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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

Yesterday was a "big news day." Today we've just one or two big local stories. But whether a news day be "fast" or "slow," MISCmedia MAIL keeps you informed.

WEATHER

One more day of sunny and temps nearing 70; then rain should show up Thursday afternoon.

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ALL THE XI IN CHINA

Well-wishers and protesters (many of the latter from the Falun Gong movement) stood just outside the security zone surrounding the Westin Hotel, on day one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's three-day visit.

Aside from the protesters/well-wishers, and the heavy security, and the traffic snarls, and the rerouted bus routes, all the really important aspects of the Xi visit are taking place behind closed doors. That's where the head of "a one-party, authoritarian state" that's become an industrial/export powerhouse, and his 1,000-strong delegation, are hobnobbing with business and government bigwigs. Topics are bound to include Internet censorship (China (heart)s it), and cyber-security (China wants a "back door" on all info-products). (Slog) (KING)

Ex-Everett Herald editor Pete Jackson ponders whether any of the tech moguls meeting Xi even give a darn about human rights in China (or anywhere else for that matter). (Crosscut)

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DEVELOPING STORIES

The office building that Miami developers intend to replace the parking garage at Fourth and Columbia, across from the Columbia Center, could be a whoppin' 101 stories tall, for 1.2 million total square feet of space. On just half a block. (PS Biz Journal)

POLICING THE POLICE

Since the start of the year, 26 people in Washington have been killed by local police or died in custody. (Weekly)

THE SAUCE

Some national survey placed King County in the top 10 percent of U.S. locales for "heavy drinking" among women. This is a potentially VERY serious topic. But the media coverage so far has been all vaguely "humorous," about how it's gotta be the fault of a dull dating scene or a good microbrew scene or whatever. (Crosscut)

SIC TRANSIT

The First Hill Streetcar project? The one that was supposed to have started running back in January, then in June, then in August? Delayed again, until who-knows-when. (KING)

Bus-only lanes along the West Seattle Bridge have been done up in red, to keep private cars from using 'em. (KIRO-TV)

WE COVER THE WATERFRONT

When will the big seawall project be finished. Or rather, WILL the big seawall project be finished? (Weekly)

ED

Charter schools won't lose their state funding just yet, thanks to a temporary extension granted by the state Supreme Court. (KPLU)

NOT DOWN THE DRAIN

Last week we briefly mentioned a "roadside rain garden" project in West Seattle. Here's a longer story about a similar project now underway in Ballard. (KING)

TOLERANCE AND ITS FOES

The Spokane City Council approved a "salutation" honoring the contributions of local Muslims to the city. Yep, bigots protested it. (AP)

BOOK 'EM

If the Seattle Public Library goes ahead and changes its name to "Seattle Public Libraries," as a highly-paid (by donors, NOT taxpayers) consultant recommends, the changeover could cost another half-million bucks and take several years. Even if that's also paid by private donors, it's still money that could otherwise be spent on, you know, books. (KIRO-TV)

RAW TUNEAGE

Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was named the most "iconic" rock song of all time by some UK academicians, who used computer algorithms to parse different hit songs' component parts. (via KOMO)

Did you know that "Happy Birthday To You" was still considered to be under copyright? (Emphasis on the "was.") (AP)

DRIVEN TO DESPAIR

Those VW "Clean Diesel" cars that turned out to have grossly understated emissions will have to go back to get retrofitted to meet U.S. emissions standards for real. When they come back, they'll get at least 10 percent fewer miles per gallon. (KING)

BANK SHOTS

Should "too big to fail" banks keep all their governance in the hands of hotshot "celebrity CEOs"? (Jon Talton) 

SPORTS

Highlighted by a seven-run third inning and two Robinson Cano homers, the Mariners won 11-2 at Kansas City. Same teams tonight.

Sounders FC at home vs. Vancouver tonight.

TONIGHT

Decibel Festival opens. (Various locations, thru Sun)

Rolon Bert Garner memorial. (Virginia Inn)

Turquoise Jeep. (Tractor)

"Mullet Television," sketch-comedy and music revue. (Rendezvous)

"Moviecat Trivia," interactive trivia night. (Central Cinema)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Portcullises"

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