MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015

The ol' dog days o' summer wind down, but MISCmedia MAIL's just warming up with the local news you need to know plus a bevy of weekend leisure options.

WEATHER

Hope you're ready for some rain, because we're supposed to have a little today and more over the weekend. Temps in the mid 70s at most.

What if not enough snow falls in the Cascades for another ski season—ever? (SeaTimes)

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APPLE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Artist Shin Yu Pei has a conceptual piece at the restored Piper's Orchard within Carkeek Park. It involves words "tattooed" onto apples still on their trees. (Paul Constant)

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VANISHING SEATTLE

13 Coins, the beloved old-school 24-hour restaurant and bar, is set to be razed for one of two 42-story residential towers. (PS Biz Journal)

The Harbor Club, a private club for business people located in the Norton Building since 1959, will close at year's end due to declining membership. (SeaTimes)

FIRES

Washington's total wildfire acreage is almost the size of Rhode Island. (AP) 

And the smoke: just dreadful. (Slog)

Gov. Inslee visited the Chelan fire lines Thursday, calling the wildfires "a slow motion disaster." Will promised weekend rain help, or will promised weekend winds hinder, the fight? (AP)

Sen. Cantwell says "more must be done" to prevebnt futre mega-fires. (AP)

More forestlands have been closed to the public. (SeaTimes)

Area businesses have raised $600,000 toward fire "relief and recovery." (PS Biz Journal)

The "juvenile inmates" working behind the fire lines sometimes work 16-hour days, and are paid $1.60 an hour. (KUOW)

THERE'S A MOON! IT'S IN THE SKY! IT'S CALLED…

…the Super Sturgeon Moon, and it'll be visible here Saturday night. Unless the sky clouds up (which it's predicted to do). (KING) 

THE BIG A

A female ex-editor at Amazon's NYC book publishing ventures claims the company essentially showed her the door after she had both a kid and chemo. (Medium) 

Amazon's shrinking its Calif.-based hardware design unit, in the wake of the Fire Phone's poor sales. (WSJ)

DEVELOPING STORIES

A seven-acre tract east of CenturyLink Field, despite past city promises to protect industrial land, will be turned into a tech-office project, to be known simply as "S." (PS Biz Journal) 

Miami developers plan a 1.2 million square foot tower where the 4th & Columbia parking garage is now. (PS Biz Journal)

One would-be bigtime tower developer is in legal trouble. Work on his Fourth Avenue tower (north of the Cinerama) is suspended, as are four other projects in Seattle, Shoreline, Kirkland, and Everett. (Daily Journal of Commerce) 

MOVING STORIES

Cheap fuel + a Delta/Alaska airline war = "crazy crazy numbers" of SeaTac passengers. (SeaTimes)

MY OLD STOMPIN' GROUNDS

Heroin is back bigtime, alas, and its local epicenter is in Snohomish County. (KCPQ)

BY THE NUMBERS

Yes, there are still things to be discovered in math. And some folks at UW-Bothell have just found one such "rare geometry pattern." (Everett Herald)

ECO

A Seward Park beach remains closed to swimming, after 12,000 gallons of sewage accidentally spilled into nearby waters. (Slog)

Birds along the Washington and Oregon coasts are dying, because the heat is killing the fish they eat. (KGW)

The EPA wants to fine the Jorgensen steel company over $367,500 for faulty cleanup work on the Duwamish. (Joel Connelly)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Is Airbnb a factor in Seattle's soaring rents? (Weekly)

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Remembering the rave-after-party "Capitol Hill Massacre" nine years later. (Weekly)

THE RACE IS ON

Black Lives Matter protesters turned to anti-Semitic remarks when they protested an Uncle Ike's pot store opening in the CD. (PubliCola)

THE PLAYERS CLUB

Did that hacked "Have an Affair" dating site have only 12,000 active, non-fake female participants among 30+ million male customers? (Gizmodo)

UPDATE

As part of the case against Pierce County Prosecutor (and "Never Mind Nirvana" novelist) Mark LIndquist, the State Supreme court ruled a public employee's cell-phone texts are "public records." (KING)

SPORTS

Two fielding errors gave the Mariners a 4-2 loss at the White Sox. The series continues thru Sun.

Sounders FC at home vs. Portland Sunday afternoon.

Storm at home, vs. San Antonio tonight and (the other) Washington on Sunday. 

BAD SPORTS

Ex-UW football coach Steve Sarkisian (NO relation to Cherilyn LaPierre Sarkisian, aka Cher) got the U to pay for a couple of $1,000-plus liquor tabs. (SeaTimes)

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

International Pop Overthrow continues. (Skylark Cafe, Fri-Sun)

Roachella 2015, punk/garage/postpunk fest, continues. (Black Lodge and Victory Lounge, Fri-Sun)

Penny Arcade Expo (PAX). (Convention Center, Fri-Sun, sold out)

"Valley Girl"/"Wild at Heart" double feature. (Central Cinema, Fri-Tue)

"Scratch My Back: American Fairy Tales," monologue performance by Bret Fetzer. (West of Lenin, Fri)

Opening of "The Seattle Floor," art installation by Veit Stratmann. (Suyama Space, Fri)

Concerts at the Mural with Ha Ha Tonka, Country Lips, and Evening Bell. (Mural Ampitheater, Fri)

Tiki Night, featuring Lushy. (Vito's, Fri)

Beth Fleenor's Birthday Show and Frank Love Fest, with Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band, Amy Denio and Abouzied, and more. (Royal Room, Fri)

Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick. (Marymoor Park, Fri)

The last NEPO 5K Don't Run, arts walk with outdoor installations and performances. (Hing Hay Park to Beacon Hill, noon Sat)

Punk Rock Flea Market. (1166 23rd Ave, noon-10 pm Sat)

Sublime, Rome. (Marymoor Park, Sat-Sun)

"Introduction to the Tarot" workshop. (Lux Divinorum Tarot, 815 Seattle Blvd S, Sat)

Aaiiee! with Senior Pets. (Cafe Racer, Sat)

Harvey Sid Fisher and friends. (High Dive, Sat)

Julie and the Blind-Dates. (Vito's, Sat)

Black Weirdo Party, with DJ Topspin, SassyBlack (Catherine Harris-White of THEESatisfaction), and more. (NW African American Museum, Sat)

Rocky Voltolato, Dave Huase, Chris Farren. (Crocodile, Sat)

Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval. (Barboza, Sat)

Randy Newman. (Chateau Ste. Michelle, Sat)

Art studio/garage sale to benefit fire relief. (4206 2nd Ave NW, Sun)

The Oh Sees and guests. (Crocodile, Sun)

Seattle 8-Bit Showcase 2015. (Vera Project, Sun)

Gay Day at Wild Waves (Sun)

INSIDE

Got the main MISCmedia.com site's design almost back to what it was. Much work still to do, including flyers you can pass out to spread the news about this great news source. Watch this space next week.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Michelle Thaller):

“What is human existence? It turns out it’s pretty simple: We are dead stars, looking back up at the sky.”

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