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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 19, 2016

The last month of the Obama era begins, to be followed by the Dark Time of Unknown Fear. Just as the days start to get longer.

WEATHER

Regular ol' rain returns Monday, with high winds.

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WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, World War II completely transformed our state—from the Japanese American internments to Hanford, from boom times at Boeing and shipyards to the introduction of the modern chainsaw to local forests. KCTS has a whole series about the war's effects, especially its still-lingering environmental impacts.

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UPDATES

Turns out some animals did die in the fire at a (mostly) unused Woodland Park Zoo building—as many as six hibernating turtles. (SeaTimes)

IN THE ZONE

Opponents of the massive U District "upzoning" are talking about a "land value tax," that would leave all property owners in the area paying taxes as if their properties had already been thusly redeveloped. Except nobody's proposing such a tax. (Crosscut)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Two State Patrol troopers claimed they'd been barricaded overnight in a restroom at Olympia's Heritage Park, by a group of 40 homeless-rights protesters who sought (among other causes) an end to the park's overnight curfews. A protester later disputed this claim; he says the troopers had closed themselves inside the men's room to keep protesters out. (Olympian)

Under a new scheme to be introduced in the Legislature, the state will issue special driver's licenses on request that will meet the TSA's "REAL ID" requirements for air travelers. Regular Wash. state licenses, starting in 2018, still won't be acceptable ID for flights. (KING)

CRIME

A Redmond mosque was vandalized for the second time in a month. (KOMO)

The state's backlog of "untested rape kits" is still huge, despite new funding toward getting them done. (SeaTimes)

The man who critically shot a Mt. Vernon cop last week had a long criminal record, and had only avoided a life sentence in 1998 on a plea bargain. (SeaTimes) 

THE RACE IS ON

There's always been one U.S. ethnic minority that some closed-mined racists "admire": Native Americans, as characterized as "warriors." One man in the 1930s used this to forge a short career as a pro-Nazi orator under the name "Chief Red Cloud." (Knute Berger)

VANISHING SEATTLE

King Donuts-Teriyaki-Laundromat isn't "a real place" anymore. The beloved Rainier Beach hangout closed over the weekend, after its owners couldn't find a buyer who'd keep it going. (South Seattle Emerald)

Could Bush Garden, the lovely "birthplace of Seattle karaoke," be saved? (Crosscut) 

TECH SCARE OF THE WEEK

Your "smart home" could also be "a haven for hackers." (News Tribune)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

There won't be any federal financial assistance for low-income students who need to take "advanced placement" pre-college exams. (SeaTimes) 

DRUGS

The latest opioid crisis is fentanyl, which has killed up to 35 people in Vancouver (including nine in one day). (CBC)

DEPT. OF FALLOUT

The Electoral College meets today, amid increasing public calls for it to Do Something. (SeaTimes) (WaPo)

O GIVE ME A HOME

A landlord in the Portland suburbs has set up his own arrangement with local authorities to house three adult men with mental illnesses. Could it work elsewhere? (KGW) 

THE PLANE TRUTH

An Israeli group, trying to block Boeing's deal with Iran, has sued the U.S. government to get any such planes seized before they can be delivered. (AP)

Boeing management says 150,000 U.S. jobs in aerospace alone depend on continued U.S. trade with China. (CNN)

R.I.P.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99, was a great actress in Orson Welles' "A Touch of Evil" and a great/bad one in "Queen of Outer Space" (both released in 1958). She was better known, though, as a "professional personality" on talk shows and other media forums. (AP) 

SPORTS

UW women's basketball beat Savannah State 87-36. At BYU Thursday.

UW men's basketball beat Western Michigan 92-86. Home vs. Cal Poly Tuesday.

Gonzaga basketball edged Tennessee 86-76. Home vs. South Dakota Wednesday.

The U of Minnesota WILL play WSU in the Holiday Bowl (Dec. 27) after all. The football team's players had previously threatened to boycott the game, protesting the suspension of 10 teammates. (NBC)

Turns out that one of the would-be KeyArena redevelopers is a brother-in-law to ex-Sonics exec Wally Walker, a member of Chris Hansen's would-be arena team. They're married to Ridder sisters, from the family that once owned 49 percent of the Seattle Times. (Geoff Baker) 

TODAY

"Stop Trump: Defend Democracy" protest. (State Capitol) 

TONIGHT

Neurosis, Yob, Sumac. (Neumos)  

"The Magic Hat" comedy show with Emmett Montgomery. (Rendezvous)

"The Beautiful Struggle," panel about "resistance to bigotry." (Gay City)

Solstice celebration. (University Christian Church)

Drunk Santa Party. (Linda's)

The World Over, Paranova, Ergo I Exist, Eyas/Luna. (Funhouse)

"Naughty and Nice" party with Ghost Mode, Nasty Bits, Toecutter. (Lava Lounge) 

"The Music of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'" and community sing-along. (Royal Room) 

"Brock Party," fundraiser for Brock Carleas' lymphoma treatments, with Monsterwatch, Norda, more. (Sunset) 

INSIDE

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