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Inside Seattle (Jun 6th, 2019)

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  We can expect thunderstorms on Friday, with a high/low of 57/50 degrees Fahrenheit. Clouds with hang heavy in the sky Saturday-Monday, with a 3-day high/low of 76/50 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. The Democratic National Committee rejected Jay Inslee’s request for a presidential debate on climate change this week. The Washington Governor has built his 2020 presidential campaign around solving climate change, which has garnered support from Democratic nominees such as Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Inslee’s campaign called the DNC’s decision “deeply disappointing.” – SEATTLE TIMES

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2. A local couple won a contest from Seattle's Elysian Brewery to have their wedding officiated by Jonathan Van Ness of Netflix’s “Queer Eye.” The wedding, which took place at the brewery’s Capitol Hill location on Tuesday, was in conjunction with the start of Pride Month, as well as the one-year anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed a cake shop owner to refuse baking a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Carla Schier, who baked a cake for the Elysian wedding, said, "we’re trying to turn a bad day into a good day." – SEATTLE TIMES

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3. Jargon Watch: How do you say Sequim?

Located roughly 65 miles northwest of Seattle is the city of Sequim. While the city of a little over 7,000 people is dubbed the “Lavender Capital of North America,” Sequim is also known for being tough to pronounce. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had people ask me how to find “see-quim.” I assume people who butcher this word which, comes from the Native American Klallam language, are not from around here. I make this assumption because most Western Washingtonians know the city as “squim,” which is the correct pronunciation. Whether you’re planning to visit Sequim for its lush lavender fields or robust hunting grounds, you might impress locals by knowing how to pronounce the name of their city.

The first Thursday of each month will feature the definition of a term popularized or heavily used in the Pacific Northwest.
 

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4. Throwback Thursday: 40th Anniversary of the Seattle SuperSonics’ NBA Title
By Nick Shekeryk

More than a decade ago, the Seattle SuperSonics packed up and left town. Though fans may still feel the hurt of not having a local NBA team, there will always be the memories of the franchise’s lone World Championship title during the 1978-1979 season — 40 years ago this week.

On June 1, 1979, the SuperSonics clinched the NBA Championship title against the Washington Bullets, winning the series four games to one. Led by future Hall of Famers Dennis Johnson and Jack Sikma, the Sonics were determined to avenge their NBA Finals loss to the Bullets in the previous season. 

After losing the first game of the series on the road by a score of 99-97, the Sonics’ defense prevailed in game two, holding Washington to just 30 points in the second half and winning the contest 92-82. Back in Seattle for game three of the series, the Sonics took charge. Behind the scoring attack from point guard Gus Williams and Sikma, who combined for 52 points, the Sonics won handedly by a score of 105-95. 

In game four, the Bullets overcame a 36-point deficit to push the game to overtime, but it wasn’t enough to sink the hot hands of Williams and Johnson, who combined for 68 points in the 114-112 victory. Headed back east for game five, poor shooting from the Bullets gave Seattle the edge, the victory, and the title. Johnson won series MVP honors.

The SuperSonics’ title was a big moment for Seattle, as it was the city’s first major sports title in more than 60 years, when the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association won the Stanley Cup in 1917.

As I watched game three of last night’s 2019 NBA Finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, I couldn’t help but think how the landscape of not only the NBA, but the city of Seattle, would be different if the Sonics were around today. Hopefully the team return will someday, but until then, we can revel in the glory of the magical title run that took place 40 years ago.

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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5. Seattle has the nation’s highest number of murders among Native American women, according to a report from the Urban Indian Health Institute. The UIHI gathered data from 506 open cases across 71 U.S. cities and found the Seattle area’s comparatively large Native American population to be the main reason 56 women are currently missing and presumed dead. The report also suggests that a disconnect between law enforcement and Native American communities is responsible for the high rates. – Q13 FOX

6. According to a report from RealPage, Seattle had 3,400 apartments rented between January and March of 2019, which is the second highest rate in the nation. New York-White Plains is the only area that had more renters than Seattle during the first quarter of the year, with 3,976 newly rented units. – KING 5

7. The Seattle Storm defeated the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday evening by a score of 84-77. Storm guard Jordin Canada, who’s starting in place of the injured Sue Bird, scored a career-high 17 points to help Seattle take down the WNBA’s last undefeated team this season. – SWISH APPEAL

8. Dorothy Carnevali, a 97-year-old University of Washington nurse-turned-blogger, is using her wisdom and experience to document life’s changes in old age. Carnevali’s blog, “Engaging with Aging,” is full of information for those in the winter of their years Get it a look to see what you can expect as your age. – KING 5

9. Seattle’s NHL team released a new website with a pink/salmon and light blue color scheme on Wednesday. The team has yet to pick a name, but the colors could help narrow down some o the options (Seattle Chinooks anyone?) – NHL.COM

10. Inside Seattle Music: Save the Showbox!

Amid a legal battle that’s threatening to turn the Showbox into a 44-story apartment building, Seattle City Council has been working to make the beloved music venue a permanent piece of the Pike Place Historic District. On Tuesday, the city council committee voted to keep the Showbox from being torn down for six months, and there will be a vote next week to seek extension on the venue’s status as a historical site. While the extensions appear to be buying the city time, there is hope that Showbox owner Roger Forbes may be looking to settle, which would allow the city to preserve the venue. - PATCH

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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.

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