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Foreign coins from six continents show up in fare boxes

Foreign coins from six continents show up in fare boxes

By Eric Stevick The Everett Herald EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Fiji showed up the other day. It is the latest currency to land in the Everett Transit fare box. The problem is the transit agency runs on U.S. dollars and coins — not kronas, loonies and pesos. While some people try to evade fares altogether, […]

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Posted in Briefs, Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 36 | 8/29-9/40 Comments

Port of Seattle investigating offensive email comments

Port of Seattle investigating offensive email comments

The Port of Seattle is currently undergoing investigation of alleged email comments between two employees. The emails contained references to the port commissioner who was called an “idiot” and “puppet” by the airport staff. There was also reference to one of the African American business owners as a “thug.” The following are the public statements […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

International travelers pack fast growing Sea-Tac Airport

By Martha Bellisle Associated Press SEATAC, Washington (AP) — A record 4 million passengers passed through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in June, surpassing the previous record set in August 2014. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says that when the numbers are counted for July, they’ll likely top June, and August is always a busy month of the […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

Former US foreign service officer sentenced in visa fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. visa chief in Vietnam has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for accepting more than $3 million in bribes in exchange for visas for entry into the U.S. Michael T. Sestak, a former U.S. foreign service officer, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Washington. He […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

Inslee leads trade mission to Korea and Japan

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Aug.7 that he’s leaving at the end of the month for a 9-day trade mission to Korea and Japan. Inslee will be joined by directors of the state agriculture and commerce departments, as well as 60 leaders from the business, education, economic development and local government […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Student quartet hits big league with Beatles tribute performance

Musicians from Skyline High School in Sammamish will be joining professional actors on stage. Chinese American student Jenny Yang will perform as the quartet’s first violinist for “In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles” at the Kirkland Performance Center on October 20. Skyline High seniors Yang, Lauren Christian, Imran McGrath and […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Host an international student in Seattle

The World Affairs Council of Seattle is seeking hosts for students arriving in Seattle this summer on State Department-sponsored youth programs. Programs and dates include: Mexico July 20 – August 1 1-2 students Iraq July 25 – August 8 Seeking 1 family to host 2 students: 1 Iraqi and 1 American from another part of […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 31 | 7/25-7/310 Comments

Canton Alley will get a makeover — Paved streets, lanterns, and pedestrians welcome

Canton Alley will get a makeover — Paved streets, lanterns, and pedestrians welcome

Let’s use our alleys. This is the message Seattle residents and businesses are emoting, and on top of the list for a makeover is the Canton Alley in the Chinatown International District. And why not? A makeover will allow residents  in the ID and tourists easier accessibility to Canton Alley’s illustrious history, will promote tourism, […]

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Posted in Briefs, Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 34 No 30 |7/18-7/240 Comments

Farmworkers at Sakuma Berry Farms demand negotiations

Farmworkers at Sakuma Berry Farms demand negotiations

As a result of negotiation between Familias Unidas por la Justicia and Sakuma management in the fields, over 200 farmworkers received punch cards to verify the exact number of pounds picked on a daily basis. The company also agreed to stop the new practice of having workers begin their day in groups of 15 minute intervals. […]

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Posted in Briefs, Community News, Features, Vol 34 No 29 | 7/11-7/170 Comments

Welcoming 4,000 new citizens July 1-4 to celebrate Independence Day — Naturalization ceremonies across the country and at Seattle Center

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the nation’s 239th birthday by welcoming more than 4,000 new U.S. citizens at over 50 naturalization ceremonies across the country July 1-4. “As we celebrate Independence Day, we welcome over 4,000 new Americans who will be able to enjoy all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of U.S. […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 28 | 7/4-7/100 Comments

Campaign to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month

Campaign to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month

To celebrate June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Pride month, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is launching a multilingual outreach campaign to promote acceptance of Asian American LGBTQ individuals. The campaign features a series of public service announcements (PSAs) that hope to diversify the faces and languages of those […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 26 | 6/20-6/260 Comments

Recognizing Vietnamese heritage and freedom

Recognizing Vietnamese heritage and freedom

On Wednesday, 6/17, 2:00 pm, Councilmember Bruce Harrell will introduce a resolution recognizing the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag as the symbol for Seattle’s Vietnamese community. The Full Council will vote on the legislation on Monday, 6/22, 2:00 pm. Members from the Vietnamese community were invited to be at the committee table to discuss the […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 26 | 6/20-6/260 Comments

No more smoking in city parks

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners has endorsed Mayor Ed Murray’s proposal to ban smoking in city parks. The change was adopted May 21 and will simplify the no-smoking rule, which has been in place at beaches and playgrounds and within 25 feet of other people since 2010. Murray says the outright ban will be […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

Local institution closes its doors

Local institution closes its doors

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Pat Abe, who owned 7th Ave. Auto Service for 43 years in Chinatown, will close its business on May 29. I was sad when I heard the news. But Abe isn’t sad. He was smiling when he held the “CLOSING” sign to be hung up for customers to see. […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 23 | 5/30-6/50 Comments

Destiny opens its doors — New charter school accepting enrollment

Tacoma area families, students and community members chose a name for the new public charter middle school that reflects the long history of Tacoma as the City of Destiny. Destiny Charter Middle School Principal Genny Cadena said members of the Advisory Committee, including families and community members, have been meeting every month to help plan […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

Stolen bonsai tree returned

Stolen bonsai tree returned

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly A bonsai, estimated to be worth thousands of dollars, was stolen from the public display at Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, on Monday, May 18, at approximately 4:20 am. The tree, a 60-year-old San Jose Juniper, has been a part of the museum since its opening in 1989. The […]

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Posted in Briefs, Community News, Features, Features 22, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

Harrell critical of police May Day arrest

Bruce Harrell, Seattle city councilman who chairs the council’s public safety committee, has criticized a police bike officer’s arrest of a protester during last Friday evening’s May Day march in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Seattle Times reports that Councilman Harrell questioned police officials about their approach Wednesday, saying the arrest “just seems idiotic to […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

Seattle Votes — New campaign hopes to inform and engage immigrant voters

Mayor Ed Murray announced plans on April 30 to create the Seattle Votes campaign, a comprehensive effort to significantly increase civic engagement among immigrants, refugees, and communities of color in Seattle. The campaign aims to increase voter registration, voter participation, and advocacy. “Engaging immigrants in the civic life of our City is critical to the […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

“Tank Man” and more — A talk with renowned photographer Jeff Widener

“Tank Man” and more — A talk with renowned photographer Jeff Widener

  Jeff Widener, Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer of the infamous “Tank Man” will be speaking to the community Saturday, May 2, 2p.m. at the International District/Chinatown Community Center (719 8th Ave. S., Seattle). Widener will be discussing “Tank Man” known for its striking portrayal of a single figure that stops a lineup of tanks after the […]

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Posted in Briefs, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

Sharon Lee running for vacated seat on City Council

Sharon Lee running for vacated seat on City Council

Sharon Lee will be running for Sally Clark’s recently vacated seat on the City Council. Clark vacated her seat April 12. Lee will be the third API candidate to run for the seven-month position. Candidates will not be able to re-apply for re-election after the term. Lee has served as Executive Director of the Low […]

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Posted in Briefs, Community News, Profiles, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

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