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Inside Seattle (Mar 12th, 2019)

On Wednesday, we'll have sun breaks through partial clouds with a high/low of 52/37 degrees Fahrenheit. On Thursday it will be cloudy with a high/low of 55/38 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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1. Several airlines around the world have suspended use of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after one crashed and killed all 157 people aboard in Ethiopia on Sunday. Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the Ethiopia Airlines crash, but software concerns for the Max 8 have resulted in more than 130 of the model’s 350 serviceable jets being grounded and a complete ban of Max 8's traveling within Europe's airspace. Sunday’s crash was the second Max 8 to crash in the past year, as a Lion Air flight killed all 189 people aboard when it went down in Indonesia last October. – NEW YORK TIMES

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2. The Polar Star icebreaker returned to Seattle after a 3-month-plus expedition through Antarctica. The Coast Guard vessel carrying 100 crew members broke through heavy blocks of ice to allow “Operation Deep Freeze” researchers entrance to the continent’s McMurdo Station. While the Polar Star was successful in its mission, it faced many challenges, including a fire, flooding, and an electrical outage. – KING 5

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3. Seattle’s University District has gotten a temporary exemption from major upzoning legislation that will soon take effect throughout the city. The Mandatory Housing Affordability bill, which aims to add at least 6,000 new homes for low-income tenants, has been objected by many business owners, who think the bill will change the landscapes of Seattle’s neighborhoods and increase construction and rent. – MY NORTHWEST

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4. The University of Washington’s Jaylen Nowell was named the Pac-12 Conference player of the year, which highlighted multiple top awards for Husky Men’s Basketball. The sophomore guard led the conference champion Huskies with 16.3 points per game. Senior guard Matisse Thybulle was named the conference’s defensive player of the year for a second year in a row while head coach Mike Hopkins won the coach of the year award. – SEATTLE PI

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5. Seattleites love recycling so much that trash is ending up in recycling bins, which stifles the recycling process. King County’s Recycling Task Force is looking to educate and advocate for responsible recycling habits. – CAPITOL HILL SEATTLE BLOG

6. Reign city: With already 46 days of rain this year, the San Francisco Bay Area has had more rainy days than both Portland and Seattle—42 and 39, respectively. The rain indicates that the Bay Area could be headed towards an El Nino type of year. – ABC NEWS 7

7. According to the Seattle Times, the city’s department of transportation reported 14 traffic-related deaths in 2018, which is down from 19 deaths the previous year. – KOMO NEWS

8. Carrying 75 pounds of gear up 69 flights of stairs to the top of Columbia Tower in Seattle helped several Pasco firefighters raise $12,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. – KEPR

9. Seattle city council candidate Ari Hoffman, who belongs to a notoriously anti-homeless neighborhood watch group called Safe Seattle, may have falsely claimed a man’s head was cut off at a homeless encampment near Beacon Hill. - PATCH

10. With less than 70 black-owned bookstores remaining in business around the country, Columbia City’s Life Enrichment Bookstore is the state’s only one left and it’s struggling to survive. – CROSSCUT

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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.

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