MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2015

We trust that all of you voted in Tuesday's local primary election, and thus have every good reason/excuse to complain about the results.

WEATHER

Only up to the mid 70s; clouds; just maybe a shower here and there.

99 percent of Washington's land area is in a "severe drought." (KIRO-FM) 

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SAWANT YA GONNA DO NOW?

Incumbents TIm Burgess (at-large Position 8) and Kshama Sawant (District 3) easily led their respective City Council primary races; while incumbent and ex-Seattle Times writer Jean Godden (District 4) may not make the top-two cut. Burgess will go up against Sawant cohort Jon Grant; singer-songwriter John Roderick is running a distant third in that race. Sawant got quite near 50 percent of the vote in the early tallies; she'll run against the heavily-financed Pamela Banks. Godden came in third in her district to Rob Johnson and Michael Maddux. The biggest margin in a high-cost, low-turnout primary went to incumbent Sally Bagshaw, who had little major opposition in District 7. Incumbents Bruce Harrell (District 2) and Mike O'Brien (District 6) also led. The wide-open race in District 1 was led by Shannon Braddock and Lisa Herbold; the one in District 5 by former judge Debora Juarez and former pastor Sandy Brown. In the other at-large race, District 9, Lorena Gonzales outdistanced Bill Bradburd. (Slog) (KING) (KIRO-TV) (image: Sawant by Joshua Trujillo, PI.com)

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WHY A DUCK? WHY-A NO CHICKEN?

No matter which council candidates move on to November, we do know the alternative waterfront-park initiative will be on a ballot some time next year. (PS Biz Journal)

HOW GREAT THOU, ART

Sarra Scherb at Stackedd has the best review of the Seattle Art Fair/Out of Sight double feature I've seen yet: "…It doesn’t take an army of Manhattan gallerists, a billionaire backer, and first class collectors to make a vital, productive art scene in Seattle. It was already here, ready and waiting in plain sight." (Another good review's by Amanda Manitach at CityArts.)

AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

The Lake Chelan-area wildfire now encompasses 40 square miles. (KOMO) 

OIL'S NOT WELL

A judge said the Port of Seattle can invite Shell back this winter. (PS Biz Journal)

The EPA has official "concerns" about a big oil-train terminal project planned for Vancouver USA. (AP)

The oil/gas biz has even fewer women than the tech biz. (Fortune) 

UPDATES

Meander's Kitchen in White Center is closing for a day or two but will reopen by week's end. There's a long story about a (now ex-) employee allegedly stealing cash from the place. (KIRO-TV)

Turns out the Edith Macefield "spite house" in Ballard was donated to the Opal Community Land Trust, an outfit trying to preserve housing for non-zillionaires in the San Juans. The group now has to raise $200G to move the thing to Orcas Island. 

O GIVE ME A HOME

At least one person in Ballard isn't an anti-homeless NIMBY. (Seattlish) Even if s/he is in a distinct minority. (KING)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Before Expedia moves into Amgen's old Interbay office park, hotshot architects will totally redo the place. (PS Biz Journal)  

Remember when the '50s-brutalist Federal Reserve Building on Second was going to be a public school? That deal fell through, so Martin Selig will build just another huge office tower incorporating the old building's (still ugly) facade. (PS Biz Journal) 

TECH TALCH

Amazon and Microsoft promise they'll do more to be less thoroughly white and male. (But will they dump the two practices that help ensure that, the "culture fit" employee qualification and the "code ninja" culture of aggression?) (PS Biz Journal) 

3D printing is still a slow, expensive novelty that won't replace assembly lines (or even injection-molded plastic) any time soon. (Quartz) Except perhaps for chocolate.

CRIMES AGAINST DEMOCRACY

The NYT's got a detailed summary of a concerted, multi-pronged, 50-year drive to roll back the Voting Rights Act; while author Ari Berman traces the conservative voter suppression movement back to the Florida 2000 election fiasco. (BillMoyers.com) 

IT FIGURES

The guy who made the TOTALLY FAKED anti-Planned-Parenthood video? He's got organizational ties to promoters of anti-abortion-provider violence. (CNN via Raw Story) 

SPORTS

Mariners won a third consecutive game (!) vs. Colorado, by the CB radio score. The series ends this afternoon; then it's back home Friday vs. Texas.

TODAY

"Pop Up on the Plaza," with live music, art, and an open mic on the theme of Seattle in 2035. (Central Library, 12-2 pm)

Hiroshima commemoration with artist Yukiyo Kawano presenting her full-size sculpted replica of the "Little Boy" bomb. (Seattle Asian Art Museum, noon) 

TONIGHT

"Keeping Up with the Jones: A Tribute to George Jones and Tammy Wynette," with Country Dave and guests. (Tractor)

Amanda X, Spirit of the Beehive, Neighbors, Exquisites. (Vera Project)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY 

(Shannon Grey):

“I am in love with everything you don’t love about yourself.”

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