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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017

Of all the bad, terrible, horrible, no-good things to come out of DC this month, there's one (1) potential positive: the chance to have (at least for a few weeks) a State Legislature that's not deadlocked against full school funding and other big things (see below).

WEATHER

A few showers may return Wednesday, but just briefly.

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OUR OWN 'FLYING DUTCHMAN'?

An unoccupied "ghost ship" floated adrift for months around the Sound, until it ran aground on Whidbey Island. (KOMO) 

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

The Republicans no longer control the state Senate, at least for now. That's because senators Brian Dansel and Doug Ericksen are going to work for the new DC regime (both in pro-industry, anti-environmentalist roles). Olympia's upper chamber is effectively tied until district Republicans select replacements. (Joel Connelly) 

A bill would raise speeds limits on some Eastern Washington roads to 75 mph, and would prohibit WSDOT from lowering them. (AP)  

Three more anti-abortion bills are coming to this Legislative session. (SeaTimes)

Mike Milosca, the anti-gay GOP state Senator who wants veto power over Seattle's laws, now says the women's marchers were "ugly, unAmerican, and unChristian." (Slog)

IN THE RESISTANCE

Once the GOP-ocalypse announced full support for the Dakota Access oil pipeline, protesters immediately set an emergency protest at Westlake. We may need lots of these instant responses over the next months. (KING) 

Councilmember Sawant called for the removal of FBI surveillance cams around Seattle.(Weekly)

Local business leaders are already mourning the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. They say it would have increased jobs in our export-heavy state economy. (KNKX)

King County now says it will do all it can to preserve affordable health care even if the ACA is gutted and un-replaced. Statewide, 1 million people could lose coverage. (KUOW) (Crosscut)

A list of "20 local nonprofits to give to", serving people "who the new administration's policies may hurt." (SeattleMet)  

MORE POST-MARCH THOUGHTS

"If 130,000 brown people descended upon Seattle Center the SPD would be wearing full riot gear, not smiling for photos in pink hats. The media coverage would have implied dire consequences; property damage, violence and arrests." (Robin Boland, South Seattle Emerald)

"It was wonderful to know that so many people were taking to the streets and were speaking out, but if you are a person of color who has been fighting for black lives and brown lives, if you are a water protector who has been hosed down in Standing Rock, you have been begging people to stand next to you for so long." (Ijeoma Oulo via NPR)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Starbucks, Microsoft, and other donors have raised $4.5 million to help Mary's Place open more women-and-family shelters. (GeekWire)

STATE OF THE ARTS

The Tacoma Art Museum is losing longtime leader Stephanie Stebich to the Smithsonian. In her 12-year TAM tenure, she oversaw a big space expansion and brought several big touring exhibits. (News Tribune)

DRINX

The rumors are true. Clever Dunne's, the Irish themed bar on East Olive Way, will be displaced for the two-in-one bar Tini Biggs/Hula Hula, which in turn is getting displaced from its Denny Way site. (Slog)

'NEW MEDIA' SHRINKAGE WATCH

Grist, the Seattle-based national eco-news site, is laying off four writers and a programmer (almost a third of its full-time staff). (Slog) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Sea-Tac's setting up private "nursing stations" for new moms, that look eerily close to the "sleep capsules" at some Japanese airports. (KOMO) 

UPDATES

The shooter outside the Milo Yiannopoulos speech is apparently a fan of the guy. (SeaTimes) (Crosscut) 

The potential eviction and closure of Teatro ZinZanni apparently has multiple causes, but no yet-known solution. (Stranger)

The court case to stop the new youth jail starts this week. Don't expect a decision for months. (Capitol Hill Seattle) "If we build the new youth jail, the violent offenders will come." (South Seattle Emerald)

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

"Has Seattle always been so progressive?" Sometimes, sort of—if you don't count the virulent racism. (KUOW) 

SPORTS

UW men's basketball at Arizona State tonight.

Mariners legened Edgar Martinez still isn't in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but his #11 jersey digits will be officially retired by the team at the Ms' Aug. 12 game. (SportsPress NW) 

TONIGHT

Elaine Bonow. (Egan's Jam House) 

"Two Hour Transport" sci-fi/fantasy reading series. (Café Racer) 

"ConsentFest 2017: Let the Change Begin." (Optimism Brewing)

Robert Burns Night. (Whisky Bar) 

Dumbfounded. (Vera Project)

Derek Sheen. (Crocodile)

Withering Blooms, the Nude Party. (Sunset)

Lucinda Williams. (Neptune)

AFI. (Showbox)

Vodou documentary "Loa." (NW Film Forum)

"The Void in Aimless Flight," Butoh performance. (Capitol Hill light-rail station)

Anastacia Tolbert hosts readings by "female and genderqueer writers of color." (Fred Wildlife Refuge) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(From a Slate piece about the new First Lady's facial expressions at the inaugural):

"Correction, Jan. 23, 2017: This piece originally misstated that when reversed, Melania's smile turns into a frown. When the footage is played backward, her frown turns into a smile."

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