MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015

It's that time of the year again. The time when MISCmedia MAIL goes forth to celebrate Shempfest, by re-viewing all 190 Three Stooges shorts, or at least a good portion of them. And the Seahawks.

WEATHER

Clouds, temps below 70, maybe showers, maybe even thunder showers. 

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TODAY AT MISCMEDIA.COM

Thoughts on the first PBS hit series going to HBO (really).

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YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The State Supreme Court unanimously ordered the state to pay $100,000 a day out of the general fund, as a penalty for still not fulfilling the court's mandate to fully fund K-12 education. The court also recommended that Inslee call a special session of the Legislature to rectify this. (KING)

The money will go to a fund for K-3 schooling. (Crosscut) 

Gov. Inslee will meet with Legislative leaders Monday to try's and figure what to do next. (KIRO-TV) 

State Sen. David Frockt says at PubliCola that the ruling may be what finally makes the Legislature address the state's regressive tax code. But Darryl at HorsesAss says the court's ruling is so mild that "it gives the legislature additional opportunity to fail." 

HOW DRY WE ARE

With less hydro water, City Light doesn't have power to sell to other utilities. (KUOW) 

The Skagit River is running so low, the sensor devices monitoring its flow are now installed too high. (KING)

A wildfire in south central Washington now covers 9,400 acres. (KIRO-TV)

THE RACE IS ON (AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN)

Knute Berger has the tale of Beriah Brown, an early Seattle mayor and newspaper publisher, who (before he came here) had been a devout racist and leader of pro-Confederate groups in California. (Crosscut)

STILL MORE REACTIONS TO THE SANDERS NON-SPEECH

Suquamish Tribes member Gaysi Ross, who was on stage at the disrupted rally on Saturday, says he supports both Sanders and the Black Lives Matter takeover. (Slog) 

Mattias Lehman at Medium says Bernie Sanders' ideology is all about "restoring the American dream," something from which Af-Ams have largely felt excluded. 

NON-PEARL JAMS

An overturned semi blocked four lanes of I-5 near Southcenter for more than three hours Thursday morning. Even after it was finally cleared away, backups stretched for nine miles. (PI.com)

ECO

Sen. Patty Murray doesn't want the GOP Congress to kill the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Joel Connelly)

Derelict, abandoned fishing nets can entangle crabs, seals, etc. A local group has worked to clear away those nets for a decade. (KING)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The City may nominate the Wayne Apartments (aka the Belltown Funky Studios, aka the Lava Lounge building) for Landmark Preservation status. It's the last remaining building from before the Denny Regrade (the storefronts were put up beneath what had been ground-level apartments). A hearing will be held Sept. 2. 

The Maritime Building on Western Avenue, home to warehouse spaces and architectural offices (the deisgners of ugly new buildings always like to house themselves in funky old buildings), has been sold and will be massively upscaled. (PS Biz Journal)

The city's sold a plat at 6th & Yesler to an "affordable" housing developer.

TODAY IN DRUGS

Did a federal crackdown on illegal use of prescription opioids lead directly to a new heroin epidemic? (Weekly)

When heroin-strength drugs can be bioengineered in the garage, whole industries around the world (growing, smuggling, dealing, confiscating, arresting) may get, as they say in the dot-com biz, "disrupted." (NYT)

UPDATE

Police have identified two "persons of interest" in the Donnie Chin murder. One is in custody over a different matter. (KIRO-TV)

CAUSES YOU MIGHT HAVE FORGOTTEN

To encourage breastfeeding, Mexico won't let Nestlé or other companies give new mothers free "introductory" supplies of commercial baby formula at hospitals. For decades, critics have said this practice makes moms dependent on the products, which they aren't always able to mix or prepare safely. (Time)

TECH TALCH

Amazon's filed patent applications to deliver packages via public transit (as if your bus wasn't crowded enough already), and to 3-D print products on moving delivery trucks. (GeekWire)

HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone maker with a U.S. office in Bellevue, is cutting its worldwide workforce 15 percent. (GeekWire)

SPORTS

Six and a half months of waiting for someone good to root for are over. The Seahawks take to CenturyLink Field in their first preseason game tonight, vs. the Denver Broncos.

Mariners at the even more-pathetic-this-year Red Sox this weekend.

Storm at home vs. Chicago Friday and San Antonio Sunday.

Sounders FC at home vs. Orlando Sunday afternoon blah blah blah. 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Decibel Fest Night at Concerts at the Mural. (Seattle Center Mural Ampitheater, Fri)

Country Dave and his Pickin' Crew with the Rainieros. (Darrell's Tavern, Fri)

Suction, Saints of Damnation, Dirty Dirty, and Pinned Red. (High Dive, Fri)

Seattle Street Food Festival and Night Market. (South Lake Union Discovery Center, Fri-Sun)

Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival. (Columbia City, Sat)

Monty Banks' New Orleans revue. (13 Coins, Sat)

Ballantynes, Nopes, Bad Motivators, and Moonspinners. (Victory Lounge, Sat)

Grand opening of Flying Bike Brewery, Washington's first cooperatively owned brewpub. (8570 Greenwood Ave N, Sat) 

Light in the Attic Summer Spectacular with R&B legend Barbara Lynn and Inuit rocker Willie Thrasher; plus DJs, food trucks, a record swap meet, and more. (913 NW 50th St., Sat, free)

Pizza Crawl, tour of indie pizza places with "guerrilla noise" performances. (E. Mercer  St. and Summit Ave. E. and other sites, Sat) 

Hand of the Hills record release, with Branden Daniel & the Chics, Marty Marquis of Blitzen Trapper. (Central Saloon, Sat)

Linda's Fest, with Kinski, Black Breath, Helms Alee, and more. (Linda's Tavern, Sat, free) 

Fresh Paint Art Fair. (Everett waterfront, Sat-Sun)

Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival. (Sun)

BrasilFest. (Seattle Center Mural Ampitheater and Armory, Sun)

Railroad Days festival, with vintage steam-train rides and exhibits about trains and logging. (Downtown Snoqualmie, Sun)

Cairo Presents Vibrations, music fest with Chastity Belt, So Pitted, Mega Bog, and more. (Volunteer Park, Sun) 

Films "Dazed and Confused" and "Wet Hot American Summer." (Chop Suey, Sun)

And, oh yeah, there's some celebration of industrial fiber or something like that. (Myrtle Edwards Park, Sat-Sun)

INSIDE

It's the end of our 10th week. Still need to do some tech and/or scripting stuff, and get some print promos made. With luck, next week.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Indigo Williams):

“No one and nothing is worth shrinking for.”

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