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Inside Seattle (Apr 25th, 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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On Friday, we'll have sun breaks through partial clouds with a high/low of 63/45 degrees Fahrenheit. On Saturday it will rain before moving back to sun for Sunday and Monday, with a 3-day high/low of 63/40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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1. A “technical slip” was not the cause of the two 737 Max crashes that killed a total of 346 people, according to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg. He believes faulty sensors that activated a nose dive feature should have been able to be reversed by pilots of the Lions Air and Ethiopian Air crashes. The crashes have resulted in worldwide groundings of Boeing’s 737 Max planes, which have caused the plane manufacturer to lose nearly $1 billion in three weeks. – SEATTLE TIMES

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2. Amazon purchased Bellevue Corporate Plaza and a nearby parking lot as it continues to grow its presence on the Eastside. The tech giant’s new space across the street from a transit hub includes a 10-story office building and a 650-stall parking lot that is two stories tall. Amazon’s deal for acquiring the property from Chicago-based real estate investor Equity Commonwealth for $194.9 million was finalized on Wednesday. – GEEK WIRE

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3. A Lyft driver has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault in the Seattle area and is being investigated for rape. 34-year-old Ghassan Shakir of Tukwila is being held in custody for 5 counts of sexual assault throughout king county since 2014, including the raping of a woman at a SeaTac Hotel in March. Shakir’s bail is set at $2 million, and a Lyft representative said his account was permanently deactivated after the rideshare company learned of Shakir’s “deeply disturbing” conduct. – KIRO 7

Note: Anyone who may have had contact with Shakir is asked to call the sheriff’s tip line, 206-296-3311.

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4. King County Executive Dow Constantine signed an order to stop Boeing Field from operating flights that deport immigrants. According to a report from the University of Washington, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement have deported roughly 34,000 people from King County International Airport in South Seattle since 2011. Constantine’s order is the nation’s first jurisdiction attempt to ban ICE from flying immigrants out of its airfields. – SEATTLE TIMES 

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5. We're doing some cross-pollination with our city newsletters and sharing the best places to visit on a long weekend as part of a regular feature we're calling "Inside Gets Out."

This week, our Inside Portland writer Schuyler Durham shows us around Portland, Oregon:

Portland has a little something for everyone, from ax-throwing and riverfront biking to high-end shopping and symphonic performances. If you need to jumpstart your vacation planning, here are five ideas.

For a view of the city, head to Pittock Mansion (pictured), a historic home with a breathtaking view of downtown. You can drive, but a fairly easy hiking trail will take you up to Pittock Mansion through a slice of the 5,200-acre Forest Park.

When you’re ready to experience Portland’s nightlife, Old Town is a good place to start. You’ll find a little bit of everything in a few blocks. There’s live music, dancing, gaming, and plenty of drinking – all anchored by the flagship Voodoo Donuts.

Hungry? Brunch places like Jam on Hawthorne offer great food, vegan options, and stiff bloody Marys, but Portlanders love brunch, so plan for a seriously long line. For fine dining with a view, take the elevator up 30 stories to Portland City Grill. Portland also prides itself on good food in casual settings, so try one of the many food carts you’ll see, like the cluster of carts on SE 12th and SE Hawthorne.

If you love window-shopping and people-watching, head to SE Hawthorne and Cesar Chavez Boulevard and walk west. As you weave between street performers, you’ll find rare records at Jackpot, art from around the world at The Gold Door and vintage fashion at Red Light Clothing Exchange.

For those traveling with younger ones, OMSI is a single stop that’ll entertain the whole family. The science museum specializes in hands-on exhibits are easy to play with and choked full of information, so even parents will learn some fascinating tidbits.

Tourists should be fine sticking to public transportation. If you plan on staying out past midnight, download an app like Lyft or Uber, just in case you miss the last bus.

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6. The completion date of the Key Arena renovation has been pushed back, and it will require more money. The Oak View Group, which is developing the home of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, said the $900-million project would be ready by June 1st. – ARENA DIGEST

7. The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” poll revealed that Seattle’s air quality is among the worst in the nation. The poor air quality has been largely due to wildfires that have sparked throughout the state this year. – SEATTLE PI

8. Interested in catching the impossible burger craze? Seattle Magazine suggests checking out the Carlile Room or Lil’ Woody’s to sink your teeth into the plant-based burger that tastes impossibly good. – SEATTLE MAGAZINE

9. Take a look inside the modern mansion of the Eastside’s Hunt’s Point neighborhood, which sold for a Seattle-area record of $37.5 million last Friday. – CURBED SEATTLE

10. Seattle’s new NHL franchise paid homage to its past by honoring former Seattle Totems star Guyle Fielder with a locker in the yet-to-be-named team’s locker room. Fielder was hailed as the best North American player not in the NHL during the ’50s and '60s when he played for the Totems of the Western Hockey League. – NBC COLUMBUS

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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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