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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

That national general strike thang is still on for today. It might be a bit smaller in scope than its organizers originally hoped. But that's OK. This is a long-long-term endeavor. It's being fought on many simultaneous fronts. Some will be more "visible," more "spectacular" than others. But they're all important.

There's also a rally at the Federal Courthouse this morning in support of Daniel Ramirez Medina, and non-horrendous immigration policies in general.

WEATHER

Showers and sun breaks. Rain increases Sunday.

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I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE

Landslides knocked out a lot more than the Sounder commuter trains. I-5 and I-90 were blocked in places. So was SW Highland Park Way, above. Some roads might not be fully open until later today. (West Seattle Blog) (SeaTimes) (KCPQ) (PI.com) (KIRO-FM) 

The West Point Treatment Plant, flooded during recent torrential rains, is operating at only half capacity, and still discharging raw sewage. (KIRO-FM) 

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Attorneys for Daniel Ramirez Medina say ICE agents doctored a legal document to make it appear that Ramirez had confessed to gang membership. (Slog) (KING) A judge will consider his request for a court hearing today. (Weekly) 

The White House won't appeal the immigration/travel ban injunction. Instead, it vows to draft a revised executive order. (NPR) 

"He was the victim in a car crash; now, he could end up getting deported." (News Tribune)

"A Day Without Immigrants" walkouts were held in Tacoma and other cities Thursday. (KING) (KIRO-TV) 

The exterior of hte UW's Glenn Hughes Theatre was vandalized with neo-Nazi recruiting posters. It's currently hosting a version of "As You Like It" with several LGBTQ characters. (Slog)

The future of women's health care in Washington is still murky. (PI.com)

Also murky: the chances of any federal funds any time soon for the UW's new "clean energy" labs. (PI.com) 

Days before taking office, the president-elect "made two surprise calls to the Air Force general managing the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, the Lockheed Martin F-35 jet. Listening in on one of those calls was Dennis Muilenburg—the CEO of Lockheed’s chief rival, Boeing." (Everett Herald)

Skagit Valley farm owners (1) voted overwhelmingly for the current White House occupant and (2) rely heavily on immigrant labor. They're starting to express some buyer's remorse. (KUOW)

IN OTHER NEWS

GAYS OF OUR LIVES

The State Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the florist who refused to supply a same-sex wedding. The florist's attorneys vow to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has declined to hear a similar case previously. (Slog) (Joel Connelly) 

Between the above case and the travel-ban injunction, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has had "a good month." (Weekly)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Legislation to tighten penalties for police use of deadly force is proceeding ahead. (AP) 

A bill to more strictly regulate for-profitdrug/alcohol rehab clinics made it out of committee. (KING)

State Senate Republicans want to negate the minimum-wage increase state voters approved last fall. (Seattlish)

"Who'd pay taxes where under the dueling McLeary plans in Olympia." (Weekly)

Our state's "wholesale auto dealer license" is too easy to get, particularly for interstate scam artists, say authorities in other states. (KING) 

CRIME

A man was charged with forcibly pimping several underage girls in "The Jungle." (KIRO-TV)

POLICING THE POLICE

SPD Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant (who's also president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) says his department's made significant progress, but that young black men still should learn to "use the system" to protect their rights. (KUOW) 

Northwest tribes and communities of color are "working together to end police brutality." (South Seattle Emerald) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Seattle now has the fifth highest rents in the nation, and the ninth highest in the world. (KIRO-TV) (KING)

Proposed city rules would require owners of "unreinforced masonry" buildings (including many legacy apartment houses) to undertake "bracing up" fixes. Can they do this without major rent hikes? (Daily Journal of Commerce) 

NON-VANISHING CAPITOL HILL?

The building housing the Elliott Bay Book Co. is for sale. Will the store get to stay in it? (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

BIZ

The Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union's opened a new office on Beacon Hill. It'll specialize in serving "financially abused" low-income and immigrant customers. (PS Biz Journal)

SPORTS

UW women's basketball at UCLA tonight and USC Sunday.

