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Inside Seattle (May 30th, 2019)

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  We can expect to see the sun through clouds on Friday and Saturday, with a 2-day high/low of 75/54 degrees Fahrenheit. On Sunday and Monday, the sun will hide behind clouds, with a 2-day high/low of 73/51 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. According to the Washington Employment Security Department, the security contractor at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters is prepared to layoff 1,066 employees as the tech giant decides to hire unionized security companies. Security Industry Specialists, which has had exclusive security detail for Amazon since 2012, lost its contract after employee complaints and the organization of a union campaign. Amazon has chosen to use the services of Allied Universal and Securitas at its national campuses after its contract with SIS ends this year. – SEATTLE TIMES

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2. An official from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believes a young humpback whale died after it was struck by a ferry leaving Seattle on Tuesday night. The Wenatchee ferry was headed towards Bainbridge Island when it hit a whale while traveling 17 miles per hour through Elliott Bay. A spokesperson for the Washington State Ferries said the whale wasn’t visible until it was 5 to 10 feet in front of the ferry, at which point there was no time to maneuver the vessel away from the animal. Ferry staff said there was no reports of whales in the area prior to making the run. – NBC NEWS

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3. Throwback Thursday: Remembering Chris Cornell
By Nick Shekeryk

I've seen angels fall from blinding heights/
But you yourself are nothing so divine/
Just next in line

-Chris Cornell, “You Know My Name”

This month marks two years since the death of Seattle rock vocalist Chris Cornell, who died at the age of 52. Through a career that spanned more than 30 years, Cornell was regarded as arguably one of the greatest voices in modern rock and roll history.

Cornell’s interest in music developed early in life, as the Seattle native often found music as a way to connect with people while coping with bouts of anxiety and depression that mostly kept him isolated throughout his teenage years. Cornell got his first gig as a musician playing in a local cover band with the likes of guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, with whom he would eventually form grunge band Soundgarden in 1984.

After the band’s first year, which consisted of jam sessions in which Cornell sang while playing drums, Soundgarden sought out a drummer and ultimately landed on Matt Cameron.

Behind Cornell’s unique four-octave-ranging voice, Thayil’s shredding guitar and Cameron’s pavement-pounding drums, Soundgarden began to build clout for the grunge movement, along with Seattle bands such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Alice In Chains. Soundgarden set the pace for the scene by becoming the first grunge band to both earn a Grammy Award nomination and sign with a major label.

While Soundgarden was on the verge of stardom, Cornell recorded a revered album with the members of Pearl Jam under the name Temple of the Dog.

By the time Soundgarden’s album Superunknown arrived in 1994, the band rose to international acclaim, debuting at number one on the Billboard charts.

Mounting fame created a schism within the band, eventually leading Soundgarden to break up in 1997. Soundgarden’s demise led to continued success for Cornell’s career as a solo artist and later as the frontman of a band with members of Rage Against the Machine under the moniker Audioslave.

Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and become stronger than ever.

Cornell was discovered unconscious and unresponsive in a Detroit hotel room on May 18, 2017, shortly after the band performed that night. His death was ruled as a suicide.

Chris Cornell’s impact on the Seattle grunge music scene was as monumental as his voice, and though he will be missed by legions of adoring fans across the globe, we are lucky to have had the chance to hear his angelic voice before he had to “Say Hello 2 Heaven.”

Every Thursday we'll feature a blast from Seattle's past, with links to resources for learning more. 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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4. By the Numbers: Cranes in Seattle
Architecture firm Rider Levett Bucknall is gearing up to release its semi-annual Crane Index report later this summer. With Seattle leading the nation in cranes erected throughout the city for a third consecutive year, it’s safe to say the Emerald City is most likely on its way to maintaining its dubious honor when RLB’s report is released. Ahead of the release, let’s take a look at nation’s crane situation over the past two years with a top 10 list for each year so we can see how Seattle stacks up to other cities in terms of expansion.

1. Seattle (59)
2. Los Angeles (44)
3. Portland (30)
4. San Francisco (29)
5(T). New York (28)
5(T). Washington, D.C. (28)
7. Chicago (26)
8. Denver (17)
9. Boston (14)
10. Honolulu (5)

1. Seattle (65)
2. Chicago (40)
3. Los Angeles (36)
4. Portland (30)
5. Denver (28)
6. Washington, D.C. (27)
7. San Francisco (26)
8. New York (20)
9. Boston (13)
10. Honolulu (11)

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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5. MacKenzie Bezos pledged to donate half of the $37 billion divorce settlement she received from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos earlier this year after signing The Giving Pledge. In a statement this week, MacKenzie Bezos said she has a “disproportionate amount of money to share,” which she plans to give to charity that also has pledges from fellow billionaires Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. Bezos' ex-husband, Jeff, has not yet signed the pledge. – BBC NEWS

6. Seattle City Council has proposed a ban on the construction of ‘McMansions’ within city limits, which would prevent homeowners and contractors from building large homes that tower over neighboring homes throughout the city. –  SEATTLE TIMES

7. Sounders FC will be honored with the Green Sports Alliance Environmental Innovators of the Year award next month at a ceremony in Philadelphia. The Sounders will be recognized as the first major professional sports franchise to utilize carbon neutrality as part of its sustainable green practices. – SOUNDERS FC

8. Residents of the International District in Chinatown have concerns about the city’s plan to build a second light rail station in the neighborhood in 2035. Some have said the light rail station would possibly uproot the Chinese culture and lead to gentrification. – SEATTLE TIMES

9. A section of the Burke-Gilman Trail is getting repaved next month. Seattle Parks and Recreation secured $250,000 for the project to fix the stretch of trail between 30th avenue northeast and northeast 145th street. Get your bike ready for a smooth ride later this summer. – KIRO 7

10. Inside Seattle Sound: The Pharcyde

Legendary hip-hop group The Pharcyde is rolling through Seattle for a two-night stand at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont tonight and Friday. The Los Angeles-based group’s 1992 debut album, Bizarre Ride to the Pharcyde, is listed among Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums of the 90’s and features the popular tracks “Passin’ Me By,” and “Runnin’.” – THE STRANGER

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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, 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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