MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

As those of you who have (or who teach) kids wonder whether or not there's gonna be school in Seattle next week, get yourself a quick education with today's MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Warm, cold, sunny, cloudy, rainy, perhaps hail, lightning, or all of the above. More sun expected Friday; even more Saturday.

Weather folks sure love their classic creature features. Case in point: Cliff Mass, who declares that a powerful but friendly "Godzilla El Nino" will vanquish "The Blob" of warm air in the Pacific.

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THE ANGST OF A LONELY FOODIE

A DumpsterĀ® at Ravenna and Roosevelt.

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ED

Seattle teachers will vote on a possible strike in a meeting at Benaroya Hall today. Pasco teachers are already on strike; Spokane teachers might make a last-minute contract deal. (AP)

HOW DRY WE (STILL) ARE

No, a little rain doesn't mean you can stop conserving water. (Crosscut)

Some rivers have been reopened to fishing. (SeaTimes)

Reclaimed former sewage water is being piped to Olympic Peninsula farmers. (AP)

FIRES

The Okanogan Complex fire is now at 231 square miles, and is "45 percent contained." The Chelan Complex fire, at 146 square miles, is "55 percent contained." (AP)

Survivors of two consecutive fire-scourged summers wonder whether this is "the new normal." (Stranger)

Some previously-closed forestlands north of U.S. 2 will reopen this weekend. (SeaTimes)

I (STILL DON'T) HAVE THE POWER!

Five days after Saturday's windstorm, thousands in Snohomish County still don't have the lights back on. (KING)

TRAGEDY UPDATES

The Thurston County Prosecutor won't press charges against the Olympia police officer who shot two young, unarmed shoplifters, claiming the officer acted "without malice." (KING)

The Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooter had texted his family just before the crime: "I'm Sorry." (AP)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

A second Democratic legislator in as many days is moving to a state executive-dept. job. (NW Progressive Institute)

FIRST THERE IS A MOUNTAIN, THEN THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN, THEN THERE IS

I don't bash, or care about, the Seattle Times editorials nearly as much as my pal Goldy does. But a recent one suggested renaming Mt. Rainier (named for one of Capt. George Vancouver's shipmates) to a Native American name, just as Alaska's Mt. McKinley is now officially Denali. "Tacoma" would be the obvious choice to me.

VANISHING SEATTLE

Yesler Terrace, which housed and served low income families for seven decades, succumbed to the wrecking ball Wednesday. (SeaTimes)

FERRY TALES

After 55 years, could passenger ferries come back to Lake Washington? (KING)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

"Campaign to get money out of Seattle politics is raising a lot of money." (Weekly)

'ICK' OF THE DAY

Police and animal-shelter officials rescued dogs, cats, hamsters, chinchillas, and a guinea pig. They'd been caged under "squalor" conditions at a U District townhome that may have operated as a "puppy mill." (KIRO-TV) 

GETTING THEIR LUMPS IN

The Lummi Nation's digging in to fight against a proposed coal port at Cherry Point. (Weekly)

Creditor documents relating to a big, bankrupt coal company show it had deep ties to climate-change-denial groups, Koch Brothers lobby groups, and "dark money" Republican campaign funders. (Firstlook.org)

NEW, CLEAR REACTIONS

The state's suing the U.S. Department of Energy, over worker safety at the massive Hanford cleanup project. (KUOW)

JUST IN TIME FOR THE 'TWIN PEAKS' REVIVAL

The Muckleshoot Tribe bought Salish Lodge and wants to expand it. The Snoqualmie Tribe doesn't want any new development on what it calls sacred land above and near Snoqualmie Falls. (KING)

BUMMER! SHOOT!

AEGlive, the main producer of this year's costlier-than-ever Bumbershoot, insists that emphasizing big-money touring singers was the only way to get the festival out of debt. (SeaTimes)

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Knute Berger recalls Seattle's sordid history of anti-Chinese racism.

R.I.P.

Dean Jones, 84, starred in the original "Love Bug," "That Darn Cat!," and eight other Disney sitcom films. (AP)

SPORTS

The Mariners took two of three from the division-leading Houston Astros, finishing with an 8-3 win Wednestay. At Oakland starting Friday. 

Storm home tonight vs. Tulsa.

UW football fans will now be going to the "Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium." (SeaTimes)

TONIGHT

First Thursday Art Walk, including Peter Millet's big sculptures and Jodi Isaacson's "Continuum" at Greg Kucera Gallery, aerial landscape paintings by Claire Johnson at Roq La Rue, Mark Hutchins' "HangFire: Lettin' It All Hang Out" at the OK Hotel, and a painting show called "Prints" by Tony Gua at Axis.

Monk Parker, Austin singer-songwriter. (LoFi)

"Ms. Pak-Man: Bonus Stage!," cabaret farce by Scott Shoemaker and Freddy Molitch. (Re-bar, thru Sun)

Kithkin (final show). (Chop Suey)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Palliate"

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