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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2016

Chris Hansen, the hedge-fund dude who wants to build an arena to bring NBA basketball back to Seattle (and maybe bring NHL hockey here for the first time), has made what they call a "game changer." 

Now, Hansen's team says they can fully finance the arena themselves, AND subsidize street improvements elsewhere in the SoDo neighborhood to appease the Port of Seattle. 

They're no longer asking for $200 million in city bonds.

All they want from the city now is the Occidental Avenue street closure the City Council previously voted against, plus some tax credits.

Meanwhile, the "Sonics Rising" site quotes anonymous sources as saying the NBA's ready to award Hansen an expansion franchise, as soon as he's got a final arena deal—though plenty of other towns want teams too (even Mexico City!).

The financing change means Hansen's no longer bound by the Memorandum of Understanding with the city, which required him to have a franchise by late 2017. 

How will it all play out? We could know maybe early next year, or maybe not for several years down the road.

WEATHER

Serious rain could return today.

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ONE WALL WE LIKE

It's a "green wall." It's being put up by young volunteers in Georgetown. It will be entwined with flowering plants. The plants will absorb industrial air pollutants. (Weekly)

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THE LAST SPUMONI

The Old Spaghetti Factory, a Seattle waterfront institution since 1970, will close two days before Christmas. The old warehouse building's being preserved as part of a redevelopment project; but the restaurant chain couldn't come to terms with the developers. (PI.com)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

The UW's starting a multi-disciplinary program "to improve the health of all the world's people." It will involve "virtually every college and department at the University." The Gates Foundation's donating $210 million for a building to house the program. (SeaTimes) 

POLLY TICKS

The statewide minimum-wage initiative's polling very well. (PubliCola)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Home prices in Seattle are still rising at twice the national average rate. Home prices in Portland are rising even faster than in Seattle. (KOMO)

Two Renton apartment complexes said they'll immediately stop accepting Section 8 rent vouchers, leaving dozens of residents scrambling and angry. (SeaTimes) 

IN THE ZONE

Here are some details on the HALA "affordability zoning changes" as applied to Capitol Hill. Warning: it's serious policy-wonk stuff. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

THE RACE IS ON

In the wake of the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protest, leaders of four Washington native American tribes, at a Seattle meeting Tuesday, called for Obama and his successor to "overhaul the way the federal government consults with tribes on infrastructure projects." (AP) (Slog)

SeaTimes reporter Lynda Mapes has a reading list of background issues surrounding the pipeline protests and native issues/history in general.

How Nikkita Oliver, a "black, mixed, queer" lawyer and part-time tutor, became a slam poet and racial-justice activist (and, oh yeah, a Macklemore guest vocalist). (Crosscut) She's also advocating for "a society that doesn't have any cops at all." (KUOW)

Franklin HS's principal apologized for a student "pledge" printout given out only to Black students. (SeaTimes)

AFTER THE DISASTER

Back in my ol' stompin' grounds, it's two years since the Marysville-Pilchuck HS shooting. Yes, there are emotional scars still. (KING)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Folks who want the city to build homes for the homeless instead of a new police precinct were out at a City Council hearing. So were a lot of other folks with a lot of other budget requests/demands. (KOMO)

AG

Much of this year's Washington wheat crop isn't suitable for the higher-paying Asian markets. That's trouble for already fiscally-precarious farmers. (NWNews/KNKX) 

THE BIG A

An industry consultant claims Amazon's on pace to become America's #1 clothing retailer by next year. It could get even bigger if virtual-reality tools could one day enable the "virtual trying on" of garments. (GeekWire)

"Google Express" has come to the Seattle area. It's a site where you shop from various "click and mortar" retailers, then get two-day delivery from various "regional and national couriers." The concept: to assemble, piece by piece, an e-shopping alternative to Amazon Prime. (PS Biz Journal) 

SPORTS

Ex-Seahawks place kicker Josh Brown now insists, "I never struck my wife;" but he admits to having had personal issues and having "worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors." The NY Giants fired him Tuesday. (KING) 

n happier news, Ciara and Russell Wilson are indeed having a football-sized human. (News Tribune)

TODAY

"Slow Internet Walk," Comcast protest with Brett Hamil. (2202 Westlake Ave., noon) 

TONIGHT

John Cleese and Eric Idle. (Moore, thru Thurs) 

"Playing Monopoly with God and Other True Stories," "storytelling performance" by Melissa Bangs. (Town Hall, thru Thurs) 

Stewart Dempster and Bill Smith. (UW Meany Theatre) 

The Orb, Vox Mod, R-Pal. (Neumos) 

Bad Religion, Against Me!, David Hause. (Showbox Sodo) 

Screaming Females, Moor Mother, Listen Lady. (Vera Project)

Author Robin DiAngelo on "White Fragility." (UW Kane Hall)

Journalist Timothy Egan. (Benaroya Hall)

"Books in Drag: Halloween Edition." (R Place)

Yellowcard, With Acceptance, Like Torches, Dry Jacket. (Showbox) 

Films "Friday the 13th" and "Evil Dead 2," with pumpkin carving. (Pine Box)

Film "Blacula." (Central Cinema)

"Zek: An American Prison Story" book release. (Third Place Books Seward Park)

Language prof Henrik Williams on runic codes and Viking women. (Nordic Heritage Museum)

International Socialist Organization presents "Our Enemies in Blue: Can the Police Be Reformed?" (Common Good Cafe) 

"BACHtoberfest." (Naked City Brewery) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Sue Monk Kidd, "The Invention of Wings"):

“To remain silent in the face of evil is itself a form of evil.”

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