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THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016

We continue to count down the days until our magnificent and splendid LOSER book reissue becomes available for you to attain for your very own. What day will it be? Keep looking here and see.

WEATHER

Really, really hot for at least two more days, with temps getting less severe Saturday.

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ORBS OF DOOM?

The "Amazon spheres" along Lenora Avenue (or, as I call them, "Bezos' Balls") remind Mark Hinshaw of a "dystopian nightmare," specifically the Bruce Dern post-apocalyptic film "Silent Running." He also hates that, except for a planned restaurant, the orbs will usually be open to employees only. (Crosscut)

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ECO

Weather blogger Cliff Mass has been accused of dangerous climate-change skepticism in recent years. But he's all in on the carbon tax initiative.

One of Puget Sound's "southern resident killer whales" is missing. (West Seattle Blog) 

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

CHI Franciscan just closed Vashon Island's only medical clinic. Residents are raising $300,000 to persuade another provider to open up on the island. They've found a new operator; but that facility's still a month from opening. (KING)

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler's office fined Regence Blue Shield and Asuris Notthwest Health $750,000, over violations including clerical flubs that interfered with payments. (PS Biz Journal)

The UW, Seattle Children's, and Virginia Mason are partnering on an $8 million study on lung tissue, to find new treatments for some allergies. (GeekWire)  

DEVELOPING STORIES

The third incarnation of Ikea's Renton store will have the state's largest solar-panel installation. (PS Biz Journal)

Is Seattle U's remodeling plan for a building along 12th Avenue too "institutional" looking? (Capitol Hill Seattle)

SAD

Some firefighters and EMTs now get special training to handle mass shootings, because it's deemed necessary these days. (Everett Herald)

O GIVE ME A HOME

A coalition of advocacy groups proposed, er, "sweeping" legislation to sharply restrict the means and conditions under which the City could evict people living outside. Real Change head Tim Harris, a spokesperson for the group, says they've got support from a City Council majority. (Slog)

Sinan Demirel lays out a detailed, "balanced" strategy for dealing with both (1) the immediate homelessness emergency and (2) long-term affordable housing preservation. (Crosscut) 

Residents of other unauthorized encampments subject to "sweeps" haven't been offered even the patina of social services offered to "Jungle" residents. (KUOW)

FIRES

Wildfires on three sides of Spokane are slowly being contained, having burned some 36 square miles. (KCPQ)

Some Boeing engineers believe blasting "artillery shells filled with fire suppressing liquid" could help control fires faster. (PS Biz Journal)

THE RACE IS ON

A UW study says people aren't always as supportive of mixed-race couples as they sometimes claim to be. (Slog)

SORRY, WOULD-BE HECKLERS

He Who Must Not Be Named probably won't hold a campaign rally anywhere near Seattle after all. (KIRO-TV)

LABOR PANES

A two-year-old vote on union representation by Seattle U adjunct faculty can finally be counted, according to a federal panel. (SeaTimes)

GRUB

We'll know today whether the local company that's run food service on Washington State Ferries can keep doing so, or whether (as the Ferry Service wishes) the out-of-state outfit that handles most of Safeco Field's food stands will take over. (KCPQ) 

Decades back, an NYT piece called storefront teriyaki joints Seattle's chief contribution to fast food. Now, these places may be "slowly disappearing." (KUOW) 

SPORTS

The Seahawks' third preseason game's tonight, at home vs. Dallas.

Sounders FC's still undefeated under interim coach Brian Schmetzer, reaching a 1-1 draw at Houston. At Portland Sunday.

The Mariners' homestand ended with another loss to the Yankees, 5-0. At the White Sox for four games starting tonight.

U.S. Soccer gave Hope Solo a six-month suspension from the national women's team, after she bad-mouthed the Swedish team at the Olympics. (SportsPress NW)

Bellevue High's "on leave" football coach is suing just about everyone involved in his suspension, saying he didn't get due process. (SeaTimes)

TODAY

"I AM: The Procession," silent walk with rituals with women of color. (Daejon Park to NW African American Museum, 11 a.m.) 

"Good Ol Fashion Square Dance in the Park." (Freeway Park)

Opening of "Wings Over Washington," virtual-reality film experience. (Pier 57) 

TONIGHT

Suicide Squeeze Records 20th anniversary with Coathangers, VHS, Childbirth, more. (Neumos)

International Pop Overthrow Seattle. (Skylark, thru Sun) 

Gipsy Kings. (Chateau Ste. Michelle)

Launch party for "PlayBack," Seattle Public LIbrary's local-music streaming service. (Columbia City Theater)

Gibbyfest, weekend package of "hard rocking weirdos." (Funhouse, Blazk Zia, and El Corazon, thru Sat) 

Brown Derby Series presents "a ridiculously staged reading" of "The Craft." (Re-bar, thru Sat)

Twisted Flicks presents "Teenagers From Outer Space," with new improvised dialogue. (Jet City Improv, thru Sat) 

"Three Poets," one-act plays by Romulus Linney. (Windows Art Gallery, thru Sun) 

"Raisins in a Glass of Milk," one-act play based on interviews iwth theater artiss of color. (Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, thru Sat) 

"Duels," play by Nick Stokes. (12th Ave. Arts, thru Sept. 10)

Theater Battery presents "Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies," performance piece by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. (Kent Station, thru Sept. 10, free) 

Y La Bamba, Bryan John Appleby, Mountain Flowers. (High Dive)

Riff Raff, DOLLARBiLLGATES, more. (Showbox) 

Nat Evans presents "Logways, Coyoteways," performance/participatory event. (Olympic Sculpture Park, free)

"This Is Who We Are," talk by artist Inye Wokoma. (Frye) 

Talk by sound artist Paul Kikuchi. (Jack Straw New Media Gallery)

"Scientific Image Art Walk." (Fred Hutch) 

Lb.!, Ice Teeth, Hollow Giant. (Substation) 

Cooly G. (Kremwerk)

Crack Sabbath, Swindler Crystal Beth. (Nectar) 

Umek. (Q) 

Rachel Green, Daniel Salo, Erin Jorgensen. (Chapel Performance Space)

"Cyberwarfare, Russia, and the CIA," panel with Nada Bakos. (Folio) 

Olivia Newton-John. (Snoqualmie Casino) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Aurochs"

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