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FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016

Everybody's suddenly discovered that racism isn't dead. 

KIRO-TV held a prime-time special about it. KING-TV and KOMO Radio had town halls about it. The Weekly had a cover story about it. KUOW's got a whole series about it. 

Spectrum Dance Theater and the Intiman Theater Festival devoted their 2016 seasons to it. 

The Seattle Public Library brought in a St. Louis pastor who'd headed a post-Ferguson commision on "advancing racial equality."

The head of Seattle-King County Public Health wrote an article describing racism as "a public health problem."

Some of Seattle's nice white progressives may be silently thinking, "When can we stop talking about this and get back to just discussing nice white progressive causes, like hiking trails?" 

The answer: Never.

WEATHER

Sunny and warm Friday; clouding up over the weekend.

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MORE THAN A $100,000 PYRAMID

You can now visit the legendary condo at the top of the Smith Tower, during Kris Orlowski's monthly "Tower Concerts." (KIRO-FM) (image: Joshua Trujillo)

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ON THE AIR

Part of the deal toward making KPLU independent from Pacific Lutheran U. is that it has to find new call letters. The station's asking listeners to suggest their own new call signs (that, obviously, aren't already taken by some other station somewhere in the western US). My own choice: "KODE," for the City of Software. (News Tribune)

POLICING THE POLICE

Not every local police-reform advocate is cheering the resignation of police-union head Ron Smith. (Crosscut)

Ex-Sheriff Sue Rahr now runs the state's Criminal Justice Training Commission. She says she's moved the local police academy's focus from a model of paramilitary discipline to "engagement" with citizens. (Madison Park Times) 

MOVING STORIES

We told you how a big old Weyerhaeuser showcase home in Everett, which has moved twice in its 80-year life, would be moved again. This week, the 6,000 square foot wood palace was moved down a city street in the night. (KIRO-TV) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

The nearly-dead Totem Lake Mall will be replaced by a mid-rise, mixed-use mega-development. KUOW found residents who'd hung out there in their youths. They're not entirely pleased at what's happened to their community. (KUOW) 

Next to get overrun by expensive ("market rate") apartments: Pierce, Kitsap, and Thurston counties. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Mayor Murray says the threat of a lawsuit's keeping the city from ousting the failed developer of the old Public Safety Building block. (SeaTimes)

Why yes, Murray's shake-up of the city's community-outreach system, breaking official ties to homeowner-dominated neighborhood councils, is intended to bring younger, renting, non-white, and non-wealthy people into the political process. Will it work? Perhaps. Will the NIMBY homeowner constituency feel offended? Almost certainly. (Slog) (PubliCola) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The four initiative campaigns that made the statewide ballot, and the dozens that didn't, raised a total of $14 million. Yep, that includes the campaign to "limit the role of big money in state politics." (KUOW)

O GIVE ME A HOME

So far this year, 719 homeless people in Seattle have been moved into permanent housing. That's roughly at the pace of last year's figure of 1,366. But people are still becoming homeless at a faster rate. (KIRO-TV)

NON-SHOOTING POLICE NEWS

In one of its most elaborate sting operations, Seattle police temporarily "re-opened" a seized Roosevelt Way massage parlor, eventually arresting over 200 would-be sex-work clients. (KIRO-TV)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

The VA Hospital says its service is getting better, this time for real. (KING)

ECO

Inside Northwest tribes' combined campaign to stop oil trains. (Yes!/Sightline)

AG

Part of a defunct Maple Valley golf course will become a "food bank farm." (KING)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Some school districts still rely on "special" levies to make up what the state doesn't pay them for basic K-12 programs. State school superintendent Randy Dorn wants to make the districts stop that. (Everett Herald)

HIGHER ED

UW researchers love the cougars! (Real cougars, that is.) (KOMO)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Boeing's 777-300ER just isn't selling like it used to, and may be replaced with a new model. (SeaTimes) 

POLLY TICKS

A group of die-hard Sanders stalwarts hope to disrupt Clinton's big convention speech with the sound of what "Ren & Stimpy" once called "underleg noises." (KOMO)

SPORTS

Mariners back in action vs. Houston starting tonight.

