Inside Seattle - June 13th, 2019

Inside Seattle (Jun 13th, 2019)

Amazon to donate $8 million for homelessness / Hate crime increase / Hero bus driver returns to work

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1. In an attempt to address homelessness near its two headquarters, Amazon said it will donate $8 million towards two organizations that provide shelter and other services for the homeless. Plymouth Housing—a nonprofit in Seattle— will receive $5 million, and the Arlington Community Foundation in Virginia will be getting $3 million from the ecommerce giant. Amazon also launched a campaign to match employee donations to select HQ-area nonprofits that work with the homeless. – KIRO NEWS 7

2. Apple is expected to lease two towers in South Lake Union. The 630,000 square-foot office space on Dexter Avenue would hold up to 4,200 employees. The Bay Area-based tech company currently has 475 employees in the Two Union Square building downtown. Apple has previously stated its plans to have over 1,000 employees in Seattle by 2021. -  APPLE INSIDER

3. By the numbers: Seattle bicycle riders
Anyone who has spent even a little bit of time in the Seattle area knows just how prominent bicyclists are on city streets. An ever-curious mind as The Seattle Times’ 'FYI Guy,’ columnist Gene Balk recently decided to examine who these bicyclists are—men, women, children, etc. After sifting through market research analyses, Balk concluded that even though the population of women in Seattle outnumbers that of men, women are less likely to ride a bike than men. Balk also discovered that the number of white men riding through Seattle is more than that of women and minority men combined. Below are some stats from some of Balk’s findings.
                                    Total population        Cyclists        Percentage who are cyclists
White Men                   976,000                    92,000          9%
Minority Men                386,000                    36,000          9%
Women                        1,472,000                 41,000          3%

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!

4. Throwback Thursday - The Real World: Seattle
By Nick Shekeryk

“This is the true story…of seven strangers…picked to live in a house…(work together) and have their lives taped…to find out what happens…when people stop being polite…and start getting real…The Real World.”

Before reality television became a juggernaut force that took over a large portion of all television programming, MTV had The Real World. Each of the show’s 33 seasons is hosted in a different city, and in June of 1998, TRW made its first stop in Seattle for the sixth season. The cast of seven young people, aged 19-22, were assigned to live in a converted warehouse that sits on Pier 70 of Elliott Bay.

While all the chaos seemed to be fairly controlled by the production team of Mary-Ellis Bunum and Jonathan Murray, The Real World: Seattle is perhaps best remembered for violating the show’s no physical violence policy, when one cast member slapped another during a confrontation. The incident was dubbed “the slap heard round the world.”

It’s been over 20 years since the TRW: Seattle made its debut. The show made its return to Seattle during its 32nd season, shortly before the series ended. By today’s standards, season six was fairly tame and innocent, but during its time, the show was considered controversial and risqué for cable television programming. Though reality television has come a long way since the days of MTV inciting supposed unscripted confrontation among young adults, TRW will always have its place among the pantheon— and that Seattle season remains of its brightest moments.

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!

5. Research from University of Washington sociology professor Tim Thomas revealed that Seattle has had a 400 percent increase in hate crimes since 2012. Before the city council committee, Thomas revealed startling facts such as 54 percent of hate crimes being related to race, while 32 percent are related to sexual orientation. Thomas’ findings also showed that Capitol Hill and the U-District were the most common areas for a hate crime occurrences. – KOMO NEWS

6. King County Metro bus driver Eric Stark returned to driving this week after being shot during a rampage that killed three people in March. Stark— who is lauded as a hero for driving his passengers to safety despite being shot— is excited to get his life back on track. Watch a video of Stark’s triumphant return to normalcy after the violent incident. – KING 5 NEWS

7. University of Washington softball commit Kelley Lynch was named Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year earlier this month. The nation's top recruit had a .436 batting average and a 17-0 pitching record with a 0.27 earned run average for East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, GA. - SEATTLE TIMES

8. The Seattle Times said reporter Mike Rosenburg resigned last week following a suspension and investigation into allegations that he sent inappropriate messages to journalist Talia Jane. The publication said it completed its investigation, but does not plan to release any of its details to the public. – THE STRANGER

9. Seattle author Molly West Duffy wants to help you find balance in your life and happiness at work. Duffy, along Liz Fosslien—the co-authors of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work—will be speaking at Town Hall about living your best life at work on Saturday June 22. – SEATTLE TIMES 

10. Inside Seattle Sound: 15 new artists at the forefront of Seattle’s eclectic music scene    
Yesterday, NPR published an article highlighting Seattle’s music scene in the aftermath of the grunge movement of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. NPR made note of the area’s experimental and innovate sounds in genres such as rock, hip-hop and soul. The article lists 15 of the up and coming artists who are part of the Emerald City’s new eclectic movement, such as chill vibe producer Chong the Nomad. Check out the list and get to know the new faces of Seattle music. – NPR

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), 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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