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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017

The Pronto! bike-share service ends Friday, after two years of deficits and alleged sweetheart deals with the city. Seattle still loves bicycles, of course; but Pronto! just didn't have the business model to make it go. (Electric-assist bikes for the hills might have helped, but O well…)

WEATHER

Showers and significant winds, lessening a little on Thursday.

Yep, we've had a local-record rainfall these past two months. (SeaTimes) 

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BLOOMIN'

The cherry blossoms on the UW quad are finally here. You can help celebrate them today, with the Sakura-kai Cherry Blossom Festival. Or you can just watch the U's YouTube live stream. (GeekWire)  

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IN THE RESISTANCE

An immigration judge in Seattle ordered the release on bond of Daniel Ramirez Medina, the "detained Dreamer" arrested on Feb. 10 by ICE agents looking for his father, "pending removal proceedings." (AP) 

Defying the DC regime's attempted crackdown against "sanctuary cities" could cost Seattle $12 million in annaul Dept. of Justice grants. It's a price Seattle (and King County) are willing to pay. (KUOW) 

County exec Dow Constantine says he won't let the White House "use fear to try to divide us." (KIRO-FM)

King County is "unlikely" to comply with new ICE rules regarding "detainer" orders, telling local law-enforcement agencies to keep immigrants in jail past their scheduled release dates. (KIRO-TV)  

Washington, Oregon, and California vow to "go their own way" on pursuing clean energy initiatives, despite the White House's drives against them. (Joel Connelly) 

Unionized KOMO employees, annoyed that new parent company Sinclair Broadcasting ordered the station to run "far-right content that borders on propaganda," are launching a PR campaign to pressure management. (Crosscut) 

The wife of the suspect in the shooting outside Milo Yiannopolous' Inauguration Day speech at the UW now says she's the one who did it. (SeaTimes)

UK business mogul Richard Branson, still in town to promote Virgin Atlantic's expansion to Sea-Tac, says the current White House occupant may have ruined future chances of businesspeople running for US political office. (GeekWire) 

IN OTHER NEWS

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Something some Legislators of both parties agree on: they don't like Gov. Inslee's "carbon tax" plan. (News Tribune) 

SIC TRANSIT

Metro's planning to restore service in places where it's cut buses in the recent past (including 1st Ave. S.) and to add service in places it hasn't directly served before. (Seattle Transit Blog)

Metro's already adding more wee-hours service. (SeaTimes)

"The campaign is not over" for Sound Transit 3 proponents, and may never be. (Urbanist) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Seattle Center management has applied for official city landmark status for several of its buildings—including KeyArena and some nearby buildings that would be altered or removed for a big arena rebuild. (KING)

Olympia, that land of the gods (or of Greeners who think they're gods) is now the 23rd fastest growing metro area in the country. (KING) 

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

The state and Puget Sound Energy finally reached a settlement over last year's Greenwood gas-main explosion. (PI.com) 

MAYHEM, AVERTED

A man brandished a knife and made threats to passers-by at Third and University. It took two hours, but police took him into custody without violence. (KCPQ) 

VANISHING FIRST HILL

Charles Mudede gives a (sincere) farewell to the Madison Street McDonald's ("a haven of class and racial diversity").

LOOX AT BOOX

Rachel Dolezal's memoir is out. Carole Charmichael reads it so you don't have to. (Crosscut)

LABOR PANES

After six years of often rancorous negotiations, unionized Space Needle workers finally agreed on a new contract. (SeaTimes)

UPDATES

More than two months after PubliCola founder Josh Feit left to work for Mayor Ed Murray, SeattleMet (which had hosted Feit's local-politics blog in recent years) has hired a replacement to run it. She's Havat Norimine, previously at the Longview Daily News. 

SPORTS

The preseason Mariners fell 15-6 to the Diamondbacks. Dodgers today. 

TONIGHT

Elohim. (Chop Suey) 

Alina Baraz. (Showbox) 

Shana Falana, Señor Fin, Rainwater. (Vera Project) 

Chris Hayes. (Town Hall) 

"The State of Arts Criticism in Seattle" panel. (Folio) 

"Salmon in a Time of Global Warming" panel. (Peddler Brewing) 

"Mushrooms and the Mycology of Consciousness" panel. (Moore) 

Historian Isabel Wilkerson on the Great Migration of African Americans. (SAM)

Annie Jacobsen on "Government Psychics." (Town Hall) 

Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper, Bone Sickness. (Neumos) 

Cherry Boy, Eating Rite, Stoffel. (Vermillion) 

"The Shadow Council" with Brett Hamil. (NW Film Forum) 

"Hazard" memoirist Margaret Combs. (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Mumpsimus"

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