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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2016

Portland gets to have real snow today but Seattle doesn't. Damn. Just damn.

WEATHER

Cold; a very slight chance of a visible snowflake or two.

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WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Even in this age of umpteen ESPN channels, there's one novelty sport not likely to be revived (partly because it was outlawed, partly because it would be so hard to televise): Tacoma's onetime "World Octopus Wrestling Championships." (KNKX)

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THIS SEASON'S STYLE TREND: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

At this precarious junction of history, one seeks out strong voices of defiance anywhere one can. Even in Teen Vogue, whose recent strong political "content" pieces include a profile of Pramila Jayapal ("The FIRST Indian-American Woman in the House of Representatives"). 

THE BIG A

In a major piece for GeekWire, Lisa Stiffler analyzes Amazon's small but at-long-last moves into local philanthropy, and wonders whether it means the company's also ready to reform its own internal policies and working conditions.

SIC TRANSIT

The often stuck-in-traffic #8 bus will run a little faster when it gets its own bus-only lane on Denny Way. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

The Seattle Dept. of Transportation now says the First Hill Streetcar carries between 2,000 and 3,000 passengers a day these days, in line with the city's initial, modest, expectations. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

CRIME

A woman settled with the local Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle for $950,000, resulting from her rape at age 10 by a Catholic school janitor. The archdiocese issued a statement saying it had no idea the janitor "was a threat" when he was hired. The victim (through her attorneys) issued a statement Wednesday, saying the church's statement “makes it sound like my claim had no merit.” (KCPQ)

IT'S THE LAW

A U.S. appeals court ruled that the feds can retry now-former State Auditor Troy Kelley, relating to charges of cheating customers of his real-estate company. (SeaTimes)

A federal judge in Tacoma ruled the FBI "acted outrageously" when, during a child-porn sting, agents secretly took over and continued to operate a "dark web" online forum for distributing such criminal imagery. But the judge refused to dismiss indictments against three Washington men who were arrested during the sting. (SeaTimes)

UPDATES

A week or two back, we ran a link to a story on the Wallyhood blog, discussing allegations that a truck driver made racist insults to children in Wallingford. The story's author has now issued "An Apology," saying his piece relied too much on unsubstantiated statements.

DEPT. OF FALLOUT

Olympia's the latest local burg to proclaim itself a "sanctuary city." (Olympian) 

Shoreline mayor Chris Roberts wants every local mayor (at least all those who are legally allowed to) to join in a public statement against fear and hate crimes. (KING)

Several tech-company employees, including Amazon and Microsoft workers, have signed a "Never Again" pledge, vowing not to work on any "registry" of Americans based on religion or race. (USAT) (SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Gov. Inslee's proposed state budget includes $300 million more for mental-health services, including alternative accommodations for some of Western State Hospital's patient load. (AP)

The Washington State Investment Board has just bet a big chunk of state employees' retirement money on "fracking" and petrochemical projects, possibly including the big Kalama methanol-plant scheme. (Sightline)

VANISHING EASTLAKE

Bristol-Myers Squibb is closing the ZymoGenetics biotech office in the former Lake Union steam-plant building. (PS Biz Journal)

MAYHEM

A bird dropped a fish on a power line Wednesday, leaving some 200 West Seattle locations without electricity. (KOMO)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Seattle'f Office of Civil Rights will no longer monitor encampment sweeps as of next month. (SeaTimes)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Alaska Air became the nation's #5 airline when its takeover of Virgin America took effect Wednesday. But what will the previously all-Boeing Alaska do with Virgin's all-Airbus fleet? (KNKX) 

LABOR PANES

Unemployment in the state's at its lowest level in eight years. (AP)

Postmates, a Seattle-based delivery company, was ordered to pay two years' worth of worker's-comp premiums on behalf of 3,000 couriers. (GeekWire)

TEL AVIV

Starbucks is commissioning a new streaming online animated series. As with Amazon's original video ventures, no Seattle talent is involved. (GeekWire) 

SPORTS

Seahawks at home vs. LA Rams tonight.

Officials of the Madison Square Garden-affiliated company that wants to take over and expand KeyArena say they're willing to work with Chris Hansen's would-be basketball/hockey ownership group, either at the Key or at Hansen's Sodo site. (PI.com) 

TODAY

South Lake Union Winter Market. (426 Terry Ave. N.) 

TONIGHT

SAM Lights. (Olympic Sculpture Park) 

Local animated feature "Torrey Pines." (Henry Art Gallery) 

Jenny Littlefield in "An Evening of Bad Art and Good Music." (Cafe Racer)

"15th Parlor-Versary Celebration." (Pretty Parlor boutique)

Tiptons Sax Quartet. (Royal Room) 

"Fighting Fake News" discussion/workshop. (Hillman City Collaboratory)

"Politics of Resistance" forum. (Town Hall)

"The PNW Pledge of Resistance," forum on building power for climate justice. (Yesler Community Center)

"We Shall Overcome: A Night of Protest Sing-Alongs." (Conor Byrne) 

Author Dava Sobel on "The Women Who Discovered the Universe." (Town Hall)

Author Donna Miscolta reads from "Hola and Goodbye." (Third Place Books Seward Park) 

Tacocat, Boyfriends, Connie and the Precious Moments, Dancer & Prancer. (Showbox) 

Animals of Grace, Eric Apoe & They. (Egan's Jam House) 

"Root to Branch," lecture by Negarra A. Kudumu on African and African American filmmakers. (Frye Art Museum)

"9 Ounces," a one-woman show by Anastacia Tolbert. (Gay City, thru Sun)

"Austen Translation," "love story/improv comedy show." (Jet City Improv, thru Fri) 

BleedTogether plays Soundgarden's "Superunknown." (Crocodile)

Tig Notaro. (Moore)

You May Die in the Desert, Coastlands, more. (Lo-Fi) 

"Jazzy Wonderland." (Black and Tan Club)

MTBTZ. (Barboza)

Beaconettes. (Hotel Sorrento)

Apache Truck Stop, Knights of Trash, Stuporhero. (Funhouse)

"Hecklevision" series presents "Jingle All the Way." (Central Cinema) 

"The Residency," showcase of young hiphop artists hosted by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. (Chop Suey) 

INSIDE

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