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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

It's Mardi Gras' opening weekend. 

Time for revelry, for leting the proverbial good times roll.

Some of you might not feel like reeling in reckless abandon this year.

But it's one of the things that makes us human. Setting the weight of the world aside temporarily. Re-connecting with life's large and small pleasures.

Brazil endured years of brutal dictatorship and still goes wild for Carnival.

New Orleans endured racism, government abandonment, and a massive hurricane, and defiantly kept on holding Mardi Gras.

We can do likewise.

WEATHER

More rain and/or snow showers Friday. Clearing Saturday, before more precip Sunday.

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WHAT FLOATS THEIR BOAT

"Shipwreck hunters" are actively searching for downed old ships off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, and BC. They include a fur-trading ship sunk in a battle with natives in 1811, that's become "the holy grail of west coast wrecks." (NWNews) 

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Rep. Dave Reichert won't hold public town meetings, claiming issues of "safety." Yet many such meetings have been held this month with no riots or fights (unlike certain campaign rallies of a certain recent Presidential candidate). (Slog) (KIRO-TV)

Some 500 Reichert constituents marched past his Issaquah office Thursday morning, calling at him to oppose the GOP party line on health care and immigrants. (PI.com) Others held an "empty chair town hall" in Cashmere on Monday. (KUOW)

Reichert did hold a live video Q&A on Facebook, complete with lots of "angry" emojis from viewers. (Slog) (Crosscut) 

Gov. Inslee announced an executive order barring state employees from cooperating with federal immigration raids or with any "religious registry." (Slog) 

Sen. Patty Murray wants Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to clarify some recent remarks, that sound like DeVos wants to conduct an ideological purge of the department. (AP)

But on the whole, Sen. Murray and Rep. Pramila Jayapal are still officially open "to work with Republicans… if opportunities present themselves." (Crosscut)

Attorneys for Daniel Ramirez Medina issued an "emergency motion" to have the 23-year-old Seattle "dreamer" immediately released. (AP)

Ramirez's case "has left some DACA recipients in Washington fearful for their future." (Crosscut)

During a Tukwila community meeting with Sen. Maria Cantwell, local Muslims described the travel ban as merely "the tip of the iceberg" of issues they face. (KUOW) 

City Attorney Pete Holmes says it's not always easy to decipher the White House's proclamations and what they might mean for the city, especially if they're proclaimed as vaguely worded tweets. (PubliCola)

Civil-rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis told a UW audience that “now, more than ever before, it is time for each of us to get in trouble—good trouble, necessary trouble.” (SeaTimes) 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, whose own offices were attacked by a mass shooter in 2006, says the White House's recent statements against anti-Semitism are "at least a start." (KUOW)

Oregon filed a motion to join Washington's lawsuit against the travel ban. (AP) 

At least one local legal-pot merchant says he's "not losing sleep" over a threatened federal crackdown against the industry; while state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is "deeply disappointed" at the feds' stance. (KIRO-FM) (AP) (KNKX) 

Explaining the legal differences between a "sanctuary city" and a "welcoming city," when neither term has been formally defined. (KCPQ) 

IN OTHER NEWS

O GIVE ME A HOME

The City Council may take up legislation next week to create a "Seattle Renters' Commission," which would study and advocate for issues of housing affordability and tenants' rights. (Capitol Hill Seattle) (SeaTimes)

The city "swept" out a 12-tent encampment near the Ballard Locks. (Ballard News-Tribune)  

Can Seattle really care about affordability and "urbanism" without rescinding its recent rules against "micro housing" units? (South Seattle Emerald) 

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Even though no locations for a "safe consumption" site have been announced, something calling itself "a neighborhood group" is still against it. (KOMO)

THE RACE IS ON

Rental discrimination (by race, religion, occupation, etc.) "is alive and well" in Seattle. (KUOW) 

Similarly, just after Muslim employees of Amazon's security contractor claimed harassment, a new study shows "discrimination is alive and well" at big tech companies here and nationwide. (PI.com) (Seattle Globalist)

LABOR PANES

Total employment is at an all-time high, but far too many folks are still stuck in part-time and irregularly scheduled gigs. (Jon Talton) 

ECO

At least 33 people were arrested in the law-enforcement eviction of the last Standing Rock pipeline protesters. (Lynda V. Mapes)

CRIME

A second man was arrested for the repeated rape and sex-trafficking of a 13-year-old girl in The Jungle. (KIRO-TV) 

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Recently-leaked documents claim the long-deceased Chief Sealth (aka Chief Seattle) was "posthumously baptized" by the Mormon Church in 1991. (KUOW)

FLY ME TO… WELL, YOU KNOW

The Apollo 11 command module will come to the Museum of Flight in 2019, part of a four-city tour. (GeekWire) 

SPORTS

Mariners spring training games begin in Arizona Saturday and Sunday, vs. San Diego.

UW women's basketball, now #11 in the nation, downed Colorado 79-46. The regular-season finale's Saturday, at home vs. Utah.

UW men's basketball at WSU Sunday.

Gonzaga men's basketball slaughtered San Diego 96-38. The regular-season finale, with a chance for a perfect 30-0 record, is Saturday at home vs. BYU.

