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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

MISCmedia MAIL welcomes you to Autumn! The time that tests the mettle of those who've come here, and separates the real Nor'Westers from the pretenders. (Or at least it did in the pre-climate-change era.) 

WEATHER

Variable clouds and/or fog; temps in the upper 60s at most. Nights will start getting cold.

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WHERE THEY ARE NOW

Former 13-year-old Seattle street kid Erin "Tiny" Blackwell, focus of the late photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark's book and film "Streetwise," is now in her 40s, is a mom (off the streets), and will be in a new film accompanying Mark's forthcoming final book. (CNN) 

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'YOU ARE NOT ALONE'

That message was on a banner unfurled in front of cellblock windows at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma (a private immigrant-jail run on behalf of the feds). It was part of a protest early Monday morning. Two dozen or so protesters blocked entrances and exits at the jail, demanding better conditions and an end to mass detentions and deportations. (Slog)

Elsewhere in activism, local woman (and friend-of-a-friend) Amelia Bonow has, as they say, "gone viral" with her social-media campaign "#ShoutYourAbortion." It encourages women to speak up about their own experiences, to combat an anti-choice crusade that "relies on the assumption that abortion is still something to be whispered about." (Slog)

THE I-MAN

For years, Tim Eyman (the professional initiative campaigner who's become Washignton state's most prominent Republican) has "received secret payments form a signature-gathering firm and illegally used campaign donations for personal expenses," says the Public Disclosure Commission. (HorsesAss) (SeaTimes)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Turns out we didn't have to wait until after November's City Council elections. The current council approved (8-1) a revised resolution asking the Legislature to rescind its ban on local rent-stabilization programs. The resolution that passed was watered down from a previous draft introduced by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, and doesn't state specific rent controls to ask the state to allow. (Seattlish)

A VISITOR FROM THE EAST

We normally don't discuss traffic in this newsletter (it's too time-sensitive, for one thing). But be forewarned that the streets AND freeways will be a mess when China's president Xi Jinping shows up today through Thursday. (As if they aren't a mess regularly these days.) (KING) 

Some transit routes are also changing during the Xi visit. (KIRO-TV)

GeekWire explains why Xi's visit is so important to the U.S. tech biz.

Not on the Xi itinerary: an Eastside home business that allegedly sold "birth tourism" to Chinese women. (KING)

Just as President Xi comes to visit Boeing (among other local attractions), a Chinese-Russian consortium may emerge as a global third player in the passenger-jet biz. (PS Biz Journal)

Xi's got a book of speeches and essays, deliniating his vision of the "Chinese dream" in "clunky, neo-Leninist language." (Atlantic)

THE DESOLATION OF SMOG

The state's ready to impose emissions caps on major industrial facilities, with or without "cap and trade" legislation. (Slog)

VW's "Clean Diesel"® cars? Not really all that clean, it turns out. Even worse, the company may have deliberately lied to U.S. regulators for years about how dirty the cars really are. (AP)

GENDER, GAPPED

Blame it on the "brogrammer" syndrome or not, but Wash. state ranks 35th in gender pay equality. Women here earn 77 cents for every buck men make, on the average; or about $12,000 less per year. (PS Biz Journal)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Introducing the newest (statewide) progressive rising star, Cyrus Habib. He's a state senator who's now running for lieutenant governor. (Seattlish)

SIC TRANSIT

Do some models of Metro buses have a "blind spot" that makes it too easy to hit pedestrians during left turns? (Crosscut)

ONE MORE REASON TO HATE CALIFORNIA

An ex-San Franciscan (natch) has moved to Seattle to sell what he proudly calls the most expensive bicycles in the world. (PI.com)

TODAY IN CRIME

Three men tried to create a pipe bomb when it blew up in a Woodinville-area makeshift lab. One of the builders lost a hand; two others had leg injuries. (KOMO)

An IRS agent was charged with soliciting bribes from a pot-shop owner. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

Mariners at Kansas City starting tonight.

TONIGHT

The Dear Hunter, Chon, Gates. (Crocodile)

Linda Ortega, The Royal Oui. (Triple Door)

Beth Hart. (Neptune)

Jimmie Herrod: The Music of Old White Ladies. (Royal Room)

30/30 Writing Challenge kickoff party. (Hugo House)

Avasta Press Open House. (2825 NW Market St.)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Pablo Neruda, “Lost Letters”):

"Who do I belong to?
How come I mortgaged my being
till I don’t belong to myself?
How come I sold my blood?
And who now owns
my indecisions, my hands,
my private pain, my pride?"

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