TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

It's 10 years since the sale that brought the Seattle Supersonics under the thumb of out-of-state owners, who then moved the team as soon as they legally could. Many of us are still mad about it. 

There have been many attempts to get a men's pro basketball team here again since. All of them have hit the wall of NBA front-office opposition. 

If there was a chance of a new or moved franchise any time soon, the current local disputes over siting and financing a new arena could be quickly resolved. But without that, there's no incentive for differing "stakeholders" to reach what would be a meaningless, on-paper agreement.

Here's another idea: How about we start our own league?

We could recruit team owners in Vancouver, San Diego, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Nashville, and other places where the NBA has left or never been. 

We could use existing arenas, and make deals with regional cable sports channels. 

We could cast the teams from the many good college players who don't make the NBA. 

We could curate a game play that relies more on teamwork, less on superstars. The result: a more exciting game, on a startup's budget.


Clouds and sometime showers through Wednesday.



Tacoma longshore workers are commissioning a statue to honor their union's fiery founder Harry Bridges. (KPLU) (image: UW)



A GoFundMe campaign was started last week on behalf of (but not by) beloved local singer-songwriter Shawn Smith. He now insists his situation isn't as dire as the crowdfunding page (not by him) made it out to be: "Yes, I need the help but I am not sick and the financial position I've been in was of my own making. The story in the gofundme campaign painted me as a victim which I am not. Although lord knows I act like one sometimes."


Another unofficial encampment, this one under the King Street I-5 overpass, was cleared out. (KOMO) 

The City hopes bringing in a new mix of "community input" will help sort out at least some, partial, solutions to the "affordable housing" crisis. (KPLU) 

Housing hyper-inflation: Tacoma and Federal Way have it too. (KING)


Tesoro agreed to pay fines totalling $10.4 million, for emission violations at its refineries at Anacortes and elsewhere. (AP via Slog)

The town of Leavenworth wants more water from the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, where such resources are extra-protected legally. So does a federal fish hatchery. So do nearby farmers. (Crosscut)

This year's Columbia River sockeye salmon run is the fifth-biggest in recorded history. (SeaTimes)


Beyond the Black Lives Matter message is "a sense of helplessness" about the local police-reform process. (Crosscut)


The state's most ethnically diverse school is an elementary in West Seattle. The student body there is almost equally black, white, Hispanic, Asian, and "multiethnic." (SeaTimes) 

The incoming UW freshman class will be less white than last year's, and even have a few more in-state students. (SeaTimes)


A year and a half after acquiring an existing co-op grocery in Tacoma, Central Co-Op suddenly closed it, citing landlord issues. Central insists it will seek out a new Tacoma space. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

The big new U District Food Bank is now open, with the nonprofit Street Bean coffee house on the main floor. (UW Daily)


Recruiters for an HIV vaccine trial are looking for participants at gay bars and dating sites. (SeaTimes)


Oregon wildlife-refuge invader Ryan Bundy tried to escape from prison. (AP) 


The City will ask a federal judge to throw out the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's suit against Seattle's "Uber unionization" law. (GeekWire)

Jorgensen Forge issued layoff notices to all 111 workers at its Tukwila metals plant, after its parent company filed for bankruptcy. The newly-reorganized firm might hire back some or all of these workers. (PS Biz Journal) 


At one time, Boeing owned its own hulking mainframe computers; it even ran a Ross Perot-style "computing services" business, renting out use of the machines to other companies. Now the airship giant's using the "cloud", and contracting some of that back-end computing work to Microsoft. (GeekWire) 


A local tech-industry group's studying what works and doesn't work in attracting women and minorities into tech careers. (But will it also study how to get companies to hire and keep these folks?) (Crosscut)

Turns out Pokémon Go was just the start of Nintendo's retro binge. The company's bringing back its old video games on new advanced hardware. (SeaTimes)  


With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, pinch hitter Adam Lind hit a three-run homer to give the Mariners a 4-3 win over the White Sox. Same teams tonight.


The Jayhawks. (Neptune) 

Shaun Scott "The Faded Signs" podcast recording, about "what the present will look like to future generations." (Seattle Presents Gallery, weekly thru Sept. 9)

"Hidden Hemingway" authors Robert K. Elder and Aaron Vetch. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Eric Ostrowski's "Avenue of the Dead,' evening of hand-painted films, video feedback, and live music. (Grand Illusion) 

EPMD. (Crocodile)

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas. (Jazz Alley)

The Sextones. (Triple Door)

Inter Armia, Withered. (Barboza) 

Don Henley. (Chateau Ste. Michelle, thru Wed) 


(Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum"):

“As the man said, for every complex problem there’s a simple solution, and it’s wrong.” 


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