MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015

The mercury may get damn high in the next few days, but MISCmedia MAIL keeps you coolly informed with a minimum of hot-headedness.

WEATHER

Mostly sunny and quite warm (77 F) today and Wednesday. Temps could reach 90 by week's end.

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SHAMELESS PLUG

A good friend of MISCmedia, artist Laura Castellanos, has a big photo spread at CityArts. 

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EVERYTHING ELSE

CLIMATE

There's a statewide "burn ban," and it could last a good long time. (KING)  

MOVING STORIES

The City wants to set up one of those big flashing traffic information signs along 24th Avenue East in Montlake. Neighbors disapprove. (SeaTimes) 

ED

A group of students and faculty presented 3,000 petitions to the UW Board of Regents last week, asking them to stop the university's creeping "corporatization." The protestors noted that tuition and student debt have skyrocketed; faculty and staff salaries have stagnated; and some of the Regents themselves come from corporations that have lobbied in Olympia against proper education funding. (The Stand)  

ECONOMIX

A SeaTimes survey of 113 regional CEOs counts only four women (all white, natch). (Seattlish)  

In a Real Change oped, John Burbank ponders whether we need not just a strong minimum wage but also a "maximum wage." 

BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED RACISM

More reminders that, post-Rachel Dolezal, there are still real race-based conflicts in the Inland Empire. (KUOW) 

SAFETY TECH?

Gays aren't the only ones worried about violent attacks in Seattle. Seattle U. is testing "panic button" mobile devices, allowing student to instantly call for help if they're in, or see someone in, an assault on or just off campus. (KING) 

WSDOT's experimenting with a new anti-skid road surface. (KIRO-TV) 

OH NO CANADA!

B.C.'s even-stricter DUI laws: a life saver, or an encroachment of Big Brother authoritarianism? (Georgia Straight)  

TODAY IN POT

The National Institutes of Health are partly paying for a Univ. of Puget Sound study. It will use sewage samples to determine levels of pot smoking in Washington. (AP)  

TODAY IN DUH

A big nationwide research study shows that young adults are still having sex. (PI.com)  

BIKERS

An environmental study will take a year or more to figure out what can be done about the 1.4 mile "Missing Link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Laurelhurst. The Seattle Bike Blog  estimates 18 bicyclists will be struck by cars there by the time the study's done.

The City's planning to replace some parking along Westlake Avenue with a bicycle lane. The owner of a "superyacht" marina on the street has sued, saying the bikes could "threaten the environment." Wha? (PI.com) 

ED

Garfield High's beloved choir teacher may lose her job, following the field trip where a boy groped some girls. (KING) 

ECONOMIX

Public-employee pension funds are being pressured to sell off their fossil-fuel stock holdings. What, if anything, would that cost? (PubliCola)  

ROLIE POLIE OLY

As a state gov't shutdown looms ever closer, state House Democrats have brought forth another budget plan, even more watered down. It settles for closing, or tightening, a few tax loopholes. (AP)  

A ONE-PERCENTER WITH A CONSCIENCE?

Taylor Swift, whose Wall Street daddy essentially paid her way into the music biz, won a PR war over Apple's forthcoming streaming-music service. After Swift publicly complained, Apple reversed itself and said it would pay artists for songs streamed during the service's three-month free intro period. (GeekWire)  

RE-EDUCATING THE 'BROGRAMMERS'

Microsoft employees now have to attend "diversity awarenesss trainings." (PS Biz Journal)  

BIZ

Amazon will start paying some e-book authors by how many pages their books are read. (Business Insider)  

R.I.P.

Laura Antonelli, 73, was one of the chief stars of Euro sexploitation films in the '70s (Wifemistress, The Divine Nymph, The Senator Likes Women, the 1969 Venus in Furs). (Wikipedia) 

SPORTS

The Mariners and pitching ace Felix Hernandez dropped a 4-1 game vs. Kansas City. The series continues Tues.

If you believe that sleazy UK tabloid the Daily Mail (and you usually shouldn't), Sounders FC's popularity bodes well for what the Euros call "football" and bad news for the NFL. 

TODAY

EMP Museum 15th Birthday Bash, with live bands and free admission to Seattle residents until 7 p.m. 

TONIGHT

Television, Tom Verlaine's seminal NY protopunk band. (Moore)

David George Gordon, author of "The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual." (Elliott Bay Book Co.)  

TOMORROW

"Market Front" groundbreaking ceremony and parade, for the PIke Place Market's new western addition, noon.

INSIDE

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QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Michael Ondaatje, "The English Patient"):

“You have to protect yourself from sadness. Sadness is very close to hate. Let me tell you this. This is the thing I learned. If you take in someone else’s poison—thinking you can cure them by sharing it—you will instead store it within you.”

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