MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

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WEATHER

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

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PIX

Just a few of the many "Friendly Faces of Rainier Avenue." (Seattle Globalist)  

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

The Legislature's next-to-last-minute budget deal gives some money to K-12 and college education, and clears the way for a WSU medical school. There's still a lot of details we don't know about it. (KING) (SeaTimes)

Gov. Inslee will sign a 16-year transportation funding package, even though Republicans stuck in a "poison pill" provision prohibiting the state from imposing carbon-emissions limits. (Everett Herald) 

The transportation package includes a big ballot referendum for Sound Transit. Want to influence where they run commuter buses and/or train tracks? Fill out a handy survey. (Weekly)

In unrelated news, public schools in Washington will now have to teach about Native American history. (Seattle Schools Community Forum)  

IT'S GETTING HOT IN HERE

Images of the big Central Washington wildfire. (NWCN)  

POST-PRIDE

A reminder that many gay-rights battles remain to be won, including discrimination in housing and employment. (Tribune News via SeaTimes) 

CLIMATE

It'll take more than levees to protect Georgetown and South Park if sea levels rise. (Slog) 

LAND, USE, ACTION

A stretch of Lake Washington waterfront, long used as a public beach, was ruled private property last year. (The hubby of relationship author Pepper Schwartz is one of the claimants to the land.) Area residents who'd lost their waterfront access are now suing to get it back. (SeaTimes)  

The Ballard Spite House may be too far damaged (by previous "restoration" attempts) to survive. (PI.com) 

The Midtown Center strip-mall block at 23rd and Union is officially for sale. Sellers anticipate "a record selling price." Their promo materials mention nothing about "Africatown," a nascent campaign to preserve the block for African-American community uses. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

NOW I'M GLAD WE DON'T HAVE FLYING CARS

A drone plane fell on a woman attending Sunday's Pride Parade downtown.  It hit her in the head and struck her unconscious. (SPD Blotter)  

NO PARK-ING?

Jeff Stevens at The Seattle Star doesn't want Westlake Park to be taken over by business interests who, in his opinion, have historically been opposed to the mere existence of non-affluent people. 

TODAY IN CRIME

An attendee at the big Kenny Chesney country-music concert in CenturyLink Field on Saturday was beaten to death afterward. (KING) 

SUDS

An historic, long-closed Tacoma tavern's reopening, thanks to crowdfunding and an interest-free loan. (KPLU)  

THE SUPREMES

Gerrymandering, and thus future GOP control of the U.S. House of Reps and several state legislatures, may be tempered by a Supreme Court decision allowing independent redistricting panels. (WaPo) (NPR)  

The high court also ruled against Texas's hyper-restrictive abortion laws (Reuters), and against some of the strictest of the voter-suppression laws (Bloomberg).

DISTAFF-STUFF

Asia, including China, has a higher percentage of women in top corporate roles than either the U.S. or Europe. (Forbes.com)  

Melissa McEwan at the political blog Shakesville describes Bree Newsome, the filmmaker/activist who took it upon herself to remove the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds, as "a superhero." 

BIZ

The Export-Import Bank is slated to close today, leaving Boeing without Federal government-guaranteed airplane financing. (PS Biz Journal) 

Could REI's head office move to the to-be-vacated Weyerhaeuser campus in Federal Way? (PS Biz Journal)  

ARTS

A lot of great Native American art is now on display on various Washington State Ferries. (Indian Country Today) 

"Wondering Who You Are," Seattle author Sonya Lea's memoir of dealing with her husband's near-total memory loss, made a BBC list of summer-reading picks. 

SPORTS

Mariners open a series at San Diego tonight. 

TONIGHT

Local premiere of "Lost in the Fine Print," documentary about "people trapped in the legal system." (Town Hall)  

Ongoing: "A Taste of Home," chronicling Seattle's Chinatown restaurants (including the still-there Tai Tung!). (Wing Luke Museum)  

Open house on the city's plans for cleanup and development of the Duwamish River and its watershed. (Camp Long)  

TOMORROW

Not only is July 1 Canada Day, but it's also the re-opening of businesses on the Seattle waterfront that were closed for the big seawall project. These include Ivar's and Ye Olde Curiosity Shop.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Michael Thomas Ford, "Suicide Notes"):

“I’m still kind of a mess. But I think we all are. No one’s got it all together. I don’t think you ever do get it totally together. Probably if you did manage to do it you’d spontaneously combust.”

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