MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015

Oh look, it's the first time MISCmedia MAIL has come to you on a Thursday! Isn't that lovely?

WEATHER

Temperatures might still get to 75 or above today, but there will be a few more clouds than in recent days, and even a slight chance of showers.

THE PAST ISN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE

A beautiful cartoony state map from the 1930s reveals a lot of Wash. state's colorful history and varied climes and attractions. (Vox)  

THE FUTURE ISN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE

If there's no climate-change change, huge swaths of Seattle could be underwater at high tide as soon as 2050. (PI.com)  

In a new book, Seattle U law prof Steven Bender ponders what modern-day laws and mores will future generations view with regret. (Crosscut) 

LAND OF CONTRASTS

Could Seattle be considered the "epicenter" both of capitalism and anti-capitalist protests? (KUOW) 

Designers of modern midrise apartments insist their buildings aren't "ugly," that they're deliberately designed to look captivating. (KING) 

NOISE ANNOYS

Could the sounds of defiant late-night drum circles in Gas Works Park hold down real estate values in the Eastlake neighborhood? (Seattle Weekly) 

MONEY AND ITS SIMULACRA

An NYT reporter claims a Hungarian-American programmer from Wash. state is probably the secretive inventor of Bitcoin, the private virtual currency. (KPLU)  

EGGLAND'S WORST?

An animal rights group posted a video exposing what it claims are inhumane conditions at a Pennsylvania plant supplying eggs to Costco stores. (SeaTimes)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

City Council members want to tinker with Mayor Murray's proposed $900 million transportation levy. Retiring councilmember Nick Licata, f'rinstance, wants language in the bill ensuring that none of the money will go to streetcars (which aren't allocated anything in the plan's current draft anyway). (Crosscut) 

Councilmember Tim Burgess, now vying for one of the council's two new at-large seats, tries to prove he's not really as corporate or as conservative as he's cracked up to be. (Seattle Weekly) 

THE RACE IS ON

A white Shorewood High student insists her yearbook picture (posed with dark-shade makeup) wasn't meant to be "blackface," but merely to look like "a really bad tan." (KING) 

SHELL GAMES

Drew Atkins offers alternate strategies for Arctic-drilling opponents, strategies he claims just might work. (Crosscut)  

BIZ

Alaska Airlines' prez discusses his company's fight-for-life against Delta. (Airways News)

When Microsoft took over Nokia's phone business, it also got naming rights to the LA theater where the Emmy Awards are held. It's now been rechristened the Microsoft Theatre. (AP)  

BOOZE NOOZE

Washington now has more "craft distilleries" (110) than any other state. (KIRO-FM)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Some facets of Seattle landlord-tenant laws your landlord might not want you to know about. (Curbed Seattle) 

POLICING THE POLICE

There's a budding turf war between Mayor Murray and the citizen commission charged with advocating specific police reforms. The commission wants to become a permanent oversight entity. (Weekly; SeaTimes

ED

A popular Garfield High teacher may get fired, in the wake of a group tour to New Orleans at which one female student was molested and two others groped, allegedly by a drunk male student. (KIRO-FM) 

R.I.P.

Christopher Lee, 93, star of all those Hammer horror flicks as well as "Lord of the Rings," "The Man with the Golden Gun," and "The Phantom Menace." (CNN) 

Dr. Lester Sauvage, a longtime Seattle heart surgeon who performed more than 10,000 surgeries, died at age 88. (SeaTimes) 

PRIVAT(IZED) LIVES

Emily Badger looks at America's plague of distrust and disconnection, and sees its root in the separate subcultures in which so many of us live, commuting by car alone from gated (or "might as well be gated") neighborhoods to office parks and malls. (Washington Post) 

SPORTS

Mariners won two in a row, and scored more than three runs for the first time in over two weeks, topping Cleveland 9-3. The winning swing came from a Kyle Seager grand slam with two outs. That series ends with a day game today; then it's off to division-leading Houston.

The Glendale, AZ city council voted to terminate its arena lease with the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes. The team's future is uncertain; in 2013 the league suggested it could move the franchise, possibly to Seattle or Quebec City. (KING) 

Storm tonight at Minnesota Lynx.

Oh, and there's apparently some big golf thang at the Chambers Bay course in Pierce County starting today.

TONIGHT

Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. (Paramount)

Author Judy Blume, talking with Nancy Pearl. (Town Hall)  

Capitol Hill Art Walk, including Pride Month photo show at Cupcake Royale and encaustics by Tia Mattheis at the Steve Gilbert Studio. (Various)

 

INSIDE

We said we'd be trying out ways to monetize this endeavor. By tomorrow's installment we should have a voluntary subscription button at the bottom of the newsletter.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(from Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage (1973)): 

"We're emotional illiterates. We've been taught about anatomy and farming methods in Africa. We've learned mathematical formulas by heart. But we haven't been taught a thing about our souls. We're tremendously ignorant about what makes people tick."


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