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Why did this particular pic get so popular? And how did Thatcher react when he walked into a Starbucks and saw nearly every laptop’s desktop background set to his photo? Find out in our Q&A.

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Want to grow weed in the comfort of your home? Well, you can’t. Not legally. At least, not yet. Washington, it turns out, is the only state that OKs recreational marijuana but isn’t cool with home grows. Think that should change? The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is taking public comments on the idea, and you can email them at [email protected]. (The Stranger)

‘Watchdog reporting is part of our mission.’ Reporters Jim Brunner and Lewis Kamb had a busy year. They’re with The Seattle Times, and they were the first to tell us about the sexual abuse allegations that eventually brought down our mayor. For a behind-the-scenes look at their work, check out the questions they answered on Reddit yesterday. (Reddit)

Pro tip, pedestrians. You have the right of way on every Seattle intersection, period. No crosswalk, no problem. The only things you can’t legally do: dart into roadways when cars are coming or defy those “don’t walk” signals. (The Seattle Times)

‘I was not impressed.’ When our mayoral candidates debated housing and homelessness last week, Allen Benson paid attention. He’s homeless, he votes, and he didn’t hear much in the way of good solutions. “Homelessness is simple,” he writes. “Why ain’t it gone?” (The Stranger)

Whale hello there. Not every city can count orca whales as neighbors. Lucky us. This Facebook page will help you keep up with the latest sightings along the Puget Sound. (Facebook)

Around Town

🐷 9/20: First Hill Pop-Up Petting Zoo

🏙 9/20: Tenant Rights Bootcamp

🏮 9/21: Luminata 2017

💡 9/21: PechaKucha: Invent Together

🍺 9/22-24: Fremont Oktoberfest 2017

🍻 9/22-24: Kirkland Oktoberfest

🇬🇷 9/22-24: Saint Demetrios Greek Festival

📽 9/22-30: Local Sightings Film Festival

🇮🇹 9/23-24: Festa Italiana

🌊 9/23-24: Sea Otter Awareness Weekend

💄 9/23: Banned Books in Drag

🎃 9/23: Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off

🏃 9/24: Street Scramble Fremont Oktoberfest


Learn more about these events in our weekly roundup.


If you live in Pioneer Square, First Hill, downtown, or the International District, you’re officially in one of the most walkable parts of the city. That’s according to Curbed Seattle, which rounded up some handy data on the best places to be if you want to go car free on two feet, two wheels, or good mass transit.

Beep beep. Vroom. — The Evergrey

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