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Inside Seattle (Jun 4th, 2019)

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  We can expect an overcast day on Wednesday, with a high/low of 66/50 degrees Fahrenheit. On Thursday, the sun will make an appearance through the clouds, with a high/low of 60/48 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. Boeing told the Federal Aviation Administration that more than 300 of its 737 model commercial jets may have faulty wing parts. In a statement on Monday, Boeing officials said “improperly manufactured” parts that fail to meet wing durability and strength standards were discovered on 41 aircrafts. The plane manufacturer plans to inspect 271 other airplanes for the faulty parts. – INTERESTING ENGINEERING

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3. Inside the Numbers: High School Graduation Rates in Washington state
This month, thousands of high school seniors throughout the state will be walking across the stage and receiving their diplomas. According to U.S. News & World Report, the national average for public high school graduation rates was 84.6 percent in 2018, with Washington averaging 83 percent. We are going to take a look at the graduation rates of high schoolers across the state over the past 8 years.
2018: 83%
2017: 79.3%
2016: 79.1%
2015: 78.2%
2014: 78.2%
2013: 76.4%
2012:  77%
2011: 76%

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.  70-year-old Dwight Benson is being held on $1 million bail in the King County Jail after being charged with his 17th driving under the influence violation on Monday. Benson, who’s DUI arrest record dates back to 1984, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder upon returning home from his third Vietnam War tour. Benson's lawyers claim he is harmless, but has a drinking problem. – KIRO 7

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5. Local dad Jeff Lew successfully raised over $14,000 for the Renton School District to pay off school lunch debt. Lew also raised money to feed federal employees impacted by the recent government shutdown, as well as to pay off the school lunch debt for Seattle Public Schools. – KIRO 7

6. Two Mount Rainier hikers who went missing on Sunday were found after deputies and volunteers conducted a search on Monday. Both hikers were uninjured. - SEATTLE TIMES

7. The Seattle Mariners selected right-handed pitcher George Kirby with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday. The 21-year-old junior struck out 107 batters this season for Elon University in North Carolina and led all NCAA division I pitchers with a 17.83 strike out-to-walk ratio. – MLB.COM

8. It’s no secret that driving has become increasingly difficult in Seattle. Crosscut’s Knute Berger offers a playful, yet frustrated take on what it’s like to navigate your way around Seattle by vehicle amid a perpetual sea of brake lights. – CROSSCUT

9. According to the National Weather Service, Seattle had its third hottest spring season on record earlier this year with an average of 53.8 degrees. Seattle had 21 days of at least 70-degree weather from March-May— with a high of 86 degrees in May. The National Climate Prediction Center says the city will continue to have elevated temperatures through the summer season. – KING 5

10. Inside Seattle Sound: Bumbershoot Music Festival Announced 
The lineup for Bumbershoot, Seattle’s annual Labor Day music and arts festival, was released on Monday. This year's acts include indie folk band The Lumineers, rapper Tyler, the Creator and comedian Neal Brennan. Bumbershoot runs from August 30th-September 1st at the Seattle Center. – BUMBERSHOOT.COM

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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), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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