Storm home vs. Washington (Lauren Jackson jersey retirement night) tonight; then home vs. Chicago Sunday.

Sounders FC at Portland Sunday, without the red-carded Clint Dempsey.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Bite of Seattle, with Midnight Radio Revival, U253, Velveteen Lotharios, The Thrill, more. (Seattle Center, Fri-Sun)

Seattle Putoh Festival performance. (Youngstown Arts Center, Fri-Sat)

Seattle Swelter festival, with Storms and Tributaries, Onesimus, more. (El Corazon, Fri-Sat) 

Opening reception for "Chronicles of Solitude: Masterworks of Wilhelm Hammershøi." (Frye Art Museum, Fri)

Ukadelics happy hour. (Swedish Cultural Center, Fri)

Spits, A Frames, Scared of Chaka. (Chop Suey, Fri)

Midnight Mystery Theater presents "Case of the Missing Vote" and "Case of the Missing Teenage Zombie." (Eclectic Theater, Fri)

Dave and Phil Alvin. (Tractor, Fri)

Newaxeyes record release. (Fred Wildlife Refuge, Fri)

Cara Joy Clausen benefit with Jonathan Richman, A Frames, the Spits. (Chop Suey, Fri) 

The Plaid Perspective, Wes SP8 and the Apollo Proxy, Brine. (Darrell's, Fri)

Stop-motion pop-art film "Sixty Six," with filmmaker Lewis Klahr. (NW Film Forum, Fri)

Fifth Annual Zulu Jam hiphop beat battle. (Waterfront Park, Fri)

Brit Floyd: The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show. (CenturyLink Field Events Center, Fri)

"The Fellowship of the Ring" with live Seattle Symphony accompaniment. (Benaroya Hall, Fri)

Shrinky Dinks workshop. (Push/Pull, Fri)  

Channel Seattle Record Label Fest. (Fred Wildlife Refuge, Sat-Sun) 

Seafair Pow Wow Days. (Daybreak Star Cultural Center, Sat-Sun)

Olympic Music Festival. (Ft. Worden State Park, Sat-Sun)

Dragon Fest. (International District, Sat-Sun) 

Bon Odori Japanese Festival. (Seattle Buddhist Church, Sat-Sun)

"Bodies of Water," a site-specific performance by Alice Gosti. (Waterfront Park, Sat)

Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions, Whiting Tennis, Steve & Kristy Smith. (Darrell's, Sat)

"Lava-A-Go-Go: A Tribute to Russ Meyer and the Ultra Vixens." (Lava Lounge, Sat)

"Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures," performance and talk by the legendary artist/sculptor. (UW Henry Art Gallery, Sat)

"Remembering Beefer: A Benefit for Erik Anderson." (The Underground, Sat)

Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour. (Various spots, Sat)

"This Is Not a Peep Show," group exhibit with poetry and video. (The Alice, Sat)

"West Side Glory in Heat," "a somewhat queer variety show." (Skylark, Sat)

"In Her Own Words," group reading. (UW Jones Playhouse, Sat) 

Myte, Miss Shelrawka, Ozma Otacava. (Kremwerk, Sat) 

Meghan Trainor (the singer, not the Seattle visual artist). (WaMu Theater, Sat)

Go Klondike Legacy Day. (Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Sun)

Urban Ag Bike Tour. (Bike Works, Sun) 

Garden Party Extravaganza. (Serafina, Sun)

KNDD Pokémon Hunt. (Volunteer Park, Sun)

"Day Shift," daytime dance party. (Ciudad, Sun)

SH*T GOLD: The Deep End, open-stage performance event. (Founders Theater, Sun)

"Writing Scripts for Erotic Hypnosis" workshop. (Center for Sex Positive Culture, Sun) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Ian McEwan):

“A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.”

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