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MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017

Five days to go until the bovine byproduct hits the rotary air cooler for real.

It's also the first MLK Day of the Age of Resistance.

At West Seattle High's MLK Day assembly Friday, senior Amy Ijeoma gave a stunning, succinct summary of (at least part of) What Must Be Done:

"…We must create an environment that allows people of color to freely speak their minds, and truly be heard; to educate and be educated. We need to display our true personalities, because not only will you benefit from it, but the people around you can see themselves in you as well, and feel more comfortable being who they are. Respectfully include and welcome valid perspectives that aren’t your own! Debate. Learn. Remember that if you’re one who benefits from the oppression of others to listen.…" (West Seattle Blog) 

WEATHER

Rain returns late Monday; continues all week. Temps above freezing.

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A REAL DOWN-ER

Eddie Bauer quietly closed its Pacific Place store, a year after moving its Bellevue store to a much smaller location. No word whether the chain, which long ago ditched its "Expedition Outfitters" gear in favor of more fashionable "outdoorsy" attire, will return to downtown. The Pacific Place space won't be re-filled right away; the downtown mall's set to undergo a major remodel. (SeaTimes) (image: OregonPhotos.com)

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THE RACE IS ON

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a crackdown on landlords who ban felons from renting apartments, citing its disproportionate effect on black renters. (Slog) 

Seattle will hold a legal workshop for over 1,000 immigrants Friday in McCaw Hall. (KUOW)

We've told you about Seattle's sordid past in housing discrimination. We haven't told you how deeply it involved both local government and major developers—including the Boeing family. (KUOW)

IN THE RESISTANCE

At a Westlake Park rally to save the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Pramila Jayapal urged citizens to "build a mountain of resistance one story at a time." (Joel Connelly)

Two UW profs have publicly proposed a course on "detecting and combating bullshit in all its forms, in the age of Big Data." (Boing Boing) 

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Knute Berger offers some local history lessons in "How to Deal With Fascists."

Was "D.B. Cooper" a Boeing employee? (KING) 

PRONTO GONE-TO

What you already knew: The Pronto! bike-sharing program is being shut down, effective in March. What's new: Instead of replacing it with another program involving electric-assist bikes, Myaor Murray will instead channel that budget to bicycle lanes and related infrastructure. (Seattle Bike Blog)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

A trans woman says she was fired from her job at a nonprofit service organization run by Seattle First Baptist Church, after she "defended herself" from harassment by co-workers. The church denies the allegations. (Capitol Hill Times)

CRIME

An arson fire severely damaged Bellevue's Islamic Center of the Eastside early Saturday. A suspect was quickly arrested. He was described as "a homeless man with a history of mental illness and damaging property." (News Tribune) (KING) (SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The House Budget Committee voted to delay the "levy cliff" that could send school districts around the state into a sudden fiscal crisis. (Spokesman-Review)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The County got a $54 million Federal grant to tackle youth homelessness. (SeaTimes) 

So what's going on with the City on homelessness-related operations? Not much, apparently. (The C Is For Crank) (Capitol Hill Seattle)

UW nursing students hosted a welcome party for the on-campus tent city last week. (KING) 

ECO

Orcas may get their own "quiet space" off San Juan Island, where officials are considering a ban on motor boats and other noise makers. (KIRO-TV)

Ocean acidification is really bad for Dungeness crabs, whose numbers may severely drop in the near future. (SeaTimes)

President Obama announced a near-doubling of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Washington's flu death rate this winter is up to 46. (PI.com)

Raw Washington salmon sushi: so tender, so tapeworm-y. (KCPQ)

The state approved Kaiser Permanente's acquisition of Group Health Cooperative. (PS Biz Journal)

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

The Port of Seattle approved the sale of bankrupt international shipper Hanjin's local assets. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

The Seahawks' injury-plagued season ended with a 36-20 playoff loss at Atlanta.

The nationally eighth-ranked UW women's basketball team beat Arizona 90-73 Friday and Arizona State 65-54 Sunday. At WSU Sunday.

UW men's basketball lost 76-69 at Stanford Saturday. Home vs. Colorado Wednesday.

Gonzaga men's basketball remained unbeaten, downing St. Mary's 79-56 Saturday. At Santa Clara Thursday.

MLK DAY

"Letter From Birmingham Jail: A Community Reading." (Town Hall) 

"Something Special," evening of film, music, art, and spoken word about the African diaspora. (SIFF Egyptian)

Rally and march. (Garfield High to Federal Building)

Prayer breakfast. (Sheraton)

Film "American Denial." (Downtown YMCA) 

Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. (East West Bookshop) 

MLK Day celebrations. (NW African American Museum)  (Georgetown Art Center)

TONIGHT

Dick Valentine, Pete Leinonen. (Royal Room) 

Whitney Mongé, Ayron Jones. (Triple Door) 

Juliet Tango, Obol, Fain. (Skylark)

Drew Martin, Alberta, Ian Siadak, Beasley. (Sunset)

Danny Denial, Science Fiction, The Good. (Funhouse) 

"Kitsch" group exhibit opening. (Studio E)

Go El Grande Go CD release. (Banya 5)

"Monster Planet 7.9: Assume the Position." (Re-bar) 

INSIDE

For those who weren't with us Friday, we've got an eerie, odd little novel up at MISCmedia.com. Enjoy "Who Am I, Why Am I Here?" today in ebook form, or order the tangible paperback edition.

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