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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Thanks to the scores of folk who attended our big "LOSER" book party last night at Vermillion, and also to those who sent their regrets about not making it.

Further thanks to Diana Adams and the Vermillion Gallery and Bar staff, and to DJ Vodka Twist. 

(Most of this edition was prepared before the party, out of uncertainty about my condition afterwards.) (Which is just fine, thank you.)

WEATHER

Would you believe, sunny and almost 80? More seasonal later in the week.

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YES, AGAIN. DAMN.

Burlington is another of my ol' stompin' grounds. Our high school teams played theirs. I occasionally went there on my mother's antique buying trips. And now it's the site of yet another stupid mass shooting. Once again, we learn that living "in the country" is no escape from the American plagues of violence and sociopathy. (image: AmericanTowns.com)

Meanwhile, Cafe Racer scheduled a concert against gun violence way before the Burlington events, only to receive an anonymous (of course) letter threatening, yes, gun violence, at a place that's already had more than its share of that. (KUOW) (SeaTimes)

And Seattle's had more gun-related deaths so far in 2016 than in all of 2015. (KIRO-FM)

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STATE OF THE ARTS

There was this big "site specific" group exhibit, on the theme of "Erasure." All the artists had to pay to apply to get in; none of them got paid. Only one two-person team was African American. Their carefully set-up installation was callously moved to the back of the room while they weren't in the building. It gets worse from there. (Jen Graves)

SIC TRANSIT

Who's placing tiny upholstery tacks along the new Westlake Avenue bike lanes? (KOMO)

THE RACE IS ON

Garfield HS football players knelt at the National Anthem again Friday. This time they were joined by band and cheer-squad members. (SeaTimes)

Seahawks star Doug Baldwin wants a review of police training practices throughout the country, with the aim of making officers less militaristic and less impulsive. (KING)

ECO

The City Council approved "Green Pathway" legislation, funding paid internships for environmental careers. (South Seattle Emerald)

As part of its federal settlement over the polluted Duwamish River, the city's paying a company for "restoration credits." (AP)

The Forest Service may bar future mining in large swaths of the Methow Valley. (AP)

A company owned by an American conservationist is buying and restarting mothballed coal mines in British Columbia. It's part of a complex strategy. The company invests profits from its mines into reforestation projects, thus earning U.S. "compliance carbon credits." (Business In Vancouver)

O GIVE ME A HOME

"Mayor Murray needs to stop triangulating on homelessness." (PubliCola)

"City memo says yes, money for the North Seattle precinct could be used for housing." (Seattlish)

AFTER THE DISASTER

One year after the Ride the Ducks crash, survivors still bear "emotional scars." (KOMO)

MOOZIK

Peter Blecha has traced the first Seattle performance of "Louie Louie" to a 1957 gig at the Eagles Auditorium (now ACT Theater) by its composer Richard Barry. (KIRO-TV)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

The Legionella infestation at the UW Hospital may have now been contained. (SeaTimes)

TEK TALK

There's a forthcoming video game set in a space station called "Tacoma." The developers say they chose the name because they'd imagined a spaceport known only as a refueling stop between more prestigious places. (News Tribune) 

SPORTS

The Seahawks whupped the 49ers 37-18. But QB Russell Wilson got his knee hurt taking a hit. Will be be back at the next game, at NY Jets Sunday morning? Too soon to tell.

The Mariners kept their playoff hopes alive by taking two of three in a weekend series at Minnesota, winning Sunday 4-3. At Houston starting tonight.

The UW Huskies, in their first game against a conference opponent, edged Arizona 35-28 in OT. Home vs. Stanford Friday night. 

The Sounders won 4-2 at LA Galaxy. Home vs. Chicago Wednesday.

TONIGHT

Cass McCombs Band, Hush Arbors. (Tractor)

Author Jonathan Safran Foer. (Town Hall)

"Christadora" author Tim Murphy. (Third Place Books/Seward Park) 

The Foreign Resort. (Lo-Fi)

Dizzy Wright. (Neumos)

King Washington, Kyle Stevens. (Sunset)

Lambert House benefit with Victor Janusz Band, Christine Noel Riippi, Martha Haehl. (Market Theater)

Eva O. (El Corazon) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Milan Kundera, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"):

“But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.”

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