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LOSER: The Real Seattle Music Story. It's back, and it's louder than ever.
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016

Well, wasn't THAT the most improbable victory since… uh, let's not talk about that. 

But we can still talk about how Sounders FC, after extra time and penalty kicks, beat Toronto FC and win the squad's first-ever MLS Cup title. 

They won the match despite not making a single shot on goal. They won the title despite having been in the league's cellar as late as July.

The Sounders have been MLS's most popular team for pretty much all of their eight seasons. But something always kept them out of the championship match. 

Well, now they've done it.

Let their never-give-up stance inspire all of us in the vital fights ahead. (image via KCPQ) 

WEATHER

Rain showers Monday, just possibly (just possibly, mind you) turning to snow. Cold and clear starting Tuesday.

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BEAUTY KNOWS NO PAIN

Meet the local corset makers to whom the ol' tummy-tightening garments aren't mere relics of the 1890s (or of the 1990s). ("Evening Magazine")

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DEPT. OF FALLOUT

The likely appointment of Eastern Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (who essentially never met an oil or coal project she didn't like) as U.S. Interior secretary has conservation groups crying foul. (Joel Connelly) (Slog)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Charging ethnic discrimination, a group called Democrats for Diversity wants to delay the appointment of a new 37th District state representative, to replace Pramila Jayapal. The group claims the process to choose an appointee was rigged, resulting in a white guy getting the nod to represent a "majority minority" district. (The C Is For Crank)

The Legislative Ethics board will hold its first hearing in 22 years. The issue:  whether State Rep. Melanie Atambaugh (R-Puyallup) "violated ethics rules by posting state-funded photos and videos to her campaign Facebook page." (SeaTimes) 

The state GOP wants to use the next Legislative session to rescind trans rights, restrict abortion access, gut labor unions, gut environmental protections, let people bring guns most everywhere, etc. (Seattlish)

ECO

Sen. Maria Cantwell opposes oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, natch, supports it. (SeaTimes) 

Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has reached Northwest coastal waters. (AP)

A State Supreme Court ruling means developers and property owners can't "depend on groundwater wells to build new homes as they have in the past." (AP)

FIGHTING HATE WITH…

Leaders of a vandalized Redmond mosque have publicly asked the vandal(s) to meet and talk with them. (KUOW)

O GIVE ME A HOME

A city hearing examiner could rule as early as today on the Queen Anne Community Council's attempt to derail looser regs on mother-in-law apartments within single-family home lots. (SeaTimes) 

VANISHING SEATTLE

The Wurst Place, Westlake Avenue's home to (real) sausage fests (and where the trivia team I was on won all but one MOHAI Trivia match!) closes in February. (PI.com)

There are reasons why Seattleites still remember the city's past and bemoaned its lost institutions, and always have. (Knute Berger) 

NON-VANISHING SEATTLE?

There may be a way to keep the Montlake Market alive, even as part of its lot becomes a staging area for SR 520 construction. (SeaTimes)

Meanwhile, historic-landmark protection for the Mama's Mexican Kitchen building in Belltown proceeds apace. (Still a shame the real Mama's isn't occupying it any more.) (Daily Journal of Commerce)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

As we've mentioned here before, the state's foster care system is in tatters. Social workers are fleeing the system in droves. (Investigate West via Crosscut) 

Expensive wish lists? Short attention spans? Take care of 'em with toy rental co-ops! (GeekWire)

LIFE'S BEEN GOOD TO HIM SO FAR

Joe Walsh (the musician, not the politician) got a lifetime achievement honor of some sort at MoPOP (the ex-EMP). Ringo Starr and Dave Grohl were among the tribute-ers. (SeaTimes)

DRUGS

Heroin's killing more people nationally than homicides these days. (WaPo)

R.I.P.

Joel P. Eggert, 46, was an artist, welder, yacht designer, motorcyclist, musician, and Seattle music scene superfan. Eggert died Dec. 4, when his motorcycle crashed in West Seattle while he was on his way home from a Seahawks game. A remembrance will be held Sunday at Slim's Last Chance. (West Seattle Blog) 

SPORTS

In their worst loss in six years, the Seahawks fell 38-10 at Green Bay. Home vs. LA Rams Thursday night. 

UW women's basketball beat Boise State 92-66. Home vs. Savannah State Sunday.

UW men's basketball staged a late-game comeback, only to lose in the last seconds to Nevada 95-93. Home vs. Western Michigan Sunday.

Gonzaga basketball beat Akron 61-43. At Tennessee Sunday. 

TODAY

"Women & Allies: Strikeout and Protest." (Westlake Park, 12-3 pm)

Final vote and rally on move-in fee reform. (City Hall, 1pm) 

TONIGHT

"The Arts Community Celebrates Jim McDermott." (Paramount)

Historian Steve Twomey on the days leading up to Pearl Harbor. (Town Hall)

"The Tar Sands Valve Turners: Civil Disobedience Today." (Sole Repair)

"A Very Sing (and Dance!)-A-Long Xmas." (Rendezvous)

Staged reading of play "Auntie Mame." (ACT Theatre)

Excerpted staged reading from "Holiday of Errors." (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

Class on "Documentary Film & Heritage." (NW Film Forum) 

1930 film "L'Age D'or" with live improv score. (Substation) 

Muuy Bien, Nightspace, Guayaba, Neek. (Vera Project)

Commutes, Heart Beach, Beverly Crusher, Detective Agency. (Lo-Fi)

Toh Kay (Streetlight Manifesto). (Showbox) 

Young Thug. (Showbox Sodo) 

INSIDE

Besides our splendidly reissued local music history book "LOSER" (get your copy now!), we'll have an ALL-NEW book to tell you about and soon. Watch this space.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Arthur Miller, "The Crucible"):

“Until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven.”

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