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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2016

You DID vote, didn't you? Don't wanna hear you complaining about the results if you didn't. Got it?

WEATHER

Morning clouds and afternoon clearing with warmth through at least Saturday.

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THE ELECTOR SET 

Here's what we know as of late Tuesday night:

Pramila Jayapal leads in the race to replace Jim McDermott in the U.S. House. Joe (no relation) McDermott and Brady Walkinshaw were in a virtual tie for the other spot in the "top two" final. (PI.com) (image: The Seattle Lesbian)

The Seattle housing levy won big.

The keep-part-of-the-Viaduct initiative lost big.

Sen. Murray and Gov. Inslee won their re-election primaries, Murray by a wider margin. Inslee will need to do better in the general outside Puget Sound.

Nicole Marci and Dan Shih look like the top two in the 43rd Legislative District.

Tina Podlowdowski will face Kim Wyman for secretary of state.

Snohomish County's sales tax surcharge for drug rehab/assistance programs is losing narrowly.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, targeted for defeat by charter-school lobbyists, got enough primary votes to not face a general-election contest.

(KING) (Slog) (SeaTimes) (KIRO-TV)

Elsewhere in politics, the Thurston County Democrats accepted a $50,000 donation from guru  J.Z. "Ramtha" Knight, despite her past anti-Mexican and anti-GLBTQ statements. (KUOW)

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STATE OF THE ARTS

As a Seattle Art Fair side project, Canadian muralist Daniel "DENIAL" Bombardier's putting something up on Capitol Hill's Richmark Label building. (Capitol Hill Times) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

The City Council approved the proposed amendments to the HALA "grand bargain," to put extra fees on developers to account for the destruction of affordable units. The developers' lobby is already grumbling. (KCPQ) 

Rents are inflating horribly in Seattle, but even worse in Lynnwood. (KIRO-TV)

University Christian Church sold part of its U District property to Bellwether Housing, which will put 133 "affordable" units there. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

A pair of nonprofits plan to install 13 modular, "responsive" housing units at what's now a church parking lot in the south end. (South Seattle Emerald)

Portland's immediately ending its "safe sleeping" pilot program, that allowed homeless people to sleep along downtown sidewalks without being harassed by police. (AP)

Charles Mudede continues to follow the real-estate hyperinflation in Vancouver (even worse than here). There, new residential towers are going empty because their financiers refuse to lower rents.

PARK(ING) SPACE

Seattle's second "edible food park" is open after years in the making. It's called Puget Ridge, in West Seattle. (KING)

FIRES

Yet-uncontrolled wildfires in central Washington are causing some mandatory evacuations outside Moses Lake. (SeaTimes)

ECO

A Zillow.com report claims climate change could send as many as 2 million U.S. homes underwater. No, not mortgage-wise. Literally underwater. (GeekWire)

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL?

The last (essentially) prisoners left at the old McNeil Island penitentiary are called "special commitment center residents" (sex offenders who haven't been approved for release). They're complaining lately about having to drink contaminated water. (KUOW) 

POLICING THE POLICE

The federal monitor overseeing Seattle police reforms says civilians should be in charge of the SPD's internal-investigations process. (SeaTimes) 

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

The Port of Tacoma, stung by the backlash over its methanol-plant scheme, announced new "transparency" measures, to require public meetings before approving certain types of major projects. (News Tribune)

THE COM IS CAST

Councilmember Sawant says the state's big "deceptive practices" lawsuit against Comcast further proves the need for city-owned broadband. (GeekWire) 

CAFFEINE

Starbucks is recalling stainless-steel straws, after several reported cases of "mouth lacerations." (AP) 

GeekWire held a staff taste test, comparing Amazon's new private-label coffee to other brands. The winner: would you believe, Folger's?

MS BEHAVIOR

Microsoft's revenue from "the cloud" (remote, back-end computing services for other companies) grows while income from Windows operating systems shrinks. (GeekWire) 

SPORTS

The Mariners came back against Boston, 5-4, with all five Ms runs (including a three-run Robinson Cano homer) in the eighth inning. Same teams tonight.

TONIGHT

Pink Martini. (Woodland Park Zoo, thru Thurs)

Thee Sgt Major III, the Fucking Eagles, the Beltholes. (Sunset)

"Who Was Chief Seattle?," talk with historian David Buerge and Knute Berger. (Folio) 

AlunaGeorge, Kari Faux. (Neptune)

"Am I Normal?" with DJ Emmanuelle. (Revolver) 

Sheepdogs, Quaker City Night Hawks. (Crocodile) 

Doe Bay Fest pre-party with Fine Prince, Y La Bamba, more. (Tractor)

Matamoska, Steady 45s, Georgetown Orbits, Irie Idea. (Highline)

"Cured/Notcured: A Tale of Two Diagnoses," talk about a disproven AIDS "cure." (Fred Hutch)

Silent Reading Party. (Sorrento Hotel)

Krys Lee, author of novel "How I Became North Korean." (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Blaxploitation-tribute film "Black Dynamite." (Central Cinema) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Analysand"

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