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MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2016

Well that was something, wasn't it? Friday night, the UW Huskies did to the Stanford Cardinal what dogs traditionally do when meeting up with a tree.

But the very next night, the Mariners' end-of-season almost-miracle faded out in the last inning of the next-to-last game, extending the team's playouff drought to 15 seasons. Now it's the onus of the team's new owners to preserve the core pitching staff and add a couple of more reliable relievers.

WEATHER

Morning fog, then partly cloudy through Tuesday at least.

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MOOZIK

Walt Wagner was already an accomplished local concert pianist before he took over the ivories at Canlis, Seattle's premier steakhouse, 20 years ago. His last gig there is Sunday. It'll be streamed online live, and Sub Pop will release it on CD! (SeattleMet) 

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SMILE AND SAY "AAWWWW…"

State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu, now running for re-election, posed a little over a month ago with many of the LGBT couples she'd married (including on the first day of legal gay marriages in Washington) or helped out with adoptions. (HuffPo via The Seattle Lesbian)

THE RACE IS ON

Another Black Lives Matter march took place downtown Saturday evening, with perhaps 1,000 participants. Among the themes: "Stop Killing Us," "No Justice No Peace." (KCPQ) (KOMO) 

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin told Showtime's "60 Minutes Sports" that he's gotten death threats after he spoke out against police shootings of unarmed African Americans. (AP)

BEWARE THE BLOB!

Yes, it was that big patch of warm ocean water that led to that "vast ribbon of toxic algae" that came to Pacific coast waters last year, killing fish and closing fisheries. (AP)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The city says the last remaining "Jungle" residents will be cleared out starting next week. (SeaTimes)

POLICING THE POLICE

A truly independent Seattle Police "watchdog" would finally give reform efforts "more bite than bark." (KUOW)

PED XING

"Capitol Hill residents, activists, and their dogs" marched on Sunday in memory of Max Richards, 79, who was struck by a car and died while walking his dog late last month. The march was organized by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, advocating for safer streets. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

DUMB POLITICIAN IDEAS

"Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s proposal to require citizenship for driver’s licenses and voting sucks." (Seattlish)

At a pro-gun rally in Olympia (you know, the one just after the Burlington shooting; the one where speakers claimed "concealed carry" laws would somehow have stopped the carnage), the GOP lieutenant-governor candidate Marty McLendon raised "birther" scare-tactic questions about Democratic candidate Cyrus Habib. (HuffPo) 

ECO

A new environmental impact statement "raises concerns" about a planned Hoqiuam crude-oil export terminal, but "leaves options" for the project to proceed. (Crosscut)

STATE OF THE ARTS

The Bellevue Arts Museum "is struggling again." (Jen Graves)

BOOX

Umpteen thousand fans lined up outside the Elliott Bay Book Co. Saturday morning to get a signed copy of Bruce Springsteen's memoir. (Betcha that never happened to John Updike.) (KOMO)

CRIME

This week's Saturday bar-closing-time shooting was on Occidental Avenue South. (KOMO)

SAD

At least six boats were destroyed in a Tacoma marina fire. (KCPQ)

LEGALITIES

Comcast will challenge the state attorney general's $100 million lawsuit, claiming "profound flaws" in the state's claim of repeated consumer-protection-act violations. (GeekWire)

Ten months after their wildlife-refuge siege, many of the Bundy brothers' original supporters have abandoned them. Almost a dozen fellow occupiers have entered guilty pleas. (NYT) 

LABOR PANES

Seattle U still doesn't want to recognize an adjunct-faculty union, citing "freedom of religion." (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS

UW football routed Stanford 44-6 before a primetime ESPN audience. The Huskies, now ranked #5 in the nation, play at Oregon Saturday.

The Mariners' wild-card playoff hunt ended with a blown save Saturday night, resulting in a 9-8 loss to Oakland in 10 innings. (Even if they'd won both their last games, other teams would have had to lose for the Ms to have made it.) Then on Sunday, all the air seemed to have gone out of the team as it fell quietly to the As 3-2, ending both teams' seasons.

The Seahawks, with Russell Wilson and his hurt leg going the course, beat the Jets 27-17. A bye this week; home vs. Atlanta on Oct. 16.

Sounders FC's late-season rise continued with a 2-1 win at Vancouver. Home vs. Houston on Oct. 12. 

TONIGHT

"Geeks Who Drink" trivia. (Cafe Racer)

"An Evening with Patti Smith." (University Methodist Temple) 

"Sing-Along: The Music of Carole King." (Paramount lobby)

DJ Shadow, Noer the Boy. (Showbox) 

Pine Wood Derby. (LoFi)

"Shofar at the Locks," Jewish New Year ritual. (Ballard Locks)

Tracy Kidder reads from "A Truck Full of Money: One Man's Quest to Recover from Great Success." (Town Hall)

Seattle Latino Film Festival continues. (Various spots, thru Sun) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Susurrous"

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