Lenny Wilkens and other NBA and NHL alums are part of the advisory panel Mayor Murray's assembled to look at the concept of rebuilding KeyArena. (KCPQ) (SeaTimes) 

Storm star Breanna Stewart endorsed an investigation into allegations of emoitonal abuse within the WNBA, made by former player Candice Wiggins. (SeaTimes) 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

"Planet XXXpress II," "Futurama"-themed burlesque. (Ballard Underground, Fri-Sat) 

File Gumbo, Honky Tonk Sweethearts. (Shanty Tavern, Fri-Sat) 

 

Release party for "It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop." (Vermillion, Fri)

Lushy. (Vito's, Fri) 

"La Petite Mort's Anthology of Erotic Esoterica." (The Conservatory, Fri)

"Home Is Where the Yeart Is," dance/spoken-word performance on homelessness. (Washington Hall, Fri) 

Brenda Xu (album release), Tomo Nakayama, Shenandoah Davis. (Fremont Abbey, Fri) 

Journalist Rachel Aspden on "Tradition and Change in the Middle East." (Town Hall, Fri) 

William Singe, Alex Aiono. (Showbox Sodo, Fri) 

José Antonio Rodriguez. (Broadway Performance Hall. Fri) 

Success, Kids on Fire, Foxhole Norman. (Funhouse, Fri) 

Meatbodies, Feed. (Barboza, Fri) 

Isaac Rother and the Phantoms. (Victory Lounge, Fri) 

Boys Club (Ween tribute), Disco Cowboys, Greg Markel. (Substation, Fri)

Vicious Petals, Blachheart Honeymoon. (Blue Moon, Fri)

"Art Encounter: Amplifying Pulse," dance/music performance by Paige Barnes. (Olympic Sculpture Park, Fri) 

"The Refugees" author Viet Thanh Nguyen. (Central Library, Fri) 

Weyes Blood, Fatal Jamz. (Sunset, Fri)

Yonas. (Vera Project, Fri) 

Mardi Gras celebration with the Meter Maids. (Royal Room, Fri) 

Wiscon, Freeway Park, Dumb Thumbs. (Central Saloon, Fri) 

Electric Guest, Nine Pound Shadow. (Crocodile, Fri) 

Juliana Huxtable, Gaika, more. (Kremwerk, Fri) 

 

Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship. (Seattle Center Armory, Sat-Sun) 

"Shift Sessions: Volume 3 Featuring Whitney Mongé," dance/music performance. (Velocity Dance, Sat-Sun)

Scott Yoder. (Barboza, Sat-Sun) 

"Defying Expectations: A Showtunes Cabaret." (ACT Theatre, Sat-Mon) 

 

"Dress Like a Woman" rally/march. (Westlake Park, Sat)

Rally Against Transgender Discrimination. (UW Tacoma, Sat) 

"Breaking Through the Wall of Slavery" program with genealogist Janice Lovelace. (Central Library, Sat) 

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke reads from "Adventures in Property Management." (Hugo House First Hill, Sat) 

"Best Brazilian Mardi Gras" with EntreMundos, Tudo Beleza. (Royal Room, Sat)

Skyros Quartet in "Beneath the Surface: Love, Death, and Transformation." (Bellevue SOMA Towers, Sat) 

"Black Tie Affair: Decadent Performances and Shenanigans," Seattle Erotic Art Festival benefit. (Steve Jensen Studios, Sat)

"I Have No Life and Death: Butoh and New Music." (Teatro de la Psychomachia, Sat)

Sacred Breath reading series presents Ernestine Hayes, Raven E. Heavy Runner, Elissa Washuta. (UW Intellectual House, Sat) 

"Luv' Ladder: A Celebration of Black Power & Funk Music from Yesteryear." (Pony, Sat) 

Temples, Night Beats, Deap Valley, Froth, JJUUJJUU. (Neumos, Sat) 

Farmhouse Beer Fest. (KEXP, Sat) 

Artist Trust benefit art auction. (Fisher Pavilion, Sat) 

Cosplay 5K. (Green Lake, Sat) 

Sherman Alexie on "How to be a 21st Century American Nomad." (Kirkland Performance Center, Sat)

POC Boutique: Black History Month Edition. (Hillman City Collaboratory, Sat) 

Nurse Ratchet, Lord Master, the Of. (Darrell's, Sat) 

Riff Raff. (Crocodile, Sat) 

Lydia Ramsey, Home Sweet Home, Ghosts I've Met. (Sunset, Sat) 

Electronic Music Takeover 2017. (Columbia City Theater, Sat) 

 

Pickwick, Beat Connection, Erik Blood, more (ACLU benefit). (Crocodile, Sun) 

"Ball of Wax Audio Magazine" release (NW Immigrant Rights Project benefit). (Sunset, Sun) 

"Seattle Words 'n' Music Comedy Show." (Rendezvous, Sun)

George Harrison tribute. (Parlaiment, Sun)

"Demimonde," fashion show by local designers. (Knee High Stocking Co., Sun) 

Memorial for drummer Vhris Vandebooke. (Comet, Sun) 

"Trailer Apocalypse Redux." (Grand Illusion, Sun) 

Banners, Tor Miller. (Tractor, Sun)

"Mixtape," '90s dance party. (Baltic Room, Sun)

The City Hall, Iffy Comma, Rambis. (Barboza, Sun) 

Miya Folick. (Timbre Room, Sun) 

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