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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2016

Carrie Fisher, really? After all the major figures we've lost this year, we have to also lose the first lady of fantasy film? I'd say "good riddance" to 2016, except that 2017 looms even scarier.

WEATHER

Showers today. Heavier rain may return Thursday. Another slight-slight chance of snow over the weekend.

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SEATTLE'S OFFICIAL CITY 'BIRDS'

Cranes, of the construction variety, continue to dominate Seattle's skyline, especially when lit up for the holidays. (KIRO-FM)

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NON-VANISHING BELLTOWN

The Queen City Grill has been saved! New owners will take over the 30-year-old seafood/cocktail bistro next week, after the joint's landlord refused to renew the previous operator's lease. (PS Biz Journal) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Seattle's still the nation's hottest housing market, with home prices rising at twice the national average. (GeekWire)

It took four years, but North Bend finally approved a permit for a winter shelter. (KING) 

Can Seattle's anti-homelessness fight cease to be "both manic in its efforts to cap and reduce the homeless population, and also mired in Seattle Process"? (Crosscut)

DEPT. OF FALLOUT

As part of the South Seattle Emerald's ongoing series on organizing for the fights ahead, activist Kelsen Caldwell calls for a fierce, liberatory, white anti-racist-practice." But he also cautions: "As left-leaning white folks, I think it is too easy to proclaim our otherness from the 58% of white America that voted for Trump. I think we need to resist this urge."

THE RACE IS ON

The national Fraternal Order of Police is trying to pressure Amazon to ban "Black Lives Matter" apparel and other products, including products from third-party sellers. (Snopes)

Meet the Microsoft vet who's trying to jump-start more ethnic diversity in the tech biz, by making code-learning "boot camps" affordable to minority young adults. (SeattleMet)

A UW "philosophers in schools" program aims to "explore racial inequity" by talking with students in local elementary schools who face race/class divisions daily. (SeaTimes) 

SIC TRANSIT

Park-and-ride lots are so popular these days, they often fill up way before 7 a.m. (KUOW)

ECO

"Candlelight vigils" were held Tuesday to remember the five Puget Sound orcas killed this past year. (SeaTimes)

The state Dept. of Ecology fined a Whatcom County raspberry grower $102,000 for "years of illegal water use." (AP) 

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

The FDA told Seattle Genetics to stop human trials of a new leukemia drug, after four patients died. (GeekWire) (KCPQ)

As part of having an encampment on the UW campus this winter, there's a class on "translating the culture of homelessness" for med students. (KUOW)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

One reason for Seattle schools' potential $74 million budget gap: the Legislature's "values gap." (South Seattle Emerald)

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

There's now a Capitol Hill Historic Society, and it aims to preserve at least memories of the Hill's various pasts. Among them: the old Broadway High (where Seattle Central is now), and how it lost much of its student body to the WWII Japanese-American internment. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

AULD ACQUAINTANCE DEPT.

Joel Connelly has a list of "what actually went right, and who did good, in 2016." Topping it: the saving of KPLU (now KNKX).

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Juries have awarded big settlements to two people who were injured in bike/car collisions on Seattle streets. (Seattle Bike Blog)

THE BIG A

The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post says it's turning a profit (unlike so many "old media" operations) and will even hire more journalists next year. (GeekWire)

THE PLANE TRUTH

More bad news for Boeing: Delta's canceling an eight-year-old order for 787s, inherited when Delta took over Northwest. (SeaTimes)

R.I.P.

Lou Pepper, 92, was the "respected" CEO of Washington Mutual during the bank's "Friend of the Family" heyday, but had retired by the time of its huge national expansion and subsequent sudden collapse. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

UW women's basketball crushed WSU 94-63. At Oregon Friday.

WSU football put in a sluggish offensive effort, losing 17-12 to Minnesota in the Holiday Bowl.

TODAY

Hey Marseilles. (Occidental Park, noon)

Fugazi documentary "Floradora." (Café Pettirosso, 4 pm) 

TONIGHT

Two Hour Transport, group scifi/fantasy reading. (Cafe Racer)

Jukehouse Hounds. (Drunky's Two Show BBQ) 

"The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project." (Theatre Off Jackson, thru Thurs)

Self-defense/Q Patrol planning session. (Douglass-Truth Library)

"The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires," tango-inspired dance set to Vivaldi. (Benaroya Hall, thru Thurs)

Benefit for music-scene figure Stevor Compton with True Loves, Ayron Jones, Purr Gato, more. (High Dive) 

"Bloody Wednesday" with wrtch, White Boy Scream, more. (Fred Wildlife Refuge)

Sloucher, Bod, Drowse, Floating. (Chop Suey) 

INSIDE

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WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Eximous"

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