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Seattle Schools' Food Guru Transferred; Says He Was Asked to Resign

Eric Boutin (right) says he was "not privy to" the district's agenda

Geez, was it something we said?

Right on the heels of our article spotlighting Eric Boutin's groundbreaking work to improve student meals at Seattle Public Schools came news that Boutin was being transferred out of his job as director of nutrition services.
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Viaduct for Dummies: Feds Approve Deep-Bore Tunnel Project

Come on down!

Today, as expected, the Federal Highway Administration signed off on the deep-bore tunnel project. The "record of decision" is an incremental stop on the tunnel project's journey, and essentially gives the state the go-ahead to start final design and construction of the project. According to the WSDOT, the decision also spells out certain measures intended to minimize impact—such as monitoring buildings and utilities while the tunnel's being bored and making up for lost parking (somehow). Read more »

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Viaduct for Dummies: Voters Surprise Themselves, Tell Mayor: 'Bore Me!'

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Seattle surprises itself with a decisive vote.

That tunnel vote has been fodder for spirited talk 'round Seattle Mag World Headquarters of late (though it's curiously quiet today). But it's less about which camp you're tunneled into (dig it or ditch it) and more about what the whole morass says about Seattleites and that over-used (but overly apt) term, "the Seattle Process." Read more »

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For Your Sunny-day Pleasure: Waterskiing's Insane Little Brother, Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding on Lake Sammamish
You know you want to do this.

If you've picked up our August issue ("The Water Issue"), you already know that there are now multiple ways to get dragged around behind a boat. Waterskiing too tame? Get airborne (and possibily inverted!) on a wakeboard. Or just watch other people do it. Read more »

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Viaduct for Dummies: Link to a Terrific History of the Kerfuffle

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Came across this excellent history of the deep-bore tunnel dispute by David Brewster of Crosscut. If you've lost the thread of this epic, city-wide debate while freeting over the debt ceiling, this will help bring you back on track.

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