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WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017

It’s the end of Babeland as we know it, except as a store and a brand owned by a California company. Neither of the two founders of the prioneering “female friendly” sex-toy shop lives here any more, so the move was probably inevitable. A moment of silence from your Pocket Rockets is deserved.

WEATHER

Perhaps I shouldn’t even have a “Weather” section until the weather changes, which won’t be for the rest of the week at least.

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PLAY THAT FUNKO MUSIC

Funko, the purveyor of those increasingly popular big-headed dolls of cartoon, comics, TV, and movie characters, has moved into Everett’s former Bon Marché building. And it’s installing giant versions of some of its more popular products along the building’s exterior. (GeekWire)

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IN THE RESISTANCE

A judge ruled that the feds can’t stop the NW Immigrant Rights Project from advising immigrants who don’t have other legal representation. (Slog)

US House Republicans want to prevent states from imposing sales taxes on online purchases from out-of-state e-commerce sites. Rep. Pramila Jayapal strongly objects. (KNKX)

The Justice Dept.'s devising even more strictures against "sanctuary cities." (AP)

POLICING THE POLICE

The Seattle Police Officers Guild has filed an unfair-labor-practices complaint about Mayor Murray’s order for officers to wear body cams. (Crosscut) (KCPQ)

The Police Community Police Commission recommended paying police officers more if they have foreign-language skills. (Slog)

THE WALKING ED

Kshama Sawant wants the City Council to “make a political statement” regarding the Murray scandals. (KIRO-FM)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Ex-diplomat Brian Stout says the Seattle mayoral election could prove to the nation that “there is a better path” than that pursued by the current DC regime. (South Seattle Emerald)

ECO

Scientists in submarines will live-stream their explorations of previously-unexplored depths off the Washington coast. (Slog)

AG

Not only does Washington have a potential-record cherry crop, Chinese buyers are paying top dollar for the fruits, to the point that wholesalers chartered a “Cherry Express” jet to bring ‘em over. (KOMO)

STATE OF THE ARTS

The Seattle Arts Fair (and all its “alternative to…” events) comes next weekend. This time, will it attract (1) more buyers, and specifically (2) more buyers buying work by local artists? (SeattleMet)

TEL AVIV

For the first time in a decade, “Grey’s Anatomy” is filming scenes in Seattle. In other news, “Grey’s Anatomy” is still on the air. (KCPQ)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Home prices in Seattle continue to rise at twice the national average. (GeekWire)

Foreign buyers are starting to find the Seattle home market too steep. (SeaTimes)

Four more (apparently) arson fires at homeless encampments were set early Tuesday, this time west of NW Leary Way. A nunchaku-wielding man was arrested; the police investigation continues. (KOMO)

FROM THE LAND OF BILLY TIPTON AND RACHEL DOLEZAL

Prosecutors say a man wanted in three 1990 Spokane murders had gender-reassignment surgery in 2000 to elude capture. The now-Donna Perry was sentenced to life without parole. (AP)

DRUGS

The initiative to ban safe-injection sites got enough signatures to make the ballot, either this November or the following spring. Its initial donors include a Bothell developer/politician and the woman who gave us city-council districts. (Slog) (KCPQ)

The state health dept. put up a billboard in Yakima showing happy Latino/a youths and the slogan “We Don’t Need Pot to Have Fun.” The department was laughed at into "reviewing" the campaign. (AP)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Hortizon Air still can’t find enough pilots; cancels more scheduled flights. (SeaTimes)

UPDATES

A warrant has been issued for Cody Lee Miller, aka “#ManInTree.” Miller was evicted from his housing unit two weeks ago, and has allegedly violated terms of his Mental Health Court case. (SeaTimes)

WE'RE #2!

Another of those wacky online listicals, this one from “WalletHub,” ranked US cities on assorted “indicators of attractiveness.” Seattle came in second, behind (would you believe) Virginia Beach. (PI.com) 

SPORTS

The Mariners took five hours and 13 innings to beat the Red Sox 6-5, getting back to .500 in the process. The three-game series ends today.

The Storm lost at LA 68-60. Home vs. Dallas Friday.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is talking ever-so-slightly more positive about putting a team back in Seattle one of these decades. (KIRO-TV)

TONIGHT

Neil Diamond. (KeyArena)

Blonde Redhead, Porcelain Raft. (Neumos)

Joe Ross and the Bird Watchers. (Parlaiment)

“Two Hour Transport” reading series presents Genevieve Williams and Ophir Ronen. (Cafe Racer)

“Pleasure to the People: Stories of QTPOC Sex & Love.” (NW African American Museum)

Hard Rocks, Sky Penis, Radioshark, Quicknine. (High Dive)

The Witness, Savoy Night Owls. (Royal Room)

“Code: Debugging the Gender Gap” conference. (Pacific Science Center)

“The Future of Nuclear Energy After Fukushima.” (Ada’s Technical Books)

"Science Slam #6.” (Vermillion)

“The Significance of Allyship.” (Code Fellows)

“Hide Your Fear” novelist Kevin O’Brien. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Tobin Sprout, Elf Power. (Barboza)

Moon Temple, somesurprises, Neat Beats. (Crocodile)

Undergang, Necrot, Hissing Fetid. (Highline)

Karlos Marz Band. (Ohana)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings"):

“The world had been sad since Tuesday. Sea and sky were a single ash-gray thing and the sands of the beach, which on March nights glimmered like powdered light, had become a stew of mud and rotten shellfish.”

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