TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017

It’s the sweetest, frostiest, upper-palate-headachiest day of the year: It’s Free Slurpee Day! 

Oh, and there’s some big “members only” sale at some website nobody goes to, or at least nobody admits to going to.


Following a Monday respite, back to serious warmth through the rest of the week.



In Wilkerson, the tiny town best known as the last chance for gas before Mt. Rainier, somebody wants to remodel an existing skatepark so it looks like the world’s largest frying pan—complete with giant bacon and eggs. (News Tribune)



As predicted here and elsewhere, the City Council voted unanimously on Monday to pass a municipal income tax on households making $250,000 or more. Next: the skirmishes of the lawyers. The Freedom Foundation immediately announced it’ll challenge the move. (Slog)

The state GOP, with Susan Hutchison as its spokescritter, predictably denounced the move. Hutchison invoked “civil disobedience… a long tradition in America” when she exhorted rich people to refuse to pay. At various points her outdoor speech was drowned out by “Tax the Rich!” chants. (Slog)

“Seattle’s tax is a grenade,” meant to blow up a 1930s state Supreme Court decision and reshape the whole state’s tax code. (Crosscut) (Joel Connelly)

“I’m an engineer at one of our local tech companies, and I’m fortunate enough to qualify for the proposed income tax on Seattle’s affluent.… Tax my income and fix my city. Please.” (Ned Friend, Crosscut)

“Ensuring an equitable Seattle” will require more than just this step. We “must tether efforts reforming who shoulders the tax burden with those reimagining how and where our resources are spent.” (Yurij Rudensky, South Seattle Emerald)


Two jurors and several staff members have been assaulted outside the King County Courthouse of late. The county wants its own deputies on site. (KING)


Professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman will file an initiative drive to bring back $30 car tabs (and defund Sound Transit; Eyman being a career-long advocate of cars-only transportation.) (KNKX)

The State Senate GOP’s “stick it to Seattle” property-tax plan “will only widen the urban-rural divide.” (Jonathan Martin, SeaTimes oped)


Crews in BC are battling 220 different forest and wildfires, causing 10,000 people to be evacuated. (Vancouver Sun)


Opponents of Tacoma’s planned liquified natural gas plant and export terminal, including Puyallup and other tribal members, say they’re inspired by the Standing Rock pipeline protests. (Weekly) (Slog)


A new affordable-housing complex near the Othello light-rail station received over 2,000 applications for 63 units. (South Seattle Emerald)

The Navigation Center, the city’s new and “enhanced” combo shelter facility and social-services site, finally opens tomorrow. (KIRO-TV)


At Charleena Lyles’ funeral, family members vowed they “won’t stop fighting for justice.” (Crosscut)


Andrew Russell, the artistic director who shepherded Intiman Theater’s comeback from fiscal near-death to again producing new and provocative works, is splitting for NYC. (Slog)

Sean Nelson says the Seattle Rep’s planned “grunge musical” is a “guaranteed disaster.”

The murals of Native American leaders painted on the exterior wall of a now-demolished school building have been preserved, restored, and will soon be re-dedicated. (SeaTimes)


The White House is stalling an Obama-era program, originally set to launch next week, that would let startup-company founders from other lands live in the U.S. Local tech-industry bigwigs don’t like the move. (SeaTimes)


Microsoft’s got big plans to provide broadband access to some of the 23-plus million rural Americans who don’t have it. Skeptics already say it’s at least partly a ploy to curry favor with politicians in those places. (KNKX)


I used to say, “pictures merely deceive; words lie.” That’s not so true in the age of CGI, when pictures can lie much more effectively. One example: UW scientists took video from one Obama speech and audio from another, and used digital trickery to make the image lip-sync to the sound. Besides the propaganda possibilities, imagine how it could be used to bring dead actors and singers “back to life.” (GeekWire)

Sen. Cantwell’s reportedly planning to introduce a bill calling for a federal committee to study artificial intelligence and how it could affect the economy and the workforce. (GeekWire)


The city won’t make the would-be KeyArena rebuilders include a detailed transportation plan. (PI.com)

The Chambers Bay golf course is phasing out its unique, brownish “greens,” hoping to get the U.S. Open back. (AP)


“A Conversation with Attorney General Bob Ferguson.” (Central Library, noon)

“Protect What You Love: Rally for Climate Leadership.” (Federal Building, 11:45)


Opening of “Fun Home,” musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel. (5th Ave. Theatre, thru July 30)

Dance Church. (On the Boards)

G-Dragon, MOTTE. (KeyArena)

Palm, So Pitted, Palberta. (Timbre Room)

All Time Low, SWMRS, Wrecks, Waterparks. (Showbox Sodo)

Beach Fossils, She-Devils, AbleBody. (Crocodile)

Amos Lee with Seattle Symphony. (Benaroya Hall)

Betsayda Machado. (Triple Door)

Dead Rabbits, I Set My Friends on Fire, more. (El Corazon)

“The Widow Nash” novelist Jamie Harrison. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Clarion West presents science fiction author Connie Willis. (Central Library)

“Candidate Survivor 2017: A Seattle Space Odyssey.” (Neumos)

Tsunami Pinata. (Perlhellion Brewery)

Sabrina Carpenter, Alex Alono, New Hope Club. (Neptune)

Nellie McKay. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed)

Professor Sweater, Mondegreens, Everson Pines. (Chop Suey)

Cabaret of Evil presents “Strip Against Trump 7: PBS.” (Substation)




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