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WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016

Don't you think Boeing should've celebrated its centennial on 7/27? I do.

WEATHER

My remarks Tuesday about an extended local heat wave were premature, as we had thick morning clouds early of that day. Hotness should return today, however.

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SCHMID HITS THE FAN(S) 

Sounders FC fired Sigi Schmid, the only head coach in the team's eight-year MLS history. The team's floundered this year, and failed to make the playoffs last year, despite being "the most popular and well-resourced team in the league." Longtime assistant Brian Schmetzer was named interim coach. (Art Thiel) (image: ESPN)

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ECO

Seattle, particularly on the business side, isn't keeping up with official recycling targets. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Bats! They're showing up in more and more suburban back yards, particularly in places where their old habitat was bulldozed for houses. (KOMO) 

A ballot initiative seeks to ban oil trains in Spokane. (NW News) 

An Everett company hopes to help limit future oil spills, with a converted 737 freighter that can spray dispersants to the water's surface. (KING) 

MY OL' STOMPIN' GROUNDS

Some firefighters in Marysville want to break off from the city government, into their own agency with its own "taxing district." (KOMO)

THE RACE IS ON

A locksmith was arrested for shouting racial slurs while changing locks at the Pioneer Square 7-Eleven. (KOMO) 

One of the SPD's few East African-descended members wishes there were more of him around to influence that community. (KUOW)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Clearing out unauthorized encampments goes on in the 'burbs too. Tuesday it happened along the Puyallup River. (KING)

Meanwhile, the (authorized) Othello-area encampment is gathering neighborhood support. (South Seattle Emerald)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

Gender Odyssey, a global conference for "transgender and gender-nonconforming people," comes to Seattle next week. (Stranger)

POLLY TICKS

On any list of the candidates you might not expect to be the beneficiary of a "super PAC," you might rank Pramila Jayapal (running for Jim McDermott's U.S. House seat) pretty high up. You'd be wrong. (SeaTimes) 

The City Council has sent the initiative to help protect hotel workers to the November ballot. (PS Biz Journal) 

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Five former members of the King County Corrections Guild's executive board have been accused of theft, for improperly using $150,000 of the guild's money from 2009 to 2014. (KIRO-TV)

The City of SeaTac was ordered to pay $18 million to Red Robin founder Gerry Kingen and wife Kathy, who alleged the city had illegally maneuvered to grab a land parcel they'd owned. (SeaTimes) 

STIMULANTS

Edmonds is trying to crack down against bikini barista stands. Or rather, one bikini barista stand. (KIRO-TV)

BIZ/ECONOMY

Olympic Cascades, the Washington State Ferries' outgoing food contractor, asked the state Court of Appeals to overturn the ferries' new contract with the national Centerplate company. (KING) 

Knute Berger compares the TPP and Brexit manias to the 1999 "Battle of Seattle," and to "free trade"'s broken promises since then.

Investors finally realized Nintendo's not making an instant fortune off of Pokémon Go. (SeaTimes) 

Virgin America's shareholders approved the airline's takeover by Alaska Air. (PS Biz Journal) 

R.I.P.

Youree Dell Harris, 53, was a former Seattle theater-scene member who went on to play "Miss Cleo" in once-ubiquitous commercials for a telephone psychic line. (AP) 

SPORTS

Felix Hernandez overcame a shaky start as the Mariners beat Pittsburgh 7-4. The brief series ends today.

Some real "inside baseball": Visiting-team players and coaches traditionally pay "voluntary dues" to stadium clubhouse managers, to pay for fetching snacks and soft drinks and such. But the Mariners recently started taking 60 percent of those dues. Several other AL teams, including the White Sox, are complaining. (SeaTimes) 

TODAY

"Paddle to Nisqually," cultural heritage fair with tribal canoe families from around the region. (Alki Beach) 

TONIGHT

Psychedelic Furs, the Church. (Benaroya Hall)

Two Hour Transport. (Cafe Racer) 

Rob Zombie, Korn. (White River Amphitheatre) 

"We Will Not Be Divided: Connecting the Muslim and Queer Communities." (2100 Building)

Seattle Indian Health Board presents jazz vocalist Julia Keefe. (Royal Room)

Letlive, Seahaven, Silver Snakes, Night Void. (El Corazon) 

WLISPS "tape and paper sculpture" release. (Hollow Earth Radio)

Talk by artist Gary Hill. (Glass Box Gallery)

Film "Howard the Duck" in "quacklevision." (Central Cinema) 

"Design Disruptors," talk on tech firms' design approaches. (SAM)

"Improv's Greatest Hits," with four improv-comedy troupes. (Rendezvous) 

"Spinurn," participatory event with people spinning burning batons and other objects. (Gas Works Park) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Jasmine Warga, "My Heart and Other Black Holes"):

“Anyone who has actually been that sad can tell you that there’s nothing beautiful or literary or mysterious about depression.”

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