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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2016

There's an "excessive heat watch" for pretty much all of western Washington through Saturday. At least on Thursday you can stay inside and watch the Seahawks.

WEATHER

Hot, hot, even hotter, etc.

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DEVELOPING STORIES

As our loyal readers have long known, Paul Allen's development company wants to raze the Central District block that's got the Promenade Red Apple supermarket, and replace it all with "market rate" (i.e., for tech-bros only) housing units. The Promenade store is probably irreplaceable, carrying ethnic food items the big chains don't know exist. There's not currently a spot for it in Allen's plans, though his team has promised to include small storefronts for indie merchants. (KUOW)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

In all the City Council's other drama Monday, we forgot to tell you it also passed a big components of the HALA "grand bargain" on an 8-0 vote (Kshama Sawant was absent). It requires apartment and condo developers to either build "affordable" units or fund their building elsewhere. (PS Biz Journal)

So where has Councilmember Sawant been? Apparently, getting married out of town to Calvin Priese, a local fellow Socialist Alternative activist. She's also applied to revert to her original name, Kshama Ramanujam Iyengar ("Ramanujam" being the surname). (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Did nobody in Seattle government know the current City Light head had been under "workplace investigation," over the treatement of female employees back at his previous job in Austin? (He was since exonerated.) (SeaTimes) 

Emily Pothast wrote an open letter to Councilmember Debora Juarez, ciriticins Juarez's statements during Monday's "Block the Bunker" hearing. Specifically, Pothast said Juarez's call for North Precinct project opponents to quiet down and behave themselves better smacked of disproven "respectability politics." Pothast also hates that Juarez invoked the phrase "political correctness," that all-purpose far-right smear against anything or anyone the least bit progressive.

Danny Westneat claims the planned North Precinct "isn't a bunker but a boondoggle," bloated with extra features intended to placate assorted constituencies. 

POLICING THE POLICE

The federal judge overseeing Seattle's police reform efforts says he'll go over the heads of the Seattle Police Officers Guild if they try to block meaningful accountability changes. (Slog) The judge's statement invoked "Black Lives Matter," surprising some. (Crosscut)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Standardized tests in Washington schools showed higher rates of both participation and passage this past school year. (SeaTimes)

THE RACE IS ON

When black activists protested the absence of artists of color in the Tacoma Art Museum's AIDS-themed exhibit last year, the museum had already booked another touring show, "30 Americans," with works by African American artists. It shows up next month. The museum's soliciting local artist projects to complement the exhibit. But will it lead to more artists of color getting exhibited in shows that aren't specifically about ethnicity? (Jen Graves)

Meanwhile, the late Jacob Lawrence's entire "Migration" painting series is coming to SAM next year. The 60 works are normally divided among two East Coast collections.

GOING PLACES

Meet the quadriplegic who's crossing Washington in a motorized wheelchair, to call for more paved trails and bike paths. (KING) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The state insurance commissioner's going after a national pet-insurance firm, for various violations including continuing to charge customers for policies after the pets in question had died. (PS Biz Journal) 

TEK TALK

The next big "disruptive technology" could be "blockchain." It's the back-end software behind Bitcoin. It "allows users to make and verify transactions without going through, for example, a bank." It could conceivably upend the whole financial industry, and change the way every business runs. The state Dept. of Commerce is holding a conference this week to discuss it. (PS Biz Journal)

R.I.P.

Paul Kraabel, 83, was a former state legislator and Seattle city councilmember. He advocated for civil rights, worked on transit and zoning planning, and lived for a while on a houseboat. (SeaTimes)

John McLaughlin, 89, was a priest, then a Nixon staffer (and defender), before launching the PBS panel show of which all later conservative talk formats are (heavily dumbed-down) variants. (NYDN)

SPORTS

The Mariners came back several times before finally falling to Anaheim 7-6. Same teams tonight.

The Storm's Sue Bird hurt her knee, and Breanna Stewart only scored two points, but US women's basketball still handily beat Japan (which has another Storm player, Ramu Tokashiki), 110-64. (SeaTimes)

TONIGHT

Kate Davis. (Crocodile) 

Broods, Jarryd James. (Neptune)

311, Lions Ambition. (Showbox Sodo)

Mickey Avalon, the Fame Riot. (Nectar)

Great Dane, Mumdance. (Q)

Kurva Choir, somesurprises, Yellow Dragon. (Teatro de la Psychomachia) 

Film "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar," benefitting Lambert House. (Central Cinema)

New House Orchestra. (Royal Room) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Bigarrure"

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