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Inside Seattle (Jul 11th, 2019)

  We can expect to see the sun through clouds all weekend long, with a 3-day high/low of 78/60 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. Amazon announced it will spend $700 million to retrain workers to gain more technical skills. The tech company plans to offer highly skilled training to 100,000 of its fulfillment center workers in America by 2025, with hopes that it will allow these employees to take on more technical roles as robots continue to do more of the company's sorting and package delivery. – SEATTLE TIMES

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2. The proposed expansion of Seattle’s Just Cause Eviction Ordinance would protect renters from being evicted on short notice. Seattle City Council plans to discuss the legislation, which would require property owners of low-income housing to submit a written notice to Seattle’s Office of Housing and Seattle Housing Authority no later than 60 days before listing a property for sale. This proposal was made by city councilmember Teresa Mosqueda to “help keep Seattle residents in their homes.” – CAPITOL HILL SEATTL BLOG

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3. Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program will remain intact after the Washington state Supreme Court unanimously voted to keep it around for the upcoming election cycle. The pioneer program, which gives local voters $100 in vouchers to apply towards political campaigns, faced opposition for urging taxpayers to give money they normally wouldn’t to certain politicians. The courts found the program to not be in violation of any constitutional rights. – SEATTLE TIMES

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4. Seattle police seized 13 pounds of meth from a West Seattle man’s home this week. The man was arrested after he recently sold drugs to undercover police officers. – KIRO NEWS

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5. The Seattle Storm announced that it will air nine home games this season on ROOT SPORTS, which would give the reigning WNBA champions coverage in Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The partnership was made as a way to “grow the game of women’s basketball and the Seattle Storm brand across the region." – STORM.COM

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6. Pioneer Square’s “Sinking Ship” garage has been nomination for “Coolest parking spot in the United States” by British architecture and design publication, Architizer. The “Sinking Ship” came in fourth place during last year’s competition. If you'd like to check out this year's competition field and place your vote, do so here. – KOMO NEWS

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7. Inside Seattle Sounds: Ballard Seafood Fest

The Ballard Seafood Fest may be known for its infamous lutefisk eating contest, but the real treasure of this Scandinavian neighborhood gathering is its incredible music lineup. The three-day lineup includes local favorites like The Moondoggies and Pickwick. Ballard Seafood Fest runs from Friday July 12-Sunday July 14 and is free admission.

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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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