MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

A new month, and a new MISCmedia MAIL to inform and perhaps even amuse.

WEATHER

More clouds and sometime showers, through at least Thursday.

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SO ALL CAN SEE

BLACK LIVES MATTER appeared in airplane "skywriting" over Seattle early Sunday evening. It came about an hour after DK Pan's previously publicized skywriting of TIME IS MEMORY. (Pan's work was originally scheduled for Saturday's "Nepo House 5K Don't Run" art walk, but was delayed by the windstorm). Pan arranged the unannounced addendum to his piece with BLM activists who wish to remain unnamed. (Slog) (image: Gary Bernhardt via Twitter)

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I (DON'T) HAVE THE POWER!

Some 40,000 people throughout the region still didn't have their electricity back as of late Monday, following Saturday's windstorm. Some households might not get the juice back on until Tuesday evening. (KING)

FIRES

One piece of good news: The North Cascades Highway was reopened, along with several nearby campgrounds. (AP)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

State Rep. Ross Hunter (D-Bellevue) (NO relation to the Hollywood producer of "Magnificent Obsession" and "Pillow Talk") is leaving the Legislature, where he'd been one of the Democrats' chief budget writers. Gov. Inslee appointed him to head the state's Department of Early Learning. The Metropolitan King County Council will name a successor. (PI.com)

State Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn), who recently changed her official residence to a Sumner address (across county lines but in the same Legislative district), may run for the Pierce County Council. And she might keep her Legislative seat even if she gets the council post. (SeaTimes)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Some Seattle landlords are giving special deals (lower deposits, etc.) to renters who wowrk for "preferred employers" (Amazon, Microsoft, et al.) Some folks want that outlawed. (Slog)

HOOKAH HOOKUP

Turns out that Mayor Murray's "backing down" from his threat to shut down hookah lounges is only until mid-September, unless they switch from smoke-producing hookahs to a system that emits steam vapor from the tobacco. Lounge operators say they'll still fight. (PubliCola)

LABOR PANES

Will Seattle teachers go on strike? We may know on or before Thursday. (KPLU)

City Councilmember Mike O'Brien will introduce legislation to help "contract workers" (specifically Uber drivers, but perhaps also tech office "perma-temps") unionize. (SeaTimes)

ECO

Alki strollers: don't let your dogs anywhere near seal pups. (KING)

A proposed oil port at or near Aberdeen would increase rail traffic, impede car traffic, create the potential for spills, and only create 150 permanent jobs, says a draft environmental statement. (KUOW)

A NATION APART

Duwamish Tribe members haven't given up on getting Federal recognition. Some of them recently knocked on Interior Secretary Jally Jewell's West Seattle home to give her their message direct. (Slog)

TODAY IN DRUGS

What's worse than being addicted to meth or heroin? Being addicted to both, which the DEA says more people are these days. (KCPQ)

TODAY IN CRIME

A worker at the Broadway Market QFC calls the hypermarket "a war zone," with drunk and/or disturbed people making nuisances or worse almost nightly. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

TAKING FROM THE POWERLESS

Chehalis is banning "belligerent begging." (KOMO)

THE PLAYERS CLUB

Adult women are now the biggest single segment of the video-game constituency. (Daily Dot)

THE PLAYA CLUB

Keith A. Spencer at Jacobin believes Burning Man couldn't help but become the plaything for One Percenter tech zillionaires that it is nowadays. Or, as I would put it: There really isn't anything "political" or even "rebellious" about hedonistic spectacles or self-indulgence. It's one of the biggest things the hippies got wrong.

R.I.P. 

Wes Craven, 76, directed many horror classics including the originals of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" as well as "Last House on the Left," "Swamp Thing," and "Serpent and the Rainbow." (Variety)

"The Pizz" (Steven Pizzerrelli), 57, was a "lowbrow" painter/cartoonist known for lovably lurid scenes of "eye-catching pinups, pimps, perverts, pirates, post-apocalyptic demigods, motorcyclists, and fast cars." (Hi-Fructose)

SPORTS

The Mariners dropped another miserable one 8-3 at Houston, in the start of four games.

Chris Hansen's basketball/hockey arena scheme's still alive; the next "design review" meeting (number 7!) is at 5:30 tonight in City Hall. (PS Biz Journal)

TONIGHT

Launch party for Scuttlebutt Transistor IPA, limited-edition beer benefitting KEXP. (Moe Bar, 5-7 pm)

Authors Naomi Jackson and Anastacia Tolbert. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Kimya Dawson. (Vera Project)

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WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Succorance"

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