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Inside Seattle (Feb 14th, 2019)

 We can expect rain on Friday and Saturday, with a high/low of 44/32 degrees Fahrenheit. On Sunday we will see sun breaks through clouds continuing into Monday, with a high/low of 41/28 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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1. Seattle billionaires Bill Gates and Howard Schultz both vocally object to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s plan to tax the rich. Former Starbucks CEO Schultz said Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal of a 70 percent tax on people who make over $10 million is a huge reason he is running for president as an independent, while former Microsoft CEO Gates calls the plan “extreme.” – NEWS.COM

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2. Three high schools from the Seattle area have been selected to compete in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band finals in New York City. Roosevelt, Garfield, and Mount Si High Schools are among the 15 finalist invited to perform at the prestigious national competition held in the famed Jazz at Lincoln Center. Each finalist band gets professional coaching prior to the competition, which takes place in May. – KUOW

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3. According to the Institution of Taxation and Economic Policy, Amazon won’t be required to pay federal income taxes for a second year in a row.  Despite making over $11 billion in profits during 2018, the tech giant has been exempt from paying the typical 21 percent income tax, but will be allowed to collect $129 million in tax rebates, giving Amazon a negative tax rate for last year. – THE WEEK

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4. Construction crews removed the Safeco Field letters from Seattle’s professional baseball stadium to make way for the T-Mobile Park emblem on Wednesday. The locally-based telecom company signed a 25-year deal for naming rights to the home of the Mariners, which were previously in the hands of Safeco Insurance since the stadium was built in 1999. – ESPN RADIO 710 SEATTLE

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Throwback Thursday
Super Bowl XLVIII— Seahawks fly high
By Nick Shekeryk

It’s now been a little over a week since the NFL season ended with the New England Patriots winning their league-tying sixth Superbowl championship over the Los Angeles Rams. The passing of yet another NFL season is the perfect time to revisit the dominating win the Seahawks had over the Denver Broncos at Superbowl XLVIII six years ago.

Led by 16-year veteran and Hall of fame-bound quarterback Peyton Manning, the red-hot Denver Broncos went into the matchup favored to beat the young Seattle team, led by second-year quarterback Russell Wilson and the defensive collection known as the Legion of Boom.

On the first possession of the game, a botched snap sent the ball sailing over Manning’s head and into the end zone, which resulted in a safety, giving the Hawks the lead after just 12 seconds of game play. This remains the fastest score in Super Bowl history.

From that moment on, the Hawks dominated the first half, going into halftime with a 22-0 lead, which gave the Broncos their largest halftime deficit of the season and it would be the third largest in Superbowl history.

Things continued to unravel for the Broncos in the second half, as Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin returned a kick in the third quarter’s opening drive for an 87-yeard touchdown.

It was 36-0 Seahawks before the Broncos scored on a touchdown pass and a two-point conversion on the last play of the third quarter, giving them their only points of the game.

With victory well within reach, the Seahawks scored on a touchdown pass in middle of the fourth quarter, which proved to be the final dagger on the way to a 43-8 victory. The win gave the franchise their first Superbowl victory and the 35-point margin was the third largest point-differential in league history.

The 2013 season was a magical one that ended in an amazing championship win. Hopefully our now-veteran quarterback, Wilson, can lead us to victory at least once more before his Hall-of-Fame career in Seattle reaches its conclusion.

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. Three people were hospitalized after severe turbulence grounded a Seattle-bound flight in Reno, NV on Wednesday. The Delta flight leaving Orange County, CA landed safely after being forced to make an emergency landing. – KCBY 11

6. Idle time: The annual INRIX scorecard for 2018 ranked Seattle’s traffic as the sixth most congested in the country, with commuters spending an average of 138 hours sitting in traffic. That’s nearly 6 full days spent in transit! – SEATTLE TIMES

7. Garbage collection throughout the region resumed Wednesday after record-setting snowfall created trash pickup delays of up to two weeks in some local neighborhoods. – KOMO NEWS

8. The demolition of the Alaskan Way viaduct was delayed by the snow storm, but the six-month, three-phase dismantling project is set to begin any day now. The demotion can be viewed live on WSDOT traffic cams. – GEEK WIRE

9. Here’s a guide on how Seattleites pronounce some words that aren’t so obvious to outsiders. Example: ‘Sequim’ is pronounced “skwim.” – THE STRANGER

10. If you’re still in need of a Valentine’s Day gift for your betrothed and have $7,000 to spare, might I suggest the presidential suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown Seattle? If that’s too spendy for you, flowers and chocolate always do the trick. – 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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