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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Tomorrow starts the last full month of the Obama Era. And it feels that not only a historic age, but the great American experiment itself could come to a close. The only way to prevent the latter: vigilance, speaking out, taking action.

WEATHER

Damp, more or less, for the foreseeable future.

Snow in Seattle next week? Some forecasters say it's a possibility. Others are more cautious. (KING) 

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THE BIG A

We've pondered in the past how the Amazon Boom could stop or at least slow down. Now, a small-business advocacy group that's criticized Amazon before has issued a call asking the feds to break up the company. They claim it has dangerous monopolistic powers in the book biz and several other industries. Even if the incoming DC regime somehow agreed (not bloody likely), how would you do it? You could separate the company's various e-tail businesses one another and from its (far more profitable) cloud-server business, but how do you break up an online bookstore? (GeekWire) 

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Would you believe, Seattle's only now leading the nation in "home price growth"? (SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

How will the next Legislature finally solve the school-funding dilemma? Will it? Can it? (Crosscut) 

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Councilmember Tim Burgess already has an announced opponent for next year's election: tenant advocate Jon Grant, who lost to Burgess last time. (Slog) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Enjoy the Annapurna restaurant on Broadway while you can. Yep, the three-story buildings' gonna give way to a six-story mixed-use blah blah blah. (Capitol Hill Times)

Ever wonder where all the dirt from Seattle's big construction projects goes? A lot of it goes to re-fill old gravel pits, rock mines, etc. (KUOW) 

CRIME

A shooting on a Metro bus resulted in one arrest and one man critically injured (shot in the back of the head). (PI.com)

A 29-year-old Lacey woman was charged with "trying to strangle her boyfriend with the strap from his briefcase." (Olympian)

ECO

An endangered butterfly has found an improbable sanctuary: an artillery practice range at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. And inmates from a nearby minimum-security women's prison are helping keep the species alive. (PBS NewsHour)

Seattle and King County will pay separate fines to the state Dept. of Ecology, over allowing too much untreated "sewer overflow" into the waters.

The big new pipeline that would send a lot more oil export tankers into the Salish Sea? Approved by the Canadian government. Opposed (still) by regional eco-groups. (Lynda V. Mapes) 

A Bullitt Center architect insists, "High-rises are energy hogs, not climate solutions." (Crosscut)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

The state's Medicaid program resumed dental benefits just two years ago. But it's still got snags and delays. (KNKX) 

DRUGS

Police dogs are falling victim to painkillers they can sniff or "absorb through their pads." (Newser)

GRUB

A lot of great Northwest food brands aren't made here any more (Sunny Jim, Nalley's, Fahrman's pickles). But the Krusteaz pancake-mix factory is still going strong! (PS Biz Journal) 

VANISHING SEATTLE

At least two different groups of artists are "racing to document cultures gentrification is erasing." (Stranger)

The percentage of native-born Washingtonians in King County is dropping.  Soon we may need to teach crash courses in how to be a good Seattleite. (Lesson #1: There's no "S" in "Pike Place Market.") (Gene Balk)

INVISIBLE SEATTLE

Get to know the "public spaces" on private property, sometimes deliberately hidden. (SeattleMet)

OLDEN DAYS

A local old-timer recalls the wide-open Seattle of the WWII years: "We had heard of ladies of the night but we liked to think of them more as friends of the serviceman." (Madison Park Times)

LABOR PANES

Some 100 Sea-Tac airport workers staged a "solidarity protest" Tuesday, supporting a national $15/hour minimum wage. (KOMO)

SPORTS

UW men's basketball tonight at TCU.

Toronto and Montreal battle tonight for the MLS Eastern Conference title. The winner plays Sounders FC in the MLS cup on Dec. 10.

The UW Huskies made it to #4 in the college football playoff poll. (KOMO) 

TONIGHT

Bernie Sanders. (University Temple, sold out)

"K-12 Visions and Outcomes" panel. (Town Hall)

Dolphin expert Susan Casey. (Town Hall) 

Dwarves, Die Nasty, Convictions, Babylon. (Highline)

Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman (Yes). (Moore)

Roberta Gambarini. (Jazz Alley) 

Gumshen, Cozy Slippers, Pacific Echos. (High Dive)

The Japanese House. (Sunset)

Liz Longley, Brian Dunne. (Triple Door)

"FWD: Gladiator." (Q) 

INSIDE

What? You still have people to give gifts to? Get with the proverbial program and give 'em our lovely reissued Seattle rock book "LOSER," ya hear?

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Samuel Beckett):

“Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order.”

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