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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016

FINALLY! After a week of teasing, Seattle's first real in-town snow in three years! Beautiful! Inspiring! Will it last? (Probably nah.)

WEATHER

It's pretty likely to turn to rain/slush by midmorning at the latest, alas. Continued rain all weekend.

"The annual 'Seattleites Can't Drive in Snow' film festival." (Slog)

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THINGS I THOUGHT I'D NEVER SEE

Left Bank Books Collective hawked "social justice" coffee table books on KING's "New Day Northwest."

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POLICING THE POLICE

Seattle's bringing back "community service officers," civilian police employees who make crime-prevention calls and other non-emergency duties. The city's last CSOs were fired in a 2004 budget cut. (KIRO-TV)

A coroner's inquest into the shooting of a Mexican national by Pasco police starts Monday. (AP)

The proposed initiative to "make it easier to prosecute police has a long way to go and a short time to do it." (Crosscut)

OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE SOUTH

Portland imposed a tax on "CEOs who earn way more money than their rank-and-file employees." It won't apply to CEOs based in the suburbs, such as Nike's Phil Knight. (Slog) 

DEPT. OF FALLOUT

Gov. Inslee says "blue-state" officials like himself will serve as “a beacon of hope to the extent there is darkness coming out of Washington, D.C.” (HuffPo)

A "black Bronx, New York native, a disabled veteran, and the son of an immigrant" says the new DC regime doesn't faze him: "The bureaucracy just switches nameplates, but polices that target black and brown communities stay the same." (Seattle Globalist)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Syphilis cases are up 153 percent in Seattle since 2010. One possible reason: new HIV-prevention meds that may be leading more gay men back to unprotected sex. (SeattleMet)

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Under a proposed law now pending in the US Congress, the 9,000-year-old "Kennewick Man" skull would be returned to local tribes. (KNKX) 

Seattle's makeup as a "city of neighborhoods" results from its past as a "city of streetcar suburbs." (Seattle Transit Blog)

ECO

Wash. state's suing Monsanto over the PCBs the company used to make, whose toxic legacy still endures. (KING)

CRIME

"A 48-year-old White Center woman was allegedly so mad about a traffic crash with a 15-year-old student driver that she posted racial slurs against the girl's mother on Facebook and even filmed herself following the woman to her son's school." She was charged with malicious harassment. (PI.com) 

ONLINE MEDIA SHRINKAGE WATCH

Seattle Globalist, the local nonprofit news site founded to promote ethnic voices and stories, lost the funding it had from the UW. It's trying to raise donations to survive in at least shrunken form. (Slog)

NBC's shuttering BreakingNews.com, the locally founded online-headlines startup it acquired in 2012. (GeekWire)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The biggest private residential development in Seattle history (almost 1,200 units!) is going up at and near the ex-Seattle Times block. (PS Biz Journal) 

THE BIG A

Amazon now says it won't build out thousands of clerk-less convenience stores, at least not right away. (USAT)

THE LAZY B

Boeing's "putting the squeeze" on its suppliers. As a result, a Portland paint shop's being sold and laying off all its workers. (SeaTimes) 

BIZ

Softbank, the Japanese company that now controls Sprint, may try again to take over T-Mobile, perhaps within weeks. (PS Biz Journal)

Westland Distillery, the local king of the US "micro-liquor" boom, was bought up by spirits giant Remy Cointreau. (SeaTimes)

R.I.P.

John Glenn, 95, was a true hero, and not just because he rode in a glorified tin can around the planet a few times. (AP) (CNN) 

SPORTS

Sounders FC plays for its first-ever league title in the MLS Cup, at Toronto Saturday.

The Seahawks could clinch a division title with a win at Green Bay Sunday.

Another UW basketball doubleheader Sunday, starting with the women vs. Cal State Northridge, then the men vs. Nevada. 

Gonzaga basketball at home vs. Akron Saturday.

