MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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MONDAY, JULY 27, 2015

7/27 is a historically important number in Seattle, and MISCmedia MAIL is "living history" come alive each weekday morning.

WEATHER

After clouds and even rain over the weekend, it's back to sun and increasing warmth. We could be pushing 90 again by Wednesday.

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TODAY AT MISCMEDIA.COM

Seafair as an act of civic defiance.

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AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

There's yet another big E. Wa. wildfire. This one threatens Walla Walla's water supply. (KUOW) (AP) 

Sockeye salmon season in this low-river-level summer is already over. (Spokesman-Review) 

REMEMBERING

Hundreds attended a public vigil on Sunday for Chinatown-International District activist Donnie Chin, killed by a stray bullet early Thursday. (SeaTimes) 

TODAY IN DUMB

Shooting guns at propane tanks to see how they explode, in tinder-dry conditions? Dumbosity defined. (AP) 

If you're on the run from the law, it's advisable not to appear in the cast of a movie, or in a newspaper feature story about the movie. (News Tribune)  

SUDS

The Wash. state drought is affecting the hop crop. Craft brewers may not have enough. (NOW things are getting serious.) (NBC) 

Lululemon, the Vancouver yoga-tights company whose founder quit after some racist remarks became public, is introducing its own beer. (CBC) 

OUT TO SEA

The Feds approved the merger of Seattle's and Tacoma's seaport organizations. This means no more undercutting each other on rates to big shippers, and stronger competition with BC and Calif. import docks. It's long overdue. (The Port of Seattle will still solely own and operate Sea-Tac Airport.) (KING) But what'll they do about the Shell drilling fleet? (PS Biz Journal) 

THE BIG A

On Friday, Amazon had a higher total stock value than Walmart. A company whose most famous part (selling stuff online) still loses scads of money is worth more than the most fearsome retail enterprise in the western hemisphere. (Time) And CEO Jeff Bezos is now the fifth richest man in America. (SeaTimes)

OIL'S NOT WELL

A damaged icebreaker from Shell's Arctic drilling fleet arrived in Portland for repairs. The protesters were there too, naturally. (AP) 

Tacoma is the local city most at-risk for oil train disasters. Figures. (Sightline Daily) 

MOVING STORIES

Metro's getting three "fully electric" buses, in a one-year test project. (GeekWire) 

VANISHING EVERETT

One of the coolest buildings still up and running in the mall-decimated downtown Everett is the Snohomish County YMCA. It's been there for a hundred years and it's gorgeous. Naturally, its leaders want to leave it and build an all-new structure on former Everett School District property in the city's south end. (KING) 

LIKE SANDWORMS THROUGH THE HOURGLASS…

For several years, some folks in Tacoma have wanted to name a park after "Dune" author Frank Herbert. The site they picked is currently a "slag heap" at the ex-Asarco smelter site. It's still several years from being fully cleaned up. Even then, the Parks Department has already given it another name. (News Tribune) 

REMEMBER HANFORD?

The nuke complex is still there. It even got nominated by the National Trust for Historic Places, as an official "National Treasure." (SeaTimes) The massive waste cleanup project is still going on there, slowly. A Federal judge on Friday said she wants the U.S. Dept. of Energy to set, and achieve, clear deadlines on the cleanup. (AP)

(Also on the "National Treasure" list: Seattle's Panama Hotel, a living shrine to the pre-WWII "Japantown" neighborhood and its destruction by the 1942 forced relocations. (SeaTimes))

WORKIN' IT

The Feds are starting (at last) to crack down on sub-minimum-wage "independent contractor" schemes, including one run locally by DirecTV. (Investigate West)  

SPORTS

The Mariners won two out of three games vs. Toronto. They won Sunday 6-5, on a 10th inning homer by Frankin Gutierrez. Arizona's in town starting tonight. 

Like "Groundhog Day," the Sounders are stuck in a pattern of losing in the last minutes by a single goal (in last Saturday's case, by Montreal). They're home vs. Vancouver next Saturday.

TONIGHT

Premiere screening of "My Life in Google," autobiographical short film, with filmmaker Adam Sekular attending. (NW Film Forum) 

Esperanza Spaulding. (Neptune)

Anthony Bourtain. (Paramount)

INSIDE

We start week eight with the email link below finally fixed (sorry about that).

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(John Metta in "I, Racist," Medium.com): 

"The entire discussion of race in America centers around the protection of White feelings.... Racism is so deeply embedded in this country not because of the racist right-wing radicals who practice it openly, it exists because of the silence and hurt feelings of liberal America."

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