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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017

Well, that was an interesting primary election, wasn’t it? 

(I wrote that as a “placeholder” paragraph, hours before knowing the results. And, as things turned out and as you’ll see below, it was correct.)

WEATHER

Almost hot enough to be late winter in Arizona.

Big wildfires in BC are sending smoke across the border, making our local sunsets even more colorful and threatening to make breathing more difficult. (KOMO)

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MANY HAPPY (OR NOT) RETURNS

The first primary-election “ballot drop” Tuesday night revealed few clear-cut answers, with only about half the ballots counted. 

But we do know Mike McGinn won’t be the Grover Cleveland of Seattle politics.

Ald we’ll have the first female Seattle mayor in 89 years, since the one term of Bertha Knight Landes. (Don’t blame her for the tunnel machine named after her.) (image: UW LIbraries via KUOW)

And we know one of the potential female mayors in the general election will be the well-funded, carefully-managed Jenny Durkan. 

Her opponent will be either Cary Moon (currently in second place) or Nikkita Oliver (close behind Moon, and counting on late returns). (Crosscut) (Slog) (KUOW)

Prop. 1, the sales tax hike for education and the arts, is trailing in early returns. (Joel Connelly)

In City Council position 8, labor leader Teresa Mosqueda leads tenant-activist Jon Grant and brewery co-owner Sara Nelson. In position 9, incumbent Lorena Gonzalez is way ahead of Pat Murakami. (KOMO)

In the Eastside state Senate race that will determine control of the Legislature, Democrat Manka Dhingra held a big lead over Republican Jinyoung Englund. They’ll vie for real in November. (Connelly)

And the initiative to prevent “safe injection” sites? The County Council didn’t act on it in time, so it won’t make the ballot until next February. (The C Is For Crank)

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the Legislature’s school-funding compromise deal does indeed meet the terms of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, demanding total funding of basic K-12 public schools. (KNKX)

IN THE ZONE

The City Council unanimously approved a big “upzone” for the peripheral blocks of the International District and for Little Saigon. (SeaTimes)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Once again this year, Seattle’s poised to record the nation’s highest average rent hikes, despite having added more than 40,000 new units. (RealPage)

TURNING THE PAGE

The Seattle Mystery Bookshop, downtown since 1990, is looking for a buyer.

MAYHEM

Seattle’s own white-rap superstar Macklemore was ininjured when his Mercedes was hit head-on by a suspected DUI driver on Whidbey Island. (KCPQ) (KOMO)

DRUGS

Snohomish County officials tell a White House opioid task force that they’re “a county in crisis” and “people are dying out here.” (KING) 

TWO WHEELS GOOD

The two new bike-share companies in town report brisk business in their first week. (P-I)

WANNA BUY A BRIDGE?

WSDOT’s storing the components of the former Puyallup River Bridge, and would love to find a buyer for them. (KING)

STATE OF THE ARTS

On the eve of the Seattle Art Fair (and its various “alternative” rival events), meet the Tacoma figurative painter who’s “reframing how we see black bodies.” (Crosscut)

THE PLANE TRUTH

The Boeing/White House dispute over new Air Force One planes may have been resolved. The Air Force said it’ll consider buying two 747s built for, but not delivered to, a Russian (who else?) airline that went bankrupt. (PS Biz Journal)

In a partial reversal of its past outsourcing drives, Boeing’s bringing avionics design for its aircraft back in-house. (GeekWire)

THE BIG A

The Onion has some fictional Jeff Bezos advice for startup dotcoms: “Hire well; value customers; and realize someday we will utterly crush you.” 

LABOR PANES

A federal judge in Seattle tossed out a suit by the US Chamber of Commerce, which wanted to block the Seattle ordinance allowing ride-share drivers to unionize. (Slog)

SAD

The child actor who starred in Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” video in ’92 died last year while swimming in Puerto Rico. A Billboard story recounts Trevor Wilson’s life as a reluctant celebrity, NYC party kid, and UN international-development worker.

R.I.P.

Jeff Brotman, 74, was the son of Bernie Brotman, who started the old mall-based teen clothing chains Bernie’s and Bottoms. The younger Brotman then co-founded Costco. He helped nurture the discount warehouse into the world’s third- or fourth-largest retailer (depending on who’s keeping track), despite having less than 750 stores scattered across 11 countries. He and partner Jim Senegal insisted on treating employees well, even when Wall Street advised them not to. (KCPQ) (PS Biz Journal)

SPORTS

The Mariners won again at Texas, 8-7. The three-game series ends today.

TONIGHT

Violent Femmes, Echo and the Bunnymen. (Woodland Park Zoo)

“Forward: Origin Stories,” writing and art inspired by old postcards. (The Factory)

Refuse Fascism NW meeting. (First Baptist)

Deborah Faye Lawrence “Strumpet of Justice” exhibit opening/artist talk. (Bonfire Art)

“Am I Normal?: Weird French Pop Music.” (Revolver)

Collage art by Deborah Faye Lawrence. (Bonfire, thru Aug. 31)

“Young Lives: Short Films,” stories of queer/trans youth. (NW Film Forum)

Silent reading party. (Sorrento)

Nathaniel Johnstone Band. (High Dive)

Scrape, “conductor-less symphony orchestra.” (Chapel Performance Space)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Autotrophic"

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