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Inside Seattle (Mar 14th, 2019)

We can expect overcast skies with clouds on Friday and Saturday, for a high/low of 60/38 degrees Fahrenheit. The sun will make an appearance through clouds on Sunday and Monday, with a high/low of 68/41 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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1. The Federal Aviation Administration grounded all Boeing 737 Max jets at the request of President Donald Trump on Wednesday. The FAA cited new evidence from Sunday’s fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash revealed similarities to last October’s deadly Lion Air crash— both of which were 737 Max 8 jets. The European aviation safety regulator grounded all 737 Max jets earlier this week, as did airlines from countries around the world. – SEATTLE TIMES

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2. Veteran free safety Earl Thomas signed with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday. The former Seahawks first-round pick has spent his entire 9-year career in Seattle and was a key member of the team’s popular “Legion of Boom” defense. NFL.com reported that the 6-time Pro Bowler signed a 4-year, $55-million contract with Baltimore. – FIELD GULLS

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3. After continuing to see an increasing profit, Costco announced it will raise starting wages for new employees. The wholesale warehousing retailer, which is generally known for fairly compensating employees, plans to increase starting wages to $15 and $15.50 per hour, which is up from the current beginning wage range of $14 to $14.50 per hour. Costco reported a 7.43 percent increase in sales during the second quarter, which now makes the company worth $102.08 billion. – THE MOTLEY FOOL

Note: This story was originally published for Inside HR.

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4. Seattle rapper Macklemore will be honored at the 2019 MusiCares Concert for Recovery tonight in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning artist behind hits such as "Thrift Shop" and "Downtown," will be presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his work in helping those recovering from addiction remain sober. Macklemore, who overcame drug and alcohol addiction himself, will also perform at the award show, which will be hosted by Mercer Island native and television personality, Joel McHale. - GRAMMY.COM

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Throwback Thursday—10 Things I Hate About You turns 20
By Nick Shekeryk

When the wildly popular teen dramedy Ten Things I Hate About You was released in March 1999, Seattle and Tacoma became the backdrop for a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play, Taming of the Shrew.

Ten Things I Hate About You, which stars Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the late Heath Ledger, is a tale of love infatuation that leads new kid Cameron James (Gordon-Levitt) to try orchestrating a relationship between outcast Kat Stratford (Stiles) and bad boy Patrick Verona (Ledger) so he can date Stratford’s popular sister, who can’t date unless she does.

While the light-hearted and formulaic nature of the outcome has all the makings of a timeless teen classic— not to mention a unique integration of Shakespearean speak in the 20th century— Seattle Magazine gives us the rundown on all iconic locations shown throughout the film.

  • Kerry Park: The film’s opening credits give a panoramic view of Seattle, Mount Rainier, and the Puget Sound. Not pictured: Amazon headquarters.
  • Lake Union: The Seattle skyline looms in the backdrop of a paddle boarding date between Kat and Patrick. Apparently, there are no paddle board rentals on Lake Union, so let’s chalk that one up to movie magic.
  • Gasworks Park: The location of Kat and Patrick’s first kiss. The kiss sparked fireworks, much like the ones you’d see from the park during the 4th of July.
  • Fremont Troll: The hubcap-eyed troll looked on as Cameron devises a plan to get Kat a date. Perhaps the Troll would’ve been a good option. Bonus: the troll has its own car!
  • Paramount Theater: Seattle’s historic performance art theater was the setting of the school’s prom. Very appropriate location, considering the level of drama that took place during this scene.

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. Former Port of Everett manager Eric Russell leaves Vulcan to return as the port's new CFO. The Everett native previously spent 11 years with the Port of Everett before joining the Seattle-based company of late billionaire Paul Allen. – THE HERALD

6. Last month’s blizzard that swept through the Yakima Valley killed 1,850 dairy cows. Local farmers are still in the process of assessing their damage. – SEATTLE TIMES

7. The Seattle Police Department reported that shootings last year were the lowest the city has had in 4 years. The report said there were 312 shootings last year, 13 of which were fatal. - MY NORTHWEST

8. Seattle has become known as a boon for tech companies— many of which are in the gaming industry. The region’s multi-billion-dollar gaming industry has made it one of the world’s most successful and popular. – THE STRANGER

9. Seattle was quick to adopt the use of ride share bikes, but is among the last to catch the electric scooter craze sweeping cities across the nation. According to Geek Wire, the city is unwilling to pay the annual operations fees for scooters. – GEEK WIRE

10. Nearly a decade after his vigilant watch began, Seattle’s masked superhero Phoenix Jones has decided to retire. There’s no word on whether or not his crime-fighting friends will continue patrolling the city for evil-doers when Jones returns to the shadows. - MY NORTHWEST

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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 (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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