MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2015

Even a slight change in the heat is welcome. And you're always welcome here at MISCmedia MAIL, where we run down the day's top stories in what's hoped to be an entertaining manner. So let's get to it.

WEATHER

Still "only" getting to the mid-80s today. Cooling a little more by maybe Friday.

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TODAY AT MISCmedia.COM

After 20 years, will time (and what we used to call "reality") ever catch up with Amazon's model of "Get Big Fast"?

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Mayor Murray's advisory committee on housing is considering many proposed changes to zoning and other laws. Among them: significantly modifying "single family" zoning designations (the traditional "third rail" of local NIMBY politics), and increasing permitted density everywhere (including reversing this week's City Council move to scale that back in some zones). (Danny Westneat) (PubliCola) 

As rich people plop down gazillions for Seattle-area houses, some 4,300 foreclosed homes in the region still lie dormant. (KUOW) 

OIL'S NOT WELL

Seven oil-terminal projects are being proposed around the Northwest. If they all get built, the region could see 1 million barrels of crude shipped by train every day. (PS Biz Journal) 

One of the support ships involved in Shell's Arctic drilling plan has a big hole in its hull and has to go back to port. (AP) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The Legislature's reinstating the state Presidential primary next year, but (like the last time we had one) it really won't matter. (SeaTimes) 

NATIVE APPLICATIONS

The Duwamish Tribe will keep fighting for official Federal recognition, denied to them last week. (Slog) 

TODAY IN TRAGEDY

The State Patrol alleges a Seattle driver was high on pot when he allegedly caused a fatal crash on I-5 near Tumwater. (Olympian)  

ECO

An invasion of southeastern bullfrogs has come to Idaho, threatening indigenous amphibeans. (Spokesman-Review) 

BIKERS

Along with the forthcoming UW hospital/stadium light rail station, the adjoining stretch of the Burke-Gilman Trail and the campus's Rainier Vista green space have been redone.  The Seattle Bike Blog likes the result.

DEVELOPING STORIES

Clise Properties is planning a mostly windowless "data center" midrise tower at Sixth and Bell. Except for office and retail space at the bottom, it would provide storage space for computer and telecommunications gear, behind an exterior of "sculptural" cladding. (Daily Journal of Commerce)  

FOODIE FOLLIES

Paul Allen's plugging a PR campaign for restaurants that serve "sustainable" seafood. (KIRO-TV) 

CITY HALL FOLLIES

City Councilmember Tim Burgess, who's been acting to assert his progressive bona fides in a heated re-election battle, has proposed a city tax on gun and ammo sales, and a bill to make gun owners report lost or stolen armaments. (SeaTimes) 

I HAVE THE POWER!

A Portland company's figured out how to stick electric generating turbines inside municipal water pipes, to create power from the flowing fluids. (It only works with water that's flowing downhill; in pipes that are fed by pumps, the contraption would cost more power than it would make.) (Fast Company)  

REWRITING THE CODE

An Amazon "old timer" goes on Reddit to discourage college grads from working there. 

Ya want some women-in-tech role models? Here's a whole bunch. (Refinery 29) 

IT'S THE SAME OLD SONG

Music's "Top 40" still exists. Some 114 songs have been on it so far this year. Only 33 of them have solo female singers. (Fusion)  

PHILM PHUN

Despite the continued lack of state support for Washington's film biz, there's one locally-shot film coming this year, with Viggo Mortensen. (PI.com) 

TEL AVIV

Harry Shearer has un-quit "The Simpsons." (Comic Book Resources) 

ED

Nicholas Lehman in the New Yorker asserts the "main drivers" of massive student-loan debt are for-profit schools, including online ones, with low graduation and high default rates. 

SPORTS

The Mariners needed 11 innings to beat Detroit 7-6. The series ends this afternoon.

The struggling Storm have a day game today at Indiana. 

Would-be NHL expansion team owners have less than two weeks to get their formal proposals into shape. (KING) 

Forget about Seahawks superstar Russell Wilson claiming at a Calif. megachurch that he's not having sex. (KCPQ) I'd rather know more about the Marshawn Lynch biopic that's been pulled from release. Lynch's agent claims the filmmakers "did a terrible job." (Rolling Stone, via Seattlish) The film's promotional trailer is still online, and is rather bizarre indeed in a quasi-amateur way. (Business Insider) 

TONIGHT

"Seattle for Nepal" benefit with Kathy Moore, Mike Musburger, Kim Virant, Barrett Martin, Shawn Smith and more. (Triple Door, all ages) 

Junior Roller Derby World Cup. (Kent ShoWare Center)  

INSIDE

I'm still working on the ideal length for these daily e-missives. This one's a little shorter than yesterday's. Let me know which you prefer (I've added a handy email link below).

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Rallentando"

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