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Seattle's light-rail era begins as Sound Transit's Central Link line carries its first passengers on July 18, 2009.

On July 18, 2009, Seattle's light-rail era begins as Sound Transit's Link light-rail trains carry their first passengers between downtown Seattle and Tukwila in south King County. The event, anticipat...

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Historic Seattle heat wave peaks at a record 103 degrees on July 29, 2009.

On July 29, 2009, a scorching weeklong heat wave across the Pacific Northwest peaks with record-high temperatures being set in various area towns. Seattle reaches 103 degrees Fahrenheit for the first ...

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Kimi and George Tanbara, MD Eastside Family Medical Clinic in Tacoma is held on July 29, 2009.

On July 29, 2009, a record-breaking 103-degree day in the Puget Sound region, a ribbon-cutting celebration is held in Tacoma's New Salishan neighborhood for the grand opening of the Kimi and George Ta...

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Citizens commemorate centennial of 1909 courthouse fire and rededicate the refurbished Snohomish County Courthouse on August 2, 2009.

On Sunday, August 2, 2009, Everett citizens celebrate the renewal of the 1911 Snohomish County courthouse with a tour of the facility, a display and program about its history, and a ribbon-cutting cer...

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Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels loses in the primary, Susan Hutchison leads for King County Executive, and city voters defeat a shopping bag fee on August 18, 2009.

On August 18, 2009, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels (b. 1955) finishes third in the primary election and loses his seat after two influential terms in which he built a national reputation as an environment...

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Jesse Higman, Speight Jenkins, Artist Trust, Northwest Tap Connection, and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on September 4, 2009.

On September 4, 2009, visual artist Jesse Higman; Seattle Opera director Speight Jenkins (b. 1937); Artist Trust, a nonprofit providing support to individual artists; Northwest Tap Connection, an urba...

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Seattle's historic Paramount Theatre installs new marquee on October 7, 2009.

On October 7, 2009, workers install a sparkling new vertical marquee on the historic Paramount Theatre at 9th Avenue and Pine Street in Seattle. The marquee, fabricated by The Sign Factory of Kirkland...

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Massive landslide in the Nile Valley (Yakima County) blocks State Route 410 and redirects the flow of the Naches River on October 11, 2009.

On October 11, 2009, at 6 a.m., a massive landslide in the Nile Valley demolishes a half-mile of State Route 410 and redirects the flow of the Naches River. This is one of the largest landslides in th...

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Antinuclear peace activists break into Bangor nuclear-submarine base on November 2, 2009.

On November 2, 2009, five antinuclear peace activists break into Naval Base Kitsap -- Bangor, a nuclear-submarine base on Hood Canal northwest of Bremerton. Their Disarm Now Plowshares protest is a sy...

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Washington voters support domestic partnerships, reject tax limits, and fill local offices on November 3, 2009.

On November 3, 2009, Washington voters become the first in the nation to ratify a legislative measure recognizing "domestic partnerships" for same-sex couples and older unmarried heterosexual couples,...

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Redmond Ridge Library Express, King County Library System's first unstaffed limited-service library, opens on November 7, 2009.

On November 7, 2009, the King County Library System's first unstaffed, automated "library express" opens at Redmond Ridge, with a special sneak-preview celebration. Redmond Ridge is not within the cit...

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Wacky Ivar's restaurant-related hoax is debunked on November 12, 2009.

On Thursday, November 12, 2009, The Seattle Times reports the debunking of a marketing hoax that had both bemused and mystified locals since it was launched in mid-September. At that time news account...

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Totem pole in West Seattle's Rotary Viewpoint park is stolen on November 30, 2009.

On November 30, 2009, the 18-foot-high totem pole at Rotary Viewpoint above the West Seattle Golf Course is stolen in broad daylight. The theft, engineered by a local West Seattle resident, occurs wit...

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Dow Constantine is sworn in as King County Executive on November 24, 2009.

On November 24, 2009, James Dow Constantine (b. 1961) is sworn in as King County Executive. Elected to the position three weeks earlier after a contentious race against Susan Hutchison (b. 1954), a po...

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Maurice Clemmons kills four Lakewood police officers in a coffeeshop near Tacoma on November 29, 2009.

On November 29, 2009, four officers of the Lakewood Police Department are shot and killed by ex-convict Maurice Clemmons (1972-2009) in a coffeeshop near Tacoma. Clemmons has a history of violence, in...

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Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre lights up a new marquee on December 3, 2009.

On December 3, 2009, crowds gather at the 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle to celebrate "first light" for the theater's new marquee, which replaces one removed during theater renovations three ...

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Boeing 787 makes its first flight on December 15, 2009.

The Boeing Company's revolutionary 787 jetliner, the first passenger jet made mostly of composite materials, flies for the first time on December 15, 2009, more than 27 months behind schedule. The fli...

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Haroon Saleem is sworn in as mayor of Granite Falls on December 16, 2009.

On December 16, 2009, Haroon Saleem (b. 1954), proprietor of the Timberline Café, is sworn in as the mayor of Granite Falls in Snohomish County. A native of Pakistan and a Muslim, Saleem defeat...

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Sound Transit's Link light rail connecting downtown Seattle with Sea-Tac International Airport reaches SeaTac/Airport Station on December 19, 2009.

On December 19, 2009, Sound Transit's Link light rail connecting Seattle with Sea-Tac International Airport reaches SeaTac/Airport Station. The inaugural ribbon-cutting attended by some 500 celebrants...

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Somali Weekend School (Seattle) holds first classes on January 8, 2010.

On January 8, 2010, the Somali Weekend School holds its first classes. The privately organized school is is held in West Seattle in space provided by the Denny International Middle School at 8402 30th...

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New Sammamish Library building opens on January 9, 2010.

On January 9, 2010, a new public library opens in the city of Sammamish in eastern King County. The new Sammamish Library, located in the Sammamish Commons on 228th Avenue SE, replaces an older librar...

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British Columbia announces official approval of name "Salish Sea" on February 9, 2010.

On February 9, 2010, the government of British Columbia announces the province's adoption of "Salish Sea" as an overlay name for the combined inland marine waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de...

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Somali TV on Seattle Cable Access Network releases a video explaining Census 2010 to Somali American viewers on March 28, 2010.

On March 28, 2010, Somali TV releases a video explaining Census 2010 to Somali American viewers. Somali TV is a weekly Somali-language show that airs on the Seattle Cable Access Network.The video is p...

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Explosion and fire at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes kills seven refinery workers on April 2, 2010.

Early Friday morning, on April 2, 2010, an explosion and fire erupt in the Naphtha Hydrotreater Unit at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, killing seven refinery workers in the process of returning the...

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