MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015

Somehow we've made it through the first full week of MISCmedia MAIL. If you've found any part of these morning news roundups at all useful to you, please tell your friends about us. (The link's at the bottom of today's entry.)

WEATHER

Just in time for the weekend, skies will get somewhat cloudier and at least a little cooler, with a chance of showers.

CORREX (OUR VERY FIRST!)

That big golf thang in Chambers Bay, Pierce County happens NEXT weekend, not this weekend. Sorry.

THE RULES OF THE GAME

Here's who's raised what in the City Council races thus far. (The C Is For Crank)  

Please be introduced to Initiative 122, which would create tax-funded "campaign vouchers" city residents could give to the political campaigns of their choice. Promoters say it would reduce candidates' reliance on big money fundraising. (KPLU) 

ECO

Two more protestors have chained themselves to Shell's drilling-support ship docked in Bellingham. (KOMO) 

NEW DETAILS

That Tacoma teenager who killed herself? The one with the YouTube video from after her dad cut off her long hair to punish her? We now know: (1) neither she nor her dad had posted the video; she'd sent it to a friend, who posted it after her death. (2) The dad didn't like her use of social media, and had cut off her hair to punish her for having sent a "provocative photo" to a boy. (3) She'd felt guilt and shame over the photo; a friend said "she just felt like she couldn't take it anymore." (KCPQ) 

JUNK

More than 90 percent of the inmates in the Snohomish County jail's medical unit have heroin withdrawal symptoms, turning the jail into the county's largest "detox center". (Everett Herald) 

BIZ

The new local progressive think tank run by Nick Hanauer (of the down-pillow Hanauers, not the hydroplane Hanauers) explains how and why low-wage retail work hinders minority workers. (Civic Skunk Works)  

At its shareholders' meeting, Amazon management said it would publicly release its employment-diversity stats every year. The firm was less forthcoming about demands to improve its warehouse labor conditions. (KUOW, Slog)

Euro antitrust regulators are investigating Amazon's e-book business for potential monopolistic actions. (NYT) 

Ever in search of retail profits, Amazon's started to sell ad space on its shipping boxes. (LearnBonds.com via Google News) 

Microsoft's new "Surface Hub" computer has an 84-inch touch screen and built-in cams, microphones, speakers, and sensors, and costs $20 grand. A more modest 55-inch version costs just $7 grand. (ABC)  

Just ahead of the big Paris Air Show, Boeing has a video of a 787 in stunt-flying stunts, including an almost vertical takeoff. (PI.com) 

Boeing predicts the skies will have twice as many commercial airliners in them within 20 years. (AP) 

THE DESTRUCTION CONTINUES

Edge of the Circle Books, the spiritualist/new age/whatever book and suply store on East Pike, has to find a new space by Auguat. (Slog) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Those proposed "linkage fees," taxes on development to support affordable housing, could go as high as $28 per square foot (which could represent up to 10 percent of a project's cost). And they could be applied to single-family houses as well as upartment and condo projects. (The C Is For Crank)

SHAG, the big developer of taxpayer-subsidized senior housing, has attracted so many complaints (about poor tenant relations, unfiar evictions, bed bugs, etc.) that it's gotten an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau. (KING) 

DUST TO DUST

The "Urban Death Project," a plan to compost human remains, is getting some of the money it needs to launch. (KING) (original Stranger piece) 

THE RACE IS ON

Is the head of Spokane's NAACP branch merely "pretending to be black," as critics of her complaints against the city's police department now claim? (AP) 

EVERYTHING RETRO IS NEO AGAIN

That spectacular '90s market failure, Crystal Pepsi, might come back. (Time) 

R.I.P.

Ornette Coleman, 85, pioneering "free jazz" saxophonist and avant-garde composer/improvisor. (Reuters)  

STUPID REPUBLICAN TRICKS

Jim Hightower reminds you that ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert may or may not have been a sexual criminal (no convictions yet, remember); but he definitely worked hard to make our gov't even more corporate and corrupt. 

SPORTS

Mariners went back to their of-late losing ways, finishing a series at Cleveland with a 6-0 loss. They're in Houston for three games starting tonight.

Storm fell hard to the Minnesota Lynx, 94-70. They're at LA on Sunday.

Sounders FC at home vs. FC Dallas Saturday evening.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

"+1," "a short-run invitational featuring the work of a few Roq La Rue artists and their invited guests." (Roq La Rue Gallery, Friday)

"Get Outdoors Day"  Saturday, with activities and promotions to encourage outdoor recreation, including a no-fee day at state parks. 

Georgetown Carnival with live music, interactive art, games, power tool drag racing, beer gardens, marching bands, and more. (Airport Way S. and vicinity, Saturday)

Opening of "What's Up, Doc?: The Animation Art of Chuck Jones," about the Spokane boy who became America's most famous director of cartoon shorts. (EMP Museum, opening Saturday) 

Fifth annual Pride Picnic, with Jean Ghetto's S, Pony Time, and other acts. (Volunteer Park, Saturday) 

Rock n' Roll Marathon (downtown and Alaskan Way Viaduct, Saturday) 

INSIDE

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