MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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MONDAY, JULY 20, 2015

Just when you thought you'd seen the worst of the heat, MISCmedia MAIL comes right back at ya with searing news n' comment sizzling up your computer and/or phone.

WEATHER

After creeping close to 100 Sunday, temps will "only" get to the low 80s Monday. 

Wash. state is getting less rain than Phoenix this year. (KUOW)

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CELEBRATION AND RENEWAL

Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, the Seafair Pow Wow returned this past weekend to Discovery Park. Funding issues had stopped last year's celebration of native arts and culture. (KING) 

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DESTRUCTION AND IDIOCY

Wildfires continue to plague large swaths of the state. (KCPQ) But pilots of firefighting aircraft these days sometimes have to land prematurely, due to private drones (sometimes sent up by amateur videographers) clogging their flight paths. (KUOW) 

POLICING THE POLICE

Some (not all) "black leaders" want street surveillance cameras. (Crosscut)  

Once again, a lot of official folks are talks my about stemming youth violence in Seattle. As for action.... (Slog)  

Seattle's first fatal people lice shooting of the year was against a hit-and-run driver who struck a cop car in Ravenna. (Weekly)  

IN THE ZONE

A few old-line rich neighborhoods might stay unchanged by HALA-recommended zoning tweaks. (Crosscut) 

Portland has a program to help folks finance "mother in law" apartments in existing homes. Danny Westneat believes we should do likewise. 

WHY A DUCK? WHY A NO CHICKEN?

The initiative to keep a small part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct as a pedestrian park will make the November ballot. (Weekly)  

Bertha the Deeply Boring Tunnel Machine is now supposed to be restarted on Nov. 23. (PI.com) Or maybe not, say some WSDOT people. (KUOW) 

CITY HALL FOLLIES

City Council candidate John Roderick compares politicians who claim to support the tech industry, but don't really understand it, to guys who still use Windows Vista. (GeekWire)  

Kshama Sawant's District 3 opponent Pamela Banks has backers who may or may not like Banks's community-organizing record but sure dislike Sawant. Sawant, meanwhile, has raised even more money than Banks, a lot of it from out-of-state individuals. (Slog) 

The above, and other big donations and "independent expenditures" in other council races, disprove the notion that district elections would reduce campaign costs. (The C Is For Crank) 

No, Councilmember Sawant didn't violate ethics standards when she held an affordable-housing meeting at City Hall, the city's Ethics and Elections Commission ruled. (Slog) 

OUNCE-O-PREVENTION DEPT.

King County may propose a property tax hike this fall to help fund social and educational services for at-risk young children. It would be promoted as a "crime prevention" measure. (KOMO) 

SO MUCH FOR ESCAPING CITY TRAFFIC 

A 23-car smash up closed I-5 at Mount Vernon on Saturday, injuring seven people. (KING)

THE RACE IS ON

Yep, Af-Ams are still much more likely to get ticketed for pot possession. (KING) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

A 715-unit apartment tower's going in on the former Far Fetch'd Furniture block on Fairview. (PS Biz Journal) 

DEPARTMENT OF 'DUH'

Some national consultants, in a report commissioned by Mayor Murray, say the city needs a better way to handle traffic-blocking car wrecks. (SeaTimes) 

R.I.P. 

Bill Farley co-founded the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, still one of the city's all-time coolest indie specialty bookstores. (SeaTimes)  

MOTORDEAD

Ford, the one Big Three automaker that wasn't bailed out by the Feds seven years ago, will move more car production out of the US, probably to Mexico. (Daily Kos)  

Electric cars can actually be more polluting than gasoline cars, depending on how the electricity they run on was generated. (Mother Jones)  

BIZ

The latest business for big corporate chains to muscle in on: food trucks. (SeaTimes)  

SPORTS

The Mariners lost two out of three at the Yankees, dropping Sunday's game 2-1. To Detroit today for the first of four games.

Sounders FC lost to Colorado 1-0, on yet another closing-moments goal. At Montreal next Saturday.

The Storm finally won two in a row, beating Atlanta 86-73 Saturday. Home vs. New York on Tuesday.

Of the three groups wanting to bring NHL hockey to Seattle, only the group backing a new arena in Tukwila may make a formal expansion-team bid today. And even that is just a "maybe." (KING) 

The '08 Huskies and '09 Cougars made a list of the "10 worst major college football teams of the past decade." (SB Nation)  

TODAY

Chinatown Seafair Parade

Hip Hop Artist Residency. (EMP) 

TONIGHT

Rickie Lee Jones. (Neptune) 

INSIDE

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