MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015

The windows are all open (despite the construction noise outside). The fans are on high. The fridge is stocked with Cascade Ice. We're fully prepared to bring you the day's news n' views. So let's get on with it, shall we?

WEATHER

Temperatures could break 90 degrees today. They'll remain hot through the weekend, then perhaps cool off early next week. Meanwhile, Eastern Washington's been seeing temps in the low 110s. (KOMO) 

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KEEP CLAM AND CARRY ON

Ivar's Acres of Clams and certain other waterfront businesses reopened Wednesday, after being forced to close for eight months. The city will resume its seawall construction project in October, but the businesses might get to stay open at that time.

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Developers of the mega-hotel that's replacing the ex-Greyhound station and the Bonair Apartments got a $3 million break on the fee they have to pay to make up for lost affordable housing. Except that unions and housing advocates parsed through the paperwork and got the city to adjust the developers' fees. Councilmember Mike O'Brien, in response, has called for an audit of the city's planning department. (Stranger) Then, in your basic Lucy-pulling-the-football-away moment, the mega-hotel developers said Wednesday they'd instead make it slightly less mega, and include no affordable housing units at all. (PS Biz Journal)  

ROLIE POLIE OLY

You know that last minute budget deal? It's not that done a deal after all. (KIRO-FM)  

Another newly-revealed piece of the budget plan: a $57 million tax-loophole closure aimed directly at Microsoft, which will apparently not fight it. (SeaTimes)  

TODAY IN OUTRAGE

Sen. Patty Murray wants more hospitals to do more for rape victims, instead of just telling them to drive themselves to other facilities if they want to get forensics tests. (KING) 

OIL'S NOT WELL

The Feds have ordered Shell to cut back on (but not fully halt) its Arctic drilling plans. (Seeking Alpha, via Slog) 

THE RACE IS ON

The tech biz, like the theater biz, follows an official policy of "race-blind" hiring, in which almost everybody who gets hired just happens to be white. This might not change as long as Tim Eyman's 1998 anti-affirmative-action initiative remains state law. (Weekly) 

UPDATE

The guy whose flying drone fell and struck a woman unconscious at the Pride Parade has apparently come forward. (Seattlish) 

OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE SOUTH

Legal pot consumption (though not sales yet) began in Oregon on Wednesday. Hundreds gathered at Portland's Burnside Bridge for a midnight celebratory toke-in. (CS Monitor) 

AG

Lots of Washington cherries this year! (SeaTimes) 

SCIENCE

Pacific Coast fish are eating tiny fragments of plastic ocean litter, sending them "up the food chain." (Vancouver Sun)  

Fred Hutch head Dr. Gary Gilliland says the next 10 years could see "cures or therapies for most, if not all, human cancers." (GeekWire)  

WHAT'S PAST IS PRESENCE

Construction workers near the Magnolia Bridge at Smith Cove unearthed some 2,600 human artifacts. Most of them seem to be from a Finnish immigrant community that was cleared away during WWII. (KOMO) 

WHAT'S PAST IS NOT PRESENCE

You know, we hope, that Jacques Cousteau's famous ocean-exploration ship Calypso had been built in Seattle as a WWII minesweeper. You might not know that it's now "rotting away in a shipyard in France." There was a drive to get it preserved and restored, but that's now stalled in a legal dispute. (KIRO-FM)  

POLITIX (NATIONAL)

Some "horse race" style pundits, including H.A. Goodman at HuffPo, now say Bernie Sanders has a legitimate chance of becoming President. 

BIZ

The latest thing for harried parents: toy rentals! (KOMO) 

Nike chairman Phil Knight, 76, who pioneered costly apparel marketing and cheap offshore apparel production, says he'll retire some time next year. (KGW) 

The U.S. Justice Dept. wants to know whether the big airlines have conspired to lower competition and raise fares. (USAT) 

SPORTS

The Mariners swept a short series at San Diego, winning the second game 7-0. They're on to four games in Oakland.

Mayor Murray says he's "cautiously optimistic" about Seattle getting NHL hockey, even though it'll take a revised arena plan and at least one would-be bidder. (KING) A Seattle NHL expansion team, and an all-new arena to house it, would cost any potential ownership group up to $1 billion, with uncertain chances of the investment ever penciling out. (News Tribune)  

TONIGHT

First Thursday art walk downtown; including a preview party for "Legacy of Justice at Hirabayashi Place," a public-art installation honoring the Japanese-American community's struggles, with talk by artist Roger Shimomura. (Impact Hub, 220 2nd Ave. S.)  

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

 (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood"):

“I’m not all that smart. It takes me a while to understand things. But if I do have the time, I will come to understand you—better than anyone else in the world.” 

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