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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017

Bertha burst through, on schedule for once, in time to make live pictures for the noon news.  

The machine, and the tunnel highway it helped to make, aren't what I'd have done (heck, at one point I wanted to keep the viaduct!). 

But at least it's over. Except for the lawsuits and the legal wranging. 

(Meanwhile, Danny Westneat's not the only one to note that during the tunnel's long planning, first construction, interregnum, and second construction periods, downtown's "center of gravity" has shifted north, to right around the tunnel's north end point.)

WEATHER

Bigtime rain comes back, and should last the rest of the week.

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A SIREN, SILENCED

As we keep learning, things can be fiscally tough for even really popular dot-coms. Today's example: Siren, the locally-run "alt" dating app, officially for feminists and allies but really for anyone with both a brain and a body. It blames its shutdown (effective Friday) on "a lead investor whose mission was to support female-centric companies," but which reneged on its promises. (We already told you yesterday about how little venture capital goes to women-founded companies.) (Slog) 

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Josh Dukes, the man shot by a Milo Yiannopoulos supporter while he was protesting Yiannopoulos' speech at the UW, how says he wants "reconciliation," not revenge: "I refuse to be like them." (UK Guardian)

Mayor Ed Murray calls the US attorney general's threats to negate local police-reform decrees "empty." Seattle Police Officers Guild head Kevin Stuckey adds that "most of the reforms have already been done." (Crosscut) (KUOW) 

The "channelled" new-age teacher "Ramtha" is, as you know, an extremely old geezer with a militaristic mindset. So of course he'd admire the current White House occupant. (SeaTimes) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Since the Legislature can't agree on reforming the state's policies on police use of deadly force, a new initiative campaign will take up the task. (Olympian)

There's now an online petition demanding that the state (specifically Senate Republicans) not to "cancel or delay our Sound Transit 3 projects."

CITY HALL FOLLIES

A group called "GoGreen" wants Mayor Murray to go ahead with his proposed sugary-drinks tax, but to then use the proceeds toward "food security for working families." (South Seattle Emerald) Some 150 small restaurant and convenience-store owners, meanwhile, want Murray to drop the whole idea. (SeaTimes)

So, just how many banks are officially eligible to do business with the City of Seattle AND aren't also involved with oil pipelines and such? (The C Is For Crank) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

An existing encampment in southwest Seattle just got official city permission to exist, but needs to raise money for infrastructure and general cleanup. (Weekly)

A nonprofit born in Seattle's Ethiopian community is going ahead with its own affordable-housing project. (South Seattle Emerald) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

The Gatewood Hotel building at First and Pine, until recently low-income apartments, will be converted into yet another "boutique" hotel (as if we needed any more of those). (Daily Journal of Commerce)

ED

Some $800,000 (half from the state) has been raised to make sure every high-school student in the state can take Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. (SeaTimes) 

Rep. Pramila Jayapal's joined Sen. Bernie Sanders to introduce legislation to make four-year college free for most Americans and two-year college free for all. (SeaTimes)

GAYS OF OUR LIVES

Two different organizations want to run a local LGBTQ Pride parade/rally to coincide with one in DC (taking place two weeks before the traditional Seattle Pride Weekend). (Capitol Hill Times) 

LABOR PANES

A federal judge in Seattle put the city's ride-share unionization law on hold, pending Uber's legal challenges to it. (Slog)

Wash. state's added over 10,000 tech jobs last year. These jobs pay more than twice the average Washingtonian's annual wage. (KCPQ) 

TOURIST TRAPPINGS

Airbnb is now offering "Trips," a site offering "tourist activities" (including tours, meals, and educational programs) at local attractions. (GeekWire)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Boeing says it's got a new $3 billion deal to sell planes to Iran. (PI.com) 

BIZ

The Titleist-Costco war over the latter's popular cheap golf balls drags on. (KUOW) 

SPORTS

The Mariners fell again to the Astros, 2-1. Same teams today.

TONIGHT

Sleaford Mods, Private Room. (Neumos) 

Floating Points. (Crocodile) 

Gems, Devin Bews. (Vermillion) 

"Am I Normal?: Weird French Music." (Revolver) 

"Reading Through It: A Post-Election Book Club." (Third Place Books Seward Park) 

Queer Film Series presents "Strike a Pose," documentary about former Madonna tour dancers. (NW Film Forum)

"Civic Cocktail" panel on regional growth. (Palace Ballroom) 

Silent Reading Party. (Sorrento)

Graphic designer Mike Montero on "How to Fight Fascism." (Substantial) 

Women's and Girls' HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. (Central Library)

Urban Ghost, Spicy Tunas, Butt Dial. (Sunset)

Blavk Violin. (Moore) 

Christopher Bill and the Stardust Crush. (Substation)

"Contagious Exchanges" series presents Wendy C. Ortiz and Natalya Fink. (Hugo House First Hill)

DoublePlusGood, Yaquina Bay. (Vera Project)

"Self Portrait with Dogwood" author Christopher Merrill. (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Adrienne Rich):

"There is no 'the truth,' 'a truth'—truth is not one thing, or even a system. It is an increasing complexity. The pattern of the carpet is a surface. When we look closely, or when we become weavers, we learn of the tiny multiple threads unseen in the overall pattern, the knots on the underside of the carpet."

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