MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015

We're halfway through another month, and rarin' to go with another sprightly MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

After 80-degree temps Tuesday, we might only get to the mid 70s today. Hotness then returns for the rest of the week.

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THE FRENCH HAVE A WORD FOR IT

Burlesque diva Shanghai Pearl and celebrants at the Campagne restaurant's annual Bastille Day shindig in Post Alley.

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IN THE ZONE

Josh Feit notes that even though 94 percent of Seattle's "single family" zones won't be officially upzoned, they will be opened to mother-in-law apartments, detached "accessory dwellngs," duplexes, triplexes, "stacked flats," etc. (PubliCola)  

A line in the HALA report claimed that Seattle's "single family" residential zoning was rooted in attempts to keep minorities and lower-income folk out. Knute Berger explains how the racist component of Seattle's "progressive" heritage is more complex, and more deeply rooted, than that statement might imply. (SeaMag) For more details, see this UW online essay about "racial covenants" in Seattle real-estate contracts, which were actively enforced right until 1968. 

The HALA report's full of bad words about parking requirements. (Slog)

HALA committee member Alan Durning says, "HALA’s plan is by far the best we can hope for. In fact, it’s much better than I expected even two months ago." (Sightline Daily) 

THE FAULT, NOT IN OUR STARS

Reddit's "user culture" might be hostile to female company bosses, but the site has a handy survivalist guide to the potential "Really Big One" earthquake. 

Turns out that the folks who'd lived around here for centuries had passed down lore of really big earthquakes of long ago. Whites neglected to listen. (Slog)  

HOW DRY WE ARE

The big wildfires in Douglas County are now mostly contained. (SeaTimes) 

Drought-afflicted local farmers need your support more than ever. (Slog)  

The Wild Fish Conservancy is asking all three West Coast states to close most of their fisheries, due to a deadly combo of low-running rivers and hot weather. (KING)  

MAYBE COLBERT WAS RIGHT

With their normal food sources crimped by the hot, dry weather, bears are wandering into Western Washington's exurban neighborhoods looking for something (or someone?) delicious. (KCPQ) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Connecticut-based education advocate Jonathan Pelto claims Wash. state's versions of the "Common Core" standardized tests are "designed to fail the vast majority of public school students." 

Depression and attempted suicides are increasing among teenagers in Washington, according to a UW study. (KPLU)  

"Seattle kids have lower polio vaccination rate than Rwanda." (KUOW) 

TECH TALCH

Five local tech-biz luminaries sent an open letter to 1,000 of their colleagues, pleading with them to plead with their workers to get involved in Seattle politics, or at least to vote. Their letter included a list of endorsements for City Council candidates who wouldn't "crucify tech." Sawant, as you might expect, didn't make the list. (GeekWire)  

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella defines his company's "biggest mistake." No, it wasn't Nadella telling women to not ask for raises. It was "missing mobile"–presuming that Windows PCs would always be the chief way people got online, instead of phones and tablets. (Biz Insider)

OUT IN THE STREETS

New regulations about Seattle construction sites come into effect this fall. They cover signage, barricades, parking restrictions, and public notice of upcoming projects. But will they stem the plague of closed sidewalks? (KING) 

THE RACE IS ON

The city council in a Spokane suburb wants its mayor to resign, after he posted a racist email about the Obamas. The mayor refuses, saying he hadn't realized there was anything offensive about comparing them to monkeys. (AP) 

GAYS OF OUR LIVES

Gay adults can now officially be Boy Scout leaders. (SeaTimes)  

DEPARTMENT OF "DUH"

Charles Mudede listens to a Jeb Bush interview and finds it full of racist and classist code words. As if you'd expect anything else. (Slog)  

OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE SOUTH

In Seattle's U District in the '90s, fratboy "gangsta" wannabes regularly dangled sneakers from power lines. Now in Portland, folks are doing that with dildos. (KIRO-TV) 

SPORTS

Mariner Felix Hernandez pitched one perfect inning in baseball's All-Star Game. The American League won, 6-3.

The day after the All-Star Game is traditionally the most sports-bereft day of the year. Among local teams only the Storm is playing, in a day game at home vs. LA.

Steve Rudman at SportsPress NW explains why the NHL's "draconian" rules for expansion franchises kept Seattle from bigtime hockey in 1989 and might do so again. 

TONIGHT

"Bløødy Wednesday," multi-act evening of "experimental noise" music, visual artists, and installations. (LoFi Performance Gallery)  

INSIDE

Thursday's installment might come a little later in the morning. I'm working at the One DIrection concert that night. (Really.)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Niveous"

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