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West Seattle Bridge closes unexpectedly on March 23, 2020.

On March 23, 2020, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) unexpectedly closes the West Seattle Bridge after rapidly expanding cracks are found in its support structure. Further investigation ...

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The first of many deaths from a COVID-19 outbreak at the Spokane Veterans Home occurs on April 8, 2020.

On April 8, 2020, a severe COVID-19 outbreak at the Spokane Veterans Home results in the first of many deaths. The deceased was a resident who had been on end-of-life care before contracting the coron...

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Tyson Fresh Meats packing plant in Wallula shuts down because of a deadly COVID-19 outbreak on April 23, 2020.

The Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Wallula shuts down on April 23, 2020 because of a deadly COVID-19 outbreak among its workers. The company takes this step when more than 100 cases of the virus and one d...

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Washington potato growers begin efforts to donate a million pounds of surplus potatoes during the COVID-19 crisis by handing out tons in Ritzville on April 29, 2020.

On April 29, 2020, volunteers hand out free potatoes in a drive-through giveaway that causes a rare traffic jam in the small Eastern Washington city of Ritzville in Adams County. The distribution of n...

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An estimated 60,000 participate in a March of Silence in Seattle to protest police brutality and institutional racism on June 12, 2020.

On June 12, 2020, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County calls for a statewide day of action that includes a March of Silence and a general strike. The protest is one of scores held across the nation ...

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Seattle Storm wins its fourth Women's National Basketball Association championship on October 6, 2020.

On October 6, 2020, the Seattle Storm completes a three-game sweep of the Las Vegas Aces to win its fourth WNBA championship. The victory caps a season like no other in league history. Because of the ...

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Bartell Drugs announces it is being sold to Rite Aid on October 7, 2020.

On October 7, 2020, Bartell Drugs announces that it has been purchased by Rite Aid. The sale of the 130-year old company brings an end to the oldest family owned drugstore chain in the country.

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Douglas Q. Barnett Street, named for the founder of Black Arts/West Theatre, is commemorated in Seattle on November 26, 2020.

On November 26, 2020, about a dozen family members and friends of Black theater pioneer Douglas Q. Barnett gather to celebrate the naming of Douglas Q. Barnett Street, a one-block honorary designation...

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Mukilteo's new, $187 million ferry terminal opens with virtual ceremonies on December 29, 2020.

On December 29, 2020, at 5:50 p.m., the Washington State Ferry Suquamish arrives at Mukilteo from Clinton, marking the official opening of Mukilteo's new, $187 million ferry terminal. The pr...

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Heat wave broils Western Washington, shattering Seattle and regional temperature records on June 28, 2021.

On June 28, 2021, the third day of a withering heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, the temperature in Seattle soars to 108 degrees, an all-time record. The reading is recorded at nearby Seattle-T...

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