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MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017

Today, again, we are all Francophiles. And it's thanks to a politician with the same name as one of my favorite diacritical marks. 

WEATHER

Dry and partly sunny through Wednesday.

The last six soaked months mean plenty of Columbia River water for both fish runs and power turbines. But future prospects aren't as rosy. (SeaTimes) 

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COLOR ME… WELL, YOU KNOW…

In the age of Pantone, can there really be such a thing as a new color? Oregon State U. researchers say they've discovered one. It's supposed to be the inspiration for Crayola's current "new crayon in the box" media stunt. (KING)

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L'AFFAIRE MURRAY

Mayor Ed Murray may or may not drop out of his re-election bid; we may or may not know by the end of the week. (KING) 

IN THE RESISTANCE

Seattle's restoring the Internet privacy protections that are being demolished nationally. (Fast Company) 

Harborview alone could lose over $600 million if the DC regime succeeds at decimating healthcare. (KUOW) 

Undocumented immigration's on the decline around the country, though not in Wash. state. (KUOW) 

The Yakima City Council thought for a while about about protecting the area's immigrant farm workers, then abandoned the whole idea. (Crosscut) 

FOR THE BIRDS (AND THE REST OF US) 

In a public event at Lincoln Park, city officials committed to protecting the "Pacific Flyway," the path of migrating birds that runs above Seattle. (KUOW)

POLICING THE POLICE

Three separate "oversight bodies" will soon be watchdogging the Seattle Police Department. Can their work be centrally coordinated by the Community Police Commission, and should it? (Crosscut) 

A Seattle police officer, with strong community ties in the south end, was arrested as part of a multi-agency narcotics investigation. (KIRO-TV) 

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

A former employee at a Seattle legal-services company claims a "frat house culture" there led to multiple instances of sexual harassment. (PI.com) (GeekWire) 

The woman who blew the proverbial whistle on sexual harassment in the King County Sheriff's Office says she's "sick of the silence" and inaction over the case. (PI.com) 

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Seattle's transportation future may have been decided back in the early '70s, when citizen action stopped a new freeway from demolishing the Central District. The Arboretum's "Ramps to Nowhere" are that aborted project's legacy. (Knute Berger)

One of the most anti-freedom events in US history was the official attack on "patriotic dissenters" who opposed the country's entry into WWI. This includes a Seattle woman who was found "guilty of thinking." (KNKX) 

STATE OF THE ARTS

At last week's ArtsFund charity luncheon in Seattle, sociologist Steve Tepper was among the speakers who said the arts and humanities were more needed than ever in this age of change and anxiety. They're needed "to imagine the future. To imagine how to adapt to the change.” (GeekWire) 

FERRY TALES

The Coast Guard wants more life rafts on Washington State Ferries. (KNKX) 

THROWING THE BOOK AT 'EM

The latest beloved small business needing contributions to stay in business: Zanadu Comics. (KCPQ)

Our ol' pal Jamie Lutton of Twice Sold Tales offers "A Brief History of Book Theft in Seattle." (Booksellers vs. Bestsellers via Seattle Review of Books)

TWO WHEELS GOOD

Two out-of-state, privately-funded companies are showing up to revive the Seattle bikeshare biz. (KIRO-FM) 

LABOR PANES

A "silver tsunami" involves a lot of older (read: baby-boomer) workers retiring around the same time, with a shortage of potential replacements. (KUOW) 

ECONOMIX

Former KING-TV boss Steven Clifford has a book out lambasting the excessive compensation packages CEOs are giving themselves these days. (SeaTimes) 

R.I.P.

Kabby Mitchell was the first African-American solo dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet. He became a choreographer and a popular ballet instructor. (Ballet Alert) (Evergreen State College) 

J Michael Kenyon, 73, was a Roosevelt High grad who became the P-I's first Sonics (and later Mariners) beat reporter. He went on to host sports-talk radio shows, help run the Hydroplane Museum, promote wrestling events, and amass five or six ex-wives. Kenyon was a true "Seattle character" of the kind they just don't make anymore. (SportsPress NW) (KIRO-TV) 

SPORTS

Sounders FC lost a championship rematch vs. Toronto, 1-0. At Chicago Saturday.

The Storm lost its second and last preseason game, 72-55 at Phoenix. The regular season starts Saturday at Los Angeles.

The Thunderbirds are now 1-1 in the Western Hockey League finals vs. the Regina Pats. Game 3's Tuesday in Kent.

The Mariners took 2 of 3 from the Rangers, coming back Sunday from a 3-0 deficit in the seventh inning to win 4-3. At Philadelphia starting Tuesday.

TODAY

"Shut Down Chase," protest against Chase Bank for helping finance the Keystone XL pipeline. (Westlake Park, 11:30 am) 

TONIGHT

Lea Michelle. (Moore) 

Lil Peep. (Chop Suey) 

NPR "Tiny Desk Contest" presents Kuknla, Breaks and Swells, Motopony. (KEXP) 

Casita Afro Cubana, Supersones. (Royal Room) 

Anthony David. (Triple Door) 

Ensign Symphony and Chorus presents "Mother, Tell Me the Story." (Benaroya Hall) 

"Narrow River, Wide Sky" memoirist Jenny Forrester. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

"Ask the Oracle" series presents Margot Kahn Chase, Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, Samar Abulhassan. (Sorrento) 

Architectural consultant Barbara Erwine on "Creating Sensory Spaces." (U Book Store) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Coruscant"

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