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Many fans of the Seattle Seahawks credit Paul Allen with saving football in the city. And his contributions will now be honored by adding his name to the list of legendary figures celebrated by the franchise. Paul Allen was inducted into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor before last Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Rams. The tribute is a fitting one for a man who purchased the Seahawks franchise in 1997 and raised its profile to a level that many did not think possible. Jody Allen is the current Seahawks Chair and Paul Allen's sister. Ms. Allen will raise the 12 flag in honor of her brother before the start of Thursday's game. The 12s is the name given to the rabid fanbase that supports the Seahawks. Ms. Allen says Paul Allen and the 12s represent everything the Seahawks organization is built on. She says the fans are what…
Thursday, 26th September 2019 22:20

The Viaduct is now fully demolished

Well, it’s official - as of September 21, 2019 Seattle’s iconic, two-tiered freeway is no more. Public reaction has varied. But then again, the Viaduct was nothing if not divisive, both literally and figuratively, from its very inception. Whether you loved it for the views, hated it for the delays, trembled at the danger or were thrilled by it, the Viaduct formed an integral part of Seattle’s landscape for over 60 years, so it may be worth remembering how we got here. The Road Thus Travelled When construction on the Alaskan Way Viaduct first began in the 1940s, the barrier it created between the Waterfront and the rest of downtown was intentional: shipping was the name of the game, and the Viaduct was built in part to protect maritime commerce from increasing vehicular and foot traffic over the previous decade. It may have succeeded in that mission, but criticism rose…
Monday, 16th September 2019 16:38

Amazon Goes on "Hiring Spree" Today

Amazon Announces "Hiring Spree" With Career Fairs in 6 Major Cities and 30,000 Jobs to Fill at New HQ If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work for global leader Amazon, now is your chance to find out. There may be a nationally slowing job market, but like most things in this economy, that doesn’t apply to mega-giant Amazon. The online retailer is looking to fill more than 30,000 jobs in a variety of departments and just announced a series of six Career Day events it will hold to fill those jobs. The company is seeking to get the word out and encourage people to come out to apply for these jobs. Qualified candidates will make it on to the next round. These “Amazon Career Day” events will all be held simultaneously on Tuesday, September 17th. They will be held in these six cities: • Boston, Massachusetts • Chicago,…
Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 19:38

Barricade Collapse at Bumbershoot Music Festival

Four concert attendees suffered minor injuries when a 4-foot-high steel barricade collapsed at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival at Seattle Center on Saturday. Seattle Fire Department Public Information Officer, David Cuerpo, reported that the Department received a call for assistance at approximately 10:00 pm on Saturday night. The call was one of multiple 911 calls that were made by concert attendees after the steel barricade collapsed against the weight of the crowd. Bumbershoot Festival The Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival takes place at Seattle Center every year over Labor Day weekend. The three-day event, which is now in its 49th year, is a multidisciplinary arts festival that hosts music, theater, literature, dance, comedy, visual and performing artists, fine arts exhibits and much more. Festival attendees roam the grounds, going to various stages to see their favorite artists. Saturday was the second day of the event. On Saturday night, when…
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…