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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017

How do you celebrate Presidents' Day when we have, well, you know….

I mean, even the holiday mattress-sale ads could trigger memories of the current White House occupant's history of sexual harassment.

There is one way to salvage this Monday holiday. Use it to appreciate the better presidents we've had previously (i.e., just about all of them). Look back at what they achieved, flawed as they all were. Then imagine how the office could be used for good in the future, and demand the nonviolent removal of the erratic sociopaths currently installed there.

WEATHER

Mostly sunny and relatively warm.

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WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

When the I-5 overpass at Ravenna was built, it included a built-in fallout shelter. The space has been used for other things over the decades, but it's still there. (WSDOT blog) 

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Hundreds marched on Broadway Saturday, both in support of LGBTQ rights and against Wells Fargo's connection to the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Capitol Hill Seattle) Other pipeline protesters blocked northbound I-5 at Bellingham for a while. (KING)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will headline an ACLU benefit concert in LA next month. (KIRO-TV)

A group of 60 "alarmed" UW political-science professors issued a statement calling the current DC regime a threat to American values, directly causing a "fundamental erosion of democratic institutions." (UW Daily) (SeaTimes)

The White House might not appeal the Appeals Court ruling negating the immigration/tavel ban, but may instead try to impose a revised order. (PI.com) (KIRO-FM) 

If there are further appeals, the Seattle-based Northwest Immigrant Rights Network wants to be a co-plaintiff in them. (AP) 

"#NoBan" activists haven't stopped their work. (PubliCola)

Gov. Inslee and Democratic lawmakers want to protect the data the state collects concerning immigrants and refugees, to keep the feds from seizing it. (SeaTimes) 

More deliberate, unapologetic lying: the nominee for treasury secretary denied under oath that he'd been involved in "robo-signings" and other questionable practies when he ran a "foreclosure mill" bank, despite the evidence that he had. (SeaTimes) 

A significant part of the populace wants an impeachment already. Too bad the GOP Congress isn't listening. At least not yet. (Joel Connelly) 

IN OTHER NEWS

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

So it turns out Kshama Sawant was right about a "lack of oversight" at the Port of Seattle. (Jon Talton) 

THE RACE IS ON

Tacoma's first black mayor remembers a lot about "the heartbreak of racism." (KNKX)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Yep, the state Senate Republicans' education-funding plan would significantly lower property taxes in Republican-leaning parts of the state, and significantly increase it in Democratic-leaning parts like Seattle. (SeaTimes)

Turns out that Washington's pathetically small film-production tax incentive, which past Legislatures have declined to increase, might go away altogether without action this session to renew it. (Stranger oped) 

POLICING THE POLICE

The jury in the King County inquest of Che Taylor's shooting agreed that Taylor was indeed following police officers' commands when they fatally shot him—but that officers still might have feared for their own safety. (Stranger)

ECO

An acid spill at the Phillips 66 refinery in Ferndale sent several workers to the hospital. (KOMO)

The would-be developer of a Longview coal-export terminal's appealing a state ruling denying the project an "aquatic lands sublease." (AP)

SEARCH

The Coast Guard's still trying to find a Seattle-based fishing boat that disappeared off the Alaska coast, leaving behind some debris and an "oil sheen" on the water. (KCPQ) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Section 8 tenants, threatened with wholesale eviction by several landlords in Renton, are still fighting for their rights. (Crosscut)

Even "long-long commute" areas far from Seattle are getting "no relief" for would-be home buyers. (Seattle Bubble) 

THE BIG A

Amazon has a patent for something called "gaze-assisted object recognition." It could eventually allow people to buy stuff just by looking at it. (PS Biz Journal)

SPORTS

UW women's basketball (#10 nationally) whooped Arizona 91-55 on Friday and Arizona State 70-57 on Sunday. At UCLA Friday.

UW men's basketball fell at Utah 85-61. Home vs. Arizona State Thursday.

Gonzaga men's basketball remained undefeated, beating St. Mary's 74-64. Home vs. San Francisco Thursday.

Nathan Hale is recognized in seven different polls as the nation's best boys' high-school basketball squad. (SeaTimes)

My favorite all-time winter sport is holding its U.S. championships in Everett. (KCPQ) (Everett Herald) 

TONIGHT

"A Date With John Waters." (Neptune) 

Titans Teacup, Kaw, Sacred Signs, Noisegasm. (Sunset)

Collide-O-Scope "Stupid Cupid" video night. (Re-bar)

"Seeing the Better City: Seattle Edition" with author Charles Wolfe. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

"Ask the Oracle" series with writers Randy Sue Coburn, Claudia Rowe, Jim Miller. (Sorrento) 

"Galentine's Day," social gathering "for ladies (and others)" (ACLU benefit). (Solo)

Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish). (Snoqualmie Casino) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Paralogize"

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