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MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2017

It's 3/14. "Pi Day."  

A good day to remember that science matters; facts matter. 

Climate change is real. Wrestling is fake. Saying something really loud doesn't make it true.

Reality is what exists whether you believe in it or not.

WEATHER

Damp and cool for the foreseeable future.

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PHILM PHACTS

Actors dressed as zombies from the Spokane-filmed SyFy series "Z-Nation" showed up at the state Capitol. Like they did last year, they were out to support film-production tax incentives. But last year, they were part of an unsuccessful effort to increase it. This time, they were begging for the Legislature to renew what little incentives we've already got. (KING) (Seattle Globalist) 

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IN THE RESISTANCE

"Detained dreamer" Daniel Ramirez Medina has a WaPo op-ed. In it, he continues to insist he has no criminal history or gang ties. He also says, "Part of why I love the United States is because it embraces people who have different cultures and languages. It rewards people who work hard and help others. And it stands for the promise of a better future. This is the America that I love and the America that I hope will stand behind us dreamers." (Slog) 

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, reacting to a blatantly racist message by Iowa Rep. Steve King, defended the children of immigrants, a group she's proud to be among. (Joel Connelly) 

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has formlaly asked a district court to schedule hearings on Travel Ban 2.0. (KCPQ) 

Ongoing protests have been held outside the Tacoma for-profit immigration jail since before the new DC regime took power. They constitute "the cold front lines of ICE resistance." (Weekly) 

A federal crackdown on legal pot could cost Washington state hundreds of millions, putting a big hole in the state's budget. (KCPQ) 

Protesters marched outside the Westin Hotel, chastizing Rep. Dave Reichert for still not holding town meetings, and also for voting in a committee to let the ACA replacement plan proceed. (KIRO-TV)

Reichert's claims that town meetings these days are just too dangerous: false. (Slog) 

The Congressional Budget Office, meanwhile, report that the ACA "replacement" scheme could eventually leave up to 24 million Americans without health insurance. In other words, worse off than in 2009. But hey, the new plan gives big tax breaks for billionaires, and that's the literal only thing Republicans give a damn about (besides brutal authoritarianism, of course). (Dan Savage) (CNN)

Gov. Inslee says the CBO's report "confirms our worst fears." (AP) 

IN OTHER NEWS

THE RACE IS ON

The plan by the community group Africatown to buy the 23rd and Union strip-mall block has hit an indirect snag. The property's current owners are trying to evict Black Dot, an Africatown-related "business incubator" storefront. (Capitol Hill Times) (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

KIRO-TV finally listened to citizen complaints and took down its "crowdsourced" map of homeless encampments around town. (The C Is For Crank)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The "gun lobby" declared "victory" as several gun-control measures failed to advance in the Legislature; but these bills' proponents still "see momentum on their side." (KNKX)

Also dead this session: legislation about flying drones near orcas, abolishing the death penalty, legalizine "wine growlers," and putting safety belts on school buses. (AP) 

I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE

Regional leaders are taking very preliminary steps toward preparing for a "Big One" earthquake. (NWNews)

INFRASTRUCTURE!

After two decades of rancor, the city's finally decided on a route for the last "missing link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail. Does this mean "Seattle's fiercest bike fight" is settled? Uh, nope. (Crosscut) 

The Green Lake community center and indoor pool have "reached the end of their useful life," says a city consultant. The city may hand them over to a private entity. (KNKX) (KING) 

SIC TRANSIT

Still no ETA on a First Hill Streetcar restart. (Slog) 

LABOR PANES

Uber's tactics to prevent drivers from unionizing have grown to include anti-union podcasts and text messages to drivers. (PS Biz Journal) 

WHY DIDN'T SOMEONE THINK OF THIS BEFORE?

Local voters would feel a lot less "tax fatigued" if we, you know, "taxed incomes progressively." (Weekly) 

MOOZIK

Sean Lennon wrote an instrumental piano track dedicated to Charles Mudede ("one of the greatest intellectuals of our time"). Really (apparently). (Slog)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Federal prosecutors filed fraud charges against a Bellevue hedge-fund adviser, accusing him of running a Ponzi scheme. Chris Yoo is expected to plead guilty. (PI.com) 

The Whatcom County Sheriff's office withdrew its request for private Facebook data about Dakota Access pipeline protesters in Bellingham. (AP) 

SPORTS

The preseason Mariners had a disastrous outing vs. Milwaukee, 24-3. White Sox today.

The UW will start in the NCAA women's basketball tourney Saturday at 6 p.m., vs. Montana State in Seattle. The Gonzaga women start NCAA play here just before at 3:30, vs. (ugh!) Oklahoma. Yep, it means the Huskies and Zags could face off in the second round on Monday.

TONIGHT

Pie raffle for Refugee Women's Alliance. (Conor Byrne)

Pie eating contest. (Occidental Square)

"Happy PI Day." (Cafe Racer) 

"The Round" series presents Sophia Duccini, Hibou, Eastern Souvenirs, Ebo Barton, painters Grace Witherell and Ariel Onion. (Fremont Abbey) 

Documentary "13th." (Rainier Arts Center) 

Geoff Tate (acoustic). (Jazz Alley, thru Wed) 

Alaska wildlife expert George Divoky. (Town Hall) 

Bebe Rexha, Spencer Ludwig. (Crocodile) 

Erin Langner talks about photographer Edward Burtynsky. (Cloud Room) 

Jerett Samples, Diamondwold, Matt Strytynski. (Sunset) 

Architects, Stray from the Path, Make Them Suffer. (Studio Seven) 

Wrabel. (Triple Door)

"Ask the Oracle" series presents Melissa Febos, Elissa Washuta, Quenton Baker. (Sorrento)

"At the Inkwell" series presents "Cities" panel with Jane Wong, Kelsey K. Larson, Chelsea Bolan, Jason Kirk. (Vermillion) 

"Comedy Nest" series presents Shannon Koyano. (Rendezvous) 

"The Underworld" novelist Kevin Canty. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Theodore Roosevelt):

"Honesty is the first quality for the individual and for the Nation; and it must be backed up by courage."

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