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Inside Seattle (May 7th, 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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  Wednesday will have sun breaks through partial clouds, with a high/low of 71/53 degrees Fahrenheit. Thursday heats up with a high/low of 80/54 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. Boeing has decided to replace about 900 of its commercial flight inspectors in Seattle area factories with automated inspection technology. The aeronautical manufacturer will be making cuts and transfers to its Everett and Renton locations— which have about 3,000 combined inspectors— through next year. It’s unclear whether the “QA transformation plan” is directly related to scrutiny Boeing is currently facing for its faulty 737 MAX safety equipment, which resulted in two crashes that killed 346 people, but the local chapter of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers believes the move is a “bad decision.” – USA TODAY

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2. Amazon announced it will look to hire more local talent at HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia, which the company claims it couldn’t do in Seattle due to the area’s lack of diversity. The tech giant’s senior vice president Jay Carney said the D.C. area is “a much more racially diverse area than the Pacific Northwest.” Amazon has already begun listing employment opportunities for HQ2 and plans to bring 25,000 jobs to the area. – OBSERVER

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3. By the numbers: Washington’s growing wolf population
Washington’s gray wolf population — classified as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act — has been rapidly increasing over the past decade after almost going extinct in the 1930s. Take a look at the bi-annual growth, as reported last month by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:
Year   # of Wolves
2018    126
2016    115
2014    68
2012    51
2010    19
2008    5

Every week, we will offer tidbits of information to help you increase your statistical knowledge of all things related to the Pacific Northwest. If you have any interesting stats you'd like to see posted in an upcoming issue of Inside Seattle, reply to this email!

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4. The Seattle Times suspended real estate reporter Mike Rosenberg on Sunday after he was accused of sexually harassing Brooklyn-based journalist Talia Jane on social media. Rosenberg allegedly sent Jane some sexually explicit messages following a professional conversation between the two writers. Jane contacted the publication’s senior editors in response to the messages, which led to Rosenberg’s suspension while human resources investigate the allegations. – THE STRANGER

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5. A Canadian man diagnosed with measles traveled to Seattle late last month, but King County health officials said the man wasn’t connected to the measles outbreak that recently ended in Clark County. The man allegedly visited Seattle after being in Japan and New York, which currently have measle outbreaks. – OREGONIAN

6. According to a survey from GasBuddy, Seattle’s gas rising gas prices— which were between $3.22 and $4.09 per gallon as of Monday— are well above the national average of $2.89 per gallon. – KOMO NEWS

7. Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal called out “Seattle is Dying” reporter Eric Johnson for inaccurate statements he made about Rhode Island’s prison system, which Johnson leveraged to suggest turning the Puget Sound’s McNeil Island Correctional Center into a “Homeless Island.” – SPOKESMAN-REVIEW

8. Amid rising property crime rates in the Ballard and Fremont neighborhoods, one fed up homeowner took matters into his own hands and chased off a knife-wielding felon who burglarized him on multiple occasions.  – Q13 FOX

9. Canlis executive chef Brady Williams won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Northwest Monday night in Chicago. The 32-year-old Williams was “overwhelmed” after winning the prestigious award during the ceremony widely regarded as the culinary Oscars. Do you have any favorite local local chefs? Let us know! – SEATTLE TIMES

10. A Starbucks coffee cup made an accidental guest appearance on the latest Game of Thrones episode. The medieval fantasy show’s producers were quick to take blame for the modern prop blunder – and it’s safe to say the Seattle coffeemaker will not be building a location in Winterfell anytime soon. – THE VERGE

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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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