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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017

To the people of my personal acquaintance (most of them, for some reason, women) who still insist Clinton was the real "corrupt" one and the electoral-college "winner" was a "for the people" positive alternative: Sorry, but no. Just no.

WEATHER

Dry and cold.

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ECO

This, folks, is a marbled murrelet. It's endangered, largely because its forest habitats are dwindling. Activists want more of those habitats preserved in Washington. (KNKX)

"Hair ice" is ice or frost that looks spun like cotton candy. It's rare, but somebody found some in Skagit County. (KING)

A Greenpeace study says Amazon's proclaimed "path to green cloud computing" is "unclear," particularly since many of those huge data centers run on electricity from coal- and oil-fired plants. (SeaTimes) 

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VANISHING BROADWAY

Charlie's restaurant on Broadway, which closed and then re-opened with a more tech bro-friendly format, has now re-closed. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

ALT-MEDIA WATCH

Josh Feit, who left the Stranger eight years ago to start the City Hall-centric blog PubliCola, is leaving the site to work as a speechwriter for Mayor Ed Murray. SeattleMet, which has owned PubliCola since 2012, says the site will continue.

O GIVE ME A HOME

Dan Bertolet digs deep into the math of HALA's "mandatory housing affordability" clauses. (Sightline)

There's a documentary video now out about the "Nickelsville" camps. It premieres Sunday at the NW Film Forum. (KNKX)

The "hottest" real-estate markets in town these days are the formerly "affordable" neighborhoods. (KING)

A mentally-ill elderly woman was evicted from a Portland low-income apartment. Other residents had complained about her behavior, and she'd refused offers of help. She died three months later from hypothermia, alone in a parking garage. (Oregonian) 

IN THE RESISTANCE

Before "sanctuary cities," there were sanctuary churches, where political refugees from places such as El Salvador were protected from deportation. One such recipient of active kindness still lives here. (KUOW)

A local social-justice organizer tells of his time at the Standing Rock occupation. He sees it as "pointing toward a future when we see and feel more points of unity than division and difference among us." (South Seattle Emerald)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The City received two proposals from groups that want to lease, renovate, and use the dilapidated Hanger 2 at Magnuson Park. It chose neither, saying it wants more proof of the groups' financial capabilities. (SeaTimes)

After the fatal Oakland warehouse fire, local artist and the Seattle Arts Commission are offering to help the City help out, rather than evict, unregulated DIY arts spaces. (SeaTimes)

THE RACE IS ON

A White Center woman was charged with hate crimes, after she stalked a Hispanic woman in her car, all the while ranting about "Spanish privilege" and threatening to ram her vehicle—and posted video of it all on Facebook Live. She pleaded not guilty. (KING) 

Racial disparities in student test scores remain as bad as ever, even in the state's "highest performing" schools. (SeaTimes)

SIC TRANSIT

Can ANYTHING be done to keep the light-rail station escalators and elevators from always being on the fritz? (KING) 

Metro's spending $90 million to add more than 100 new battery-powered electric buses. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

THE LAZY B

Boeing has announced a new round of employee buyouts for engineers. (KCPQ)

LABOR PANES

Seattle nurses increasingly endure low pay, long shifts, longer commutes. (KUOW)

R.I.P.

Amy Vanderbeck, 49, was a longtime barista, coffee-shop owner, audio-video producer, and creator of a highly personal interview podcast, "Struggle to Connect." Her body was found Monday in the Volunteer Park lily pond. No cause of death has been announced. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

TONIGHT

"Addressing West Coast Homelessness" forum with Mayor Ed Murray and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. (SU Pigott Auditorium) 

Discussion of Anthony G. Greenwald's book "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People." (U Book Store)

Tenant rights boot camp. (Top Pot Capitol Hill)

"Detracking and De-Testing," panel with education advocate Carol Burris. (Garfield HS)

Author Rebecca Walker on "present-day feminism." (UW HUB) 

Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour. (NW Film Forum) 

Flat Five, Tripwires. (Tractor) 

Lex Luger. (Q)

The Machine That We Built, Afrocop. (Royal Room) 

Avatar Darko, Aaron Cohen, Mpact, D Menace, Blvck Lagoon. (Barboza) 

"Fist and Shout," QTPOC-centric comedy show. (Rendezvous)

Suicide Squeeze Records DJ night. (Sisters and Brothers)

Robert Burns Night. (Naked City Brewery) 

INSIDE

In two days, I'll announce our big fiction series project. One more hint: its settings include such bulolic spots as Scappoose and Kalama.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching"):

“The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”

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