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January 1, 2015 at 12:06 AM

With fireworks and celebration, Seattle crowds welcome 2015

Fireworks light up Seattle’s Space Needle at the launch of 2015. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times) Thousands of people braved the below-freezing temperatures to celebrate the new year at Seattle Center, where, as they have been for decades, fireworks were set off from the Space Needle. Crews had installed several thousand pyrotechnic shots on the Space Needle…


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March 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Witness: Crash was ‘terrible sound of metal and steel’

Kallie Meno was excited when she first saw the helicopter that looked like it was trying to land as she was stopped at a red light on Broad Street Tuesday morning. “I thought, ‘this is so cool! I’ve never seen a helicopter land this close,’” said Meno, 27, who lives in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood. But that excitement…


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March 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Monorail resumes service; 5th Avenue reopens after crash

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m. | Broad Street has reopened in both directions between Denny Way and Fifth Avenue North, SDOT said. UPDATE, 4:05 p.m. | The Seattle Monorail has resumed service and will remain open until 9 p.m. this evening. Fifth Avenue North by Seattle Center is now open in both directions. Broad Street remains closed…


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February 4, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Transportation tips for the Seahawks parade

If forecasts are correct, somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000 people will head to downtown Seattle on Wednesday to celebrate the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory under cold, clear skies. The parade down Fourth Avenue — from Denny Way south to CenturyLink Field — starts at 11 a.m. Fourth Avenue and all cross streets from Third Avenue to Fifth…


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January 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Worker killed in fall from Seattle building identified

A man who died after falling 50 feet off a building near Seattle Center on Monday has been identified as Aaron Adair, 34. Adair, reportedly an iron worker, was on scaffolding at a building at 101 Taylor Ave. N. when he fell, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. He was taken to Harborview…


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December 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Seattle Center pot party draws hundreds of tokers

John "The Freak" lights up a large roll of weed at the anniversary celebration of legal marijuana in Washington on Friday at Seattle Center. (Marcus Yam/ The Seattle Times)

John “The Freak” lights up a large roll of weed at the anniversary celebration of legal marijuana in Washington on Friday at Seattle Center. (Marcus Yam/ The Seattle Times)

To some, smoking pot freely at Seattle Center was liberating, a step out of the shadows. For others, it was a chance to partake in a little history — and at least one joint the size of a burrito.

The one-year anniversary celebration of legal weed in Washington drew about 400 tokers by 5 p.m., despite the frigid cold. Most of them crowded into a tent in the fenced-off party area, which quickly filled with sweet smoke, making it what’s called in pot parlance a “hot box.”

Alison Holcomb, chief author of the legal pot law, said Hempfest volunteer Nathan Messer asked her, “Is this the largest legal hot box in the world?”

Why not celebrate in the warmth of home with friends?

“That’s like posing the same question to someone in a beer garden,” said Duncan Rolfson, 21, of Tacoma. “It’s more fun to enjoy something social in public.”

“This is kind of history in the making,” said Lauren Donat, 21, of Seattle. “And I want to be able to say to my kids, ‘Isn’t it funny we had to actually fight to do it.'”


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November 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Saturday Memo: Pot-party planning … Husky football tonight … Elwha exhibit opens at Burke

Weather:  Sunny, high around 50. The forecast. Pot party coming to Seattle Center:  To celebrate the one-year anniversary of legal weed in the state, the city of Seattle has granted a permit for a pot party at Seattle Center on Dec. 6. “No matter how often you might have smoked weed at Folklife…


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August 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Saturday Memo: Glider pilot honored … Idaho wildfire … Water-balloon fight

There’s a chance of showers this weekend, but also a chance of sunshine. We’re staying optimistic. More from the National Weather Service forecast. Gliding to glory: Bob Swenson, 90, of Bellevue, finally is getting an overdue Bronze Star medal for his heroism as a glider pilot during World War II. He flew…


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June 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Sunday memo: Pride parade . . . Mariner baseball . . . More hot weather

Pride parade: The weekend of events for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community and their supporters wraps up today with the Pride Parade on Fourth Avenue from Union Street to Denny Way. It starts at 11 a.m. and continues into the afternoon. PrideFest  starts at noon and goes until 8 p.m. with…


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