MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015

Whether you're Block Partying, Rock Partying, Art Fairing, or even Hello Kitty-ing, always start your weekend with a hearty breakfast of MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Clouds, sun breaks, scattered showers, highs in the low 70s or even high 60s. As an artist of embossed murals would say, isn't that a relief?

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TODAY AT MISCMEDIA.COM

Two new books about, respectively, a musical moment in time/space and the complete history of visual persuasion.

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SENSELESS VIOLENCE TODAY

Donald Chin, director of the International District Emergency Center and an all-aound neighborhood hero, was shot to death early Thursday, from a drive-by shooting apparently meant for a different person. (KOMO) (SeaTimes) (KING) 

The man shot and killed by police after he hit-and-run a police car in Ravenna? Turns out he was a chef at Ohana in Belltown; the "weapon" he supposedly brandished to the cops was a sushi knife. (KOMO) 

AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

Seattle has had three times as many brush fires so far this year than it had last year. (KOMO) 

Natural fish runs are affected by the drought; so are hatcheries. (KOMO)  

A mountain biker from Boise burned his toilet paper after a potty break in the woods. He thought that was the eco-friendly thing to do; until it sparked a wildfire. (KBOI)  

DEVELOPING STORIES

A 14-story hotel/apartment complex could come to the edge of the International District. (Daily Journal of Commerce) 

MOVING STORIES

Sound Transit's board chose to send light rail to Federal Way parallel to I-5, instead of parallel to Highway 99 where more residents and merchants could be served. (SeaTimes) 

THE BIG A

Amazon reported an actual profit in its last fiscal quarter, due entirely to its cloud-server services to other dotcoms. In short, everything else the company does is now a loss-leader for its server farms. (AP)

The company also reported its Wash. state employee headcount: 24,000, almost all in Seattle. (PS Biz Journal) 

IN FLIGHT MOVES

The late Bill Boeing Jr. had nothing to do in his lifetime with the company bearing his dad's name. But his heirs got together with the company to fund an engineering-education initiative with the museum of Flight. (SeaTimes)

IN THE ZONE

Current Seattle zoning hates "tiny houses" if they've got wheels. (Slog) 

MY HOME TOWN

Somebody in Marysville deliberately "punctured a cat's spine," and did other malicious things to another cat. (KCPQ) 

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Pharmacies in Washington can't refuse to fill Plan B birth-control prescriptions, a state appeals board ruled. (News Tribune)  

Sixteen diners got sick from raw eggs at a Capitol Hill restaurant's Father's Day brunch. (SeaTimes) 

"Chemotherapy is supposed to help people live better or help them live longer, and this study showed it did neither." (NYT) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Panel cartoons that show how a boy doesn't have to be gay to not fit into stereotypes of "a real man." (WittyFeed)  

ARTZ

This year's Mayor's Arts Awards recipients include the "Boys in the Boat" author and the guy who made the public art at the Westlake Whole Foods. (SeaTimes) 

TWIT BITS

Reddit's disgracefully-hounded-out female CEO says "we cannot let the trolls win" (WaPo); while "Torchwood" star John Barrowman was among the celebs at a San Diego ComiCon panel announcing a major youth anti-bullying campaign. (GeekWire)

SPORTS

Mariners took 12 innings to outlast Detroit 3-2, splitting the four-game series. At home vs. Toronto, Fri-Sun.

Sounders at Montreal, Saturday.

Sue Bird of the Storm is once again at the WNBA All-Star Game, Saturday.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

"Strictly Seattle" by Velocity Dance Center, with new works by top local choreographers. (Broadway Performance Hall, Fri-Sat)

Capitol Hill Block Party, with Shabazz Palaces, the Julie Ruin, and far too many other live acts to mention. (Pike-Pine, Fri-Sun)

West Seattle Rock Party, with Suction, Sunken Rocketship, and more. (Skylark, Fri-Sat)

"Hack the CD," conference on promoting and helping Black-led tech startups. (Langston Hughes Center, Fri-Sun) 

Happy Hour with the Spyrographs. (Swedish Club, Fri)

Rainy Days and Mondays (Carpenters tribute band) and TV Dinner (TV/movie theme cover band). (Feedback Lounge, Fri)

Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival. (Kent ShoWare Center, Fri-Sun)

BAM Arts Fair. (Bellevue Arts Museum and Bellevue Square, Fri-Sun)

Alki Art Fair. (Alki Beach, Sat-Sun)

Protest against Pike Place Market massive parking-rate hikes, affecting merchants and shoppers alike. ("By the pig," 9:30 am Sat)

Correo Aereo with Amy Denio. (Aqua Verde, 2 pm Sat)

Seafair Torchlight Parade and Run. (Fourth Avenue, Sat)

If you're mourning the recently scheduled-but-canceled VHS screening of "Singles" at the film's location-shoot apartment house on Capitol Hill, you can still see the 1992 film outdoors, in West Seattle. (Hotwire Coffeehouse, Sat)  

"Rock Salad" with the Blue Croutons, Midnight Radio Revival, and Odds and Sods (Who b-side cover band). (Mix Lounge, Sat)

INSIDE

Seven weeks in, and we're still gaining steady readers, but still more slowly than I'd like. And I still want to read your suggestions on what you want in this information service, at the email addy below.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Louise Erdrich, "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse"):

“To love another another human in all of her splendor and imperfect perfection, it is a magnificent task… tremendous and foolish and human.”

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