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Inside Seattle (Jul 9th, 2019)

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  We can expect rain on Wednesday, with a high/low of 72/61 degrees Fahrenheit. On Thursday, the sun will make an appearance through the clouds, with a high/low of 77/59 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. The Pentagon has chosen two Seattle-based companies — Amazon and Microsoft — as the final candidates to build a “war cloud” computing system for the U.S. military. The contract worth more than $10 billion dollars will be used to store massive amounts of confidential data for the project formerly known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan. Amazon Web Services was considered to be an early favorite for the contract bid, but Microsoft Azure is making a strong case before the expected decision date in August. – SEATTLE TIMES

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2. Boeing reported that its 737 Max jet has not sold any units for a third straight month as it continues to be grounded following two fatal crashes. The plane manufacturer’s first half deliveries in 2019 were down 37 percent from that of the first half of 2018. Production of the once best-selling jet was cut by a third in April and currently has a backlog of 4,600 737 jets that currently sit in Boeing factories throughout the Seattle area. – CNBC

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3. By the numbers: The Age of Residents in King County

Last month’s census data showed that the median age of people who live in King County has dropped from 37.1 to 36.9 years since 2010, while the national average increased from 37.2 to 38.2 years during the same time period. This means King County is getting younger while the rest of the country is getting older. Let’s check out some stats on the matter, provided by Gene Balk of the Seattle Times.

Age stats by group in King County for 2010 and 2018 (number of people in each age group for both years, and the number/percentage of increase) 
Under 15: 344,391 (2010)/385,207(2018), +40,816/11.9% increase
15-24: 247,347/252,726, +5,379/2.2% increase
25-39: 461,875/589,854, +127,979/27.7% increase
40-59: 565,053/588,194, +23,141/4.1% increase
60-79: 249,893/351,402, +101,509/40.6% increase
80-plus: 62,733/69,816, +7,083/11.3% increase

More stats on age for both King County and the U.S.
-Number of counties in the United States: 3,142
-Number of counties nationwide that saw a decrease in median resident age: 525
-King County is one of only six of the nation’s top 100 highest-populated counties to see a decrease in age.
-Fastest growing age group in King County from 2010-2018: 60-79 (+101,509/40.6% increase). Growth of this age group in KC is more than twice that of the national average

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. In a tweet congratulating the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team on their World Cup victory over the Netherlands on Sunday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told USWNT co-captain and Seattle Reign FC star Megan Rapinoe to “skip the White House” for a parade in Seattle. Durkan also added that Rapinoe’s girlfriend, Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird, can be the parade’s “grand marshal.” – KIRO NEWS 7

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5. Rainier Avenue South, which averages one collision per day, is considered Seattle’s most dangerous street. The Department of Transportation is making changes — such as the installation of pedestrian interval crosswalk signals — to make this street safer for drivers and pedestrians alike. - KIRO NEWS RADIO

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6. LGBTQ activist Barbara Bailey was posthumously honored by City of Seattle leaders, who named a stretch of Denny Way after her this week. Bailey owned two local bookstores and “championed civil rights” until her death last year. – KING 5 NEWS

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7. Three of the Seattle Mariners’ top minor league prospects — Justin Dunn, Jarred Kelenic and Evan White — played in the MLB All-Star Futures Game on Sunday in Cleveland. Dunn’s pitched 1.0 inning while allowing 0 hits, 0 runs and striking out one to highlight the trio’s performance in the game, which ended in a 2-2 tie. – BASEBALL AMERICA

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8. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos might be the richest man in the world, but he binges on Netflix just like the rest of us. Bezos took to Instagram this past weekend to show his appreciation for the new season of "Stranger Things" and Eggo waffles. – GEEKWIRE

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9. Seattle has many neighborhoods with unique food options, including the postindustrial Georgetown, which has everything from Nashville-style fried chicken to giant cakes. Seattle Met Magazine takes a look at some of Georgetown’s best restaurants. – SEATTLE MET

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10. Inside Seattle Sound: Common

Chicago rapper Common visits Seattle’s Moore Theater on July 14. Though the conscious rapper has not put out a new solo album since 2016, he has been keeping busy with collaborative efforts from his group, August Greene, as well as tending to his prominent acting career and the release of his new book, "Let Love Have the Last Word." It’s unclear if this tour will be geared towards his music or his book, but one thing’s that clear is Common will drop some knowledge that will have you thinking about life’s bigger picture.

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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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