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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017

It's International Women's Day, and also the date of an "action" planned in various cities called "A Day Without a Woman." 

The former will have a male "featured speaker" at its big Seattle rally at Westlake Park (NY Daily News writer Shaun King, one of three appearances he's got in town this week). 

The latter has almost no scheduled events around here, amid allegations that the whole concept reeks of "white privilege." (Only people who could afford to take an unauthorized day off of work could participate.)

I, of course, have no place in this issue. 

But I will point out that for more than a century, many affluent women have used their status as America's second-most privileged class to work toward a better world for all.

WEATHER

Just plain rain, perhaps lots of it, through at least Thursday.

At least we'll likely have no water problems here this summer. (Cliff Mass) 

Spokane had more snow this past winter than any other city in the "Lower 48." (Scott Sistek, KOMO) 

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WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Last week's random shooting of a Sikh man in Kent bears "eerie parallels" to 1907's violent riots in Bellingham against "east Indian men, mostly Sikhs." (KUOW) 

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IN THE RESISTANCE

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and other officials say the proposed replacement health-care scheme is "a step backwards" that would cause "chaos." Some 88,000 Washingtonians could lose all coverage just from threatened attacks on Planned Parenthood. (PS Biz Journal) (KCPQ) (KOMO)

Environmentalists are in "panic" over the White House's plan to gut EPA funding for cleaning up Puget Sound. (KUOW)

A "tsunami of cuts" also threatens NOAA's work on measuring climate changes, preparing for tsunamis, restoring salmon runs, etc. (Joel Connelly) 

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, during a packed town-hall meeting (at Town Hall, natch), urged a single-payer health system. She also called on folks to “make as much noise as possible” and to gather “as many unlikely allies as we can… It’s not comfortable, but guess what: preserving our democracy is not comfortable.” (Weekly) (KOMO) 

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson still hasn't announced what, if anything, he'll do to fight Travel Ban 2.0. (KUOW) Hawaii, though, is rarin' to go to fight it. (AP)

The feds quietly withdrew their appeals of the ruling against Travel Ban 1.0. (AP)

At least three white supremacist groups are "targeting" Washington colleges with posters and fliers. (SeaTimes) 

The Afghan family of five who, on its way to Seattle with special visas, was detained and separated by the feds, has been reunited and allowed to come here. But they still have to face a court hearing in Seattle. (AP)

Do WikiLeaks' latest allegations against the CIA really prove that WikiLeaks is "a department of the KGB"? (Charles Mudede) 

Tacoma may block another planned expansion to the huge for-profit immigration jail. (News Tribune) 

IN OTHER NEWS

O GIVE ME A HOME

Five months after the city invited former "Jungle" residents to set up an encampment near the stadia, the city evicted the "Field of Dreams" site. One community environmental health officer called the muddy, rat-infested camp "probably one of the worst I've seen in Seattle… The conditions here are what I would consider inhumane." (Seattlish) (KCPQ) (Weekly)

The three new city-sanctioned encampments promised for January aren't open yet. At least one's indefinitely postponed. (KCPQ) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Negotiations in the state Senate to form a bipartisan compromise plan to prevent school districts' "levy cliff" broke down, amid name-calling and procedural moves by Republicans to stop debate. (News Tribune) 

A referendum to outlaw any future try for a state income tax failed in the state Senate. (KCPQ) 

REGRESSIVENESS

Seattle's tax system is both one of America's easiest for the rich and hardest for the poor. (Gene Balk) (Slog) 

NON-VANISHING WEST SEATTLE

The beloved Village Green nursery, closed last year, will reopen next month under new owners. Cue the Kinks song now. (West Seattle Blog)

SIC TRANSIT

With the ST3 bond measure under attack by state Republicans, Sound Transit's supporters are speaking out on why ST3's needed. (Weekly) 

No, Seattle Times editorialists, there's just not enough room around here to pave enough lanes of roads so that an overturned truck on I-5 won't stall traffic. (Seattle Transit Blog)

Radio outrage-porn purveyor Jason Rantz (whose livelihood, you must remember, depends on people being in cars as long as possible) is getting ever more unhinged in his anti-transit screeds. (HorsesAss) 

OIL'S NOT WELL

Seattle U is moving toward divesting its fossil-fuel investments, even though its president seems "lukewarm" about it. (South Seattle Emerald)

The newest plan for massive fossil-fuel train transport in the Northwest involves liquefied natural gas. (Sightline) 

ECO

King County's started investigating just why the West Point Treatment Plant broke down so spectacularly The plant's now set to be fully operational again by the end of April. (AP) 

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

The feds confiscated a shipment of toys from China, for excessive lead content. (KING)

Remember how the Port of Seattle convinced a City Council majority that the one block of Occidental Avenue Chris Hansen wanted for his arena project was absolutely needed for port traffic? Well, SDOT's new plan for a Lander Street overpass would dead-end Occidental at two points. (KING)

R.I.P.

Ex-State Rep. Helen Sommers, 85, served 18 terms in the Legislature, starting in 1972. Current Rep. Denny Heck said Sommers was "a formidable force for higher education, fiscal responsibility, and women's rights.” (KING) 

SPORTS

Gonzaga men's basketball won is fifth straight WCC tournament, beating St. Mary's 74-56 in Las Vegas.

Also in Vegas, UW men's basketball plays its first, and probably only, Pac-12 tourney game tonight, vs. USC.

The preseason Mariners vs. Cleveland in Arizona today.

TODAY

"Spotlight on International Women's Day." (Gates Foundation) 

TONIGHT

March to Defend Reproductive Rights. (Westlake Park, 6 pm) 

"Be Bold for Change," International Women's Day panel. (Town Hall, 5 pm)

Ann Wilson. (Moore) 

Pussy Riot Theatre presents "Revolution" with Pink Parts. (Crocodile) 

Porter Ray, Jarv Dee, more. (Barboza) 

"We Are All Here" final performance. (Benaroya Hall) 

Grand reopening party with Seattle Summer Kings, Brothers From Another, more. (Neumos) 

Bankie Phones, DJs Sharlese and Goo Goo. (Timbre Room) 

"Fist and Shout," "QTPOC-centered comedy and variety." (Rendezvous) 

Social scientist Alondra Nelson on "DNA, Race, and Reparations." (UW Kane Hall) 

Author Coll Thrush on "The Transformative Native Presence in Seattle and London." (Folio) 

Morgan Parker, author of "There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce." (Fred Wildlife Refuge) 

"A Piece of the World" novelist Christina Baker Kline. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Author-activist Shaun King. (Franklin High)

"Psycho Speed Dating," performance-art piece. (Highline) 

Claire Michelle record release. (Substation) 

Boo Seeka, Caargo, the Environment. (Sunset) 

"Am I Normal"," "weird French music." (Revolver) 

"Do Androids Dream of Grant Money?: Arts Philanthropy in Tech City." (NW Film Forum) 

Lincoln Barr (Red Jacket Mine) solo record release. (Royal Room) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(William S. Burroughs):

"I began to get a feeling… of being the only sane man in a nut house. It doesn't make you feel superior but depressed and scared, because there is no one you can contact."

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