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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

Like a Bond villain or the Christopher Lee Dracula, the drive to kill affordable health care just keeps coming back from the dead. Once again, we need three Republican US Senators (they don’t have to be the same ones as last time) to do the at least semi-heroic thing and put the people ahead of the billionaire campaign contributors. Can it be done again?

WEATHER

Damp and dreary for the next day. A brief reprise of dry warmth might occur starting Thursday.

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DESIGN FOR LIVING

The “Living Room Project” was created by two local designers in a U District alley, coinciding with Park(ing) Day. It was an “outdoor living room” space where, for one afternoon, some homeless folk could feel a little rest and respect. (CityLab; image: Taylor McAvoy, UW Daily)

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IN THE RESISTANCE

“Congress is trying to kill me again.” (Matthew Cortland, Slog)

Seattle cultural-studies scholar and QTPOC activist Frances Lee has “spent the last decade recovering from a childhood conversion to evangelical Christianity.” Lee now sees the same judgmental, conformist, purist tendancies in today’s social-justice movements. (CBC)

Various local organizations are working to help “Dreamers” as the DACA deadline approaches. (Seattle Globalist)

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions quietly visited Kitsap County, where he drank a “Nuke Waste” cocktail from a bar near the Bangor nuclear-sub base. (SeaTimes)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Temp-Mayor Tim Burgess has already begun to “clean house” and bring in his own staff members. (Joel Connelly)

Was Burgess the “voice of consensus” on the City Council, despite also being its voice of (relative) conservatism? (PubliCola)

AFTER THE FALL

Newly-revealed emails from city staffers show many (unnamed) employees expressing continued support for Ed Murray back in May, when the first allegations of past abuse against him surfaced. (Slog)

ARENA OF BATTLE

The would-be KeyArena rebuilders have a “very aggressive” timeline for their project. Is it practical? And “will neighborhood needs be overlooked” in the process? (Art Thiel)

Remember that 2006 initiative to limit city subsidies for pro sports teams? Seattle’s Office of Economic Development plans to exempt the KeyArena plan from it, because its lead developer wouldn’t own its own team(s) in it. (KING)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

“If King County wants ‘zero youth detention,’ why is it building a new youth jail?” (KUOW)

POLICING THE POLICE

A federal appeals court ruled the Seattle Police Dept.’s “use of force policy,” a major component of the big police-reform package, doesn’t violate officers’ individual Second Amendment rights. (PubliCola) (Slog)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Researchers have found “no sole factor” in a sudden “cluster” of infants with birth defects in central Washington. (Yakima Herald-Republic)

ECO

A state hearings board invalidated some important permits for the big methanol plant-export terminal planned for Kalama. (KIRO-TV)

A judge declined to dismiss a lawsuit by Northwest Environmental Activists. The suit demands the state Dept. of Ecology “do more to protect Puget Sound from pollution,” or risk losing more than $3.5 million in annual federal support. (AP)

And a lawsuit by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance says polluted stormwater from a nearby landfill is getting into a creek that feeds into the Nisqually River, and has done so for years. (News Tribune)

O GIVE ME A HOME

“In King County, the median single-family home price increased 18.2 percent” in August, compared to a year ago. (Onerent)

“A homeless man meets the developer who pushed him out. Surprise: They like each other.” (KUOW)

THE BIG A

One more potential reason for Amazon’s “HQ2” project: Seattle’s rising cost of living, a trend Amazon itself largely created. (Seattle Bubble) (KING)

VANISHING JACKSON STREET

The Promenade 23 Red Apple Market is closing, perhaps as early as today. It might be invited back in the Paul Allen-owned mixed-use block that’s going up on its block. But before that, the Portland-based New Seasons Market chain will be part of another development further south on 23rd Avenue. (The Evergrey) (Capitol Hill Times)

THE PLANE TRUTH

After United, Delta’s now retiring its last Boeing 747s. (PS Biz Journal)

ECONOMIX

“What to do when a restaurant puts a ‘minimum wage surcharge’ notice on your bill.” (Paul Constant)

Local entrepreneur and economics blogger Steve Roth compares today’s “insanely concentrated wealth” in the hands of the .1 percent to Smaug, the dragon in “The Hobbit,” who “hoarded up a vast pile of wealth, and then he just hung out in his cave, sitting on it (with occasional forays to further pillage and immolate the local populace).”

BIZ

Those on-again, off-again merger talks between T-Mobile and Sprint: on again? (Bloomberg)

SPORTS

The Mariners fell 3-1 to Texas. Same teams tonight.

TONIGHT

“Living with the Ship Canal,” panel on the Ballard Locks’ history and impact. (MOHAI)

First Hill Pop-Up Petting Zoo. (9th & University)

Tenant Rights Bootcamp. (Peloton Cafe)

“This Is What We Do” author Tom Hansen. (Third Place Books Ravenna)

“Season of Sacrifice” novelist Bharti Kirchner. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

“The Age of Perpetual Light” story writer Josh Weil. (Hugo House First Hill)

“Building the Affordable City” panel. (Rainier Arts Center)

“Driving the Revolution: Self-Driving Cars and the Future We Want.” (Living Computers Museum)

“Lit Fix 19: Waxing and Waning,” with Claudia Rowe, Michelle Goodman, Josh Axelrad, Sierra Golden, Keith Caswell. (Chop Suey)

Iska Dhaaf, Spirit Award. (Crocodile)

Black Uhuru, Cannon Lion of Judah. (Nectar)

Tennyson, Dream Journal, Shelf Nunny. (Neumos)

Scott Yoder, Dyed, the Pythons. (Pony)

Metz in-store. (Sonic Boom Records)

“Piano Starts Here: The Music of Hank Jones & Ted Wilson.” (Royal Room)

Gus Clark & the Least of His Problems. (Waterwheel)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

“Hebetude”

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