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The Winter Olympics Have Meant Big Business for Granite Curling Clubnew

Curling had a coming-out party during the 2006 Olympics in Turin, surprising everyone by besting more traditional winter sports like figure skating and hockey in the television ratings. Soon, curious Seattleites began to trickle into the club, eager to try their hand.
Seattle Weekly  |  Vernal Coleman  |  02-22-2010  |  Sports

New Experi-Indie Album Shinesnew

Review of Cave Syndrome, a new experi-indie album by a Seattle-based project fronted by a North Texas artist, Transient Songs.
Fort Worth Weekly  |  Ken Shimamoto  |  02-17-2010  |  Reviews

As a Cash-Strapped State Prepares to Cut Services, Billions are Being Doled Outnew

What about all the other sugar out there, the taxes the state of Washington doesn't collect? There's a bureaucratic mountain of them. Over the past two years alone, they have accounted for a record $98.5 billion in potential tax revenue the state never got.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  02-08-2010  |  Commentary

Maas Media: How a Local Filmmaker Rediscovered Seattleā€™s Soulnew

As co-producer of the breakout indie hit Humpday, Jennifer Maas had the good fortune of attending Sundance and Cannes this year. She also put the finishing touches on a film of her own, Wheedle's Groove, wrapping up five years of documenting Seattle's forgotten soul scene.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian J. Barr  |  12-28-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Why Slavic Immigrants are the Most Visible Face of Opposition to Gay Marriage in Washingtonnew

To them, the issue isn't just about homosexuality. The bigger fear is that the government will start dictating how they practice their religion, in an echo of the oppression they experienced at the hands of communists.
Seattle Weekly  |  Laura Onstot  |  12-14-2009  |  LGBT

Carl Sagan Protege Cliff Mass is Changing the Way Weather is Forecasted in Americanew

Mass is pushing the National Weather Service and the American meteorological community at large to move from a largely deterministic model of communicating weather forecasts to more complex, computer-driven "probabilistic" models.
Seattle Weekly  |  Mike Seely  |  11-23-2009  |  Science

Nirvana: Back in 'Bleach'new

The first Nirvana album was probably the last one you heard, but it marks a critical chapter in Seattle music history. It's worth going back to for a fresh -- or first -- listen, even two decades after the fact and long after grunge was laid to rest.
Seattle Weekly  |  Chris Kornelis  |  11-02-2009  |  Music

Despite Seattle's Battle Against Some Seedy Motels, Their Regulars Remain Undauntednew

After years of complaints from neighborhood residents and hundreds of calls to the police for service, the city has declared war on the seedy motels of Aurora Avenue North -- five of them, anyway.
Seattle Weekly  |  Vernal Coleman  |  09-14-2009  |  Culture

Seattle Rapper D. Black Trades Rhymes for Religionnew

Most musicians with a brand new album would probably spend a Friday night at clubs or music venues, either playing a show or promoting their record. But Black isn't interested in any of that. In fact, he's ready to give up rap entirely.
Seattle Weekly  |  Jonathan Cunningham  |  09-14-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Does Seattle Have Too Many 'Advisors'?new

They've grown in number under Mayor Greg Nickels, and that's become a campaign issue -- even outside the mayor's race.
Seattle Weekly  |  Laura Onstot  |  08-17-2009  |  Politics

Guys Wide Shut: 'Humpday' Calls Bromance's Bluffnew

Lynn Shelton's winning indie comedy is about two thirtysomething men contemplating taking their friendship to the alternative lifestyle edge to win an amateur porn competition, and what is revealed as they go under the microscope ... err, video camera.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Bret McCabe  |  08-04-2009  |  Reviews

Is Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels a Chicago-Style Bully?new

The idea of Nickels as a Daley wannabe is one of those ideas that has filtered down from the rhetoric of political insiders into general popular perception, even conventional wisdom. Trouble is, it's almost impossible to get any of Nickels' accusers to provide details about the mayor's supposedly Daleyesque behavior.
Seattle Weekly  |  Laura Onstot  |  07-27-2009  |  Politics

'The Rough Guide' is a Simple Roadmap to Nirvananew

Veteran Seattle music scribe Gillian G. Gaar smartly resists sensationalism in a new book about the iconic local band.
Seattle Weekly  |  Jonathan Cunningham  |  07-20-2009  |  Nonfiction

How Did a Drug Dealer Rack Up 112 Convictions Over 26 Years?new

Along the way, Smooth has compiled a criminal record that's something of a record itself: He has 112 convictions. Not arrests, convictions: 94 misdemeanors and 18 felonies, revolving through the doors of juvenile court to municipal court to district court to superior court to federal court, from traffic and theft offenses and weapons and assault charges to burglary and crack sales.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  06-15-2009  |  Crime & Justice

King County's 'Green Cab' Experiment Goes Southnew

As Seattle's eco- and labor-friendly taxi service crashes, a group of Ethiopian drivers may lose their shirts.
Seattle Weekly  |  Nina Shapiro  |  05-04-2009  |  Business & Labor

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