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THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017

This piece is a month old but a (probably unpaid) HuffPo blogger proclaimed Seattle the "city of the century." 

He turns out to be "sustainable tourism" entrepreneur Richard Bangs, who also claims to have been the minister at Dale Chihuly's wedding.

His piece lists most of the usual attractions for such a piece (Pike Place Market, MoPOP, Tillicum Village, Woodinville wineries). He mentions the Space Needle and its heritage, but not that the fair for which it was built had been all about "Century 21."

But even in 1962, few civic boosters imagined our seaport town, which had just recently become the chief supplier to the mid-century's "jet set," would become a hotspot for computer technologies and two of the nation's top four retailers. Heck, whole exhibits at the fair existed to explain just what "computers" were.

WEATHER

A few dry and even sunny moments Thursday, before the rain returns full-on on Friday.

Lowland flooding's still a possibility for the weekend. (SeaTimes) 

We've had a year's worth of rain in the last five and a half months. Again. (KOMO) 

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THE RACE IS ON

The ongoing saga of the "Midtown Center" block at 23rd and Union continued, as police and sheriff's deputies barricaded and emptied the home of local black activist Omari Tahir-Garrett. 

The Midtown Center owners had originally let the elderly Tahir-Garrett (one of the key people behind the NW African American Museum and many other things) to stay in the house on the Midtown Center block, in return for working as a caretaker on the property. He'd opened his UMOJA Peace Center in the house, and also allowed a small homeless encampment in its yard. But relations between him and the landlords had descended into a long legal spat, leading to an eviction order.

Protesters tried to stop the eviction. One was arrested. Another was allowed to collect possessions removed from the house on behalf of Tahir-Garrett (who was not taken into custody; he'd previously been jailed for a week during the eviction dispute).

Tahir-Garrett's son, K. Wyking Garrett, co-runs the Black Dot "business incubator" storefront elsewhere on the Midtown block. It's also been threatened with eviction. (Capitol Hill Seattle) (Capitol Hill Times) (PS Biz Journal)

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IN THE RESISTANCE

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson went before a federal judge in Seattle, asking that Travel Ban 2.0 be considered just as unconstitutional as Travel Ban 1.0 had been declared to be. Today's judge didn't issue an immediate opinion. But in Honolulu, another judge did. Responding to the State of Hawaii's suit, he ordered an immediate, nationwide, temporary injunction against the new travel ban. (Slog) (AP) 

Gov. Inslee continued his assault on the ACA "replacement" bill, saying it would leave 700,000 more Washingtonians uninsured. (Slog) 

But Rep. Dave Reichert, after declining to comment for several days, defended the scheme. (SeaTimes)

The local head of Planned Parenthood slammed attempts by the DC regime to slash federal funding for the group. (KIRO-FM) 

Washington fruit growers are still cautious about how an immigration crackdown would affect their harvest work forces. (Crosscut) 

As predicted, the White House's proposed budget would kill the NEA, NEH, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Cue the "save Big Bird" brigades. (Crosscut) 

IN OTHER NEWS

O GIVE ME A HOME

Landlords are suing to overthrow the "first come first served" law, intended to prevent discrimination against renters. (KUOW)

Residents of a SeaTac mobile-home park, threatened with eviction for redevelopment, have filed another suit for additional relocation help. (KING)

"More than 40 percent of all homes for sale in Seattle are listed at more than $1 million." (Weekly) 

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

The feds are launching an investigation of Swedish's neurosurgery unit, exposed as a dangerous "surgery mill" in a Seattle Times report. (KCPQ) 

An inmate at the King County jail in Kent has infectious TB. He'd been in contact with at least 66 other prisoners, and an unknown number of staff. (KCPQ)  

FIRE! FIRE!

