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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

It rained (briefly) on our parade (or one of our parades). But the real question is whether the Fremont parade will lose audience/participant interest even while the Pride Parade keeps growing. I have more to say about that today at my main site.

WEATHER

Sunny after morning clouds.

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TODAY AT MISCMEDIA.COM

I've got my usual report from the Fremont parade. Short version: Not much specifically about gay solidarity post-Orlando, but a sharp jab at Mayor Murray.

Oh, and there may be a crackdown on naked bicyclists at next year's parade. (KING) 

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TRAGEDY

Police shot a "suicidal" looking man outside his home on South Dearborn Street. He was brandishing a kitchen knife and threatening his partner in front of the house. As of Sunday night he was in serious condition at Harborview. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

BIGOTRY CLOSE TO HOME

Someone in Spokane made an online post threatening violence against a Tacoma LGBTQ center. (KOMO) 

Federal law no longer orders blood banks to turn down donations from gay men. But Seattle blood banks still reject them. (KING)

STATE OF THE ARTS

Meet the women who essentially run the high-end visual-arts scene in Seattle. (SeaTimes)

Art/Not Terminal, the feisty co-op indie gallery whose first two spaces were both removed for redevelopment, has found an apparently permanent home, the ex-Northwest Craft Center space at Seatle Center. (SeaTimes) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

With the real-estate hyperinflation come huge, sudden rent hikes at older rental properties (even doubling), driving longtime residents out. (SeaTimes)

As mentioned previously, some people prefer The Jungle to the bureaucratized shelter system. Even with the risk of "eyeball-eating rats." (SeaTimes)

POLLY TICKS

State parties don't usually endorse Presidential candidates before the party conventions. But Wash. state's Dems have officially endorsed Bernie Sanders. (KIRO-TV)

ECO

The people who helped stop a big methanol plant scheme at the Port of Tacoma now want to stall Puget Sound Energy's plan for a big liquified natural gas storage site. (KPLU) 

There was another oil-train protest. This time, the "human blockade" formed along tracks in Vancouver USA; tehre were 21 arrests. (KING)  (AP) 

Despite their fairy-tale bad rep, wolves are cool. And now Wash. state has a new pack of 'em. (Seattlish)

Water supplies for hydro dams are up from last year. But operators still have to perform "a tricky balancing act." (KING)

ON THE ROAD(S)

America's current inventory of roads, bridges, water systems, etc. was built according to an economic premise that no longer exists, claims Charles Mudede. Without it, he claims, we can't hope to keep all this infrastructure in repair.

PARK(ING) SPACE

The children's park in the International District has now been officially named for Donnie Chin, the neighborhood activist who died last year, "caught in crossfire between two groups." (KIRO-TV)

BUT OLDNESS IS OUR FUTURE (IF WE'RE LUCKY)

United Way's cutting funding to six Snohomish County senior centers. (KIRO-TV) 

The Foster Grandparents Plan helps alleviate our pressing child-care needs. But in this state, its funding is imperiled. (Seattle Globalist)

LABOR PANES

Can anything be done to stop horrendous CEO pay raises that help prevent living wages for workers (and endanger companies' own fiscal health)? (Jon Talton)

R.I.P.

Robert Paine, 83, was a UW ecologist who defined the concept of "keystone species," whose survival rates impact those of other forms of life in a particular ecosystem. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

The injury-struck Mariners' June swoon continued, losing two of three games at Boston (Sunday's loss: 2-1). At Detroit for four games starting today.

The Storm got swamped 96-84 by the undefeated Minnesota Lynx. Home vs. Connecticut Friday.

The Clint Dempsey-less Sounders FC fell 2-0 at New York Red Bull. Home vs. New York City FC Saturday.

We haven't mentioned Reign FC, the local women's pro-soccer squad, much. But after a scoreless draw they're now 3-3-3 on the season. Numerologists: make of that what you will. (SeaTimes)

Kevin Calabro, the SuperSonics' radio announcer for the team's final 21 years, will announce Portland TrailBlazers games next season. (SportsPress NW) 

TONIGHT

Start of Northwest Herring Week. (Various spots, thru Sun) 

Anti-fracking activist Wenonah Hunter. (Town Hall)

"Spellbound: The Theremin Returns" with soloist Lydia Kavina. (Benaroya Hall) 

Staged reading of Erica Schmidt's all-female adaptation of "Macbeth." (Seattle Rep) 

Silent Movie Mondays presents "The Flapper" (1920). (Paramount)

Toots and the Maytals, Derek Mazzone. (Showbox)

Holy Wave, Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Hihazel. (Sunset)

"Truth Is a Shapeshifter," dance/exhibition by Ria Leigh. (Lovecitylove) 

Medicine Moon, Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks, more. (Highline)

Best of SIFF Showcase continues. (SIFF Uptown, thru Thurs)

INSIDE

"Loser" reissue production update: I may finally have, after dozens of tries, an acceptable "interior file" for at least one print-on-demand company. Watch this space for further news.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Vernissage"

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