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TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2016

In case you didn't realize it, we're having our fourth consecutive warmer-than-"normal" summer. Dunno 'bout you, but I'm not surviving this one as well as I did the previous one. Despite (or because) I've been inside a lot more this summer.

WEATHER

Still hot. Could reach 90 by week's end.

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WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Who was Chief Seattle (or Sealth, or Si'ahl) anyway? David Buerge tried to sort it out in a recent presentation at Folio. (KUOW)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

At a meeting packed with vocal opponents, the City Council voted to keep the North Police Precinct megaproject (which opponents derided as "The Bunker" and as a symbol of racist policing and misguided civic priorities) alive for now. Only Mike O'Brien voted no; Kshama Sawant was absent. (Slog) (Crosscut)

The Council also endorsed the ballot initiative to give hotel workers more legal protections from sexual harassment. (Slog)

POLICING THE POLICE

Also at Monday's City Council meeting, police officials defended the use of "blast balls" against protesters. (KCPQ)

City Attorney Pete Holmes says the city will submit its police-reform proposals to a federal judge by Labor Day. (KIRO-TV) 

OUT IN THE STREETS

About 30 anarchists spray-painted anti-police slogans in downtown Olympia Sunday night. One carried a sign: "Peace is another word for death/Give violence a chance." (KIRO-TV)

ECO

Sea-Tac Airport wants to clearcut thousands of trees in the greenbelt surrounding the airport lands. Some neighbors don't like the idea. (KIRO-TV) 

Northwest Congresscritters have lobbied to have mega-wildfires eligible for naitonal disaster funds. They may finally get their wish with the aid of "the emerald ash borer," a beetle decimating trees in upstate New York. (McClatchy)

Today, the state Dept. of Ecology will pour a non-toxic dye into parts of the Pilchuck River, hoping to learn more about why it's so oxygen-depleted and polluted. (AP) 

Opponents of "crumb rubber" in artificial-turf sports fields say it's responsible for the horrid cancer deaths of some young athletes. (News Tribune) 

APPLE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The state's official "apple auditor" says this year's crop will be much bigger and better than last year's drought-stricken crop. (NWNews/KPLU)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Control of the State Legislature could depend on one House race in Federal Way. (News Tribune)

Like every Republican gubernatorial candidate in Washington, Bill Bryant's marketing himself as a rational, eco-loving "moderate." It helps if you don't look at some of his top backers, including professional transit-hater Kemper Freeman and coal-terminal builder SSA Marine. (Slog) Bryant did say he won't support the GOP Presidential candidate, for whatever that's worth. (Joel Connelly)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Billionaire developer Martin Selig owes $2 million in unpaid CIty Light bills. (No wonder he sees so much in common with the GOP Presidential candidate.) (SeaTimes)

(UPDATE: Selig sent a $1.4 million check to City Light Monday afternoon, and said he wouldn't donate to the GOP candidate. (SeaTimes))

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson's filed a campaign-finance complaint against Port of Tacoma officials, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and others, for spending public money to oppose Save Tacoma Water's initiative campaigns. (News Tribune)

SIC TRANSIT

Several months since the biggest revamp of Metro's Seattle bus routes in a generation, total ridership is going up. (Seattle Transit Blog)

STATE OF THE ARTS

Does the Seattle Art Fair (and the tech money behind it) symbolize not a renaissance for art in Seattle, but its gentrification-caused demise? (Crosscut)

ARMS AND THE MAN (OR WOMAN)

A Skagit County firm's invented a gun safety that only works if used by someone with a specific hand implant. (KING)

MAYHEM

Things not to do if you're wanted by the police: talk about plans for future illegal activities while you've accidentally "butt dialed" 911. (KOMO)

GAME-Y

Bellevue Downtown Park's essentially been taken over by Pokémon Go players, into the wee hours of the morning. (KIRO-TV) 

SPORTS

Felix Hernandez got his 150th career win, as the Mariners won 3-2 at Anaheim. Same teams tonight.

TODAY

V. Contreras. (Bank of America 5th Ave. Plaza Building, noon, free)

TONIGHT

Freddie Jackson. (Jazz Alley, thru Tues) 

Chico Freemen Plus+tet. (Triple Door) 

Curtis Mayfield tribute night with the B-Side Players. (Nectar)

Krallice, Pale Chalice, more. (Highline)

Bad Luck, DoNormaal, Grey Waves. (Chop Suey)

Jay Brannan, Daniel G. Harmann. (Tractor) 

"Race, Class, and the Civil Rights Movement," discussion with historian Jack Bloom. (University United Methodist Temple)

Preservationist Ray Bane on protecting Alaska's wilderness. (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

INSIDE

The LOSER book reissue is THIS close to being ready. Don't fret; we'll tell you when the order page goes "live."

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Paul Dirac):

"God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world."

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