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Amazon opened a new retail store in Seattle that carries only "4-Star" rated and above products. The store does not take cash, so customers will have to use Amazon's Go's cashier-less setup to purchases Amazons most highly rated products.  On August 15, online retail giant Amazon.com opened what it calls a "4-star" store in South Lake Union. The 4,000 square-foot brick-and-mortar shop only contains products that are highly ranked at Amazon.com. Each product on sale there meets the following conditions: The average customer review on Amazon.com is 4.0 or greater. It is a top seller in a specific category. Amazon considers the product "new and trending. At the grand opening of the store, which is located at the intersection of Westlake and Lenora not far from the company's headquarters, a steady stream of customers poured in to explore a shop that is arranged by category much like the online store.…
Development Will Include 175 Affordable Housing Units On August 7, Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city, in its largest real estate transaction in history, was selling a nearly 3-acre parcel of land on Mercer Street known as the Mercer Mega Block. It is selling it to a private real estate developer called Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. for more than $138 million. The company, in turn, plans to develop the land into a pair of office buildings, a community center and an apartment building that will provide about 175 affordable homes. For some time now, the property has been a source of controversy because of the rising costs of housing in the city due to the flourishing high-tech industry there. Last year, city activists called on Durkan to use the entire property for affordable public housing. But the mayor instead decided to sell the land to the developer,…
The gig economy has brought lots of convenience to our daily lives. We can now hail a ride or nab a place to stay for the night with just a click of a button. But could we be paying a price for all this convenience? In this post we take a look at a British journalist who exposed poor and possible dangerous practices on the Uber Eats platform.  BBC News in the United Kingdom recently conducted an investigation in which they were able to register a fake burger restaurant on Uber Eats and actually have someone place and receive an order from this entirely fictional eatery. During the course of the investigation, the BBC journalists registered a company called Best Burger Corporation on Uber Eats without providing any proof that the company actually existed and without having to prove that the company had passed required hygiene checks. While Uber Eats…
Monday, 8th July 2019 20:34

Interesting Facts About "Xanadu 2.0"

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bill Gates' Mansion Called "Xanadu 2.0" Bill Gates is one of Seattle's most famous residents. But his house is almost as famous. It is so famous that it even has its very own Wikipedia page. But how much do you really know about what Gates calls Xanadu 2.0?   It Has Lots of Bathrooms If you have ever complained about not having enough bathrooms in your home, Xanadu 2.0 will really make you envious. It actually has 24 bathrooms, and 10 of them have baths. What's more, the mansion has a mere 7 bedrooms, so there are always plenty of bathrooms to go around even if Bill and Melinda are hosting lots of guests.   It Has a Really Big Pool While you would expect Xanadu 2.0 to have a swimming pool, you probably did not realize just how big of a pool it…
Wednesday, 19th June 2019 18:58

Seahawks 2019 Minicamp

Considering that it is still June, not many people around the country are thinking about football right now. Unless, of course, you are a Seattle Seahawks fan, in which case you are likely thinking about football all year long. With these people in mind, here are some thoughts of the team's recently completed minicamp:   Bobby Wagner Participated (Sorta) One of the team's most pressing concerns right now is re-signing All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. This year, Wagner will enter the final year of his 4-year, $43 million contract, and he is looking to become the highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL. That would mean a deal somewhere north of the one C. J. Mosley signed with the Jets, which was for $85 million over 5 years, with more than $50 million of it guaranteed.While Wagner and the Seahawks continue to negotiate a long-term deal, Wagner is insisting that…
Friday, 14th June 2019 17:49

Seattle's Top Rooftop Dining

Seattle's iconic skyline makes it the ideal place for rooftop dining, where you can take in unforgettable views of the Space Needle and Puget Sound while enjoying superb food and drinks. Here's the Seattle Public Relations list of the trendiest rooftop bars and restaurants in the Emerald City. The Mountaineering Club Located atop the newly renovated Graduate Seattle hotel (formerly Hotel Deca), the Mountaineering Club features a creative cocktail list and a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. If you opt for the latter, there are s'mores-making kits available to round out the meal. Seafood lovers will feel especially welcome here, but the views of the Olympic range are sure to attract diners of all stripes. The recent renovations have turned this spot into a top draw—no start up PR required—so be prepared for a wait. The Fog Club If it's the Great Wheel you've come to see, you won't…
Monday, 3rd June 2019 18:41

Seattle Ferry Hits Humpback Whale

On the night of Tuesday, May 28th, a Washington State Ferry collided with a juvenile humpback whale in the waters of Elliott Bay. The impact occurred mere minutes after the ferry’s scheduled 8:15 p.m. departure from Coleman Dock, in downtown Seattle. Witnesses riding aboard the boat, at the time, reported seeing red water in the ship’s wake, and searches were conducted into the night, looking for either the injured whale or its remains. While neither was ever located, officials now assume that the accident proved fatal for the young humpback.  Reports said that nobody onboard the ferry was injured.  Despite the frequency with which ferries traverse the waters in and around Washington, each day, this run-in was the first of its kind recorded between the state-operated ferries and any large marine mammal. That excellent record is owed in part to the vigilance of individual ferry crews, including those lookouts posted…
A recent spate of earthquakes dating back to as early as April 2019 and numbering in the dozens have been going off and the average person has no idea. Not only has this tectonic activity been going on as deep as 20 miles below the surface, we now know that they signify an event that has not been experienced since 2011; three separate tectonic zones all moving at the same time. The most recent event in this tectonic "swarming" happened beneath the coastline of central Oregon. Specifically, it occurred on the 16th of May at 4:11 a.m. and rumbled in an area four miles to the east of Copalis Beach. The earthquake measured as a 3.4 on the Richter scale. Because of the depth of this quake and others within this "tremor burst," aftershocks are mostly nonexistent. Every time a new tremor, quake or temblor rumbles beneath, scientists gain new…