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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015

A short work week is underway. (Though for parents potentially affected by any Seattle teacher strike, it may seem long.) MISCmedia MAIL keeps you ahead of schedule with quick, time-saving updates on what's going on around here.

WEATHER

Morning clouds, afternoon sun, temps in the mid 70s through Thursday; nearly 80 Friday. 

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A LESSON IN FAIRNESS

It became official around 6:25 p.m. Tuesday: Seattle's 5,000 public school teachers will spend today on picket lines, not in classrooms. It's be the first such strike here (aside from one-day walkouts) since '85. (KING)

The Parks Department has tentatively scheduled alternate activity programs for the kiddos. (King County 211, via Seattlish)

School Superintendent Larry Nyland says he might sue to force them back to work. (KIRO-TV)

KIRO-TV also has a "Q and A" page about the strike and the issues behind it.

Slog has a detailed timeline of how things got this sticky, plus a guest oped by parents supporting the strike.

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LABOR PANES

Elsewhere in labor-land, official jobs figures for the Puget Sound area show the highest year-to-year gains since 1990, with over 235,000 new "wage and salary jobs." (KING)

ECO

Cascade glaciers could lose 5 to 10 percent of their volume this year alone. That volume is already the lowest in perhaps four millennia. And right-wing blowhards and carbon-industry lackeys still claim climate change isn't real. (SeaTimes)

In better enviro-news, Puget Sound's orcas have had five live births this year. (SeaTimes)

Part of City Light's transmission-line corridor between Beacon Hill and Tukwila has already been used for park trails. Now the utility and the Office of Arts & Culture are planning to also use it as a "pollinator pathway," with ecosystem improvements to help bees, butterflies, etc. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Even in "King County's most affordable cities" (SeaTac, Kent, etc.), rents are soaring like ca-ray-zy. (KIRO-TV)

GET WELL SOON

Fred Cole, of Portland's pioneering punk combo Dead Moon, collapsed onstage during the band's Bumbershoot set Saturday. Cole, 67, was hospitalized under intensive care, then released from the ICU but kept for observation. Wife/bandmate Toody Cole revealed he'd had heart issues recently. (Slog)

COULD BE BECAUSE THERE'S NOT MUCH ELSE TO DO THERE

Klickitat County tops the state in per-capita legal pot sales. King County's #12. (KOMO)

SIC TRANSIT

Katie Wilson of the Transit Riders Union says the city should establish an "employee hours tax" to help fund more transit options. (Stranger)

AUTO-NOMICS

Yellow Cab has had a monopoly at Sea-Tac Airport for five years. Uber and Lyft, natch, want to push their way in. The cab co. cites quality, safety, non-surge pricing to defend its turf. (KIRO-TV)

UW Hospital workers can't sneak free parking in the old MOHAI lot now that it's been razed. Some of them are parking along Interlaken Blvd., angering residents. (KING)

TECH TALCH

Two Seattle girls, ages 8 and 10 respectively, launched a handmade balloon almost 15 miles above the earth, and got back video from it. (GeekWire)

As Washington's huge wildfires continue to smolder, a retired tech exec examines how wireless communications, mapping, drones, and other tech innovations could improve firefighting efforts. (GeekWire)

Amazon, insisting it's in the tech-hardware biz to stay, is rumored to be preparing a $50 tablet device, that would send its own ads to a 6-inch screen periodically. (PS Biz Journal)

BIZ

Haggen, the grocery chain that wanted to Get Big Fast, has reportedly filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. (KOIN via KCPQ)

GRUB

The Byzantion Greek restaurant on north Broadway's giving way to something called "Spirit Animal." Let's hope the theme's not too white-new-agey-fake-native-American (and yes, that's a thing). (Capitol Hill Seattle)

SPORTS

A Mariners late-innings comeback attempt failed, resulting in a 9-6 loss to Texas. Same teams tonight.

The Storm lost 73-67 at Minnesota. Same teams here Friday.

The NYT has discovered Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, and his very Seattle-esque approach to team building and leading. (Only took 'em two Super Bowl appearances to learn of his existence.) 

TONIGHT

Public hearing on housing affordability and the HALA proposals. (City Hall)

Neddy Artist Awards Exhibition opening. (Cornish College Main Gallery, 1000 Lenora)

Author David B. Williams reading from "Too High & Too Steep," history of Seattle's regrade projects. (U Book Store)

Premiere of "Sound," play about conflict between a deaf father and daughter and hearing mother. (ACT Theatre, thru Oct. 4)

Andy Daly, star of Comedy Central's "Review." (Neptune)

Top of the Pops, with DJ Jimi C. (Revolver Bar)

Author Jonathan Franzen. (Town Hall)

Richard Lloyd, former Television guitarist. (Columbia City Theater)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Acyrologia"

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