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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

What, your stuck-at-home kids are driving you bats? Try MISCmedia MAIL's additional rainy-day strike-day suggestions:

• Learn them some new sports. Preferably all-day sports, such as cricket and fly fishing.

• Inspire them to learn meditation, preferably in all-afternoon sessions like the Zen masters.

• Have them study the teachers' strike in the context of other struggles for economic/social justice through history.

• Let them binge-watch "Doctor Who" (all 716 existing episodes).

WEATHER

Sun and temps in the mid to upper 70s (or beyond) will last thru Saturday, with more moderate heat Sunday and showers returning Monday.

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GETTING SCHOOLED

Despite hopes Wednesday night, there were no talks Thursday to end the Seattle teachers' strike. The district says it just can't afford the pay hikes teachers demand, not without more state funding. (KING) (image: Sarah Ruth Gomes via KUOW)

School's still out but teachers won't picket Friday. Instead, they'll do community service work in honor of 14 years since 9/11. Both sides are talking to state mediators but not to one another. (KING)

Here's a SeaTimes list of possible alternate kid activities around town. 

One striking teacher, Diana Cherry, has started a Change.org petition asking Superintendent Larry Nyland to agree to seven of the teachers' demands. At least five of them don't require big money.

And here's the district's official statement about the current state of the negotiations (or lack of same).

Nyland had led strike-affected districts before. But this strike's testing his "reputation as a peacemaker." (Crosscut)

Anzel Herz at Slog says you should blame "the powerful one-percenters who systemically defund and devalue our public schools" for the long-term funding crisis that led to the strike.

And Charles Mudede claims a deliberately underfunded public school system is "working exactly as it's supposed to"—i.e., keeping the lower economic castes trapped.

LABOR PANES

Alaska Airlines wants the State Supreme Court to overturn the City of SeaTac's $15 minimum wage; presumably so it can buy more stadium naming rights. (KPLU)

Elsewhere in worker-land, real median wages are in decline nationally; especially for the lowest-paid workers. (HuffPo)

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HOW DRY WE ARE

The total volume of Seattle's existing water sources could drop 30 to 50 percent by 2050, according to computer modeling. (Investigate West)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Wednesday's public hearing in City Hall about the HALA proposals attracted a lot of affordable-housing proponents. (PubliCola)

A local NAACP leader says it's racism when landlords give preferential treatment to tech workers, because those companies are notoriously un-diverse. (PS Biz Journal)

Mayor Murray wants to expand the city's Multi-Family Tax Exemption to all residential zones, as long as developers set aside 25 percent of their units as "affordable." (Seattlish) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The FBI seized almost $1 million in legal-retainer fees from indicted state auditor Troy Kelley. The Feds claim the fees came from "ill-gotten gains" relating to Kelley's old real-estate services company. (KUOW)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The next phase of South Lake Union mega-development could create a pincushion of skyscrapers. (Crosscut)

SeaTimes architecture columnist Lawrence W. Cheek, meanwhile, delves into the cultural meanings of the skyscraper. 

TODAY IN WEIRDNESS

During the wee hours Thursday morning, a man somehow got trapped in a narrow space between two buildings at 12th and Madison. Rescuers freed him after some effort. (KOMO)

10,000 YEARS B.G. (BEFORE GATES)

Construction workers found more than 4,000 ancient stone tools at an excavation site in Redmond. (In this case, "old tools" doesn't mean MS Basic.) (SeaTimes)

GUNS N' NEUROSES

The NRA vows to do all in its vast power to kill Seattle's gun and ammo tax. The city's got a big D.C. law firm to help it fight the NRA for free. (AP)

SPORTS

Seahawks season opener at St. Louis, 10 am Sunday on KCPQ.

UW home football opener, 11 am Saturday vs. Sacramento State.

With a solid Felix Hernandez pitching job, the Mariners beat Texas 5-0, splitting the four-game series. All the Ms' runs were scored with two outs. At home vs. Colorado tonight thru Sunday.

Sounders at San Jose Saturday.

Storm at home, facing Minnesota tonight and San Antonio Sunday.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Opening of Washington State Fair. (Puyallup, Fri thru Sept. 27)

Cider Summit Seattle. (South Lake Union Discovery Center, Fri-Sat)

Third San Gennaro Festival, with music, entertainment, food, and vendors. (S. Angelo St and Ellis Ave. S., Fri-Sun)

Whim W'Him Choreographic Shindig. (SCCC Erickson Theater, Fri thru 9/19.)

Suction, Skunk Rider, Weild, Summoned by Giants. (Substation, Fri)

All Dogs, Dude York, and guests. (Victory Lounge, Fri)

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show." (Neptune, Fri, free)

Salim Sulaiman. (Showbox, Fri)

Lowland Hum, The Collection. (Fremont Abbey, Fri)

Nightingales, Surplus 1980, MKB Ultra, Glass Goblins. (Lo-Fi, Fri)

All Dogs, Dude York, Your Heart Breaks, Señor Fin. (Funhouse, all ages, Fri)

Funky Congregation with Tay Sean, J'Von, SassyBlack, Chocolate Chuck, DJ Sosa. (Chop Suey, Fri)

Everyone Orchestra, "interactive, improvisational experience." (Nectar, Fri)

Hugo Literary Series with Dinaw Mengestu, Alissa Nutting, Sarah Galvin, the Foghorns. (Hugo House, Fri)

Author Dav Pilkey ("Captain Underpants" series). (U Book Store, Fri)

Aki Matsuri, Japanese cultural-arts showcase. (Bellevue College, Sat-Sun)

Seattle Design Festival Block Party. (Occidental Park, Sat-Sun)

Seattle Summer Parkways, street fair with three miles of roads made ped-only for a day; plus live music and other performances, faimly activities. (Various Central District locations, Sat)

13th Stranger Genius Awards. (Moore Theatre, Sat, free)

Night Market and August Moon Festival. (Chinatown-International District, Sat)

Arts-A-Glow 2015, with "illuminated art," lantern procession, music, food trucks. (Dottie Harper Park, Burien, Sat)

Soul Saturday with DJ Brother James. (Revolver Bar, Sat)

Comedian Kevin Hart. (KeyArena, Sat)

"One Night with Elvi," revue of Elvis tribute artists. (Historic Everett Theatre, Sat)

Raica, Ethernet, wndfrm, Mike Jedlicka. (Gallery 1412, all ages, Sat)

"Bacon Strip Special" drag revue. (Theater Off Jackson, Sat)

15th Ave. E. Sidewalk Fest. (Sun)

West Seattle Car Show. (South Seattle College, Sun)

Benefit for Seattle teachers with Kimya Dawson, Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Grayskul, Katie Kate, more. (Neptune, Sun)

Old 97's. (Showbox, Sun)

Jim Page, Eric Apoe, Katy Keenen. (Hattie's Hat, Sun)

Youryoungbody, Force Publique, Nightspace, Aeon Fux. (Narwhal, 1118 E Pike, Sun)

Australian Pink Floyd. (McCaw Hall, all ages, Sun)

INSIDE

Our circulation keeps growing, but more slowly than I'd like. Thanks to all of you who've been telling your own friends and/or acquaintances about the fun we're having here.

The big promo flyer/postcard should be available next week at last. More info then.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Butyraceous"

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