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MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017

For only the second time in our two years of MISCmedia MAIL, we got caught by a major, early Friday-morning story. The first was the Supreme Court approving same-sex marriage. And this past Friday, Amazon announced it was buying its way into the brick-and-mortar retail big time. 

And today, it’s not even one of the top stories.

WEATHER

Possible morning rains; partly sunny later in the day.

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TODAY AT MISCMEDIA.COM

Even a single overriding protest topic didn’t stop the Fremont Solstice Parade from seeming like an epilogue to the hundreds of body-paint bicyclists. And that was without the parade getting “trolled” by an apparent gate-crasher with a giant stereotype “mammy” mascot costume.

Also troublesome for the parade’s future, it can’t store its floats and costumes in a city-owned warehouse space any more. (Slog) (PI.com)

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THE MADNESS CONTINUES

Another week, another African American fatally shot by police. This time, it was in Seattle. The victim: Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old pregnant mother of four (including one down-syndrome patient), with a history of mental-health problems, released from King County Jail just days before, living at a low-income and “transitional” housing complex in the north end, run by a nonprofit group.

She’d called 911, apparently to report a possible burglary. Two officers, arrived, saw her holding a knife (or so they claimed; the family denies this), and shot her in front of three of her children. The officers have been placed on suspension, pending an inquest into the incident. (Slog) (KOMO) (SeaTimes)

Friends and family members held a public candlelight vigil outside her apartment Sunday night. (Crosscut) 

There’s a crowdfunding campaign to help her survivors.

Meanwhile, email exchanges between white Seattle public-school parents and school officials, over a “Black Lives Matter” event at some of the schools, have been made public. They provide an object lesson in “understanding white liberal racism.” (KUOW)

THE BIG A GETS BIGGER

Physical-site retail has been in a long-term decline in this country. But Amazon wants to spend almost $14 billion to buy approximately 460 store locations, scattered across major metro areas in the US, Canada, and the UK—plus the Whole Foods Market name and its product trademarks. 

As reported elsewhere, Whole Foods has had the same financial troubles a lot of retail chains have had lately. In particular, its “high-end/big box” business model has been racked by regular supermarkets’ “organic” sections and by specialty markets.

So what will Amazon get for all that money? A set of pickup points for online purchases? More regional warehouses for Amazon’s grocery delivery operation? More fuel for “Amazon’s growing hold over e-commerce, media, and same-day home delivery”? A testing ground for artificial-intelligence research? All of the above and more? (KNKX) (Slate) (Ronald Holden) (GeekWire)

“Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ grocery ‘Waterloo’ is now his biggest opportunity.” (Bloomberg)

PCC is officially “not threatened” by the deal. (SeaTimes)

Could another bidder for Whole Foods challenge Amazon’s deal? (GeekWire)

And could Amazon buy Nordstrom next? (PS Biz Journal)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

It’s less than two weeks before the deadline for a state budget, and legislators are nowhere near a deal. But they have tentatively agreed on paid family leave benefits. (KING) (Weekly)

Almost half of WSDOT’s current staff could be lost to retirements in the next few years. (KOMO)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The city’s already talked about privatizing the Green Lake pool. Now it’s also considering privatizing the city-owned marinas on Lake Washington. Some of those are in such disrepair that they’re sinking into the lake. (South Seattle Emerald)

IN THE RESISTANCE

Today we may finally learn the US Senate Republicans’ secretly-arranged scheme to repeal the ACA. KUOW speculates on what it might mean in this state. T’aint pretty, folks.

ECO

Ferns in Seward Park are dying off. Nobody seems to know exactly why. (KING)

Microsoft “wants to fight climate change,” even if the DC regime doesn’t. (KUOW)

I HAVE THE POWER!

Unlike fossil-fuel electricity, hydroelectric plants are essentially fixed-cost operations. That means if good consumers reduce their usage, they get “rewarded” with higher rates. (SeaTimes)

DRUGS

Among the things said at last week’s “opioid summit”: Governments should focus less on illegal drug suppliers, and more on helping users heal and get clean. Also, there are nearly twice as many opioid deaths around here than there are deaths from car crashes. (SeaTimes) (KCPQ)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The folks who bought the J&M Cafe building in Pioneer Square, who’d planned to turn its upstairs into a boutique hotel, stopped making payments to its previous owners. The building was going to be auctioned off ealrier this month, but that sale was canceled. The landmark building’s future is now uncertain. (PI.com)

SPORTS

Sounders FC fell 2-1 to New York City FC. Home vs. Orlando Wednesday.

The Mariners salvaged the last of three games at Texas, winning Sunday 7-3. Back home tonight vs. Detroit.

The Storm stopped a four-game losing streak with a 75-57 win over San Antonio (with UW local hero Kelsey Plum). Home vs. Phoenix Friday.

TONIGHT

Larry Coryell Tribute with Julian Coryell and the 11th House Band. (Jazz Alley)

Pharoah Sanders, William Henderson. (Triple Door, thru Tues)

“Discovering Seattle’s Parks” author Linnea Westerlind. (U Book Store)

Hottman Sisters. (Central Saloon)

BassDrumBone. (Royal Room)

Amy Shark. (Barboza)

“Monster Planet” series presents Paul Langer, Albatronics, Gel-Sol, Brian Oblivion. (Re-bar)

Sandbox Radio series presents “A New Leaf,” audio variety show. (Town Hall)

League of Literary Snobbery presents “Grown-Up Story Time.” (Third Place Books Ravenna.)

“Blackbird,” play by David Harrower. (Solo Bar)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Alan Watts):

“Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way."

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