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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016

A statue of Ivan, the gorilla who lived for decades in a cage display at the B&I Circus Store on South Tacoma Way, is now on display at Tacoma's Point Defiance Park. The real Ivan got to spend his final years in a more natural habitat, more like the park's now-modernized zoo. Ivan is as much a City of Destiny landmark as the Java Jive and the Almond Roca factory; and now his memory will live on.

WEATHER

After an especially-soggy Wednesday, intermittent showers return Thursday.

We're even closer to having our wettest October ever. (KCPQ) 

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ARE YOU GAME?

Can video games be "socially responsible"? The Redmond-based makers of two games based respectively on Alaskan-native and Ukranian folklore say yes. (KNKX) 

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POLLY TICKS

There's a genuine TV "attack ad" for a Washington election race. It's by the charter-school supporters and the construction lobby, trying to pack the state Supreme Court. Its target: Justice Charlie Wiggins. The allegation: that Wiggins participated in a ruling "that police overstepped in a warrant-less household search after receiving an anonymous tip that a man possessed child pornography." The subject of that case was later (legitimately) arrested and convicted for worse crimes. The ad's drawn fire from some of the state's top lawyers. They say it's too much like "the despicable and widely decried Willie Horton ads of 1988," and that its tactics "are improper, dishonest, and beneath us as Washingtonians." Among the anti-Wiggins ad's top contributors: GOP usual suspects Rodney Tom and Kemper "I Hate All Transit" Freeman. (PI.com) (Seattlish)

Meanwhile, Congressional race between Pramila Jayapal and Brady Pinero Walkinshaw's heating up, as Jayapal calls foul on a Walkinshaw ad attacking Jayapal's record in the Legislature. Jayapal calls the ad "racist and sexist." (PubliCola)

CRIME

Jeweler Curtis Steiner's Ballard store full of "eccentric antiques" was thoroughly burgled. He's afraid some of the pieces might just get melted down for their metal content. (Slog) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Despite city regulations against "Apodments®," some developers are still making tiny apartment units. At least for now. (Daily Journal of Commerce) 

You know that Korean-restaurant triangular block along Denny? Gonna be a 42-story tower. (The restaurant's owners owned the land.) (PS Biz Journal) 

SCIENCE!

Canadian researchers say electrical impulses from some 234 distant stars could, just maybe mind you, be signs of intelligent life. (They're probably disappointed with this election season too.) (PI.com)

NON-VANISHING SEATTLE

Councilmember Lisa Herbold wants to study funding to keep certain "legacy businesses" alive. (Weekly)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Home prices in the Seattle are inflating not quite as fast as previously, according to a new study. (Seattle Bubble) 

ECO

A judge ruled environmentalists' suit against BNSF over coal trains can go to trial. (It's been so long since a development in this story that you've probably already forgotten my "coal train" pun.) (KING)

Lynda Mapes describes the Dakota Access Pipeline fight as "a product of ignored rights" to Native folk, going back more than a century.

THE RACE IS ON

The second #JournalismSoWhite panel contained remarks that should be more obvious than they are. (Slog)

MOOZIK

Are Seattle and the Northwest facing a glut of live-music festivals? (Stranger)

LABOR PANES

Providence Health agreed to pay $351 million to settle a class-action suit over employee pensions. Tne Catholic-run hospital chain had previously claimed "a religious exemption" had allowed it to not fully fund workers' retirement plans. (SeaTimes)

MS BEHAVIOR

The first Microsoft-branded desktop computer is coming, for just $2,999. (PS Biz Journal)

THE BIG A

Amazon's on pace to occupy "more than 600 floors" of downtown office space. (SeaTimes)

THE PLANE TRUTH

While Congress fretted about the Export-Import Bank helping Boeing too much, a Brazilian jet maker directly bribed foreign governments to get plane sales. (PS Biz Journal) 

SPORTS

Sounders FC faces a win-or-out playoff game, at home tonight vs. Sporting Kansas City.

The Port of Seattle still hates the Sonics Arena plan, despite its would-be builders' offer to help pay for traffic improvements nearby. (Art Thiel) 

And Mayor Murray's office is still "quietly" looking into the possibility of another KeyArena remodel. (SportsPress NW) (KING)

TODAY

Online Q&A on affordable housing with Mayor Ed Murray. (facebook.com/MayorEdMurray, 10:45 a.m.) 

TONIGHT

Lit Crawl. (Various spots)

Free medical/dental/vision care clinic. (Seattle Center, thru Sun) 

"Soul Space" with SassyBlack, Gouché, Manser, DJ Riz. (V2)

Fred and Toody Cole, Jessy Sukes, Phil Wandscher. (Sunset)

"Election Cavalcade: Democracy on 16mm, 1932-1977." (NW Film Forum)

"Ghost Game X: For Life Eternal," "dessert theatre cabaret." (Youngstown Arts) 

DJ Spooky. (Benaroya Hall)

Seattle Weavers' Guild annual sale. (St. Mark's, thru Sat) 

King Khan & BBQ Show, Paint Fumes DJ Kave-In. (Neumos)

Gerald Albright. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun)

Beverly Crusher, Cheap Sweat, Mr. Motorcycle. (Crocodile) 

Sunflower Bean, Lemon Twigs. (Chop Suey)

Mama Tits in "Sweet Like Candy." (Gay City)

Dixie De La Tour presents "Bawdy Storytelling: Wicked." (Re-bar)

Author Barry Lopez on "The Contemporary Writer and Social Responsibility." (UW Kane Hall)

Release party for "Emerald Reflections," book anthology from the South Seattle Emerald site. (Third Place Books Seward Park)

"Haunt," Halloween-themed dance party. (Studio Seven)

"Theremin Thriller Thursday" with Sam Wilder. (Victory Lounge)

"We Tried: B-Sides & Rarities," group show by artists "out of the mess of their lives." (The Factory)

"The Lost Girls," play by Courtney Meaker about disappearances at a summer camp. (Annex Theater, thru Nov. 19)

Lisa Snow Lady artist talk. (Harris Harvey Gallery) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Afflatus"

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