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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

intro: Mike McGinn's comeback campaign has the quasi-poetic, enigmatic slogan "Keep Seattle."

Not "Keep Seattle Green," or "Keep Seattle Weird," etc.

Just "Keep Seattle."

As in, "Nice town, I think I'll keep it."

WEATHER

At least one more day of off-and-on rain, maybe another tomorrow.

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TIMES OF THE SIGNS

Dog-walkers at Alki (and at beaches all over town) consider yourselves warned: leash 'em or else. (West Seattle Blog) (KCPQ) 

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

We don't even know yet whether both Ed Murray and Mike McGinn will make it past the primary election for mayor, but some are already calling it a "rematch." (Crosscut)

Has McGinn, by re-branding himself as a "moderate," already alienated some of his former supporters? (Seattle Transit Blog)

Sniff-testing Murray's written remarks about McGinn. (KING) 

L'AFFAIRE MURRAY

Ed Murray's accuser wants a new judge for the civil trial, due to what his attorney calls "legal buzz words," whatever that means. (Slog) 

IN THE RESISTANCE

Neo-Nazi posters showed up on the Bellevue College campus. Some students are calling for "administrative action" against the perpetrators. (Slog)

Depending on what they turn out to be, new rules for H-1B visas could actually help Washington tech firms. (SeaTimes) (KING) 

POLICING THE POLICE

As with the Seattle Police, there's a movement to bring more citizen oversight to the King County Sheriff's Department. It's made a little progress of late, but now faces union contract talks. (SeaTimes) 

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Seattle and King County have separately allocated a total of $1.3 million for legal help to immigrants. (Joel Connelly)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

A recently-passed bill in the Legislature seeks legal tools to combat an "epidemic" of elder abuse. (KCPQ)

Mental-health system reforms can't happen soon enough, as many mentally ill people accused but not convicted of crimes waste years in jails instead of getting evaluated. Still. (KCPQ) 

THE RACE IS ON

Ijeoma Oulo (a rather serious Af-Am history scholar as well as a commentator) went to interview Rachel Dolezal. Oulo came away, to put it mildly, unimpressed. (Stranger) 

At last Saturday's big Black Lives Matter march, "we had photographer Alex Garland ask protestors one question, 'What are you doing to advance racial equity?'" (Crosscut) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Bellevue's city council tentatively approved a men's shelter for the Eastgate district, pending a review of potential other sites. (SeaTimes)

Just as in Seattle, Tacoma doesn't have nearly enough shelter beds for all the people removed from "swept" encampments. (KCPQ)

A recent panel on homelessness at Town Hall elicited the resentful statements we've come to expect from home and condo owners, but also pleas not to demonize the already desperate. (Weekly) 

Who can afford to live in Seattle? Increasingly, not restaurant workers, teachers, firefighters, or even cops. (Joel Connelly) And that's not even mentioning the "involuntarily part-time" workers. (SeaTimes) 

THE LAST ACT?

Theatre Puget Sound, a support and advocacy group for local stage producers, has come to its own battle scene. The staff wants the board to quit; the board wants the director to quit. (Slog) 

ECO

Sound Transit light rail could become "carbon neutral" within two years, as plans are afoot to run it on wind power. (Curbed.com) 

Activists are trying to keep "the world's largest methanol refinery" from being built at Kalama. (Sightline)

THE BIG A

Amazon got a patent for "on demand" apparel manufacturing. One more "outsourced" industry could get "re-on-shored" without, you know, creating all that many jobs. (GeekWire) 

SPORTS

The Mariners' winning streak ended with a 5-0, one-hitter loss to Miami. Series and homestand conclude today.

KeyArena tentatively landed some NCAA men's basketball playoff games for 2019, meaning any rebuild might have to start after that. (PI.com) 

Both KeyArena rebuilding plans have at least some indirect public-funding requests (tax breaks, etc.). (SportsPress NW) (The Urbanist)

TONIGHT

Mount Eerie, Lori Gladston. (Neptune) 

Bilal, SassyBlack, Ghost Note. (Nectar)

"Who Am I / Who I Am," group performance/visual-art event. (Fred Wildlife Refuge, thru Thurs) 

"Fail Again. Fail Better: A Conversation on Artistic Failure." (NW Film Forum) 

Two Door Cinema Club. (Showbox Sodo) 

Real Estate, Tim Cohen, iji. (Showbox) 

Science fiction author John Scalzi reads from "The Collapsing Empire." (University Temple United Methodist)

"The Book of Joan" author Lidia Yuknavitch. (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

WordsWest series presents Terrance Hays and Jane Wong. (C&P Coffee) 

African American Writers' Alliance reading. (Third Place Books Seward Park) 

Niagara Moon, Origami Ghosts, History of Time. (Sunset) 

Lady Rizo. (Triple Door)

James V, Roy Rodgers, Ghost Soda. (Therapy Lounge) 

Project Trio. (Town Hall) 

"Evil Cyborg Seamonsters" with comedian-cartoonist Mike Capozzola. (Comedy Underground) 

"Meditation & Art." (MadArt) 

26th anniversary. (Pacific Inn Pub) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Langston Hughes, "Let America Be America Again"):

"I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart

I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars

I am the red man driven from the land, 

I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—

And finding only the same old stupid plan

Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak."

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