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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Apple Inc. used to say it brought computing power to the masses, instead of just to the old "geekerati." But now, it seems to have brought computing power to the easily fooled. Such as the people who took a hoax YouTube "how-to" video seriously and drilled holes in their new iPhones, trying to access a supposed hidden earphone plug that's not really in there. Funny but also sad.

WEATHER

Continued mostly sunny with temps in the mid-70s.

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STATE OF THE ARTS

Our pal Crystal Barbre painted an exquisite mural along First Avenue. It depicted a voluptuous bare breasted mermaid (modeled by Can Can burlesque dancer Alicia Amiri) in a fantasy tableau. But the wall it's on happens to be that of Deja Vu. The city decreed the wall falls under laws restricting strip-club signage. Barbre had to go back and paint tops on the mermaid and other figures in the mural. (Jen Graves)

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WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

The Cafe Racer community still bears the emotional scars from the shooting there more than four years ago. (KING)

IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I LAFF

There are two ex-Seattleites who moved to LA named "Quincy Jones." The second is a comedian who got a terminal cancer diagnosis last year. His first HBO special premiered in June. (Seattle Met)

DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE

Jamil Suleman foresees a future in which "our city will thrive while whole states within the union will essentially decline and collapse"—but at the local price of a "militarized corporate takeover" which "we are attempting to combat." (South Seattle Emerald)

POLICING THE POLICE

The Seattle Police "secretly and illegally purchased a tool for tracking your social media posts." The software comes from "a CIA-funded company called Gofeedia." (Stranger)

POLLY TICKS

The "most Republican block in Seattle" is that of the Mirabella retirement home, only coincidentally kitty corner from the ex-Seattle Times building. (KUOW)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Seattle area home prices are still rising at twice the national rate, but not AS fast as in previous months. (SeaTimes)

The City Council voted to let the state evict the last few dozen residents of "The Jungle." (KUOW)

Some 50 low-income people were displaced when part of a Seattle Housing Authority apartment complex in West Seattle burned. (PI.com)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Could the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline be forerunners of a new movement of eco-awareness combined with racial justice? (Stranger)

Son Tran, 30, who started dealing drugs from "The Jungle" at age 14, was sentenced to 15 years for running a ring selling meth and opiates. (PI.com)

I HAVE THE POWER!

A report says Hanford's (and the Northwest's) last operating nuclear reactor is not "a chilled workplace" (i.e., one where questions and dissent are actively suppressed), but still "has issues." (SeaTimes) 

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

Getty Images reports its clients are asking for more pictures depicting women in tech occupations than ever before. Whether that will lead to more real-life women in real-life tech occupations remains to be seen. (Crosscut)

UW and WSU researchers say the "average" U.S. woman today is a size 16. (People)

CRITTERS

A local "goat rescue" group reports a troubling craze in stealing goats, for abuse in "high school and college parties." (KOMO)

GRUB

Could ground-up crickets be the next big foodie thing? An Oregon company hopes so. (NWNews/KNKX)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Somebody was diagnosed with TB at a downtown shelter. (KCPQ)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Alaska Airlines told regulators it doesn't want to start LA/Havana flights until next year. (PS Biz Journal)

THE BIG A

Amazon's been noted for its lack of charitable giving. This week, it didn't increase its own giving but it did hold a "Nonprofit Expo" to encourage its employees to volunteer at agencies around town. (GeekWire)

TEK TALK

The UW and a major Chinese university have launched a tech graduate program, The Global Innovation Exchange. A PS Biz Journal story says GIX could "be for Seattle what Stanford was for Silicon Valley."

SPORTS

Sounders FC's at home tonight vs. Chicago. Sounders star Clint Dempsey's out for the rest of the season due to an irregular heartbeat.

The Mariners blew a lead thanks to a couple of fielding errors, losing 8-4 at Houston. Series ends today.

TODAY

"Street Scrabble Tournament." (Broadway and Denny Way)

TONIGHT

Opening of Chance of Rain Festival, with many local/global EDM acts. (Various spots, thru Sun)

Clock DVA, Savak, more. (Highline) 

Jah Wobble & Invaders of the Heart, Weeed. (Crocodile)

Deven Green. (Unicorn) 

Allah-Lahs, TOPS. (Neumos)

LANY, Transviolet. (Neptune) 

Still Corners, Foxes in Fiction. (Barboza)

Drag superstar Bianca Del Rio. (Showbox Sodo)

"Feminist Fight Club" author Jessica Bennett. (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

"Words on Water," readings by writers from the Northwest and "from India and its diaspora." (Asian Art Museum) 

Betty MacDonald biographer Paula Becker. (University Book Store)

Local musicians' works inspired by Sarah Vowell's book "Assassination Vacation." (Royal Room) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

("The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath"):

"I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”

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