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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016

According to the WIkiLeaks-leaked emails (which could contain who knows how much just-made-up stuff), Clinton's first list of potential running mates included Howard Schultz and both Bill AND Melinda Gates. Fortunately, the campaign turned away from such "stunt casting" notions; probably remembering that, no, government doesn't work best when it's "run like a business."

WEATHER

Probably dry today, with rain returning Thursday.

Some are now predicting a "La Niña" winter (colder, wetter) around here. (KIRO-TV) 

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WHIMSY ON WHEELS

A hat tip to our longtime pal Kelly Lyles, whose "XSories ODDyssey" art-covered minivan was featured on KING's "Evening Magazine" earlier this week.

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

Mayor Ed Murray and seven City Councilmembers quietly passed some changes to the HALA "Grand Bargain," revising and clarifying some of the fees developers will pay to help subsizise "affordable" units; and also further limiting development in "endangered" neighborhoods. (PubliCola) (The C Is For Crank)

And the Council approved the "Seattle 2035 Master Plan" for future growth. (The Urbanist) 

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

The killer of Coyote Central schoolteacher and artist Brent McDonald was convicted, and could face up to 38 years in prison. (Slog)

A federal judge dismissed a suit by the parents of a student who died in the Ride the Ducks crash. (KING) 

THE RACE IS ON

Franklin HS parents claim the school singled out Af-Am students for special "pledge" printouts, exhorting the students to go to school every day and do all their homework. (KING) 

The Lummi Nation's successful drive to keep fossil-fuel export ports out of Cherry Point has helped to inspire the tribes battling the big oil pipeline scheme in North Dakota. (SeaTimes)

ECO

The Obama administration's creating a federal Puget Sound Task Force, to help restore Puget Sound and the waters, estuaries, and fisheries that feed it. (Joel Connelly) (SeaTimes) 

Some regional parks are posting warning signs, after flying owls have attacked humans. I think they're just getting psyched up for the "Twin Peaks" revival. (KIRO-TV)

Some Hanford workers "had their skin contaminated with low levels of radioactive waste" early Tuesday. (AP)

Can an airport really become "carbon neutral"? Sea-Tac managers say they're going to try. (KING)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Explaining what really is (and really isn't) in any of the now three versions of encampment-sweeps legislation. (PI.com)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

"Women and allies" in Steinbrueck Park joined in a "#GOPHandsoffMe" protest Tuesday. (PI.com) 

POLICING THE POLICE

The head of the King County Labor Council wishes the Seattle Police Officers' Guild wouldn't act so isolated from other workers. (Slog) 

GAMIN'

The state gambling commission wants the Bellevue game company Valve to shut down Steam, its online platform where people can trade "in-game items." The state says Steam facilitates third-party gambling sites; Valve insists doesn't support illegal wagering but won't take Steam offline. (SeaTimes) 

MOOZIK

Pearl Jam's on the nominations list for the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, in the group's first year of eligibility. (KING)

MAYHEM

A woman on a Bremerton-Seattle ferry took off her top and physically attacked her "boyfriend" and, later, two crew members. The boat turned back; she was arrested. (SeaTimes)

VANISHING 'FAIRVIEW FANNY'

The 1930 Seattle Times building's getting razed.

VANISHING INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT

Bush Garden, the exquisitely 1953-vintage Japanese restaurant, is closing its kitchen while it looks for a new location; the present site having been sold to developers. Its famed karaoke bar remains open for now. (Slog)

R.I.P.

Thom Jones, 71, was a Seattle/Olympia author who used his own hardscrabble life (Marines, boxing, epilepsy, etc.) as sources for short stories and the novel "The Pugilist at Rest." (AP) 

SPORTS

Sen. Patty Murray's joined up with five U.S. Women's National Soccer Team members to crusade for equal pay for female athletes. (Nicole Brodeur) 

Chris "Never Say Die" Hansen's bought even more land for his basketball arena scheme. The NBA's still silent about ever letting him have a team. (SeaTimes)

TONIGHT

Debate viewing parties. (Cafe Racer, other spots)

"Black Lives Matter at School" rally and performance. (Washington Hall) 

KING "Evening Magazine Best Fest." (Showbox Sodo)

"History Café" presentation with Paula Becker, biographer of author Betty McDonald. (MOHAI)

"Literary Citizenship" forum with writers Quenton Baker and Lori A. May. (C&P Coffee)

"The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Bridging the Gap." (Town Hall)

"Genre Fluid" reading series presents Lou Rowan, John Olson, Rebecca Brown. (INCA) 

UK novelist David Szalay. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Norah Jones, Valerie June. (Benaroya Hall)

Kanye West. (KeyArena) 

Tomten, Scarves, A. Francis Vilendrel. (Chop Suey)

Alejandro Escovedo. (Barboza)

Paula Cole. (Triple Door)

Christine and the Queens. (Showbox)

How to Dress Well, Ex Reyes. (Neumos) 

INSIDE

Our "LOSER" book reissue keeps going well. Should I add an ebook edition (which would require breaking the original print book's exquisite design)? Let me know.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Flavescent"

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