MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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MONDAY, JULY 13, 2015

I firmly predict the Mariners will not lose another game for at least four days, and that a regular dose of MISCmedia MAIL in your phone and/or computer will make your morning.

WEATHER

Our recent respite of clouds and relative coolness should continue, with a 50 percent chance of at least some precipitation.

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DOCTORING 'WHO'

A trio of well dressed fans at last Thursday's Mariners game. (MLB.com)

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IN THE ZONE

Emails to Mayor Murray's office showed an uptake in pro-rezoning remarks by Friday afternoon. (PubliCola) 

Though they weren't mentioned much in that leaked HALA report, "linkage fees" (assessing developers to support "affordable" housing programs) are "far from dead." (PS Biz Journal) 

AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

Douglas County in Central Washington has 20,600 acres burning, with the flames getting close to houses and wheat fields. (KING) The state's firefighting budget could run out. (KOMO) 

Meanwhile, Alaska's got over 640 wildfires, burning over 3.2 million acres. (SeaTimes)

The GOP-controlled US House is considering a plan to fix funding to fight wildfires—and, oh yeah, to greatly increase permitted logging in National Forests. (KUOW)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

After six months and three special sessions, the Washington State Legislature finally adjourned Friday, having ultimately failed at full education funding tax reform, etc. Just like the GOP wanted. (KCPQ)  

CITY HALL FOLLIES

We already knew Erica C. Barnett was never Kshama Sawant's #1 fan. Now, Barnett's alleging that Sawant, who's diverting most of her City Council salary toward activist causes, is taking some of that money back. Actually, the $6,000 in question is travel expenses for her visits to socialist organizing events in other states and countries. Besides, it's her money, not the taxpayers'. 

THE PAST ISN'T DEAD; IT ISN'T EVEN PAST

As many of you know, there's a Confederate soldiers' section at Lakeview Cemetery on Capitol Hill. It's got a 14-foot granite monument, put up in 1926. Some now want it removed. (KOMO)

OIL'S NOT WELL

That GOP-led legislative defeat of Gov. Inslee's "carbon tax" scheme? Pobably engineered by Big Oil lobbyists, natch. (Slog)  

The anti-oil-train protestors were outside Saturday's Mariners game. (KCPQ) 

An obscure company wants to build a small oil refinery in Longview. Not much else is certain. (Sightline Daily) 

Folks want to profit from climate change, by exploiting soon-to-be-accessible areas of the Arctic. (Newsweek) 

POLICING THE POLICE

The Community Police Commission's abililty to create and enforce Seattle Police reforms may be even more limited than originally intended. (Crosscut)  

BOOZE NOOZE

Certain cheap "high alcohol" drinks are forbidden from sale in downtown, Capitol Hill, and the U District. But not in Eastlake; as "problem drinkers" and residents are now aware. Residens and business owners, of course, see street drinkers as a "problem" needing banishment rather than as people needing help. (KOMO) 

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Thanks to Obamacare, the ranks of the uninsured in Wash. have dropped 40 percent. Which means there's still a ways to go. (PS Biz Journal)

THE RACE IS ON

A black entrepreur-activist with the unikely name of Hank Williams is out to counter the tech industry's "quiet racism." Among his examples: companies that only hire Ivy League grads, or friends of current employees, or who make a homogenous "culture fit." (Vice) 

BIZ

Seattle-area firms reached a recod $61 billion in export products last year, according to a government report; fourth-highest of all US metro areas. "Computer and electronic equipment" was the top category, followed by hunting and fishing gear. Airplanes weren't included, for bureaucratic reasons. (PS Biz Journal) 

Orders for construction steel are down. Does that mean commercial construction's peaking? (PS Biz Journal)  

R.I.P.

Satoru Iwata, 55, was a former programmer who rose to become president of Nintendo, the gaming giant with several local-area connections (including a piece of the Mariners). (USAT) 

SPORTS

The Ms split another four-game series vs. Anaheim, losing on Sunday 10-3. After the All-Star break they play in New York on Friday.

A shorthanded Sounders FC lost 1-0 at Chicago Saturday, on a stoppage-time goal. At home next Saturday vs. Colorado.

The still-hapless Storm lost a home-and-away series vs. Phoenix; 94-79 here on Friday, 70-60 there on Sunday. Home vs. LA Wednesday afternoon.

Women's World Cup stars Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe received a special reception before (but didn't play in) the Seattle Reign FC match. The Reign beat the New York Flash 4-2 at Memorial Stadium. (KING)  

At least two Seattle groups will bid for an NHL franchise. (Hockey News) 

TONIGHT

Liquid Courage Karaoke. (Crocodile; free)

Monday Night Square Dance with the Tallboys. (Tractor)

INSIDE

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WORD-O-THE-DAY

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