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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2016

By this time tomorrow, the championship of America's traditional "national pastime" will go to either a team that hasn't won it in 68 years or a team that hasn't won it in 108 years. (I'm rooting for the latter, and not just because it's the team that doesn't have an ethnically-questionable logo.)

WEATHER

Rain may return this afternoon, tapering off overnight.

Last winter's low mountain snow levels across the west were due more to "exceptional warmth" than low precipitation. (AP) 

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POKEBALLS WITH A PURPOSE

Tsunami "survival capsules,"designed in Mukilteo, can keep one or two people safe inside from raging waters and even fires. (KIRO-TV)

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POLLY TICKS

King County's achieved a record 1,280,000 registered voters. Congrats! (KIRO-TV) 

POLICING THE POLICE

Attorneys for William Wingate told jurors at the trial of ex-officer Cynthia Whitlatch that "racial bias" motivated her to accuse Wingate, 69 at the time, of using a golf club as a "weapon" during a protest, when he was really just using it as a cane. She claimed, in "tearful" testimony, that she wasn't even thinking of that. (SeaTimes) 

The sheriff's deputies who fatally shot a pregnant woman in her home say she'd pointed a gun at them first, which turned out to be unloaded. (Slog)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Many people cheer when cops nail "child porn" disseminators. But a U.S. district judge warns that the investigative tactics used in some of these cases could set a dangerous precedent regarding "digital privacy." (SeaTimes)

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

As Bertha tunnels toward completion, the new waterfront roadway plan's getting finalized. Current renderings depict a monster, eight lanes wide plus a meridian and "buffers". Tom Fucoloro suggests tossing out that scheme, and instead making a "a better waterfront boulevard that respects every resident of our city, including those walking and those with mobility challenges." (Seattle Bike Blog) (KOMO)

ECO

One of Paul Allen's companies reached an undisclosed settlement with the Cayman Islands, after Allen's 300-foot yacht allegedly damaged a coral reef. (AP) (GeekWire)

AD VERBS

In her Stranger oped praising the Dakota pipeline protesters, artist/filmmaker Tracy Rector ponders a more eco-conscious future: "What if the majority of Super Bowl commercials made it feel exciting to be environmental stewards?" Well, there was that ad with the CGI polar bear heading south to hug a Nissan Leaf driver. But that's not what Rector's after.

O GIVE ME A HOME

Residents of a (doomed-for-development) SeaTac mobile-home park are appealing the "relocation plan", saying none of them were asked what they'd need so they could find other homes. (KING)

THE RACE IS ON

Monica Guzman (The Evergrey, ex-P-I) and Reagan Jackson (Seattle Globalist, South Seattle Emerald) suggest the answer to "#JournalismSoWhite" may require new outlets with diversity in their startup DNA, rather than attempts to reform "old media" institutions. (KUOW)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Capitol Hill Seattle's got the geeky details of how HALA zoning might be implemented.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance still opposes ANY Sodo arena plan, period. (News Tribune)

THE BIG A

Amazon's "physical bookstore" in U Village just raised its prices, except to Amazon Prime members. (GeekWire)

MS BEHAVIOR

Google claims a flaw in recent editions of MS Windows could allow malicious hackers to take control of your computer. It might even be responsible for Russian attackers grabbing Democrats' emails. (CNN) (SeaTimes)

TRUCKIN'

A local "Uber for trucks" landed a big contract with Unilever (parent of Best Foods, Lipton, Dove, etc.). (GeekWire)

STATE OF THE ARTS

Seattle Opera's staging "As One," an "intimate opera" with only a string quartet and two singers playing one role—an M to F transsexual, before and after. (CityArts)

Tacoma City Ballet, frustrated at its inability to get all the dates it wanted on Tacoma's "Theater Row," is moving to Federal Way. (News Tribune)

R.I.P.

State Sen. Andy Hill (R-Redmond), 54, was the Legislature's chief budget writer. A former Microsoft manager and real-estate developer, Hill turned to politics after he'd overcome his first bout with cancer, only to to face a reccurance this year. (KING) (KCPQ)

SPORTS

The first College Football Playoff rankings, issued Tuesday, list the unbeaten UW Huskies at #5, just outside the playoff cut. (KCPQ) 

TONIGHT

Preoccupations, Methyl Ethyl. (Neumos)

Haiti benefit with Sebastian and the Deep Blue, Northern Thorns, Tenderfoot. (Chop Suey)

James McCartney, Vanilla. (Funhouse)

Nykee Heaton. (Neptune)

The Wonder Years & Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, Moose Blood, Seaway. (Showbox) 

Salt Book Club discusses Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis." (Fantagraphics Bookstore)

International Comics Night. (Central Library)

Bethann Hardison on "Fashioning Roles of Diversity." (SAM)

Dr. Michele Andrasik on "Power and Privilege in Medicine." (Seattle Vocational Institute) 

Silent Reading Party. (Sorrento) 

"Contagious Exchanges" series presents "queer writers" Vikek Shraya and Chase Joynt. (Hugo House First Hill)

Daniel Menaker on "The Wilds of Everyday English." (Town Hall)

Leah Calvez on "The Hidden Lives of Owls." (U Book Store)

Balance & Compusure, Foxing, Mercury Girls. (Crocodile)

The Dancing Plague of 1518. (Vermillion) 

Film "Mulholland Drive." (NW Film Forum)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Oxter"

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