Conditions are damp now, but disease and "overgrowth" mean some 2.7 million acres in Washington are at risk for wildfires. (KNKX)

VANISHING LOWER QUEEN ANNE

The twin bars Tini Biggs and Hula Hula closed on Denny Way last night, after just over 20 years. The latter concept will reopen later this year on East Olive Way. (SeattleMet) 

NIGHT, LIFE

Time Out magazine named Re-bar, our own funky li'l pansexual DJ palace and performance-art venue, as one of Ameria's top 15 dance clubs. The campaign to preserve it as a "legacy business" continues. (Slog) 

HITTING THE FAN

Meet the owner of the vintage furnishings store Le Merde, who hasn't let a little thing like getting accidentally shot stop her. (Vanguard Seattle)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

Now at the Tacoma Art Museum: "The Outwin: American Portraiture Today," a selection of 44 winners from a National Portrait Gallery competition. One of the images is a 2014 photo of "a 15-year-old girl who identifies as trans"—in Alabama. (KNKX) 

A 13-year-old trans girl in Vancouver USA "was bullied and punched" at her school by a male student. Her aunt posted pics of the bruises on Facebook. (KATU) 

STATE OF THE ARTS

Seattle Opera's laying off workers and closing its in-house scenery shop. (SeaTimes) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

State Senate Republicans are still out to cripple Sound Transit; have issued a bill to slash ST3 car-tab calculations. (KING)

Another Senate bill would phase out Fircrest, the state-run home for the developmentally disabled in Shoreline. (KING) 

State House Speaker Frank Chopp agreed to pay a $1,700 fine, over charges of not properly preparing his campaign-finance paperwork. (SeaTimes) 

ECO

One month later, the West Point Treatment Plant STILL isn't back to full operation. (PI.com) 

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

When a Chinese-American couple bought the historic Black Diamond Bakery, they were met with occasional jeers such as "You  need to go home." Thing is, there IS a long (but much-hidden) history of Asian Americans in King County, including Black Diamond. (KUOW) 

SPORTS

Gonzaga men's basketball starts the NCAA tournament at 11 a.m. vs. South Dakota.

The preseason Mariners lost 12-7 to the Dodgers. Royals today.

After 15 seasons (the last six of them without an NCAA tournament bid), UW men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar was fired. (KIRO-AM) (Art Thiel) (Weekly)

Sonics legend Spencer Heywood got honored at the state Capitol Wednesday. (Crosscut) 

TONIGHT

Moisture Festival. (Hale's Palladium and Broadway Performance Hall, thru April 9) 

Book launch for Jonathan Rosenblum's "Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement." (Wash. State Labor Council) 

Jim Woodring presents "A River of Ink Runs Through It: The Giant Pen in Context." (Frye Art Museum) 

Author Mary Gaitskill. (Washington Hall) 

"Embrace Our Neighbors: Pray In and Speak Out Against Islamophobia." (Westlake Park, 5:30) 

"Hecklevision" series presents "Leprechaun in the Hood." (Central Cinema) 

"A Great Hunger," dance performance by Jessica Jobaris and General Magic. (On the Boards, thru Sun) 

"Margin Shift" reading series presents Leonard Schwartz, d wolach, Katelyn Peters, Kat Seidemann, Molly Tenenbaum. (Common Area Maintenance) 

Big Business, Helms Alee. (Crocodile) 

Kangding Ray, IVVY, more. (Kremwerk) 

Shannon and the Clams DJ night. (Chop Suey) 

Jane Monheit. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun) 

Showcase of plays by Kalleen Blanchard. (Pocket Theater, also Sun) 

"26 Miles," play by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (West of Lenin, thru April 8) 

Dusty 45s, Country Lips, Ramblin' Years. (Neumos) 

Mø, Kittens. (Neptune) 

Green Jello, Headless Pez, more. (Funhouse) 

Planned Parenthood benefit art sale. (BallardWorks, thru Fri) 

"March of the Kaiju," art inspired by Japanese monster films. (Push/Pull, thru Sat) 

Cherry Boy, Critté, Triceraclops. (Blue Moon) 

Adlib, Space Kamp, Oliver Spitts, more. (Columbia City Theatre) 

Lady B in "How I Learned to Be a Particular Kind of Lady." (Gay City, thru March 26)

"Looking Forward: Portraits from an RV," photos and stories by Monica Jane Frisell. (Black Lab Gallery, Everett, thru May 13) 

D.L. Hughley. (Parlor Live Bellevue, thru Sat) 

LGBT Economic Summit. (Renaissance Seattle Hotel) 

Comedy hypnosis with Jim Kellner. (Laughs) 

Toshio Matsumoto film "Shura." (Henry Art Gallery) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Emmi Itäranta, "Memory of Water"):

“This morning the world is dust and ashes, but not devoid of hope.”

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