It's been a whoppin' 40 years since the Ramones played at the Olympic Hotel. Yep, thanks to some clever local promoters, punk rock's founding fathers blew the figurative roof off of what was then advertised as "The Hotel Seattle Calls Home." 

As I wrote in "LOSER" (now available again!), it was small, relatively sparsely-attended gigs such as this that directly led to the bands that became world-famous circa 1988-99.

The lesson: artistic (and social) revolutions can emerge from the unlikeliest spots. Maybe even with you.


Sporadic rain for the time being. Just maybe-maybe-maybe a little snow mixed in at night. But don't count on it.



With "Kaiser Permanente" signs now gracing former Group Health buildings, the old co-op's become "just a memory." Another local brand, another local institution, swallowed by consolidation. (PS Biz Journal) 



The new, only slightly less ridiculous, travel ban has been announced. KUOW parses how it could affect our region.

Gov. Inslee calls the revised ban a "substantial retreat." State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he'll have a detailed comment later on. (KCPQ) (KNKX) (Weekly) (Slog) 

Expect the local branch of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) to play a big role in fighting the new ban, just as it did in fighting the first ban. (Weekly)

A Seattle Muslim travel agent's advice: “If you don’t have to travel, please don’t travel—because it’s just going to be nightmare.” (KUOW) 

The announced tightening of H-1B visa rules has sparked fears of a skilled-worker shortage at local tech giants. (PS Biz Journal) 

Could Canada's tech offices (including subsidiaries of US firms) benefit from the US visa restrictions? (Crosscut) 

The ACA replacement scheme was finally announced. Yes, it's a horrible deal for anyone except the ultra-rich and the health-insurance CEOs. (Dan Savage)

An LA artist put up signs saying "Lot Reserved: Future Internment Camp" in a bunch of places, including on a fence at the Capitol Hill light-rail station. (Slog) 

Four Washington companies hope to bid on border-wall construction contracts. (PS Biz Journal) 



Several City Councilmembers have joined activists in asking Mayor Murray to delay evicting the "Field of Dreams" encampment. (Weekly) 

Turns out the long-talked-about homeless "Navigation Center" will replace an existing 75-bed shelter. Ashley Archibald at Real Change calls it a "bait and switch" tactic.

Home prices in Seattle and on the Eastside have nearly doubled in just five years, and just keep a-risin'. (SeaTimes) 


The state House passed a bill that "could allow ill Hanford workers to more easily get worker compensation claims approved." (Tri-City Herald)

Sound Transit officials tell state Senate Republicans that ST can't arbitrarily change the method it uses to calcuate car-tab taxes. That has to be done by the Legislature itself. (Weekly) 


Cloud Peak Energy announced a major retreat from the company's prior plans to export coal to Asia from Washington and BC. (Sightline)


Washington prisons finally changed their mental-health plans and priorities. It only took 11 prisoner suicides to do it. (KUOW) 


After opening in Edmonds (its first new spot in 40 years), Dick's Drive-Ins is running another online poll to supposedly pick its next expansion site. (West Seattle Blog) 


Columbia Sportswear accused its former IT exec, and a Redmond computing-services company for whom the ex-exec later worked, of improperly absconding with company data. (SeaTimes)


Robert Osborne, 84, was a Colfax boy and UW grad who became a minor actor in '50s sitcoms, then was a film historian and trade-paper columnist. But he's best remembered as the principal host on Turner Classic Movies since the cable channel's 1994 debut. (CNN) 


The preseason Mariners beat Texas 9-0. Cleveland Wednesday. (With so many players gone to the World Baseball Classic this week, these Arizona exhibition games count even less than normal.)

Gonzaga men's basketball opened the WCC tourney in Las Vegas by beating Santa Clara 77-68. The championship game's tonight vs. Santa Clara.

Despite losing its last regular-season game, Gonzaga made #4 in the final AP top 25 poll. (SportsPressNW)

Nathan Hale HS is the top boys' basketball team in the state, having beaten Garfield in the tournament finale on Saturday. Hale could soon be named the top high-school team in the country. (SeaTimes) But Jim Moore at PI.com thinks Hale only achieved all this through sneaky dealing to get hi-profile transfer students, dealing that involved UW men's coach Lorenzo Romar.


Film editor Thelma Schoonmaker. (Scarecrow Video, 2pm) 


They. (Crocodile)

"Affordable Housing: Seeking Solutions." (Central Library)

Ezra Levin, coauthor of "The Indivisible Guide." (Town Hall) 

"Beyond the Incarceration State" panel. (UW Walker Ames Room) 

"Girl at the Baggage Claim" author Gish Jen. (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

"The Multi-Orgasmic Diet" author Rebecca Clio Gould. (Third Place Books Ravenna) 

"Salon of Shame" reading series. (Theatre Off Jackson) 

Lydia Pence and Cold Blood. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed) 




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