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TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017

The sun went away and then came back. 

Just like kids back from college, LSD flashbacks, and that ex who still pines for you even though it could never have worked out.

WEATHER

Bright and hot through Wednesday. Possible showers Thursday.

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THERE WENT THE SUN

For once, a natural-phenomenon thang went down around here just the way it was scripted. The sky was clear and bright, then clear and strangely less bright, then clear and bright again. Temperatures dropped and re-rose. The outdoor light looked like a movie "day for night" shot. People viewed and enjoyed, and glimpsed a small part of the realms beyond our own world. 

As for the old druids’ omens, the ones about massive shifts in society, time will have to tell.

“Ugh! The goddamn eclipse made me cry.” (Katie Herzog)

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Yesterday, we told you about former state GOP head Chris Vance speaking at a Westlake Park rally, thoroughly denouncing the White House occupant. Today, we learn one of his recommended solutions to our national political mess. He wants a new “centrist” party. (As if that’s not what the Clinton/Obama Democrats have become already.) (Crosscut)

Amazon is one of the last 26 companies still directly advertising on Breitbart, the extreme-right-wing “news” site run once and now again by Steve Bannon. (Paul Constant)

There’s one company still willing to do business with the Daily Stormer (a website even more extreme than Breitbart). It’s a locally-based online security firm. (GeekWire) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

If we’re to believe a superficial “trends” article, some upscale young adult folks in Seattle, LA, and elsewhere are somehow choosing to live in micro-apartments (or even in vehicles), not as a necessity but as a lifestyle option. Really? (CS Monitor) 

KCPQ has a more realistic look at people living in private RV lots for lack of anything better. 

DEVELOPING STORIES

The East Design Review Board liked some, but not all, of what it heard at a meeting about retail/apartment plans for the Capitol Hill light-rail station site. The board told the developers to come back with revisions. (Capitol Hill Times)

THE RACE IS ON

SeattleMet’s new PubliCola beat writer grew up in Pullman with an Arab father and a Japanese mother. Here’s her story.

POLICING THE POLICE

Eugene Nelson, the 20-year-old shot by Kent police, had lost his mother a mere seven months before his death. The brother/son they left behind is still trying to make sense of it all. (Crosscut)

DRUGS

A new lawsuit by some local “harm reduction advocates” claims the initiative to ban safe-injection sites in King County goes farther than initiatives are legally supposed to go. (Weekly)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The Seattle School District plans to file a legal brief, explaining what it believes are “flaws in the state Legislature’s education funding plan.” (KOMO)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

The national “Gender Odyssey” convention begins in Seattle tomorrow. It will attract transgender kids, adults, and families from across the country; including a 9-year-old New Jersey trans boy who successfully challenged the Boy Scouts’ ban on folks like himself. (KNKX)

ECO

HBO’s John Oliver turned his attention toward our region again; but this time, it wasn’t as laudatory as his piece about Ciscoe Morris. This time, Oliver looked at Hanford’s periodic atomic-waste leaks, to rant about America’s lack of “a nuclear toilet.” (KING)

TWO WHEELS GOOD

Seattle’s the first city in the US with “dockless” bike sharing, but it’s not the first in the world to have it. It’s a big hit in China. (Public Radio Int’l)

CRIME

Former Bellevue “wealth management” consultant Chris Young Yoo was sentenced to nine years in prison. He was convicted of operating a long-running Ponzi scheme that bilked its investors of some $3.7 million. (P-I)

Three elderly, childless brothers, living in the same “hoarder" house in north Seattle, were charged with possession of child porn, after police investigators found a large cache of photos, kids’ shoes, handwritten literature fantasizing about child murders, etc. A police spokesperson said the brothers had also “been abusing girls known to them for decades without a report to police.” One brother is an ex-Children’s Hospital janitor. (P-I)

SPORTS

The Mariners held on to win 6-5 at Atlanta. Same teams tonight.

The preseason AP college-football poll seeds the UW Huskies at #8 nationally. (KOMO)

TONIGHT

“Where Have All the Trumpets Gone?,” chamber-music revue. (Cafe Racer)

Otis Taylor Band. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed)

“Solidarity With Charlottesville” panel. (Common Good Cafe)

Idina Menzel. (Marymoor Park)

Billy Mac, biographer of Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

“Who’s to Blame for the Housing Crisis” panel. (Common Good Cafe)

“Self Care for Activists.” (SugarPill)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

Concupiscence”

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