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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

Nordstrom, which as late as January was still selling "pre-ripped" designer jeans at its Rack outlet stores, now offers $425 jeans pre-coated with fake mud. Just the thing for people who want to look "rustic" without, you know, doing any hard labor. This is NOT the way for hip urban liberals to reach out to the mythical "white working class voter."

WEATHER

Dreary and/or damp for the next day or two.

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VANISHING BELLTOWN

Local photo/installation artist Spike Mafford documented the end of the old Dog House/Hurricane Cafe building. Mafford's on a commission project from Amazon, which is putting up yet another of its office towers on the Seventh Avenue site. After 80 years (the last 20 as the Hurricane), the beloved all-night diner closed at the end of 2014. It took this long to raze the building partly because of the backlog of construction cranes.

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L'AFFAIRE MURRAY

Ed Murray's attorney wants sanctions against Murray's accuser's attorney, over making allegations in the media. (Slog) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Gov. Inslee says he'd love to take stronger action on "climate policy, transit, and high-speed rail," if only the Legislature would let him. (Vox) 

Inslee signed a bill to help people erase past prostitution convictions—if they were the result of involuntary "trafficking." (AP) 

The notoriously anti-Seattle state Sen. Phil Fortunato (R-Federal Way) wants Seattle and King County to become separate entities, whether Seattle likes it or not. (KING) 

IN THE RESISTANCE

A federal judge in California blocked the White House's executive order cutting off federal funds to "sanctuary" cities such as Seattle. (Slog) 

Female detainees at Tacoma's for-profit immigrant jail have officially ended their hunger strike, but vow to keep protesting conditions there. (Slog) 

Two elder locals are "coming out of retirement" to fight attacks on national monuments. (Danny Westneat)

"Did the March on Science do more harm than good?" (PI.com) 

THE RACE IS ON

Speaking at the March for Science's opening rally Saturday, UW astronomy/physics student Tyler Valentine called on the scientce and tech communities to become a little less almost-all-white. (Crosscut) 

There's no racism in Richland, say white city leaders. (NWNews via KNKX) 

The Oregon Country Fair plans to install a "Native-inspired story pole," essentially a totem pole created by an all-white artist team. Regional Native leaders are, as you might expect, not amused. (Willamette Week)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

The locally-based "Shout Your Abortion" site won a Webby award (the "Oscars of the Internet"). (Slog)

Sen. Patty Murray's co-sponsoring a federal bill to outlaw abusive, coercive "gay conversion therapy." (Slog) 

ECO

A fast-moving boat struck a mature grey whale off Whidbey Island. (KING) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Home prices continue to rise at "their fastest pace in years," with Seattle leading the way. (AP) 

The "house flipping" market is becoming "saturated" around here. (KING)

New-home prices could rise even further if proposed sanctions against Canadian lumber take hold. (USAT)

The city's planned "low-barrier" shelter is being delayed, to "address concerns" from the surrounding neighborhood. (Slog)

DEVELOPING STORIES

New Seasons, the Oregon supermarket chain denounced for its anti-union stance when it opened on Mercer Island, may try to be part of both Paul Allen's 23rd and Jackson development and the Capitol Hill light-rail station project. (The C Is For Crank)

SIC TRANSIT

The plan to optimize east-west traffic lights along Mercer Street will inconvenience north-south buses crossing Mercer. (Seattle Transit Blog)

Homeowners are putting up phony "No Parking" signs along curbs in front of their houses, illegally. (KIRO-FM) 

UPDATES

The driver who hit a power pole in the north end, sending high-voltage lines to the ground across I-5 and knocking out power to hundreds of homes, will face "a huge repair bill." (KIRO-TV) 

ECONOMIX

Seattle's tourism biz enjoyed big growth in 2016. But will ICE/TSA tactics against international visitors halt these gains? (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS

The Mariners returned to losing spectacularly, 19-9 at Detroit. Worse, starting pitcher Felix Hernandez and hitter Mitch Haniger left the game with injuries. Same teams tonight. (SeaTimes) 

BAD SPORTS?

Garfield HS allegedly recruited a promising but impoverished football player from Texas, put him up in local homes for one football season, then sent him packing and erased his name from the student database. (Danny O'Neil, KIRO-AM) 

TONIGHT

The Weeknd. (KeyArena)

Dweezil Zappa. (Neptune) 

"Two Hour Transport" reading series with Joanne Rixon, Oscar McNary. (Café Racer) 

"Let's Make America Gay Again," LGBTQ Allyship benefit. (Coastal Kitchen) 

Liberty Bank Building open house. (Centerstone)

"Checking the Gate: Representation in Media." (12th Ave. Arts)

"Astronomy on Tap" series presents "Picturing Alien Worlds." (Peddler Brewing) 

Author Anne Lamott. (Town Hall) 

Retirement, Difficult Children, Super Projection. (Vermillion) 

Duchess. (Tula's, thru Thurs) 

Documentry "Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design." (NW Film Forum) 

The Billy Joe Show. (Comet) 

Bastille. (WaMu Theater)

Betty Who, Verite. (Neumos) 

Oh Rose, Detective Party, Jenny Creep. (Sunset) 

Crowdfunding expert Alex Daly. (Town Hall) 

"When Britannia Ruled the Northwest" panel. (Folio) 

Bawdy Storytelling presents "InfoManiac." (Re-bar) 

"Good Guys Seattle: Organizing for Non-Organizers." (Phinney Center) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Kenning"

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