MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015

The skies (around here) are less smoky now. And MISCmedia MAIL keeps you clear about what's going on in Seattle and proximity.

WEATHER

Mid-70s and partly sunny thru perhaps Friday. Rain still possible Friday.

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HOW DRY WE ARE

Lake Tapps was drained earlier this year, for repairs on the dam it feeds. Here's a photo gallery of what was found when the water went away. (Joshua Trujillo, PI.com via Esquire)

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FIRES

The Okanogan Complex fires alone now cover more than 400 square miles, worst in the state's history. All the state's current wildfires add up to more than 920 square miles, and are only "10 percent contained." (KING) 

The "fire lines" in Washington (the fires' perimeters) run to over 1,000 linear miles. (UK Guardian) 

One aggravating factor in the fires: the spread of invasive European "cheatgrass," that turns brown and flammable earlier in the summer than native grasses. (SeaTimes)

And west of the mountains, the Upper Skagit Complex fire keeps growing. Some City Light dam workers have had to stay away; the North Cascades Highway is closed at peak tourist season. (SeaTimes)

THE BIG A

The ACLU would like to hear from Amazon employees who got demoted or fired due to taking family leave. (KUOW)

BUT DO YOU RECALL...?

Nineteen Republican legislators say the state should openly defy the State Supreme Court's demand for full school funding. Goldy says those legislators should be removed from office for contempt. (HorsesAss) 

LABOR PANES

Will Seattle schools and their teachers reach a contract agreement in time for the new school year? The contract-or-strike deadline's been set for 9/3. (KOMO)

WE COVER THE WATERFRONT

Seawall cost overruns could drain funds from other road and/or bike projects. (Crosscut)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

A common chemical used at commercial car washes can be dangerous to their workers. (AP) 

Too many mentally ill crime suspects languish in Washington jails awaiting their competency hearings. (AP) 

ECO

Thirty whales have died since May along the western Gulf of Alaska, an historic high. (Time)

Mt. Rainier's glaciers are receding faster than ever. (KPLU)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The surface level of the U District light rail station (to open in 2021, a full five years after the Husky Stadium station's set to open) was going to be a public plaza. Now, the UW's thinking of sticking a 240-foot office tower there instead. (SeaTimes)

Keeping/adding "affordable" housing in Seattle is an impossible dream, say some of the real-estate hotshots who want to maximize profits from each tract. (PS Biz Journal)

Washington's #3 among all states in newly-added construction jobs. That's total, not per capita. (PS Biz Journal)

BUT YOU ALREADY KNEW THAT

"Blacks were more likely to be laid off during recession, UW study finds." (KUOW)

THE BIG BORED

Does the stock market's late-summer swoon (major stock indexes down about 10 percent in a week) mean anything to you and me? Maybe; maybe not. (Vox)

THE RACE IS ON

A local activist wants the Seattle City Council to acknowledge "the trauma" of Indian boarding schools. These were a social engineering experiment, to remove children from their families and to try to erase their whole ethnic heritage. And they were often sites of abuse and violence. (Slog) 

Hillary Clinton's "change laws, not just hearts" response at a meeting last week with Black Lives Matter activists shows the policy-wonk core of her worldview, which can be interpreted as potentially betraying progressive agendas in the name of "practicality." (Vox) (Jerry Large)

Two victims of the hacking of customer info from that "have an affair" dating site reportedly committed suicide in Toronto. (BBC)

GUNS N' NEUROSES

The NRA, ever-viligant in its defense of the gun industry, has sued to stop Seattle's new gun and ammo tax. (KING)

R.I.P.

"Big John" Croce, 91, ran Pacific Food Importers, a.k.a. Big John's PFI, since 1971. It's a beloved wholesaler/retailer of international and gourmet bulk food products, south of the International District. Survivors include his daughter, local singer Kathey Croce Volpone. (SeaTimes profile, 2007)

SPORTS

Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma blew a 5-0 lead with a seven-run fifth inning, leading to an 11-5 loss to Oakland in the first of a three-game series.

TONIGHT

Modest Mouse. (Paramount)

Aleep at the Wheel with Bill Carter. (Triple Door)

Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin. (Jazz Alley)

American Idol Live! 2015. (McCaw Hall)

TOMORROW

Rand Paul campaign rally. (Town Hall, 8:30 am)

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WORD-O-THE-DAY

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