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Voters ban indoor smoking, require performance audits, reject dueling malpractice initiatives, and pull the plug on the monorail on November 8, 2005.

On November 8, 2005, Washington voters overwhelmingly approve a sweeping ban on smoking indoors (and near doorways), and authorize performance audits of government agencies. Two initiatives proposing...

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Spokane voters recall Mayor Jim West on December 6, 2005.

On December 6, 2005, Spokane voters recall Mayor Jim West (1951-2006) from office by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent in a special single-question election. Ten days later, the election will be ce...

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Strict anti-smoking law goes into effect in Washington state on December 8, 2005.

On December 8, 2005, a new anti-smoking law goes into effect in Washington state, banning smoking in all public places and work areas and requiring people who light up to stay at least 25 feet away fr...

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The Future of Flight Aviation Center opens at Paine Field (Mukilteo) on December 16, 2005.

On December 16, 2005, the Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field in Mukilteo opens its doors to the public. With an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches by Governor Christine Gregoir...

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Weyerhaeuser's large-log sawmill in Aberdeen closes on December 22, 2005.

On December 22, 2005, Weyerhaeuser Company's large-log sawmill in Aberdeen closes after 81 years of operation. Eighty-three employees, some of them third-generation sawmill workers, lose their jobs. A...

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Two murder suspects attempt to flee into Canada at the Peace Arch Crossing in Blaine on January 24, 2006.

On January 24, 2006, two murder suspects attempt to flee into Canada at the Peace Arch Crossing in Blaine. The suspects, wanted in a murder case in Richmond, California, flee northbound on Interstat...

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Governor Christine Gregoire signs bill extending civil rights laws to gays and lesbians on January 31, 2006.

On January 31, 2006, Governor Christine Gregoire (b. 1947) signs a law that adds "sexual orientation" to existing prohibitions on discrimination in employment, housing, lending, and insurance. The si...

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Seattle Seahawks play in the Super Bowl on February 5, 2006.

On February 5, 2006, the Seattle Seahawks play in Super Bowl XL (No. 40), marking their first appearance in the National Football League’s championship game. They face the Pittsburg...

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Seattle-based Theo Chocolate makes its first batch of chocolate bars on February 14, 2006.

On February 14, 2006, Seattle-based Theo Chocolate makes its first batch of chocolate bars, becoming the nation's first producer of organic and free-trade chocolates. The company, founded by Joe Whinn...

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East Lake Sammamish Trail officially opens on March 21, 2006.

On March 21, 2006, after years of controversy and litigation delays, King County officially opens the central seven miles of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. The 11-mile trail runs from the end of the ...

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Kyle Huff shoots and kills six people at a rave afterparty in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood on March 25, 2006.

On March 25, 2006, Kyle Huff opens fire at a rave afterparty held at 2112 E Republican Street in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Six people are killed and two are wounded. Police officer Steve L...

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Some 15,000 Latinos and others march in Seattle to protest House Bill 4437 on April 10, 2006.

On April 10, 2006, more than 15,000 people, mostly Latinos, converge from across the state to march through the streets of Seattle to protest a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 4...

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