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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

School's finally underway in Seattle. Tens of thousands of mums and dads now have extra time every day to spend on, you know, work. And on a quick morning perusal of MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

The rain that was supposed to show up Wednesday afternoon finally showed up late last night, and should stay today. Highs in the mid 60s. Sun should be back Friday.

Could this be the first month in 1.5 years where Seattle's average temperature is "cooler than normal"? (KOMO)

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LEAVE THE DEMOLISHING TO THEM

Without bothering to remove the exterior tile work, crews quickly made rubble of the 87-year-old former Greyhound depot on Stewart Street (the first Seattle building for thousands of residents and visitors). The image is by comedian Ian Schuelke, who's performing Friday in the SketchFest Local Showcase at Greenwood's Pocket Theater.

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YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Can Seattle's newly empowered teachers' union help save K-12 education? (Weekly) Heck, can it even address the "inequalities" built into their own pay scales? (Crosscut)

The Democratic State House Caucus issued a statement supporting the teachers, and calling for full state school funding.

Community organizer Noel Frame has a plan to solve Washington's long-term school-funding crisis: a state income tax, achieved via a referendum, combined with ongoing citizen-involvement drives. (Slog) 

Dr. Wes Browning asks what purpose organized schooling really has, besides serving as "day-prisons" and testing machines? (Real Change)

South Seattle College is offering free first-year tuition for grads of three area high schools. (KING) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Some reasons why truly "affordable" housing is so darn difficult to build (hint: funding, bureaucracy, ongoing management). (Crosscut)

Seattle Police now have WSDOT's permission to evict homeless people from the sides of freeways. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

The Ballard Chamber of Commerce issued a statement denouncing plans for a supervised homeless encampment, bringing up all the shopworn stereotypes of poor people you'd expect. In return, something called the "Ballard Preservation Society" issued a statement calling for the relocation of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce. (via Seattlish)

Even many of the people who can afford to buy houses here find it's more economical to rent. (SeaTimes)

TECH TALCH

CEO Satya Nadella's giving Microsoft a "cultural revolution." Let's hope it doesn't involve the mass resettlement of programmers onto collective farms. (PS Biz Journal)

An ex-exployee's suing Microsoft in a Seattle federal court, for alleged gender bias in worker evaluations, pay, and promotions. (Bloomberg)

OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE (IMMEDIATE) NORTH

The head of the Snohomish County Council says government revenues there are in a bigger crisis now than during the last recession, and may force a hiring freeze. (KIRO-TV)

MOVING STORIES

Even before service starts to Broadway and Husky Stadium next spring, Sound Transit's adding more frequent light-rail runs. (SeaTimes)

VANISHING SEATTLE (ER, KIRKLAND)

Feliks Banel examines the still-lingering parking lot booths that had once been outposts of the once-mighty Fotomat. (KIRO-FM)

BIZ

Haggen's going to sell or close even more of the former Albertsons and Safeway stores it just bought. (PS Biz Journal)

America's "mainstream" beer biz, now controlled by a Big Two, could soon become a Big One. (CNN) 

ECO-SCARE OF THE DAY

Arctic ice caps keep shrinking, despite no specific "abnormal" conditions to cause it. (PI.com)

FUELS RUSH IN

Another reason for public pension funds to dump coal stocks: their value keeps a-droppin'. (Weekly)

THE RACE IS ON

Someone claiming to be Seahawks star Richard Sherman posted social-media messages in a bad imitation of "gangsta" slang, calling for the killing of white people and police officers. The real Sherman has now, soberly and thoughtfully, denounced his impostor; adding that, "at the end of the day, when we die and our skin decays, our bones look the same." (KING)

SPORTS

The Mariners took two of three from the Angels, winning Wednesday 3-1. At Texas Friday.

TONIGHT

Women in Cinema festival opening. (SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center, thru 9/24)

St. Helens String Quartet "American Dreams" record release. (Steve Jensen Gallery, 1424 10th Ave.)

Take Three 2015, experimental video and animation. (NW Film Forum)

The Totally '90s Sing-Along. (Central Cinema)

Earl Brooks, Claire Burgess, Sheryl Wiser. (Cafe Racer)

Opera on Tap: "Lost in Translation," discussing bizarre translations of classic operas. (Naked City Brewery and Taphouse)

OK Sweetheart, Arc Iris. (Fremont Abbey)

Luluc, Shelby Earl. (Sunset)

Reggie Garrett, Jim Page, Sam Weis. (Columbia City Theater)

SketchFest Local Showcase premiere. (Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., thru 9/24)

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