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Uncashed Royalty Check to Kurt Cobain Is Smaller Than You Think

It was for $26, just before the Nirvana made it big

(Newser) - A record store owner in Seattle has stumbled on papers that belonged to the late Kurt Cobain before he became a household name. Matt Vaughan of Easy Street Records bought a collection of Nirvana's tour itineraries back in 1993 but it wasn't until last week that he found... More »

America's 10 Most, Least Educated Cities

Look for the learned in Ann Arbor, Mich.

(Newser) - "Smart" doesn't necessarily equate with "educated," but having an education can certainly help maximize one's natural intelligence—and there are certain US cities where the most scholarly are gathered. WalletHub looked at the 150 most populated metropolitan areas in the US, specifically across two key... More »

This Is the Best Big City in the US

Virginia Beach is No. 1 in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - All big cities have problems. Some are just able to "tackle their problems and emphasize their strengths more efficiently than others," according to WalletHub , which rounds up the best US cities to call home with populations over 300,000. Three of the top 10 cities—based on affordability,... More »

Man Goes on 'Unprovoked, Random' Stabbing Spree in Seattle: Cops

One victim is in critical condition, suspect is in custody

(Newser) - Three people have been hospitalized in Seattle after what police are calling an "unprovoked and random attack" Tuesday morning, KIRO 7 reports. Police say a male suspect stabbed three men, including a Nordstrom employee, outside the Nordstrom flagship store downtown; a 79-year-old stabbed in the neck and a 77-year-old... More »

Biden Makes Commotion With 'Gay Waiter' Comment

He tells supporters homophobic remarks would have been tolerated 5 years ago

(Newser) - An awkward moment for Joe Biden: At a Seattle fundraiser on Saturday, the 2020 hopeful, speaking about how far gay rights have come in America, suggested that it would have been acceptable just five years ago for somebody at a business lunch to make fun of a gay waiter, the... More »

Parades in NYC, Other Big Cities All Commemorate This 1969 Event

It's the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which sparked modern gay-rights movement

(Newser) - As Pride Month comes to a close, New York threw a massive LGBTQ Pride March, as other cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle, also hosted parades commemorating the 50th anniversary of the clash between police and gay bar patrons that sparked the modern gay-rights movement. New York's Pride... More »

Property Owner Gets Revenge on a Parked Car

Seattle's Dan Smith builds makeshift fence to block car-share company's vehicle

(Newser) - A Seattle man took exception to a car-share vehicle that was parked without permission at his duplex. So he built a fence around it. Dan Smith told KIRO-TV he doesn't know who parked the car2go Mercedes May 17, but it wasn't one of his tenants. He contacted Share... More »

America's 10 Best Cities for 'Staycations'

Honolulu is No. 1

(Newser) - Looking to start your vacation as soon as you clock your last hour at work? WalletHub looks at the best cities for "staycations," looking at more than three dozen metrics in the "Recreation," "Food and Entertainment," and "Rest and Relaxation" categories. Virginia Beach,... More »

Seattle Crane Victims Include College Freshman

Sarah Wong, 19, planned to be a nurse

(Newser) - Authorities in Seattle don't know yet what caused Saturday's deadly crane collapse , but the identity of one of the four people killed has been revealed. Sarah Wong, 19, was a freshman at Seattle Pacific University who was studying to become a neonatal nurse, reports the Seattle Times . Wong... More »

4 Dead in Crane Collapse

Witness said the wind appears to break it in half

(Newser) - Four people were killed and three wounded when a construction crane collapsed Saturday in downtown Seattle, pinning five cars underneath, the AP reports. The four were dead by the time firefighters got to the scene, the Seattle Fire Department said. Three people were transported to the hospital. The crane collapsed... More »

Utility Poles Start Falling, With One Landing on Couple's SUV

Occupants survive impact, live wires all over road

(Newser) - A couple says they're lucky to be alive after dozens of power lines fell on the Seattle street they were driving on, with one wooden public utility pole striking their SUV, the AP reports. "If it had hit the glass rather than the roof, it would have just... More »

Cops: Fake Ride-Share Driver Raped Woman, Took Her Home

Suspect was recorded by her door cam

(Newser) - As Samantha Josephson's death in South Carolina continues to grab headlines , authorities in Washington state are advising rise-share users to confirm vehicle and driver information after a woman was allegedly raped by a man posing as her driver in Seattle. The woman had encountered multiple ride-share vehicles after leaving... More »

Bus Driver Hailed as Hero After Seattle Shooting

2 killed, 2 injured during gunman's rampage

(Newser) - A Seattle bus driver is being hailed as a hero for getting his passengers to safety during a chaotic shooting incident in the city Wednesday despite having been injured by gunfire. Police say the gunman opened fire on motorists in an apparently random attack in the Lake City neighborhood, the... More »

Amazon Lobbied for This. Now Its Workers Know

A bill moves through the Washington state legislature

(Newser) - Many of Amazon's Seattle-area employees would be exempt from new labor protections in a bill passed by the state Senate after lobbyists for the tech giant pushed to change a key threshold in the rules, the AP reports. The protections would partially prohibit non-compete clauses—controversial agreements used by... More »

City Almost Reached Its Annual Snowfall Amount—in a Day

Seattle was blasted this week by winter storm

(Newser) - They may be sleepless in Seattle, but they're definitely not snowless. At least not this morning, the day after a big snow dump Friday that knocked out power , snarled traffic, delayed flights , and left 6.4 inches at Sea-Tac Airport—the second largest daily amount in the past two... More »

3 Years After Fatal Duck-Boat Crash, a $123M Award

Victims and families of 2015 Seattle collision are handed decision by jury

(Newser) - Dozens of victims of a 2015 duck boat crash in Washington state that killed five and injured more than 60 have just been handed a hefty sum by a Seattle jury. After what Law.com calls a "marathon trial" that started back in October—one of the plaintiff's... More »

'Grande Ego. Venti Mistake': Schultz Met by Hometown Protests

Some Seattleites are still mad about the SuperSonics

(Newser) - "Grande ego. Venti mistake": That was the message protesters had for former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz as he returned to his hometown of Seattle on Thursday after announcing that he's mulling an independent run for president. Several dozen protesters gathered outside a downtown theater before Schultz appeared to... More »

Microsoft Puts Its Money Where Seattle's Housing Crisis Is

$500M to go to affordable housing, homeless services within 3 years

(Newser) - Microsoft is looking to ensure a roof over employees' heads, putting up $500 million to assist with affordable housing in the Seattle area. The funds will help create homes for Microsoft's cafeteria workers and shuttle drivers, as well as other middle- and low-income residents, reports the New York Times... More »

Social Worker Patched Shoes With Duct Tape, Left $11M

Friends were shocked to find that frugal Alan Naiman had amassed a fortune before he died

(Newser) - Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into the comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune he quietly amassed and the last act he'd long planned. The Washington state social worker died of cancer this year at age 63, leaving... More »

Seattle Fights a 'New Foe' on the Addiction Front

City has become a hub to help 'tech addicts,' with psychologists, rehab centers, and 12-step groups

(Newser) - We like to say we're addicted to our phones or an app or some new show on a streaming video service. But for some people, tech gets in the way of daily functioning and self-care. We're talking flunk-your-classes, can't-find-a-job, live-in-a-dark-hole kinds of problems, with depression, anxiety, and... More »

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