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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

From light humor about dreadful traffic jam conditions, the local zeitgeist instantly switched to tragic horror involving a local institution known for assertive, over-the-top "fun." It happens, alas.

WEATHER

Autumnal rains should be back for at least a while Thursday and (just maybe) also Friday. 

More than two-thirds of the state remains under drought conditions, and may remain so for the next year. (Slog)

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A BROKEN MIDDLE FINGER?

Now we know what the planned 102-story tower at Fourth and Columbia (kitty corner from Columbia Center) will look like. Maybe. (It's not the final design, and could change.) It'll be called 4/C. It'll be the tallest building in the western U.S. (like Columbia Center had been when it was first built). It'll have a 240-foot-long "podium" section, covering most of the half-block lot, with offices and yet another luxury hotel. The slimmer tower top will have ultra-luxury apartments. Unlike the graceful curves of Columbia Center, the "black rock" solemnity of the Safeco (ex-Seafirst) Tower, or the Edwardian gentility of the Smith Tower, it's got nothing but some Jenga-esque asymmetries to relieve its monolith-osity. (LMN Architects via Daily Journal of Commerce) 

Charles Mudede places the tower announcement in the context of "a city that's more and more shaped and owned by non-local capital," such as the Florida development company building the tower. "Indeed, we are used to associating the kind of growth that's happening in Seattle with the kind that's happening in Asian and Gulf cities. The West no longer grows madly like this, no longer builds record-breaking anything."

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TRAGEDY ON THE BRIDGE

Late Thursday morning, a northbound Ride the Ducks tourist vehicle began to swerve along the southern end of the Aurora Bridge. (Witnesses say they saw parts coming off of the vehicle.) It hit a southbound charter bus, carrying international students who'd just enrolled at North Seattle College; they had been on a sightseeing tour to Safeco Field. Four of those students died. At least 20 more people (two passenger vehicles also got caught up in the wreck) were hospitalized. More than 50 people received on-site paramedic care from more than 90 firefighters. The bridge, and Aurora Avenue south to Denny Way, remained closed well into Friday morning. The nearby Canlis restaurant closed its doors, and provided free food to first responders. The National Transportation Safety Board's sending a big investigative team to town. (SeaTimes) (KING) (image: Seattle Fire Dept. via Crosscut)

Bloodworks NW (née Puget Sound Blood Bank) publicly called for more blood donations, to replenish supplies that were used up treating Aurora victims. In response, Bloodworks' main First Hill location is booked solid through Friday. Call 206-292-6500 to make an appointment to donate next week. (Slog)

Should it finally be time to give the bridge fewer but wider lanes? (Crosscut)

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THE I-MAN

The Public Disclosure Commission asked the state Attorney General's office to expand the invesigation into professional initiative promoter Tim Eyman, to include more of Eyman's past and present campaigns. (HorsesAss)

TWO MORE XI JINPING ITEMS

Microsoft execs got to advocate a "free and open Internet" with Chinese officials—behind closed doors. (KPLU)

Our pal Geov Parrish calls it "the ultimate Seattle Times hyprocisy" that the paper accepted two eight-page ad supplements produced by (the heavily censored) Chinese state-run media.  

THE PLANE TRUTH?

With its "737 completion facility" in China, Boeing will be "training the Chinese" to build their own jetliner model, "an airplane that is designed to put Boeing out of business." (Vox)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

This year, Seattle schools won't suspend elementary students over "certain nonviolent offenses." (SeaTimes)

POLICING THE POLICE

Seattle's ongoing police-reform drives haven't won praise from the citizen-review panel created to watch over them. But they have won praise from Attorney General Lorretta (not a coal miner's daughter) Lynch. (KUOW) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Twenty-six historic Army homes in Discovery Park (née Fort Lawton) are going on the market to private buyers. At ultra-luxury prices, of course. (SeaTimes)

MOVING STORIES

Expedia, in the process of moving from Bellevue to Interbay, will pay employees to not drive to work alone. (PS Biz Journal)

Seattle's massive transportation levy has its first major opposition—the League of Women Voters. (Joel Connelly) 

BIZ

Haggen will now close almost all the supermarkets it bought from Albertsons/Safeway, and retreat to its Northwest roots. (PS Biz Journal)

SPORTS

Seahawks' home opener vs. Chicago Sunday.

UW Huskies at home vs. Cal Saturday.

Sounders FC at Sporting Kansas City Sunday.

The Mariners threw away the series finale at Kansas City, 10-4 (good buddy). They start a weekend series at Ahaheim tonight.

The Storm had a hapless season, but won the WNBA draft lottery for next season. (SeaTimes)

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Decibel Festival continues. (Various locations, thru Sun)

Opening of "Exhibit: Growth," multimedia installation about human discovery, sponsored by Umpqua Bank. (Westlake Park, Fri thru Oct. 4)

Bite of Broadview, with food booths, beer garden, music, carnival rides, car show. (Christ the King Catholic School, 405 N 117th St., Fri-Sun)

Steamposium, convention of all things steampunk-esque. (Bell Harbor Conference Center, Fri-Sun)

Seattle premiere of "99 Ways to Fuck a Swan," play by Kim Rosenstock taking a modern angle on the Leda/Zeus legend. (Washington Ensemble Theatre at 12th Avenue Arts, Fri thru Oct. 10) 

John Coltrane Birthday Tribute with Rob Scheps Quartet. (Tula's, Fri-Sat)

Slashed Tires, Slim Twig. (Cafe Racer, Fri)

Tom Price Desert Classic, Gallow Swings. (Slim's Last Chance, Fri)

Lost Dogma, Danny Newcomb and the Sugarmakers, Hella Sunshine. (High Dive, Fri)

Guns of Nevada. (R Bar and Grill, Fri)

Documentary "Welcome to Leith," about a white-supermacist cult taking over a North Dakota town. (Grand Illusion, Fri)

Jealous Dogs and Hot Lava, Pretenders/B-52's cover bands. (Hale's Palladium, Fri)

Artisan Cheesemakers Festival. (Seattle Design Center, Sat)

Opening of "Genius/21 Century/Seattle," group exhibit by past Stranger Genius Award winners. (Frye Art Museum, Sat)

The Gods Themselves album release. (Easy Street Records, Sat)

Rangehoods, Twang Junkies, Denny Blaine. (Slim's Last Chance, Sat)

"Rock Your Socks Off" benefit concert/auction for Shoreline Historical Museum; with Merrilee Rush, the Viceroys with Jim Valley, Dueling Pianos. (Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Sat)

Denim Demolition, participatory clothing-alteration event. (Bellevue Arts Museum, Sat)

"Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction." (Tacoma Comedy Club, Sun)

Hotel Gainsbourg, French-pop DJ and karaoke event. (Vermillion Gallery, Sun)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Parataxis"

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