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WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017

Today we remember the Cafe Racer shooting, five years and so many other shootings later.

At the time, some of us had hopes and prayers that such strikes of violent madness could, somehow, be made to pass from American society.

Instead, as we learned last week in Portland, the current national political climate’s only encouraging more senseless slaughters, by murderers deluded into believing their brutality to be "powerful,” or even, somehow, "patriotic."

WEATHER

Still mostly cloudy but slightly warmer; perhaps up to 70.

The unusually wet winter means many Washington produce crops are late to show up. (KING)

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NOT SO 'CRUDDY'

Two cartoonists I worked with at the UW Daily were honored at the National Cartoonists’ Society’s Reuben Awards, held Saturday in Portland. Mike Luckovich (now based in Atlanta) won in the “editorial cartoons” category. And Lynda Barry, who went from the alt-weekly strip “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” to writing novels and an off-Broadway play, got a (very well deserved) life achievement award. (WaPo) (image: “Late Night with David Letterman,” 1988)

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OUTRAGE IN PORTLAND

The Portland light-rail stabbing murder suspect appeared in court. He claimed to have no mental illnesses, but also went into incoherent tirages about "free speech” (as if killing people was somehow merely “speech”). He also called his deed an act of “patriotism” and proclaimed “death to the enemies of America.” (AP)

The ACLU made a statement opposing Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's request that the feds revoke permits for “alt-right” rallies at a federally-controlled downtown Portland plaza. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

IN THE RESISTANCE

Sens. Murray and Cantwell have pleaded for the White House not to withdraw from the Paris climate-change agreements. (Joel Connelly)

When the White House publicly released a database of crime stats, purportedly to prove we’re all at grave danger from people born elsewhere. It turns out to include the personal info of domestic-violence victims. (Mother Jones)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell will resign her state House seat, which allows her to start raising campaign funds. (Slog)

The Chamber of Commerce PAC, to no one’s surprise, endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor. (Slog)

The City Council voted to allow opponents of a new “youth jail” to challenge its zoning permit. (Crosscut)

The city’s paying $125,000 to settle a racial-discrimination suit by mayor Ed Murray’s fired press secretary; and it’s re-hiring her for another department. (PI.com)

ECO

Headline of the day: “Salmon’s sense of smell suffers when seas are sour, Seattle scientists say.” (KUOW)

WHAT’S PAST ISN’T PAST

The heralded cleaning-up of Lake Washington in the late 1950s was partly achieved by re-routing sewage to the Duwamish River (already home to decades’ worth of industrial wastes). Most affected: the “Native Americans and immigrants who relied on fishing in the Duwamish for their own dinner tables.” (KUOW)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The city plans to “sweep” the new, unofficial RV encampment in the south end starting Thursday. Some of its residents have moved from campsite to campsite four or more times this past year. (KUOW)

Once again, Seattle’s housing market has the nation’s fastest-rising prices. (GeekWire)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The UW plans to increase its total building square footage by 30 percent over the next decade or so; all on land it currently holds. The plan makes some in U District business community, already threatened by massive upzoning plans, “nervous.” (KOMO)

CRIME

A Hoquiam man was arrested in the case of a deliberate, fatal hit-and-run at a Grays Harbor County campground, killing a young father. (KING) (SeaTimes)

A man who rear-ended a Sea-Tac police car allegedly later admitted he’d been huffing aerosol air freshener. (KIRO-TV)

SAD

“Spokane man presumed dead after falling off cliff while taking selfie.” (AP)

LOVE DOESN’T CONQUER ALL

Twenty-one years after they first became a couple (interrupted by her seven years in prison for the relationship), ex-teacher Mary Kay LeTourneau and her onetime middle-school student Vili Fuallau are separating. (TMZ)

MOOZIK

Ann Wilson says there might not be any Heart gigs for a while. (Yahoo Music)

ARENA OF BATTLE

One of the would-be KeyArena rebuilders has scaled back the parking-garage part of its plan, which would have involved asking the Port of Seattle for partial funding. (PI.com)

SPORTS

Sounders FC at Columbus tonight.

The Mariners won their third straight game, 10-4 (good buddy!) at Colorado. The home-and-away series now moves to Seattle for two games starting tonight.

The UW could make serious money with its next apparel-licensing contract. The current deal with Nike expires in ’19. (News Tribune)

TODAY

First hearing on municipal income tax proposal. (City Hall, 8:30 am)

TONIGHT

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

Jean-Luc Ponty. (Neptune)

“Tiki Takeover.” (Triple Door)

Chris Gethard “Beautiful/Anonymous” podcast taping. (Triple Door)

Brett Hamil presents “The Shadow Council.” (NW Film Forum)

“One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter” author Scaachi Koul. (Central Library)

BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. (Town Hall)

“Climate Science on Tap” series presents “Climate Change and Rising Seas.” (Peddler Brewing)

Harry Partch Celebration. (UW School of Music, thru Fri)

Victor Janusz Band, Angie Louise. (Highway 99)

The Billy Joe Show. (Parliament)

Amy Vachal, Spencer Glen. (Barboza)

Snuff Redux, No Vacation, Dogbreth. (Sunset)

SoMo. (Showbox)

INSIDE

The bigger-than-big bday party for yr. humble servant is one week from tomorrow at the tasty Two Bells. Be there.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Gleed"

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