MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015

It's been a tough day (and week) for many of us. Some good people have left us (see below). But these people always persevered, ithrough years of illness and other hardships. So, in our little way here, we will go on as well.

WEATHER

More monotonous hotness through at least Thursday.

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YES, WE'RE STILL TALKING ABOUT THIS.

AND THAT'S GOOD.

Local activists on Monday set up an "elephant in the living room" installation at Westlake Park, complete with a 15-foot inflatable elephant labeled RACISM. (Alex Garland)

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R.I.P.

Rolon Bert Garner, 75, was a painter; conceptual artist; curator of installations and "pop-up spaces"; gallery owner; co-founder of Bumbershoot, Artech, and the multi-disciplinary arts center and/or; co-owner of the Two Bells Tavern (with wife Patricia Ryan, who passed in 2001); all-around mover n' shaker in the local cultural scene; and a friend. I'll try to have a full length blog post about him in the next few days. (Slog)

THE BIG A

Jeff Bezos defends Amazon's workplace culture; he says the NYT story bashing it was greatly inaccurate. (USAT)

Author Simon Head, meanwhile, claims Amazon's employee culture is "worse than Walmart," with "human resource practices reminiscent of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." (Salon)

And Larry Elliott at the UK Guardian re-introduces the idea, bantered about by many folks here over the years, that Amazon's staff needs a union.

BURNIN', BURNIN'

Some Lewis/McChord soldiers and Washington National Guard members are joining the central and eastern Washingotn firefighting forces. About 155 square miles have been burned or are burning. At least 20 different large fires still burn. (KING) (AP)

Who's deliberately setting alley fires in Pasco? (AP)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

There's no special legislative session called to resolve the school-finding impasse, yet. (KPLU)

WHY A DUCK? WHY-A NO CHICKEN?

The initiative to revise the Waterfront Park plan to include a preserved section of the viaduct (as part of a pedestrian "garden bridge") will go to Seattle voters, but not until next summer. The City Council hates the plan, and so does the fancy NYC design firm that designed the current Waterfront Park scheme. (KING)

CITY HALL

The crackdown on hookah lounges will apparently go on, despite charges that it's racist and unfair. (KOMO)

ECO

A lot of the soil in Washington's wheat country is becoming dangerously acidic, due to decades of "chemical agriculture." (Crosscut)

The Feds gave final approval to let Shell drill in the Arctic. (Newsweek) 

A federal judge ruled that the U.S. Dept. of Energy may have to build new storage tanks for Hanford's high-level radioactive waste. (AP)

BIZ

We're the only state in the union without a state tourism office. Industry leaders want to change that. They claim state support for tourist marketing would generate much more tax revenue than it would cost. (KING) 

Sea-Tac had its busiest year ever, with 13 percent more passengers than last year. (AP)

Haggen's is closing or selling 27 of the supermarkets it just bought from Safeway/Albertsons. (PS Biz Journal) 

TECH TALCH

Zulily, the five-year-old local e-commerce apparel company, sold itself to the parent company of the QVC channel's parent company for $2.4 billion. (KING) The sale price values Ziluly at only a third of what it was worth at its 2013 stock offering. (SeaTimes)

"Even when you turn on Windows 10's privacy flags, it still spies on you." (BoingBoing)

MY OL' STOMPIN' GROUNDS

A Marysville-based operator of "sensual healing temples" might do time as a brothel madam, having been re-arrested after a prior conviction. She said she's still in the business mainly for "fun." (PI.com)

CRIME

A man was fatally shot after closing time early Sunday, at a parking lot near the Baltic Room on East Pine. No arrests or known motives yet. (Slog)

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE IN AMERICA?

Among the detainees at the feds' immigration jail in Tacoma are 68 natives of India, who'd come into the U.S., often via Canada, without authorization. (India Today)

SPORTS

The Mariners had a 3-3 tie at Texas in the bottom of the ninth. Then in came Ms reliever Fernando Rodney, whose presence insured a 4-3 defeat (via a bases-loaded walk). 

TONIGHT

Matias Aguayo, Chilean singer/producer/DJ. (Vera Project)

"Tuesday Tune Up: A Party for a Cause" with Victor Janusz and the VJ Trio, benefitting the Together Center. (Salty's, 1936 Harbor Ave. SW)

INSIDE

Still looking for your suggestions i/r/t the top local bands of the past 15 years. Send them to the email addy below.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Holophrase"

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