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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

The unofficial end of summer, and a holiday celebrating a social movement many politicians now strive to exterminate, are upon us. So wear your summer whites one last time whilst reading another useful MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Temps to the upper 60s to low 70s but (mostly) dry through the weekend, with potential snow in the mountains (that won't last).

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'KIDZ' IN AMERICA

Ze Whiz Kidz, Seattle's nationally influential glam/performance troupe, are among the unsung heroes brought to light in Larry Reid and Martin Imbach's poster show of Seattle music and performance in the '70s, "Between Garage and Grunge." You can see it free today, as part of the Bumbershoot Visual Arts preview day. (image via Tad Cook)

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LABOR PANES

In a unanimous voice vote at a raucous meeting at Benaroya Hall, Seattle teachers voted to strike if there's no contract progress by Wednesday. (Slog) 

A judge issued a restraining order against picketers in a long-running Longview box-factory strike. (AP)

STOPPING THE DESTRUCTION (IN AT LEAST ONE PLACE)

The Wayne Apartments (the building with the Lava Lounge, Rocco's, and the Belltown Funky Studios) was officially nominated for landmark designation. It'll be a long process before, or if, it gets protected from demolition. (Seattlish)

FIRES

The Forest Service spent $243 million nationally on firefighting last week alone. (AP)

WE COVER THE WATERFRONT

Why was the Port of Seattle so avid to get Shell's drilling rig? Perhaps because Seattle and Tacoma's (now-merged) seaport container docks are only at half their capacity. A lot of imports to the U.S. are coming through Canada instead. (KUOW)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Champion Party Supply has to leave its 21-year home on Lower Queen Anne for yet another you-know-what. But it's already found a new space in Interbay. (PS Biz Journal)

What I will always call "the store formerly known as The Bon Marché" is shrinking. The M-word chain wants to turn the sixth (skybridge) through eighth floors into rental office space. (SeaTimes)

Taiwanese investors have paid a record price (over $1,000 a square foot) for the handsome low-rise office building at 5th and Virginia. Of course, they really paid for the right to replace it with a new high-rise. (PS Biz Journal)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Federal charges have been filed against state auditor Troy Kelley. He's accused of money laundering and tax evasion. (SeaTimes)

The State Supreme Court ruled a legal case against Backpage.com can go ahead. The escort-ad website (affiliated with Seattle Weekly's ex-owners) is accused of helping a pimp sell the involuntary services of three underage girls. (AP)

THE BIG A

Amazon just bought a big Portland software company. Could it lead to moving Seattle coding jobs south? (PS Biz Journal)

ECO

The EPA's devising new clean-water rules for Washington. (AP)

"Up to 90 percent of sea birds have plastic in their guts." (BoingBoing)

DRUMS AND WIRES

As some in Seattle want to start a municipal broadband network, Tacoma's thinking of selling off the one it's already got. (KPLU)

ANY TOWN THAT COULD GIVE US BILLY TIPTON AND RACHEL DOLEZAL CAN'T BE THAT BAD

Some guy believes there's a need to spread the slogan "Spokane Doesn't Suck." (KHQ)

TEL AVIV

Production (or at least location-set prep work) has begun in North Bend on the "Twin Peaks" revival. (Moviehole)

Seattle filmmaking legends Lynn Shelton and Megan Griffiths have a deal with HBO to develop "Family Drama," a "Seattle-set show" that would follow a different family each season through crises and emotional flaws. The show hasn't been OK'd for production yet; but if it does, PLEASE MAKE IT HERE, not in Vancouver! (Indiewire)

SPORTS

The Seahawks' preseason ended with a decisive 31-21 victory vs. Oakland, keyed by another spectacular TD run by rookie Tyler Lockett. "For real" games begin next Sunday at St. Louis. 

The Storm's win streak ended at two, with an 85-67 home loss vs. Tulsa. At Chicago Sunday.

The UW Husky football season starts tonight at Boise State. Art Thiel says not to expect much.

Mariners at Oakland tonight thru Sunday.

Sounders FC at home Saturday vs. Toronto FC.

Chris Hansen's basketball and/or hockey arena project now goes to the City Council, which might do nothing about it until after November's elections. (KING)

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Opening of "The Artists He Inspired," tribute exhibit to the late artist/curator Rolon Bert Garner. (Virginia Inn, Fri)

Neil Young's film "Human Highway." (NW Film Forum, Fri-Sun)

Pink Martini. (Chateau Ste. Michelle, Fri-Sat)

Dave Matthews Band. (Gorge Ampitheatre, Fri-Sat)

Rebirth Brass Band. (Tractor, Fri-Sat)

Curtis Salgado. (Triple Door, Fri)

Hella Sunshine, Mean Street Meanie, Moon Is Flat. (Tim's Tavern on 105th, Fri)

Re-Locate, DJ fundraiser for KEXP with Riz, Kid Hops, DJ Rhythma. (Re-bar, Fri)

Bumbershoot, with too many acts to mention. (Seattle Center, Sat-Mon)

Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band. (Nectar Lounge, Sat)

Aptitude, Pat Benetar cover band. (Jet Bar and Grill, Mill Creek, Sat)

Pistil Books' annual outdoor sale. (1415 E. Union, Sat)

Deadmics, Stations, Dustin Saksek. (High Dive, Sun)

Weird and Awesome with Emmet Montgomery.  (Annex Theatre, Sun)

"Moss, Volume 1" literary anthology release/readings, with Rebecca Brown, Matt Briggs, Janie Miller, Miriam Cook. (Hugo House, Sun)

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