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TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2016

Hooray for Kevin Durant! The last great Sonics player got away from the Oklahoma Plunder as soon as he contractually could! Let's see how team owner Clay Bennett feels about being abandoned.

WEATHER

Clouds, showers, and sun breaks; possibly clearing and warming on Wednesday.

Cliff Mass says we're having "the coolest early summer in years."

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AIN'T THAT AMERICA?

Twitter user Jen Soriano found a white-bread U.S. map in a red Ziploc® bag, tacked up to a tree on Capitol Hill.

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PARK(ING) SPACE

As some want to build an extended I-5 lid downtown, its current lidded section, Freeway Park, turns 40. The city would really like people to hang out there more often, and not just for costume posing during ComiCon. (KING)

ECO

Sockeye salmon die if the water they're in is too hot. So authorities are releasing cooler water into the Snake River. (AP)

The "Save Tacoma's Water" group promises to fight back against a judge's ruling tossing out the group's ballot initiatives. The campaigns demanded voters' say about future big industrial uses of water in Tacoma, such as the now-scrubbed plan for a methanol plant. (KOMO)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Visit a summer camp program just for children with incarcerated parents. (KPLU) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Massive construction projects, and the sidewalks and parking spaces lost to them, are hurting local businesses from Pike/Pine to Roosevelt Way. (KIRO-TV)

UW Bothell's re-evaluating its expansion plans, perhaps nixing the building of dorms. (KING) 

POLICING THE POLICE

Could the police union hinder the search for, and the work of, the next civilian oversight official? (KUOW) 

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Eric Lacitis gives a big slow-news-day tribute to the Seattle Municipal Archive, a prime source of images for my local history books.

Meanwhile, the Tacoma Public Library's preliminary list of 2017 budget cuts includes possibly closing its Northwest Room, itself an invaluable collection of local historical documents. (News Tribune)

DRUGS

A church in Elbe, WA will soon offer (apparently legal) spiritual enlightenment lessons using a hallucinogenic tea. (KPLU)

Spent needles by the hundreds are being tossed out behind the Tulalip Walmart. (KOMO)

LABOR PANES

St. Martin's University in Lacey wants to prevent its faculty from unionizing, seeking a legal "exemption on religious grounds." (Olympian)  

THE BIG A

At least real-estate-wise, "Amazon has swallowed downtown Seattle." (Bloomberg)

THE LAZY B

Boeing says it might develop an all-new passenger jet in the next decade, despite the fiasco-on-many-levels that was the 787's creation. (PS Biz Journal)

STATE OF THE ARTS

The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center now has a resident performance-production group, called simply LANGSTON. Its first season stars this fall. (PI.com) 

SPORTS

The Mariners lost a 2-1 squeaker at Houston. Series continues tonight.

Sounders FC in an "international friendly" home tonight, vs. the UK's West Ham United.

Storm at Atlanta tonight.

TONIGHT

"Ask the Oracle" with Rich Smith, Alexis M. Smith, E.J. Koh. (Sorrento Hotel) 

Novelist Elizabeth Bear. (U Book Store)

Seattle Chamber Music Society's Summer Festival. (Benaroya Hall, thru July 30)

Music Under the Stars. (Delridge Park) 

Ghost Lit Kingdom, Screens, 627. (Lo-Fi) 

Greg Adams (Tower of Power Horn Section). (Jazz Alley, thru Thurs)

Folk Family Revival. (Triple Door)

Stoic. (Vera Project)

P.K. Dwyer. (Stone Way Cafe)

Days N Daze, Juicy Karkass, more. (Funhouse) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching"):

“Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear.”

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