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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2017

Yesterday was nine years since the start of the Beijing Olympics (they began on 08/08/08, the number 8 being considered lucky in Chinese folklore).

And now we’re gold-medalling that town for smog.

WEATHER

Still muggy, still smoggy.

The smoke’s gotten worse again, so burn bans are on again. (KOMO)

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ECO

The term “Salish Sea,” describing the combined inland waters of Wash. and BC, seems ubiquitous now. But it was coined less than a decade ago, by a former WWU prof. His intent: to help people recognize Puget Sound, the straits of Georgia and Juan De Fuca, and their adjacent inlets and sources as one ecosystem. (KNKX)

An Indigenous-led “silent march” protested Tacoma’s planned LNG plant/terminal. (KING)

The state recently found “very, very low” levels of plutonium in the air at Hanford. (AP)

There’s only so much that can be done to save Washington bull trout in dammed rivers. (Crosscut)

Oregon officials say WIllamette River steelhead could face extinction. (AP)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

Barring an unlikely primary-vote recount, it seems pretty sure November’s mayoral runoff will be Jenny Durkan vs. Cary Moon. (Slog) (PubliCola) (Crosscut)

The City Council will rule on a proposal to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal records. (SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

As the state continues to operate without a Legislature-approved capital budget, layoffs loom in the near future. The big Burke Museum expansion’s only still going thanks to a UW loan. (News Tribune) (SeaTimes)

POLICING THE POLICE

Police bicycle officers rode behind families of police-shooting victims, marching after Umoja Fest on South Jackson Street. The SPD says it was just a coincidence. (Slog)

DRUGS

A Microsoft engineer was found dead from a heroin OD, with a “dark web” site still on his home PC screen. Now, the dealer convicted of selling him the junk faces up to eight years in prison. (P-I)

Bellevue’s city council voted to ban “safe injection” sites. Federal Way’s council did likewise. (Weekly) (KCPQ)

Tacoma and Pierce County have different “head-on” approaches against the opioid crisis. (KING)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The residential development at Sound Transit’s Capitol Hill Station will probably look like, well, a bunch of midrise modern apartment blocks. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

UPDATES

The man charged with trying to burn down the U District’s Agua Verde restaurant was also accused of torching the Univeristy Heights Center. (P-I)

THE RACE IS ON

A “disenrolled” Nooksack tribal member says, “they’re playing Russian roulette with my life.” (KUOW)

SIC TRANSIT 

Apparently, a lot of Seattle’s newcomers didn’t get the memo about not contributing to overcrowded roads. (Gene Balk)

STUFF I COULD”VE MENTIONED YESTERDAY (SORRY)

A coroner’s van’s back doors suddenly opened on an Olympia street. An occupied gurney fell out onto the roadway. Thankfully, the gurney's occupant was already deceased. Thankfully, it didn’t crash into any other vehicle. (KIRO-TV)

THE BIG A

Like its precursors as America’s #1 shop-at-home company (Sears, Montgomery Ward), Amazon’s amassing a collection of “house brands” in a wide range of product lines. Amazon’s sales pages often don’t mention that a particular brand is Amazon’s own. (Quartz)

TEK TALK

In the fallout from that now-fired male Google engineer’s email screed about women in tech, Dave Ross ponders whether more high-ranking women techies would at least make software error messages less insultingly snarky.

R.I.P.

Glen Campbell, 81, was one of LA’s “wrecking crew” studio backup musicians, and briefly a member of the Beach Boys’ touring band, before he became a country-pop superstar in the mid-’60s. (Sean Nelson)

Sherman Alexie discusses the “honest eulogy he didn’t give his mother.” (KUOW)

SPORTS

The free-falling Storm  fell 84-71 at Connecticut. At Phoenix Saturday.

The Mariners came back from a 5-0 deficit to beat Oakland 7-6, with a Leonys Martin home run in the 10th inning. The two-game series ends today.

TODAY

Out to Lunch presents Skerik’s Bandalabra. (Two Union Square)

TONIGHT

“Not This Time” panel on race and law enforcement, with Sheriff John Urquhart. (Seattle Vocational Institute)

Naomi Punk, Dreamdecay, Ghostbitch. (Fred Wildlife Refuge)

Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves. (Marymoor Park)

Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat. (CenturyLink Field)

Eyehategod, The Accused AD, Coffin Break, more. (El Corazon)

Count Vaseline, Russ Toman, Ballard Train Wreck. (Slim’s Last Chance)

Amadou & Mariam. (Triple Door, thru Thurs)

“The Grip of It” novelist Jac Jemc. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Filipino film “The Woman Who Left.” (NW Film Forum)

Lucent Dossier Experience. (Moore)

Urban Renewal Project. (Columbia City Theater)

Royal Blood. (Showbox)

A-WA. (Crocodile)

BobbyrocK, Jake’s Meadow, Stucky Jackson & the Boys. (Substation)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Alain de Botton):

"So much gets lost under the inner imperative never to be a bit weird."

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