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TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017

Word is very few people have turned in their mail ballots in the primary election that ends today.

That ain’t good.

As we’ve all learned lately, democracy needs all of us to take part, to keep it alive.

So: Vote, dammit!

WEATHER

Evolving over the week from ridiculously hot to obscenely hot.

This week will be even more unbearable in Oregon. (P-I) (Cliff Mass)

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RING THE ALARMS

The Two Bells Bar and Grill has been the epicenter of a certain cozy, unpretentious, yet arty subculture for more than three decades. It’s been the “living room” for the Belltown music and arts scenes, and more recently a watering hole for PopCap Games and KNKX workers. It helped pioneer the shtick of rotating art shows on barroom walls, and has also hosted little theatrical and music performances. 

And, like every place else in Seattle, it’s threatened.

A developer who doesn’t even yet own the Bells’ building/land wants to build another high-rise, mixed-use, apartment/retail blah blah blah.

In theory, the project could take up the quarter-block’s two parking lots and the storefront building currently occupied by the Mary’s Place shelter network (which is getting new digs in the nearby Amazon campus); but leave the Bells’ building (a designated landmark) intact. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Elsewhere, the Bonney-Watson Funeral Home says it’s got a buyer for its Broadway land, and expects to wind down its own business within a year or so. (Capitol Hill Times)

The city would really like developers to leave more air space between new towers, and is giving more zoning brownie-points if they do. (SeaTimes)

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THE WALKING ED

More people who want Ed Murray to walk away from the last months of his mayoral term: Councilmember Sawant and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). (Crosscut) (KIRO-TV) (Slog)

ECO

Wheat-stalk waste from eastern Washington will soon make pulp for paper, leaving at least a few trees standing. (NWNews via KNKX)

Some State Patrol troopers claim their new SUVs emit carbon monoxide exhaust into their interiors. (SeaTimes)

IN THE RESISTANCE

At upload time we still hadn’t heard whether or not a West Seattle Republican convinced Burien’s city council to repeal its “sanctuary city” ordinance. (Slog)

Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole responded to the White House occupant’s speech in praise of police brutality with a statement blaming the right and the left alike for the nation’s current divisions. Uh, no. Nobody on the left is advocating for either crime or for police misbehavior. (Slog)

The ongoing trials over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge militia standoff may exemplify how “far-right groups are winning the social media battle.” (NPR)

O GIVE ME A HOME

A lesser-known candidate for the Seattle Port Commission believes the Port should buy a surplus cruise ship, rent out the guest rooms as a floating hotel, and give the staff quarters over to a homeless shelter. (Seattle mag)

Washington now has “more homeless students than most states.” And those numbers keep rising. (SeaTimes)

SIC TRANSIT

King County Metro’s offering summer weekend shuttle buses to several popular trailheads. (KCTS)

THE BIG A

Amazon’s one constistantly profitable line of business (computing/hosting services for other dotcoms) is literally subsidizing everything else the company, and Jeff Bezos’ other ventures, are doing. (GeekWire)

TEK TALK

Here in the City of Software, the City of Seattle embarked on a plan to put all its departments under one central IT unit. What could possibly go wrong? (Crosscut)

A data breach may have compromised the personal data of some 3,000 employees at Alaska Air’s Virgin America unit. (KCPQ)

R.I.P.

Bob Cram, 91, was the second and best-known of KING-TV’s three “cartooning weathermen.” Besides delivering the nightly forecast with funny drawings, he also hosted a skiing show on the station, promoted ski resorts, illustrated Bill Speidel’s “underground” local-history books, an ddesigned the QFC stores’ “Q-head” mascot. (KING)

Jeanne Moreau, 89, was a global screen star for nearly six decades, appearing in such clasics as “The Lovers,” “Jules and Jim,” “The Bride Wore Black,” and “Diary of a Chambermaid.” (NYT)

UPDATES

The families of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting victims have reached an $18 million settlement with the school district. (KIRO-FM)

SPORTS

The Mariners came back from a 4-0 deficit to beat Texas 6-4 and creep above the .500 mark. Same teams tonight.

A guy who wants to own an NHL team was spotted at Seattle City Hall, for what it’s worth. (KING)

TONIGHT

National Night Out block parties. (Various spots)

Fleet Week. (Waterfront Park, thru Sun)

Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun)

“First Folk Tuesday” series presents Transient Vultures, Strangely and Friends, Inner City Medicine Show, Jesse Stout. (Cafe Racer)

Green Day, Catfish, Bottlemen. (White River Amphitheatre)

Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, DRAM. (Tacoma Dome)

Primary ballot drop party. (Cloud Room)

Planned Parenthood block party. (Big Chickie)

“My Oh My: The Dave Niehaus Story” author Billy Mac. (U Book Store)

Comedy Nest series presents Dewa Dorje. (Rendezvous)

Yr Parents, An Atomic Whirl, Lindseys. (Victory Lounge)

Megan Krantz Project, Ronhaar, Jana Detrick. (High Dive)

Wes Swing, Eleanor Murray, Alberta. (Rendezvous)

Suffering Fuckheads. (Royal Room)

“Over & Under,” evening of two one-act plays. (Annex Theatre, thru Aug. 16)

Film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” (Denny Park)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Playwright/actor Sam Shepard, who died Monday):

"I feel like the writers that I’m drawn to, the writers that I really cling to, are the writers who seem to be writing out of a desperate act. It’s like their writing is part of a survival kit. Those are the writers that I just absolutely cherish and carry with me everywhere I go."

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