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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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King County ordinance passed on March 3, 2008, allows farmers in Enumclaw Plateau Agricultural Production District to process harvests onsite.

On March 3, 2008, the King County Council approves Ordinance No. 16028, which will allow farmers in the Enumclaw Plateau Agricultural Production District (APD) and the county's other APDs to diversify...

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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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Washington State Supreme Court decision issued on March 12, 2008, holds that suspicionless drug testing of student athletes is unconstitutional.

On March 12, 2008, the Washington State Supreme Court rules that drug testing public school students without individualized suspicion violates the state constitution. The ruling concludes a nine-year ...

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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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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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