MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2015

Bigtime hockey is still 150 miles and several years away from Seattle, but MISCmedia MAIL has its blades sharpened and its Don Cherry loud necktie on to give you a power play of news.

WEATHER

Temps may "only" get to the mid-70s, with a chance of a shower here and there.

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FOREVER IN DEBT TO YOUR PRICELESS ADVICE

After all these years, "Kurt's Bench" in Viretta Park remains Seattle's only (unofficial) Cobain memorial. And it still has its visitors, leaving mementos.

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O GIVE ME A HOME

That rent-control debate at Town Hall apparently went as expected. Many tales of woe; little consensus. (KING) 

Even in "progressive" Wallingford, some neighbors treat people whose only homes are old RVs as "a problem" to be removed, rather than as humans to be helped. (KIRO-FM)  

Calling Seattle's single-family zoning "rooted in racism," as some folk did last week in conjunction with the HALA report, is both incendiary and way over-simplified. (Crosscut) (PubliCola) 

It's even getting tough to find an apartment in Thurston and Kitsap counties. (PS Biz Journal)  

SIC TRANSIT

Can Metro gain more readers and public support by repainting its buses in brighter colors? A local graphic designer believes so. (Crosscut)  

At their peak season, the Wash. State Ferries are short two of their biggest boats due to repairs. (KING)  

CITY HALL FOLLIES

My fellow Stranger refugee Geov Parrish has his personal recommendations for each of the City Council contests.

No, out-of-state Libertarian lobbyists, the City isn't making trash contractors snoop in individuals' garbage, to see if they're illegally putting compostables in with other waste. That would be icky and potentially dangerous. (Seattlish) 

TODAY IN DUMB CRIMINALS

Thieves stole an ATM in Lynnwood. But they drove too fast over a speed bump in a parking lot, and the machine fell out of their stolen getaway van. (AP) 

BOOZE NOOZE

Coming soon to a Pioneer Square basement space: indoor miniature golf, with beer. (PS Biz Journal)  

VANISHING SEATTLE

The Catholic Seamen's Club is moving to Harbor Island. The Catholic Archdiocese is selling the ministry's Belltown building, formerly Paramount's "film row" regional distribution office. (PS Biz Journal)  

The Feedback Lounge in West Seattle, a loving tribute to rock music and a needed small-scale band venue, closes on Aug. 8 after seven years. New owners will put a yet-unannounced new "concept" into the space. (W. Seattle Herald)  

Ed's Kort House in Greenwood's getting replaced by a 60-unit condo. But not for "several years." (Phinneywood.com)  

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? DEPT.

Rachel Dolezal tells Vanity Fair she still considers herself to be Black. 

TECH TALCH

The IRS claims Microsoft illegally shuffled assets (including software code) among foreign subsidiaries to avoid U.S. taxes, as so many other giant corps have been doing of late. A hearing was scheduled for Monday, but then postponed. (SeaTimes)

Is Apple taking over two floors of an existing downtown Seattle office tower? (Bloomberg)  

The newest would-be Amazon rival has the same name as what used to be Seattle's most famous export. (GeekWire)  

BOEING, BOEING

The Wash. State Labor Council "disinvited" Gov. Inslee from its convention this week, over his helping give Boeing big tax breaks just before it shipped lots of engineering and production jobs out of state. (SeaTimes) 

CO-MIX

The NYT Book Review now has a graphic-novels bestseller list. Nine out of its 10 spots this week are for books by women (particularly Raina Telgemeier, with four). 

WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S

Are Bernie Sanders and his inner team too stuck in the "white progressive" bubble to really understand Black and Latino issues? (Salon) (Daily Kos) 

TODAY IN FRAUD

Yep, that supposed Planned Parenthood video about selling fetus parts on the open market is a fraud, part of a right-wing would-be "sting" campaign. (AP) 

SPORTS

Once again, the Mariners lost in an 8th-inning home run, this time vs. Detroit 5-4. 

Storm home against New York tonight.

Ms manager Lloyd McLendon, the only African American leading an MLB team, is the exception that proves the rule, that baseball's becoming whiter after "decades of gains." (NYT) 

Nobody with Seattle-area ties, not even the would-be Tukwila arena developers, submitted an NHL expansion bid by Monday's league-imposed deadline. (PI.com)  

TONIGHT

Attack of the late-century oldies: Blondie (Woodland Park Zoo); Morrissey (Benaroya Hall); Rickie Lee Jones (Neptune)

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QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Agatha Christie, "An Autobiography"):

“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.”

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