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MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017

Opening day of baseball season is one of those days of "A New Hope," right along with New Year's Eve. 

These days, of course, we have a lot to hope (and wish and pray and "visualize") for, starting with a return to something approaching sanity in our national government (preferably before it does any more serious damage).

Though a Mariners playoff appearance would be nice.

WEATHER

Mostly sunny; highs approaching 60.

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NEWS ON THE MARCH

More than 100 people gathered on Alki Saturday to protest the continuing captivity of Lolita, a Puget Sound orca still on display at the Miami Seaquarium after 47 years. (West Seattle Blog)

Some 200 people demonstrated outside the Seattle federal courthouse to protest Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. (SeaTimes) 

About 100 health-care activists marched on Saturday, in favor of keeping the Affordable Care Act. (KOMO) 

Citing religious and other forms of discrimination, workers for Amazon's security subcontractor marched in front of Amazon's HQ building. (South Seattle Emerald) 

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END OF THE I-MAN?

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing professional initiative promoter Tim Eyman (essentially the state's most powerful Republican figure) for more alleged campaign-disclosure violations; specifically over the personal "cut" he's taken from campaign donations, and money he transferred from one initiative campaign into another. The investigative grunt-work that led to the suit was accomplished by the Public Disclosure Commission (which itself has been vastly under-funded in recent years). (Seattlish) (Joel Connelly)

Meanwhile, promoters of the current anti-trans "bathroom bill" initiative aren't disclosing their campaign contributors, but are running exploitive ads, equating trans rights with violence against women. (Seattlish) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

State House Democrats passed their two-year, $44.9 billion budget plan. Now comes the hard part: reconciling it with the Senate Republicans' far different budget. (AP) (SeaTimes)

Should the state accept $1.5 million from the feds to launch new health programs? Senate Republicans say no. (News Tribune) 

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Inmates and their families are suing Pierce County over "poor or questionable" care at several county jails' clinics, all run by the same for-profit contractor. (SeaTimes) 

A Tacoma man was arrested for allegedly making social-media threats against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. (KOMO) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

The new authorized "tiny house" encampment will have a "low barrier" policy. (SeattleMet) 

There's a drive to shelter some homeless female military veterans in a former nurses' dorm building at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting. (News Tribune) 

Local average rents aren't rising as quickly as they'd been rising. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

It now looks like Seattle teachers won't stage a one-day walkout on May Day. (KOMO)

"Gifted" school programs around the state are virtually devoid of black and Latino students, except in Federal Way. (SeaTimes) 

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

Which industry has more of "Washington State's top 50 women-owned companies"? Would you believe, construction? (PS Biz Journal)

REAL VIRTUE?

You can explore the UW's still-under-construction Burke Museum expansion with a virtual-reality tour. (GeekWire)

OIL'S NOT WELL

A big expansion of the TransMountain pipeline, across Canada to BC seaports, poses a direct risk to the Northwest marine environment. (EarthFX via KUOW) 

THE PLANE TRUTH

The Boeing 747, that onetime king of the skies, is now being marketed solely as a cargo plane, and even at that is getting so few orders it might be dropped. Boeing's taken to buying back 747s and leasing them to shippers. (Bloomberg)

Richard Branson expects Alaska Air to keep paying for the name "Virgin America," even though Alaska's said it'll stop using the brand it just acquired. (AP)

GRUB

Eltana, the authentic Jewish-style bagel joint with the made-up name, just signed a licensing deal to bring its products to Japan. (Ronald Holden)

BIZ

McLendon Hardware, locally- and family-owned for some nine decades, is selling out to a Tennessee company. (White Center Now)

SPORTS

Gonzaga men's basketball's first-ever Final Four game ended in a 77-73 win over South Carolina, leading to a championship game today vs. North Carolina.

The Mariners finished the pre-season with a Cactus League record of 19-14-3 (#2 in the Cactus League and #3 among AL teams), tying the Rockies on Friday and Saturday. The "real" season begins today with the first of four games in Houston. 

Sounders FC played Atlanta to a dreary 0-0 draw. At San Jose Saturday.

TONIGHT

Regina Spektor. (Paramount)

"The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley" author Hannah Tinti. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Senses Fail, Counterparts, Movements, Like Pacific. (Neumos)

"The Magic Hat" with Emmett Montgomery. (Rendezvous)

"The Human Eye," talk by Rachel Hutto and Alison Weber. (Town Hall) 

"The Circuit Chatauqua Movement and Vaudeville," presentation by Paul Magid. (Hale's Palladium) 

Peelander-Z, Fabulous Downey Brothers, Porn Bloopers. (Funhouse)

Senses Fail, Counterparts, Movemens, Like Pacific. (Neumos) 

Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. (Royal Room) 

INSIDE

As we inch toward this e-missive's two-year anniversary, I'll be tweaking some of its features and its design. Any suggestions? Lemme know.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Plato, "Phaedrus"):

"The only problem with seeing too much is that it makes you insane."

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