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WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017

Spy magazine (the same '80s “humor” rag that once relentlessly promoted, via supposed “ridicule,” a certain egotistical NYC real-estate developer) had a regular feature called “Logrolling In Our Time.” The simple premise: quoting two authors’ back-cover blurbs for each other’s books. 

Now, logrolling (the original timber-country sport) is the subject of an attempted comeback, and the UW is one of the places promoting it. I couldn’t be prouder. (And yes, you may quote me on this.)

WEATHER

One more day of hot stuff; then cloudier and cooler Thursday (with perhaps scattered showers).

A bout of lightning storms up north has lit a lot of BC wildfires. Will their smoke affect next month’s eclipse viewing? (Cliff Mass)

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DANCE LIKE THE WORLD NEEDS IT

A ‘70s bumper sticker said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.” More recently, a community event in Othello Park bore the title “Where Does Black Joy Live?: A Day of Dance and Celebration.” Reagan Jackson at the Seatle Globalist explains the event, its premises, and the “necessity for black joy.”

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Nick Hanauer tells Politico’s readers (“my fellow plutocrats”) they can do one easy-to-explain thing to stop the nation’s descent into the “pitchforks” of angry far-right-populism that threaten them as well as the rest of us—support higher minimum wages.

POLICING THE POLICE

If Seattle’s such a “model for progressive policing,” Sam Levin asks in the UK Guardian, “why was Charleena Lyles killed?” One theory, Lyles relatives suggest, is that police are “trailed to kill.”

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A Bellevue fourth-grader, whose video tale of being bullied became a YouTube hit, has taken her complaint to the Bellevue School Board. (KIRO-TV)

DEVELOPING STORIES

After more than a decade, and a succession of four would-be developers, the empty block in front of City Hall at Third and James will finally become something. Mayor Murray sent the City Council a proposed deal with Bosa Development, which plans a residential tower, a public plaza, and a few million for affordable housing elsewhere. (PI.com)

While many women in Seattle’s tech biz complain of limited opportunities, the Space Needle’s new remodel will contain actual “galss ceilings.” (KIRO-TV)

The Seattle Aquarium’s finishing plans for a $100 million expansion plan, to coincide with the new waterfront boulevard. (PI.com)

TEK TALK

Seattle-based Code.org says “a record number of women and underrepresented minorities” took advanced-placement exams in computer science this spring. (GeekWire)

Seattle’s passed Washington DC as America’s “second-best tech city,” according to a report by a real-estate services company. (GeekWire)

ECO

Seattle’s city government loves to talk about climate action. But as for serious carbon reduction, a lot still has gotta be done. (KUOW)

Spokane’s city council passed a “Sustainability Action Plan” to unilaterally combat climate change. (KNKX)

A contractor’s report says the West Point Treatment Plant, which suffered a catastrophic failure during a flood earlier this year, was “ill prepared” to handle the increased volume from a booming population—growth that isn’t slowing down any time soon. (KING) (SeaTimes)

In happier news, Seattle’s “recycling rate” is inching towards 60 percent. (KOMO)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Homelessness advocates lost a battle to increase the size of the human-services levy coming to King County ballots this fall. (Slog)

DRUGS

Albertsons/Safeway will pay a $3 million penalty, after the feds charged the chain didn’t report stolen opioid pills from Washington and Alaska stores promptly enough. (KOMO)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Alaska Airlines will phase out the Airbus jets it inherited from Virgin America, to again have an all-Boeing fleet. (PS Biz Journal)

The state Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal against new passenger facilities at Everett’s Paine Field. (KING)

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

A decade ago, Bill Gates teamed with Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal to buy the Four Seasons Hotel chain. Profits have been hard to come by; the partners have feuded. But now, things are supposedly going more smoothly. (WSJ)

SPORTS

Sounders FC, back from MLS’s midseason break, is home tonight vs. DC United.

The Mariners fell 6-2 at Houston. The three-game series ends today.

The Storm lost 94-83 to Chicago. At LA next Tuesday.

Tuesday’s Storm game was also a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. Only “mild” protests occurred outside. (USAT) (SeaTimes)

TONIGHT

“TUF” zine release party. (Dino’s Tomato Pie)

“Jazz Talk” with Dr. Julian Priester, D’Vonne Lewis, Johnaye Kendrick. (Central Library)

Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie. (Chateau Ste. Michelle)

Joan Shelley. (Tractor)

Crybaby Studios presents Close Encounter, Dead Spells, Neu Yeuth. (Timbre Room)

Going-away party. (Purr)

R5. (Crocodile)

Star Anna. (Chihuly Garden & Glass, 5:30 pm)

Prince tribute night. (Sunset)

Ian Hale & the Legacy, Bad Saint, Alone With Everybody. (High Dive)

Billy Joe Show. (Slim’s Last Chance)

“Mal DeFleur Farewell Tour.” (Pony)

People People, Queenside Castle, Katie Kuffel. (Vermillion)

Concert film “Stop Making Sense.” (NW Film Forum)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

Swingeing”

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