Our long local nightmare (or bout of heat-and-smoke related insomnia) might (just might, mind you) soon be over.

Our long national nightmare just goes on.


Would you believe, smogless sunny skies by Saturday? Would you believe, a chance of rain Sunday?

“The long Seattle haze shows how climate change will hurt the poor.” (Sarah Myhre, Slog)



Researchers discovered “an unbelievably massive volcanic engine” of magma under Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens. Its total volume: “about the size of 2.6 Lake Michigans.” (I F*ing Love Science)



Geov Parrish says, “A narrow loss in the primary is the best possible outcome for the movement [Nikkita] Oliver leads.” His reasoning: a narrow victory would have just set up Oliver for a defeat to Jenny Durkan’s big-money campaign; but Cary Moon stands a better chance of defeating Durkan, especially if she invites Oliver and/or her supporters into her coalition.

Councilmember O’Brien introduced his bill easing restrictions on people living in vehicles in certain parts of town. It also includes a provision to establish dozens of small, authorized RV encampments around the city (replacing an experiment with a few big parking sites that didn’t work out). The usual NIMBY forces are, as we mentioned yesterday, “already freaking out” about it. (KIRO-TV) (KUOW) (Slog)


The State Supreme Court upheld Seattle’s 2015 guns-and-ammo tax. (P-I)


Remember, when Republicans say “voter fraud,” they’re really talking about a made-up excuse for voter suppression. (Dan Savage)


Big agriculture and industry groups want the White House to weaken Northwest salmon protections. (AP)

The new BC provincial government took legal steps to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. (Lynda V. Mapes)


State and federal agencies are investigating the case of the migrant farm worker who died after falling ill at a Whatcom County berry farm. (KUOW)

A passenger on a Seattle-San Jose flight peered over to a nearby seat and saw a man on a cell phone, using an “oversize” typeface to compose a text hinting at a child-porn production arrangement. The woman notified flight attendants. The man was arrested. The Tacoma woman to whom the man was sending the text was arrested later. (KING) (KING)

Ride the Ducks crash victims and their survivors are now suing the tour line’s owner, ex-KING air personality Brian Tracey. Their attorneys claim he led a corporate culture that devalued safety in favor of profit. (KIRO-TV)


An official investigation found “numerous issues relating to patient safety” at Swedish/Cherry Hill. (SeaTimes)


People in Wash. state fear another “housing bubble” more than people in the rest of the country. (SeaTimes)


The “Yakama War History Project” is looking for descendants of U.S. Army combatants in the 1855-58 territorial wars. (KNKX)

Do we need theorizing about Chris Cornell’s death as part of some “pattern” involving Seattle musicians unprepared for the stress of global fame? Well, we’ve gotten such theorizing anyway. (Paste)

Volunteer sleuths claim to have found part of D.B. Cooper’s parachute. (KIRO-TV)


Due to the opioid crisis, drug-related deaths in King County hit a record high in 2016. (SeaTimes)

A Pierce County man was arrested for investigation of fourth-degree assault. His alleged victim told sheriff’s deputies the suspect had been huffing 50-75 cans of whipped cream per day. (KCPQ)


United Airlines is joining Alaska Air in offering passenger flights from Everett’s Paine Field starting next year. (KING)


Amazon may try to muscle in on Ticketmaster’s turf. (GeekWire)


That other woman-founded local sex-toy retailer, the Auburn-based Lovers chain, filed for Chapter 11 protection. It had previously been acquired by speculators (along with three other chains elsewhere in the country), taking on a lot of debt in the process. (SeaTimes)


Six years after he arrived at (and saved) Intiman Theater, Andrew Russell’s going back to NYC. Under Russell, Intiman (once marketed as “Seattle’s Classic Theater”) not only came back from near-death, but got repositioned as a showcase for women/minority playwrights. (Crosscut)


The Seahawks’ preseason starts Sunday vs. the newly-moved LA Chargers, at the MLS LA Galaxy’s stadium in Carson CA.

Sounders FC’s home vs. Sporting Kansas City Saturday.

The Mariners came back in the 8th to tie Anaheim, only to fall in the 9th inning 6-3. The series continues thru Sunday.

