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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016

Yes, Amazon's three-sphered "biospheres" will be open to the public. And the company wants them to be a big tourist draw. I had been calling them "Bezos' Balls," but the PS Biz Journal has a better name: Amazon's "bubble building."

WEATHER

A few showers Tuesday, drying out and warming up on Wednesday.

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YOU DON'T LOOK A DAY OVER 707!

As local media used to do for all sorts of local anniversaries, the SeaTimes and KOMO have long laudatory pieces about Boeing's corporate centennial. Seattle is a Software City precisely because it was previously the Jet City. We know the engineering mindset. We know boom-n'-bust cycles. And we know how to make deals, globally.

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POLICING THE POLICE

Jen Graves has a poignant, philosophical, and (naturally) ideological "art review" of that viral Reuters news photo with the Black woman getting arrested on the streets of Baton Rouge.

The Seattle Police Officers Guild, having taken verbal flak for incidiary and possibly racist posts, has deleted its Internet presences. (Slog) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

One of Amazon's buildings was sold to a Korean firm for a cool quarter-billion. (SeaTimes)

A week-old strike by local glassworkers is slowing down big construction projects. (PS Biz Journal)

O GIVE ME A HOME

More than a third of the families living at Yesler Terrace four years ago have now left the being-redeveloped public housing complex. (SeaTimes) 

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A lawsuit by opponents of the planned new county juvenile jail claims the county deliberately misled voters when they voted on the project in 2012. (Slog) 

AFTER THE DISASTER

There's a crowdfunding campaign for the kombucha company whose Olympia warehouse burned last week.

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Legislators are trying to figure out how to regulate about driverless vehicles. (GeekWire)

A state initiative to help prevent identity theft grew out of a spat between a union and a conservative think tank. (KPLU)

THE RACE IS ON

The Seattle Yacht Club still has an annual "Potlatch," involving white people dressing up in bad imitations of Native American garb. (No, this wasn't invented at Coachella.) (The C Is For Crank) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Seattle's highly-hyped new preschool program won't be able to fit in anything close to the 2,000 kids originally promised. (KUOW)

NIGHTLIFE

The Decibel Festival, Seattle's annual electronic-music and digital-arts showcase, has been put on indefinite hold by founder Sean Horton (who moved to L.A. recently). Other promoters and ex-Decibel volunteers are already organizing a successor event, the Chance of Rain Festival, to be held this fall. (Slog) 

Kremwerk, the beloved electronic music club in the Denny Triangle, is not only surviving but adding a second room, plus a pizza joint. (Slog)

SIC TRANSIT

Another week, another virulently anti-transit Seattle Times oped. This one's by an exec of a driverless-car startup, who says we don't even need public transit. Just cars, more cars, nothing but cars. (Seattlish)

ICK

A man and teenage boy are under arrest for allegedly killing another young man, then setting his house on fire to try to hide the crime. (KCPQ) 

LABOR PANES

REI workers at Khama Sawant's City Hall forum gve the same stories of insufficient/erratic hours, low wages, etc. that you've heard from workers at less prestigious outfits. (SeaTimes) 

Sakuma Brothers Farms in Skagit County now says it will let pickers vote on joining a union. (Skagit Valley Herald)

Fastest-growing jobs for young adults here: High-paid software engineers; low-paid baristas/cooks; and virtually nothing else. (SeaTimes)

Hanford workers have stopped work at some of the radioactive-waste tank farms, due to concerns over toxic vapors. (KING)

Starbucks will increase its base pay later this year. Unpredictable employee scheduling will continue. (AP) 

TEK TALK

These private "coding schools" that keep cropping up can't place all their grads in these supposedly high-demand jobs. (PS Biz Journal)

Infospace, a Bellevue-based online search company that at one time was worth more (in stock value) than Boeing, just sold for $45 million. (PS Biz Journal)

BIZ/ECONOMY

Ballard's Sonic Boom Records is staying! A longtime customer has bought the onetime local chain's last store and will keep it as is. (Slog)

The City Council agreed to sell the city-owned Pacific Place garage to the mall's owner. (SeaTimes)

"Washington will be the first state with an online retirement marketplace." (PS Biz Journal)

SPORTS

The Ms' Robinson Cano scored only seven runs at the MLB Home Run Derby, getting eliminated in the first round. Today he's the only Mariner in the All-Star Game.

TONIGHT

"Can You Hear Me Now?: Contemporary Plays by Black Women." (UW Jones Playhouse, thru Fri)

Wye Oak, Tushka. (Neumos)

Author N.K. Jemisin with DJ Riz. (Central Library)

"American Rage: Division and Anger in US Politics," panel with KUOW's Ross Reynolds. (Naked City Brewery)

Pearl Django, Don Stiernberg. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed) 

"Salon of Shame" group reading. (Theatre Off Jackson) 

True-crime authors Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris, Linda Castillo. (U Book Store)

Fear of Men, Puro Instinct, Ghost Soda. (Sunset)

Ghost Bath, Underling, He Whose Ox Is Gored. (Crocodile) 

Babymetal (Japanese female J-pop/metal band). (Showbox Sodo)

Dragged Into Sunlight, Primitive Man, Cult Leader, Heiress. (Highline)

"The Round," program of music, poetry, and painting. (Fremont Abbey)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Carceral"

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