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King County approves new Cultural Development Authority for arts and heritage programs on September 23, 2002.

On September 23, 2002, the Metropolitan King County Council votes unanimously to establish in 2003 a "Cultural Development Authority" (CDA) to succeed the existing King County Office of Cultural Resou...

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Employers lock out longshore workers at West Coast ports on September 27, 2002.

On September 27, 2002, the Pacific Maritime Association, representing shipping and stevedoring employers, closes all 29 ports on the West Coast during a contract dispute with the International Longsho...

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Gertrude Murphy, 99, last resident of Lester, passes away on September 29, 2002.

On September 29, 2002, Gertrude Murphy (1903-2002) passes away at the age of 99. She was the last resident of Lester, a small community located along the upper Green River, near Stampede Pass.

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King County closes parks for the winter on November 1, 2002.

On November 1, 2002, King County Executive Ron Sims announces that, due to budget cuts, 24 county parks are scheduled for closure today. Five of these parks are to remain closed unless ownership is tr...

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Boy Scouts of America revokes membership of atheist Darrell Lambert on November 5, 2002.

On November 5, 2002, the Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America, revokes the membership of Assistant Scoutmaster Darrell Lambert, who had declared himself an atheist. Lambert is an Eagle Scout a...

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Washington voters reject Referendum 51 transportation-tax package, approve $30 car tab limit, and re-elect the state's U.S. Representatives on November 5, 2002.

On November 5, 2002, Washington voters soundly reject the state Legislature's Referendum 51 transportation plan and gas-tax increase while narrowly approving Tim Eyman's Initiative 776, which caps sta...

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State Senator Jim West from Spokane is named Senate majority leader on November 15, 2002.

On November 15, 2002, state Senator Jim West (1951-2006) from Spokane is named Senate majority leader. In the previous session, West had been the Senate minority leader, but in the fall elections the ...

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues a permit for filling wetlands in connection with Sea-Tac International Airport's third runway on December 13, 2002.

On December 13, 2002, the United States Army Corps of Engineers issues to the Port of Seattle a 404 Permit to begin filling wetlands within the area designated for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport...

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Former Washington residents Michael Anderson and William McCool, and five fellow astronauts, die when space shuttle Columbia disintegrates during re-entry on February 1, 2003.

On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia breaks up over Texas during its return to Cape Kennedy from a 16-day scientific mission in orbit. All seven astronauts aboard perish, including pilot US...

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Tens of thousands march in Seattle and other cities to protest war against Iraq on February 15, 2003.

On February 15, 2003, thousands of citizens join an enormous march from Seattle Center to the International District to protest plans for war against Iraq. Estimates of the number of Seattle participa...

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An Israeli military bulldozer driver kills Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, on March 16, 2003.

On March 16, 2003, at approximately 4:45 p.m., an Israeli army bulldozer runs over Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old peace activist with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), who stood in the way of...

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Spokane Valley instantly becomes Washington's ninth largest city when incorporation becomes official on March 31, 2003.

On March 31, 2003, Spokane Valley instantly becomes the state's ninth largest city when incorporation becomes official. The new city, which encompasses a number of communities and districts between Sp...

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