The Storm’s at Phoenix Saturday.

Storm head coach Jenny Boucek was dismissed Thursday. Gary Kloppenburg’s her interim replacement. (AP)


Trailer Park Drag Strip. (Georgetown Trailer Park Mall)

Carson Reed-Keeble. (NuPasa)

“Michael Dormer and the Legend of the Hot Curl.” (Fantagraphics Bookstore)

Mark Selander: “Machine Safari.” (All City Coffee)

Patrick Kelly: “In Time.” (Bridge Productions)

“Insectarium” group show. (Eight and Sand)


Documentary “Dawson City: Frozen Time.” (NW Film Forum, Fri-Sun)

Columbia City Blues Festival. (Royal Room, Fri-Sun)


DJs Vodka Twist and Janet Hurt. (Cafe Racer, Fri)

South Lake Union Block Party. (Denny and Westlake, Fri)

School of Visual Concepts “Steamroller Smackdown,” printing posters with a real steamroller. (9th and Denny, Fri)

“Bus Bash” with Sisters, Beverly Crusher, Nolan Garret (Washington Bus benefit). (Vera Project, Fri)

SAM Remix. (Olympic Sculpture Park, Fri)

Bryan Ferry. (Chateau Ste. Michelle, Fri)

Telekenesis, Y La Bamba, Haley Heynderickx. (Mural Amphitheater, Fri)

High Plains, Wild Card, Cruel Diagonals. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

Swirlies, Cruel Summer. (Barboza, Fri)

“Problem Glyphs” creator Eliza Gauger. (Fred Wildlife Refuge, Fri)

Nacho Picasso, King Leez, Gifted Gab, more. (Nectar, Fri)

Full Toilet, the Chasers, Shit Ghost, Weird Numbers. (Sunset, Fri)

Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers record release. (Easy Street Records, Fri)

“Clamor! A Musical Insurgency,” with the Salt Riot, Zombie Jihad, more (Black Prisoners’ Caucus T.E.A.C.H. benefit). (Skylark, Fri)

“Gork, the Teenage Dragon” novelist Gabe Hudson. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Fri)

Film “Beetlejuice.” (Cal Anderson Park, Fri)


KNDD Summer Camp, with Metric, Minus the Bear, Beth Ditto, Vance Joy, more. (Marymoor Park, Sat-Sun)


“Lusio: A Night to Awaken,” with sound and light-art installations and Apex Aerial Arts. (Volunteer Park, Sat)

Lush Sounds Vol. 3, with DJs Riz and Kid Hopps. (Volunteer Park Conservatory, Sat)

“Rock-A-Hula!” party with Boss Martians, Black Crabs, Ukadelics, Tikigraphs, DJ Vodka Twist. (Club Sur, Sat)

Wild Powwers, Dusty, Happy Times Sad Times. (Machine House, Sat)

Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth. (WaMu Theater, Sat)

Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival. (Rainier Ave. S., Sat)

Seattle Iranian Festival. (Seattle Center, Sat)

SODO Flea Market. (2910 1st Ave. S., Sat)

Jessica McCourt’s hand-cut paper works. (Curtis Steiner studio, Sat)

“Protect Planned Parenthood” rally. (2001 E. Madison, 9 am Sat)

Signing for Tatiana Gill’s “Wombgenta: Feminist Comix.” (Arcane Comics, Sat)

Kings of Cavalier, Lust Punch, KLED, Transient Vultures (homeless-youth benefit). (Highline, Sat)

Seattle TransportationCamp, “unconference.” (MG2, Sat)


Dusty 45s, Yada Yada Blues Band, South Sound Tug & Barge, Opal-Thistle Pistol Sisters. (Drunky’s Two Shoes, Sun)

Othello International Festival. (Othello Park, Sun)

Margaret Glaspy, Liza Anne. (Crocodile, Sun)

Hillary Susz, Cellar Bells, Arbor Towers. (High Dive, Sun)

Mama Tits in “Sweet Like Candy: A Live Original Jazz and Blues Cabaret Experience.” (Triple Door, Sun)

Pornadoes. (Hotel Albatross, Sun)


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