MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015

A sad reminder that black lives still matter no matter how the Dolezal mess settles, among the top stories in today's MISCmedia MAIL, starting right now.

WEATHER

Highs in the low 70s; increasing clouds and potential showers late.

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L'AFFAIRE DOLEZAL (IT GETS CREEPIER)

Yesterday we reported how Rachel Dolezal's biological older brother Joshua has been accused of molesting a boy some years ago. R.L. Stollar at Homeschoolers Anonymous now has posted excerpts from Joshua Dolezal's memoir. It was published last year, and it describes the family as strict Fundamentalist Christians, going back several generations, with corporal punishment as a regular practice. Stoller adds, though, that… "…None of these revelations should be construed as dismissing the wrongness of Rachel’s cultural appropriation or the lies stated by her regarding her history."

Dolezal had contributed opinion pieces for the past year to The Inlander, Spokane's alt-weekly. Its editor Jacob Fries now says he knew her "as a vocal activist talking about important issues." He adds, "The real work Dolezal did on race and justice must not end with her. It falls to us all." 

And yes, there are serious race issues in Spokane. Remember the attempt to bomb an MLK Day parade in '11? The (thankfully defunct) white supremacist compound just across the state line? (Stranger)  

The City of Spokane has ruled that Dolezal engaged in "harassment" and "bias" during her time on a police oversight committee. (KUOW)  

One Rebecca Carroll calls the Dolezal case "apocalyptic, white privilege in steroids." (Salon)  

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EVERYTHING ELSE

 

ELSEWHERE IN RACE MATTERS

Some deranged creep thought it would be a good thing to kill people at a historically black church in South Carolina. (CNN) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Some, but not all, of Councilmember Tim Rasmussen's proposed changes to zoning in multifamily areas passed at a committee meeting, and now go to the full council. Here's what passed and what failed. (PubliCola)  

Get ready for 3,000 new luxury hi-rise apartments in the vicinity of Minor and Howell. (KIRO-TV) 

MOVING STORIES

No, Erica C Barnett insists, Nick Licata's proposed changes to the Move Seattle referendum plan are "not that progressive." (Seattle Transit Blog)

Move Seattle, even at $930 million, still doesn't include any planned upgrades or replacements to the Ballard and Magnolia bridges. Those would need $300 mil themselves. Each. (KIRO-TV)  

State ferry officials recommend both passenger and vehicle fare hikes. (AP) 

PHONE ON THE RANGE

A tall cell phone tower would look weird along scenic Chuckanut Drive, even if it were disguised as a grain silo. (KING)

PENTA-GONE?

Big military cuts could be good for the U.S. budget, bad for Tacoma's economy. (KIRO-FM)  

THE PLANE TRUTH

The 747: not dead yet! (PS Biz Journal)  

GETTING ORGANIZED

Buying legal pot? Look for the union label. (KPLU)  

RECLAIMING HISTORY

A Seattle brought a National Park Service grant to help document the WWII Japanese American internment. (KPLU)

NOSTALGIA AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE

Remembering a forgotten entertainment genre: the "womanless wedding," in which all female roles from the bride on down were played by men in drag. Really. (KUOW)  

SYMPATHY FOR THE DIGITAL-MUSIC INDUSTRY

Paid music streaming has exploded in the last six years, but paid downloads have also increased. (Music 3.0)  

HYPER-CAPITALISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS

What happens when everything a person does gets judged only by its potential market value? (Salon)  

TECH TALK

MS CEO Satya Nadella writes in fluent tech-biz-babble as he announces a major reorganization. (KING) http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2015/06/17/microsoft-leadership-team-shakeup/28860965/

A study says women are "three times less likely" than men to seek out tech-company internships. (GeekWire) http://www.geekwire.com/2015/women-nearly-three-times-less-likely-to-seek-internships-in-tech-study-finds/

ENTIRELY BELIEVABLE HEADLINE OF THE DAY

"HOV-violating mannequin gives trooper a fright." (SeaTimes) 

WE WILL OVERCOMB

How does Donald Trump get campaign-announcement supporters? He pays them. (Hollywood Reporter)  

JUNK

Heroin and meth-related deaths in King Co. spiked 58 percent in 2014. (SeaTimes) 

R.I.P.

Rev. William Sullivan, Seattle U's longest-serging president. (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS

Felix Hernandez came back from his disastrous previous start and outpitched Michael Bumgarner, as the Mariners beat the Giants 2-0. The home-and-away series ends tonight.

That big golf thang is underway in the south sound, and Tacoma businesses are up to the hype requirements. (News Tribune) 

Pierce County may be the locus of golf this week, but in November Bellevue will be the world HQ of squash! (SeaTimes)  

TONIGHT

50-artist exhibition opening, with live music and a buffet. (University House, 44th and Stone Way N., 5:30)

Upgrade Seattle, the group that (still) wants a city-owned broadband service, states its case. (Town Hall)  

Jon Auer of the Posies and the Big Star revival. (Caffé Umbria, Ballard) 

Drag legend Joey Arias as Billie Holiday. (Triple Door) 

"Brewery Night" at the Mariners, with $30 view-level seats and microbrew samplings.  

Pop-Up Art Putt, mini golf course designed by local artists. (Tacoma Art Museum, thru Sun.)

INSIDE

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QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Patricia Cornwell in "Postmortem":)

"Survival my only hope. Success my only revenge.”

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