MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2015

On the main MISCmedia.com site, I write again about the continuing online controversies about the women who didn't let Bernie Sanders speak. Some people dismiss the whole event as just another instance of leftists fighting one another instead of any common enemy; others insist that this sort of meta-protest might just be needed to steer people toward stronger stances and more action.

WEATHER

Back to 90 degrees, or close to it. 

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PIES AND GUISE

After a 20-month closure in which its old building was demolished (save the facades) and a new mixed-use structure built on the site, Bill's Off Broadway Pizza reopened Monday. The all-new space was made to look at least somewhat like the old one.

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THE BERN CONTINUES

Ijeoma Oulo at Seattle Globalist said the disruption, and the angry reactions to it, revealed "the Seattle that prefers politeness to true progress, the Seattle that is more offended by raised voices than by systemic oppression, the Seattle that prioritizes the comfort of middle-class white liberals over justice for people of color." 

Tim Harris of Real Change writes at PubliCola, "The activists at Westlake were out to interrupt our sense that black lives can matter whenever we get around to it. And some of us resent that."

Jamie Utt at ChangeFromWithin.org claims that the disruption exposed "the white supremacy of the American Left."

KUOW asks, "Does Seattle have trouble talking about race?"

Meanwhile, Brent Budowsky at the NY Observer says Sanders stands a good chance of "an ouright victory in the Iowa Caucuses," and is emerging as the first major politician of a post-television era. 

IN OTHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

Republican candidate Marco Rubio was in Bellevue Monday, at a $1,000-and-up private fundraiser. No media or public allowed. (KING) 

CITY HALL

The City Council unanimously approved that new tax on guns and ammo, to help reimburse hospitals for treating gun-violence victims. (Slog)

Is the campaign to shut down Seattle's hookah bars rooted in racism against the African and Middle East immigrant communities (which include the bars' principal owners and customers)? (PubliCola) 

HOW DRY WE ARE

Dam-dependent electric utilities in Washington are starting to feel the hurt from low water supplies. (KING)

POLICING THE POLICE

In less antagonistic police news, the SPD debuted new "crossover" police cars (go ahead and call them "station wagons") with new colors and logos. This means all the suppliers of fake Seattle police cars for filmed-in-Vancouver movies and TV shows will also have to replace their fleets. (SeaTimes) 

LAND, USE, ACTION

The 11-story residential tower planned for a parking-garage site in Pioneer Square? The one that was rejected by the Pioneer Square Preservation Board? The city overruled that rejection. (Weekly)

The city opened two mini-parks at "underutilized right of way spaces" along First Hill. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

TODAY IN CRIME

A young woman tried to steal clothes from a charity donation box in Georgetown, but got stuck inside it. (PI.com)

Amid the protests on the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's murder, a police organization in a nearby town held a commemoration honoring the cop who shot him. The group called Darren Wilson "an innocent, yet persecuted officer." They got a lot of angry e-responses. (NYT) 

BOOZE NOOZE

How do Sens. Murray and Cantwell drum up support for re-animating the Export-Import Bank? Not by touring Boeing, but by touring a Seattle microbrewery that sells beer to Sweden. (KCPQ) 

Washington's wine grape harvest has already begun for this year, the earliest it's ever been. (Great NW Wine) 

Could Australia really restrict (or even ban) sales of the country's unofficial National Food Product, Vegemite? Advocates say the yeast spread is a "precursor to misery," because it can be used to make unregulated moonshine. (Time)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Goldy ponders one way we could combat a looming teacher shortage: by not just paying them a living wage, but by ceasing to "vilify" and disrespected them so much. (HorsesAss)

PRINT PERIODICAL DEATH WATCH

Print-magazine circulation is in a long term nosedive, as you may have guessed. (Media Life)

SPORTS

The Mariners, at home vs. the barely-over-.500 Orioles, were down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth (again when a catching error on a third strike allowed Austin Jackson to safely run to first and Franklin Guttierrez to score from third base. Then Jesus Montero struck out and the game ended in a 3-2 loss.

TONIGHT

Wilco. (Marymoor Ampitheater)

George (not "Better Than") Ezra. (Paramount)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Apophasis"

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