MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015

Unlike the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, MISCmedia MAIL is fully powered, completely connected, and full of "up time."

WEATHER

Close to 90 again today. Clouds and slight cooling promised for Friday at last.

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TIMES OF THE SIGNS

The Wilson-Pacific School building in the north end is coming down; but workers are carefully preserving Andrew Morrison's stunning murals of Native American heroes. (KOMO) 

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AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

More than 20 wildfires are still raging in Wash. and Ore., plus another 100 in (the much larger) BC. (Time)  

Another factor in the spreading of wildfires: burning lichen, getting blown from tree to tree. (KING)  

HOW DRY WE ARE

With the heat-related increase in water consumption, Seattle Public Utilities downgraded the city's water-supply outlook from "good" to "fair." (AP) 

ON THE MARCH

A thousand people participated in a "Seattle Stands With Charleston" march, ending at MLK Park "with the group holding hands and singing about love." (Capitol Hill Seattle)  

IN THE ZONE

Erica C. Barnett defends the leaked draft of proposed Seattle neighborhood-zoning changes, including the idea of loosening (but not eliminating) "single family" zone restrictions: "Those who believe it’s their God-given right to own a four-bedroom house on a 5,000-square-foot lot… tend to see any incursion on that right (including a rule change that allows them to build an apartment for Grandma) as a literal assault on their way of life."

And Josh Feit at PubliCola also applauds the HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda) Committee's proposals: "It’s easy for Seattle liberals to support something like a developer fee because it doesn’t touch them. But simultaneously holding single-family zones harmless for the very problem that Seattle’s 1950s, suburban template has created—skyrocketing housing costs—is untenable (or as Murray’s committee says, 'is no longer sustainable.')"

Emails to Mayor Murray's office are running five-to-one against the proposed zoning changes. (PubliCola) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Legislators may have finally plugged up the fiscal home in the education budget, the last big obstacle for ending their third special session. It involves suspending both (1) a controversial biology exam that's kept some students from graduating and (2) a voter-approved measure to cut public school class sizes. (KUOW)  

DEVELOPING STORIES

Local developers want to stick a 60-story skyscraper where the Metropolitan Grill block is now (Second to Third, Marion to Columbia). It doesn't have tenants or investors yet, but it'll have a full-length skylight/atrium in its middle. (SeaTimes) 

TODAY IN FREAK ACCIDENTS

A power transformer blew at a City Light substation. One worker nearby was blown 20 feet away and hurt his shoulder; two co-workers were also hurt. About 10,000 people temporarily lost their electricity. (PI.com)  

TECH BIZ

Microsoft's Windows Phone unit is facing the struggles most of Microsoft's hardware ventures have faced, and is laying off 7,800 people. No word how many of those are local. (AP)  

SIC TRANSIT

Katie Wilson of the Transit Riders Union wants Amazon to help support public transit in Seattle, or at least not to oppose an employers' "head tax" to support it. (Crosscut) 

Retiring Councilmember Nick Licata explains why he hates streetcar projects. He claims they're costly, inefficient, and even more likely to get stuck in traffic than buses. SDOT head Scott Kubly disagrees. (Weekly) 

WORKIN' IT

It's not really a "peace dividend," and it's certainly not the dismantling of a bloated war machine, but 1,250 troops will be cut at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It's part of 40,000 troop cuts and 17,000 civilian-staff layoffs throughout the U.S. military. (KING) 

TODAY IN DRUGS

Unlicensed medical pot shops may get shut down by the city and county before they can get the chance to "go legit" under the new rules. (KIRO-TV) 

SPORTS

The Mariners, having won a squeaker on Tuesday, lost a squeaker on Wednesday vs. Detroit, 5-4. Next: four at home vs. Anaheim starting tonight, then the All Star break.

The struggling Storm fell at Indiana 88-65. Next: home vs. Phoenix Friday. 

TODAY

Out to Lunch Concert Series begins with Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra. (City Hall Plaza, noon)

TONIGHT

Preston Sturges film retrospective begins with "Christmas in July" (1940). (Seattle Art Museum, weekly thru Aug. 13)

INSIDE

Today we're experimenting with a few longer items. Still trying to strike the right balance between depth and breadth (the latter being still a far underrated value).

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Alejandro Jodorowsky):

“The mole is an animal that digs passages searching for the sun. Sometimes he reaches the surface. When he looks at the sun he goes blind.”

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