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Jazz In America
7:57 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Two Greats From Seattle, 'One Of The Most Important Jazz Cities'

Ernestine Anderson performs at the Windsor Jazz Festival in 1966.
David Redfern Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 10:02 am

Jazz bassist and composer Christian McBride recently finished a week-long West Coast tour in Seattle. It reminded him of how great a town it was for jazz, both historically and presently.

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Northwest Coffee History
3:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

How The Northwest Started Loving Coffee

Credit Benjamin Morris / NPR

Seattle is known for its love of coffee but as Pacific Northwesterners know, it's a passion not unique to the West Side. So how did coffee become such a Northwest staple?

Starbucks may be the first entity people think of as an answer to this question. And although Starbucks did play a significant role in the eventual coffee craze, the Northwest’s history with the beverage goes deeper than that.

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The Seattle Symphony
11:35 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Seattle Symphony Wins A Grammy

Credit The Seattle Symphony / http://www.seattlesymphony.org/

The Seattle Symphony's recording of Become Ocean by John Luther Adams won "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" at the 2015 Grammy Awards on Sunday. This marks a historic moment in the Symphony’s 111-year history as their first recording to win a Grammy after a total of 18 nominations.

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Seattle Seahawks
4:13 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Seattle Seahawks: The Internet Responds

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Seattle was home to what many are calling NFL history last Sunday when the Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers 28-22 and secured their place in Super Bowl XLIX. Fans and news agencies alike bombarded social media with live updates, reactions, and the best of Photoshop. Even we got into the action:

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Homeless Camps
7:55 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Seattle Homeless Camp Evictions Continue As Mayor Calls For More Legal Camps

A Seattle homeless camp's eviction notice.
Credit John Ryan / KUOW

The demand for shelter in Seattle is outstripping the supply, especially for those who need it most. Mayor Ed Murray announced a plan on Wednesday to put up three new tent cities for Seattle's growing homeless population. His task force on homelessness had recommended adding seven new locations. Even as Murray made his announcement, homeless people were being evicted from their camps on public property in Seattle.

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Pot Rules
5:15 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Seattle Ponders “Civil Seizures” Of Illegal Medical Marijuana

Credit Katheirne Hitt Flickr

The city of Seattle is developing new rules to license medical marijuana dispensaries and stem their growth.

The city also wants to crack down on illegal marijuana-delivery businesses.

David Mendoza is a policy advisor for Seattle. He’s developing the city’s new medical marijuana rules.
He told the city council today that the Seattle Police Department is looking at seizing marijuana from these businesses, without filing criminal charges.

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Seattle Train Tunnel
6:46 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Seattle's Great Northern Tunnel Turns 110 Years Old

Great Northern Tunnel South Portal
Credit Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons

If you've ridden a train to or from Seattle you have probably passed through the heart of the city via the Great Northern Tunnel.

This month, the tunnel turns 110 years old.

Back in the fall of 1904, when it was finished, the mile-long tunnel was the tallest and widest in the United States.

Local historian Michael Sullivan tells the story:

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Ports of Seattle and Tacoma
7:58 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Ports of Seattle and Tacoma Form Alliance

An aerial view of the Port of Tacoma.
Credit Washington State Dept of Transportation / flickr

  The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma are ending decades of rivalry. At a news conference Tuesday commissioners of the ports announced they will form an alliance. The ports are joining so they can fight new competitors together. Tacoma and Seattle squabbled for decades. But new pressures are now bringing them together.

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Homeless Camps
8:49 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Homeless Camp Pops Up On Busy Seattle Sidewalk

A new homeless camp in Seattle's University District.
Credit John Ryan / KUOW

Homelessness is on the rise in Seattle. In the city’s University District, a new homeless camp has popped up on a busy sidewalk. Members of the camp say 20 people are living in the small cluster of tents.

It’s too small to call a tent city, so I’ll call it a tent-village. It’s on the sidewalk in front of the U District post office. Tent-village resident Stephen Crow is a leader of a group calling itself The Ave Foundation. He says he’s been homeless since he was 12. He’s now 36.

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River Clean Up
6:15 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

New Coordination for Duwamish/Green River Clean Up

A photo from the King County website, which monitors the stream and river quality of the Green-Duwamish River watershed.
Credit King County / http://www.kingcounty.gov/

Seattle-area officials say they're improving their plan to clean up the Duwamish and Green River watershed.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced plans Monday that they say will boost cleanup efforts.

The strategy calls for coordinating the work of governments, non-profits, and businesses already involved in the cleanup.

Constantine says bringing all the players together will improve the chances that the cleanup will work, permanently.

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