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FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017

On Sunday, you'll be able to walk (but not bicycle) through the Battery Street Tunnel (which, along with the viaduct, will be closed for safety inspections).

The tunnel will be "decommissioned" when the big Bertha-dug tunnel starts operating, perhaps in late 2018. 

But what will become of it?

Could it be maintained for art studios, affordable housing (albeit with zero views), or a skate park? 

Think about it, and get back to me on it.

WEATHER

Rainy and windy Friday; less so on Saturday. Rain, and a slight chance of lowland snow, return Sunday.

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LOOKS GOOD ENOUGH TO…

Because this set of "cookie dresses" by local designers was created on behalf of the Girl Scouts, I'll forego the obvious naughty puns. (KING Evening Magazine)

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IN THE RESISTANCE

A Muslim teen was found hanged from a noose on a tree near Lake Stevens. Authorities, who'd initially labeled the death a suicide, changed it to "undetermined cause." The boy's family wants the FBI to investigate. (KUOW)

Sens. Murray and Cantwell co-signed a letter asking the feds to respect state legal-pot laws. (NBC) (SeaTimes)

Despite what a few grumblers have accused, Murray and Cantwell have proven to be "fierce, tenacious" of the White House's agenda, including its Cabinet nominees. (Joel Connelly) 

A UW Dental prof warns that the GOP's war on affordable health care could "have devastating consequences" to dental health, leading to fatal infections in many people. (WaPo)

Mayor Ed Murray is among the signers of a petition demanding the feds ensure the rights of trans students. (City of Seattle)

Costco's CEO warns that prices of all sorts of consumer goods would rise with any across-the-board import tax. (PS Biz Journal) 

IN OTHER NEWS

DEVELOPING STORIES

The county and the state made a deal to sell the Convention Place bus stop and staging area, to become part of the Convention Center expansion. (SeaTimes)

As the newly-zoned-in high rises show up, prepare to say goodbye to the funky-but-chic U District as it's been known these many decades. (PS Biz Journal) 

BERTHA, BUT…

The deeply boring tunnel machine has stopped only 900 feet from its "disassembly point," while supervisors try to figure out how it got "a few inches" off course. (KING)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

LGBT activist Mac McGregor wants to be the first trans person on the City Council. (Capitol Hill Times)

The proposed city "soda tax" will indeed exempt "diet" drinks (and the likes of Sparkling Ice); i.e., the types of fizzy drinks with whiter, upscale-r customers. (Gene Balk) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Encampment "sweeps" continue, as new rules concerning them continue to be discussed. (PI.com)

FULL OF IT

County officials say the West Point Treatment Plant's so damaged, it could take months to fully fix it. They're looking for inspiration from how New Orleans rebuilt its infrastructure after Hurricane Katrina. (KNKX) (KING)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

State House Democrats passed a bill to ensure more "pregnancy accommodations" at workplaces, but in a significantly watered down form. (Seattlish)

A Whatcom County judge dismissed the attempted recall of state Sen. Doug Ericksen, who's been spending a lot of time in DC of late. (Bellingham Herald) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Rainier Beach HS has been promised long-needed improvements for decades. Students have started attending school-board meetings to press their case. (South Seattle Emerald)

SIC TRANSIT

Legislators' bills to hobble Sound Transit aren't "pro-taxpayer" or even "pro-car-owner," but nakedly anti-transit. (Seattle Transit Blog)

County exec Dow Constantine sez Metro could have a "zero-emissions fleet" within 17 years.

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Decriminalizing sex work: The UN says its time has come. And so do local activists. (Seattle Globalist)

ECO

"Dairy waste" has flooded homes in the outskirts of Yakima. (KING) 

STATE OF THE ARTS

On Sunday, Teatro ZinZanni will hold its final show, at least in its current location, at least for now. (Weekly) (Slog)

SUDS

If you're buying Kona beer outside Hawaii, it wasn't made IN Hawaii, but at Redhook in Woodinville or Widmer in Oregon (among other Craft Beer Alliance sites). A lawsuit says drinkers were thus misled. (AP)

THE LAZY B

Boeing's accepted 1,800 employee buyouts as staff reductions continue. (KCPQ)

THE BIG A

The big outage at Amazon Web Services' server farms stemmed from a typo in a worker's simple software instruction. (PS Biz Journal) 

Amazon hopes to provide 80 percent of the electricity for its warehouses from rooftop solar panels. (GeekWire) 

BIZ

Costco, whose sales have "underperformed" lately (in line with those of other big brick-n'mortar retailers), will raise its membership fees in June. (PS Biz Journal)

UPDATES

Rachel Dolezal, who had falsely claimed to be black when she ran the Spokane NAACP office, has legally changed her name to the Nigerian-derived Nkechi Amare Diallo. She still claims to "identify" as black, as you might have surmised. (KREM) 

SPORTS

Sounders FC defends its league title starting Saturday, in the season opener at Houston.

