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TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

I first became a “virtual Mancurian” as a wee lad, when I first discovered, via CBC, the Great British TV Drama (that Americans have never heard of), the Manchester-based “Coronation Street.” 

Later on, I became aware of the Factory Records bands and their fellow-travelers (Buzzcocks, Smiths, et al.). 

Still later, I learned of Factory boss Tony Wilson and his loving devotion to Manchester’s gritty-industrial heritage.

Now, today, we are all Mancurians.

Today, "Manchester United" isn't just the name of a soccer club; it's a declarative statement.

WEATHER

Cooling back down into the mid-70s today. Clouds and possible showers Wednesday.

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STATE OF THE ARTS

An unknown person(s) left this temporary verbal art installation next to the Alki Statue of Liberty over the weekend. (West Seattle Blog)

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POLICING THE POLICE

After more than four years, the City Council unanimously approved major police-reform efforts. The plan “brings more civilians into the police discipline system” and increases the SPD’s civilian-employee overseers. (Slog) (PubliCola) (KUOW) (Crosscut)

Among other things, the measure says it’s OK to watch, record, and comment on police activity. (SeaTimes)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

There’s a particular hypocrisy about taxing sugary soft drinks here in the city that hooked the nation on hot sweetened milk. (Knute Berger) Meanwhile, Tacoma’s considering a “soda tax” of its own. (KING)

George Howland Jr. believes Jenny Durkan will likely be one of the two finalists in the mayoral race. The other one: it’s a toss-up.

Candidates for City Council at-large Position 8 say they know how to make Seattle more affordable. (KUOW)

A new Seattle City Club “Civic Health” study describes Seattle as one of the nation’s “most civically engaged” cities; albeit one “divided by race and socioeconomic status.” (GeekWire)

IN THE RESISTANCE

As feared, the White House’s draft budget completely eliminates funds for cleaning up local waters. (Joel Connelly)

A local Somali-American mom has joined the suit against Travel Ban 2.0. She’s trying to bring her son home. (KUOW)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Seattle turns out to be quite the “outlier” in terms of central-city growth. Elsewhere, most metro-area growth is still in the ‘burbs. (NYT)

WHAT’S PAST ISN’T PAST

The Japanese-American internments 75 years ago cost Auburn almost a third of its population. (KUOW) Remembering the internment also reminds us that “our freedoms are fragile.” (Carl Takei, Smithsonian via ACLU blog) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

A GOP State Senator wants it to be illegal to wear masks and hoods in public, specifically during protests. (Slog)

The costs of real reforms to Western State Hospital continue to soar. (KCPQ)

O GIVE ME A HOME

If Seattle’s “rapid rehousing” scheme works out anything like DC’s recent similar effort, it would put a lot of people back out onto the streets within months. (The C Is For Crank)

THE LAZY B

Has Boeing kept its commitments to in-state employment in return for massive tax breaks? (KING)

THE BIG A

Amazon’s got another shareholders’ meeting today. Expect protests outside, over everything from Prime Air contractors’ labor practices to third-party sellers offering foie gras. (GeekWire)

BIZ

Wave Broadband, the local indie cable/broadband company that made it big, will sell itself off to a New Jersey outfit. (PS Biz Journal)

A Bothell company specializing in insurance-industry software is moving its HQ, and 500 jobs, to Denver. (GeekWire)

UPDATES

A judge ruled that a Vancouver, WA indie record label can’t put out unreleased Prince songs from a recording engineer’s private collection. (AP)

SPORTS

Mariners at the Washington Nationals starting tonight. 

Thunderbirds’ last first-round game in the Mastercard Memorial Cup, tonight in Windsor, Ontario vs. the St. John Sea Dogs.

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has been the target of “hit job” columns by ESPN blowhard Michael A. Smith and by SeaTimes columnist Matt Calkins, over Bennett’s political activism and his support of Colin Kaepernick’s activism. Bennett threatened to boycott the Times for the rest of his playing career. Calkins has since issued an apology. (Slog) (KIRO-AM)

TONIGHT

Jesus and Mary Chain, Warlocks. (Showbox)

Jeffrey Tambor. (Town Hall)

Midnight Oil, All Our Exes Live in Texas. (Paramount)

“Flights and Rights,” beer fest benefitting ACLU. (KEXP)

Community Conversations series presents “Addressing Hunger.” (MOHAI)

SMINO, Bar, Jay2. (Columbia City Theater)

Classical Music Night series presents “Fluting Through Time.” (Cafe Racer)

“John Boylan’s Conversation” series presents “Should We Love Our Work?” (Vermillion)

Mortgage Lifters. (Perihelion Brewery)

Negative Gemini, George Clanton, Ghost Soda. (Timbre Room)

“The Search for Life in the Universe” presentation. (Pacific Science Center)

Heather Mae. (Triple Door)

“Nerd Nite Seattle: NASA Edition.” (High Dive)

Bria Skonberg. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed)

Jay Thomas, Cantaloupes. (Tula’s)

Ho99o9. (Chop Suey)

“Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotica” reading iwth editor Tobi Hill-Meyer. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Night Out for the NW Immigrant Rights Project. (Various spots)

INSIDE

In less than 2.5 weeks, our fab birthday party (for both this e-missive and for myself) occurs. It’s Thursday, June 8, at a public house near you. Watch this space.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Archbishop Oscar Romero):

Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty.”

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