MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015

Don't get hot-headed. Stay away from fireworks. Hydrate. Dress lightly. And read MISCmedia MAIL. 

WEATHER

Today, tomorrow, and Sunday: "Scorchio!" Warm rain and lightning (and thus lightning-ignited wildfires) possible both Saturday and Sunday. 

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TODAY ON MISCmedia.COM

The EMP Museum's Chuck Jones retrospective: Can it rescue the art of 2D animation from death by neglect? Even more, can it rescue the Warner Bros. cartoons from extra-tier-cable-channel purgatory?

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CLIMATE

The Northwest may have no usable snowpack and dangerously-dry forests, but at least the mild winter and warm spring have given us plenty of blueberries. (KUOW) 

GROWING CONCERNS

Seattle's affordable-housing task force will miss another deadline. (SeaTimes) 

A big Nor'Wester welcome to Washington state's 7 millionth resident, whoever she or he may be. (KING)  

O GIVE ME A HOME

The developer of a big West Seattle apartment project wants to get out of the city-required payments to the low-income residents he's kicking out. (PI.com) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Could a 30-day stopgap extension of the current state budget stave off (for now) a partial govt. shutdown? (KIRO-TV) 

ECO-LAW

Last year, eight "young citizens of Washington" filed a petition to the state Dept. of Ecology, asking it to enforce "carbon dioxide reductions." Now, a King County court has ruled the department has to consider the petition. (OurChildren'sTrust.org)  

The Seattle-based Sightline Institute is suing the Feds, demanding information about plans to increase and/or deregulate U.S. crude oil exports.

VANISHING SEATTLE

More on the demise of Cinema Books. (KING)  

ED

Keeping the native Lushootseed language alive, by teaching it to preschoolers. (KUOW) 

Update from Thursday: The Shoreline School District won't go beaver-hunting on a grade-school campus after all, after kids and parents complained. A student even made a cute sign, reading "We Love Our Beaver." (SeaTimes) 

TODAY IN CRIME

The case of the Queen Anne man who was abducted by her girlfriend's estranged husband, under the ruse of a "drug intervention," just gets ickier and more TV-movie-esque as more (alleged) details seep out. (SeaTimes) 

TODAY IN DUH

Since 9/11, more Americans have been killed by "white extremists" than by "jihadists." (Time) 

IT'S THE LAW

The state Supreme Court says, yes, you have the right to swear at police. (PI.com) 

The SPD's been promoting more officers to the captain rank than it has budget for. (KCPQ) 

SKIN

Rupert Murdoch's Australian papers have discovered Portland (or, as they call it, "Pornland") as "America's strip club capital." (Wait, I thought the strip-club capital was Tampa. And no, I won't make the obvious female-body-related pun on THAT name.) 

SAD

Teen suicides in Snohomish County are double what they were a year ago. (Everett Herald) 

WORKIN' IT

An NY think tank's put out a list of America's chief cities for "creative jobs." It claims such jobs in Seattle declined 7 percent from 2003 to 2013. (Fast Company)  

ECONOMIX

Civic Skunk Works think-tank founder Nick Hanauer tells CBC News that minimum wage increases in Washington and a few other states are "supercharging the economy." 

Bob Cringely explains just why the U.S. computer and computing-services industries "are dying." It's due to the same sin that's befallen so many other companies in recent decades, the uber-alles obsession with The Almighty Stock Price.

BIZ

Savers Inc. (the Bellevue-based owner of Value Village) settled a suit with the State of Minnesota. It will pay $1.8 million to various charities, and will promise to be more "transparent" in how it buys donated goods from the charities. (Minneapolis Star Tribune) 

Amazon's "Treasure Truck," teased this past week, turns out to be a "street team" promotion, offering a different deeply-discounted item around Seattle every day, no Internet connection required. (Engadget) 

Cracked.com (the funny-listicle site that bought its name from a defunct MAD magazine rival) lists Amazon among "famous companies you didn't know were dying." The rationale: the e-tail mammoth has scads of cash flow, but can't get any of it to stop. Other companies on the list include Olive Garden, BlackBerry, JCPenney, McDonald's, and Spotify (whose free tier seems constructed to lose more money with each additional listener).

R.I.P.

Patrick Macnee, 93, played the dapper, eccentric agent John Steed in all five TV incarnations of "The Avengers" (absolutely NOT to be confused with anything from or based on Marvel Comics). (BBC) 

SPORTS

The Storm's "rebuilding year" (with only Sue Bird remaining from its championship squads) continued last night with a fourth-quarter collapse against Minnesota, losing 76-73. They're at San Antonio Saturday.

Mariners in Anaheim tonight. 

Sounders FC in Portland Sunday. Clint Depmsey is out for one more regular-season game, and has been banned from the next two years' US Open Cups. (PI.com)  

Parsing the potentials for an NHL expansion team in Seattle. (SeaTimes)  

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Pride Week peaks with assorted events on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, the big parade along Fourth Avenue Sunday morning, and PrideFest at Seattle Center Sunday afternoon.

INSIDE

Thanks to you, we end our third week with healthy readership growth. Give yourselves a great big hand. And keep cool, okay?

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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