MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015

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WEATHER

Temps in the mid 70s today, heating back up for the weekend.

Seattle's already had as many really hot days so far this summer as it usually has in an entire summer. (KOMO)  

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OUT TO SEA

It's cruise ship season again. To know what the experience is like, check out the late David Foster Wallace's essay, "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again."

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IN THE ZONE

Erica C. Barnett  mostly likes the HALA plan: "Despite the volume of shouting from the old guard, I’m hopeful that the consensus and determination HALA has demonstrated will hold together despite the shouting, and despite the possibility, remote but real, that a renegade developer could sue the city and scuttle the whole deal." 

Sharon Lee, exec director of the Low Income Housing Institute, says the HALA plan has "a lot of holes;" specifically about the loss of unsubsidized, commercial, affordable rental units. She also warns that simplistic "trust the free market" stances would lead to more luxury-level units, but not necessarily to any "affordable" ones. (KUOW) 

A mostly overlooked aspect of the HALA committee's recommendations on "affordable" housing: the report wants to reverse the City Council's recent anti-"apodment" restrictions. (PubliCola) 

Another obscure part of the HALA plan proposes home buying help to followers of Sharia law, which prohibits paying interest on loans. (No, Fox News jerks: this does NOT mean anybody's trying to impose Sharia law on non-Muslim Americans.) (PS Biz Journal)  

HOW DRY WE ARE

Reservoir water is being released into Columbia Basin river stretches, to cool those rivers down and keep more fish from dying off. (KUOW) 

TRAGEDY

A sad remember: walking along (or near) the train tracks at Golden Gardens (or Carkeek) is potentially fatal. (AP) 

MOVING STORIES

"Seattle Subway," the group that wants, well, a Seattle subway, calls for one big comprehensive rail-transit plan for all the region, rather than Sound Transit's current MO of proposing one line, or one extension to one line, at a time. (Seattle Transit Blog) 

"Ride the Ducks" vehicles get stuck in traffic a lot these days. And there's only so many kazoo singalongs the passengers can take part in while they're stuck. (KING) 

THE RACE IS ON

In remarks from the last local "Black Lives Matter" rally, a downtown pastor insists that "white churches" must play a bigger role in fighting systemic racism. (South Seattle Emerald) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Some in the Yesler Terrace area want an organized tent city, rather than the unorganized homeless camps the region's now got. (Weekly)  

LABOR PAINS

Space Needle workers finally get a new contract, with wage hikes for some (not all) workers and with restrictions on on-site union organizing. (Seattlish)  

Tacoma voters will face two competing minimum-wage-hike initiatives this November. (KPLU)  

POLICING THE POLICE

One Seattle Police officer really (heart)s to give tickets to bicyclists, at an average of 124 per year. (SeaTimes)  

ECO

Cliff Mass is among the proponents of an initiative for a state "carbon tax" on fossil fuel facilities and transport depots. Unlike the one Gov. Inslee failed to get through this year's Legislature, this carbon tax would be "revenue neutral." All the money it raises would go to reducing sales taxes. (KIRO-FM)  

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Courts might still decide that the recent extra-extra-long legislative session still didn't do enough for full school funding. (Crosscut) 

DEPARTMENT OF "DUH"

Don't leave pot edibles where kids can find 'em. (KIRO-TV)  

VANISHING SEATTLE

Po Dog will close its original East Union Street location this week. The six-year-old chain already closed its other two spots. (PI.com) 

FAD OF THE WEEK

If you believe the media, folks are now deliberately sunburning creative "tan-line" patterns on their skin. Experts warn against it, of course. (KOMO) 

SPORTS

The Storm finally won its fourth game of the season, 68-61 over LA. Next: home vs. Atlanta Saturday.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver warns against undue speculation about the Milwaukee Bucks possibly moving to either Seattle or Vegas. (PS Biz Journal)  

TONIGHT

"Substrata 1.5," festival of experimental, postmodern, and ambient music. (Good Shepherd Center, thru Sat)

The Spits, longtime local rock band in possibly its only local show of the year. (Chop Suey)

Jim Gaffigan, comedian and new TV Land sitcom star. (McCaw Hall)

INSIDE

Yr. ob'd't c'r'sp'n'd'nt worked nine hours at the One Direciton concert and survived, sanity and eardrums mostly intact. 

Still need to get that "meme graphic" made for y'all to share on your own sites. I'll get it to you any day now I promise.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea):

“I am going to outlive myself. Eat, sleep, sleep, eat. Exist slowly, softly, like these trees, like a puddle of water, like the red bench in the streetcar.”

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