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The sun's really coming out these days. Scroll down to read the story behind this mural.


  • It’s gonna get HOT, y’all. Temps could hit nearly 100 degrees this week, and that’s a little scary in a city where only 15 percent of homes have air conditioning. How are you planning to keep cool? Hit reply and let us know. Oh, and the drizzle you might’ve felt last Thursday wasn’t enough to break our dry streak. We’ve had no real rain for 45 days and counting.
  • New area code, who dis? There’s a new area code in town: 564. That means no more leaving off the first three digits when you call locals. 😱 (Associated Press)
  • And speaking of phones… You know how Seattle has that new law that makes it illegal to drive (or stop at a red light) and hold your phone? GeekWire’s Monica Nickelsburg rode along with a cop while he stopped folks for breaking it. Some takeaways? You should buy a dashboard dock for your phone, you should not hold your phone in your lap, and if you need to adjust your maps app — pull over. (GeekWire)
  • Big changes at Starbucks. Our hometown corporate coffee giant is closing all 379 of its Teavana stores; new Starbucks stores, however, are opening at a rate of one per day. Plan on stopping by a Starbucks today? Hearty salads and sandwiches are now on the menu.
  • Is a high-speed train realistic? Thanks to a new study, we’re going to find out. In the meantime, dream sweet dreams of getting from here to Portland or Vancouver at 250 miles per hour. (KUOW)
  • We see you, Michael Bennett. Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett is popping up in the news lately for a couple pretty cool things. He helped host a benefit for the family of Charleena Lyles — a Seattle woman who was shot and killed by police last month — on Saturday, and he’s writing a book about “the NFL, racism, sexism, intersectionality and athletes being no longer silenced.” 💪
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Ever find yourself staring blankly out the window of the light rail, then suddenly, BOOM: a mural? If that’s happened to you, chances are it was in SoDo, along the two-mile strip of buildings on 5th Avenue South between Royal Brougham Way and Spokane Street.

That’s where the public art project SODO Track is in its second year of covering the walls with work by 50 artists from all over the world. We took a walking tour with the folks running the project, talked to a couple of the artists, and got background stories for some of the murals. Here are a few that stood out — and might just make you stare a little longer next time you’re zooming past them. 

  • Artist Addison Karl’s working on a mural that reaches back to how Seattle might’ve looked before it was settled and dammed: a rich mass of greens that’s somewhere between underwater and a rainforest. He met with Chief Seattle’s descendants and is adding their portraits to the scene to finish his homage to the native Duwamish people, whom he’s passionately honoring. See a photo of his mural-in-progress here.
  • Last year, a duo of artists called CYRCLE painted a simple phrase, all-caps and italicized: ‘THEN OUT CAME THE SUN’. One of the artists who painted it is originally from Bellevue and remembered the significance of the sun coming out here. According to the project website, the artists were using our weather “as a metaphor for circumstances or perspectives that change like the seasons.” ❤️
  • Keep an eye out for the piece in progress that looks like a comic strip. Our theory? When it’s all complete, just maybe it’ll blend and animate before our eyes when we go by.

Want to watch the artists in action? This painting period ends Thursday (there’ll be another round in September). And if you don’t have time to stop by, keep up with the project over on the @sodotrack Instagram account (where we saw the mural photo at the beginning of the newsletter). And head over to the project’s website for more background on some of the artists and the murals that were finished last year.

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Haven’t filled out your ballot yet? Here’s a guide to the voter guides to get you started. Got it ready? Awesome. Postmark it by today or feed it to one of these ballot drop boxes by 8 p.m. tonight. They’re hungry. 😋

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