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To protect marine mammals, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Betty Fletcher on February 29, 2008, upholds injunction limiting use of sonar in naval exercises.

On February 29, 2008, federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Betty Fletcher (1923-2012), writing for a three-judge panel, refuses to overturn an injunction halting naval exercises off the coast ...

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Northwest African American Museum opens on March 8, 2008.

On March 8, 2008, the Pacific Northwest African American Museum opens, welcoming an estimated 3,000 visitors. The museum, housed in Seattle's old Colman School building at 2300 S Massachusetts Street...

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Mountlake Terrace High School announces plans to return to traditional educational model, abandoning experimental "small schools" program, on March 29, 2008.

On March 29, 2008, Mountlake Terrace High School Principal Greg Schwab announces the end of a five-year experiment -- largely funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation -- that had turned the sch...

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Local investors buy Seattle's historic Immigration and Naturalization Service Building on April 11, 2008.

The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Building at 815 Airport Way S is sold on April 11, 2008, for $4.4 million in an online auction to INS Holdings LLC, a group of Seattle-area develo...

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Seattle SuperSonics play final home game on April 13, 2008.

On April 13, 2008, the Seattle SuperSonics play their final NBA game in Seattle, thus ending a 41-year run as one of the city's most successful sports franchises. A KeyArena crowd of 15,000 -- huge by...

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One of Western Washington's latest lowland snowfalls on record begins on April 18, 2008.

Beginning on Friday, April 18, 2008, it snows in parts of the lowlands of western Washington. Accumulations reach 10 inches in one part of southern Snohomish County, though most areas receive less sn...

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To help preserve and provide affordable spaces for artists and arts organizations, Seattle City Council establishes Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee in May 2008.

In May 2008, the Seattle City Council establishes the Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee (CODAC) to formulate plans to preserve and provide accessible and affordable spaces for artists and a...

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The Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens on May 10, 2008.

On May 10, 2008, the Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after an $893,000 renovation. The small former fire station at 1134 33rd Avenue has housed the library since 197...

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University of Washington honors Japanese American students of World War II on May 18, 2008.

On May 18, 2008, in Seattle, the University of Washington holds a graduation ceremony to honor 450 Japanese American (known as Nikkei) students who were forced to leave the UW for internment camps dur...

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The Filipino Community of Seattle, Inc. celebrates the opening of the newly renovated and expanded Filipino Community Center on May 30, 2008.

On May 30, 2008, the Filipino Community of Seattle, Inc. celebrates the opening of its newly renovated and expanded community center located at 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way. Formed in 1935 as the Ph...

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Wing Luke Asian Museum celebrates the opening of its new home beginning on May 31, 2008.

On the morning of May 31, 2008, the Wing Luke Asian Museum opens its permanent home in the newly renovated East Kong Yick Building at 719 S King Street. In celebration of the museum's opening, the div...

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Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island officially opens on June 21, 2008.

On June 21, 2008, after several years of controversy with the Tulalip Tribes over land use, a new state park comprising 434 acres of beach and forest opens at Camano Island's Cama Beach. Long known t...

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