MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015

Be proud of whoever you are and whomever you love (including yourself). And read MISCmedia MAIL. 

WEATHER

Muggy, cloudy conditions continue in the morning, followed by the return of hot, sunny conditions by late afternoon.

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TODAY ON MISCmedia.COM

After the marriage ruling: Gays gone wild, or gays gone mild?

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POST PRIDE

Sean Illing at Salon says "the culture wars are over—and hate and the GOP lost." 

Of course, Mayor Murray loved the U.S. Supreme Court's pro-gay-marriage ruling, holding a brief rally at the Federal Courthouse Friday afternoon to speak about it. (LA Times)  

Ex-Gov. Gregoire, and Councilmember Tom Rasmussen also expressed approval for the decision. (KIRO-TV) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The Legislature's almost-last-minute budget deal relies on a few expiring tax exemptions and on projections and/or blind hopes for increased revenue from existing sources. Our state's most-regressive tax system was essentially left alone. (WSJ)  

The legislature now starts a third special session to grind out the details. (KOMO)  

There's already a legal campaign to "save" the medical-marijuana scene in Washington from new, restrictive legislation. (Weed Blog) 

IT'S GETTIN' HOT OUT HERE

The heat has melted parts of U.S. Highway 2 in east Snohomish County. (Everett Herald) 

A widfire in Central Washington covered 1,700 acres as of late Sunday. (KCPQ)  

That toxic-algae infestation is making life tough for dungeness crabbers. (KUOW)  

GROWING CONCERNS

Local Sierra Club leaders propose a "Social Justice Urbanism." It calls for growth tempered by "linkage fees" to developers, affordable-housing subsidies, and "protection from displacement." (SeattleMet)  

In contrast, Erica C. Barnett wants us to embrace and welcome urban growth. She wants us to reject rent control, development controls, quotas to replace lost "affordable" housing units, and just about anything else that could cause "market-distortion." She says we need "a smart way to fund affordable housing without artificially constraining development," but doesn't offer a hint about what that might be. (The C Is For Crank)  

TODAY IN CRIME

Two people were injured in a post-closing-time shooting early Sunday outside 13 Coins. (PI.com)  

TODAY IN DUH

"Region's economic expansion is favoring the wealthy." (SeaTimes)  

LAND, USE, ACTION

The Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District will take over running Westlake and Occidental parks for a year. (SeaTimes) (Crosscut)

Tenants and condo owners in the Seaboard Building (adjoining Westlake Park) installed a machine to emanate a shrill high-frequency sound, that only people 25 and under could hear (and be annoyed by). (The C Is For Crank)  

DEMOGRAFIX

King County's population is growing faster than the rest of the state. And most of that growth's happening in Seattle and the main suburban cities, not out on the sprawl. (Seattle Transit Blog)  

ED (UPDATE)

After a SeaTimes story showing race-based discrepancies in school discipline, Seattle Public Schools may "halt suspensions for most young kids." (SeaTimes) 

 

SAWANT YA GONNA DO?

Sarah Jaffe at The Nation believes Kshama Sawant just might have what it takes to lead "progressive" politics beyond the corporate-Democrat bounds of acceptable change. 

SPELL CASTING

Edge of the Circle Books, ousted from its E. Pike location, has found a new home. It's the ex-Zanadu Comics space in the U District. (Capitol Hill Seattle)  

POLICING THE POLICE

The federal monitor overseeing Seattle police reform has asked the City Council to wait on final legislation until "all parties to the city's consent decree have a chance to weigh in." (Weekly)  

MOVING STORIES

The light-rail service to Capitol Hill and the UW is progressing ahead of schedule. The First Hill Streetcar, however, is way behind, but supposedly will finally start running in August, maybe. (Seattlish) (SeaTimes) 

YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED RACISM

Here's the full text of Obama's eulogy for slain Charleston preacher Clementa Pinckney. (Vox, via Slog) 

At least three Black churches in the South were arsoned last week. (Daily Kos)  

DEMOGRAFIX

There are now more people in the U.S. born after '82 than there are "boomers." And kids under 5 are more than half "minorities." (National Journal)  

CAN IT REALLY BE TRUE?

Garrison Keillor, whose voice has lulled countless motorists toward fiery deaths, will finally retire from "A Prairie Home Companion" sometime next year. (AV Club)  

SPORTS

The Mariners lost two of three weekend games at Anahaim, the last one a 3-2 squeaker in 10 innings. At San Diego starting Tuesday.

The Storm lost two close games in a quick road trip, 73-71 at San Antonio on Saturday and 93-89 at Tulsa on Sunday. Home vs. Tulsa Wednesday. 

The depleted Sounders FC collapsed in the second half at Portland, losing 4-1. Home vs. DC United Friday.

TONIGHT

Author Max Blumenthal on "Gaza, and the Future of Israeli Politics." (Town Hall)  

INSIDE

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WORD-O-THE-DAY

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