MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015

The fire headlines; more "heat" for Amazon; Trump's pimp granddad. All this and more in today's MISCmedia MAIL. 

WEATHER

Low 80s today and Thursday. Rain still possible for Friday.

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A TERRIBLE BEAUTY, CONTINUED

A four-minute exposure shot from Snoqualmie Pass showing Seattle's lights to the right, Mt. Rainier at the center, and apparently central Washington fire smoke in the sky. ("Our Earth in Focus" via KIRO-TV)

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FIRES

The Okanogan Complex fire (now named the nation's "Number One Priority Fire") is now big enough to cover the area between Tacoma and Mukilteo, from Puget Sound to Snoqualmie. It's officially "15 percent contained." (KING) 

The fires could just keep burning until snow season. If there is one. (Mashable)

Washington wine grapes are being tested for any potential "smoke taint." (Communities Digital News)

Some 14,000 cows, horses, and other large animals are endangered by Washington's fires. Some have lost their homes and/or food supplies; a few have already perished. (KIRO-TV)

HOW DRY WE ARE

Water levels in Lake Union are so low, they could endanger houseboats. (KIRO-TV)

Pierce County will stop watering lawns on its properties. (KOMO) A company's already spray-painting private lawns in Tacoma with an eco-friendly green dye. (KING)

THE PAST ISN'T PAST

Author Gwenda Blair traces Donald Trump's family back to a German-immigrant grandfather who, Blair says, ran brothels thinly disguised as restaurants and hotels in Seattle, Monte Cristo WA, and the Yukon. (Politico via SeaTimes)

THE BIG A

More than 500 book authors have joined in a legal action to have Amazon declared a monopoly in book selling, and a near-monopoly in book buying. Do they stand a chance, in a post-Reagan legal system that's been realiably pro-corporate about antitrust allegations? (New Yorker)

An anonymous "Amazonian Manifesto" pleads with Jeff Bezos to turn Amazon into "the greatest place to work," instead of the hyper-aggressive hellhole s/he claims it is now. (PS Biz Journal)

Amazon's "Prime Now" delivery service has launched in Seattle and a few suburbs. It offers (only to Prime members) free two-hour, or $7.99 one-hour, deliveries on select items (including alcohol). (PS Biz Journal)

"Jeopardy!" champ Arthur Chu compares Amazon's alleged treatment of female employees to its refusal (so far) to stop selling a "pick up artist" guidebook that he claims promotes rape. (Salon)

ECO

A group called the Wild Fish Conservatory says it will sue the Feds, for allowing farm-raised salmon in Puget Sound. (KCPQ)

TODAY IN CRIME

Seattle Police claim most of the recent upswing in street violence is due to gang members, but not necessarily to organized gang conflicts. Or something like that. (SeaTimes)

A former City Hall staffer (now a lobbyist) was charged with voyeurism. The allegations claim he made a sex tape without his girlfriend's pre-knowledge, then threatened to show it to her father when she found out about it and took off with the camera. (PI.com)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

To try to stem the wearing of "gang colors," Everett's Mariner High will ban sports-logo apparel from non-local teams. (KIRO-TV)

AS IF HE NEEDS ANOTHER BAUBLE

Paul Allen was one of eight people to get a 2015 "Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy," for his donations to Alzheimer's research and other causes. (KING)

CLIPPY DIED FOR YOUR SINS

For reasons unknown to me, there are people "celebrating" the 20th anniversary of Windows 95. (Ars Technica) (Newsweek)

EATS

The Lodge Sports Grille chain is taking over the former Charlie's space on Broadway, but promises it'll be more like the old Charlie's and not so much like the other Lodge locations. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

AD VERBS

Tourist officials in eastern Oregon are trying to adapt the mystique of "Portlandia" into "Pendeltonia," with "hipster" themed ads about to run in Seattle. (AP)

Today's lesson in how not to market products "for women" is brought to you by Bic. (CS Monitor) 

SPORTS

The Mariners took the lead in the fifth inning and (miracle upon miracle) held it, for a 6-5 home win over Oakland. The series and brief homestand end this afternoon; then it's off to Chicago Thursday.

Sounders FC's in Honduras tonight, for the second of two matches vs. CD Olimpia.

TONIGHT

Eric Apoe and Alicia DeJoie. (Outlander Brewery and Pub)

1995 cult film "Project Metalbeast: DNA Overload," hosted by comedian Elicia Sanchez. (NW Film Forum)

Actor/videomaker Felicia Day reading from her book "You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)." (University United Methodist Temple)

"Two Hour Transport," science fiction and fantasy readings. (Cafe Racer)

"'80s Ladies," tribute show with local female singers including Adra Boo and Star Anna. (Tractor)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Hāfez):

“The heart is a thousand-stringed instrument that can only be tuned with love.”

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