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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017

Some wags this week have been imagining a 50 year old Kurt Cobain. What he'd be like now; what music he'd make. 

My vision: If the drugs hadn't killed him before age 40, he'd have taken several more tries before finally getting clean and sober to stay. He'd be divorced. He'd be long retired from public appearances. He'd be holed up in a remote country house with a home recording studio, from which records with various collaborators would emerge on an irregular basis. And he'd have lawyers fighting the record company to keep his face off of mall T-shirts. 

WEATHER

Showers Tuesday. A sliver of a chance of snow Wednesday.

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'A DYSTOPIA FOR OUR AGE'

A Nigerian fantasy-fiction author believes the novel that best describes the world of 2017 was written about a quarter century ago by a Lake Forest Park woman—Octavia Butler's The Parable of the Sower. (ModernGhana.com) 

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Some Washington employers sent out notices threatening to fire any workers who'd taken part in "A Day Without Immigrants." (KOMO)

Gov. Inslee gave a press conference saying it'd cost the state $2 billion if the Affordable Care Act is scrapped. He appeared with a young cancer survivor who who said might die without affordable treatments. (KOMO)

The Gates Foundation may provide subsidized birth control to women who may lose it in the ACA tampering. (Patheos)

State solicitor general Noah Purcell has become the "de facto defender of the constitution." (KIRO-FM) 

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella says the company must not only make money but display "enduring values," including those in the U.S. Constitution. (USAT)

A locally-created web app called "Airport Lawyer" just came out, intended to help travelers (including refugees) get immediate legal help. (Capitol Hill Times)

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, touted in a presidential speech last week as a shining example of "Made in USA," is really the most globally-outsourced jetliner ever made. (Robert Reich)

IN OTHER NEWS

ROLIE POLIE OLY

"Tiny house" promoters want the Legislature to make such micro-houses code-legal in more jurisdictions. (News Tribune)

A bill that only got out of committee after major excisions would at least get the state to explore if it's convicting too many people (particularly people of color) to life sentences. (South Seattle Emerald) 

ECO

Crews have started scrambling around the clock to repair the West Point Treatment Plant. (KING)

The remaining Standing Rock protesters may be forcibly evicted any day now. (AP)

IN THE ZONE

The planned massive "upzone" in the U District will mostly benefit a few major landowners. (SeaTimes) (KNKX) 

SIC TRANSIT

I know it seems bad, but Seattle's car traffic is only the 10th worst in the nation (and 23rd worst in the world). (KCPQ) (KIRO-FM)

A "pedestrian trip planner" app has been launched, helping walkers know where the closed sidewalks are on any given day. Yes, it's something we've come to need now. (SeaTimes) 

UPDATES

The Village Restaurant, in Marysville for 80 years, plans to rebuild after a major Sunday-morning fire. (KING)

VANISHING FIRST HILL

The East Madison McDonald's franchise will fall for a 17-story apartment tower. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

The SIFF Egyptian, where I Am Not Your Negro is playing, is a former Masonic Temple where a German-American club held Nazi sympathizer meetings in the mid-'30s. (Knute Berger)

TEK TALK

Melinda Gates is personally crusading for more women in tech careers. (SeaTimes) 

BIZ

T-Mobile might announce a new plan to sell itself off any day now. (PS Biz Journal) 

R.I.P.

Larry Coryell, 73, was a Seattle kid and UW Daily alum who played in the early local rock group Jimmy Hanna and the Dynamics, before he went to New York and became one of the all-time jazz guitar greats. (AP) 

Rod Simons, 56, was a TV sports reporter for several stations, including KSTW's long-discontinued newscasts. (SeaTimes) (KIRO-TV) 

SPORTS

Chris Hansen explains just why he thinks KeyArena can't be successfully rebuilt into an NBA/NHL site. (Art Thiel) 

TODAY

"State of the City" address. (Idris Mosque, 10 am) 

"Resist Trump" weekly rally. (Federal Building, 11 am) 

TONIGHT

"Community Conversation: Immigrant Life in Uncertain Times." (MOHAI) 

Musical "Rent." (Paramount, thru Sun) 

The Joy Formidable acoustic set. (Triple Door) 

Mystery writer Ian Rankin. (Central Library)

Wruter Simon McCartney. (Folio) 

Sundae Crush, Northern Allies, Regrets. (Tractor) 

Middle Kids, Sleeping Lessons. (Barboza)

Ralph Towner, Anja Lechner, François Courtier. (SAM)

Clipping, Baseck. (Crocodile) 

Academy Awards conversation by Three Dollar Bill Cinema. (Sorrento) 

John Scofield, Vincent Archer, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed) 

Lecture on "data visualization" by Robert Kosara. (UW Kane Hall)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Degringolade"

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