MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015

We start week three of this great experiment with a Solstician sense of disciplined abandon.

WEATHER

Mostly sunny and warm today. Warmer Tues and Wed.

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TODAY AT MISCMEDIA.COM

A look at this year's Fremont Solstice Parade, now with added Shell-bashing. 

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EVERYTHING ELSE

 

AFTER CHARLESTON

Seattle First AME Church pastor Carey G. Anderson spoke on Sunday about the mass murder in South Carolina: “You don’t have to look overseas to see terrorism… Terrorism is being hunted down, and arrested, accosted, and being shot just because you’re a black male.” (KUOW) 

Will any Republican Presidential candidate EVER denounce racist bigotry, or admit that that's what caused the Charleston shooting? (Salon)  

Seattle's own NYT essayist Tim Egan on why we still need "An Apology for Slavery."

CLIMATE

The state measures the mountain snowpack every year. This year: Nil. (SeaTimes) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

A development lobbyist says Seattle should allow "100-story apartments" everywhere, and just trust the free market to make some of them affordable. Yeah, right. (KIRO-FM) 

One 49-unit project (at the old Tubs corner in the U District) won't solve our affordable housing crunch, but just might provide a "proof of concept" for larger solutions. (Crosscut)  

Can Seattle ever get enough park land for all these new residents? (Crosscut)  

FIGHTING BACK

The latest local celeb to get THAT STUPID CANCER (the only thing I call it anymore): Eddie Spaghetti, for nearly three decades frontman of psychobilly legends the Supersuckers. There's a fund drive for his treatment at YouCaring. 

THIS WEEK IN FREAK ACCIDENTS

At the Fremont Fair, naked people can be fun. In a car, while drunk, a naked person can knock out electricity to 4,000 people. (KOMO) 

YOUR DAILY DOLEZAL

Turned out Rachel Dolezal was "outed" due to an Idaho newspaper's digging around. (People) 

BIZ

Dear Über: People who work for you are people who work for you, i.e. employees. Treat them with respect or go out of business. (Civic Skunk Works)

ALL WET

A houseboat old-timer remembers when floating homes could be had in Seattle for $7,000. It was within my, and possibly your, lifetime. (KUOW)  

TODAY IN POT

Oregon may accelerate its phase-in of legal marijuana. (KUOW) 

TODAY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT MALFEASANCE

An inmate died in the Island County jail six weeks ago, due to malnutrition and dehydration. A protest was held over the weekend against jail staff. (KING)   

One of the three Pasco police officers who shot an immigrant farm worker in an intersection has resigned. (AP)  

Scenes from Friday's anti-police-brutality march in Seattle. (Yes, this sort of thing IS more important than the convenience of rush-hour commuters.) (SeaTimes) 

TODAY IN THE REALLY, REALLY OBVIOUS

"Seattle's poor are most affected by climate change." (Weekly)  

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The state's budget negotiations, specifically about transportation, are "in collapse." (PS Biz Journal)  

As a capital-gains tax scheme dies a lonesome death in the Legislature, John Nelson at Crosscut suggests a "revenue neutral" tax reform plan. Yep, it includes a state income tax, which would require changing the state constitution. 

BERTHA, BUT…

The Legislature pulled funding for the independent "panel of experts" that made yearly reports about the Waterfront Tunnel's progress (or lack of same). (SeaTimes) 

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER…

I happen to like the look of the Chambers Bay grass. We have to get used to less lawn-watering this year, both up here and down in Calif. Promoting tall, "golden" rye grass is a good aesthetic step toward making that more acceptable. (KING) 

Art Thiel at SportsPress NW says Chambers Bay's critics, who mostly seem to come from golf's "stodgy culture of stubbornness when it comes to change," simply need to "shush." 

I CAN'T MAKE JAZZ PUNS FOR 'OIL TRAIN' LIKE I CAN FOR 'COAL TRAIN'

Gov't proposed oil train regulations: the oil companies and the railroads say they go too far; enviros say they don't go far enough. (KUOW)  

R.I.P.

Elson Floyd, Ph.D., 59, was Washington State Univ.'s prez for eight years. Rejecting big-money offers to go to more prestigious schools, he championed Wazzu within the state and in Olympia. He was part of the lobbying effort to get a medical school in Eastern Washington. (KING) 

SPORTS

Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, in a match that came down to the last putt on the last hole.

After splitting four against the Giants, the Mariners won two against the division-leading Astros, then lost 6-2 on Sunday in another bullpen disaster. The KC Royals come to town next.

Sounders FC, without star Clint Dempsey (suspended for three games after talking back to a ref during the pervious match), lost a 2-0 groaner to San Jose. They're at Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Storm lost 84-72 to the Phoenix Mercury Sunday. They're home again against Minnesota Thurs.

TONIGHT

Bootsy's Rubber Band. (Neptune)

Kentaro Toyama and Weir Harman speak on how to "Invest in People (Not Technology) to Save the World." (Town Hall)

INSIDE

Aside from a Fremont-ized sense of "oneness with nature," we've also increased the type size, to make the newsletter more phone-friendly. And we'd still like to hear your suggestions for stuff to add, subtract, or deal with a little differently.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Zeugma"

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