UW men's basketball closes a miserable season at USC Saturday.

The preseason Mariners beat Milwaukee 6-2. This weekend's Arizona games see the Ms meeting the Rangers, Rockies, and A's.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

CItyArts "Genre Bender." (Langston Hughes Center, Fri-Sun) 

"Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II." (Benaroya Hall, Fri-Sun) 

"MARVELed BEEF!," sketch comedy. (Pocket Theater, Fri thru March 11)

"XX," short horror films by women directors. (NW Film Forum, Fri-Sun)

Tom Green. (Parlor Live Bellevue, Fri-Sat) 

 

Fauna Shade, Merso, KA. (Central Saloon, Fri) 

Seattle Composers' Salon. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

First Second/Comics panel and game night. (Central Library, Fri)

Caela Bailey album release. (Washington Hall, Fri) 

Saba, Sylvan LaCue. (Vera Project, Fri) 

Dr. Hell No and the Yes Men, Thee Perfect Gentlemen, Sin Driver. (Darrell's, Fri)

Moon Dial (record release), Something in the Trees, Coho, Zhi Ghee. (High Dive, Fri) 

Sky Cries Mary, Sage, Hula Bees, Ring. (Jazzbones, Tacoma, Fri) 

Six Organs of Admittance, Don McGreevy. (Fremont Abbey, Fri) 

Electric Circus (music of Sly Stone Sun Ra, Miles Davis). (Royal Room, Fri) 

Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supremes, Brass Monkeys. (Nectar, Fri) 

Ghostface Killah, Pure Powers. (El Corazon, Fri) 

1985 film "Enemy Mine" with live improv score by Your City Sleeps. (NW Film Forum, Fri)

"The Harms of Prostitution: Voices from the Sex Trade." (Town Hall, Fri) 

"Miss Effie DuBois' Den of Indecendy: A Night of Vintage Burlesque." (Rendezvous, Fri) 

"Live Wire" podcast recording with Luke Burbank. (Neptune, Fri) 

 

Seattle Miniature Show. (DoubleTree Suites Southcenter, Sat-Sun) 

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Celebration. (MoPOP, Sat)

#BlackLivesMatter March for Freedom. (Seattle Central College, Sat) 

Billy Crystal. (Paramount, Sat) 

"The Sound of Seattle," with Malfunkshun reunion. (Studio 7, Sat) 

Shelby Earl (album release), Silver Torches, Planes on Paper. (Tractor, Sat) 

Desert Mountain Tribe, Speed Patrol, Wild Lips, Moonspinners. (Funhouse, Sat)

"Japanese American Internment, Farming, and the Pike Place Market" panel. (Market Atrium, Sat) 

Rainier Roller Girls vs. Bellingham Roller Betties. (Southgate Roller Rink, Sat)

Hot Lava (B-52s tribute), ABBAgraphs. (Substation, Sat) 

MarchFourth, Pimps of Joytime. (Showbox, Sat) 

Sound Ensemble. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

Balkan Night Northwest. (St. Demetrios Church, Sat) 

78 RPM DJ night. (Bottleworks, Sat) 

Skillet. (Showbox, Sat) 

Afrocop, Bill Horist. (Parlaiment, Sat) 

Comics creator party with Seattle Video Game Orchestra. (Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique, Sat) 

Classical violinist Michael Partington. (Benaroya Hall, Sat)

"Why War?: The Causes of Conflict." (Flying Heritage Collection, Everett, Sat)

"Form Over Function," group show of ceramic sculptures. (Winston Wåchter Gallery, Sat) 

"International Day for Women and Trans People" film program. (NW Film Forum, Sat) 

Orchestral performance of "Greed Eggs & Ham." (Benaroya Hall, Sat) 

"Barefoot Resistance: An Evening of Poetry, Art, and Conversation." (Studio Current, Sat) 

"DeHUMANization," dance/film perfornance by Margaret Johnson. (Raisbeck Performance Hall, Sat) 

 

Stan Boreson public memorial. (MOHAI, 6:30 pm Sun) 

Standing Rock protest benefit with Ben Gibbard, Sherman Alexie, Naomi Wachira. (Showbox, Sun)

"Walk the Battery." (Battery Street Tunnel, Sun)

Jens Lekman, Lisa/Liza. (Neumos, Sun) 

LVL UP, Palm, Great Grandpa. (Chop Suey, Sun) 

Shane Koyczan. (Columbia City Theater, Sun)

Political action party. (Squirrel Chops, Sun) 

Comedian Greg Proops. (Crocodile, Sun) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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