MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015

As the dog days approach (and the Seahawks preseason, and the first Seattle Art Fair and the alternatives thereto), have a balanced meal of MISCmedia MAIL, the "Kibbles n' Bits" of Seattle news. And keep that water dish filled.

WEATHER

Fewer morning clouds to burn off, as temps return to the 80s.

Seattle's broken 20 different temperature records so far this year. (Nate Silver via GeekWire) 

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TODAY AT MISCMEDIA.COM

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

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R.I.P.

Ann Rule, 83, was the dean of "true crime" authors in the region. A former Seattle Police officer, she parlayed her onetime friendship with serial killer Ted Bundy into her breakthrough book "The Stranger Beside Me." She went on to pen more than 30 other books, and as late as 2013 could be seen in local courtrooms researching new ones. Unlike many of the people she wrote about, Rule died "peacefully," according to relatives. (PI.com) 

In her last years, Rule waged a legal battle against her own sons, whom she accused of stealing thousands from her. (Weekly) 

Here's a SeaTimes Sunday magazine profile of Rule from '04. 

HOW DRY WE ARE

Seattle Public Utilities has declared an "advisory" status re: the water supply. (Capitol Hill Seattle) Tacoma and Everett are doing likewise. (KIRO-TV) 

"Up to 80 percent" of Columbia-basin sockeye salmon runs could succumb to too-warm water. (AP)  

The big Walla Walla wildfire is "50 percent contained." (AP)

An even bigger threat: Alaska's wildfires could free up lots of buried "organic matter," releasing lots more carbon into the atmosphere. (NPR via KPLU) 

POLICING THE POLICE

The City's Office of Professional Accountability recommended firing the policewoman who'd arrested a man for using a golf club as a walking cane. (KOMO) 

CAUGHT ON VIDEO

An SUV's hit-and-run against a bicyclist was captures by the cyclist's helmet cam. (KCPQ) 

IN THE ZONE

If well more than half of Seattle's land is locked away in "single family" zoning, what's the equivalent in Portland? About 3 percent. Really. (PubliCola)  

DEPARTMENT OF 'DUH'

"Rising rents can impact homelessness." (KING)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Working Washington's got a site listing the "independent expenditures" in this year's City Council races (spoiler: the most ever). 

OIL'S NOT WELL

If you think there are too many oil trains through western Washington now, just see what could happen if the Feds lift their ban on crude-oil exports. (PS Biz Journal) 

GAYS OF OUR LIVES

The Boy Scouts of America rescinded its "blanket ban" on gay Scout leaders. The action followed a suit by a Seattle troop that was "disenrolled" from the national organization because it wouldn't fire a gay troop leader. (KIRO-TV) 

The hater who announced a "Straight Pride Parade" on Capitol Hill turned out to be the only parader. (Pink News) 

Salon.com writes about the Capitol Hill "gayborhood" being overrun with tech-bros (NOT all from Amazon). In other news, Salon.com finally discovers that North American cities other than San Francisco do, indeed, exist. 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Martin Selig's planning a 36-story apartment-office tower at 3rd and Lenora, with a 40-foot-tall, glass-walled "conservatory" at the top. (PS Biz Journal)  

Turns out there's one marketing company that creates most of the dorky, pretentious names for those new apartment/condo buildings in town. (KING)

BERTHA, BUT…

WSDOT's waterfront tunnel program administrator's leaving at the end of the year. No replacement has been named yet. (Slog) 

And if Pioneer Square and the Waterfront haven't been dug up enough, the City's gonna replace a major water main along Western Avenue. (SeaTimes) 

TECH TALCH

Amazon could soon become America's #1 clothing retailer, toppling the Cincinnati company now calling itself Macy's. (PS Biz Journal)

A Seattle company's building a big floating wind-power "farm" off the shores of Coos Bay, OR. In theory, there's enough air blowing around America's coastlines to supply four times the capacity of the nation's electric grid. (SeaTimes)

ARTZ

Promoters of the Paul Allen-funded Seattle Art Fair insist that local artists WILL be seen at it, not just high-end out-of state-artists sold via local galleries. (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS

The Mariners opened a home series against Arizona by tying in the 9th, only to lose in the 10th 4-3.

TONIGHT

"Literary Mixer," meet and greet and read. (Hideout) 

Premiere showing of "TakeTurn.Us," a collaborative sculpture project led by artist Shaun Kardinal. The piece will be on display one evening a month for a year, altered and added to each time. (Joe Bar)  

Jimmy Carter. (Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park) 

Cory Doctorow, author and Internet status-quo defender. (University Temple United Methodist Church) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Vexillology"

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