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July 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM

New view on your commute

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Seattle resident Jim Sykes paints an elephant as fellow volunteer Emma Mitchell, 14, goes for more supplies while they work Sunday on artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design, "Animal Silhouettes," which covers about a 200-foot span of an underpass on North 63rd Street at Aurora Avenue North. Previously, a mural painted in the 1990s decorated both sides of the underpass, but it was covered with so much graffiti that in 2012 it was removed. Soon after, Kerry Fowler, an area resident who wanted to bring a mural back, began organizing a community effort to paint a new one. Fowler said several community businesses have helped donate toward the $5,000 needed to match money from Seattle's Neighborhood Matching Fund, while dozens of residents came to help paint over the weekend. "The community really stepped up," he said. The committee in charge of the mural has agreed to maintain it for five years, and a graffiti-resistant coating will be applied.

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Karen Yoshitomi, who found out about the project from flyers posted near her home, makes brushstrokes along the silhouette of a person pushing a stroller.

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Wendy Jones, left, paints in a runner as Jan Gray and organizer Kerry Fowler swap out a tray of paint as they work on painting artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design, "Animal Silhouettes."

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Susan Stewart paints in the edge of an elk's mouth.

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People work on painting artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design.

July 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

The White Knight

Posted by Colin Diltz

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The White Knight, the launch plane for the X Prize-winning SpaceShipOne, joins the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, arriving Monday afternoon at Paine Field from Mojave, Calif. The White Knight and SpaceShipOne, which made the first privately funded human space flight, were both developed by a joint venture involving Paul Allen.

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Members of the Flying Heritage Collection watch the White Knight's arrival at Paine Field. The collection, at a restored hangar, showcases warplanes and technologies from 1935-1945.

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A hand waves out of the cockpit of The White Knight.

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The White Knight soars above Paine Field.

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Members of the Flying Heritage Collection take a look at The White Knight as it arrives at Paine Field.

July 20, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Fundraiser at Ethiopian Orthodox church

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Gezachen Medhin, left, and Berhan Berha chat while cooking for a fundraiser at Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Debre Selam St. Michael Church in Edmonds on July 20, 2014. The congregation moved into the church about three-and-a-half years ago and held a traditional lunch and an auction to help pay for their building. More than 200 people attend the church on a regular basis.

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Rediet Endalew, 3, center, follows her mother Tsehay Anche, right, in a buffet line at Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Debre Selam St. Michael Church in Edmonds.

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Gezachen Medhin, from left, Zaid Berhane, Berhan Berha and Regbe Tsfy cook beef stew during a church fundraiser at Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Debre Selam St. Michael Church in Edmonds.

July 20, 2014 at 6:05 PM

DAIPANbutoh Collective at Kubota Garden

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Lin Lucas of DAIPANbutoh Collective, performs "Wandering & Wondering," a butoh and soundscape experience in Kubota Garden on July 20, 2014. The handout from the previous year's performance describes butoh as "a contemporary avant-garde dance form which erupted out of the turmoil and loss of identity of post-WWII Japan." The movements are slow and controlled, and evoke both beautiful and grotesque elements. The dancers were accompanied by an enveloping soundscape of percussion, woodwinds and strings played by several musicians scattered around the garden.

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Sheri Brown of Daipan Butoh Collective in Seattle, performs "Wandering & Wondering," a butoh and soundscape experience in Kubota Garden. They will perform again on August 10 at the Seattle Japanese Garden.

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Percussionist Samuel Yoder uses an instrument shaped like a frog for "Wandering & Wondering," a butoh and soundscape experience in Kubota Garden. The performance was directed by Joan Laage of Kogut Butoh, a part of DAIPANbutoh Collective.

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July 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Congregation's special day

Posted by Lindsey Wasson

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Archbishop Ewostatewos, left, talks with Archbishop Henock, who traveled from Ethiopia to attend, during the opening Saturday of the permanent location of the Debre Mihret St. Michael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Rainier Valley. Ceremonies to inaugurate the church, which was previously at a temporary location near 26th Avenue and East Union Street, began at 3am Saturday with priests, deacons, clergy and the two archbishops. The church's main ceremonies continued until mid-afternoon. Many attendees chose to wear traditional white Ethiopian clothes, symbolizing the purity of Christ. The larger Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which became autocephalous in the 1950s, has a membership of about 40 million people, most of whom live in Ethiopia. "Tewahedo" is a Ge'ez word (Ethiopic script) meaning "being made one" or "unified".

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July 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Dragon Boat Festival on Lake Union

Posted by Alan Berner

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More than four dozen teams and almost 1,000 paddlers competed in daylong competitions at the Dragon Boat Festival on South Lake Union Saturday. There are 20 paddlers per boat, with an additional drummer setting the pace and another person on the tiller. Two race courses of 250 meters and 500 meters test the mettle of the paddlers. Sixty strokes per minute is common race pace.

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Before taking to the course, Alyssa Reynolds gets a big lift from Alexander Nguyen, both are paddlers with the Starbucks Hometeam dragon boat.

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July 18, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Following in parent's footsteps

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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Recently hatched seagull chicks walk on the roof of John Thomas' boat repair on Salmon Bay near the Ballard Bridge, where they were born. One of the chicks' parents comes by to feed them.

July 18, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Thrills and chills as 'Dota 2' teams clash

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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The biggest game in town this weekend just might be "The International," a video-game tournament hosted by Bellevue-based Valve with a prize pool reaching $10.8 million. A sold-out crowd, including a costumed Raphael Hsieh, gathered in KeyArena on Friday to watch teams compete in playing "Dota 2," a wildly popular fantasy and strategy game distributed on Valve's Steam game service. Hsieh is dressed as Bloodseeker, one of the characters in "Dota 2."

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The crowd at the KeyArena watches the action on giant screens while teams compete from booths below. Finals in the tournament will take place Monday, with the winning team scoring about $5 million. Not bad for a frenzied stretch of game playing.

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