UW men's basketball got edged by Arizona State 83-81. Home vs. Arizona Sunday.

Gonzaga men's basketball, still undefeated and #1 in the country, buried San Francisco 96-61. Home vs. Pacific Saturday.

Wannabe arena developer Chris Hansen says he's still "optimistic" about his chances of landing both a street-vacation approval and a team. (AP) 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Branford Marsalis Quartet, Kurt Elling. (Triple Door, Fri-Sun)

Cloud Nothings, Itasca. (Barboza, Fri-Sat)

"Dust," program of young choreographers' works. (Velocity Dance, Fri-Sat) 

"Shlong Song," comedy monologue with Woody Shticks. (18th & Union, Fri thru Feb 24)

Social Justice Game Jam. (Living Computers Museum + Labs, Fri-Sun) 

 

Free Daniel! rally. (Federal Courthouse, 9 am-1 pm Fri) 

"Solidarity Strike." (Volunteer Park Amphitheater, 11 am-5 pm Fri) 

"Standing Together in Unity." (Pike Place Market, 9 am-1:15 pm Fri) 

Aaiiee!!!, Three Spine. (Cafe Racer, Fri)  

Inverted Space Ensemble. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

Eugenie Jones sings Nina Simone. (Royal Room, Fri)

"Saving Our Magnetic Media," program of vintage local-arts videos. (NW Film Forum, Fri)

"Exile" group reading iwth Angela Flournoy, Megan Kruse, Phillip B. Williams. (Fred Wildlife Refuge, Fri) 

"A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment" podcast recording with Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter, Karen Russell. (Town Hall, Fri)

Stag (record release), Boss Martians, F-Holes. (Darrell's, Fri)

HONK! Fest West fundraiser. (Conor Byrne, Fri)

Sallie Ford, Jenn Champion. (Sunset, Fri) 

Derrick Carter. (Kremwerk, Fri) 

Sol de Noche, Correo Aereo, Musica Sudamericana. (North City Bistro, Fri)

Matt Pond PA, Flinn, Completions. (Fremont Abbey, Fri)

"Breaking Weird" comedy show with Elliott Rose and Sadie Blake. (Pocket Theater, Fri) 

Comedian Michelle Wolf. (Laughs, Fri) 

  

"Resonance: A Celebration of Black American Composers." (Various spots, Sat thru April 9) 

 

Cumulus, Greg Keplinger/Dustin Busch, David Bazan. (Cafe Racer, Sat) 

Percussionist Melanie Voytovich. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat) 

Writer Elissa Washuta on her Fremont Bridge residency. (Central Library, Sat)

Angel Olsen, Chris Cohen, Sloucher. (Neptune, Sat)

"Le Petite Mort's Dark Cabaret." (Rendezvous, Sat)

Machine Animal, Sin Driver, Value Ape. (Slim's Last Chance, Sat) 

Drab Majesty, Youryoungbody, Foie Gras. (Timbre Room, Sat)

Milemarker, Big Jesus, Year of Death, They Rise We Rise. (Highline, Sat)

"Not Too Late with Elicia Sanchez," live comedy-talk show. (Eclectic Theater, Sat)

Ed Littlefield Native Jazz Trio. (Egan's, Sat)

Harlem Globetrotters. (KeyArena, Sat) 

Afghan filmmaker Mariam Ghani. (SU Student Center, Sat) 

Venice Is Sinking Masquerade Ball. (Seattle Design Center, Sat) 

 

"Never Again: Japanese American WWII History and American Muslim Rights Today" presentation/panel. (Fisher Pavilion, Sun) 

Sham 69, the Creepshow, Gallows Bound. (Highline, Sun) 

"Step Afrika! Migrations Pop Up." (SAM, Sun)

David Duchovny, novelist Jess Walter. (Town Hall, Sun) 

"Eat Your Heart Out," short horror films by women and LGBTQ directors. (NW Film Forum, Sun)

"Exterminator City," "party/comics market." (Push/Pull, Sun) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Architectonic"

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