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Inside Seattle (May 23rd, 2019)

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  We can expect clouds on Friday and Saturday, with a 2-day high/low of 71/54 degrees Fahrenheit. On Sunday and Monday, the sun will make an appearance, with a 2-day high/low of 77/54 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill that made Washington the first state to legalize human composting on Tuesday. The SB 5001 bill will identify “natural organic reduction” and “liquid cremation” as legal means of human body decomposition. The law, which was voted to bipartisan majorities of 80-16 House and 38-11 Senate votes, will become enacted on May 1, 2020. – SEATTLE TIMES

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2. The National Transportation Safety Board’s final hearing on Tuesday determined Sound Transit to be primarily at fault for the fatal Amtrak crash that killed three people and injured more than 80 outside Olympia in December 2017. The NTSB claimed that Sound Transit’s oversight of safety requirements at a curve in the track caused “abject failure,” which resulted in the train derailing and careening off an overpass and into I-5 traffic. The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration were among the other agencies held accountable for the crash. – MY NORTHWEST 

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3. City of Seattle Chief Technology Officer Saad Bashir fired 14 IT directors earlier this week to “simplify every internal IT process.” Since being selected to lead the city’s Department of Information Technology in January, Bashir has been looking for ways to improve the agency’s notoriously slow IT process that has stifled city workers for years. A spokesperson from the DIT said none of the firings were for cause, but rather part of a massive reorganization strategy to “foster innovation.” – CROSSCUT

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4. Federal judge James Robart extended court oversight of the Seattle Police Department and ordered the city and the Department of Justice to reform its accountability rules in regard to disciplined officers. Robart recently blocked a motion to reform the discipline appeals process for officers involved in unconstitutional policing. Federal oversight of the SPD was set to end next year, but Robart is “hopeful” the department can self-correct within its new two-year timeline. - KUOW

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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 Denver writer Shay Castle shows us around Denver, Colorado.

Denver may have gained a reputation as the Mile High City for a reason other than its altitude, but there’s more to the city than (lots of) legal weed. It’s a playground for elite athletes, a mecca of craft beer and home to one of the most iconic music venues in the world.

Getting Around: There are *so* many options for traveling sans car. The train from the airport also extends out to several suburbs. A trail system makes the city super accessible by bike; electric scooters are on (almost) every corner. Uber and Lyft are widely available for longer journeys.

Looking down: Grab a scoop at Little Man Ice Cream. (Bonus points if you go down the metal slide!) They have a few to choose from, but the original in the Highlands offers great views of the city and is just a quick (but beautiful) walk from Union Station. If the altitude and dry climate makes you parched, stop next door at Linger, a mortuary turned restaurant and bar, for libations.

Do it for the ‘gram: Stroll up Larimer in the Denver’s River North arts district which you’ll hear everyone refer to as RiNo. There is street art on just about every available surface, and plenty of breweries and restaurants to fuel your walkabout.

For the kiddos: If you’ve got kids in tow, you can knock out two major attractions in one block. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is located right next to the Denver Zoo. More adult-y museums are closer to downtown, with Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, the U.S. Mint, History Colorado Center, The Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and more grouped together.

Rock out: Catch a show if you can at Red Rocks (pictured), which hosts performances nearly year-round. Or go for your daily exercise and climb the 69 rows for a 2.7-mile total round trip. A summertime stroll through tiny Morrison is warranted. Splurge on an elk steak at The Fort, if you can afford it.

Class it up or get wild: Denver is the kind of place you can class it up at high-end eateries like Cafe Marmonte or Colt & Gray, or get an equally good bite of street food at classic carts like Biker Jim’s, which features hot dogs made with reindeer, rattlesnake, boar and more.

For the next few weeks, we will feature some of the top must-see sights of destination cities throughout America. We will resume the production of Throwback Thursday after the Getaway Thursday mini-series. 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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6. Waste management company Recology has delivered its first electric garbage trucks to Seattle. The BYD class-8 rear-loading truck is the first of its kind for use in the region. – ARS TECHNICA

7. Seattle Storm veteran point guard Sue Bird has been sidelined with a knee injury that will require surgery. The 11-time WNBA all-star is expected to miss at least 8-10 weeks, and “may or may not return” to action this season. – CBS SPORTS

8. Disappointed by last Sunday’s Game of Thrones finale, Ryan Geddes of Seattle started a GoFundMe page that successfully raised $695 to purchase a banner saying: “Someone rewrite Game of Thrones season 8 please,” that will be flown across the city by an airplane. – KIRO NEWS

9. Seattle may not be know for its beaches, but the city has 149 secret beaches. The Stranger’s Eli Sanders invites you to check out some of the city’s most secluded waterfront parks and beaches. – THE STRANGER

10. Inside Seattle Sounds: No Sasquatch!? No problem. Weekend music picks
The now defunct Sasquatch! Music Festival has dominated the area’s Memorial Day weekend music scene for nearly 20 years. To fill the void, local concert-goers will have to piece their live music experience across various venues throughout the city. Luckily, there are plenty of artists rolling through town that are sure to make you forget about not spending your weekend at the Gorge. Here are my weekend picks:

  • Thursday-Friday: Tedeschi Trucks Band— The blues outfit lead by guitar virtuosos Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks would make for a great weekend headliner. They kick off a two-night stand at the Paramount Theater this evening.
  • Friday-Monday: Northwest Folklife Festival— If you feel the need to be submersed in a festival setting this weekend, the 48th annual Folklife Fest at the Seattle Center would be your best bet. You won’t find any big-name acts, but you might hear some fun covers and other interesting tunes.
  • Sunday: The Twilight Sad— Endorsed by Robert Smith of The Cure, this Scottish post-punk indie band has built quite a following of black-clad 20-and 30-somethings. Get emotional with The Twilight Sad at the Crocodile Café in Belltown.
  • Monday: Rhett Miller— End your weekend with the alt-country rockin’ sounds of Old 97’s front man Rhett Miller. This gregarious Texan’s set at the intimate Tractor Tavern in Ballard is sure to have your feet tappin’ and plenty of interlude stories to keep you laughin’ all evening.
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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) and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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