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THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday at age 73, straddled the worlds of film and music. Besides his many acclaimed feature dramas and comedies,  Demme directed many classic music videos and revolutionized the concert-film genre with the likes of "Stop Making Sense" and "Storefront Hitchcock." It was these projects, and TV series episodes, that kept him working after the big studios essentially ceased backing anything that wasn't a "global popcorn movie."

WEATHER

Still damp today; drying out on Friday.

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VANISHING LYNNWOOD

Wight's Home and Garden, the fab indie DIY store known for its annual plethora of Xmas decor for sale, is closing after 54 years. Snohomish County Senior Services will take over the real estate. (Everett Herald) (MLT News) 

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Paul Allen donated $30 million for a "Seattle Homeless Housing and Resource Center," matched by $5 million in city funds. A press release says the outfit will be “an innovative, permanent supportive housing and onsite services community that will serve as a resource hub for Seattle-area families with children who are experiencing homelessness.” Whatever that means. (Weekly) 

Seattle's "Navigation Center" for the homeless won't open until at least July. (KING) 

L'AFFAIRE MURRAY

Among those still supporting Ed Murray for re-election: 19 labor groups. (Slog) 

The attorney for Murray's accuser wants to question Murray's campaign manager. (KING) 

CITY HALL FOLLIES

As we've mentioned, any proposed city income tax will face immediate legal challenges along several fronts. (PubliCola) 

IN THE RESISTANCE

That hunger strike at the Tacoma immigration jail is "on again." (News Tribune) The Tacoma City Council's considering a bill to prevent the jail from expanding its capacity any further. (Crosscut) 

From "data rescue" download sessions to "Airport Lawyer" apps, local techies are fighting the DC regime "one line of code at a time." (Stranger)

ECO

Tribal leaders are suing the Coast Guard, for insufficiently restricting the Strait of Juan de Fuca's oil-tanker traffic (thus increasing risks to orca populations). (SeaTimes) 

MAYHEM

Prominent local drag performer Sparkle Leigh was injured by a hit-and-run driver last week. There's a crowdfunding campaign for her (major) medical expenses. (Slog)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson's suing a Quincy vegetable farm and one of its supervisors for allegedly (1) hiring women only as onion packers; (2) demanding sex from them as a condition of employment; (3) groping and other sexual harassment. (KUOW)

In January 2015, a Seattle police officer punched a homeless man in the face. The now-formerly-homeless man is now suing. (Slog) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The ACLU's report on police presence in public schools states that in some schools, even throwing a spitball can be considered a criminal offense . (SeaTimes)

Hundreds of high-school students won't graduate this spring, unless the Legislature acts on bills to eliminate some standardized tests as graduation requirements. (KING) 

PARK(ING) SPACE

Paid street parking on Capitol Hill could soon extend as late as 11 p.m. (Curbed) 

DRUGS

Some suburban officials want King County to defer any decision about opening a "safe injection" site to voters. (KOMO) 

UPDATES

The 17-year-old girl who was part of the 7-Eleven robbery in Pioneer Square (her male accomplice was killed in a police shooting) will be tried as an adult. (Weekly)

A marketing consultant says Nordstrom's $425 fake-mud jeans are "laughable" all right, but they're probably not meant for local customers; he notes the downtown store's highest-priced items are mainly intended for tourist buyers. (KUOW) 

THE LAZY B

Boeing's local engineering layoffs aren't really fueled by any immediate need to cut costs, but rather by (1) the Almighty Stock Price, and (2) decimating the company's unionized Wash. state workforce in favor of North Carolina operations. (Charles Mudede) (AP) 

GETTING THE 'I.D.' OUT OF 'IDEOLOGY'?

One of the speakers at the forthcoming "Red May" event series is a Pakistani-American, a "militant" Marxist, and (like many classical Marxists) not very interested in "identity politics." (Weekly) 

Meanwhile, are Seattle's billionaire philanthropists the real-world equivalent of "Spider-Man"'s corporate villains? Author David Callahan says maybe not, but their vast reach and influence "does raise questions as to who has power in our society." (KUOW)

ECONOMIX

The feds have declared $72,000 a year to officially define "low income" for a family of four in King and Snohomish counties. (KING)

The US/Canada dispute over soft-lumber exports has really been going on for a long time now. (Jon Talton) 

SPORTS

The Mariners came back from Tuesday's disaster by beating Detroit 8-0. Series ends today.

Marshawn Lynch has indeed "unretired;" the Seahawks agreed to trade him to Oakland. (News Tribune) 

TONIGHT

NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth). (SIFF Uptown and Cinerama, thru Sun) 

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival. (Langston Hughes Center, thru Sun) 

"Fresh Ground Stories" series presents "Never in a Million Years." (Roy St. Coffee and Tea) 

"Pentimento," play by Dawn Cerny set at the "Fun. No Fun." exhibit. (Henry Art Gallery) 

Mary Lou Sanelli reads from her book "A Woman Writing," with live dance interpretations. (Town Hall) 

"Acme," play by Andrew Shanks about "tech dystopia and belonging to a corporate machine." (Annex Theatre, thru May 20) 

Califone, Tara Jane ONeil, Rachel Blumberg, Wynne Greenwood. (Woodland Theater) 

"White Baby Grand" series presents Shenandoah Davis. (Cloud Room) 

Joseph, Bailen. (Showbox) 

Breezy Manner, Afrocop. (Timbre Room) 

"Up Next" series presents Lucia Opalka. (Starbucks Reserve Roastery) 

Scarves, On Drugs, Critté, Sunday Night Heat. (Vera Project) 

The Classic Crime, The Only Constant. (Neumos)

Alison Chains (all female Alice in Chains tribute). (Crocodile) 

Bearded Ladies Cabaret presents "There's No Place Like Not Home." (Rendezvous) 

Christine Urbina, Tai Shan, Hannah Abrams. (Columbia City Theater) 

Weedeater, The Obsessed, Primitive Man, more. (Highline)

Xolie Morra. (Whisky West) 

Sketch Month kickoff show. (Pocket Theater) 

"Dining Out for Life." (Various spots) 

"Stand With Planned Parenthood" poster show. (The Factory) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Henry Adams):

"Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man."

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