MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015

Another big weekend of activities here. More burning tragedy east of the mountains. This and more in MISCmedia MAIL today.

WEATHER

Clouds and coolness continue; then sun and hot-osity return Saturday.

NOAA predicts more warm and dry weather here for the next year and more. (KOMO)

In some drought-hit parts of Calif., people are pumping up so much ground water that the ground's sinking, up to an inch a month. (AP)

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TIMES OF THE SIGNS

Fake "sociopaths wanted" Amazon recruiting posters are going up around town. (KCPQ)

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FIRES

The fire near Twisp grew early Thursday from 1,500 to 16,000 acres. (Mashable)

The Okanagan Complex Fire got within a mile of the town of Omak on Thursday. All of eastern Washington and northern Idaho, and almost all of eastern Oregon, are at the top-stage fire alert. The towns of Tonasket and Riverside are among the places under new evacuation orders. Winds Friday could reach 30-40 mph in places. (KING)

The state Dept. of Natural Resources is asking people's donations of labor and/or gear to help fight the fires, which now cover over 400,000 acres. The Okanagan Complex fire alone now covers as much area as Seattle. (SeaTimes)

40 miles of SR 20, including many normally scenic stretches, are closed. (PI.com)

A Chelan-area winery was destroyed; others throughout central/eastern Washington are now evacuated. (Great NW Wine)

Sen. Murray says the Feds need to help pay for the firefight. (KUOW)

KIRO-TV has an interactive map of the fires and a list of evacuation and emergency resources.

KING's put up a Twitter stream of alerts from government agencies about Washignton's wildfires.

The SeaTimes has a list of "ways you can help." 

O GIVE ME A HOME

A "tiny house village" of 15 micro-homes plus a "restroom pavilion" will come to 22nd and Union, for previously homeless citizens. It's modeled after a similar operation in Olympia. (Low Income Housing Institute)

The City's past-due fines to slumlords Hugh and Martha Sisley (almost $3.5 million) have been paid up, by a developer that wants to put up mixed-use monstrosities on the properties. (Seattlish)

The next HALA scare: maybe developers might sue to avoid affordable-housing fees after all. (Crosscut)

There's a plan on Capitol Hill to have several residential buildings share the same off-street parking facilities. (PubliCola)

Folks in Tacoma are also talking about loosening zoning regulations in single family neighborhoods. (KPLU) 

The U.S. Dept. of Justice supports efforts to overturn cities' anti-homeless laws. (Weekly)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The U.S. Dept. of Education says most of Washington's schools are "failing." (Weekly)

The Seattle School Board put off (until next month) deciding whether to eliminate student suspensions in grades K-5 this next school year. (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

The City of SeaTac's $15 minimum wage DOES apply to airport workers, says the State Supreme Court. (KING)

A seven-year low in the state's unemployment rate hides a lot of people stuck in part-time and low-wage jobs. (SeaTimes)

The City may make it easier to sue employers for not paying minimum wage, as part of a revamp of its labor laws. (Stranger)

After nine years of litigation, a class action suit involving 190,000 current and former Boeing employees heads to court. At issue: whether the company knew its 401 (k) contractor was overcharging. (KPLU)

More (poignant) voices in support of decriminalizing sex work. (Weekly)

DRUGS

Washington has more fatal "buzzed driving" crashes than before. (SeaTimes)

DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE

Novelist China Miéville says the only way to save the world is to dream bigger, to devise utopias beyond today's crushing thumb of finance. (Salvage.zone) 

SPORTS

The Seahawks' second preseason game is tonight at Kansas City. Will any of last week's injured players return? Will Russell Wilson spend the whole evening on the bench?

And will Seahawks contract holdout Kam Chancellor show up? Probably not. (ESPN)

A short Mariners homestand (first opponent: White Sox) begins with "Fireworks Night" Friday.

Storm at home vs. Indiana tonight.

Sounders at Real Salt Lake Saturday.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

"SAM Remix," with art, live music, and DJs. (Olympic Sculpture Park, Fri)

Comedian Jamie Kennedy. (Parlor Live, Fri-Sat)

Arts in Nature Festival. (Camp Long, Sat-Sun)

Vlogger Fair, convention for and about "video bloggers." (Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Sat-Sun)

"Bacon, Eggs, and Kegs," a "brunchy booze fest" with beer and cider tastings, a Bloody Mary bar, food, games, and live dueling pianos. (CenturyLink Field, 11 am Sat)

"A Nice, Open, Tolerant Conversation About Race," and about the Black Lives Matter action on Bernie Sanders. (Living Ro-Om Culture, 930 26th Ave., Sat)

POPDeFECT, "legendary internationally unknown group," at Maritime Brewery's 25th anniversary. (1111 NW Ballard Way, 3 pm Sat)

Tom Dyer's New Pagan Gods "History of Northwest Rock vol. 1" record release. (Easy Street Records, Sat)

Moberlys, "first gig in 25 years" by pioneering Seattle power-pop band; with the F-Holes and Sellwoods. (El Corazon, Sat)

"An Evening at Estuary," art/performance event in conjunction with the Duwamish Revealed arts project. (4651 Diagonal Ave. S., Sat)

The Weather record-release party. (Neumos, Sat)

78 RPM DJ night with Jeffery Taylor of Climax Golden Twins. (Bottleworks, 1710 NE 45th St., Sat)

Layne Staley tribute concert with cover-band tributes to Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Nirvana. (Crocodile, Sat)

Summer Luau with the Ukadelics and Banzai Surf. (Royal Room, Sat)

"Grand Diva Deluxe," street drag show. (E. Pike St. at 11th Ave., 9 pm Sat, free)

"Belltown Crush Block Party," with grape stomping, live music, and wine tastings. (Bell Street Park, Sun)

"Go Topless Day." (Cal Anderson Park, noon Sun)

Pain in the Grass 2015, with Slipknot, Lamb of God, Three Days Grace, and more. (White River Ampitheatre, Sun)

Bike-In, group bicycle ride with screenings of local short films at the end. (Cal Anderson Park to Naked City Brewpub Greenwood, Sun) 

Son of Man reunion show with Fatal Butterfly and Shame (Italy). (Funhouse, Sun afternoon)

"Raw Power KEXP," benefit concert of Iggy Pop covers with Mark Arm, Mike McCready, Barrett Matin, and Duff McKagan. (Pike Place Market roof, Sun)

Closing of "Art from the Heart" exhibition with Pat Anderson and Arlesienne Monica de Silva, with music by Monty Banks and the High Rollers. (Company, White Center, Sun)

Chris Isaak. (Chateau Ste. Michelle, Sun)

INSIDE

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QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Jean Kwok, Girl in Translation):

“I never want to love someone like that…so much that there would be no room left for myself, so much that I wouldn’t be able to survive if [they] left me”

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