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MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016

Well, that was a spectacular mega storm we had for a few minutes Saturday evening, wasn't it? 

Aside from the usual downed power lines, shorted-out transformers, and fallen trees in the exurbs, all we got around here were more robust versions of the downpour and stiff breezes we usually get around here this time of year. 

Consider it a cautionary tale about media fear-mongering, or about the folly of wishing for the end of the world.

WEATHER

Back to the usual mid-autumnal dampness for now.

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A 'BLUE' CITY SEES 'RED'

Friday's City Council hearing on the homeless "sweeps" bill was packed with homeowners and others riled up against what they'd been told was in the bill but wasn't (language to "allow camping" at maintained parks, sidewalks, and playgrounds). There was vitriol. There were insults. There were texts and Tweets® calling for Councilmembers' assassinations. (The C Is For Crank) (KNKX) (PubliCola)

Also note that, unlike at the recent budget hearing, these protesters WERE allowed into the Council chambers. (Seattlish)

On a more sensitive note, KUOW's compiled its coverage of "The Jungle"'s last days into an hour-long podcast. (image: John Ryan)

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POLICING THE POLICE

The City Council's considering "unilateral action" to diversify the police force. (Crosscut)

POLLY TICKS

At a campaign rally Saturday for Pramila Jayapal, Bernie Sanders exhorted people to vote for Hillary Clinton. He got a chorus of boos. (Slog)

It's "gray money." PACS funnelling campaign money to other PACs "to avoid disclosing donors." It's big in state campaigns this year. (SeaTimes) 

Voter registration in Wash. state's at a four-decade high. (KIRO-FM)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Could the campaign for a municipal sales tax in Olympia lead the state Supreme Court to consider the law banning a state sales tax? (News Tribune)

AD VERBS

The city's ruled that the street-billboard spot at 12th and East Pine, once home to the notorious Jaegermeister "the night you were a legend on Cap Hill" ad, has to go. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

THE RACE IS ON

Did you know that Seattle's home to one of the nation's most valuable African American history websites? (GeekWire) 

A lawsuit claims Amazon discriminated against a now-fired Muslim tech manager. (GeekWire)

Students at Boise State created a homecoming-parade float with a "Black Lives Matter" theme. The float got vandalized. (AP) 

Barrow, Alaska is the nation's northernmost town, and the longest continually-inhabited human settlement on this continent. Oh, and its name's changing to a Native one, "Utqiagvik." (AP)

DEVELOPING STORIES

All Pilgrims Church on Broadway wants to turn its front lawn into a "Same Love Garden," named for the Macklemore record and celebrating the neighborhood's (and the church's) LGBTQ heritage. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

TRAGEDY

Some people apparently thought it was funny when an elementary-school teacher was fired for being drunk on the job. Nobody laughed three months later, when she took her own life. (News Tribune)

More than a dozen children in Wash. state have been hurt or killed in the past two years from accidents involving "unsecured" firearms. (AP)

ECO

An Idaho inventor's come up with glass sidewalk "bricks" that contain solar panels. Now he wants 'em used for roads and parking lots. (AP)

SIC TRANSIT

This might become one of the first regions to make "driverless cars" street-legal. That doesn't mean they'll become popular, especially with younger adults. (PS Biz Journal) 

SPORTS

The Seahawks staged another fourth-quarter comeback to beat Atlanta 26-24. At Arizona Sunday. 

Sounders FC's playoff hopes remain precarious after a 2-1 loss at Houston. The Sounders essentially have to win the regular season finale, Sunday at home vs. Real Salt Lake.

Ex-Seattle Reign soccer star Hope Solo, who infamously dissed Sweden's Olympic team earlier this year, now says she might play pro in another country—perhaps even in Sweden. (AP) 

TONIGHT

Geeks Who Drink trivia. (Cafe Racer)

Artist and art-car customizer Kelly Lyles on "Evening Magazine." (KING-TV) 

Josephine Ensign, author of "Catching Homelessness: A Nurse's Story of Falling Through the Safety Net." (U Book Store)

Novelist Mauro Javier Cardenas. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Author Julian Guthrie on the history of private space travel. (Museum of Flight)

Sara Goldrick-Rab on "College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream." (Town Hall)

Purity Ring, Hana. (Showbox Sodo) 

"Seattle Get Out the Vote," Clinton campaign party with Good Co, Dusty 45s. (Century Ballroom)

"Skylight," play by David Hare, driected by Emily Penick. (Solo Bar, free)

Rachel Yamagata, Pressing Strings. (Tractor)

"NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour." (Neptune) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Revanchist"

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