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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016

Are we supposed to like Jeff Bezos a little more, now that He Who Cannot Be Named openly hates him?

WEATHER

Showers and sun breaks through Friday at least.

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WEARING WHITE

There's been snow falling on Mt. Rainier in mid-June! (KCPQ) (image: National Park Service)

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Someone in Seattle has FINALLY looked for civic solutions toward a city other than only San Francisco. It's Houston, where leaders have taken advantage of the place's sprawling geography and relatively low land prices to build their way out of the homelessness problem. (As in permanent dwellings, not bureaucratized shelters.) The program doesn't work perfectly there, and one like it here would face a lot of extra issues. (SeaTimes)

It can take years to get a Section 8 housing voucher. It can take that long or longer to find a landers willing to accept one. Case in point: a family services worker who can't find a home for her own family. (Stranger)

THE CONTINUING FALLOUT

"After Orlando, some grieve, others buy guns." (Crosscut)

Councilmember Tim Burgess has "yet to hear a legitimate reason for any civilian to own an assault rifle." (Stranger) 

After a 30-minute standoff with a SWAT team, police arrested a Seattle man who'd threatened to open fire on a Northgate-area mosque. (Slog)

CRIME

Canada's seeking extradition orders for a Seattle man accused of murdering an Edmonton limo driver last year. (SeaTimes)

UPDATES

The family of another Ride the Ducks crash victim is suing the company, the state, and the city. (KIRO-FM)

YOUR REGRESSIVE STATE TAX SYSTEM AT WORK

Western State Hospital's CEO won't have to go to jail, at least not today. A judge put a "stay" on his own order. (KPLU)

Besides the waiting list of 73 patients waiting to get into Western State, another 181 patients there now could be discharged if there were community mental-health facilities able to take them, which there aren't. (SeaTimes) 

LABOR PANES

There's a city initiative drive to strength labor protections for hotel workers, many of whom are immigrants with families to support on low wages/no benefits. (Seattlish)

ECO

Columbia River sockeye salmon are returning in record numbers this year. (SeaTimes) 

Can Puget Sound's oyster populations survive in a changing ecosphere, amid such perils as "oyster herpes"? (Crosscut) 

Wash. state's Congressional delegation wants to name 877,000 acres in the Olympic National Park the "Daniel J. Evans Wilderness." (Joel Connelly)

ON THE ROADS

Two state legislators asked Gov. Inslee to order a halt to the old 520 bridge's demolition. They claim the way it's being done could lead to concrete bits (with car-exhaust and tire particles embedded within) getting dumped into Lake Washington. Inslee says he won't intervene. (KING) 

More Pan-African flag designs are coming to central Seattle crosswalks. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

DOWN THE PIPES

The Wallingford Community Council's latest NIMBY argument against increased neighborhood density: we might not have the sewage-system capacity. (PubliCola) 

SPEAK NOW

Is there such a thing as a "Seattle accent?" And if so, what is it? (Odyssey Online)

EYES IN THE SKIES

The FBI's sued to stop the City of Seattle from revealing the locations of surveillance cams on City Light poles. (PI.com)

SIC TRANSIT

Are scooters in danger from the First Hill Streetcar tracks as well as bicycles? (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

THE BIG A

The FAA filed Amazon $350,000 for shipping "unmarked corrosive chemicals" by air. The item in question was a one-gallon plastic container of a drain cleaner. (PS Biz Journal)

BIZ

Rhapsody, the Seattle-based streaming music service spun off from RealNetworks, will try to overcome its money-losing reputation by rebranding itself as Napster (previously the name of a forcibly shuttered file-sharing service, and then of a short-lived, early legal music service). (GeekWire)

SPORTS

The Storm lost to San Antonio 77-70. At Dallas tomorrow.

The Mariners squandered an early lead, losing 8-7 at Tampa Bay. Pitcher Taijuan Walker left the game in the fourth inning with an aggravated Achilles' tendon. Same teams today.

Copa America soccer at CenturyLink Field Tuesday was a 3-0 blowout by Argentina over Bolivia. US vs. Ecuador at the Clink tomorrow.

The National Hockey League will reportedly add an expansion team in Las Vegas, and won't act on Seattle or Quebec City proposals for now. (KIRO-FM)

TODAY

Seafair Festival kickoff. (Westlake Park, noon) 

TONIGHT

Mary Roach, author of "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans At War." (Town Hall)

Lloyd Cole. (Columbia City Theater)

Twist of Pride Film Festival. (SIFF Egyptian, thru Sun)

Growlers, DJ Johnny Basil. (Crocodile)

Vox Mod album release. (Vermillion)

Battles, X Suns. (Neumos)

Pete Rock, CL Smooth. (Nectar)

Miscomings, TEETH, Newlywed, Paranoid Time. (Hollow Earth Radio)

Survival Guide, Hot Cops, Lockjaw. (Vera Project)

Almost Faithful, Sunshine Factory, Jake Nannery. (Lo-Fi) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Gegenschein"

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