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TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

We have a purpose here, if you haven't noticed yet. 

I'm hearing from many of you who say they can't stand to "follow the news" these days, what with the ever-deepening miasma stinking up DC. 

But even if you take a "news diet" away from national news sites or stations, you still need to know what's going on HERE. 

That's what this e-missive provides, five days a week, in a succinct and sometimes even entertaining (we hope) manner.

WEATHER

Clearing up today. Rain may return Wednesday.

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THE SHIRT OFF (ER, ON) HIS BACK

Here's the custom designed tee worn by Jeff Ament at Pearl Jam's Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame induction, listing some of the band's favorite acts that still aren't in the hall. (via Alternative Press) 

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L'AFFAIRE MURRAY

Ed Murray went back to his mayoral duties Monday, trying to return to (as closely as possible) business as usual. (KING) 

The City Council, its individual members, and other civic leaders still aren't commenting on the claims against Murray. Nikkita Oliver, running against Murray's re-election drive, issued a formal no-comment. (Weekly) (Slog)

The local LGBTQ community Murray had fought for all these years is "reeling" from the accusations against him. (Weekly) 

The head of the law firm representing Murray's accuser says he's not personally anti-gay, even though it's contributed in the past to anti-gay-marriage and anti-trans-bathroom-rights campaigns. (Slog)

Rob McKenna, the Republican former state Attorney General, says Murray's defense is facing "a really, really tough problem." (KIRO-FM) 

ROLIE POLIE OLIE

The Legislature's regular session is ticking down to its scheduled end, with no budget compromise in sight. (KNKX)

POLICING THE POLICE

Should civilian members of the police accountability commission be elected by district, rather than city-wide? (PubliCola)

THE RACE IS ON

The Central District anti-displacement group Standing Against Foreclosure and Eviction (SAFE) now says Omar Tahir-Garrett's anti-Semitic remarks caught on video last week were "abhorrent and saddening." (Slog) 

An African-American cook at a White Center KFC filed a discrimination complaint against the company and its local franchisee, after an incident in which a customer made a slur against him. (KING) 

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Sony Music's donating $300,000 to complete the "Shadow Wave Wall" at the south end's Jimi Hendrix Park. (Capitol Hill Times)

Brenner Brothers Bakery was a beloved local institution until 1996. (Others own the trademark now.) A descendent of the family, who'd left the business to play rock guitar, recently wanted to restart the family's bread legacy. But so far it hasn't worked out. (Jewish In Seattle) 

Paul Allen's Living Computers museum is getting one of the rarest computers ever made: an original Apple I. (GeekWire)

Is Seattle just plain giving up on historic preservation? (Knute Berger) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Almost half of King County renters are struggling to stay fiscally afloat, what with the housing hyper-inflation and all. Facing the worst: the old and the young. (PI.com)

The unauthorized RV encampment under the Spokane Street Viaduct will be "swept" starting today. (West Seattle Blog) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

The City Council approved HALA-related "upzones" in downtown, Belltown, and South Lake Union. But it rejected member Lisa Herbold's proposed amendment to require more affordable-housing commitments from developers in these areas. (SeaTimes) (Weekly)

Plans for a low-income housing complex, community cultural center, and "Business incubator" were announced for land near the Othello light-rail station. (South Seattle Emerald) 

Amazon's not just building and leasing downtown. It's also taking over an entire office building in Bellevue. (GeekWire)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

The Fannie Mae spinoff company Navient "preyed on students," saddling them with college loans "designed to fail", according to a suit co-sponsored by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. (NYT)

IN THE RESISTANCE

Meet some of the newly-minted activists who've risen up to fight the DC regime. (KUOW) 

CELEBRITY DOGHOUSE

Ann Wilson's husband pled guilty in a case of alleged assault against sister Nancy's teenage sons at an outdoor festival last summer. He'll have two years' unsupervised probation, counseling, and a ban on using alcohol or drugs. (Rolling Stone)

SPORTS

The Mariners' home opener was just what the team and its jaded fans needed—a 6-0 rout vs. Houston. Same teams tonight.

TONIGHT

"Ghosts of Seattle Past" book launch. (Elliott Bay Book Co. and Rendezvous) 

Live Music Project presents "The Astronaut, the Electric Theobro, and the Plan That Wasn't" with ex-astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and musician Aaron Grad. (Naked City Brewery)

Benjamin Verdoes, Grace Love. (Triple Door)

Ravi Coltrane. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed) 

Seattle International Socialist Organization presents "Imperialism in the Age of Trump." (Common Good Cafe)

Peggy McIntosh on "Waking Up to Privilege Systems: Using Unearned Power to Good Use." (UW Kane Hall) 

Scheisse Minnelli, BadXmouth, Smoker's Cough. (Highline) 

Blossoms, Wilderado, Joyfield. (Vera Project)

Quiet, Shiftercar, Neat. (Sunset)

"The Round" performance/painting series presents Qoqo Roboqs, Haley Heyndrickx, Irani Sims. (Fremont Abbey)

Whitney. (Neumos) 

The Deer, Mimi Naja, Paul Benoit Trio, Lynx and the Servants of Song. (Nectar) 

Rainydawg Radio 3rd anniversary. (UW Ethnic Cultural Theater)

Seattle Times writer Lynda Mapes reads from her book "Witness Tree." (Central Library) 

FKJ, Cézaire, Dabeull. (Crocodile) 

Coheed and Cambria, the Deer Hunter. (Showbox) 

The Suffering Fuckheads. (Royal Room) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Maggie Stiefvater):

“I was so tired of being alone, but I was always alone, even with people around me. And I was so tired of being surrounded, but I was always surrounded, even when I was by myself.”

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