MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015

It's time to cool off, at long last, with a tall cool drink of whatever and a fresh MISCmedia MAIL in your phone and/or computer.

WEATHER

After a local-record 15 straight days above 80, we'll be FINALLY below 80 this afternoon, continuing as such through the weekend (with perhaps a shower on Sunday).

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TIMES OF THE SIGNS

Meet your big new Capitol Hill, First Hill, and Central District art murals. (Mohamed Adan, Capitol Hill Seattle)

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AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

Fire concerns have forced the postponement of Burning Beast, an annual outdoor meat-cookin' extravaganza in Arlington. (Seattle Eater)  

Would you believe local conditions now are almost exactly like they were before the 1889 Great Seattle Fire? (KIRO-FM)

HOW DRY WE ARE

Hot, hot weather for long periods of time isn't good for a lot of people. (KING) 

Dry conditions in Eastern Washington are good for wine grapes, bad for beer hops. (PS Biz Journal) 

Our dry spell could continue, more or less, well into next year. (KING) 

IN THE ZONE

Kshama Sawant wishes the leaked HALA document was less pro-landlord, pro-developer, and pro-"just trust the free market." 

The backlash against planners even thinking about possibly loosening "single family" neighborhood zoning just shows the disgust some already-here Seattlites have against all the changes and replacements going on around town. (Weekly)

Existing homeowners in Shoreline don't like the prospect of "density" development either. (KIRO-TV) 

Meanwhile, Seattle has one more chance to annex White Center and a piece of South Park. (KING) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Even rich people have trouble buying houses in and near Seattle. (KUOW) 

ED

More than one-quarter of Washington's high-school juniors refused to take the state's new math and reading tests. (SeaTimes) 

National schools advocates are lauding the state's increased commitment to funding early childhood education. (Education Week)  

SLIP SLIDING AWAY

A touring, 1,000-foot water slide will be set up along Mercer Street on Aug. 16. Make your reservations now. (PI.com)  

BERTHA, BUT...

The giganto tunnel boring machine may finally resume digging some time in August. Maybe. (Seattlish) 

THE FOOD BROOD

Jackson's Catfish Corner, successor to the mourned Madrona-area eatery, has reopened for good in Rainier Beach after briefly operating out of a nearby "pop up" tent. (Seattle Eater)  

THE RACE IS ON

Knute Berger examines the "Northwest Front," a separatist hate group whose followers include accused South Carolina killer Dylann Roof (Roof wrote that the group's ideology wasn't extreme enough), and places it in the context of other Northwest and West Coast "independence" drives through history. (Spoiler alert: a lot of these dreams weren't progressive.) (Crosscut) 

A judge ordered the cancellation of trademark rights to the Washington, DC NFL team's name and logo. It doesn't mean the team can't use the marks, but that anybody and everyboty else can (thus making official logo-merch licenses essentially worthless). (AP) 

TECH

Councilmember Sawant wants to keep the dream of a city-owned broadband network alive, with a pilot project in the Central District. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

BIZ

Ben Huh has quit as the boss of humor site I Can Has Cheezburger. In other news, I Can Has Cheezburger still exists. (PS Biz Journal) 

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) blasted Microsoft for laying off almost 20 percent of its U.S. workforce in recent years, while lobbying to import more foreign techies. (PS Biz Journal) 

Another local job category generated by tech: Voice acting for video games. (KPLU)  

Human breast milk, sold online at up to $4 per ounce, has become a big business. Non-profit groups are battling for-profit "milk banks" for control. (AP) 

SPORTS

The Mariners started a four-game home series vs. Anaheim with a season-high 19 hits and another impressive Felix Hernandez start, winning 7-2.

Storm at home vs. Phoenix Friday.

Sounders FC at Chicago Saturday.

Seattle Reign FC vs. Western New York Saturday; with Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe's first home match since they were on the winning Women's World Cup squad. (Memorial Stadium)  

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Maldives, local alt-country stars. (Westlake Park, noon Fri)

West Seattle Summer Fest; with the Thermals, La Luz, Cave Singers, and more. (West Seattle Junction, Fri-Sun) 

Seattle International Beerfest. (Seattle Center, Fri-Sun)  

Georgetown Art Attack Saturday; including poster/record design legend Art Chantry signing his book "Art Chantry Speaks" (Fantagraphics Bookstore).

"Gateway Greetings for Duwamish Revealed," music and spoken-word performances. Saturday evening at Gateway North (8th Avenue South at Carleton Avenue South, west Georgetown) and Sunday evening at Gateway South (8th Avenue South and South Portland Street, South Park).  

Ballard SeafoodFest Sat-Sun; with salmon bake, live music, beer garden, etc.

Seafair Milk Carton Boat Derby. (Green Lake, Sat) 

Myth & Magic Faire masquerade ball. (EMP, Sat) 

Seattle Outdoor Theatre Festival. (Volunteer Park, Sat-Sun)

Free Slurpee Day. (7-Eleven stores, Sat while supplies last)

Art on the Ave, free music/arts/food festival. (6th Ave., Tacoma, Sun)  

INSIDE

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