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TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017

When (non-diet) pop (and yes, we do call it “pop” here) is taxed, only taxpayers will sip classic Moxie in glass bottles.

WEATHER

Edging back into the low 80s, just for today.

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VANISHING DOWNTOWN

The Store Formerly Known as the Bon Marché, now part of a chain closing and/or selling locations around the country, is shrinking its downtown Seattle operation to three stories (including the basement level) from nine. The rest will be sold off for hotel and/or office space. (SeaTimes)

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POP GOES THE TAX BILL

Well, that was relatively quick. The City Council passed a tax on “sugary drinks” within weeks of its formal introduction. The final version imposes a levy of 1.75 cents an ounce, except for pure juices, diet drinks, and protein shakes. “Small businesses” (I can’t tell yet whether that means producers or retailers) will have to pay less or none. It’s also not clear yet whether it will apply to sugary lattes. (PS Biz Journal) (PI.com) (GeekWire)

IN THE RESISTANCE

Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks are among the companies that insist they’ll still pursue anti-climate-change efforts. (PS Biz Journal)

“For a city like Seattle and a state like Washington,” the DC regime’s retreat on climate issues “is a test. We can lay down our swords… or we can start pursuing the kind of aciton that matches our rhetoric.” (Clayron Aldern, Crosscut)

Meanwhile, as coastal cities try not to get permanently flooded by rising seas, even inland U.S. cities are pondering whether they’ll need to raise their river bridges. (AP)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The all-female race for the seat that could “flip” the state Senate is getting more intense. (KNKX)

ARENA OF BATTLE

Now that there’s only one would-be KeyArena rebuilder, the city’s releasing financial info about the scheme. The Oak View group plans to borrow money from Goldman Sachs, claiming it can earn it back with or without a major men’s sports team. (KING) (SeaTimes)

KCPQ’s Aaron Levine believes "the Port of Seattle should be KeyArena’s backup plan for renovation funds.”

Art Thiel notes that Lower Queen Anne neighborhood interests want serious details of traffic- and parking-alleviation schemes before they’ll endorse any KeyArena deal.

DEVELOPING STORIES

The heart of residential Capitol Hill already proves that housing density and a “canopy” of street trees can easily coexist. (Josh Feit)

OIL’S NOT WELL

Even though we’ve got refineries right here, supplied directly from Alaska, gasoline’s still more expensive in Wash. state than almost anywhere else in the country. (News Tribune)

STATE OF THE ARTS

The third edition of Paul Allen’s Seattle Art Fair’s coming in August. Organizers have announced some spectacular, temporary public installation pieces to be installed as part of it, including several of Jenny Holzer’s word-based agitprop pieces. (Slog)

PHILM

A locally-made, long-in-the-works feature film about the shooting at a Capitol Hill rave after-party is finally done and screening at SIFF. The final cut has offended some people who participated in the project, who believe the finished film’s too sympathetic to the gunman and not sympathetic enough to his victims. (Stranger)

ED

The Gates Foundation’s “failures” are proof that “philanthropists shouldn’t be setting America’s public school agenda.” (LAT editorial)

MAYHEM

Drive-by gunshots in Columbia City Monday night left bullet holes in cars and storefronts, but thankfully only minor injuries to one person. (KING)

A man with “a lengthy criminal history” was arrested early Monday morning after he tried to break into the KCPQ newsroom, attacking a securtity guard in the process. (KOMO)

TRAGEDY

A man died, apparently of an overdose, at an encampment in the far south end. (KCPQ)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A Seattle woman who sold “a fatal dose of heroin” to another woman in 2015 has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. (AP)

UPDATES

“The” Evergreen State College reopened late Monday. It had been closed since Thursday due to anonymous threats that used “alt-right” buzzwords. (KCPQ)

“Nothing about what has happened at Evergreen is clear cut, open-and-shut, or simple.” (Matt Driscoll, News Tribune)

SPORTS

The Storm’s at San Antonio tonight.

The Mariners start a home series vs. Minnesota tonight.

TONIGHT

“The Lost History of Stars” author Dave Boling. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

David Shields with Chaire Dederer. (Town Hall)

Kaskade, Illenium, Darrius. (Paramount)

Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamila Woods. (Showbox)

Lit. (Chop Suey)

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed)

Alberta, Vicious Petals, Young-Chhaylee. (Royal Room)

Worshiprr, Brian is Ze, Michete. (Vermillion)

#ShoutYourAbortion presents Dr. WIllie Parker and Martha Plimpton. (Town Hall)

Comedy Nest series presents Mateen Stewart, Anica Cihla. (Rendezvous)

Seattle Fiction Federation presents Robert Tashley, Diana Xin, David Downing, Christian Downes. (Hugo House First Hill)

Jared Mitchell and the Wing Tips. (Parliament)

Chloroformula. (Orient Express)

Zeek’s Pizza Shredfest. (High Dive)

Nightcap reading series presents David Shields and Christopher Frizzelle. (Cloud Room)

“Sweet Lika,” play by Serge Gregory about Anton Chekov. (ACT)

INSIDE

In two days: our spiffy birthday shindig (for both me and this e-missive series), 6:30-to-whenever Thursday at the Terrific Two Bells. Attend or be quadrilateral.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

“Prokaryote”

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