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Inside Seattle (Apr 23rd, 2019)

Hello fellow Seattleites, I’m Nick, your local writer at Inside.com. On behalf of our publication, I want to thank you for being a subscriber. I recently launched the Inside Seattle newsletter to bring you the top stories from around the Emerald City and throughout the Pacific Northwest. I see that you recently took a look at one the Inside Seattle newsletters, which is why I’d like to personally invite you to join the newsletter. Please feel free to send me any interesting news you would like to see covered in this newsletter. You can reach me directly at Nick.Shekeryk@Inside.com. I look forward to adding exciting local news to your inbox each week! — Nick Shekeryk

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1. Washington may become the first state to allow ‘human composting.’ State lawmakers passed a bill to allow “natural organic reduction,” which turns human remains into the soil after a few weeks. If the bill gets passed by Governor Jay Inslee, a Democratic presidential nominee who is building his campaign around climate change, the natural organic reduction could become a legal alternative to traditional burial methods as soon as May 1, 2020. – THE HILL

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2. Washington state Democrats have requested the expulsion of GOP Representative Matt Shea of Spokane Valley after the revelation that Shea participated in a political espionage private group chat with other conservative politicians. According to The Guardian, the messages of which Shea was involved included conversations about surveillance and carrying out violent attacks on opposing politicians. Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski wrote an open letter on Monday to House Republicans asking them to remove Shea for his “cancerous growth of extremism.” House Republican leader Kevin Kim took to Twitter to publicly condemn Shea on Monday but did not indicate whether or not there would be any disciplinary action for Shea. – SEATTLE TIMES

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3. New research details a noise-isolating approach that could boost Alexa's speech recognition abilities by 15 percent. The research paper and a corresponding blog post outline the proposed method, which works by taking an acoustic snapshot of the wake word — typically "Alexa" — and compares all following speech to the original word, filtering out all speech that doesn't match as background noise. Researchers for the Seattle-based tech company merged a word-matching mechanism with a standard speech recognition model and tested two variations on a sequence-to-sequence encoder-decoder AI architecture. - VENTURE BEAT

Note: This article originally appeared in a recent issue of Inside Amazon.

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4. Seattle City Council selected Abel Pacheco, Jr. to hold a recently-vacated council member seat for the next seven months on Monday. The 31-year-old Ravenna resident and director of strategic engagement for a STEM program at the UW, replaced Rob Johnson, who withdrew from his position to take a job with Seattle’s new NHL team last month. Pacheco, who bested 10 qualified candidates for the council member seat, will hold his position until November when an elected official is expected to fill the role. – SEATTLE TIMES

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5. The Washington State Department of Transportation delayed the demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct three weeks. The move to a mid-to-late June demolition worries business owners who believe the demolition with impact their summer business. – KING 5 NEWS

6. 47-year-old Joseph Shaun Goodman was arrested last month in Seattle for his eighth driving under the influence offense in 26 years. With a third of the 150,000 people convicted of DUI in Washington state between 2008 and 2017 receiving multiple convictions, there is push for state legislation to make DUI’s a felony offense. – SEATTLE TIMES

7. According to a report from National Association of City Transportation Officials, the 84 million shared “micromobility” trips taken throughout the country in 2018 more than doubled its number from the previous year. Though the report revealed that Seattle had an impressive use of undocked bikeshare services, it was also the only city of 100 surveyed to not have e-scooters. – SEATTLE PI

8. The Seattle Seahawks may have just secured quarterback Russell Wilson with a long-term $140-million contract, but now the team faces potential large payouts on the defensive side of the ball, with contracts the of Bobby Wagner, Frank Clark and Jarran Reed coming to conclusions after the 2019 season. The three defensive players are expected to ask for more than $10 million each if no contract extension is reached. – SEAHAWKS WIRE

9. With an MLB record of 56 home runs through the first 25 games of the season, the Seattle Mariners offense has handedly out-performed all other teams in the long-ball category, but are the M’s a one-trick pony? Josh Maduell of Fansided discusses the team’s many short comings— from pitching woes to small-ball blunders. – FANSIDED

10. If you thought you saw Dave Grohl and Brandi Carlile playing tunes outside Pike Place Market on Saturday afternoon, you were not mistaken. The Foo Fighters front man and the local Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, along with her band, spent about 10-15 minutes busking before a crowd of excited market goers. Grohl was in town over the weekend visiting Carlile for “dinner and ATVs.” – JAM BASE

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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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