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Inside Seattle (May 9th, 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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  We can expect clear and sunny skies to continue through Saturday, with a 3-day high.low of 83/53 degrees Fahrenheit. The clouds wil return on Sunday, with sun breaks on Sunday and Monday, for a 2-day high/low of 75/49 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. City of Seattle officials announced the creation of its Health One unit, which will respond to non-emergency 911 calls. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the mid-level response pilot program, which will cost the city $500,000, will give local firefighters the ability to focus on more pressing issues. According to The Seattle Times and KUOW, 94,000 calls made to the Seattle Fire Department last year— or 42 percent of SFD’s calls— were considered “low acuity.” Health One is set to begin its operation later this year. – SEATTLE TIMES

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2. Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers participated in a Driver Speak Out! event in SeaTac on Wednesday in protest of low pay despite the growing value of each company. Several of the drivers of one or both rideshare companies showed up to the event to discuss reduced driver pay, which includes Uber and Lyft keeping 31 percent of the 91,0000 daily rider fares in Seattle, which is up 20 percent from 2013. The demonstration was in conjunction with a National Day of Action, which also included thousands of Uber and Lyft driver strikes around the nation. Lyft became a publicly shared company in March and Uber is expected to join the stock market later this week. – KOMO NEWS

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3. The disparity in financial support between Seattle public schools in low income and more affluent neighborhoods was a topic of conversation on HBO’s Problem Areas last week. Host and comedian Wyatt Cenac explored the inequality in schools such as South Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School and North Seattle’s Roosevelt High School, which had PTA funding of $2,000 and $3.5 million, respectively. Cenac said that PTA funding allows for schools to pay for essentials such as teachers and educational programs when allotted budgets run dry. – KUOW

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4. Amanda Knox announced on Twitter this week that she will be speaking at a crime innocence conference in Italy next month. The Seattle native, who was infamously acquitted of murder during her study abroad trip in 2007, will be making her first appearance in Italy since she was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. The 31-year-old Knox was invited to the Italy Innocence Project in Modena because “she is an icon of the mass media process.” – SEATTLE TIMES

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5. Facebook opened a new building in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. The engineering hub is expected to be able to hold up to 1,000 employees. – GEEK WIRE

6. Washington state lawmakers passed a bill to mandate workplace protection for strippers. HB 1756 will now require strip clubs to provide work-related training and education for employees, as well as panic buttons in private rooms, among other things. The bill is part of the state legislature’s goal to increase safety for women and protection for workers. – THE STRANGER

7. A video of a fight at the Capitol Hill IHOP last weekend got nearly 4 million views, 40,000 likes, and 108,000 likes on Twitter. The viral video led to criminal charges and the arrest of a man who appeared to start the fight. – KIRO NEWS

8. Seattle SuperSonics legend Shawn Kemp is selling his 13,000-square-foot mansion in Maple Valley for $2.5 million. The former dunk specialist is affectionately known as “The Reign Man” originally put his 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom, 4-car garage on the market last year for $3.7 million. – TMZ

9. If you’re looking to get outside the city limits of Seattle, Thrillist offers suggestions for some of the best and most underrated hikes in the area. Let us know which local hikes are among your favorite! – THRILLIST

10. Brake-ing news: We're excited to introduce our 48th newsletter, Inside Cycling. Sign up here for news on competitions, gear, equipment and all the latest news from the world of cycling.

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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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