MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015

Welcome news junkies, to your morning "quick fix" of info-stimuli.

WEATHER

80s today, approaching 90 Friday and exceeding it Saturday. 

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DISHING THE DIRT

The usual crew of politicians, officials, and "constituent groups" showed up for the official groundbreaking at the Pike Place Market's new "Market Front" addition. Besides new retail space and senior-housing units, it will have a parking garage to replace all the street parking that's going away when the Viaduct goes.

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TODAY IN DUH

Republicans (in this case, in the state House) loathe any attempt to rein in big-business tax breaks. (Crosscut) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

The Richard Hugo House replacement will include, besides a new home for the literary-arts center, six stories of (alas, "market rate") apartments. A current resident of the vicinity doesn't like his view of Cal Anderson Park being taken away. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

Developers of the mega-tower that will devour most of the Rainier Square block have issued revised mockups, that look only slightly less hideous. (SeaTimes) The developers also claim the project will generate lots of money for an affordable-housing fund. (PS Biz Journal)  

The Renton IKEA will be replaced by a newer, but only slightly larger, building at the same site. (PS Biz Journal)  

Bellevue leaders want to turn part of the Bel-Red Road corridor into something like Portland's Pearl District, with housing and presumably "funky" retail. (KING) 

I NEED MY SPACE

People are boating and kayaking too close to orcas in the south Sound. (AP) 

TODAY IN CRIME

More "disruption" caused by clever entrepreneurs, by which I mean copper thieves. (KIRO-TV) 

We now know a little more about last weekend's case of a man who allegedly abducted his estranged wife's current boyfriend. Now the accused abductor is also charged with "torture." (SeaTimes) 

WATCHING THE WATCHMEN

The Community Police Commisison will seek consensus with Mayor Murray about police reforms after all, following a meeting that included impassioned pleas by the commission's Police Officers' Guild representative. (Slog)  

TODAY'S NAUGHTY PUN HEADLINE (YOU'RE WELCOME)

"Local school district looking to get rid of pesky beaver." (KOMO)  

O GIVE ME A HOME

Remember: More new housing units doesn't necessarily mean ANY new "affordable" units. (Weekly)  

Apartment rents are rising at double-digit levels around here. (PS Biz Journal)  

MOVING STORIES

Sound Transit has issued a video of a light rail train going through the tunnel from Broadway to the U District in three minutes. Civilians will get to ride there some time next year. 

BOOZE NOOZE

Seattle's becoming an artisinal-liquor capital, and Seattle Central's responded by starting a Craft Distilling Institute. (Seattle mag)  

CITY OF DESTINY

A recall petition has been filed against Pierce County Prosecutor (and "Never Mind Nirvana" novelist) Mark Lindquist. (AP)  

NOT THE ALL-PURPOSE CURE-ALL

Yes, there ARE conditions that medical marijuana can't help. (KIRO-FM)  

TECH BIZ

The latest third-party-based Amazon scam: buying stuff at retail at physical stores or other websites, then reselling it at a markup on Amazon (or eBay). (CS Monitor)

Circa News, the news-aggregation startup by the "I Can Haz Cheezburger" people, is shutting down after running out of money. (GeekWire)  

A Seattle startup has a software algorithm that can detect if an image posted to a social-media site contains nudity, presumably to aid in the censoring of personal artistic statements. (GeekWire)  

CUE THE SAD TROMBONE

As CD sales continue to plummet and paid downloads may have peaked, is it finally time to pay heed to that old indie-label name "Sympathy for the Record Industry"? (USAT)  

BOOX

AlterNet's got a preview of our pal David Niewert's new book "Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us." In this bit, he explains why the whales' "sixth sense" shouldn't be confused with sonar. 

SPORTS

Mariners dropped their series closer against KC 8-2. At Anaheim starting Friday. 

The Clint Dempsey-less Sounders FC dropped a quiet one to Philadelphia 1-0.

The NHL will set up a formal process for considering future expansion teams, with Seattle officially mentioned as a potential site. Seattle still doesn't have a firm ownership plan, but it does have two competing arena schemes. (TSN.ca)  

Some 70,000 pounds of leftover food from the U.S. Open has been doanted to Pierce County food banks. (KCPQ) 

TODAY

Metro Transit "long range plan" open house. (Union Station, 11:30-1:30.)

TONIGHT

"Noise Yoga" with FHTAGN, presented by Hollow Earth Radio. (Frye Art Museum) 

INSIDE

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QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Don Marquis): "Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."

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