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THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

We’ve gone n’ done it. Had more consecutive rainless days (52) than we’ve ever had here.

A shame so few of those days, particularly lately, were actually sunny. O well.

WEATHER

One more day of blah blah almost as hot blah blah just as smoggy blah blah blah. Then the winds should change direction some time Friday.

Cliff Mass says as climate change worsens, the Northwest could become a “climate refuge.” (KING)

With all the smoke in the air, “it’s as though a giant cloche has been placed over the whole region, like God is playing molecular gastronomy and we are her smoked langoustine cotton candy duck balloons.” (Lindy West, NYT)

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FOR THE BIRDS

Behold the sage grouse. It’s noble in its own way. And its numbers across the west have seriously shrunk. Can it, and its habitat, be restored? Do today’s Feds even care? (Probably not.) (EarthFix via Crosscut)

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VEHICLES FOR DISPUTE

Councilmember O'Brien's plan to go a little lighter on tickets and penalties for people living in RVs and cars attracted the usual less-than-empathetic responses. Dori Monson suggested finding the most dilapidated old trailers and parking them in front of councilmembers’ homes. (Crosscut) (KING) (KCPQ)

O GIVE ME A HOME

“Rapid rehousing” doesn’t work for everybody. People who can’t quickly get enough work that pays enough to afford private rents, for instance. (The C Is For Crank)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

As predicted, a conservative group has filed a legal challenge to Seattle’s high-earner income tax. Among that suit’s co-plaintiffs: Fremont landowner Suzie Burke, a Microsoft exec, and a former shoe-company CEO. A second, similar group also filed its separate suit. (Weekly) (P-I) (SeaTimes)

It’s really quite easy for Seattle politicians to boast of not taking corporate contributions. They don’t really matter much in our city elections. Business interests have other means to push their influence. (The C Is For Crank)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

A bipartisan subset of the Legislature informally met in an Olympia basement conference room, to see if anything could be done to break the GOP Senate’s capital-budget logjam. (NWNews)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

The process that led to UW prof Michael Katze’s firing was “flawed but fixable.” (UW Daily)

CRIME

“Man posing as Lyft driver picks up passengers in stolen truck.” (KIRO-TV)

IN THE RESISTANCE

Some Seattle attorneys have created short (five-minute) videos to “challenge negative perceptions about Muslims.” (KNKX)

“Is the federal crackdown on sanctuary cities even based on facts?” (Not that that’s ever stopped right-wingers from anything.) (Dave Ross)

Despite the pundits’ blather, North Korea has not specifically threatened Seattle with nuclear weapons. (Guam, yeah, but not Seattle.) If such a holocaust did occur, there’s no evacuation plan. State law forbids even making one. (Slog) (KING)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The big Convention Center expansion still needs funds. And it still needs the city to give up blocks of streets and alleys. In turn, the city wants the project to include more “public benefit” aspects, including affordable housing units. (KUOW)

Affluent landowners near Lake Wenatchee are getting together to buy some Weyerhaeuser-owned timber land nearby, to keep it from getting cut down. (SeaTimes)

WHAT’S PAST ISN’T PAST

Will any remodel/replacement for High School Memorial Stadium preserve, you know, the memorial part? (Feliks Banel)

There’s still no official Kurt Cobain memorial in Seattle (just the unofficial Viretta Park bench). But there will be one for Chris Cornell, funded by his widow. (Nicole Brodeur)

DRUGS

Generic substitutes for some psychoactive meds can really mess up a patient’s mental health. (Sarah Corn, UW Daily)

Snohomish County recently had 37 opioid overdoses in one week (three of them fatal). (KING)

TEK TALK

T-Mobile’s latest “disruptive” concept: an Android phone for 0 down, $5 a month. (GeekWire)

SCREENING PROCESS

While all those “Seattle-set” TV shows and movies were being shot elsewhere, our own Tom Skerritt’s been raising startup funds for a Seattle-based production company, that’s already landed a series on Amazon’s streaming platform. (GeekWire)

SPORTS

The Mariners swept the two-game series at Oakland, winning Wednesday 6-3. The Ms (now three games over .500, and in a Wild Card slot, both for the first time this year) return home to face Anaheim starting tonight.

CAPITOL HILL ART WALK

Summer Art Walk Awards. (Sole Repair Shop)

Leeni Ramadan. (Ghost)

Doug Parry: “Salon des Weirdos.” (Steve Gilbert Studio)

Michael Hall: “Words and Worlds.” (Streetlight Arts)

Outdoor (clothed) figure drawing. (Outside Blue Cone Studios)

Michael W. King abstracts. (Dendroica)

Vibrant Palette group show. (Cafe Pettirosso)

“Mostly Harmless” group show. (True Love)

Gala and Zack Bent: “You Go Ahead (No, You Go Ahead).” (Calypte)

TONIGHT

Staged reading of “Don’t Call It a Riot!,” play by Amontaine Aurore set in Seattle’s Black Panther Party in 1968. (Neptune)

Cake. (Woodland Park Zoo)

“Grassroots Against Gentrification, Part 2.” (Lake Chad Cafe)

Art of Jazz series presents Tarik Abouzied’s Happy Orchestra. (Olympic Sculpture Park)

Pony World Theater presents collaborative play “American Archipelago.” (12th Ave. Arts, thru Sat)

GZA, SIMS, Dyme Def, Kung Foo Grip. (Crocodile)

Temples, My Goodness. (Chop Suey)

Dreancatcher, Cold Soda, Critté. (Barboza)

“Race, Identity, and Culture in the Pacific Northwest” panel. (Central Library)

“The Clockwork Dynasty” novelist Daniel H. Wilson. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Comedian Dwayne Kennedy. (Rendezvous, thru Fri)

We Are Not Mel Torme, Vervex. (Central Saloon)

Keiko Matsui. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun)

Jessica Lurie Ensemble. (Royal Room)

Talking to Strangers. (Nectar)

“Lear(s)” The Shakesperiment,” all-female production of “King Lear” with three alternating lead actors. (Slate Theater, thru Sun)

“Goblin Market,” one-act musical based on a poem by Christina Rossetti. (Center Theater, thru Aug. 27)

“A Tribe Called Yes: Encore,” “improvised hiphop play.” (Jet City Improv)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Intercalation"

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