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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2016

Scare topic of the day: What if the next Presidential election has a candidate who's just as bigoted, reactionary, and dictatorial as this year's GOP nominee, but without that nominee's "personal baggage"?

WEATHER

Serious rains and winds may start late Wednesday, continuing the rest of the week. Lowland flood watches are in effect in some counties.

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KNOCK ON WOOD

Take a photo tour of Weyerhaeuser's new Pioneer Square HQ, significantly downsized from its previous Federal Way digs. (PI.com)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Officers fatally shot a man during an altercation as the last few "Jungle" residents began to get evicted Tuesday. The "sweep" was postponed after the shooting. (KUOW) (Crosscut) (Slog) 

A common grave now holds the remains of 278 people who died in King County without known family or friends. Many were homeless; some died in hospitals and shelters. (SeaTimes)

TURNS OUT WE DID HAVE TO SAY IT AGAIN

Councilmember Mike O'Brien and Seattlish remind you, once more, that (despite what talk radio, the Seattle Times, and some politicians claim) NOBODY is proposing to legalize "camping in city parks"—only to give something closer to due process before homeless humans' only possessions get seized, and to set aside places where camping would be less tolerated than at others. The latter sites INCLUDE "maintained parks."

CRIME

A suspected serial groper was arrested at Seattle U. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Comcast agreed to a $2.3 million civill settlement and a "compliance plan" after it allegedly charged customers for service and equipment they didn't ask for. (CNN) 

TWO WHEELS GOOD

The deliberate, repeated strewing of tacks along the new Westlake bicycle path isn't the first "war on bikes" incident, but it ought to be the last. (Knute Berger)

ECO

Stormwater runoff can send toxic chemicals into the water supply, endangering fish and other sea life. There's a pilot project to naturally clean this water, with "plants and dirt." (Crosscut)

THE RACE IS ON

After a "Black Men Uniting" event at an elementary school led to online threats (the school district "canceled" the event but it went on anyway), some 700 teachers will take part in a "Black Lives Matter to Educators" rally next Wednesday. (SeaTimes)  

Seahawks player Doug Baldwin says he's "had substantial talks" with members of law enforcement and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson following his public call for police reforms, and that "progress is being made." (AP) 

A black-owned bakery in Portland created an Oreo-based cupcake and called it "Mr. President." Racism allegations promptly ensued. (Oregonian)

Illegal immigration, despite what you hear from a certain candidate, is down in most of the country. One place it's up is in Wash. state, and half of those immigrants are Asian. (SeaTimes)

BETWEEN THE COVERS

Just like the "nobody reads anymore" myth, the "bookstores are dying" myth refuses to die. But bookstores themselves are even more heartily refusing to die. (Seattle mag)

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

A ship from the troubled Hanjin shipping line may show up at the Port of Seattle this week, just to unload and then take away 425 containers that have sat, un-emptied, for two months. (PS Biz Journal) 

THE BIG A

Even before its first drive-up grocery pickup location (in Ballard) opens, Amazon's rumored to be starting its own convenience stores. (WSJ via GeekWire)

TEK TALK

A "virtual reality" company moved from Rochester NY to Seattle because we're supposedly "the center of everything in gaming and VR." (GeekWire) 

Cyanogen, a local company that had planned to create a new operating system for mobile devices, is downsizing its staff and its plans. (PS Biz Journal) 

BIZ

Ex-Microsoft exec Scott Oki, who launched a second career buying up golf courses, just sold eight of those (including the Newcastle course where our ol' pal Neil Hubbard sometimes plays bagpipes) to a Chinese company. Oki's firm will still operate the courses under contract. (GeekWire)

R.I.P.

Clayton James, 98, was the last of the postwar Northwest "mystic" (or "Northwest school") painters. (Everett Herald)

SPORTS

Sounders FC, on a four-game win streak, is home tonight vs. Houston.

TONIGHT

"Fist and Shout" comedy show. (Rendezvous)

"Puget Soundtrack" series presents Polish film "Mr. Blot's Academy," with live score. (NW Film Forum)

"Taste of Iceland" food, music, and performance festival. (Various spots, thru Sun)

"Maximum Rock & Roll" with DJ Brnt Zza. (Revolver)

Richard Shindell, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche. (Royal Room)

"This (Manipulated) Natural Splendor," talk about "the computed cloud and digital dioramas" of artist Claude Zervas. (Capitol Cider)

"Then, Now & Next: A Forum on Seattle Art." (Pivot Art + Culture) 

UW poli-sci prof Megan Ming Francis on "Race and Violence in American Politics." (UW Kane Hall)

!!!, Drug Apts. (Neumos)

James Blake, Moses Sumney. (Moore)

Kikagaku Moyo, Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Julia Dream, Weeed. (Sunset) 

Ying Yang Twins, Bezzel, Lil Rip. (Nectar)

"Booktoberfest." (Various spots, thru Oct. 30)

"Being a Dog" author Alexandra Horowitz. (The Butcher's Table)

"Engineering Solutions for a Seismically Resilient Seattle." (UW Kane Hall)

"Andy Zaltzman: Satirist for Hire." (Neptune) 

Comedian WIll Durst. (Parlor Live Bellevue)

"The Real World Seattle" premiere viewing party and "wake for Capitol Hill." (Bar Sue)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Raymond Chandler, "The Little Sister"):

“Her voice froze on the second word, like a feather taking off in a sudden draft. Then it cooed and hovered and soared and eddied and the silent invitation of a smile picked delicately at the corners of her lips, very slowly, like a child trying to pick up a snowflake.”

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