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THE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY
Gone, but not for long.
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MARINERS
Perfect no more
The old (1959) downtown Seattle Public Library closed for the last time on Friday. The temporary digs, at the Convention Center expansion, won't be ready for at least a month, which leaves a gaping hole in the lives of microfiche-researching conspiracy theorists, Mormon genealogy seekers, and homeless folk seeking a place to sit down indoors.

William North Jayme, 75, helped create direct-mail ad campaigns for magazines ranging from New York and Smithsonian to Mother Jones and Worth. "It should be called junk mail," Jayme once said of his work, "because we are invading people's homes."

The Mariners' team-record win streak ended Saturday night at 15 games, when the San Diego Padres' batters got to M's starter Freddy Garcia. The team smacked back the next afternoon with an 8-1 rout against the Padres.

Rockets Redglare (formerly known as Michael Morra), 52, was a former rock roadie (for Billy Joel and Sid Vicious) who became an NYC "alternative celebrity." He did standup comedy, staged performance-art revues, and acted in such films as Desperately Seeking Susan, Stranger Than Paradise, and Trees Lounge.

Suck.com and Feedmag.com, two of the oldest and most-hyped "content" websites, went into "indefinite hiatus" mode on Friday. Their old stuff's still online, but no new articles will be commissioned or posted until when and if parent company Automatic Media finds more money. Local tech-biz carnage continued with the demise of iTango Software (which developed databases for business personnel departments), PlyMedia (which sold stock images to retail catalog companies), and DailyShopper (which e-mailed ads to customers of local stores).

Joseph Routh, 91, was a University of Iowa biochemistry professor and the chief developer of Bufferin and Rolaids, allowing millions to keep working at their head- and tummy-ache inducing jobs. Thanks, maybe.

Jamake Highwater, 59, was a prolific author of Native American-related historical and children's books, and made PBS documentaries including The Primal Mind: Vision and Reality in Indian America.

Margaret Stephens, 85, was a retired grade-school teacher and Capitol Hill historian. Her Seattle Times obit noted that on the day before her death, "she and her husband Ed worked in the garden of their Montlake home and watched the Mariners win another game. Her life was full and complete."

Timothy McVeigh was executed Monday.

 

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