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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016

It's Canada Day and the Loonie's value has plunged like a stone, due to post-Brexit impacts combined with low crude-oil prices. 

Also, not a single Canadian hockey team made the NHL playoffs this year. 

And our favorite Canadian spot, Vancouver, is being destroyed by big money even more thoroughly than Seattle. 

But the Canadian spirit still stands proud. 

At its best, it's a spirit that treats the "First Nations" peoples as partners, not as conquests.

That treats its citizens' well being, including their health, as a duty, not a luxury.

That treats corporate-owned politicians (such as deposed PM Stephen Harper) as aberrations to be removed.

And it's a spirit that welcomes some of the world's war-displaced humans.

WEATHER

Off-and-on clouds all weekend. Potential showers Sunday.

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SURREAL ESTATE

Exploring the surviving ruins of the old Longacres horse track. (Batgurrl)

The "Snow White's Cottage" in Kitsap County's for sale. (KOMO)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Rents in Seattle are rising faster than incomes. But you knew that. (PS Biz Journal)

A real-estate agent claims townhome projects in Seattle are being regulated to death. (Daily Journal of Commerce) 

GETTIN' MIGHTY CROWDED

Wash. state's population is now almost 7.2 million. (AP) 

VANISHING SEATTLE?

The Rosebud restaurant on E. Pike will close in late September following a landlord dispute. Rosebud's owners say they want to find another location nearby. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

The Montlake neighborhood's only supermarket could be lost to revamped 520 on-ramps. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

TWO WHEELS GOOD

A state appeals court ruled Washington cities must make streets safe "for all traffic, including bicycles." (AP)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The parking lot at Pine and Melrose will become a "tiered" seven-story development with sloping terraces, vines creeping up the walls, and a "marketplace" (yes, that undefined word again) on the ground floor. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

NOT SO ROMANTIC GETAWAYS

A scenic jaunt out to Hanford's B Reactor, where the stuff of the Nagasaki bomb was made. (Wandering American Adventurer) 

ACTIVISM

Decades after Chiquita regularly had banana-plantation labor organizers slain, a Seattle attorney says the industry's still mistreating workers and the land. (PI.com)

SAVING SPACE

Lambert House, the longtime LGBTQ youth center, has started raising the $2 million it needs to stay in its current space. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

"How Green Is the Governor?" Not nearly as much as some enviro-activists would like. (Weekly) 

CRIME

A researcher at the UW primate lab was suspended for sexual harassment, using state money for personal use, asking coworkers to procure a hooker for him, among many other misdeeds. (BuzzFeed)

A middle-school PE teacher in Kennewick is accused of sending nude photos of herself to boys. (AP)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Amid the furor over King County wanting to build a new juvenile jail, the county's started a "cooling off" plan designed to offer juvenile suspects "counseling and services instead of court hearings." (SeaTimes)

MOOZIK

What's it like to make music in a really huge, empty water tank? Our ol' pal Stuart Dempster was determined to find out, and did. (KPLU) 

SUDS

Tukwila's Odin Brewing is buying the brands of Ballard's Hilliard's Beer. Hilliard's brewpub will be sold off separately. (Eater)

AG

High tech's coming to the farm. Remote-controlled irrigation; robotized plowing; drone-based field surveillance and pesticide spraying; maybe even harvesting. (Wash. Ag Network)

TEK TALK

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the likes of Amazon, Google, and Apple have (but shouldn't have) the power "to snuff out competition." (PS Biz Journal)

THE LAZY B

As Boeing's centennial draws nigh, the company's dropping hints of future local expansion (or at least no more big local layoffs). (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS

The Mariners held on to beat Baltimore 5-3. Series continues through Sunday.

The Storm lost a squeaker to Dallas, 83-78. At Atlanta Tuesday.

Sounders FC at Toronto Saturday.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

"Camptacular!," drag burlesque revue with Kitten n' Lou, Cherdonna, Waxie Moon, more. (Triple Door, Fri-Sun) 

Opening of "World of Wearable Art" exhibit. (EMP Museum, Fri)

"Foreign Shores," art installation by Pat DeCaro. (Gallery4Culture, Fri) 

Electric Six. (Neumos, Fri)

Groove Surfers. (Slim's Last Chance, Fri) 

Black Lillies, Swearengens. (Sunset, Fri)

Yob, Sandrider, Un. (Highline, Fri)

Severhead, Monstercreep, Nordus, Zombie Jihad. (Darrell's, Fri)

Terrorist, Toe Tag. (Funhouse, Fri)

Electric Circus tribute to Sly Stone, Sun Ra, and Miles Davis. (Royal Room, Fri) 

Boston (40th anniversary tour), Gary Hoey. (WaMu Theater, Fri) 

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival. (Center for Wooden Boats, Sat-Mon)

Opening of "Toys of the '50s, '60s, and '70s." (MOHAI, Sat)

"Alan Cumming SIngs Sappy Songs." (Town Hall, Sat)

Grand opening of the new Art/Not Termial. (Seattle Center, Sat) 

"KEXP Rocks the Dock" with Erik Blood, Telekinesis, Summer Cannibals. (Waterfront Park, Sat, free)

You May Die in the Desert, Wander, more. (Victory Lounge, Sat)

Fred and Toody Cole (Dead Moon), Topless, Top Down, Male/Female. (Funhouse, Sat)

Vinyleaters' First Saturdays. (Lava Lounge, Sat) 

Pity Sex, PWR BTTM, Petal. (Vera Project, Sat)

"Red, White, and Bollywood" dance party. (Nectar, Sat)

Young and Moore, Eryn Young, Battle Hymns, AC Lewis. (Lo-Fi, Sat) 

"Deep Cuts" DJ series featuring George Clinton. (Royal Room, Sat) 

Lyle Lovett. (Chateau Ste. Michelle, Sat) 

Gnarlene and the Frisky Pigs, Wild Wild Mexico. (Parlaiment Tavern, Sun)

Los Straitjackets, King of Hawaii. (Tractor, Sun) 

"Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery." (Annex Theatre, Sun)

The Amazing Acro-Cats. (Columbia City Theter, Sun) 

INSIDE

As mentioned previously, I now have proof copies of the Loser book reissue. That means we're close to having it for sale. Watch this space.

Yes, there WILL be a MISCmedia MAIL on the Fourth. 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Katie Kacvinsky):

“Some people say home is where you come from. But I think it’s a place you need to find, like it’s scattered and you pick pieces of it up along the way.”

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