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THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017

Western Washington's getting a new phone (and everything else that runs on phone lines and cell towers) area code, on an “overlay” basis. 

That means we’ve gotta get used to mandatory “10-digit dialing” from now on. 

(Do the young’uns even know what “dialing” used to mean?)

WEATHER

One more day of morning clouds; then all sunny and hot through the weekend.

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ALL'S FAIR

The King County Fair in Enumclaw is older than the now-much-bigger country fairs in Puyallup and Monroe. It also almost folded a few years back. Townspeople have rallied to keep it alive. (KING) (image: King County Archives, 1977)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

John Burbank of the Economic Opportunity Institute, which helped promote and lobby for the high-earner income tax bill, says it “aims to fix a system that coddles the wealthy.” (KIRO-FM)

Councilmember Sawant insists that, no matter what the result of the income tax’s legal challeges, “the Tax the Rich movement will persevere.” (The Real News)

The King County Labor Council, breaking with the SEIU’s Jenny Durkan endorsement, is splitting its own backing for mayor between Jessyn Farrell and Bob Hasegawa. (Slog) (PubliCola)

Green Lake neighbors don’t want the city to privatize their community center and gym. (Seattle mag)

POLICING THE POLICE

The full City Council will vote next week on a new law prohibiting “biased policing.” (KUOW)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

A retired Air Force Major on Bainbridge Island is suing the state over its “cyberstalking” law, claiming it violates “free speech” protections. He’s been investigated (but not charged) over blog posts in which he criticized (but didn’t threaten) the founder of Bainbridge’s memorial to WWII Japanese-American internment victims. (AP)

The state capitol campus was on lockdown briefly Wednesday morning, after gunshots were reported near the Natural Resources Building. (PI.com)

IN THE RESISTANCE

Mexican government reps are inviting “Dreamers” in our state to “come home,” to a country where some of them have never lived. (KUOW)

There are now two “serious” would-be Dem challengers to Rep. Dave Reichert’s seat. (Slog)

Amazon and Expedia are among the tech giants who participated in “Save Net Neutrality Day” Wednesday. (GeekWire)

Sen. Cantwell says the White House is no longer considering rescinding National Monument status for the Hanford Reach. (SeaTimes)

The latest U.S. House budget plan restores $45 million for the Hanford cleanup. (AP)

The EPA wants to loosen restrictions on a proposed big mine near Bristol Bay, Alaska—right upstream from precious salmon runs. (Joel Connelly)

ECO

Skagit County declared a proposed remodel and expansion to Tesoro’s Anacortes refinery “won’t pose major direct enivronmental harm.” (AP)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Which will be the state’s first hospital tp regularly offer gender-reassignment surgeries? A private hospital in Pullman, maybe? (KNKX)

ED

The UW’s partnered with a Chinese university, Microsoft, and other partners to open a tech school. The “Global Innovation Exchange” is due to open in Bellevue this fall, to students from across the globe. (GeekWire)

THE RACE IS ON

Two Seattle public-school parents say “many of us white liberal parents have work to do when it comes to race.” (South Seattle Emerald)

BOOZE NOOZE

Moet Hennessey has bought the Woodinville Whiskey Co., marking another local “micro” drinks operation gone to the big guys (following Remy Cointreau’s takeover of Westland). (Seattle mag)

MS BEHAVIOR

Microsoft announced “Seeing AI,” an iPhone app that can read out texts to blind people and tell them about (some) objects in their vicinity. (SeaTimes)

THE BIG A

A former exec in Amazon’s grocery operations says it’ll become America’s top food retailer within 13 years. He also says Costco might as well give up on competing against Amazon, and instead sell itself to Walmart. (GeekWire)

UPDATES

Detroit Police issued their final report on Chris Cornell’s death. It doesn’t contradict the department’s initial findings. (Detroit Free Press)

SPORTS

The Storm lost 83-79 to Connecticut. The homestand continues vs. Atlanta Saturday.

CAPITOL HILL ART WALK

Capitol Hill Block Party Poster Show. (Lovecitylove)

Sarah Deasdale: “Technaissance.” (Vermillion)

Tyler Thrasher: “Symbiosis.” (Ghost)

“Blow Up: An Inflatable Art Show.” (Factory)

“Wanna See My Deck?,” skate-deck group show. (True Love)

“Art, Music, and Drinks with Sanctuary Art Center.” (Barca)

TODAY

Katie Kuffel, Paris Alexa, live painting demo. (City Hall Plaza, noon)

TONIGHT

Burt Bcharach. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun)

Blondie, Garbage, John Doe/Exene Cervenka. (Chateau Ste. Michelle)

UB40, Matisyahu, Raging Fyah. (Marymoor Park)

Eagles of Death Metal, Melvins, Spotlights. (Showbox)

Shabazz Palaces in-store. (Easy Street Records)

“Extraordinary Playscapes” design exhibit. (Center for Architecture and Design, thru Sept. 2)

“Summer at SAM” season opener. (Olympic Sculpture Park)

Y La Bamba, Kaeley Pruit-Hamm, Ings (Sick Womxn benefit). (Fremont Abbey)

Cataldo, Lake. (Filson Flagship Store)

Volunteer Park Trust Summer Picnic. (Volunteer Park)

“Hoodoo Love,” ‘30s-set play by Katori Hall. (Sound Theatre Co. at Center Theater, thru July 30)

Silence in the Snow, Newaxeyes, Dust Mice. (Highline)

Aaron Cohen, Tyler Elizza Beth, Youngster Jiji. (Barboza)

Some’tet. (Chapel Performance Space)

Ramona, Pity Party, Ease, more. (Victory Lounge)

Alien Space Kitchen. (Tim’s Tavern)

“The Dollhouse” novelist Fiona Davis. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

“Crash the Glass” series presents Clarkia Cobb, Adena Atkins, Ivy Ross Ricci. (Columbia City Theater)

“Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone” with Seattle Symphony live score. (Benaroya Hall, thru Sun)

“Totally Emo SIng Along.” (Central Cinema)

Film “Mean Girls.” (Peddler Brewing)

Locarno. (Royal Room)

The Future is Feminist Film Festival. (Neptune)

“How to Fall In Love with Anyone” author Mandy Len Catron. (U Book Store)

Disability Rights Washington presents documentary “Bottom Dollars.” (SIFF Uptown)

Mayoral candidates’ forum. (Cornish Playhouse)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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