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Inside Seattle (Feb 28th, 2019)

We can expect sun all weekend long and into Monday, but with cold evening for a high/low of 47/29 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. Fallen trees and bad weather caused a Los Angeles-bound Amtrak train carrying 183 passengers to be rerouted back to Seattle after being stuck for two days. The train hit a tree that fell on the tracks during a snowstorm in Oakridge, Oregon on Sunday night. The train and all of its passengers and crew remained aboard until it was cleared to move back towards its original departure city, where it also experienced delays after a fire erupted on the tracks between the Washington and Oregon border. There were no injuries reported on the train or in the fire. – MY NORTHWEST

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2. A new study published by a former Seattle mayoral public safety adviser claims the city’s “failure” to properly deal with repeat homeless criminal offenders has resulted in major problems for business owners. The report conducted by Scott Lindsay found that Seattle’s criminal justice system is not doing enough to penalize frequent criminal activity that jeopardizes public safety in busy neighborhoods. City attorney Pete Holmes agrees with the claim, but also notes the lack of mental and chemical dependency assistance as a root of the recurring issues. – KING 5 NEWS

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3. Amazon backed out of its decision to build offices at Rainier Square in downtown Seattle. The 722,000 square-foot space— one of the biggest leases in Seattle’s history— was supposed to hold up to 5,000 Amazon employees. Despite pulling the plug on the Rainier Square lease, the tech and online retail giant announced it would be adding 2 million square feet of office space to its headquarters in South lake Union. – SEATTLE TIMES

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4. Seattle’s City Auditor has asked the City Council committee to create more public bathrooms to accommodate the growing unsheltered homeless population. At a quarterly report meeting on Tuesday, David Jones noted that Seattle only has 6 public restrooms open 24/7 to support a general population of 725,000 and an unsheltered homeless population of nearly 4,000. – KOMO NEWS

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Throwback Thursday
King Felix’s Perfect Game
by Nick Shekeryk

Spring training is now underway, and the boys in blue are down in Peoria, AZ gearing up for another season of Seattle Mariners baseball. With tons of new faces on the roster this year, one that remains is that of legendary hurler, “King” Felix Hernandez. After a rocky first outing of spring ball, the once dominant 32-year-old pitcher, who has spent his entire 14-year career in Seattle, is starting to show signs that he brilliant career might be nearing its end. 

While King Felix’s future with the M’s is as uncertain as our chances of making the playoffs this season (18 years and counting), let’s take a look back to the day Felix was crowned king of mound after becoming only the 23rd pitcher in Major League Baseball history to throw a perfect game— and the only person to ever reach the feat while wearing a Mariners uniform.

On the afternoon of Wednesday August 15, 2012, King Felix got the start against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field. With the M’s coming off a win the night before that tied the 3-games series with Tampa Bay at 1-1, Felix came out of the gate strong, throwing 77 of his 113 pitches for strikes and recording outs against all 27 batters he faced while striking out 12 along the way.

While Felix stayed in the zone throughout the game— striking out the side in the sixth and eight innings, he got little run support from his anemic offense, with the only run of the game coming from an RBI single off the bat of designated hitter Jesus Montero in the third inning.

As the crowd of 21,889 grew excited with anticipation for the baseball history that was about to unfold right before their eyes, King Felix found himself alone on one side of the dugout in between innings, per baseball superstition, awaiting his date with glory.

With 2 outs in the ninth and the crowd on pins and needles, Felix delivered the 2-2 count fastball that buckled the knees of Tampa Bay third baseman Sean Rodriguez for a called strike three that ended the ball game. The crowd erupted as King Felix threw his arms towards the heavens and got mobbed by his teammates in celebratory fashion.

The King’s contract with Seattle is up at the end of the upcoming season, and no matter what happens next, M’s fans will always be grateful the for the memory of that Wednesday afternoon in 2012 when he delivered the single best pitching performance ever seen in a Mariners uniform.

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 report from Redfin shows that Seattle’s hosing market is on the rise again after a short period of decline. The report showed a 15 percent year-over-year increase in housing costs for January. – GEEKWIRE

6. The Seattle Art Institute informed students it might be permanently closing due to lack of funding and enrollment decline. – THE STRANGER

7. A 73-year-old autistic man from North Seattle has extraordinary drawing skills. Gregory Blackstock’s talent net him anywhere from $2,000-$14,000 per drawing. – KOMO NEWS

8. A suspect was apprehended by Seattle police after a series of arson fires last year ruined businesses in Queen Anne, Ballard, and Fremont. – KIRO 7

9. Entering freeway traffic from an onramp might soon become a breeze as state lawmakers try to enact the “zipper merging” law that would make for smoother merging transitions. – SEATTLE PI

10. According to City Hall’s complaint investigator Roxana Mincu, people in Seattle have grievances that go well beyond rain. Mincu cues us in on what people complain about in Seattle. – KUOW

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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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