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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017

The would-be next big protest event: a general strike, here and nationwide, set for a week from Friday. 

It'd be the first action of its kind in Seattle since February 1919. That four-day stoppage was the first citywide general strike in US history.

There's plenty of reading matter about that strike—at the UW, HistoryLink, Wikipedia, etc.

One of the 1919 strike's organizers, Seattle School Board member Anna Louise Strong, wrote at its start that "we are taking the most tremendous move ever made by Labor in this country, a move which will lead—NO ONE KNOWS WHERE!"

Strong, and many other strike supporters, hoped it would eventually lead to a leftist revolution. Didn't happen.

The aims this time are more defensive—to preserve freedoms and protections now under attack by the new DC regime.

WEATHER

Rain, sometimes heavy. Potential lowland flooding.

All Washington Cascades mountain passes were closed Wednesday due to avalanche danger. Some may reopen today. (KING)

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SOCIETY OF THE 'SPECTACLES'

A pop-up vending machine selling "Spectacles," Snapchat's non-prescription eyeglasses with built-in video cameras, appeared Wednesday at the Queen Anne Dick's Drive-In. (GeekWire) 

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IN THE RESISTANCE

A group of local startup tech companies and venture-capital firms has joined the chorus against the immigration ban. They say it threatens "immediate harm" to the "innovation economy." (GeekWire)

Staying politically neutral is "more dangerous for companies than you think." (PS Biz Journal oped) 

Sen. Maria Cantwell is among a group of Congressional Democrats decrying the immediate go-ahead to the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Their letter says the move "is unlawful and unacceptable." (Joel Connelly)

Noah Purcell, the Seattle attorney making the state's case in the suit against the immigration ban, is described as "a powerhouse in the courtroom" who "leaves no stone unturned." (KCPQ) 

A UW sociology prof explains "what makes a protest work." (KNKX)

Moving to Canada: it's not an election-year joke anymore. (Danny Westneat)

IN OTHER NEWS

ARENA OF BATTLE

Chris Hansen's Sodo Arena group filed a new petition, asking the City Council to reverse a previous decision and let his group take over one little-used block of Occidental Avenue South. Hansen's people insist the street vacation won't be imposed until arena construction stars, which in turn won't happen until an NBA and/or NHL franchise is landed. (KING) (Art Thiel)

POLICING THE POLICE

The county inquest into the Che Taylor shooting revealed that 45 minutes passed between when a Seattle police officer saw Taylor's handgun and when Taylor was killed. (Slog)  

A lawsuit claims the SPD made a wrongful, racist arrest in 2015, when a prominent minister's son was charged after "reportedly trying to make peace" at the Rhino Room on Capitol Hill. (PI.com)

VANISHING CAPITOL HILL

The Bonney-Watson funeral home, believed to be Seattle's oldest continually-operating business, will vacate and sell the Broadway location it's had since 1962. (Capitol Hill Seattle) (PS Biz Journal) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

City leaders are beginning to "bend" but "not break" on their previous support for a new youth jail. (Weekly)

O GIVE ME A HOME

We've finally got an announced location for the Navigation Center, a one-stop shelter and homeless-services center. That spot is near the Little Saigon intersection on 12th Avenue South. It will displace the Seattle Indian Services Commission's gallery. (Seattlish)

A love story among two residents of Tent City 3. (UW Daily)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A King County judge ordered the makers of Five-Hour Energy to pay $4.3 million, to settle a state suit over claims of deceptive advertising. (AP)

Detectives are asking the public for help in finding the killer of a homeless man who was "basically executed" downtown in late January. (KCPQ) 

An Edmonds man is accused of impersonating a police officer, in order to extort sex from a Deja Vu stripper. (SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Several local governments hope the Legislature's school-funding solution includes lifting the state's current property-tax cap. (News Tribune)

A new bill would tighten the blood-alcohol limit for drivers down to .05% (essentially one drink). (KIRO-TV)

IN THE ZONE

The mammoth U District upzone passed a committee and now goes to the full City Council. Will it destroy "the Ave" as we all know (and at least some of us love) it? (PubliCola)

PRINT MEDIA SHRINKAGE WATCH

Jen Graves, the last remaining full-time visual-art critic in Seattle, suddenly resigned from the Stranger. She said that, as she was asked to do more editing and general arts reporting, the paper had become "not currently a viable place for me to do the work I’ve always cared about.” (ArtNews)

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

Port of Seattle commissioners defend the controversial employee payouts that helped to oust the port's CEO. (KUOW)  

THE BIG A

Amazon Web Services is now a $12 billion a year business. Also, an analyst claims that the rest of Amazon would now be profitable without subsidies from the AWS operation. (GeekWire) 

SPORTS

UW men's basketball at Colorado tonight.

Gonzaga men's basketball at Loyola Marymount result. At St. Mary's Saturday.

TODAY

Seattle RV Show. (CenturyLink Field, thru Sun) 

CAPITOL HILL ART WALK

Rob Zverina: "ARTisANAL." (Dendroica)

Brittany Kusa. (Ghost)

Napoleon Do and Landon Gauthier. (The Factory)

"Beyond the Sea" group show. (True Love)

"In Other Words" group show and performance revue. (Fred Wildlife Refuge) 

Nerdgasm 2017 group show. (Artful Dodger Tattoo and Comics) 

Colin Curray: "Schematic Series." (St. John's) 

Winter Art Walk Awards. (Sole Repair Shop)

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: "The Boomer List." (Photo Center NW) 

TONIGHT

"The Naked Show," "fully nude performance art revue." (Ballard Underground, thru Sun)

"Sister Mary and the Nightmares Nine," play by Amy Excobar. (Annex Theatre, thru March 4) 

Loscil, Benoît Pioulard, Bardo:Basho. (Chapel Performance Space)

Novelist Paul Auster. (Town Hall) 

"Where are the Extraterresrials?", talk with Seth Shostak. (Melrose Market Studios)

Writer-photographer Charles R. Wolfe on "Seeing the Better City." (Town Hall)

Cartoonist Roz Chast. (Univ. of Puget Sound)

"J-Adore!: A Burlesque Valentine." (Triple Door, thru Tue) 

"Sweet T: The Physical Album" "performance practice/protest" by Dani Tirrell and Jhon Stronks. (Gay CIty, thru Feb. 19) 

Dark Star Orchestra. (Showbox) 

Pearl Django, Susan Pascal. (Jazz Alley) 

Carrie Wicks. (Tula's) 

Pinback. (Columbia City Theatre)

Butterflies of Death, One Legged Bandit, Van Brown, Medusa's Maidens. (Funhouse) 

Glenn, Quincy James, Ramos, Cameron, Baloogz. (Barboza) 

Activist/author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on "North America in 1491." (SU Pigott Auditorium) 

Seattle Loop Collective presents "A Live Looper Showcase." (Blue Moon) 

Jamie Wyatt, Henry Wagons, Ramblin' Years. (Sunset)

Kevin Garrett. (Lo-Fi)

Elephant Revival, Rain City Ramblers. (Tractor)

PROF, Metasota, more. (Crocodile)

Film "Daughters of the Dust." (NW Film Forum)

Spontaneous Rex, Summoned by Giants. (Substation)

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Yak Attach. (Nectar)

Acapulco Lips, Great Spiders, Snuff Redux, Happy Times Sad Times. (Chop Suey) 

Central Comedy Show with Kermet Apio. (Central Cinema) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Inedita"

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