MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015

Celebrate safely, pray for a Fourth without fireworks-sparked fires, and read a cool, refreshing MISCmedia MAIL. 

WEATHER

As you might have guessed by now, hot as a firecracker through Sunday. Maybe, just maybe, a little cooler starting Tuesday. And the warmer, drier weather pattern could go on, would you believe, for the next year or more? (KOMO)  

Even the Hoh Rain Forest is dry this season. (KPLU) 

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YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Cartoonist/educator Robyn Jordan shows-and-tells how arts education in Seattle schools is making a comeback, and how much that helps some kids. (Medium/Bright)

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POLICING THE POLICE

Already, Seattle Police policy changes are resulting in fewer chronic drug offenders going through in the criminal-justice merry-go-round, instead getting more of what might help them. (WaPo)  

ROLIE POLIE OLY

State House Republicans may disassemble that carefully-compromised transportation package. (Crosscut)  

In one new tax break for the rich that passed the Legislature, "super yachts" can stay moored in Washington 180 days before getting taxed. (PS Biz Journal)  

Those d-bags who believe "handicapped parking" signs are really "able-bodied, privileged rich person's luxury-car parking" signs will face new, tougher regulations, at long last. (KPLU)  

Want Hanford to start hosting new, small, "modular" nuclear reactors? The Legislature does. (Crosscut)  

DEVELOPING STORIES

One factor helping accelerate big tower projects in Seattle: city laws designed to prevent too many really-tall buildings in immediate proximity. (SeaTimes)

LABOR PAINS

Health-care workers' unions staged a big informational picket outside Swedish Hospital's main campus. They've been negotiating with the Swedish/Providence consortium since April. (Capitol Hill Seattle)  

TODAY IN BANKSTERS' FREE RIDES

Key Bank hasn't paid for the naming rights to KeyArena in four years. Seattle Center hasn't found a new sponsor willing to at least pay to take the KeyArena signs down. (Weekly)  

THE RACE IS ON

After decades in the bureaucracy, the Feds gave final denial to the Duwamish Tribe's drive for official recognition. (KUOW)  

IT'S STILL REALLY AN ATTACK ON THE HOMELESS

Seattle parks go officially "smoke free" Monday. (KIRO-TV)  

TODAY IN CRIME

We already told you about Sen. Murray pleading with more hospitals to supply DNA tests for rape victims. Here's why it's important: it can lead to real arrests and convictions. (KING)  

AG

Lots of blueberries in Washington! (Everett Herald)  

T-TOWN

Remember the drive for city-owned Internet service in Seattle? Tacoma's already got it, but is thinking of selling it off. (Weekly) 

Folks in Tacoma deserve a higher minimum wage, too. There are competing plans to make this so, some sooner than others. (KING) 

SAD

Misty Upham, the locally-raised actress who was found dead in Auburn last October, is remembered as a survivor of rape, abuse, and alcoholism, who never got the kind of help she needed. (Guardian)  

A 12-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree child rape, involving a seven-year-old girl. (KING) 

POLITIX (LOCAL)

A state initiative coming this fall would ban "trading in parts of nearly 10 extinct animals." The measure's text was rewritten after the Seattle Symphony complained that it would keep musicians from getting new musical instruments containing ivory. (KIRO-TV) 

POLITIX (NATIONAL)

The U.S. Supreme Court, in its next term, might choose to permanently cripple government-employee labor unions, a major long-term goal of both the Teapublicans and the dot-com Libertarians, which would make this country even more rigidly under one-percenter control. (USAT)  

MEDIA BIZ

The Donald Trump-owned Miss USA Pageant is going from NBC to an obscure three-digit cable channel. (NYT)  

AOL's Huffington Post division only breaks even on $146 million in revenue. Perhaps, just perhaps, the ad-money-only, page-view-obsessed "new media" model just isn't going to work out. (AdAge)  

SPORTS

Mariners lost 4-0 at Oakland. The series continues thru Sunday.

Storm at Minnesota this evening.

Sounders FC at home vs. DC United tonight.

Hope Solo and the U.S. women's soccer team play Japan for the Women's World Cup Sunday afternoon in Vancouver.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Fourth of July stuff everywhere Saturday; including daytime festivities at Cal Anderson, Lake Union, and Gas Works parks, and fireworks from Lake Union at 10 p.m. 

VHS screening of the film "Singles" at its principal location, the Coryell Court Apartments, 1820 E. Thomas St., Sunday evening. 

INSIDE

The fourth week of this venture concludes with readership steadily, if slowly, growing. Our first priority for next month will be circulation-building promos and gimmicks. Our second priority will be trying to create an index page on the main MISCmedia.com site for past newsletter installments. If any of you know how I might generate an automatic script for this, please get in touch at the email below.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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