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Inside Seattle (Feb 7th, 2019)

The weekend forecast includes heavy snowfall with sun breaks on Sunday. A weekend high/low of 32/22 degrees Fahrenheit. On Monday, it's back to snow, with a high/low of 33/23 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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2. Entrepreneur Chris Hansen wrote a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Seattle City Council to reopen his request for building an arena to host an NBA team in the city’s SoDo district. Hansen’s investment team, including Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, former Supersonics player and GM Wally Walker, and co-President of Nordstrom, Erik Nordstrom, claims the arena will be 100% privately funded, per Hansen’s open letter. – SB NATION

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3. The first full day of commuter traffic in Seattle’s new SR 99 tunnel resulted in a 4-mile long traffic jam on Wednesday. The longest roadway tunnel in the US (2 miles long), officially opened Monday, but snow and ice kept traffic to a minimum early in the week. The tunnel replaced the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which saw roughly 90,000 vehicles per weekday. – KIRO NEWS

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4. The top 8 richest people in the world are all men, 3 of which have ties to Seattle according to a recent AP report. Ex-Microsoft CEO Bill Gates topped the list with $75 billion. The list also included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ($45.2 billion) and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ($44.6 billion), who is currently expanding the social media company’s footprint in Seattle. Cumulatively, the 8 men on the list own nearly half of the world's wealth. – MY NORTHWEST

*Note: This story was originally featured in the Inside CFO newsletter.

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Throwback Thursday
Centennial anniversary of Seattle's solidarity strike
By Nick Shekeryk

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the general labor strike that shutdown Seattle for 5 days. On February 6, 1919, more than 25,000 unionized workers from factories, retail shops, restaurants, and many other industries stood in solidarity with 35,000 shipyard workers for the cause of creating higher wages.

The conjoined group, which comprised of nearly half of the city’s workforce and roughly a fifth of the city’s total population of 315,000 people, sought higher pay days amid rising costs of living.

The non-violent labor strike did not result in any wage increases, but as the first labor strike of its kind in the 20th century, it inspired diplomatic post-World War I labor movements around that nation that impacted major industries such as steel and coal and proved successful in the favor of those seeking labor, wage, and civil demands. The solidarity strike even inspired a rock opera called Seattle 1919.

Every Thursday we'll feature a blast from Seattle's past, with links to resources for learning more. If you have ideas for a piece of Seattle history we can feature, or anything else you'd like to see us cover, hit reply to this email!

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5. A 19-year-old University of Washington student died after sustaining a head injury from slipping on campus Wednesday. Campus police have not confirmed whether or not the fall was caused by ice or snow. - THE UW DAILY 

6. This evening, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz plans to visit Purdue University in Indiana to deliver a speech on policy ahead of his potential run for president as an independent candidate for 2020. – WASHINGTON POST

7.  An analysis by Seattle Times reporter Neal Morton revealed unsafe levels of lead in water fountains at more than 40 local schools and youth activity facilities. – SEATTLE TIMES

8. Members of the University of Washington College Republicans told KTTH radio DJ Jason Rantz that school administration has denied multiple requests for the group to host Republican guest speakers. – MY NORTHWEST

9. Recycling in Seattle is a way to separate litter, so step up your game with these 10 tips to reduce waste— such as making sure your plastic is clean before it’s tossed. – KUOW

10. Seattle's wolf population is larger than expected — close to 200 wolves, with growth at an annual rate of 30 percent — according to a researcher at the University of Washington. – KOMO NEWS

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Nick Shekeryk has a professional background rich in digital marketing and media. His work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, New York Post, The Post-Standard, and on MSN.com, among others. He has a graduate degree in journalism from Syracuse University, as well as creative writing and philosophy degrees from Seattle University. He lives in Seattle, WA, and spends his spare time playing and coaching baseball, running half marathons, and seeing as much live music as possible. You can follow Nick on Twitter at @NickShekeryk.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies) and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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