MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2015

The joy of even a little rain after days and weeks without. The smell of naturally-watered grass and the glisten of dampened pavemenet. And MISCmedia MAIL to make such a midsummer's day complete.

WEATHER

Mid-70s and scattered clouds, with possible morning showers. 

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IN THE FLESH

Debbie Harry (one of those '60s generation kids who only made it big in the late '70s) and a reunited Blondie captivated an early-evening audience at the Woodland Park Zoo on Tuesday. (Gretta Harley)

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IN THE PINK?

We may get some prolific pink salmon runs this year. But the rivers they head upstream into may be too low and too warm for their health. (Everett Herald)  

AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

The brush fire near George WA is "40 percent" contained. It's already burned up to 900 acres. (AP)

Pierce County has had about twice the fires this summer compared to last year. (KING) 

"Wildfire tourism" is apparently a thing, and it's not good for firefighters. (KUOW) 

Some 1,000 acres are burning two states east of us in Glacier National Park. (KPAX) 

Even if local trees don't burn, they're twice as likely this year to contract Dutch elm disease. (KING) 

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Here's the full video of Monday's rent control "smackdown" at a packed Town Hall. Yep, all this heat and furor over something that would have to be passed over Republican legislators' dead bodies. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

You've seen the HALA Committee's recommendations. Now comes the "process," trying to get them through the City Council. (Crosscut)  

PACs are funding this City Council election like no other before it. (The C Is For Crank)

But even before this year, campaign money in Seattle races has been dominated by "white, wealthy owners of view homes," say public-campaign-financing advocates. (SeaTimes)  

Some lovers of Seattle Parks really, really want to keep biking trails, zip lines, and other new recreational opportunities out of the parks' "natural areas," such as Schmitz Park. (KING)  

TODAY IN DRUGS

"Half of pot citations go to homeless." (Crosscut)  

THE PLANE TRUTH?

Boeing sez the world's gonna need more than half a million new aircraft pilots. (KING) 

ED

Legislators really, really want the State Supreme Court to lift its conempt citation over the lawmakers' continuing failure to fully fund basic K-12 schooling. (AP) 

OIL'S NOT WELL

A citizen initiative, now in the signature-gathering phase, wants to impose a statewide "carbon tax," similar to the one Republican legislators scuttled. (Weekly)  

Shell's drilling operation has already swamped the hotel facilities and infrastructure of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. Residents, tourists, and fishing-fleet workers are all being displaced and/or inconvenienced. (Alaska Dispatch News)  

Meanwhile, an Alberta pipeline leaked, spilling 5 million liters of "oil emulsion." (CBC) 

TECH TALCH

Microsoft posted a quarterly loss of $3.2 billion, including an $8.4 billion write-off on the Windows Phone business. (AP)

On the opposite corner of the continent from Canaveral, Seattle's becoming a hot spot in the fledgling private-space-flight biz. (KIRO-FM) 

TODAY IN HEEDLESS VIOLENCE

The police dashcam video of Sandra Black's arrest in Texas is out, and it's both as shocking and as sadly unsurprising as you'd guess. (Slog) 

BOOK 'EM

A group of authors (including a few really famous ones) is asking the Dept. of Justice to investigate Amazon's "power over the book market." (AdWeek) 

PHILM PHUN

"The Glamour and the Squalor," Marq Evans's biopic of ex-KNDD DJ Marco Collins, won the Best Feature Documentary honor at the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. (Hollywood Reporter) 

Jeet Heer at the New Republic calls for an end to ultraviolet, "adult" superhero movies, calling them a dead-end digression from the genre's family-entertainment roots. 

SPORTS

The Mariners blew a 4-0 lead at Detroit, then came back in the eighth to win 11-9 on a grand slam by pinch hitter Franklin Gutierrez. 

After finally winning two in a row, the Storm dropped a close one to the New York Liberty 81-77. The team finally gets a full week off, resuming with a day game next Wednesday at Washington.

TODAY

Americans with Disability Act 25th Anniversary Party. (Westlake Park, 4-6 p.m.)

TONIGHT

Veteran local activists Bob Santos and Larry Gossett, discussing the book "The Gang of Four: Four Leaders, Four Communities, One Friendship." (Central Library)

"Piano Starts Here," with local pianists performing works of James Booker, Professor Longhair, and Dr. John. (Royal Room)

Jane's Addiction playing the entire album "Nothing Shocking." (Showbox Sodo)

INSIDE

Today we use our first reader contribution, a photo by musician, playwright, and longtime friend of MISCmedia Gretta Harley. Send your own pix to the email addy below; ones used get, as Marvel Comics' letters pages used to say, a "No-Prize."

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Internuncial"

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