Would-be arena builder Chris Hansen issued a statement, saying he won't re-request a street vacation until either a basketball or hockey franchise is likely. (KIRO-FM) (KING) 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Louis C.K. (WaMu Theater, Fri; Paramount, Sat) 

Khambatta Dance Co. presents "Constellation." (Broadway Performance Hall, Fri-Sat) 

"Next Fest NW: pastFORWARD," contemporary dance performance. (Velocity Dance, Fri-Sun)

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" in "smell-o-vision." (SIFF Film Center, Fri-Sun)

"Christmas Cookies with Happy Pink Girl." (Pocket Theater, Fri-Sat)

"Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker." (Triple Door, Fri thru Dec. 29)

4HIGH Circus Series presents "Love and Gravity." (12th Ave. Arts, Fri thru Dec. 18) 

 

Fantagraphics Books anniversary panel with Gary Groth, Ellen Forney, Jim Woodring, Megan Kelso, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez. (Folio, Fri)

Cafe Racer benefit with Tom Price Desert Classic, Autolite Strike, Kings of Trash. (Cafe Racer, Fri) 

Jan Koekepan, Ffej, Steve Fisk, Tempered Steel. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri) 

"Live Wire" radio taping with Luke Burbank. (Neptune, Fri) 

"Ambient Vigil Luminary Fundraiser," benefitting Oakland art-space fire victims. (Mokedo, Fri)

CityClub's Year in Review panel. (Convention Center, Fri) 

"Madonna Comix" artist Dianny Kornberg. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Fri)

Bakelite 78, the Debaucherauntes, Kevin Incoyable. (Darrell's, Fri) 

"Sentient," ink and watercolor works by Veronica Mortellaro. (Urban Light Studios, Fri)

Matmos, Jeff Carey. (Vera Project, Fri)

Eat the Apple, Boyfriend at the Time. (Royal Room, Fri)

"Kraftmas with Krampus." (Hellbent Brewing, Fri)

Holiday party with "Cineoke." (NW Film Forum, Fri) 

 

GeekCraft Expo. (Seattle Center Pavilion, Sat-Sun) 

 

Fantagraphics Books 40th anniversary party. (Fantagraphics Bookstore and Georgetown Stables, Sat)

Georgetown Art Attack Sat., including Art Under $100 (Seattle Design Center); "Very Open House" and 10th anniversary, including Meghan Trainor's installation "Hedgewitch Portals" (Equinox); holiday painting show (Miller School of Art); "The Bubble and Clickbait" (The Alice); Standing Rock benefit art auction/raffle with Correo Aereo (Krab Jab).

Lushy, DJ Vodka Twist. (Orient Express, Sat)

Kent 3, K Streets (Fastbacks tribute), Dreamsalon. (Highline, Sat) 

Carrie Akre, Danny Newcomb. (Sleight of Hand Tasting Room, Sat) 

Vintage erotic film "The Passions of Carol." (Grand Illusion, Sat)

Pop Up Mercado: Holiday Fiesta. (Plaza Roberto Maestas, Sat)

Mt. Baker Art Space. (2915 Rainier Ave. S., Sat)

Holiday art sale. (Building C Studios, Sat) 

Poet Maged Zaher. (Arundel Books, Sat)

Festivus! (Salmon Bay Eagles, Sat)

Emerald City Burlesque Revue presents "For Your Eyes Only" and "Aperitif." (Rendezvous, Sat)

Life During Wartime (Talking Heads tribute), Harder Than Contra. (High Dive, Sat)

Handmade Holiday Market. (Second Use Building Materials, Sat)

"Conjuring: An Evening of Performance on Nature, Justice, and Magic." (Hugo House First Hill, Sat)

"Illum," light and sound installation with Orquid. (Volunteer Park Conservatory, Sat) 

Panel talk about sculptor Paul McCarthy. (Henry Gallery, Sat)

"Seeing Art," panel talk on "21st Century Art Practice." (Frye Art Museum, Sat)

Pianist Jonathan Biss. (UW Meany Theatre, Sat)

Evil Genius, Hound Dog Taylor's Hand. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

Secular Solstice. (Flutter Studios, Sat)

"Depensahan: Protect Our People and Resist Repression." (Hillman City Collaboratory, Sat)

 

Stevie Nicks, the Pretenders. (KeyArena, Sun) 

Pajama party for Planned Parenthood. (Pocket Theater, Sun)

Staged reading of John Patrick Stanley's play "Savage In Limbo." (12th Ave. Arts, Sun)

Jose "Juicy" Gonzales Trio performs "A Charlie Brown Christmas" soundtrack. (Cornish Playhouse, Sun)

"Eye on Artist" series presents Annette Fourbears. (Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Sun)

"Movement Material," film/dance performance with Pamela Vail. (NW Film Forum, Sun)

"Open Space," edition 12. (Fremont Abbey, Sun) 

INSIDE

I put a lot of time n' effort into making our local music-history book "LOSER" re-publishable in the digital-printing age. The least you could do is buy a copy.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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