MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2015

You HAVE voted, haven't you? If you have, reward yourself with another sparkling MISCmedia MAIL. If you haven't, go do it now. We'll still be here when you're done.

WEATHER

Back to the low 80s (in some places); muggy; morning high clouds. Maybe showers Wednesday.

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I HAVE THE POWER!

All those South Lake Union developments use a lot of electricity. So City Light wants to put up a new substation, centered at the ex-Greyhound bus garage. The site will be festooned with an outdoor plaza, an interior community meeting space, and lotsa slick public art. (The Urbanist) 

Obama's proposed new carbon-cutting plan for the nation's electric suppliers: Is it workable? Can it get past those fossil-fuel-money-lovin' Republicans? If so, would it actually do much? (Vox)

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AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

Chelan's mayor accuses firefighting crews of mismanagement, in letting the current nearby wildfire smolder for weeks in a remote area before it burst open to ravage 25 square miles. (KOMO) (KIRO-TV) He'd also like you to know his town's still open for business, including tourism. (KING)

A STAR AND HIS BUCKS

NYT columnist Maureen Dowd is trying to promote a "draft Howard Schultz" drive. Yes, the Starbucks boss as a candidate for U.S. Prez. Big Question #1: Do we need yet another "candidate of business"? Big Question #2: Can the man who said he trusted Clay Bennett to keep the Sonics in Seattle be relied on to deal effectively with Putin (or Boehner)? 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Nobody really knows just how much "affordable" housing Seattle's currently got, including for-profit but uninflated properties. (Crosscut)

A mortgage company tried to pay people the company claims are squatters, to get them to move out of a foreclosed Lake City house. They refused the deal. (KIRO-TV) 

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

A state board charges that Swedish Hospital didn't properly notify local authorities about the "superbug" outbreak that killed 13 patients, which was finally traced to an un-sterile electronic diagnosis machine. (SeaTimes) 

ECO

The City of Spokane's suing Monsanto. Not over the comany's current seed and pesticide businesses, but its former chemical business (sold off long ago). Spokane claims (the old) Monsanto knew for decades that its PCBs, like the ones now contaminaqting the Spokane River, were deadly. (AP)

FREE SPEECH

The immigration jail in Tacoma's run by a private-prison company. Worse, its contract with the Feds requires that so many prisoners be sent there at a time. Activists claim this leads to unwarranted "quota arrests" of immigrants, undocumented and otherwise. Some of these activists protested at the Seattle ICE office on Monday. They included transgender advocates, specifically protesting the alleged ill treatment of trans jailees. (Not 1 More) (Slog)

Idaho tried to ban people from secretly videoing animal abuse at agricultural facilities (such as dairy farms). A federal jusdge said the "ag gag" is unconstitutional. (KING)

SIC TRANSIT

The Legislature gave Sound Transit the authority to ask regional taxpayers to fund more light rail next year. But in return, ST has to use some of the money on affordable housing and education in the region, AND to send some of the money it raises back to the state general fund. (Weekly) 

TODAY IN CRIME

Are private "hookah" smoking lounges attractors of crime? The City thinks so. (KOMO)

The current Miss Tri-Cities lost her title, after pageant officials learned she'd been convicted of shoplifting from a local mall. (AP)

BIZ

Laid-off Boeing engineers have a new potential employer—Mitsubishi. (AP)

Meander's Kitchen, a popular White Center lunch spot, may or may not be sold and/or may or may not be closing. (W Seattle Blog)

MUCH WORSE THAN RACHEL DOLEZAL

No, Google, Airbnb, Uber, Koch brothers, et al. You're not running any noble "freedom crusade," akin to those of Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks or MLK. You're just money-grubbing corporate hustlers, and deserve to be treated (and regulated) as such. (Guardian) (WaPo)

SPORTS

The Mariners bullpen almost lost another one at Colorado, but instead eked out an 8-7 win.

There's a competition in Seattle with hundreds of participants and over $18 million in prizes. It's a video game tournament. A really, really BIG video game tournament. (GeekWire)

TODAY

If you haven't sent in your primary election ballot, drop it off or get it postmarked today. Remember: Not voting doesn't equal "protest," it equals "apathy."

TONIGHT

Election night parties for various candidates at various spots.

INSIDE

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WORD-O-THE-DAY

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