MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015

Rain and thunder (the weather kind, not the evil-basketball-organization kind) returned to the area for a while Wednesday, a day or two earlier than had been forecast; the Mariners returned to defensive greatness (at least for one day; and MISCmedia MAIL returns with more local headlines n' pithy comment.

WEATHER

Muggy, hot (low 80s), cloudy, potential showers this afternoon/evening and early Friday.

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HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN

Space Needle cam images of "virga" rain patterns during Wednesday morning's storm. (via Cliff Mass)

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FOLKS JUST CAN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT THE SANDERS-SPEECH DISRUPTORS

City Council candidate Jon Grant on last Saturday's event: "The Black Lives Matter movement is literally the joint effort of a community fighting to stop its own murder. It should not come as a surprise that protestors embrace direct action given the high stakes, and it makes sense to recruit the most left leaning presidential candidate to be a vehicle for your cause. Judging the use of those tactics is not a useful exercise if we don’t remind ourselves of the gravity of the situation.”

Joel Connelly asserts that the tactics of what he calls "harsh, intolerant, self-indulgent radicals" may only serve to drive potential allies away, and to derail any movement toward real progress.

AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

Wildfires have burned more than 462 square miles in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho in the past three months. (KING)

A relatively small wildfire threatens the outer suburbs of Spokane. (AP)

NO GOOD DEED…

An eight-year-old girl started feeding crows at her family's Portage Bay home. Neighbors complained about crow poop, and are suing to stop the feedings. (PI.com)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Three six-story mixed-use structures could arise at 12th and Spruce, one of the last un-upscaled regions of the central city. (PS Biz Journal) 

Erica C. Barnett believes the city's official process for commenting on proposed zoning changes skews against participation by "urbanist" supporters.

Here are more details about the initiative for an alternative waterfront park scheme, including a "garden bridge," artist stalls, and a revived trolley line, as well as a preserved piece of the Viaduct. (PS Biz Journal) 

MOVING STORIES

Ride the Ducks vehicles have been caught hogging transit-only lanes on Aurora. (KOMO)

The City's gonna crack down on drivers who stall in intersections and crosswalks on Seattle's busier streets. (SeaTimes)

Without additional repair funds, King County may have to close "two or three bridges a year for the next 25 years." (KING)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

The salmonella outbreak (134 cases in 10 counties) has been traced to a pork slaughter facility in Graham. (AP)

The head of a Seattle needle-exchange program says drugs should be legal and regulated, and that "heroin saved my life." (KUOW)

TRANS MISSIONS

AppleCare, Washington's ACA/Medicaid provider, is increasing the services it covers to transsexuals, including some reassignment surgeries. (Gender Justice League via Seattlish)

A "transgender person of color" was murdered this week; the 11th time in the US so far this year. (BuzzFeed) 

BIZ

Financial/accounting exec John Spaid believes Amazon will eventually have to change itself to become profitable, and that those changes will likely include lotsa layoffs in Seattle. And when that happens, a lot of locals will get burned. (GeekWire) 

Right-wing sites are spreading a completely fabricated story, based on cherry-picked data, to claim Seattle's increased minimum wage is hurting jobs. (Civic Skunk Works)

Office rents are inflating as much as, or more than, residential rents around here. (SeaTimes)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Boeing's got a plane-order backlog worth almost half a TRILLION. (PS Biz Journal)

The first Boeing 727, built in '62 and grounded since '91, will soon appear at the Museum of Flight. (KING)

THE RACE IS ON

MInority business owners are suing Sea-Tac Airport for racial discrimination in contracting and other matters. (KIRO-TV) 

MEDIA

After 20 years, my non-relative Wm. Stephen Humphrey ends his Stranger column "I Love Television." Probable cause of death: shrinking print-paper space.

SPORTS

Hisashi Iwakuma threw only the fifth no-hitter in Mariners history, in a 3-0 victory over the Orioles. (KPLU) (ESPN) At Boston Friday.

Jonah Keri at Grantland blames the Ms' ongoing woes on the organization's "inability to develop talent." 

The Storm fell 83-66 at Phoenix. They're home vs. Chicago Friday.

Just in time for the preseason, the NFL awarded the UW $2.5 million to study concussions and other sports-related conditions. (GeekWire)

TONIGHT

Capitol Hill Art Walk, including a grand-opening group show at Dendoica Gallery (1719A E Olive Way).

Bloodshot Bill and Jon Emery. (Slim's Last Chance)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Aeolian"

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