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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017

Yesterday we told you how eight guys, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, control as much wealth as half the world's population. What we didn't mention, but should have, is that it's no mere number. Oxfam, the UK charity that first publicized the data, says it's important because it's a visible symbol of today's economy and its hyper-inequalities: “We can and must build a more human economy before it is too late.”

WEATHER

Continued damp and windy Wednesday.

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THE LAST LEGGINGS

American Apparel, whose "made in USA" branding got tarnished by its founder's sexual-harassment charges (and by critical reactions to its "risqué" ads), is shutting down completely, including its three Seattle stores. Gildan Activewear bought the bankrupt company's trademarks and designs and essentially nothing else. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

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BEYOND 'BLAHVUE"

Bellevue is now more ethnically diverse than Seattle. But it's also had a spike in hate crimes. (KING) (Knute Berger)

IN THE RESISTANCE

The committee organizing the Women's March on Seattle decreed everyone in the march should be silent. Some would-be marchers really don't like that. (Slog) 

Students at several Seattle schools plan to walk out on Inauguration Day. (West Seattle Blog)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The newest announced City Council candidate: King County NAACP VP Sheley Secrest. (Slog) 

The City's still trying to annex White Center and the unincorporated part of South Park. (White Center Now)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The state's new computer system for handling unemployment claims is way on the fritz. The way employees have handled claimants' cases in regard to the system failure is a bigger disaster. (KING)

State Rep. Matt Manweller (the same guy who thinks slavery wasn't that bad) really wants Seattle to be powerless to make its own laws. (Seattlish)

Also in the "overrule Seattle" GOP clique: Sen. Mark Miloscia, who wants to stop "safe injection" sites. (SeaTimes)

The bipartisan Select Committee on Quality in State Hospitals issued recommendations on how to "bring the state mental health system into the 21st century." (AP)

Ex-school superintendent candidate Erin Jones says the Republican state Senate will kill Gov. Inslee's school-funding plan. (KIRO-FM)

ECO

Students at Redmond's Tesla-STEM High School (yes, there is such a school) are trying to make the place as close as possible to "carbon neutral." (KNKX)

Will Puget Sound energy shut down the rest of the coal-fired power plants at Colstrip, Montana? Quite possibly. (Joel Connelly)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

King County's spent almost $1 million fighting a gender-bias lawsuit against Sheriff John Urquhart's office. (SeaTimes) 

A judge ruled frozen-foods heir and fatal arsonist Martin Pang still has to pay nearly $3 million in restitution and other legal costs. (SeaTimes)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Mayor Murray gave an emergency order to set up official encampments at three south-end sites. (KIRO-FM) 

Mayor Murray's plan for secure lots for people living in RVs, like much of his homelessness agenda, has just plain stalled. (SeaTimes)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Proponents of another lid over I-5 downtown now have backing from two real estate investors. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

WATCHING YOU

A federal judge ruled Seattle can't publicly release into about FBI-installed surveillance cams placed in the city. (KCPQ) 

VANISHING CAPITOL HILL

After two years of lease extensions, the Redwood bar is finally getting closed and razed for real. (Slog)

LABOR PANES

The "Uber unionization" law took effect Tuesday. Uber immediately filed a suit to block its implementation. (GeekWire)

TEK TALK

Could local tech businesses cut back their domestic payrolls if the enw DC regime halts H-1B visas? (KNKX)

A local startup has raised $3.5 million to develop technology to help businesses control their water use, claiming "water is the oil of the 21st century." (GeekWire) 

SPORTS

UW men's basketball at Colorado tonight.

After rumors spread that Mayor Murray was "snubbing" phone inquiries from the NBA, the league stated it hadn't called him. (KIRO-FM) 

A UK Guardian blogger says the Seahawks' ongoing decline "is an inside job."

TONIGHT

"Use Your Voice: Political Advocacy 101 Workshop." (Optimism Brewing)

Ex-prosecutor Dan Satterberg and ex-police chief Norm Stamper. (Seattle Vocational Institute)

"French Truly Salon." (SIFF Film Center)

Dave Alvin, Christy McWilson and the West Seattle Two. (Tractor)

History Cafe series presents "Boeing at 100." (MOHAI)

"Recharge & Ignite Dance Party." (Yoga on Beacon)

Film "Showgirls" with David Schmader live commentary (Planned Parenthood benefit). (Triple Door) 

Golden Gardens, Lilac, Foie Gras. (Timbre Room)

WordsWest series presents Claudia Rowe and Anastacia Tolbert. (C&P Coffee)

"Local Voices" reading series. (Sorrento) 

Messages of Support Storytelling Showcase. (Annex Theatre) 

Tad Dameron and Thelonius Monk jazz-piano tribute. (Royal Room)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Tractates"

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