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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

I first heard of the late playwright Edward Albee in the pages of the Everett Herald, because the director of Everett Community College's theater program (by then the only theatrical production entity in Sno. Co.) decided on an all-Albee season. Didn't see any of those productions, but later found the film of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and saw subsequent productions of some of his other works. He was using cuss words in "artistic," "literary" contexts long before HBO existed.

WEATHER

Autumnal conditions (clouds, possible showers, possible clearing) continue.

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STATEMENT OF FAITH

Despite a school district-issued "cancellation" notice, some 50 "black-identifying people of color" greeted and high-fived students at John Muir Elementary Friday. Even more showed up for a similar event at Leschi Elementary. (Seattle Globalist)

Garfield High's entire football team knelt during the National Anthem at its Friday evening game. Some players from opponent West Seattle High knelt also. (South Seattle Emerald) (SeaTimes)

After a racist letter was found on a Delridge family's front porch, neighbors formed a "Hate-Free Delridge" group. (KIRO-TV)

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

John Stafford explains, with all the gory details, how the "McCleary case" about K-12 school funding began, and how it got to its current stalemate. (South Seattle Emerald)

Even as lawmakers claim grave concern over the opioid crisis, "lawmakers in Washington state get a large chunk of their campaign cash from donors with ties to the prescription painkiller business." (AP) 

Out in my ol' stompin' grounds, control of the next Legislature could ride on a single contest in Snohomish County. (Everett Herald)

The words "income tax" have been taken out of the ballot title of a municipal initiative campaign in Olympia. (Olympian)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Hundreds rallied at Westlake on Friday to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. (KING) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

The Wash. State Convention Center plans a huge, non-contiguous expansion, onto the old Honda and Convention Place bus-tunnel station blocks. Critics say the center's seldom used to capacity already. The center's managers claim that's just because it can't compete with bigger convention centers for the biggest conventions, thus proving the need for more space. (The Urbanist) 

The massively radical upzoning proposed for the U District just may be the catalyst to enliven the anti-density crusade, beyond the NIMBY homeowner bunch. (PI.com) 

The WeWork office-space outfit's buying a whole Belltown high-rise under construction for its newest concept, "WeLive." It's furnished apartment spaces, rentable for a day up to a year. The latest thing for just-hired techies who don't know if they'll be here next year. (GeekWire) 

Behind the since-abandoned crusade by Escala condo owners to stop the HALA zoning incentives lies a real issue: owners of view condo units (and freestanding houses) fear newer buildings will destroy not only their view but their investment. (SeaTimes)

PARK(ING) SPACE

Seattle's newest (temporary) "Pavement to Parks" project is on South Genesee Street. (KING)

TWO WHEELS GOOD

The city may invest $5 million to replace the current Pronto! bikes with a larger, "electric assist" fleet. (KIRO-TV)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Seattle's homeless crisis (or at least the visibility of it) is affecting the tourism biz. (KCPQ)

The "Just Say Hello" campaign, intended to encourage empathy by the "housed" toward the homeless, is going national. (KNKX) 

ARE YOU GAME?

A middle aged veteran of the arcade-era game Galaga learns, through his daughters, to appreciate modern video games. (GeekWire)

STATE OF THE ARTS

Local legend Ginny Ruffner's one of the "real world" artists who've moved into developing "augmented reality" environments. (Crosscut) 

The Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma's renowned chamber orchestra, is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Can it survive? (News Tribune) 

SPORTS

The Storm's regular season ended with an 88-75 win vs. Chicago. Playoffs start Wednesday with a single-elimination game at Atlanta.

In another dogged defensive battle, the Seahawks lost 9-3 at LA. Home vs. San Francisco Sunday.

The Mariners managed one win in the three-game weekend series vs. Houston, 7-3 on Sunday. Toronto, another rival for the last AL wild card slot, is in town for three games starting tonight.

A Jordan Morris late goal created a 1-0 Sounders FC win vs. Vancouver. At LA Galaxy Sunday.

UW football ran off another non-conference rout, 41-3 vs. Portland State. Conference games begin Friday at Arizona.

TONIGHT

17th Sister City Jazz Day, with Japanese vocalist Masae Nagashima. (Jazz Alley)

Garbage, Cigarettes After Sex. (Paramount)

Novelist Ann Patchett. (Benaroya Hall)

Historian/author Mary Beard. (Town Hall) 

Before Giants, Heartwork. (Funhouse) 

Warpaint, Facial, Goldensuns. (Showbox)

"The History and Future of Design" presentation. (Capitol Hill Library)

"Growing a City: Density, Displacement, and Policy in an Urbanizing Seattle." (Center for Architecture and Design) 

INSIDE

Looks like we'll have vintage local music videos and live clips at our tremendously spiffy "LOSER" book reissue party, this Sunday evening at Vermillion Gallery and Art. Be there or be rhomboid.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Seborrhoeic"

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