MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015

The world's most famous (non-US) sports team is in town, but MISCmedia MAIL always scores a goal (or at least makes entertaining corner-kicks).

WEATHER

Back to pushing 90 degrees, possibly thru Monday.

As experts had called for, Washington's limiting fishing on more than 30 rivers due to hot and dry conditions that hurt fish. (AP) 

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TIMES OF THE SIGNS

Duelling graffitists along Stewart Street.

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YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

As Congress decides if, and how, to revise the dreaded "No Mandatory Tests Left Behind" law, the eyes of the K-12 community are on Wash. state's massive student test boycott. (NPR) (KPLU) 

THE RACE IS ON

As South King County becomes more and more multiracial, evidence of brutality by white cops seems to be following. (SeaTimes) 

LABOR PAINS

Farmworkers deserve paid rest breaks, even if they're paid on a "piecework" basis, the State Supreme Court has ruled. (AP)  

CONSIDER YOUR MELLOW HARSHED

Here's a complex tale of real estate, animal doctors, classic arcade video games, shoe repair, and cutthroat competition and allegations among legal-pot vendors on Capitol Hill. (Capitol Hill Seattle) (KOMO) 

BREAKING THE NEWS

KIRO-TV reporter Gary Horcher stood watch at the small-town hospital where that teen plane crash victim recovered from her ordeal. And where TV networks offered big money and merch for "exclusive" interviews with her and her dad, impervious to laws of common decency. 

STRUCTURES SACRIFICED; STRUCTURES PRESERVED

You know how the Kingdome was imploded while debts were still owed on the 1994 emergency ceiling repair? Those bonds were paid off early. The $20 million surplus, as instructed by the county, is going to grants for art and culture facilities, including the rehab of Washington Hall. (KING) (SeaTimes)

I GUESS GRUNGE REALLY IS DEAD

Seattle topped some company's survey of America's "most handsome cities," based on per-capita spending on men's grooming products, clothes, and personal-care services. (Seattlish)

DEPT. OF HYPERBOLE

H.A. Goodman at HuffPo essentially calls Bernie Sanders the reincarnation of Teddy Roosevelt (sans the machismo).

OIL'S NOT WELL

The Obama Administration has gotten heavyweight lobbying to push back oil-industry regulations, by red-state attorneys general—who were forwarding scripts secretly written by Big Oil lobbyists. (NYT)  

DEAD AIR

Jon Bois at the sports-blog site SB Nation really hates that cornerstone of smarmy square-baby-boomer pablum, "A Prairie Home Companion."

"Post-Millennial Generation" kids love their phone/tablet screens, and haaaate standard TV. Parents in a survey report they sometimes punish kids for bad behavior by taking away their portable devices and forcing them to watch the tube instead. Nickelodeon and Disney Channel viewerships are in freefall. (AdAge)   

DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE

Jonathan Taplin of the Aspen Institute claims that a "digital renaissance" may be forthcoming, but only if people work to "rewire the Internet" away from its current obsessions with aggregation, search-optimization, etc., and toward empowering people to do creative things (and even to get paid for them). (via Time)  

You know those old cranks who love to complain that everyone (or at least everyone younger than themselves) is a "post literate" non-reader? Actually, folks are reading more written matter (and more different types of written matter) than ever, a lot of it in "non-linear" ways. (Fast Company)  

JUNK FOOD OF THE WEEK

Scientists at Oregon State U. (Go Beavs!) have created a bacon-flavored seaweed. It's a specific breed of seaweed that can be farmed, not harvested in the wild. (AP) 

SPORTS

Manchester United plays Club America (Mexico City) in an International Champions Cup soccer match tonight at CenturyLink Field.

Baseball resumes after the All-Star break with the Mariners at the Yankees today thru Sunday.

Storm at home Saturday vs. Atlanta.

Looks like the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks are staying put. Yep, the threat of moving to Seattle was just a "bargaining chip" ploy, one that worked. (PI.com)  

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Bite of Seattle, with live music acts and lots of food booths and demonstrations. (Seattle Center, Fri-Sun)

Go Klondike Legacy Day Fri, with historical presentations and live music. (Klondike Gold Rush Museum)  

"Rebels of the Neon God," 1992 debut film by Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang. (SIFF Cinema at Seattle Center, Fri)

Preview of local textile artist Julie Alpert's new exhibit. (MadArt Studio, Sat)

INSIDE

We end week six of this venture with readership growing steadily, if more slowly than I'd like. We'll have those promo graphics to share with you next week.

And if you know anyone who knows anything about WordPress, I'm trying to create an attractive web archive for these e-missives.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Pyrophoric"

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