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Inside Seattle (Jun 20th, 2019)

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  We can expect the sun to make an occasional appearance from behind the clouds throughout the weekend, with a 3-day a high/low of  71/52 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. An increase in oil tankers coming through local water passages is likely to occur after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the expansion of Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline on Tuesday. The expansion project, which is expected to more than triple the size of the current pipeline, could increase tanker travel from 5 to 34 tankers per month. PM Trudeau said the approved project is set to begin as soon as this coming “construction season.” – SEATTLE TIMES 

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2. An explosion that vandalized a Renton church’s Pride Month display drew an investigation from the FBI on Wednesday morning. A member of the United Christian Church called the act of arson—which resulted in holes blown through a set of colored doors on the congregation’s lawn—a “hate crime.” Local authorities reported that no injuries occurred in what is said to have been the fourth case of vandalism to the display in less than two weeks. – SEATTLE TIMES

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3. Throwback Thursday: Where Have Seattle’s Drive-In Movie Theaters Gone?
By Nick Shekeryk

I remember it like it was yesterday— my mom would whip up a huge vat of homemade buttered popcorn, fill our Volkswagen van with soda, sports drinks and other sugary delights before taking my brother, my friends and I to one of the two local drive-in movie theaters.

Located on the northern and southern edges of the Greater Seattle area were Everett’s Puget Park Theater and the Valley 6 Outdoor Theater in Auburn. Hanging out with a bunch of preteen boys hyped up sugar and watching a double feature of something along the lines of Jurassic Park and The Sandlot was probably not the ideal way for my mom to spend a summer night on a Friday, but it was appreciated on our end— especially now that the possibility of going to one of these once popular local theaters is no longer an option.

Drive-In movie theaters hit the height of their popularity in the 1950’s and 1960’s as a great summer evening activity for people of all ages. By the time the nation’s capital celebrated the 75th anniversary of this once beloved activity in the June of 2008, many of drive-in theaters around the country had closed down, with Puget Park and Valley 6 meeting their demise soon after—in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

While Puget Park get turned into a hospital and Valley 6 remains a deserted piece of land, people are finding summer movie fun at outdoor screens in places such as breweries and public parks. Sitting on a patch of lumpy grass surrounded by tons of people may seem like a fun thing, but having remembered those summer nights of my youth piled in the back of my family van at a local drive-in theater, a movie at the park pales in comparison.

The chances of visiting a drive-in movie theater are all but dead in Seattle, but if you’re up for making a trek out of town, there are five locations that still operate in Washington state— the closest one being in Bremerton. Though it’s not that convenient to drive hours for a couple movies you can see in your local theater or on Netflix in a few weeks, taking a trip into the past with a double feature from the comfort of your own vehicle might offer a unique and simple joy that few get to experience today.

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. U. S. District Judge Ronald Leighton ordered Madigan Army Medical Center to pay a family over $12 million after their child sustained severe burns during a botched surgery in 2015. Representatives for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord medical facility admitted to negligent operating practices in the incident which caused the child’s oxygen mask to burst into flames while attached to his face when a surgeon sparked an electrical charge that ignited a gas explosion. Army representatives “sincerely apologized” for the incident. – TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE
 

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5. City of Seattle officials are taking precaution to better prepare local community centers to handle the inevitable cloud of Canadian wildfire smoke that that is expected to cover the city this summer by updating air condition systems. The wildfire smoke has destroyed the city's air quality for two of the last three summers. – KOMO NEWS 4

6. Geek Wire reported that rideshare company Uber is looking to buy Seattle startup Mighty AI. “Recent talks,” between the two companies are said to have been in relation to Uber’s desire to fortify its self-driving vehicle development. – GEEK WIRE

7. The Everett AquaSox rolled out tons of new changes to its newly-named home turf— Funko Field— and are set to become the first professional franchise to release a series of exclusive Funko POP! dolls as promotional giveaways. – LIVE IN EVERETT

8. The Alaskan Way Viaduct may be on its way out of town, but its remains were donated to local artists who have turned the rubble into jewelry. Michelle Li of King 5 News took a look at some of the creative thoroughfare wear that’s now sold by vendors in Pike Place Market. – KING 5 NEWS

9. Popular fast food chain Chick-fil-A has announced that it’s opening a location in North Seattle later this month. To celebrate its opening, the restaurant is offering one free meal per week for a year to the first 100 customers who drop by the new location in the Bitter Lake neighborhood. – Q13 FOX

10. Inside Seattle Sound: Thom Yorke’s 'Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes'
On Monday, Radiohead front man Thom Yorke announced a North American tour—in support of his upcoming third solo album, 'Anima'—with plans to stop at Seattle’s Paramount Theater on Sunday October 20th. Seats for this hot-ticket performance go on sale this weekend. I had no such luck attempting to land presale tickets through Radiohead’s website, so here’s to hoping I have better luck during the general sale!

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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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