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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016

Will "Snowmaggedon '16" finally show up? Or will we be either disappointed or relieved for the second time in a week?

WEATHER

There may finally be snow later today. If there is any, it's expected to melt on Friday.

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PARK(ING) SPACE

Metal relics from one of Bellingham's last pulp and paper mills are being park-ified, Gas Works style. (KNKX)

A new park will be part of the massive Yesler Terrace rebuild. The city wants potential names for the place. I nominate "Profanity Hill," after the neighborhood the original Yesler Terrace replaced in the '30s. (FirstHill.org) 

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MAYHEM

A single driver "hit between 15 and 20 cars" while driving the wrong direction on I-5 in Seattle. The driver tried to run from the scene but was arrested. (PI.com) 

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

Ex-Seahawk Ricardo Lockette spoke at a Garfield HS assembly. He urged the male students to "stand up for women," but he also said that "men take the lead" and that women "need men." One female student was particularly P.O.'d at these remarks, and told Lockette as much. (SeaTimes)

DEPT. OF FALLOUT

The leader of Portland's post-election protests (though NOT of the destructive anarchists who busted stuff up simultaneously with the protests) says progressive cities should take the opportunity "to be an outlier and an example for the rest of the country." (Vice)

Yes, gay men can be foul right-wingnuts too. Case in point: Breitbart.com functionary Milo Yiannopoulos, whose white-nationalist "humor" speaking tour comes to the UW on Inauguration Day. (News Tribune)

THE RACE IS ON

Speakers at a Tacoma panel on "race and homelessness" noted that decades of "redlining" had kept many African Americans out of home ownership (and its resulting "household wealth" effect). (KNKX)

The white van driver accused of picking an argument with black youths in Wallingford by yelling racial slurs has been put back to work. (SeaTimes) 

DRAWING THE LINE

Pepe, the cartoon frog that became a mascot for "alt-Right" neo-Nazis this past election season, was created by Matt Furie and originally published by Seattle's own Fantagraphics. The company's asking people to fight the Right by using Pepe images in social media spreading positive messages, "as a force for good." (Stranger)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Can Seattle's push for more affordable housing survive the new DC regime? (Crosscut)

One of the last "micro-apartment" buildings begun before the city essentially regulated them to death has opened. It's got 130-square-foot units without kitchens but with toilets—but without doors or walls for the toilets. And they go for the same rent that one-bedrooms went for a mere four years ago. (SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The Eastern Washington separatist movement is back, with a plan to divvy the state up east-west. If it happened, the national GOP would gain more "red"-leaning Senate seats and Electoral College votes; but the people of the new state would lose their state-services surplus (Washington spends far more tax money east of the Cascades than it makes there). (KXLY)

One of Gov. Inslee's Legislative fights next month will be over state-worker pay raises. He wants 'em; GOP Legislators essentially don't. (SeaTimes) 

ECO

Local environmentalists filed a suit to force the feds to force the state to do more to protect Puget Sound from "runoff" water from streets, boats, farms, etc. (AP)

Demolishing a building in Seattle? A building-code revision says you'll have to exterminate all rats on the site beforehand. (Daily Journal of Commerce) 

Google says it'll refit all its server farms to run on renewable power. (EarthFix)

'SEATTLE TIMES' SHRINKAGE WATCH

The paper will lose more newsroom workers next year than the 15 it lost this year. (Slog) 

THE BIG A

Yep, the grocery workers' union doesn't like Amazon's clerk-less convenience store concept. (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

Is Uber's "anti-union scare campaign" working? (Slog) 

BIZ

Costco, with a mere 715 stores worldwide, is now the planet's #3 retailer. (PS Biz Journal) 

SPORTS

UW women's basketball beat Cal State Northridge 101-44. Home vs. Boise State Sunday.

UW men's basketball fell 98-71 at Gonzaga. The Huskies are home vs. Nevada Sunday. The Zags are home vs. Akron Saturday.

CAPITOL HILL ART WALK

Holiday group show with Sean Michael Hurley, Tia Matthies, Tom Barnes, and more. (Steve Gilbert studio) 

Toy Art Show. (Art Primo)

"The Luminous Garden" immersive installation. (Vermillion)

"About One Third of Orgasms," works by Ethan Folk and Ty Wardwell. (The Factory) 

Holiday Mini Art exhibit. (Ghost Gallery) 

"Full Blown," series of "exploratory films" by Barry Johnson. (HyBrid Space)

"American Painting Today" group show. (V2)

"Ornithology" bird-themed group show. (Dendroica)

Judith Cooper Haden's "The Women of the Milpa." (M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery) 

ALSO TONIGHT

Seattle Human Rights Day Celebration. (Seattle First Baptist Church) 

"Nothing Will be Explained This Evening," improv music/visuals with Kyle Hanson, Greg Campbell, and Britta Johnson. (Chapel Performance Space)

"Housing Is a Human Right: Building Affordability Through Community Ownership" panel. (Central Library)

The Cave Singers, Ole Tinder, Acapulco Lips. (Tractor, thru Fri)

Freakout Festival, with Smokey Brights, Erik Blood, Maiah Manser, more. (Various spots, thru Fri)

Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G. (Neptune)

Average White Band. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun) 

Trash-O-Rama Movie Night presents "Santa's Secret Cinema." (Darrell's)

"Ham for the Holidays: Jurassic Pork," comedy/music revue with Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt. (ACT Theatre, thru Dec. 24) 

"Holiday in the Park." (Volunteer Park) 

"Kinky Cabaret," burlesque/comedy/music revue. (Skylark) 

"Winter Gymnastics" group exhibit opening. (G. Gibson Gallery)

Peter Godfrey-Smith, author of "Octopus Intelligence." (Town Hall)

Painter/writer Rabih Alameddine. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

J.D. Wilkes (The Legendary Shack Shakers). (Funhouse)

Nightmares on Wax, Romare. (Nectar) 

Haley Bonar, Night Moves. (Barboza)

Slashed Tires, regularfantasy, PHNK, Cake "Alchemy!" (Vera Project)

Forum on "rapid rehousing" proposals. (Town Hall)

Central District Holiday Party. (Central Cinema) 

Local writer Laurie Blauner reads from novel "The Solace of Monsters." (U Book Store) 

"The Slipknot," performance monologue about "the hell in everyday work." (18th & Union, thru Dec. 18) 

INSIDE

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