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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016

It's 127 years since the Great Seattle Fire. Celebrate by trying not to get burned, on this probable last day of the current heat wave. 

WEATHER

Still hot today. Cooling off Wednesday. Showers possible Thursday.

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NAMU DIED FOR YOUR SINS

Remembering Ted Griffin, who launched the industry of capturing orcas as amusement attractions, and who indirectly launched the movement to save and protect them. (KPLU) (title borrowed from John Keister)

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ECO

The head of Washington's Dept. of Ecology says the Northwest is "falling short" on oil-train disaster preparedness. (KPLU)

Oil trains are decried as "a weapon of mass destruction." (Grist) 

Imagining a post-fossil-fuel future, in which pipeline rights-of-way could be turned into parks or other amenities. (Sightline)

PROTESTS

A many-gendered group held a "Consent Crawl" along Broadway, protesting sexual violence. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

The City Council unanimously passed the "slumlord bill," banning rent increases in badly maintained buildings. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Still pix and Tweets® from last Friday's community meeting about homelessness are now up in a single Storify "article."

A Sudanese bishop visits The Jungle, in a reverse of that common western shtick of "poverty tourism." (Seattle Globalist)

Eight to twelve fires were "deliberately set" near The Jungle Monday. (KIRO-TV) 

The median home price in Seattle's risen 55 percent in four years. (SeaTimes)

DEVELOPING STORIES

A group's trying to preserve what's left of historic Belltown. (PI.com)

People camped out in line over the weekend, for a chance to buy luxury condos in a tower that won't be done for three years. (KOMO)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Should City Councilmembers report when a bill would affect property they own? (KUOW)

Did Mayor Murray threaten Councilmember Bagshaw by email over her moves to slow down The Jungle's eviction? (Crosscut)

The Council approved naming an International District park after slain community activist Donnie Chin. (KING)

FOR THE RECORD

A tribute to Seattle's indie record labels is planned for next month. (Slog)

THAT LONESOME WHISTLE

A U.S. Dept. of Commerce employee exposed the case of an Army vet who lied about getting a Purple Heart, receiving "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in fraudulent Federal benefits. In response to her actions, the employee got harassed and punished by her bosses. (AP)

ED

Some charter schools in Washington have "a lot more" African American students than their surrounding school districts. (KUOW)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

A Seattle author had the first symptoms of a heart attack at a bookstore signing. Thankfully, she soon realized it. (NPR)

TAXING ISSUES

A survey claims adding a state income tax in Washington, to alleviate our intensely inequitable current system, wouldn't result in a bunch of rich people moving out. (Darn. I was so looking forward to that.) (SeaTimes)

TEK TALK

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the "inventor of the World Wide Web," was in Seattle to attend SIFF's showing of a documentary about him. Berners-Lee (and the film's director Jessica Yu) gave a long interview to GeekWire about the future of online communication, as he'd like to see it.

DISASTERS

What do you call a flooded Paris? "En-Seine." (BBC)

EASY-JOKE DEPT.

Hugh Hefner's LA mansion was sold to his next-door neighbor, the hedge fund dude who bought Hostess Brands. Cue the Sno-Balls, Twinkies, and creme-filling puns in five, four... (AP)

R.I.P.

Peter Shaffer, 90, wrote the plays (that became films) "Equus" and "Amadeus," among many others; combining very human feelings with oft-salacious subject matter. (NYT)

SPORTS

The Mariners' recent woes continued with a 3-1 home loss to Cleveland. Same teams tonight.

Seahawks great Marshawn Lynch is still retired. ("60 Minutes Sports on Showtime")

TONIGHT

Novelist Richard Russo. (Town Hall)

"YETI Film Tour: Stories from the Wild." (Tractor)

"Laser Tribute to Prince." (Pacific Science Center)

Stargazer Lilies, Tokyoidaho, Retirement, DJ Retina Burn. (Lo-Fi) 

Cyrille Aimée. (Triple Door)

The Bad Plus. (Jazz Alley)

Dan Mangan, Reuben & the Dark. (Sunset) 

Walkable Washington symposium and awards. (Bellevue City Hall) 

INSIDE

Our MISCmedia MAIL one-year anniversary (and my birthday) will be held Wednesday evening starting at 5, in the bar at the potentially-doomed Old Spaghetti Factory! Be there or be rhomboid.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Karen Schwarz):

"...People don't 'transcend race'. They transcend other people's bigotry and ignorance; they—sometimes—survive the hatred and outright violence that arises from these and—hopefully—transcend the pain and the loss that is built in to the in-equations of discrimination. The concept of transcending race is just a function of racism itself, and a mechanism to erase the truth of the lives of the people to whom it is applied."

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