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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

We are now in what may be the shortest era ever in Seattle’s mayor’s office. We have an acting mayor now, and we might have another by the end of Monday.

With some officials talking about swearing in November's elected mayor in late November instead of early January, this calendar year will have three Seattle mayors. Maybe four.

WEATHER

Sunny after morning clouds; highs in the mid 70s thru Saturday.

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I HAVE THE POWER!

After November’s events, the Seattle Design Festival quickly changed its theme for this year from “Chance” to “Power”—how authority manifests itself in design and vice versa. (Weekly; image: Trevor Dykstra)

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MAYOR MAY NOT

Bruce Harrell became Seattle’s 54th mayor Wednesday afternoon. He has until Monday to decide whether he wants to stay on through November, which may require him to give up his City Council seat. But Harrell says he’ll make up his mind by Friday. (Crosscut) (KUOW) (Slog) (PubliCola)

At Harrell’s swearing-in, now ex-mayor Ed Murray was not present. He hasn’t appeared in pubilc since he emailed his resignation announcement Tuesday afternoon. (West Seattle Blog) (P-I)

If Harrell chooses not to stay mayor, the next interim placeholder in the office will be another City Councilmember. It could be Tim Burgess, who’s leaving the Council in November anyway. (KIRO-TV)

We’ve now got more detailed analyses of Tuesday night’s debate between mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon. Among the bigger disagreements: Moon wants to end (or at least more greatly restrict) encampment sweeps; Durkan doesn’t want the HALA “Grand Bargain” to be re-opened and re-debated. (Weekly) (PubliCola) (Crosscut)

WHAT, ME MURRAY?

In case you tuned in late, here are the five men who claim Ed Murray abused each of them (and, possibly others) when they were kids and he was a young adult. (KCPQ)

SeaTimes reporter Jim Brunner tells CNN the highlights of Murray’s tale of triumph and tragedy.

Murray’s “accusing the accusers” defense against these allegations is what really distanced him from the gay community that had supported his long career, through 18 years in the Legislature and his four years at City Hall. (KOMO) (Weekly)

THE BIG A

In just one week, some 100 cities, provinces, and states have said they want to host Amazon’s “HQ2” office campus. Some are offering billions in “incentives.” (SeaTimes)

An Amazon board member insists that in spite of the “HQ2” plan, the company will “continue to grow in Seattle.” (GeekWire)

Remember, politicians n’ pundits: Amazon isn’t “your newly cheating lover.” It’s “a massive business with a low-tax agenda,” that originally landed in Washington because of low business taxes and no state income tax. (Slog)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

There won’t be an “After-School Satan Club” at a Tacoma elementary school after all, at least not yet. (News Tribune)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Our state’s US Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have yet to join those Democrats seeking a “Medicare for All” bill. (Slog)

DRUGS

Like Everett, Tacoma’s suing three big drug companies for their alleged role in helping create today’s opioid crisis. (KCPQ)

FIRES

As firefighters inch their way toward containing the Northwest’s various huge wildfires, the feds suggest “thinning” forests of some of their trees could make them less fire-prone. (AP)

SIC TRANSIT

The state’s looking into a “pay-per-mile charge” for drivers. It would help keep road projects funded, even as electric and mini-cars eat into gas tax revenues. (KREM)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The city-authorized Tent City 5 will stay in Interbay, but at a different site. (Weekly)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Boeing’s increasing 787 production from 12 to 14 planes per month. (PS Biz Journal)

Boeing won a $600 million contract to design “a lower-cost Air Force One.” (KOMO)

LABOR PANES

Unemployment in the state inched up for the first time in several years, with more people entering local job markets. (SeaTimes)

BIZ

PCC Natural Markets will now be called “PCC Community Markets.” The concept: to remind customers that PCC’s a locally-based non-profit, not (say) a cog in the Amazon machine. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

The Mariners whupped Texas 8-1. The four-game series ends tonight.

Ex-Seahawk Marshawn Lynch will have his own “reality show,” to be produced by Bleacher Report and stream via Facebook. (P-I)

CAPITOL HILL ART WALK

Artist talk with Storme Webber. (Frye Art Museum)

Alyssa Putnam: “Struggles.” (The Factory)

Tracy Boyd. (Vermillion)

Charles Richards. (Fred Wildlife Refuge)

Tatiana Garmendia: “Everything Passes and Everything Stays.” (Gage)

“Industrial Strength” group show. (SAM Gallery)

“The Relative Unknowns” group show. (Blue Cone Studios)

“Pen/Ink” group show. (True Love)

TONIGHT

Fleet Foxes. (Paramount)

Arturo Sandoval. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun)

Zen Mother, Sound Cypher. (Laser Dome)

Live performance of podcast “Throwing Shade.” (Neptune)

“How I Built This” podcast taping with guest Howard Schultz. (Benaroya Hall)

“Washington Food Bill” campaign launch. (Impact Hub)

Watercolor artist Molly Hashimoto. (U Book Store)

Horse and Tiger (with members of the True Loves). (Parliament)

Fraktal Phantom. (Lo-Fi)

“Teh Internet is Serious Business,” play by Tim Price. (12th Ave. Arts, thru Oct. 2)

“Why We Have a Body,” play by Claire Chafee. (12th Ave. Arts, thru Oct. 14)

“Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism.” (Centilia Cultural Center)

“Scorchy,” 1976 Seattle-set film with Connie Stevens. (Ark Lodge)

“Seattle Public Sculptors” author Fred F. Poyner IV. (Nordic Heritage Museum)

Smokey Brights, Deltas, Jessica Hernandez. (Columbia City Theater)

See Through Dresses, Weeknites. (Sunset)

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