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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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Ceremony marks start of demolition of Elwha River hydroelectric dams on September 17, 2011.

On September 17, 2011, Governor Chris Gregoire (b. 1947), many more state and federal officials, Lower Elwha Klallam tribal leaders, conservationists, and other dignitaries attend a ceremony on an Elw...

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Demolition of the southern mile of Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct begins on October 21, 2011.

On October 21, 2011, construction crews begin demolition of the southern mile of the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle. After more than 10 years of study, debates, votes, and intergovernmental negotiatio...

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The Lands Council holds the first annual Reforest Spokane Day on October 22, 2011.

On October 22, 2011, The Lands Council, a major non-profit environmental organization in the Inland Northwest, holds the first annual Reforest Spokane Day. As second-place winners in a nationwide onli...

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signs resolution designating a Downtown Historic Theatre District on December 6, 2011.

On December 6, 2011, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn (b. 1959) signs a resolution designating a Downtown Historic Theatre District to support the preservation, promotion, and maintenance of Seattle's histor...

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Lake Forest Park Library celebrates grand reopening on January 7, 2012.

On Saturday, January 7, 2012, the Lake Forest Park Library reopens in the city's Towne Centre mall. Relocated from a previous space in the mall and expanded using green products and methods, the libra...

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