• Fires in Washington State Not Expected to Be Out Anytime Soon: Watch the haunting video of some of the devastation above.
• China Meat Scandal Hits Starbucks, Burger King: Gross, gross, GROSS.
A Shanghai broadcaster, Dragon TV, reported Sunday that Husi repackaged old beef and chicken and put new expiration dates on them. It said they were sold to McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants.
The company in question, Shanghai's Husi Food Co., has had its food processing plant "sealed." It is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois. Starbucks, Burger King, Papa John’s, McDonald’s, KFC, and Pizza Hut were all using meat from Husi. They all say they've stopped. Husi, for its part, is "appalled" by the report about its own meat. Globalization and factory farming lead to these global factory nightmares.
• Can a Veggie Burger Be as Good as a Meat-Burger?: The New York Times says yes. Related: Local veggie heroes Field Roast are at last making burgers. Anybody had one yet?
• President Obama Visits Seattle This Afternoon: His route, as usual, is secret; the fundraisers will cost up to $25,000 per plate. But the only reason you should really care seems to be traffic. Don't drive your car today. However, commuters found ways to get around yesterday despite I-90 closures. Let's throw in the towel on the tunnel already! I like Trent Moorman's idea to convert it to a multiuse dinner-theater arena with a paintball maze, a sheep-petting zoo, and 30 brand-new Skee-Ball machines—WITH a sports-book gambling quadrant and nine miles of electronic track for slot car racing. But, meanwhile...
• Federal Appeals Court Deals Setback to Obama's Health Care Law: No, no, NOOOOOOOOO.
• The Bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Have Been Moved, or So It Seems: As the EU discusses sanctions... here's more live coverage from The Guardian.
• JetBlue Pilot Faces Heroin Charge: Not good.
• 11 Parents of Nigeria's Abducted Girls Die: The horror.
• Tour de France!: [redacted] wins the 16th stage, which looks like it had some pointy mountains.
• This One's for Kathleen: While the New Yorker has its archives open for summertime, everybody has to read this story about Keith Moon, whether you care about drumming or not. It's from 2010, and I unearthed the paper copy of the magazine when I was cleaning off my desk and read it again, and it is just a great piece of writing—truly great.