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MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016

As this is being written, a few of the outer exurbs have had a light dusting of snow, and the rest of us are looking for the white stuff with eagerness (like me) and/or dread. 

Seattle snow is a treat, even more so for its rareness. It's seldom forecast. And those forecasts are wrong more often than they're right.

WEATHER

Will snow fall today? Will it stick? Will it last? If it does melt away, will more snow show up tonight? Perhaps nobody knows for sure. Not even Cliff Mass.

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DEPT. OF FALLOUT

Seattle artist Ellen Sollod is giving away black ribbons, which she'd designed "to symbolize her state of mourning the election’s outcome, and her resolve to work for political change." (KUOW)

More than 2,000 people participated in Saturday's "Women March Against Hate" on Capitol Hill. (Slog) (KCPQ) (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Rep. Suzan DelBene slammed what she called a Republican "witch hunt" against Planned Parenthood. (PubliCola)

The head of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project says Seattle's "sanctuary city" program can't fully protect undocumented residents against a federal crackdown, "but it's a start." (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Sen. Patty Murray intends to fully challenge some of the more obnoxious Cabinet nominations. (SeaTimes) 

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ECO

There's a victory at Standing Rock (for now), as the Army denied a "final easement" to pipeline builders who'd wanted to build through disputed Standing Rock Sioux water sources. (Slog) (AP) (HuffPo)

The "composite" material now used to make airplane bodies CAN be recycled into new products. At least, that's what a Port Angeles-area company says it's planning to do. (KING)

The "Pacific fisher" is a weasel-like animal. It's been endangered for a while, but now it's making a local comeback. (AP)

"Non-native goats" are proliferating in Olympic National Park, worrying its caretakers. (KNKX) 

Mayor Ed Murray spoke in Mexico in favor of continued climate consciousness. (Crosscut) 

THE RACE IS ON

Airbnb, responding to charges of racism in its short-term rentals, is teaming up with the Seattle Urban League to solicit minority homeowners as room suppliers. (Weekly)

SIC TRANSIT

"Driverless buses" might conceivably save transit agencies a little money, but without their own right-of-way they'd still be stuck in traffic just like regular ol' buses. (GeekWire)

DRUGS

Activists held a "die-in" at City Hall, advocating for safe drug-consumption sites. (Weekly)

UPDATES

The man who fatally shot a Tacoma police officer during a domestic-violence call had impersonated a cop at the Tacoma Mall days before the incident. (KIRO-TV)

CRIME

A Western State Hospital employee was charged with molesting patients "in exchange for candy." (KOMO)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Genetic lessons from worms could help humans one day to re-grow body parts. (Life imitates "Doctor Who.") (KING)

O GIVE ME A HOME

A Vancouver-style tax on empty houses might not be of much benefit in Seattle. For one thing, we've got a lot fewer vacant housing units than we used to; and those stats include units that are emptied for remodeling or demolition. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

TURNING THE PAGE

The next "legacy" local business with a crowdfunding campaign for its survival: Zanadu Comics, downtown's long-running source for all things graphic and fandom-esque.

VANISHING SEATTLE

The next "legacy" local business to go away: Linc's Tackle in the north Rainier Valley, the fishing-supply store that "evokes an era when the city was still, at heart, a fishing village." (Danny Westneat)

TEK TALK

Facebook's Seattle programming operation is expanding, taking the entirety of two planned South Lake Union office buildings. (GeekWire)

Robotics is now a Special Olympics sport. (KCPQ)

BIZ

The parent company of the Lovers Package sex shops is looking to restructure or sell, after a proposed stock offering fell through. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

UW football whupped Colorado 42-10 for the Pac-12 title. Next: The Peach Bowl vs. Alabama on New Year's Eve. That game's winner plays for the national championship. 

Earl Thomas got re-injured almost as soon as he came back on the Seahawks defense, during a 40-7 win over Carolina. Thomas may be out the rest of the regular season or more. Seahawks' next at Green Bay Sunday.

UW women's basketball downed Fresno State 85-54. Home vs. Cal State Northridge Wednesday.

Gonzaga men's basketball beat Arizona 69-62. Home vs. the UW men Wednesday.

TONIGHT

Geeks Who Drink Trivia. (Cafe Racer)

Author Thomas L. Friedman. (Town Hall)

Author Bruno Gralpois on "how beauty fits into our busy lives." (Columbia Tower Club)

Steven Hauschka Celebrity Ping Pong Tournament, benefitting Mary's Place. (CenturyLink Field West Club Lounge) 

"Next Dance Cinema 2016." (NW Film Forum) 

Justin Townes Earle, Jason Dodson (Maldives). (Tractor) 

Branches, Handsome and Gretyl, Yaroslav Levkiv. (Sunset) 

Petra Haden, Jessie Harris. (Jazz Alley)

Bog Kyle Hans Band, Butterflies of Death, Test Apes. (Funhouse)

INSIDE

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WORD-O-THE-DAY

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