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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

Might not have looked like it yesterday afternoon, but we're getting autumnal around here at last. Around here we don't mind if you still wear white, but get the sweaters out of the vacuum storage bags.

WEATHER

Still dry but cooler.

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WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

MOHAI's next big exhibit, opening in November, is all about Seattle's "unique and rich food history." It's called "Edible City," a name that might remind some of you of the "Simpsons" bit about "the Land of Chocolate." (Daily Journal of Commerce) (image: MOHAI collections)

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YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The state's foster care program is still leaving kids "rootless and vulnerable," more than a decade after the courts demanded reforms. (Crosscut)

The youth organization "Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets" had been housed in a Capitol Hill building owned by Mt. Zion Baptist Church. But the church is selling the land to developers, so PSKS has to find a new spot. (Capitol Hill Times)

POLICING THE POLICE

After "blocking the bunker" (for now), activists now want the city to stop hiring new cops and for the county to drop plans for a new juvie jail. Instead, they seek investments "in the education, health, and safety of Black people." (Stranger)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

The mother of a woman who killed herself in the Whatcom County jail is suing, saying her daughter's death had been preventable. (Bellingham Herald)

AFTER THE DISASTER

Puget Sound Energy's been officially blamed for the Greenwood gas-pipe explosion. Regulators say the gas company should have disconnected or sealed off a gas "service line" that hadn't been used since 2004. PSE calls the proposed $3.2 million fine "disappointing and excessive." (PI.com) (KCPQ) 

Yep, a "mixed use" complex is going up at the Greenwood blast's epicenter. (PhinneyWood) 

The city's seeking $1.6 million in damages in a suit against people who illegally removed 150 trees in the West Seattle Greenbelt. (SeaTimes)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Legionella bacteria was found in several pieces of heart-surgery equipment at the UW Hospital, where four patients contracted Legionnaire's Disease. (KIRO-TV) 

CRITTERS

Off the coast of Vancouver Island, some humpback whales saved a sea lion from getting attacked by orcas. A human took photos. (KOMO)

MOVING STORIES

Regional leaders are pushing for a high-speed rail line that would go between Seattle and BC in less than an hour. (A much better idea than devoting a lane of I-5 to robo-cars.) (GeekWire)

One year after the Aurora Bridge disaster, will Seattleites ever tolerate the Ducks? (SeattleMet)

THE RACE IS ON

"The city budget should advance racial equity by investing in communities facing displacement." (PubliCola oped)

Explaining the past of (legal) racial housing segregation in Seattle, and how its legacy still affects us today. (KUOW)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The planned Judkins Park light-rail station is being designed to discourage homeless camping on or near the premises. (KIRO-FM) 

A Seattle landscaping firm has a role in Washington DC's new National Museum of African American History and Culture. (Daily Journal of Commerce) 

MS BEHAVIOR

After agreeing to sell the Nokia phone line, Microsoft's still introducing new models for now. (GeekWire)

Microsoft engineers believe they could one day "re-program cancer cells" into normal, healthy body tissues. (KCPQ)

BOOZE NOOZE

"Our/Vodka," the supposed small artisinal distillery in Ballard that was really owned by global liquor giant Pernod Ricard, is closing. (SeaTimes)

R.I.P.

Curtis Hanson, 71, directed one of the great Seattle/Tacoma-filmed movies, "The Hand That Rocked the Cradle." (KCPQ)

SPORTS

The Storm, with WNBA Rookie of the Year Breanna Stewart, plays a win-or-go-home playoff game at Atlanta tonight.

The Mariners saw their playoff hopes get ever-slimmer with a 10-2 loss vs. Toronto. Series ends today.

TONIGHT

Neil deGrasse Tyson. (Paramount, thru Thurs)

Dolly Parton. (Kent ShoWare Center)

"Luminata," autumn-equinox lantern parade with live music, costumes, puppets, and "lighty toys." (Green Lake Aqua Theater) 

Storm Large and Le Bonheur. (Triple Door)

Diminished Men, Fundamental Forces, Moraine. (Substation)

Steve Gunn, Nap Eyes. (Barboza)

Randomer & Hodge. (Kremwerk)

"Catalyze Your Creation: A Happy Hour Experience to Fuel Your Next Big Idea." (WeWork Holyoke, 1st and Spring)

Former child actor Mara Wilson, reading from memoir "Where Am I Now?" (Town Hall) 

INSIDE

My former workplace has something to say about the big "LOSER" book reissue, which (as you should know by now) will be feted in a release party Sunday evening at Varmillion Gallery and Bar (11th Avenue between Pike and Pine).

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Hiraeth"

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