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TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2015

 

Hey, let's do it again! (And again, and again…) Specifically, let's get things a-goin' with another fabulous MISCmedia MAIL, second in a series of who-knows-how-many.

WEATHER

Still hot, just a little less hot than Monday.

TODAY ON MISCMEDIA.COM

I look back on 20 years as an online "content creator." 

HOW DRY I AM

The Cascades snowpack was at 9 percent of its normal levels last month. Farmers prepare for the worst, are already seeing the effects. (SeaTimes) 

TRANS FACTS

Transgender UW students want more "gender neutral" restrooms on the campus. (KING) 

IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS

Some 500 people were briefly evacuated from south downtown and Pioneer Square buildings following a major gas leak in an undergorund vault near the Smith Tower. (KIRO-TV) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Some state House members want a 45 percent tax on e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine products, and to raise the legal smoking age to 19. (KIRO-TV) 

CITY HALL FOLLIES

After eight years of deliberation, new Seattle houseboat regulations are finally here. Existing floating homes will get to stay, but there won't be any new ones. (KIRO-FM) 

THE LEGAL SYSTEM

The operator of a hash-oil lab in a Bellevue apartment building was sentenced to nine years for a 2013 explosion that killed one person and injured several others. Brendan Kiley writes about the ramifications of being caught making something that's now (sort of) legal; but I believe that isn't really the issue here. It would have been just as criminal to blow up an apartment building through criminal negligence no matter what the product. (Slog) 

ED

You think school board politics can get ugly? Just wait 'til you see alternative-school parents lining up against plans to close two of their schools, including the only one with a specific "social justice curriculum." (KING) 

ECO

There's still a lot we don't know about the deliberate release of radioactive material into the air from Hanford in 1949. (Gizmodo)  

THE EYES OF THE WORLD

James Fallows parses the decades-long work of reshaping downtown Seattle, as an object lesson for other places. (The Atlantic) 

Ryan Boudinot tells Brits about Seattle's literary scene. (Guardian)  

STUFF YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Will the police shooting of a Mexican field worker in Pasco lead to a "Ferguson for Hispanics?" (Seattle Met) 

WHAT'S IN STORE

Nevertold Casket Co., forced out of its Capitol Hill storefront by a zoning decision, announces it will reopen its "odditorium" of bizarre gifts and knick-knacks somewhere else soon. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

GRUB 

"Competitive Eating": Ladies like it too. (Newsweek) 

MOVING STORIES

More on the two council candidates' desire named streetcar. (Capitol Hill Seattle)  

WORLD/CITY

The poignant tale of a Chinese factory worker and poet, who had written about the human condition amid massive depersonalizing conditions, then killed himself. (Time)  

O GIVE ME A HOME…

Two advocates for the homeless have a SeaTimes oped calling for better concern for, and less harassment of, people living in vehicles. 

The head of the Downtown Emergency Services Center is retiring after 31 years leading the shelter-and-services organization. (SeaTimes) 

NO BULL

MacKenzie Bezos (wife of Mr. Amazon.com) is launching an anti-bullying organization, Bystander Revolution. Joining it as an "ambassador and strategic advisor": Monica Lewinsky, who's already spoken out decrying "public shaming as a blood sport." (PSBizJournal) 

TICK TOCK TECH

Leave it to The Oatmeal to explain the expensive silliness that is the Apple Watch. 

UNCAGED

The Woodland Park Zoo CEO who sent its last elephants to another zoo (in the already locally hated Oklahoma City!) instead of a sanctuary? Quitting; takng a UW job. (KIRO-TV)  

LIGHT SPOT

Fun with rejected Washington vanity license plates. (KIRO-TV) 

SPORTS

Mariners in Cleveland tonight; Storm in Tulsa.

TONIGHT

"The Round (121)," with musicians (Susie Philipsen, Tony and Sharis Kevin), slam poets, and live painters. (Fremont Abbey) 

INSIDE

Day 2 of this experiment and already the mailing list is starting to grow. Thanks, and tell your friends!

We're still working on a way to incorporate current and/or past newsletters onto the main MISCmedia website. I'm not a programmer, so bear with me on this for a few days.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY (Tesla Motors tycoon Elon Musk):

"I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact."


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