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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017

KUOW has ended its last locally-produced music program, The Swing Years and Beyond, after 49 years. 

Also, Jim French is closing Imagination Theater, his "new old-time radio" troupe. The former KIRO/KVI radio personality has been producing "audio drama," under various brands and outlets, for some 50 years. (Yes, that's longer than U.S. network radio drama itself lasted.)

Meanwhile, lots of "political" statements were made at the Oscars (both in the show and the commercials). But everybody's gonna talk about the big flub at the end. Oh well. And two Amazon-funded films won awards. (Now if we could get films made, not just financed, here.)

WEATHER

Rain and/or snow showers, waning Tuesday.

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Some UW art and design students have designed "functional raingear and temporary shelter" for homeless individuals, to be made from surplus construction materials. (UW Daily)

"Health and safety issues" are the given justification for shutting down an encampment near the stadiums. (SeaTimes)

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IN THE RESISTANCE

UW scientists and techies participated in a "data rescue" marathon this past weekend, trying to preserve important scientific, environmental, and social-science stats previously stored at federal agencies, and therefore at risk of being "disappeared" or made unavailable by the new DC regime. (Repeat after me: This. Is. Not. Normal.) (KNKX)

Demonstrators from around the sound gathered at UW Tacoma to support trans rights and oppose the current anti-trans "bathroom bill." (KOMO)

It's not just ideology that leads Seattle's tech bosses to oppose the immigration ban. It's also practical concern over the firms' own staffs. A Redmond "cloud services" company called Sysgain faced an immigration raid last week.  (PS Biz Journal via Democratic Underground) (KUOW)

A Seattle actress, thorugh no fault of her own, had her name and picture hijacked as the alias of a "commentator" on a right-wing fake news site. (Variety)

A lot of local groups arte scrambling to give immigrants practical help, up to and including "safe spaces." (SeaTimes)

Some Mexican universities say they'll take in any UW students who may get deported. (Weekly)

That for-profit immigration jail in Tacoma has expanded three times in 13 years, and may be poised to grow again. (News Tribune)

The "Indivisible" group is not a "tea party of the left," because the 2000s "tea party" was a propaganda campaign funded by billaionaires to elect pro-billionaire candidates. Indivisible has har more ambitious goals. (KING) 

IN OTHER NEWS

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The online petition to recall Councilmember Sawant "won't go anywhere." For one thing, such petitions don't include legally-verifiable signatures. (KIRO-FM)

The city may spend $65 million to expand a free-community-college program. (SeaTimes) 

ECO

Some South Park residents' homes got flooded with untreated sewage when a nearby treatment plant broke down during the torrential rains two weeks ago. Some, but not all, of these residents have since been allowed to return home. (KCPQ) (SeaTimes)

Meanwhile, the King County Council will vote today on emergency measures to get the West Point treatment plant fully working again. (SeaTimes) 

CRIME

A Seattle City Light manager is suspected of placing a hidden video camera in a men's restroom at the utility's 4th Avenue South facility. (PI.com)

DEVELOPING STORIES

With the huge redevelopment project at the 23rd and Union strip-mall block currently stalled, the community development group Africatown wants to take it over. (Capitol Hill Times)

The Seattle Asian Art Museum is now closed for a massive remodel/expansion. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

THE RACE IS ON

The Seattle Channel's got a poignant video feature about preserving Seattle's African American history.

Whitman College students are teaching the history of the civil-rights movement to public-school students in Walla Walla, where the notions of ethnic rights and human dignity are apparently still a "contentious issue." (Jerry Large)

Meet the five-year-old girl who's re-creating portraits of historic black women. (SeaTimes) 

UPDATES

Ex-Spokane NAACP officer Rachel Dolezal is now "jobless and almost homeless," but "isn't sorry" for having falsely claimed to be black. (UK Guardian)

SPORTS

Kelsey Plum scored an unbelievable 57 points, becoming Division 1 women's basketball's top scorer ever, as the UW women beat Utah 84-77. The Huskies finished the regular season with a 27-4 record, ranking #11 in the nation and #2 in the conference, below Oregon State. Next: the Pac-12 tournament, starting Friday at KeyArena. (AP) 

UW men's basketball fell to a school-record 10 straight losses, losing 79-71 at WSU. At UCLA Wednesday.

Gonzaga men's basketball narrowly missed a 30-0 regular season, losing to BYU in the season finale 79-71. The WCC tournament starts Friday in Las Vegas.

The Mariners won their first two preseason baseball games vs. San Diego, 13-3 and 13-2 respectively. Kansas City is today's opponent in Arizona.

TONIGHT

"Gaslighting in Government" panel. (Town Hall) 

"Incompatible With Nature: A Mother's Diary" author Tracie Frank Mayer. (Town Hall)

Pipeline resistance planning meeting. (Washington Hall) 

Vince Staples, Kilo Kish. (Showbox Sodo)

The Green Messiah. (Darrell's) 

Mykki Blanco, Cakes Da Killa. (Neumos)

"Silent Movie Mondays" series presents "Carmen" (1915). (Paramount) 

Tommy Castro. (Triple Door)

Whitney Rose, W Lovers, Tekla Waterfield. (Sunset) 

"The Tao of Raven" author Ernestine Hayes. (Third Place Books Seward Park) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Syncope"

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