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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015

Don't feel "as one" with organized labor? (You should.) Don't feel "as one" with campers getting out for one last summer weekend? (You don't have to.) You can still enjoy a "slow news day" edition of MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Yep, more September showers; highs near 70.

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BUMMER! SHOOT!

Danny Westneat apologizes to "you kids" on behalf of Seattle's oldsters, for allowing Bumbershoot to devolve into such an expensive, mercenary, corporate event.

Cartoonist Henry Chamberlain, meanwhile, would like a return to the smaller-scale acts and smaller ticket prices the festival had as few as four years ago.

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

The State Supreme Court ruled that privately-run charter schools aren't "common" schools (open to the general public), and hence shouldn't get public funds. Lobbyists for the schools want a special legislative session, to quickly rewrite laws to comply with the ruling. (KING) The schools will stay open for now. (News Tribune)

The Supremes also won't stop Tim Eyman's latest (and probably unconstitutional) state initiative from making the November ballot. (AP)

However, state attorneys are investigating whether Eyman has transferred funds from one campaign to another without giving proper notice. (Everett Herald)

In Olympia itself on Saturday, about 100 folks peacefully protested the lack of charges against the police officer who shot two unarmed young men. But later that night, another group broke buildings and damaged cars at City Hall. (KOMO)

LABOR PANES

The Seattle School District met with teachers' union reps and a mediator throughout the weekend. No contract yet; the teachers may still strike Wednesday. (KING)

FIRES

The Okanogan Complex fire is now "65 percent contained." It's burned 232 square miles and destroyed 123 homes. The Chelan Complex fire is "75 percent contained," having burned 147 square miles and 23 homes. Total firefighting cost thus far: over $48 million. (KING)

For Washington wildfire fighters, there's no longer any such thing as an "off season." (High Country News via Crosscut)

AFTER THE FIRE

The Lake Chelan area is sunny and smoke-free now. Folks there really, really hope the tourists will come back. (KCPQ)

FOR WHOM THE BELL(TOWN) TOLLS

Could the drive to save the Lava Lounge building next door scuttle the whole development project that also threatens Shorty's (and Tula's, and the Clever Bottle)? (KIRO-TV)

Shorty's, says Drew Atkins at Crosscut, is "one of the best examples of old, weird Seattle still in existence," and absolutely deserves to stay.

ONE FUNKY OLD BUILDING THAT'S NOT GOING DOWN

Local investors bought the old building on the northeast corner of 1st and Cherry. They say they want to make it an "arts hub." In this case, the upstairs art studios in it ("'57 Biscayne") will get to stay! (Daily Journal of Commerce)

TODAY IN CRIME

The Pullman Planned Parenthood office was arsoned Thursday; undoubtedly by people who believed endangering living humans was somehow "pro life." (NBC)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Get ready for the next public works mega project: rehabbing the 100-year-old King County Courthouse, or alternately selling it off and building a new one. (SeaTimes) 

ECO

A rare fin whale (second biggest animal in the world) was spotted in north Puget Sound. (KING)  

TECH TALCH

MIcrosoft might spend billions totally redoing its 80 Redmond office buildings. Goodbye private office rooms; hello "Dilbert"-esque cubicles. (SeaTimes)

Upon viewing the new Steve Jobs documentary, Charles Mudede ponders why so many of us revered (and may still revere) such a heartless "corporate creep." (Slog)

SPORTS

The UW Huskies, with some stunning defensive plays and a punt return for a TD, but then with a last-minute missed field goal, lost an almost-upset at Boise State 16-13. Home opener vs. Sacramento State Saturday.

The Mariners won a rare-for-them away series sweep at Oakland, concluding with a 3-2 grinder Sunday. Home vs. Texas starting tonight.

Clint Dempsey scored the winning goal as the Sounders bested Toronto 2-1 on Saturday. At San Jose next Saturday.

The "rebuilding year" Storm lost another blowout, 93-65 Sunday at Chicago. At Minnesota Tuesday.

TODAY

End of Bumbershoot. (Seattle Center)

Labor of Love, all-day rooftop party. (Monkey Loft)

Acoustic Happy Hour with Carl Tosten. (Hard Rock Cafe, 5 pm)

TONIGHT

EntreMundos, jazz/cabaret. (Capitol Cider)

Works in Progress open mic. (Hugo House)

INSIDE

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