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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

For the first time this season, the Sounders are in (a tie for) a playoff slot. The Mariners' Quixotic quest for an AL wild-card birth continues for four more days. And the Huskies remain nationally ranked and unbeaten, for now. The Seahawks had a rough start but seem back on course. The Storm and Reign didn't get far into their respective post-seasons but at least had them. Now if we could only be so successful at, you know, housing more of our own people (something that doesn't sell T-shirts or get cable-TV contracts).

WEATHER

Still mostly sunny but progressively cooler through Friday.

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AROUND THE GENDER BEND

GQ Style had a rock-climbing fashion spread, with male climbers dressed in "rugged" designer duds and female models lounging passively to one side dressed in much smaller garments. Seattle-based Outdoor Research "responded" with a fashion shoot of its own, with women doing the climbing and shirtless dudes doing the watching from afar. (SeaTimes)

Tech startups around here have almost no women in leadership roles. Still. (GeekWire)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

Councilmember Sawant's bill to limit landlords' move-in fees was approved in committee and will go to the full council next month. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

IN THE ZONE

Draft maps of post-HALA zoning plans show some neighborhoods getting much denser (and taller). (SeaTimes)

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

WSU's setting up an archive of Hanford artifacts, each one personally de-classified and "tested for contamination." (KNKX)

Meanwhile, two anti-nuke activists propose the next President simply, unilaterally, scrap nuclear weapons. All of 'em. (SeaTimes oped)

ECO

According to WSU researchers, hydroelectric lakes create a lot more methane and other "greenhouse gases" than natural lakes. (SeaTimes)

Some experts say western Washington's due for a Japan 2011-level tsunami any decade now, and our buildings oughta be prepared. (KING)

Birds and crabs beware: temperatures in Poget Sound waters rose more last year than ever before. (KUOW)

POLICING THE POLICE

The federal monitor overseeing Seattle police accountability reform says the process "is on the right track," and can reach "full compliance" within a year. (SeaTimes)

DESIGN FOR LIVING

At a Seattle convention of city transportation officials, an LA bicycle advocate named Tamika Butler spoke on "Planning While Black," specifically about creating "safe public spaces" for all. (PubliCola)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The City Council released "amended legislaton," detailing where homeless encampments would be sort-of tolerated and where they wouldn't be. (KING)

"Think Tacoma is a rent bargain? Think again." (KOMO)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Explaining the initiative to bring "democracy credits" to state elections. (Sightline) 

POLLY TICKS

Try to match the euphemistically named political influence group with the industries funding it. (KUOW)

STATE OF THE ARTS

Rosanna Sharpe's leaving as director of the NW African American Museum after three years. A search for her successor's already underway. (Jen Graves)

SAD

A "suicidal pregnant woman" in Kent lit herself on fire, then gave birth to a boy who died in the hospital. (KCPQ)

MOVING STORIES

Sea-Tac Airport may be, literally, traditional taxi drivers' last "stand." (Weekly) 

LABOR PANES

Taylor Shellfish is being sued, over claims it permitted "ongoing racial harassment and retaliatory discipline against a black maintenance mechanic." (AP)

TEK TALK

At a big tech convention, a coalition of Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and IBM insists that it wants to "democratize" artificial intelligence; though its idea of "democratizing" still seems limited to corporations and other big institutions. (GeekWire)

Once again, the UW's listed in the top five among "the world's most innovative universities." (GeekWire)

R.I.P.

Agnes Nixon, 93, was the daughter of a Nashville funeral-garment maker. She became an apprentice to soap opera matriarch Irna Phillips, then went on to create the still-missed "One Life to Live" and "All My Children." (Philly.com)

SPORTS

Sounders FC snuck into a playoff spot with a 1-0 victory over Chicago. At Vancouver Sunday.

The Mariners' playoff hopes remain alive after a 12-4 series-closer win at Houston. The last series of the regular season begins tonight at home vs. Oakland.

Chris Hansen insists his arena scheme is still a "go," despite the NBA's continuing indifference toward ever returning to Seattle. (Art Thiel)

Conspicuously absent from the Seattle Reign's last few games this season, Hope Solo's announced she's had shoulder replacement surgery. (SeaTimes) 

TONIGHT

'70s erotic/political film "Private Vices, Public Virtues." (Grand Illusion) 

Sia, Muguel, AlunaGeorge. (KeyArena) 

Marcus Miller. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun)

Prom Queen. (Vito's)

Drive-By Truckers, Lydia Loveless. (Showbox) 

Mick Jenkins, Smino. (Crocodile)

Omnivorous, with bites and drinks from local chefs to benefit Capitol Hill Housing. (The Summit) 

"Return to Grey Gardens," drag variation on the documentary film, starring Jinkx Monsoon. (SIFF Egyptian)

BenDeLa Creme's "Inferno A Go Go." (Oddfellows West Hall, thru Sat)

"Writing For a Cause" with Muatasim Qazi, Frederica Jansz, Mike Lewis. (Hugo House First Hill)

SIFF "French Cinema Now" series. (Various spots, thru Oct. 6)

Exhibit of works by late local sculptor John Sisko. (Sisko Gallery (its last show), thru Sun)

Frank Boyd's "The Holler Sessions." (ACT Theater, thru Sun)

Colour Out of Space, Noel Kennon, Yzech Tahar. (Vermillion)

Psychologist Jessica Tracy on whether pride can "make us better people." (Town Hall)

Sharon H. Chang on raising multiracial Asian children "in a post-racial world." (Central Library) 

Fantasy novelist Ferrett Steinmetz. (University Book Store)

Burlesco DiVino in "Wine in Rome." (Triple Door, thru Sat)

"On Clover Road," thriller play by Steven Dietz about "a mother trying desperately to be reunited with her daughter." (Seattle Public Theater, thru Oct. 16) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Limacine"

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