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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

School kids and their parents have one last unscheduled day to hang out together in love and/or tolerance. But please be assured that MISCmedia MIAl loves you all unconditionally.

WEATHER

Cool, cloudy, and possible heavy rain later in the day. 

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PUT A LID ON IT

Some local architects are suggesting, as part of the in-progress Convention Center expansion, that Freeway Park should also be expanded. Really expanded. As in a lid over I-5 from Pike to north of Mercer, a whoppin' 45 acres, with a pedestrian link to Lake Union Park. And a "cultural center" building. And even a 20,000-seat arena (what, ANOTHER arena scheme?). (Capitol Hill Seattle)

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GETTING SCHOOLED

After a week of negotiations and stubbornness, and an all-night hashin'-it-out session Monday, the Seattle School District announced a tentative strike-ending agreement with the teachers' union early Tuesday morning. The three-year draft contract includes modest pay raises (including compensation for longer school days), 30 minutes of recess for grade shcoolers, a pushback againt "overtesting" students, and a separation of teacher evaluations from test scores. Due to logistical requirements, the delayed school year starts Thursday. The full Seattle Education Assn. membership votes on Sunday; but classes will start Thursday anyway. (KING)

HOW DRY WE ARE

Even Forks WA, which was known pre-"Twilight" as one of the rainiest spots in the 48 contiguous states, is imposing mandatory water-use restrictions. (KOMO)

AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

Tim Dickinson at Rolline Stone says the west's "megablazes" are bound to only get worse, as long as long-term climate change isn't fully confronted. 

POLICING THE POLICE

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole has fired Officer Cynthia Whitlatch, who was accused of a racially-motivated arrest of a 69-year-old African American Army veteran—and who then went on to claim to be the real victim of harassment by minorities. The Seattel Police Officers Guild says it will contest the firing. (Seattlish) 

UP AGAINST THE…

The big, expensive central waterfront seawall project will be even more expensive, and take even longer, than previously thought. (KOMO)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The folks who want to move the Edith Macefield "spite house" from Ballard to Orcas Island failed their Kickstarter campaign, but will start a more fiscally modest drive with the same goal. (KIRO-TV)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Mayor Murray wants to put a park at the ex-Sisley building tracts near Roosevelt High (which were just bought by a developer), and to use some of the overdue fines the developer paid on Sisley's behalf for "affordable" housing units somewhere. (KING)

GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR RICH…

The EB-5 "investor visa" program, which offers U.S. residency to Chinese nationals who invest in U.S. businesses (real estate, tech, etc.), could be on the chopping block. (KUOW)

TODAY IN CRIME

Two years ago, a trespasser climbed over a gate at the Governor's Mansion in Olympia. Now we learn he'd gotten farther than that before he was caught. (KPLU)

TECH TALCH

The anonymous creators of the "Amazonian Manifesto," calling for workplace reforms at Amazon, have hired a professional marketing company. (GeekWire)

There's a new private-funded apprenticeship program to bring more diverse (AND more local!) people into the local tech biz. (Crosscut)

BIZ

GE has joined Boeing in blaming its own job offshoring on the end of the Export-Import Bank. (NYT)

JUNK FOOD OF THE WEEK

There are several companies these days that specialize in buying up dormant or near-dormant product brands. One of them, Leaf Brands, is bringing back the beloved, long-missed Hydrox cookie (the original of which Oreo is a mere imitation)!

SPORTS

The Mariners lost a close one to Anaheim 4-3. Series and homestand end tonight.

TODAY

Lake Union Boats Afloat Show. (Lake Union Park, thru Sun)

TONIGHT

Columbia City Gateway opening. (37th Ave. S. and S. Edmunds St., 4 pm)

"Wage Slaves: Tales from the Grind," stories about the working life. (Hugo House)

Author Brené Brown, reading from "Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution." (Town Hall)

The Gay Uncle Time, revue of comedy, storytelling, drag acts, etc. (Rendezvous)

Darude, Johnny Monsoon, Invincity, Digital Ascension.  (Baltic Room)

INSIDE

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QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(John Steinbeck, "East of Eden"):

“There's more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”

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