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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

No. The legislation, perhaps to be taken up by the City Council today, to restrict the sudden and unannounced "sweeps" of homeless encampments is not, as critics have called it, a plan "to allow camping in city parks." It's a way to keep those who have almost nothing from having what little they've got taken away and trashed. The bill would neither solve nor worsen the homelessness crisis. Its supporters only claim it would help preserve these folks' dignity.

WEATHER

Showers back today. Dry but cloudy Wednesday.

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SOAKING IN THE ACCLAIM

Let's hear it for Erika Norris, the first person in 50 years to try (and succeed) at swimming from Bremerton to Alki Point! (West Seattle Blog)

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VANISHING BELLTOWN?

The developers that bought the Mama's building on Second still want to replace it. But now they're offering a bunch of extra community amenities: affordable housing units, art/performance spaces in lieu of basement parking, etc. Friends of Historic Belltown still plans to oppose the demolition at a hearing on Wednesday.

UN-VANISHING RAINIER BEACH

There's still one farm (with cattle and horses!) within the Seattle city limits. (KUOW)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Rents in Seattle are still rising faster than in any other city except Portland. But downtown Seattle's rents are rising less slowly than previously. (KIRO-TV)

The SHARE shelter organization will close its tent city at the Country Admin Building, and reopen 11 indoor shelters at churches. (KIRO-TV)

IN THE ZONE

The Queen Anne Community Council's challenging the City's loosening of rules about backyard cottages and mother-in-law apartments. Its hearings with Seattle officials could determine whether the new rules hold. (PubliCola)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The couple who'd tried to take over Seattle First Presbyterian Church, and to sell its beautiful mid-century modern building to developers were deposed. The church might still get sold off. (SeaTimes)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The State Supreme Court will hear arguments about the Legislature's school-funding ideas. Again. (News Tribune)

ECO

An invasive species of European crabs has shown up in Washington waters. (SeaTimes)

One key to saving salmon habitat is cleaning up Puget Sound's "nearshore" areas. (West Seattle Blog) 

Local tribes, successful at stopping coal and oil terminals at Cherry Point, are helping the Standing Rock Sioux try to stop a big pipeline through the Dakotas. (KNKX)

FIRES

With some exceptions, this past summer has been relatively short of major wildfires, compared to the previous two summers. (SeaTimes) 

DRUGS

Seattle's "downtown drug crackdown" vastly reduced narcotics calls to police in the retail core. But such calls rose in Belltown, west Capitol Hill, and Pioneer Square. (SeaTimes)

CRIME

A drag-king performer was assaulted after a show in Olympia. She wants the incident classified as a hate crime. (KCPQ)

A man who once called himself "the mayor of Aurora Avenue" was sentenced to 10 years, for assaulting at least seven street sex workers who'd come to his RV for "a place to eat, sleep, and detox." (PI.com) 

MOOZIK

Everett to Seattle: Give us your priced-out musicians! (KING)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Boeing's latest production-line robots are screwing up on the job, delaying completion of several 777s. Ah, the high cost of saving money… (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

A lawyer claims Seattle's ride-share driver unionization law doesn't go far enough to provide basic worker protections. (PubliCola) 

BIZ

They're called "reverse IPOs." They involve American companies, in tech and other fields, entering the stock market by merging with existing Australian firms, often declining mining outfits. (SeaTimes)

R.I.P.

Alvin Goldfarb, 84, was a son-in-law to Seattle's Friedlander jewelry family. He'd owned his own namesake Bellevue jewelry store since 1980. (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS

UW football's season debut was expected to be a blowout and it was, 48-13 over Rutgers. Home vs. Idaho Saturday.

The Storm lost a close one on Friday, 92-88 at Chicago. Then on Sunday, the team won 91-82 at Atlanta. At New York Wednesday.

The Mariners lost two of three in a weekend series vs. Anaheim. But they came back Monday to beat Texas 14-6. Same teams today.

TONIGHT

Tower of Power. (Jazz Alley, thru Sat)

Ruthie Foster, Laura Love. (Triple Door)

Bushman's Revenge, Trimtab, U SCO. (Royal Room) 

Pierce the Veil, Neck Deep, I Prevail. (Showbox Sodo)

"Twin Peaks" soundtrack vinyl reissue release. (Scarecrow Video)

Journalist/science-fiction author Nisi Shawl. (U Book Store) 

Novelist Margaret Wappler. (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

INSIDE

Our "LOSER: The Real Seattle Music Story" book reissue has had a substantial response in just one week on sale, thanks to all of you. Remember, the big book release is Sunday the 25th at Vermillion Gallery and Bar on Capitol Hill.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Notes from the Underground "):

“Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something better, and I will follow you.”

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