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MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

KIRO-TV's expected this week to announce a new deal with Seafair. No more live hydroplane race coverage (at least not on the broadcast channel); only a 90-minute evening highlight show after the races' end. (Let's hope the station at least live-streams the heats online.)

Call it another vanishing aspect of the Pre-Dot-Com Seattle. 

Call it another landmark in the decline of local broadcast TV during the age of cable-n'-streaming. 

Just don't call it about time.

WEATHER

Showers decreasing Monday; increasing Tuesday.

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VANISHING SEATTLE CENTER

The ornate 1928 entrance to the Mercer (née Civic Ice) Arena, hidden for 55 years behind a bland "modern" façade installed for the 1962 World's Fair, briefly re-appeared just as the whole structure was razed. (Feliks Banel)

The demolition took place exactly 100 years after Seattle's proudest ice-rink moment (at a different building)—the Seattle Metropolitans' 1917 Stanley Cup win (the first time a US-based team won the Cup). (SeaTimes) 

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NEWS FROM MEDICINE

"Washington: Your health care is safe—unless the entire market collapses." (Weekly) 

"The American people shut down the Republicans' repeal of Obamacare." (Joel Connelly) 

Rep. Pramila Jayapal says "it was such a sweet moment to see" when the ACA repeal failed. (Slog) 

"Never forget: Dave Reichert voted for Trumpcare." (Slog)

"But this is not a real victory for the left. It is, when properly examined, a huge setback." (Charles Mudede) 

THE RACE IS ON

The head of a Mukilteo aerospace contractor settled a dispute with the state over charges that it discriminated against Muslim job applicants and sending email "jokes" referring to immigrants and refugees as "rubbish" and "terrorist savages." Electroimpact boss Peter Zieve will no longer have say over non-management hiring decisions; the company will pay $485,000 in penalties. (On his own, Zieve also led a one-man opposition to a proposed Mukilteo mosque.) (KING)

When a white-owned Central District coffeehouse hosts a discussion about neighborhood crime, and black activists show up to also denounce gentrificaiton, things can get emotional. (KING) 

BERTHA, BUT…

We're weeks, perhaps days, from no longer having the Deeply Boring Tunnel Machine to snark about. After two years of delays and repairs, the thing's only a few hundred feet from its "disassembly point." (PI.com)

ECO

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a joint statement vowing "to fight back" against anti-environmental moves from the DC regime. (KING) 

The incompletely-treated sewage still flowing out of the West Point Treatment Plant isn't the best thing for local orcas. (SeaTimes) (KCPQ) 

Local orcas' breath samples already show potentially dangerous traces of infectious bacteria and fungi. (AP)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Plans for a mid-rise tower at 1208 Pine Street have been revised. The original scheme of sloping terraces with cascading greenery's been replaced by something more conventional. (Capitol Hill Times)

The Census Bureau says the Seattle-King County metro area has the nation's fourth highest population growth. (KOMO) 

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Wallingford's Good Shepherd Center was originally a Catholic home for "wayward" girls. Turns out it was run much like the Sisters of Magdalene homes in Ireland: parents could ship a girl there for offenses as minor as underage drinking, and she'd not get to leave until the nuns said she could. (KNKX)

THE LAZY B

It's considered unusual that Boeing's paid (even some) federal income tax for three years in a row. (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

A judge refused to nullify Seattle's new ride-share-driver unionization law. Uber management's threatened to leave town rather than comply. (South Seattle Emerald) (GeekWire)

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

Port of Seattle commission president Tom Albro has recused himself from debates over the port's official opposition to the Chris Hansen arena project. Albro turns out to be a partner in the Seattle Center Monorail, which would profit from any redo to KeyArena. Albro also said he won't seek re-election this year. (KING) (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS

Gonzaga men's basketball finally reached the NCAA tournament's Final Four, by beating Xavier 83-59 Saturday. Next Saturday: vs. South Carolina in Phoenix.

Kelsey Plum's record-setting college career ended as UW women's basketball got knocked out of the NCAAs in (DOUBLE UGH!) Oklahoma City, losing to Mississippi State 75-64.

Sounders FC (minus some players gone to the CONCACAF tourney) played to a 1-1 draw with Mexico's Club Necaxa in a "friendly" at CenturyLink Field. MLS play resumes Friday, at home vs. Atlanta.

The preseason Mariners won three of four games over the weekend, beating the Reds 7-6 on Sunday. Padres today in Arizona. 

Nathan Hale HS basketball star Michael Porter Jr. has, as expected, chosen to play college ball at Missouri, where his dad just got hired as an assistant coach. (SeaTimes) 

A new City Council committee meets this morning to discuss whether to support a KeyArena revamp or reassert support for Chris Hansen's Sodo arena scheme. (KOMO) 

TONIGHT

Yellow Fish: Epic Durational Performance Festival. (Various spots, thru April 8)

Moisture Festival continues. (Various spots, thru April 9) 

Adam Alter on "The Rise of Addictive Technologies." (Town Hall) 

"Equity in Washington's Carbon Tax Proposal" panel. (King Street Center)

"Our Short History" novelist Lauren Goldstein. (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

Collide-O-Scope video series presents "Smile!" (Re-bar) 

Alison Crutchfield and the Fizz, Vagabon, Soar. (Vera Project) 

Kate Tempest. (Neumos)

Phil Parisot Quartet. (Tula's) 

Author & Publisher, Golden Gardens. (Barboza) 

Gaby Moreno, DJ Rosby. (Triple Door)

King's College Choir. (Benaroya Hall) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Cicerone"

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