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MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017

Here we are, in the dog daze of summer. If I were a Parisian, or a New York psychiatrist, I’d be taking the whole month off. 

Instead, we’re still here, recounting what the heck’s going on around here. 

Including the big city primary election. Your ballot’s gotta be in (or postmarked) by tomorrow.

There are 21 (count ‘em!) candidates for mayor, none of whom are the one we’ve got now. There are several online voter guides to guide your big choice. 

So get it sent, okay?

WEATHER

Would you believe, even hotter? Like, approaching 100 later this week?

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ON THE STREET

The Seafair Torchlight Parade, that annual open-air tribute to “family” squareness, is right up there on the list of Seattle things most of my friends detest but I like. This year’s installment had singer-songwriter-sometime politician John Roderick as the King Neptune. The grand marshall was one Billy Burke (who, I’m told, starred in the “Twilight” movies, not in “The Wizard of Oz”). (P-I) (KING)

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I HAVE THE POWER!

Among the White House’s less publicized nefarious schemes: a long-range plan to privatize the Columbia River hydroelectric system. Potential side effects could include sharp rate hikes, the disappearance of central/eastern Washington’s Internet “server farms”, and more complications to removing/altering dams to help save fish runs. (NYT)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The landlord of an apartment building whose awful conditions made him the namesake for a city tenant-proteciton law is threatening to sue the city for $25 million, after Councilmember Sawant called him a “slumlord.” (Slog)

Should the head of City Light, already Seattle’s highest-paid employee, be the sole decider of whether he also deserves a big bonus? Councilmember Herbold thinks not. (Crosscut)

Those newfangled “democracy vouchers” haven’t stopped big money from playing its usual role in the mayoral race. (SeaTimes)

Ed Murray signed priority-hire and bias-free-policing laws. (KING)

POLICING THE POLICE

We now know more (sad) details of the night when Kent police, after a high-speed chase, fatally shot 20-year-old Giovonn Joseph-McDade. (Weekly)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Could Wash. state create its own “single payer” health-care system? (Weekly)

IN THE RESISTANCE

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has asked Congress to protect the rights of trans folk to serve in the US military. (KOMO)

Four people have sued an Oregon county jail that’s taken on “overflow” prisoners from Tacoma’s for-profit immigration jail, in spite of Oregon’s “sanctuary state” proclamation. (SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The Eastside race that could “flip” the state Senate has drawn Big Oil money and bizarre GOP-funded “attack ads.” (Joel Connelly) (SeaTimes)

Gov. Inslee has stated that if Dems retake the state Senate, he’ll ask ‘em to redo the big property-tax shift in the recently-passed state budget. (News Tribune)

ECO

What’s killing big swaths of Washington’s sword ferns? Scientists are trying to figure it out. (KUOW)

A long-term drive to get the most hazardous kinds of pesticides out of Seattle parks isn’t going all that well. (Slog)

THE RACE IS ON

Seahawk Michael Bennett spoke at a Judkins Park “Say Her Name” rally Saturday, to benefit Charleena Lyles’ family. Later that day, he and local hiphop star Draze hosted a “Power Summit” at the Seattle Art Museum, to help empower minority-owned businesses in this rapidly-gentrifying city. (KING) (KUOW)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Is it better to build giant block-size apartment complexes if they look as if they were several, smaller buildings? (Crosscut)

GRUB

Yet another potential victim of the Seattle boom: our city’s great contribution to the fast-food universe, chicken teriyaki. (Seattle mag)

THE BIG A

Should Amazon pay the extra costs of extra buses to carry all its interns? (The C Is For Crank)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Boeing’s profits keep climbing while its in-state workforce keeps shrinking. (SeaTimes)

United Airlines threw a big fete for its last 747 passenger flight. (via KOMO)

DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE

There’s a whole society of “futurists,” and they had a convention in Seattle last week. If they had a definitive answer to climate change, the ongoing US political disaster, or the cost of Seattle housing, they didn't give one, at leas not as far as I've been able to determine. (GeekWire)

SPORTS

The Storm broke the “century mark” for the first time this season on Friday, beating Dallas at home 109-93. But then on Sunday, the Storm fell 93-82 to Minnesota. At Dallas this Friday.

The Mariners got back to .500 and won the weekend series vs. the Mets, winning Sunday 9-1. At Texas starting tonight.

Sounders FC ground to a scoreless draw vs. the Sigi Schmid-coached LA Galaxy. At Minnesota Saturday.

Should Major League Soccer adopt “relegation” (kicking a season’s worst teams down to a lower tier of play) like most soccer orgs around the world do? One mogul’s offering a $4 billion media deal if they do. (Geoff Baker)

TONIGHT

“Halloween in July.” (Revolver)

“Songs for the Salish Sea.” (Royal Room)

Improvised violin with Emily Ravenscroft. (Two Bells)

Haunted Horses, KA, Miscomings. (Cafe Pettirosso)

Shake the Baby Til the Love Comes Out, Beverly Crusher, more. (Chop Suey)

Bent Knee, Coco Columbia, Garbeau. (Barboza)

Jazz singer Yuka. (Jazz Alley)

Dusty, Yeah No Totally, Vivian. (Sunset)

Sparkle Carpet, Mercy Seat, Bird Teeth. (Lucky Liquor)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

“Turgor”

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