MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2015

Get primed for a great (or at least survivable) midweek with MISCmedia MAIL's latest batch of headlines from the edge of America.

WEATHER

Warm and just getting warmer. 80ish today; 90ish by Friday.

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IT'S HARD TO SEE THE AURORA FROM AURORA

But the Northern Lights have been easy to spot from near Mount Rainier lately. (Courtesy Ian McRae Photography.)

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HOW DRY WE ARE

Everyone's favorite local weather guy Cliff Mass sez we're not only in for a warm summer, but another warm and dry winter. Just what we don't need. (KIRO-FM)  

Melbourne, Australia's been under drought conditions for 13 years now. They've survived by conserving and by capturing rainwater. (CS Monitor) 

The Olympic National Park wildfire has grown to one square mile. (AP)

ECO

Conflicting interest groups still argue over how to protect Columbia River salmon runs, and whether more hydro dams should be altered or removed to do it. (KUOW)  

SHELL GAMES

Shell's got a second Arctic drilling platform. It's been moored in Everett. There's no announced date for when (or if) it will set out for Alaska. Protestors are already gathering. (KOMO) (Houston Chronicle, via Slog)  

Everyone's favorite lefty radio host, Amy Goodman, (hearts) the anti-Shell protestors. (TruthDig)  

GROWING CONCERNS

Mayor Murray announced a reorg of city departments, hoping to "do better" in managing the city's hyper-growth. (KING) 

TODAY IN DUMB

When you're making secret deals to sell oxycodone, don't use the email at your work. (Everett Herald)  

SAWANT YA GONNA DO?

The City Council issued a routine resolution honoring the former South Vietnamese flag. At a council meeting, Councilmember Kshama Sawant said she'd vote against it, because socialism. Vietnamese-American community members at the hearing didn't like what they heard, and expressed themselves thusly. (The C Is For Crank)  

Meanwhile, are Democratic district organizations finally warming to Sawant? (PubliCola)  

OTHER CITY COUNCIL STUFF

Councilmember Nick Licata's alternative transportation-funding scheme? Dead. (Slog) 

Can one Google coder running for the City Council finally get rich nomadic techies into politics? (Weekly) 

YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED RACISM

Lindy West, writing for the UK Guardian, says the US has been "a racist country" from the get-go and still is. Cue the death-threatening comment trolls. 

Even in elementary school, race affects how students are disciplined. (SeaTimes)

TODAY IN CRIME

Still a lot we don't know about an abduction case in Seattle last weekend, at which a man forced "his wife's boyfriend" into a vehicle following an "intervention." (Seattlish) 

A man started showing up at a Seattle intersection with a hand lettered sign warning of a police speed trap. Now HE's got a ticket. (KOMO)  

THE PLANE TRUTH?

Four Alaska Airlines flight attendants are suing Boeing, over what they call "toxic" airplane-cabin air. (KING)  

Continuing the "hollowing out" of its Puget Sound brain trust, Boeing's setting up a research campus in Alabama. (Puget Sound Biz Journal)  

THE PRIDE IS SHOWING

Rainbow gay-pride crosswalk markers are now up along 10th and 11th Avenues on Capitol Hill. The city paid for them from fees to the land developers now chasing gay culture out of there. (KING)  

DEVELOPING STORIES

Developers of the proposed mammoth mega-development that will devour most of the Rainier Square block claim it will generate lots of money for an affordable-housing fund. (PS Biz Journal)  

A non-profit, low-income housing building in the North End has been sold for "market rate" development; and apparently all we can do about it is make suggestions on its design. (Wedgwood in Seattle History)  

TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE

The Senate is ready to approve "fast track" trade legislation, without previously promised protections for US workers impacted by imports. Sens. Cantwell and Murray voted yes on the procedural vote paving the way for its future approval. (KPLU) (The Stand) 

SUDS

The ex-Olympia brewery, vacant for 12 years and rapidly deteriorating, might finally get redeveloped. MillerCoors, the plant's last operator, had forbidden its use for beer making, but will now allow it to become a "craft brewing and distilling center." Project proponents say it could generate 600 year-round jobs. (Olympian)  

R.I.P.

Donald Featherstone, 79, invented the original pink flamingo lawn ornament. (What, you thought they were made by Mother Nature?) (USAT)  

SPORTS

Rookie pitcher Mike Montgomery threw a four-hit complete game, and the Mariner bats finally woke up, as the Ms beat Kansas City 7-0. The series, and the homestand, end tonight.

Sounders FC at Philadelphia tonight.

TONIGHT

"The Music Industry's Perilous Future," with Stephen Witt and Sean Nelson. (Town Hall)  

"Lit Fix 10: Emerging Writers." (Rendezvous)  

INSIDE

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WORD-O-THE-DAY

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