MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015

Dolezal-mania still hasn't gone away, and MISCmedia MAIL is still here to give you the scoop about all your NW news topics for a wild and woolly Wednesday.

WEATHER

Morning clouds; afternoon sun with temps in the low 70s. Thursday or Friday could see showers.

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L'AFFAIRE DOLEZAL (IT JUST GETS MORE STRANGE)

Rachel Dolezal's parents (who had been evangelical missionaries and apparently still are "young Earth creationists") may have outed her as white in order to discredit her. She's supporting a victim who'd accused Dolezal's biological older brother of past child molestation. (NY Daily News) (Reverb Press) 

A outfit called Homeschoolers Anonymous alleges that the Donezal parents, who'd homeschooled their offspring under a strict Evangelical curriculum, also engaged in and excused child abuse.

Lisa Marie Rollins wants you to know there really is something called "transracial." It's a term for nonwhite kids adopted into white families (such as Dolezal's adopted siblings but not Dolezal herself). And it's a status with its own set of contradictions and struggles. (The Lost Daughters blog)  

Tim Wise says a white person doesn't have to fake ethnic status in order to work for a more just world. (Alternet)  

Jon Stewart, of course, had to say something, both about Dolezal and the media feeding frenzy around her.

"Rachel Dolezals have been much more common in this country's history than we once might have thought." (NYT) 

Dolezal is one of "the long list of whites who assumed, contrary to all evidence, that they were best suited to lead the black revolt." (Newsweek)  

Jelani Cobb compares Dolezal to Norman Mailer's archtype of "The White Negro"—and to white rappers who demand to use the "N word." (New Yorker)  

One of Dolezal's Eastern Washington U. students has posted a 2014 interview in which she claims to have been mistaken for white in the past. (BuzzFeed)  

One of Dolezal's Spokane NAACP colleagues has slammed her for going to NYC to explain her case on "Today," without speaking to her co-workers back home. (People) 

Other Af-Am leaders in Spokane held a "rally for integrity" Monday night. (KPLU)  

UW prof Louis Chude-Sokei says Dolezal is one of many whites who'd proclaimed themselves ultimate authorities on racism, even "racist anti-racists." (SeaTimes oped)  

KIRO-FM's Dave Ross calls Dolezal "the most fascinating woman in America." 

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EVERYTHING ELSE

OIL'S (NOT) WELL THAT ENDS WELL

Shell's Polar Pioneer is gone, but there are plenty of oil trains and terminals in western Washington, extant and planned. Can the protestors persevere? (Joel Connelly)  

ELSEWHERE IN ECO

There's an even massive-er than normal outgrowth of toxic sea algae this summer. It's making sea lions sick. (KING)  

DEVELOPING STORIES

Can Capitol Hill small businesses survive the construction frenzy and its associated sidewalk/parking closures? (Crosscut)  

Knute Berger wonders whether we'll "all be Lake Unionized into oblivion." (Seattle mag) 

A seemingly obscure set of tweaks to zoning regs in multifamily residential zones has raised the howl of homeowners, seeking any way at all to slow down rampant redevelopment and real-estate hyperinflation. (Weekly) (PubliCola)  

Out of state investors have paid $40 million for an empty 107-unit Belltown apartment building, most recently used as Art Institute of Seattle student housing. (PS Biz Journal) 

VANISHING SEATTLE

After 39 years in business, and five years of being for sale, Charlie's, the Broadway bastion of big food and stiff drinks, will likely close before the end of the year. (Capitol Hill Seattle)  

TECH TALK

Could Amazon start its own Uber-esque delivery operation? (WSJ)  

That story we mentioned previously about tech workers driving up housing prices? The Redfin real-estate exec who posted it also notes that Amazon now employs 1 percent of the Seattle-Tacoma metro workforce. (GeekWire)  

LIFESTYLES OF THE ALTERNATIVELY OSTENTATIOUS

Some 27-year-old rich white guy has built a fancy schmancy treehouse complex along the Columbia Gorge. An NYT travel piece calls it "Bro-Topia." 

OUR GAY APPAREL

The mayor of South Bend IN outed himself. Yes, that's the hometown of the U. of Notre Dame. (Dominic Holden)  

JUNK FOOD ITEM OF THE WEEK

When trans fats are outlawed, only outlaws will hydrogenate. (Newsweek) 

ONE MORE REASON TO HATE CALIFORNIA

Rich exurban Californians really, really don't want to ration water for their impeccably-kept lawns and horse pastures. (WashPo) 

THE PLANE FACTS

Boeing hasn't committed to starting a new passenger-jet project yet, and already state officials are scrambling subsidize its making. (KPLU)  

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The state's preparing for a partial government shutdown, should the Legislature fail to pass a budget by June 30. (AP) 

RE: WIRED

Here are some things the City can do to ensure broadband access for all, short of starting its own physical network. (Crosscut)  

CLOTHES MINDED

After a five-year absence, Seattle Fashion Week returned last week. KOMO's "Seattle Refined" site has a summary. 

R.I.P.

Kirk Kerkorian, 98, who dismantled the once-mighty MGM film studio in installments, to finance his MGM Grand casino empire (and his attempts to buy GM and Chrysler). (LA Times) 

SPORTS

The Mariners only trailed the Giants 3-2 in the 8th inning, until the Ms' bullpen broke down again, resulting in a 6-2 loss at San Francisco. Both teams come here tonight for two more games. 

The Storm fell to the Connecticut Sun, 79-58. They next host the Phoenix Mercury Sunday evening.

Sounders FC lost 3-1 to Portland in a U.S. Open Cup match, in overtime (er, "extra time"). Next regular Sounders match: Saturday afternoon vs. San Jose.

The U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Pierce County is finally underway after eight years of planning, building, etc. Here's a primer for the non-golf-fanatics among you. (Stranger) 

Also, the 2016 Women's PGA Championship will be held at the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish. (ESPN)  

TONIGHT

The Breadline performance series closes for good with one last night of readings and music. (Vermillion Gallery) 

INSIDE

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