MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015


A hearty heigh-di-hough welcome, brethren and cistern, to the inaugural edition of MISCmedia MAIL! 

Each weekday morning for the foreseeable future, you'll get a heapin' helpin' of Northwest news headlines, interspersed (a la Paul Harvey and other old radio commentators) with opinion, attitude, and (attempted) humor. 

The exact mix will be fiddled with over these first few days and weeks. Consider this to be the online-periodical version of a "shakedown cruise," or that first season of "Happy Days" with Richie's older brother. 


Monday should be another "scorchio," with highs to 85 or above.


Kshama Sawant held a big campaign rally Saturday at Town Hall. Speakers included some national left-O-center superstars, including author and essayist Chris Hedges. Sawant and her on-stage supporters denounced her opponents for City Council District 3 as tools of big corporations, despite their respective progressive resumes. (Joel Connelly) 


The proposed city law against "electioneering" at city owned venues? The one that many critics called a swipe against Councilmember Sawant? The city's Ethics Commission has killed it. (Crosscut) 

The Olympia cop who shot two unarmed youths? He's also the target of a $1 million suit by an African American phone-company worker. He claims the officer (and five fellow officers) drew guns on him outside a CenturyLink parking garage, demanding to know why he was working so late, while fellow officers laughed and gave one another high fives as if it were all a joke. (KING) 


Protests against Shell's Arctic drilling platform continued all last weekend. The protesters' stated goal is now to prevent the Polar Pioneer from leaving the Port of Seattle in time to make it to Alaska in the warm months. (KIRO-TV) 

While many local politicians have spoken out against Shell, Gov. Inslee's administration is working to support Texas-based Riverside Energy, which wants to build a combined oil and biofuels refinery along the Columbia River at Longview. (KUOW) 


Renton High School's student-elected prom queen this year is Brooklynn Buenaventura, who was born with the first name Bruce but is now "in the process of transitioning" from male to female. (KING)


The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (now called "Komen for the Cure") has been criticized for spending too much money on fundraising and overhead and not enough on research (cf. the documentary "Pink Ribbons Inc."); but the group still has its supporters. Thousands of them ran through Seattle in Sunday's annual "Race for the Cure." (KCPQ) 


A Seattle Times delivery driver ran over a Kitsap Sun delivery driver, who had left her vehicle to deliver a paper outside Bremerton Sunday morning. (AP) 


The Seattle Parks Department's newest prescription for reducing crime and/or hooking in city parks? Ping Pong tables. (CBS Local) 


Metro started running loud, repetitive, recorded announcements on its buses Saturday. The messages told people over and over to hold on (in three languages) and that buses were equipped with video surveillance (in one language). Enough riders complained that by Sunday evening the announcements were gone. (Norm Gregory) 

The Feds (heart) Seattle's "road diet" scheme. (The name's something of a misnomer, since these lane re-allocations actually increase streets' overall capacity.) Their report notes that along Stone Way (the only Seattle street with the same name as Fred Flintstone's piano), car traffic has remained the same with few snarl-ups, while transit, bike, and ped access have all increased. (PubliCola) 

Despite TSA screening hassles and teleconferencing, a Boeing VP claims worldwide air traffic is "growing faster than the historical trend." (KPLU)  


The end of SIFF this past weekend was also the end of the line for the Harvard Exit Theater. The pioneering Capitol Hill arthouse cinema will now be razed except for the facade. (Capitol Hill Times)


EY (holding company of accounting firm Ernst & Young) held its annual Northwest "Entrepreneur of the Year" awards. Among the seven winners: the people behind the ZoomCare storefront clinics, a health insurance plan for pets, and a ratings service for lawyers. (GeekWire) 

After takeover deals from others cell phone giants fell through, T-Mobile is now being courted by Dish Network. (PSBizJournal)  


A good thing Serena Williams (winning her 20th Grand Slam tennis tournament) and American Pharoah (horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years) were around to distract area sports fans from (1) a 1-0 Sounders FC loss at Kansas City, and (2) still more Mariners dreadfulness. They lost two out of three to Tampa Bay, losing 9 of 11 games this last homestand. Art Thiel calls it "the worst long homestand in Mariners' history." They now go to Cleveland starting Tuesday.

In local-sports good news, the Seattle Storm began their WNBA regular season with an 86-61 blowout vs. the L.A. Sparks.  

As Women's World Cup soccer begins today, the ESPN show "Outside the Lines" aired what it said were newly uncovered details about U.S. goalie Hope Solo's 2014 domestic violence arrest, depicting Solo as far less of a "victim" than she has claimed to be. Her U.S. team members have pledged to support her. (ESPN) 


The "Think & Drink" panel discussion series presents "Unveiled: Feminism, Orientalism, and Perceptions of the Middle East" with playwright Yussef El Giundi (whose "Threesome" is now playing at ACT) and Evergreen prof Sarah Eltantawi. (Naked City Brewery) 

The aforementioned Chris Hedges speaks on "The Moral Imperative of Revolt." (Town Hall)   


This day not only marks my own birthday (the big five-eight, for what it's worth) but also the anniversaries both of the original MISC column (in 1986, in the old Lincoln Arts Association rag "Arts Focus") and of MISCmedia.com (in 1995; making this one of the Web's very first "blogs," even though I didn't use the term).

As this venture continues, we'll be looking into different ways to monetize it. Watch this space for details about both voluntary subscriptions and small-business sponsorships.