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October 30, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Marysville-Pilchuck memorial

Posted by Alan Berner


The flowers and tribute-adorned fence along 108th Street N.E. outside Marysville-Pilchuck High showing how thickly covered it is, approximately 1/8 mile, in the wake of the shooting there last Friday.

Below are two links to two panoramics of the fence.

See the first half of a panoramic of the wall here.

See the second half of a panoramic of the wall here.

October 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Hooping it up for Halloween

Posted by Colin Diltz


Members of the Hoop Troop, battery-powered LED hoop performers, warm up before taking the informal stage at Gas Works Park late Wednesday night in an annual pre-Halloween tradition. The hoops, ordered online, can cost between $60 and $400.

October 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

High above city, crane workers get a million-dollar view

Posted by Colin Diltz


Ironworker Henry Cuffe, who works for Turner Construction, does a safety check in the crow's nest atop a crane high above Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. The crane, at work on a 12-story building, is one of many towering over the landscape in the booming area, home to

The crane's operator, Tom Logan, sits 256 feet above the ground, lifting steel, and laughs. "People pay millions to live in the buildings I build to get this view," he says, "and I get it every day by just coming to work."

Cuffe is Logan's eyes and ears on the ground, because Logan often works in the blind. Logan can see the roof of the building, but not the ground, which is where the materials are that he lifts. Cuffe translates signals to Logan and phones him to tell him what's going on down below. Cuffe also is responsible for crane maintenance.

On some days, Logan is in the crane's cab for 14 or 15 hours. He and Cuffe have been doing their jobs for about 15 years, and both love what they do.

"I'm not afraid of heights, but you can't get me into a boat to save your life," says Cuffe.

And Logan adds: "It's really cool to go back around town and look at some of the buildings I've worked on that are going to be here for a long time."

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October 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Postcards from the past: Halloween surprise, 1962

Posted by Colin Diltz


Jody Leith looked appropriately startled when she saw the snaggle-toothed Halloween jack-o'-lantern carved by her father in 1962.

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

For more postcards from the past and links to other posts, visit the gallery

October 29, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Aping a moment

Posted by Colin Diltz


Awaiting an appearance by Vip, the big male gorilla at the Woodland Park Zoo, Austin Siedentopf, a UWTV video producer, inadvertently mimics the posture of Uzumma, as she patiently waits for her father. Vip, a 35-year-old silverback, is recovering from critical surgery for treatment of a chronic sinus infection.

October 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Northwest Wanderings | Making a leap to a hybrid sound

Posted by Alan Berner


Stand-up bassist Ben Grim, with the psychobilly band Graveyard Shift, rehearses in a Capitol Hill practice space before a Georgetown gig. Grim says jumping onto his instrument is part of the psychobilly genre, which is a fusion of punk and rockabilly.

It's hard to make a living playing psychobilly.

That's the fusion of the music genres punk and rockabilly.

Ben Grim, with a stand-up bass and a stand-up 'do -- a hair-sprayed spike atop his head -- works two jobs because there aren't that many gigs for his band, Graveyard Shift.

Like his hybrid music, Grim's hair is the evolution "of a Mohawk and a pompadour."

He says it's a low-maintenance quiff, springy, with a hint of color, and evokes a unicorn.

As a musician, he went from playing the electric Fender bass to the upright, making the switch by fixing a wooden table leg onto the body of the guitar and extending the strings.

Though not the best of instruments, "It worked for the psychobilly image."

Now he owns a sturdy double bass that cost only $300 used and can endure his jumping up on the instrument and continuing playing without missing a beat.

Grim says it's a move that's part of the genre.

The band's first gig was at a Bainbridge Island middle school, to an audience of a dozen or so.

Playing mainly original music, Graveyard Shift has one album to date and is not to be confused with two other groups with the same name -- a metal band from Finland and a U.S. rap trio.

Grim's musical taste includes the old Tacoma bands The Sonics and The Wailers, an Austrian band called the Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space, and punk rock.

But, "I'm not a big grunge fan."

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October 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Investigating pumpkins at Woodland Park Zoo

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill


A laid back Asian small-clawed otter explores a pumpkin placed in its area at the annual Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo where various resident animals, including lions, hippos, meerkats, a Komodo dragon, penguins, wolves, pythons and a Burmese mountain tortoise, are given fall treats. The event for the animals continues Sunday, next weekend and on Halloween. During Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted free with a paid adult.

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October 23, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Beyond the byline: How we shot the partial solar eclipse

Posted by Heather Trimm


The moon moves in front of the sun to create a partial solar eclipse, seen from Kerry Park in Seattle on Thursday. The eclipse began at 1:35 p.m., peaked at 3 p.m., and ended by about 4:20 p.m. it was over.

How did we photograph Thursday's partial solar eclipse? With epic rain in the forecast, we didn't initially plan for it.

But at 1:15 p.m., Photo Editor Fred Nelson sent a note to the staff:

"All eyes: Partial solar eclipse today from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Unexpectedly, the sun seems to be out right now," he wrote. "Please look..."

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