it. (KING)

For years, neighbors have fought a proposed geoduck farm in Thurston County. Could they be losing now? (Olympian)

POLICING THE POLICE

The Seattle Police Officers Guild says the city doesn't have the authority to order officers' obsolete guns to be melted down instead of resold. (KIRO-TV) 

Local progressive politicans endorsed the initiative to make police "deadly force" prosecutions "less impossible." (Slog)

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Portland has banned the demolition of homes 100 years old or older. They don't have to be preserved on-site, though. They can still be "de-constructed" so their materials can be salvaged. (EARTHFX/KUOW)

LABOR PANES

A Western State nurse sent her bosses a resignation notice written in frosting on a cake. Really. (KOMO) 

THE LAZY B

Everett Community College got a federal grant to train some 600 "robotics engineers" for Boeing, to get jobs taking other people's jobs away. (PS Biz Journal) 

SPORTS

In what could be an old headline from the high seas, the Mariners sank the Pirates 5-2. The quick two-game series ends today.

The Storm came from behind to beat Atlanta 84-81. Home vs. Dallas Thursday.

Sounders FC won on penalty kicks over Real Salt Lake after a 1-1 draw, in a U.S. Open Cup match. At Toronto FC Saturday.

TODAY

"Homeless in Seattle," "an all-out blitz" by local news media on homelessness and how it might be resolved. (Various outlets)

"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" auditions (yes, that show's still on). (Factory Luxe at the Old Rainier Brewery)

TONIGHT

John Doe, Jesse Dayton. (Tractor)

"Embellish," exhibit on "fashion as a form of self expression of evolving personal and cultural identity." (Town Square, Bellevue)

Eyes Eat Suns, Apache Truckstop, the Ram Rams. (Funhouse)

Birdy. (Neumos) 

Smoke Season, Caught. (Barboza)

Seattle Wind Symphony presents "Birthday Party for America" concert. (Benaroya Hall)

"Citizen Activism in the Age of Bernie," Panel with Nick Licata and Parmilia Jayapal. (Folio)

Cassavetes film "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie." (NW Film Forum)

Artist/lecturer Carrie Bodle. (Glass Box Gallery)

Bod, Dommerngang, DJ Pete's A Pie. (Chop Suey)

SpiceRack, Jef Shocki and the Workforce, Merchant Mariner. (Substation)

Royce da 5'9", Grafh, more. (Crocodile)

Alexander Melnikov performing Morton Feldman's "Triadic Memories." (Benaroya Hall) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Aldous Huxley):

“Perhaps it’s good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he’s happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?”

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