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Category: Seattle
March 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Seattle sketch comedy show ‘The 206’ finds scrappy path to success

John Keister, Chris Cashman and Pat Cashman host the live taping of “The (206),” a local sketch comedy television show, at Fremont Studios. (MARCUS YAM / SEATTLE TIMES) I could see where this joke was going. Seattle comedians John Keister and Pat Cashman faced the cameras in Fremont Studios and ticked off the latest accomplishments…

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February 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Hack your life: Pioneering Seattle event makes habit change a group effort

Lifehacking event Spark Weekend Seattle reflected a focus on the individual. (Photo: Spark Weekend) “We’re here to change habits, change lives,” James Norris told 100 people gathered on the first floor of Pioneer Square’s Impact Hub. “You guys are all part of a movement.” It was the kickoff to Spark Weekend Seattle, a first-of-its-kind, two-day…

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February 8, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Seattle sommelier hacks wine world with award-winning site

Sommelier Madeline Puckette of the blog Wine Folly displays one of the many infographics she has designed for the site at her Seattle home office. Puckette, who estimates she’s tried between 5,000-6,000 wines, hopes her blog makes it easier to connect to the world of wine. (LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES) When you order…

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January 25, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Seen a Tesla today? Electric cars turn up fastest in Washington state

David Eaton, dean of the Graduate School at the University of Washington, commutes from Mukilteo in his fully electric 2012 Tesla S. The car gets 94 city/97 highway mpg, features a 17-inch touchscreen control panel, and is one of more than 500 more than 1,000 Teslas in Washington state. (LINDSEY WASSON / SEATTLE TIMES) It…

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January 18, 2014 at 9:54 PM

At CenturyLink Field, Seahawks fans want a win and a signal

The rectangular white box overlooking section 127 at CenturyLink Field is one of 700 antennas that make it possible for you to stay connected during the big games. WiFi is available only to the club and suite areas of the stadium. (Photo: AT&T) Joseph Sunga is a happier Seahawks fan this season. The eight-year-season ticket holder will…

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January 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Should you be coworking? New Seattle space signals shift

New York-based WeWork operates shared work spaces in three cities and opens its first Seattle space next month. This building in Los Angeles, like most of its spaces, features plenty of glass and light. (Photo: Design Helm for WeWork)

New York-based WeWork operates shared work spaces in three cities and opens its first Seattle space next month. This building in Los Angeles, like most of its spaces, features lots of glass and light. (Photo: WeWork)

The first floor of WeWork's Seattle space, which opens Feb. 1, will feature an events space near reception and a large room for open coworking. (Photo: WeWork)

The first floor of WeWork’s Seattle space, which opens Feb. 1, will feature an events space near reception and a large room for open coworking. Desks start at $300 a month. CLICK TO ZOOM. (Photo: WeWork)

Inside new construction on the corner of Yale Avenue North and Republican Street, builders are busy.

Seattle entrepreneurs are sporting hard hats to tour three dusty floors of 500 Yale Ave. N., and the crews have fewer than three weeks to turn its skeleton of wood, glass and metal into the largest, most ambitious coworking space Seattle has seen.

When it opens Feb. 1, the WeWork space in South Lake Union will show how neighborly work habits have become.

The 55,000-square-foot space will fit more than 800 workers — 57 at long, shared tables on the first floor and the rest in glass-walled rooms housing from one person to 18.

But what will make this assembly of desks a “coworking” space won’t be proximity. it will be pingpong tables. Unplanned happy hours. Regular talks and mixers on the first floor. It will be the free coffee and free beer (yes, beer), the décor fit for some hip young magazine and, if activities at any of the 15 spaces the New York-based company currently operates spread, crazy things like Mario Kart tournaments.

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January 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Seattle bus rider put away smartphone before wrestling gunman

Maybe you’ve seen the video of the Seattle Metro bus riders who wrestle a gunman to the ground less than a second after he’s pointed a gun at the wrong man’s face.

That man — sitting at the right of the frame in glasses — is looking at his smartphone, ear buds in, when the video starts. The gun appears in front of him and whoa — in one swoop he juts back, reaches for the gun and gets up to shove the gunman back down the aisle.

A reader pointed out a fascinating detail: As he shoves the man back with one hand — and you can imagine this is about the point when the man wakes up to what he’s doing and that his life is at stake — he uses his other hand to put away his smartphone.

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