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Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Co. moves from longtime Pioneer Square location to Capitol Hill and reopens on April 14, 2010.

On Wednesday April 14, 2010, Seattle's beloved Elliott Bay Book Company marks its bittersweet relocation to 1521 10th Avenue on Capitol Hill with a "soft" re-opening celebration. The store -- which ha...

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The Snoqualmie Tribe holds a blessing ceremony for the canoe Northern Dipper on April 22, 2010.

On April 22, 2010, the Snoqualmie Tribe holds a blessing ceremony at Lake Sammamish State Park for the Northern Dipper, its newly built ocean-going canoe. The canoe will be used that summer during Can...

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Nearly one-third of deployed U.S. nuclear weapons are based within 20 miles of downtown Seattle in 2010.

On May 3, 2010, the Pentagon discloses that the nation's gradually shrinking nuclear weapons arsenal now comprises 5,113 nuclear warheads. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which closely tracks d...

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Ken Griffey Jr. retires from baseball on June 2, 2010, ending the most accomplished and celebrated career in Seattle Mariners history.

On June 2, 2010, with a surprise announcement just a few hours before a game, Ken Griffey Jr. (b. 1969) retires from baseball, ending the most accomplished and celebrated career in Seattle Mariners hi...

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The annual Peace Arch celebration returns on June 13, 2010.

On June 13, 2010, the annual Peace Arch celebration, known informally as "Hands Across the Border," returns to Peace Arch Park (located on the U.S.-Canadian border between Blaine, Washington, and Doug...

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Lusty Lady, irreverent Seattle landmark, closes on June 27, 2010.

On June 27, 2010, the Lusty Lady, a downtown Seattle "panoram," or peepshow, closes after 25 years. Famed for the irreverent puns and double-entendres on its iconic pink and black marquee, "the Lusty"...

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Seattle's South Park Bridge spanning the Duwamish River opens for good (closing to traffic) on June 30, 2010.

At approximately 7:56 p.m. on June 30, 2010, the South Park Bridge closes to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The bridge passes over the navigable portion of the Duwamish River at 14th to 16th Avenue...

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News that Seattle may ban new houseboats breaks on July 27, 2010.

On July 27, 2010, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's news website runs this attention-grabbing banner headline: "BANNED! State to Seattle; No New Houseboats." This is probably surprising news to plenty ...

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Seattle police officer Ian Birk fatally shoots Native American woodcarver John T. Williams on a downtown Seattle sidewalk, on August 30, 2010.

On August 30, 2010, Seattle police officer Ian Birk fatally shoots Native American woodcarver John T. Williams (1960-2010) on a downtown Seattle sidewalk. Footage from Birk's dashboard camera shows Wi...

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Juan Alonso, Dennis Coleman, Sergei Tschernisch, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Reel Grrls, and Velocity Dance Center receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on September 3, 2010.

On September 3, 2010, Juan Alonso (b. 1956), Dennis Coleman, Sergei Tschernisch, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Reel Grrls, and Velocity Dance Center are honored with Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards in a cere...

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Ethiopian Community Mutual Association celebrates the New Year in brand-new community center on September 11, 2010.

On the evening of September 11, 2010, the Ethiopian community celebrates Kiddus Yohannes, Ethiopian New Year, and the Ethiopian Community Mutual Association's purchase of a community center at 8323 Ra...

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New Lake Hills Library opens in redeveloped Lake Hills Village in Bellevue on September 11, 2010.

On September 11, 2010, a public open house celebrates the opening of the new $3.2 million Lake Hills Library, located at Lake Hills Village, on the corner of 156th Avenue SE and Lake Hills Boulevard i...

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Seattle Storm wins its second WNBA championship on September 16, 2010.

On September 16, 2010, the Seattle Storm defeats the Atlanta Dream 87-84 in Atlanta's Phillips Arena to win the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) championship. It is the franchise's secon...

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Sound Spirits celebrates its grand opening and likely becomes the first legal distillery in Seattle since the 1930s on September 18, 2010.

On September 18, 2010, Sound Spirits celebrates its grand opening and likely becomes the first legal distillery in Seattle since the 1930s. The Interbay-based company operates under a craft distillery...

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Lake Union Park opens in Seattle on September 25, 2010.

On the sunny Saturday of September 25, 2010, Seattle's new 12-acre waterfront park in the South Lake Union neighborhood is formally dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The culmination of a two-d...

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Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base merge to create Joint Base Lewis-McChord on October 1, 2010.

On October 1, 2010, Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base merge to become Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This merger had been directed by the 2005 Base Realignment Commission. This joint basing is intended...

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Senator Patty Murray wins fourth term as Washington voters support incumbents while rejecting taxes and privatization measures on November 2, 2010.

In the election of November 2, 2010, Patty Murray (b. 1950) becomes the fourth senator in state history to win at least four terms in the United States Senate. All eight of Washington's U.S. Represent...

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Seattle Police Department Firearms Review Board finds officer's shooting of Native American woodcarver John T. Williams unjustified on February 15, 2011.

On February 15, 2011, a Seattle Police Department Firearms Review Board rules unanimously that police officer Ian Birk's shooting of Native American woodcarver John T. Williams (1960-2010) was unjusti...

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Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project plants an orchard at the Muckleshoot Tribal School on April 29, 2011.

On April 29, 2011, participants in the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project plant an orchard at the Muckleshoot Tribal School in Auburn. Valerie Segrest and other program staff work with students to p...

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Everett citizens celebrate the unveiling of the Fisherman's Tribute Statue at the Port of Everett's new Waterfront Center on June 23, 2011.

On June 23, 2011, the Fisherman's Tribute Committee and the Port of Everett unveil a bronze sculpture erected at the Port's new North Marina plaza. The statue honors the contributions made by the men ...

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Kenmore Library opens in new building on July 9, 2011.

On July 9, 2011, the King County Library System (KCLS) opens the new Kenmore Library at 6531 NE 181st Street. The 10,000-square-foot sustainably designed building is a welcome addition to the communit...

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The Suquamish Tribe extends marriage rights to same-sex couples on August 1, 2011.

On August 1, 2011, the Suquamish Tribe votes unanimously to recognize same-sex marriages and grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The vote is largely due to the efforts of tribal member Heath...

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The Tulalip Tribes open Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve on August 19, 2011.

On Friday, August 19, 2011, the Hibulb Cultural Center, located on the Tulalip Indian Reservation in Snohomish County west of Marysville, opens to tribal members and invited guests. It opens to the ge...

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Donald Byrd, Quinton Morris, Jack Straw Productions, On the Boards, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and Tet in Seattle receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on September 1, 2011.

On September 1, 2011, Donald Byrd (b. 1949), Quinton Morris, Jack Straw Productions, On the Boards, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and Tet in Seattle receive the 2011 Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards. Mayor Mike ...

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