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April 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Postcards from the past: Now say ah, 1950

Posted by Colin Diltz

SEATTLE TIMES ARCHIVE

Now, Say Ah! Wide Awake, the elephant, opened up for Edward Johnson, director of the Woodland Park Zoo, to examine her mouth during a routine inspection.

Postcards from the past is an occasional feature, highlighting images from The Seattle Times historical archive.

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April 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

A brand new South Park Bridge to open this summer

Posted by Courtney Riffkin

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Touch up work is being done on the underside of the entirely new South Park Bridge. The bridge is expected to be fully functioning and open to the public this summer. No specific date is set for the re-opening of the structure vital to the South Park community.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Work continues on a tower on the South Park Bridge. There's one at either end. Some of the final tasks include installing 142 miles of electrical wiring.

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Everything is new including the gears that now only need a 75-horsepower motor to open and close the draw span because of its efficiency and balance. Project Engineer Tim Lane with King County Department of Transportation is in the background.

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April 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Diana Krall performs at the Paramount

Posted by Courtney Riffkin

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Diana Krall performs songs from her new vaudeville-inspired album "Glad Rag Doll" during her one-night tour stop at the Paramount on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The two-time Grammy-winning jazz singer and pianist incorporates video and props, like her father's old gramophone, into her show.

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Diana Krall takes to the piano as she begins performing songs from her new vaudeville-inspired album "Glad Rag Doll" during her one-night tour stop at the Paramount on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

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April 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

At 50, the Mustang still rocks

Posted by Colin Diltz

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Margaret Petersen's 1995 Mustang, decorated with Pooh bears inside and out.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A very pro-Mustang sign in Bruce and Margaret Petersen's West Seattle driveway.

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Members of the Pacific Cascade Mustang Club, from left: Linda and Gary Hallberg; and Margaret and Bruce Petersen. At left is the Petersens' 1965 Mustang Fastback, and at right, the Hallbergs' 2012 Mustang Boss.

For a gallery of 1960s Mustang ads, click here.

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April 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

A family of Oso mudslide volunteers

Posted by Courtney Riffkin

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Corey and Nikki Stinson talk with Nikki's stepdad, Keith Johnsen, left, and their daughter Kelli Crane, right, about the slide at the Stinson home in Oso on Saturday, April 5, 2014. After the Stinsons returned home from a mandatory evacuation when the mudslide hit, their home became a throughway for around 13 relatives and family friends volunteering in shifts at the site. Corey, who has volunteered at the slide, says it's "...surreal. You don't know where to start. Devastation everywhere." Nikki Stinson, who kept the house running during the two weeks after the slide, says she's "..inspired by the strength of victims looking for their family members. I can't even imagine." Nikki says everyone in the community is just doing their part. "I'm proud to say that we live in Oso. I'm proud of my boys, of our whole community."

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Annalissa Winters, 18, Morgan Stinson, 18, Caitlin Stinson, 26, and Angel Winters, 20, share a laugh in the living room at the Stinson home in Oso. Annalissa, Morgan and Christina have all volunteered at the slide site, sometimes finding very sensitive materials.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Nikki Stinson kisses the cheek of her son Morgan, 18, a volunteer firefighter at the Oso Fire Department, at the Stinson home in Oso on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Morgan has been to the slide site, or the "pile" several times, both digging and as acting as a scribe.

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-Lindsey Wasson: lwasson@seattletimes.com

April 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

What a cool birthday party

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Keema, all 835 pounds of grizzly bear, rolls on snow brought from Crystal Mountain for him and twin brother, Denali, for a belated 20th birthday party Tuesday at Woodland Park Zoo. The twins' birthday was in January, but they slept through the big day. Tuesday, they also searched for hidden treats, including peanut butter, fish, marshmallow spread and bones. The bears, originally at Washington State University, have lived their lives in captivity. It's believed about 10 grizzlies live in Washington's North Cascades, compared with 25,000 to 30,000 black bears.

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April 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Future 520 span inches forward

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KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Looking east from the University of Washington, a new section of the Highway 520 bridge over Lake Washington, at left, is seen Monday, dovetailing toward the existing bridge. This tall segment of the new Highway 520 span, called West Connection Bridge, will be finished late this year, just offshore from Seattle. Once the longer floating section on Lake Washington opens to traffic in 2016, it will carry westbound traffic to this point -- where cars will temporarily shift back onto the old highway to enter Seattle. Eventually, another fixed bridge section will reach the Seattle shore.

April 14, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Washington State Fair building gutted by fire

Posted by Courtney Riffkin

MIKE SIEGEL/ THE SEATTLE TIMES

A food concessionaire along with Evergreen Hall (behind the food outlet) were gutted by fire early Monday morning at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. A two-alarm fire destroyed the building that housed a petting farm during the Spring Fair that concluded on Sunday evening. All but one animal was rescued from the fire and there were no other injuries. Sales Lunch, a food concessionaire, was also destroyed. Evergreen Hall was one of the oldest buildings at the fair.

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Firefighters investigate the interior of a food concessionaire after a fire destroyed it and Evergreen Hall, (behind), early Monday morning.

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Two alpacas were rescued when the Washington State Fair Center's Evergreen Hall was gutted by fire early Monday morning.

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A food concessionaire along with Evergreen Hall (behind the food outlet) were gutted by fire early Monday morning at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Gorden Ekuan, Agricultural Supervisor at the Puyallup Fair, takes a photo of the gutted interior of Evergreen Hall on Monday morning.

MIKE SIEGEL/ THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Washington State Fair Center's Evergreen Hall, gutted by a fire Monday morning, was one of the oldest buildings at the fair.

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