MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015

Trying to tell the sailors here for Seafair from the affluent collectors here for the Seattle Art Fair? MISCmedia MAIL has this handy one-step guide: the sailors are better dressed and hold their liquor better.

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 IN THE UGLY & RIDICULOUS

It's a $175 Richie Rich hoodie, available only at Amazon. (Cartoon Brew) 

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O GIVE ME A HOME

Our pal Goldy explains just why neither the NIMBYs nor the free-marketeers can solve our affordable housing crises. (Civic Skunk Works)  

The City Council's trying to crack down on landlords who use legal loopholes (specifically, catastrophic rent hikes) to evict tenants without paying into relocation assistance. (KPLU)  

"Highest rent increases seen in Bothell, Woodinville, and Renton." So much for the low-rent 'burbs. (KIRO-TV)

T TOWN

There's a new twist in the saga of accusations against Pierce County Prosecutor (and "Never Mind Nirvana" novelist) Mark Lindquist. A woman who'd had charges against her in the county dismissed two different times is suing Lindquist and a deputy. She claims Lindquist ordered the deputy to "maliciously prosecute her" in 2010 on charges that she'd helped her husband abuse their daughter and two other girls, based on false and deceptive information; and that he'd "vindictively" charged her again in 2013. Lindquist's attorney replied by claiming that (1) Lindquist and his deputy did nothing wrong, and (2) the woman had indeed abetted child abuse, even though those charges had been dropped. (KIRO-TV) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The state attorney general's office joined legislators in asking the State Supreme Court to throw out its contempt ruling against the Legislature for not fully funding K-12 schools. In an address to the court, asst. AG David Stolier insisted the state's at least making progress toward the goal. (KING)  

ECO

Gov. Inslee couldn't get a "carbon tax" through the last Legislative session, but he now wants the state Dept. of Ecology to cap carbon emissions via stronger "enforcement of existing laws." (KUOW)  

Microsoft's among the companies that signed a pledge to run more efficiently and move toward carbon-neutral operations, even in server farms. (PS Biz Journal)  

AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

Pierce County brush fires are up 700 percent over last year. (KING) 

MSNBC.com has pictures of the devastating Blue Creek fire near Walla Walla. 

TODAY IN CRIME

Steven Thomas, ex-owner of the Ice Nightclub on Fifth Avenue North, was convicted of running a meth and cocaine ring, and was sentenced to 12 years in a federal prison. (PI.com)  

A couple was arrested for allegedly breeding and selling dogs for dogfighting out of their South Seattle home. (KING)

There's a program in Kitsap County to help low-income families build their own homes. A thief stole tools from the program's storage shed last weekend. (KOMO)

SIC TRANSIT

The First Hill Streetcar is still in "testing" mode, and isn't taking passengers. No official word on when it will. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

POLICING THE POLICE

The Seattle Police Department's creating a panel to review how the department's operated at political demonstrations of late. Will it get to propose real changes? Will any such changes be enacted? (SeaTimes)

I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE

A magnitude-6.3 earthquake shook southern Alaska Tuesday evening. No injuries were immediately reported. (KIRO-TV) 

ARTZ

Ed Marquand, the art-book publisher and "Mighty Tieton" art entrepreneur in eastern Washington, won't get to put up a postage-stamp mosaic mural at the town's post office after all, due to USPS interference. (Crosscut)  

TODAY IN HEROISM

An unnamed Yakima man rescued two children who'd been caught in raging currents along the Columbia River, then got swept up himself and disappeared. (AP) 

THE RACE IS ON

Imani Gandy at "Angry Black Lady Chronicles" has a rhetorical question to Bernie Sanders: "You're white and you marched with Dr. King. So what?" 

"Chola": it's a highly specific subculture and attitude born among the young women of U.S. Hispanic urban neighborhoods. And, of course, that makes it something fashion designers and pop stars want to superficially steal from. (Vice)  

SPORTS

The Mariners fell hard to Arizona 8-3. The series and the homestand end this afternoon.

TONIGHT

"Talk Contemporary: Maya Lin." (Seattle Art Museum) 

"Women of Color Speak Out: Changing the Climate of Climate Change." (Town Hall) 

Duwamish River Kayak Tours summer season debut. Kayak rentals available or bring your own. (Register at duwamishcleanup.org) 

INSIDE

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T SHIRT SLOGAN OF THE DAY (Seen in Belltown): 

"The Bags Under My Eyes Are Designer."

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