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Inside Seattle (Feb 26th, 2019)

On Wednesday, we'll have cloudy skies with a high/low of 40/30 degrees Fahrenheit. On Thursday it will be cloudy with sun breaks for a high/low of 45/29 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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1. The Seattle Department of Transportation has officially named Sam Zimbabwe as its new director. After spending 7 years in the same position for the DOT of Washington, D.C., Zimbabwe was unanimously voted into the role by Seattle City Councilmembers. Zimbabwe will fill a role that has been mostly vacant for the past year. – CURBED SEATTLE

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2. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo considers the Amazon HQ rejection to be the “greatest tragedy” of his career in politics. Earlier this month, the Seattle-based tech and retail giant backed out of a deal to build its second headquarters in Queens amid relentless protests from locals. Along with its location in Virginia, New York was chosen over 230 cities that put in a bids to house HQ2. – SYRACUSE.COM

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3. State officials from the Department of Corrections will be reviewing cases after a software malfunction miscalculated several criminal sentences. According to a report from the Seattle Times, nearly 3,500 sentences will be reviewed after a mix-up resulted in 2 inmates being released early, while 10 others remained imprisoned for longer than necessary. – SEATTLE TIMES

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4. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson plans to sue President Donald Trump over new national abortion laws. The laws imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services last week will make it more difficult for women to receive medical care if they want to get an abortion. Ferguson will challenge the law because he believes it’s a “transparent attack on Planned Parenthood.” – AP NEWS

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5. The Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment reported that local climate pollution has been on the rise despite proposed changes to carbon emission laws. The overall 2.5 percent increase in greenhouse gas emission was greatly attributed to jet exhaust, which has increased 40 percent in the last 4 years. – SEATTLE.GOV

6. Seattle residents have received “democracy vouchers,” which is a cash alternative that allow voters to donate funds towards campaigns of their choice. The vouchers are funded by a $30 million property tax levy, which was approved by voters back in 2015. – KUOW

7. “We’ve already got 8 season ticket holders!” exclaimed legendary Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn, who has been named as head coach of Seattle’s XFL team. The previously defunct World Wrestling Entertainment-inspired football league, will return in 2020 with an 8-team league. – THE STRANGER

8. Once lush with lush with all kinds of sea life, the Puget Sound is losing both its salmon runs and its endangered orcas. – ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS

9. An altercation over a parking spot lead to former Seahawk safety T.J. Cunningham being shot and killed on Sunday near Denver. Cunningham, 46, was a 6th round draft pick in 1996 for Seattle, where he played in his only NFL season before an injury ended his career. – BLEACHER REPORT

10. A new report from the US Census Bureau reveals that Seattle is the most educated city in the country. According to the report, 63 percent of Seattleites over the age of 25 have a 4-year college degree— as do 8 of 10 transplants. – SEATTLE TIMES

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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: Kim Lyons (managing editor at Inside, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review.) and Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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