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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

It's the Equinox tomorrow, everybody! The scoreless tie of days-of-the-year. The perfectly balanced yin/yang of light and darkness, sight and shadow. For the next three months, the nights will get longer, the days cooler. As always, you can rely on MISCmedia MAIL to help get you awake and alert as the mornings become dimmer.

WEATHER

Partly cloudy with highs in the mid 60s, perhaps through Thursday.

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REAL VIRTUE

CoCA's temporary art strip for Park(ing) Day last Friday included some virtual (or "augmented") reality trees and grass along Westlake, courtesy of artist/coders Casey Scalf and Ray C. Freeman III, as viewed on your smartphone or theirs.

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YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

In a Sunday afternoon/early-evening meeting at Benaroya Hall, Seattle teachers voted overwhelmingly to accept the district's contract offer. The strike's officially over. (KIRO-FM)

Don't expect the state lottery to solve the school-funding crisis, or to even come close to solving it. (Olympian)

IT'S NOT JUST OUR SCHOOLS THAT ARE UNDERFUNDED

Despite a slew of judges' contempt orders and fines, DSHS and Wash. psychiatric hospitals are still "warehousing" mentally ill people without needed evaluations or treatments. (AP)

THE EAST IS READ

When Chinese president Xi Jinping comes to town tomorrow to meet with business and governmental leaders, he'll likely discuss some serious trade and geo-political issues. (SeaTimes)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Even if the City Council formally asks the Legislature to allow rent control, the Legislature may still simply say no. (KING)

ECO

Local Congresspeople are promoting a "Puget SOS" bill, which would send Federal funds toward protecting and restoring salmon, shellfish, and other life in Puget Sound. (KING)

TECH TALCH

Using video games to teach native Alaskan culture/history, among other valuable things. (Seattle Star)

The Mini Maker Faire, at EMP last weekend, wasn't just about 3D printing. It was also about giant solar powered tricycles. (GeekWire)

MOVING STORIES

Don't drive in bus-only lanes. Just don't. (KIRO-TV)

AFTER THE FIRE

A long-standing "burn ban" in Dept. of Natural Resources lands in western Washington was finally lifted. It's still on in eastern Washington. (AP) 

OIL'S NOT WELL

Wherever there's a certain kind of cause, you'll soon find celebrities. The arctic-oil dispute has become one such cause. (AP)

After all the furor, Shell might still pull out of the Arctic if the company can't find enough oil to be worth it. (BBC via PI.com)

Elsewhere in fossil-fuel-land, a Chinese-backed venture wants to build plants in Tacoma and Kalama, to process natural gas into methanol for export. (SeaTimes)

VANISHING SEATTLE

The next cool old building to be razed: the old R&H/Bunge Foods plant off of Boren and John, where milk-shake syrups and pancake mixes used to be made (and from which lovely fruity aromas used to waft). The high-rise that'll replace it will include a set of outdoor stairs down the steep bluff. (PS Biz Journal)

TODAY IN DUMB IDEAS

The Seattle Public Library's spending over $300,000 (from private donors, not taxpayers) on a "rebranding" consultant. The firm's suggestions: a name change to "Seattle Public Libraries" (plural) and a new logo (with nothing even resembling, you know, books). (Slog)

THE RACE IS ON

"Scapegoating East African immigrant businesses for neighborhood violence is racist on its face." (PubliCola)

TODAY IN JUSTICE

The campaign against "mass incarceration" may finally be working. The U.S. prison population's at its lowest in a decade. (Newsweek)

R.I.P.

Jackie Collins, 77, wrote 32 steamy potboiler novels starting in 1968. She was one of the first female authors to be known for frankly sexual content. Survivors include sister Joan Collins, who appeared in two films based on Jackie's stories ("The Stud" and "The Bitch"). (Slate)

SPORTS

Green Bay avenged the (still Chancellor-less; still O-line challenged) Seahawks with a 27-17 loss, leaving us still winless  this season. Home opener vs. Chicago this Sunday.

The Mariners took two of three at Texas. winning Sunday 9-2. If they keep up this pace they can finish the season at .500. At Kansas City starting Tuesday.

The UW Huskies easily beat Utah State 31-17. First conference game at home vs. Cal this Saturday.

Sounders FC picked up a vital 3-0 win at Vancouver. Same teams here Wednesday.

TONIGHT

Rock n' Roll Queer Bar. (Pony)

The Avener. (Crocodile)

Coeur de Pirate, Sophie Auster. (Neumos)

"Got a Girl," featuring Dan the Automator and Mary Elizabeth WInstead. (Triple Door)

Sister City Jazz Day with Yuka Yamazoe. (Jazz Alley)

Beth Fleenor, Phaedra, Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. (Royal Room)

"Gaming Your Way to Better Health" with Jane McGonigal. (Town Hall)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Fell-walking"

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