MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015

As things cool down here, central Washington just gets more tragic. We've got the latest.

WEATHER

After 89 degree temps Wenesday, the air will cool down to the mid 70s today; a few showers may occur Friday. 

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SMOKE, SMOKE, SMOKE

Smoke clouds from the Northwest's wildfires, photographed from space. (NASA via KUOW)

The latest: The entire towns of Winthrop and Twisp have been ordered to evacuate. The air in Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Moses Lake, and other areas was deemed "unhealthy for sensitive persons." Three firefighters died outside Twisp; four others were injured. The main "Chelan Complex" fire is "50 percent contained." 39 homes, and 28 other structures, have burned in the Chelan area. Almost all of eastern Washington and northern Idaho, and much of northeast Oregon, are at the highest fire-alert level. Winds east of the Cascades could gust to 30-45 mph Thursday. (KIRO-TV)

Logging has been banned throughout eastern Washington for the duration of the fire emergency. (KCPQ)

The scene along Lake Chelan "looks weird and smells weird. Your lungs hurt and your nose runs.... It's like something out of Pinocchio's Land of Toys. Everything is set up for fun but not much fun is being had." (Anna King, NW News Network via KPLU)

Meanwhile, Seattle City Light shut down its Ross Dam power plant along the Skagit River and evacuated its company town of Diablo, after a wildfire near there. (KIRO-TV)

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THE BIG A

The NYT piece about Amazon's work culture is supposedly the most commented-upon piece the paper's run since the invention of online comments. 

Crosscut's got "a children's treasury of Amazon horror stories," culled from various websites.

"Dear Jeff Bezos: My husband needed therapy after working for Amazon." (Quartz)

CEOs such as Bezos are "often the last to know" about the human toll of working in their companies. (Signal V. Noise)

VANISHING SEATTLE

The nightclub space at 722 E. Pike St. which has housed the Brass Connection, the War Room, and currently '95 Slide, will be razed some time in 2017 for yet another six-story, mixed-use monstrosity. (Seattle in Progress) 

REVIVALS

The Josephine was a great all-ages "creative noise" music space in Ballard for eight years, until a neighbor got it shut down. It plans to reopen in a new spot, but needs the funds to do so. Hence, a crowdfunding campaign. 

TEL AVIV

CenturyLink finally has launched its own cable-TV alternative, "Prism TV," in those parts of Seattle that have its fiber-optic residential lines. (GeekWire)

THE RACE IS ON

The Spokane-suburb mayor who said horrid things about Obama has quit, officially due to "health reasons." (KHQ)

TODAY IN CRIME

"Crimes against persons," including street assaults, are up 38 percent from last year. (KOMO)

BUT YOU ALREADY KNEW THAT

Renters in the region are spending more of their income on rent than ever before. (KIRO-TV) 

I HAVE THE POWER!

Could Hanford be the site of a new "small nuke" reactor, or at least a factory to build components for such reactors? (Crosscut)

PHILM PHACTS

One of the writers of the "Straight Outta Compton" film is from Seattle. Yep, he's a white guy from an affluent family, who went to Lakeside. (SeaTimes)

In something mostly left out of the "Compton" film, the NWA rappers were allegedly violent and brutal to the women they claimed to love. (Gawker)

R.I.P. 

Yvonne Craig, 78, was in Elvis's Seattle-filmed "It Happened At the World's Fair," then became a celebrity for life from playing the skintight-clad Batgirl on the final season of the Adam West "Batman" TV series. She was later in the prepaid phone card business. (CNN)

THE EVERLASTING GOP-STOPPER

Perhaps half of the Republican candidates for President say they want to repeal the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to anyone born here. (Slog)

"The Republican Party is in the middle of a terribly bloody fight right now about which one of these assholes is the biggest asshole to women. (Hint: It’s all of them.)" (Kalli Joy Gray, Wonkette)

SPORTS

The Mariners series at Texas featured yet another bullpen blowout, leading to a 7-2 loss. At home against Chicago Friday.

Sounders FC subs scored a last-minute goal and a stoppage-time penalty kick to beat Honduras's CD Olimpia 2-1, in the start of a home-and-away series.

The Sounders are MLS's "most valuable team," according to Forbes.

TODAY

"National Radio Day" event, publicizing the launch of seven low-power FM stations throughout Seattle. (Central Library, 11 am)

TONIGHT

Stanley Clarke Band. (Jazz Alley)

"History Café" panel on "Fighting World War I in the Northwest Woods." (MOHAI Compass Café)

Ian Bell's Brown Derby Series ("Ridiculously staged readings of your famorite screenplays") featuring "Raiders of the Lost Ark." (Re-bar, thru Sat)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Dendrochronology"

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