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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017

In yesterday's intro, I wrote about a pseudo-holiday coming up within a week. Today, I write about a pseudo-holiday happening right now.

As someone who once felt an affinity to the old Deschutes Brewery brand "Bachelor Bitter," you might expect me to give a predictably snarky putdown to Valentine's Day. In previous years, I indeed did just that.

But now, I feel at least a bit differently.

Those who actually have, or have had, real capital-R Relationships are fortunate, blessed even. Even if those couplings didbn't run forever.

In these times, we need to hold close to whoever is willing to hold close to us.

WEATHER

Sunny early; raining later Tuesday and Wednesday.

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RAVE FOR THE MACHINES

You gotta know I'd adore, and heartily recommend, MoPOP's Rube Goldberg retrospective. (KING)

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Mayor Ed Murray's State of the City Address will occur live today from the Idris Mosque near Northgate. You can see it on the Seattle Channel at 9:30 a.m. (Joel Connelly) (PubliCola) 

A federal judge ruled that Wash. state's suit against the immigration/travel ban can proceed in the courts, even as the White House tries to reverse a prelimary injunciton in the case. (KIRO-FM)  

Refugees are fleeing the US for Canada—often on foot. (Vancouver Sun) (KIRO-FM)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduces a bill in Congress to "guarantee legal counsel for individuals detainesd while trying to enter the U.S." (KING)

Rep. Dave Reichart's ducking of public meetings with constituents represents a GOP-wide trend. (Daily Kos)

With Seattle's progressives and its biggest companies both proudly on the anti-travel-ban cause, "neo-feudalism seems to be the order of the day." (Knute Berger)

There's a long political history of our city and state welcoming refugees. (NWNews)

A City of Seattle statement says the top 10 U.S. "sanctuary cities" as a whole comprise "the third greatest economy in the world."

IN OTHER NEWS

CITY HALL FOLLIES

After some delay, the City Council unanimously approved a 12-week paid family-leave policy for city employees. (Slog) (KCPQ) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

At least one Democrat's running to permanently replace the late state Sen. Andy Hill, and thus reverse the Senate's Republican majority. (Joel Connelly)

O GIVE ME A HOME

A sudden fire destroyed three tents at a south-end encampment. It could've been worse, save for the "fast-thinking campers" who stopped it. (Weekly)

A lottery for spots in a new low-income project attracted more than 2,000 applicants for a little over 100 units. (SeaTimes) 

A judge may soon decide on a suit against the city for "unfairly trashing homeless people's belongings." (Slog) (KOMO)

City Councilmember Rob Johnson (remember him?) essentially called anyone who supports "sanctuary city" status, but opposes "urbanist" pro-development policies, a hypocrite. Some of his targets were not amused. (The C Is For Crank) 

ECO

The NW Energy Coalition ran a successful 2006 initiative to require power companies in the state to generate at least 15 percent of their juice from renewable sources. Now it may start another initiative, to prohibit providers from adding any "electrical capacity from non-renewable sources." (Crosscut)

The Elwha Dam's removal has created "Washington state's newest sandy beach." (SeaTimes)

Somebody's stealing trees from a state park. (KOMO)

POLICING THE POLICE

A new lawsuit claims Seattle Police "made a racist arrest" during a 2015 brawl at the Rhino Room on Capitol Hill. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

SIC TRANSIT

Many Mercer Island residents believe they're entitled to drive alone in I-90's HOV lanes, and to not face tolls, and to have their own exclusive park-and-ride lot. And some of them threaten to try to stop light rail across the I-90 corridor if they don't get all their demands. The Seattle Transit Blog begs to differ.

THE PLANE TRUTH

We now know it was "falsified papers" and "sloppy work" on critical safety aspects of jet-plane production that led the feds to fine Boeing $12 million in 2015. (SeaTimes) (KCPQ)

STATE OF THE ARTS

Ade Connere, who hosts a Valentine's themed revue tonight at the Triple Door (see below), is sometimes billed as a drag performer. But she prefers the terms "queer artist of color" or simply "artist." (KUOW) 

SPORTS

The UW men's basketball team may be the worst team ever to include a potential #1 NBA draft pick (freshman Markelle Fultz). (Steve Rudman) 

TODAY

"Sasquatch March for Love." (Pike Place Market, 1-7 pm) 

Indigenous Women's Candlelight Vigil. (Westlake Park, 4:30) 

TONIGHT

DeVotchka. (Showbox) 

"The Feels," art/music exhibition. (LoveCityLove)

Valentine's dinner. (Vermillion)

Wine and cocktail hour. (Volunteer Park Conservatory) 

Cover show with tributes to Dead Moon, Bikini Kill, Neil Young, Pixies. (Lucky Liquor) 

"In the Drink: Love on the Rocks," performance revue hosted by Ade. (Triple Door) 

Joan of Arc, Magas, Scarves. (Vera Project)

Austra, the Range, Year of Death. (Crocodile) 

Shannon and the Clams DJ set. (LoFi) 

"Get Your Heart On" party with Grace Love and the Dirty Church. (Substation) 

Delilah Pearl and the Manta Rays. (Sorrento) 

Lemolo, Natasha Kmeto, Headwaves. (Nectar)

Sisters album release. (Easy Street Records)

"Flowship of Love," participatory movement event. (Dance Underground) 

"Luna," play by Kamaria Hallums-Harris about a pregnant, queer black woman. (Annex Theatre, thru March 1) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Lord Byron):

"Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey."

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