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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017

After 62 years, the Village Voice (the “proof of concept” model for “alt weekly” papers everywhere) will stop printing a physical edition some time before the end of the year.

I’ll let others recount the Voice’s many great contributors, exposés (including those of a certain NYC real-estate hustler), and bits of pure great writing.

I will note that at its peak, the VV was the biggest left-leaning periodical in the US—even though it (1) had only scant distribution outside the NY area, (2) was a heavily capitalist enterprise supported by classifieds and entertainment ads, and (3) was owned at various times by New York magazine, Rupert Murdoch, a Hartz Mountain heir, and the Arizonans who created the “Backpage” escort-ad empire. 

And I’ll cringe at the media release placed on behalf of the VV’s current owner (a real newspaper guy, albeit from Reading PA), which calls it not a news/opinion forum, but a “brand.” Ugh!

WEATHER

More hotness today. Potential showers Thursday.

We’re nearing, but might not surpass, the local record for consecutive days over 70 degrees. (KCPQ)

“How much colder did Seattle get during the eclipse?” (KING)

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PARK(ING) SPACE

Hing Hay Park in the Chinatown International District is now twice as big as before. It’s got amazing “light sculptures.” And it “vividly demonstrates how much people value having urban open space right in the heart of the city.” (Crosscut)

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ECO

Officials claim it was an eclipse-triggered unusual high tide that allowed some 300,000 Atlantic salmon to escape from a “fish farm” near Anacortes. Tribal leaders, who’ve long been opposed to farmed fish, say they doubt that explanation. (Crosscut) (KUOW)

The new car ferry on the Guemes Island run is both all-electric and “orca-friendly.” (Crosscut)

FIRES

A big brush fire Tuesday burned 200 acres and threatened homes near Rochester, Thurston County. (KING)

IN THE RESISTANCE

Besides the few companies (including Amazon) that still knowingly, directly advertise on Breitbart, the extreme-right spin site also picks up “run-of-network” and “targeted placement” ads, through third-party vendors. Advertisers who use these middlemen need to state any sites they don’t want their ads to end up on. That’s what a Washington State Patrol recruitment campaign didn’t do, until today. (KING) (KIRO-FM) (SeaTimes)

POLICING THE POLICE

A year and a half ago, Councilmember Sawant said the officers who shot Che Taylor had committed “a brutal murder” due to “racial profiling.” They’re now suing her for defamation. Their statement calls Sawant an "ambitious politician" who smeared them for "personal gain.” (P-I) (Weekly)

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Councilmember Herbold wants the county to keep track of foreign investment in Seattle real estate, and for the city perhaps to impose an excise tax on such acquisitions. The county assessor’s office insists the former, at least, would be illegal. (Charles Mudede) (SeaTimes)

STATE OF THE ARTS

Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture has added $1 million to its Cultural Facilities Fund, intended to develop new arts spaces and help the tenants of current spaces to remain in them. (Slog)

THE RACE IS ON

Garfield HS is still essentially two segregated schools, white and nonwhite, sharing the same physical plant. (KUOW)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The city plans to “gradually” evict the south-end encampment where a man was fatally shot Tuesday morning. (KCPQ) (P-I)

The group “Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets” will be evicted from its shelter near Mt. Zion Baptist Church, but says it may have a new site soon. (Capitol Hill Times)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Even if the Dems retake the state Senate this November, don’t expect a lot of Sawant-esque lefty legislation. (PubliCola)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

There’s a drive for real health-care reform, begun by the odd couple of Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander. (Joel Connelly)

Highline Medical Center in Burien will pay $45,000 to settle a claim by a deaf hospieal patient who asked for a sign-language interpreter and didn’t get one. (KIRO-TV)

THE BIG A

We may know today whether Whole Foods shareholders will agree to be bought out by Amazon. (PS Biz Journal)

SPORTS

Sounders FC at Vancouver tonight.

Storm at Atlanta tonight.

The Mariners failed at Atlanta 4-0. The three-game series ends today.

TONIGHT

Elaine Bonow. (Egan’s Jam House)

“Art on the Plaza: Library Love.” (Central Library)

Seattle Urban Book Expo Author Showcase. (Central Library)

“Tackle Talks,” with Warren Moon, Art Thiel, and other sports-media personages. (Chop Suey)

Joe Ross & the Bird Watchers. (Parliament)

Paradise Sunset Sessions series presents Riz and Rob. (Monkey Loft)

Variations, Question? No Answer. (Central Saloon)

“Bard in a Bar” series presents “Julius Caesar.” (Solo)

Actress, as_dfs, Raica, Bardo:Basho. (Kremwerk)

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, Heather Trost. (Sunset)

Talking Dreads, Spare Rib & the Bluegrass Sauce. (Nectar)

Contributors to “The Best Women’s Travel Writing.” (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(H.L. Mencken):

"You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth."

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