MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2015

It's back to more seasonable temperatures, back to the working week, and back to your friendly morning serving of MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Slightly less unbearably hot for the next few days. Some places may remain under 80 degrees.

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HOW GREAT THOU, ART

The Paul Allen-backed Seattle Art Fair attracted 11,000 people, more than organizers said they'd expected. Lotsa bigtime out-of-state galleries showed up, trying to entice Seattle's techie-rich into becoming collectors. Time will only tell how that works out, or whether the fair accomplished anything for our own artists. (NYT)

Several satellite and alternative art events around town (including Out of Sight at King Street Station, above, and the TK Building's Art in the Street Festival) worked to (1) prove that great art doesn't have to come bytruck from points east, and (2) proselytize our own funky, idiosyncratic brand of contemporary art.

ROOSTERTAIL TALES

The Seafair hydroplane races, a six-decade-plus local tradition and a surviving link to the city's pre-dot-com unpretentious spirit, came down to a spirited finale in which Jimmy Shayne in the Oh Boy! Oberto boat (in perhaps its last season) inadvertently struck the Graham Trucking boat driven by J. Michael Kelley; the official penalty gave Graham the win. During the intermissions, some loud  planes flew. (image: PI.com via KIRO-TV)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

The wildest, widest, costliest City Council election in many a year comes down to the primary Tuesday. The 48 candidates for nine spots are campaignin' away. Please don't forget to get your ballot in. (KING)

ECO

The state's Growth Management Hearings Board said Bothell can't stick more residential developments in the sensitive North Creed Watershed area; at least not as currently planned. (SeaTimes)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Critics charge that when the UW let developers put a humungous scale-smashing tower into Rainier Square (land the U owns), the city let the U get away with not paying into a city affordable-housing fund. (SeaTimes)  

AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

A wildfire in Chelan County has spread to 15,000 acres. Some homes and businesses have been evacuated; three campgrounds have closed. Its smoke can be seen from some parts of Western Washington. (KING)

Two large brush fires burned in the Puyallup area over Saturday and Sunday, sparked by fireworks. (KOMO) 

SIC TRANSIT

KUOW's got a map of Seattle's pre-WWII streetcar lines, in a history of "how Seattle became a parking lot."

WHAT'S EVEN WORSE THAN THE SYMPTOMS? THE GLOATING SMIRKS ON ALL THE VEGANS.

Some 90 salmonella cases have been tied to bad pork served throughout western Washington. They may come from whole pigs served at private picnics and BBQs. (SeaTimes)

THE LAST ENCHILADA

KPLU has a great piece about the impending end of Mama's Mexican Kitchen.

THE STRUGGLE'S FAR FROM OVER

Gay, trans, etc. youth in the area still have high rates of homelessness; sometimes due to getting kicked out by hateful parents. (SeaTimes)

KEEP YOUR GENES ON

William Saletan at Slate claims most of the arguments against genetically modified food seeds are bogus—except one. 

BIZ

A&P, once the 500-lb. gorilla of the U.S. grocery industry, is in bankruptcy. Again. The last A&P-branded store in its NYC birthplace will be sold or closed. (NYT) 

R.I.P.

Lynn Anderson, 67, was the resident country vocalist on The Lawrence Welk Show for two years, at a time when the genre had few national broadcast outlets. She became one of country's biggest stars, with such hits as "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden." (Tennessean)

SPORTS

The Mariners split a four-game series at Minnesota. They were ahead on Saturday with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, before relief pitcher Carson Smith gave up the tying and then the losing run to end the game 3-2. The Ms came back on Sunday to win 4-1 in 11 innings. On to Colorado tonight.

The Storm got edged out by Connecticut 67-66 on Friday; then fell 78-62 in New York on Sunday. Next: at San Antonio next Saturday.

Sounders FC fell 3-1 to Vancouver at home Saturday. Same teams up there on Wednesday.

As a surprise to almost nobody, Paul Allen opened his ginormous wallet to keep quarterback Russell Wilson with the Seahawks for four more seasons, just as the team's preseason training camp opened.

TONIGHT

Unofficial public meeting on proposed Ballard homeless camp. (Ballard VFW Hall, 2812 NW Market St.) 

INSIDE

Should have some print promo materials done up in the next week or two, to help you spread the word about this news and infotainment service.

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QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Peter Cameron, "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You"):

“There are people who are uncomfortable with a silence, who rush to fill it by saying anything, thinking that anything is better than nothing, but I am not one of those people. I am not at all disquieted by silence.”

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