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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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New Muckleshoot Library is dedicated on June 25, 2008.

On June 25, 2008, the new $4.2 million Muckleshoot Library is dedicated on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation in southeast King County. Located on State Route 164 (Auburn Enumclaw Road SE) between Aub...

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Tall Ships arrive for second visit to Tacoma on July 3, 2008.

On July 3, 2008, more than two dozen Tall Ships -- among them topsail schooners, brigantines, and gaff-rigged schooners -- sail from Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon Island into Commencement Bay for the...

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After expansion and renovation the Magnolia Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens on July 12, 2008.

On July 12, 2008, the Magnolia Branch of The Seattle Public Library reopened after a $4.4 million expansion and renovation. The branch, located at 2801 34th Avenue W, was the last of 27 projects compl...

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Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus gains entry to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 27, 2008.

On July 27, 2008, Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus (1935-2010) receives the Ford C. Frick Award in a ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The award, given ...

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Late for the Interurban, a statue honoring Washington icons J. P. Patches and Gertrude, is dedicated in Fremont on August 17, 2008.

On August 17, 2008, a bronze statute honoring Western Washington icons J. P. Patches -- Chris Wedes (1928-2012), pronounced WEE-dus -- and his faithful sidekick Gertrude -- Bob Newman -- is dedicated ...

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Washington holds first top-two primary election on August 19, 2008.

On August 19, 2008, Washingtonians vote for the first time under the "top two" primary system. Voters can choose candidates of different parties for different offices and the top two vote-getters for ...

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Hugo Ludeña, Cathryn Vandenbrink, Coyote Central and Marybeth Satterlee, 14/48, Nonsequitur, and Wing Luke Asian Museum receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on August 29, 2008.

On August 29, 2008, photographer Hugo Ludeña; Cathryn Vandenbrink, regional director for nonprofit real-estate developer Artspace Projects; youth-arts program Coyote Central and its cofounder M...

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The Seattle Public Library celebrates the completion of the "Libraries for All" capital project on September 13, 2008.

On September 13, 2008, The Seattle Public Library celebrates the successful completion of its ambitious "Libraries for All" capital project with open houses at the Central Library and in the 26 new an...

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Federal bank regulators seize Washington Mutual on September 25, 2008.

On the afternoon of September 25, 2008, Washington Mutual, the nation's largest savings and loan bank, is seized by the federal Office of Thrift Management. It is the largest bank failure in United St...

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"D. B. Tuber" robs an armored car guard at the Bank of America in Monroe on September 30, 2008.

On September 30, 2008, in one of the more unique bank robberies in Washington state history -- one that makes the national news -- an armored car guard is robbed outside of a Bank of America branch in...

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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 building...

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