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Northwest '60s garage-rock icons the Sonics perform a triumphant reunion concert at Seattle's Paramount Theatre on October 31, 2008.

On Halloween night, Friday, October 31, 2008, the Sonics -- Tacoma's legendary '60s garage-rock band -- reunite to perform at Seattle's Paramount Theatre. The venue is the very site of their last loca...

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Washington voters set turnout record, support Barack Obama for president, re-elect Governor Christine Gregoire, and legalize assisted suicide on November 4, 2008.

In the election of November 4, 2008, a record-setting 84.6 percent of Washington registered voters cast ballots, most by mail in the weeks and days before the official election date. State voters over...

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Greenbridge Library opens in the Greenbridge redevelopment project in White Center on November 5, 2008.

On November 5, 2008, the Greenbridge Library in White Center officially opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It is one of the smaller libraries in the King County Library System (KCLS) and is unique ...

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Snoqualmie Casino holds Grand Opening on November 6, 2008.

At 10:00 p.m. on the Thursday evening, November 6, 2008, the Snoqualmie Casino holds its Grand Opening event. Located 30 miles east of downtown Seattle, the 170,000-square-foot facility features a 51,...

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Sea-Tac International Airport's third runway opens on November 20, 2008.

On November 20, 2008, the new third runway at Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport opens to scheduled air traffic when an Alaska Airlines flight takes off for Denver following a dedication c...

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Qualco Energy turns on its anaerobic digester and begins operations in December 2008.

In December 2008, Qualco Energy, a nonprofit organization located in Monroe, Washington, activates its anaerobic digester and begins operations. Established by representatives from the Tulalip Tribes,...

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Kenneth Milette of Newport is sentenced in federal court on December 17, 2008, for illegally possessing and selling Indian artifacts.

On December 17, 2008, Kenneth L. Milette of Newport in Pend Oreille County is sentenced in federal court in Spokane for illegally possessing and selling Indian and historic artifacts he has taken from...

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Two weeks of wicked winter weather whack Washington beginning on December 17, 2008.

On December 17, 2008, record cold temperatures and snowfalls east of the Cascade Mountains kick off what will become nearly two weeks of wild weather that eventually impacts most of the state. Spokane...

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Seattle's Duwamish Tribe celebrates new Longhouse and Cultural Center on January 3, 2009.

On January 3, 2009, members and descendants of Seattle's First People, the Duwamish Tribe, held a Grand Opening ceremony at their beautiful new Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 West Margin...

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Royal Alley-Barnes becomes executive director of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center on January 7, 2009.

On January 7, 2009, Royal Alley-Barnes (b. 1946), a veteran administrator with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, becomes executive director of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center ...

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Hearst Corporation puts the Seattle Post-Intelligencer up for sale on January 9, 2009.

On January 9, 2009, the Hearst Corporation, owner of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, announces that the newspaper is up for sale. The P-I's parent company states that unless a buyer is found within 60...

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Fire severely damages the landmark Alki Homestead restaurant on January 16, 2009.

Early Friday morning on January 16, 2009, a fire breaks out at the Alki Homestead restaurant in West Seattle. The Seattle Fire Department responds quickly to a report of smoke coming from the buildin...

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