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In Olympia, state workers view 95 percent totality with glasses, welder’s mask, pin hold cameras

OLYMPIA – Eclipse watchers started gathering on the Capitol Campus lawn around 8:30 a.m., while the full sun was rising over state office buildings to the east. Some came from a few blocks or a few miles away while Danielle Vukovich and Corbin Cronic drove from Woodinville, Washington. Coverage was only going to be about 91 percent of totality in Woodinville and they wanted to come down to where it was about 95 percent, Vukovich said as they settled down in a giant lime green inflatable lounger with their eclipse glasses, the domed Legislative Building behind them.

Then and now: Duncan Garden reaches its peak

May 2017 - Duncan Garden, with a European Renaissance layout of planting beds, is shown in May of 2017 before the annuals are planted in a massive effort by parks personnel. By August and September, the colors and profusion overwhelm visitors, especially those who are gardeners. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The European Renaissance-style garden in Manito Park that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer was planted around Memorial Day of this year with tens of thousands of begonias, marigolds, dahlias, snapdragons, petunias, geraniums and others to create the profusion, color and elegant symmetry of a royal garden. It is now a feast for the eyes. It’s worth a visit for those who haven’t been recently.

‘Sanctuary city’ opponents in Spokane receiving legal, financial support from national anti-immigration groups

A large crowd stands at Main Avenue and Monroe Street in protest over President Donald Trump’s executive order pertaining to immigration from some countries in January. A ballot initiative that would undo Spokane’s non-biased policing law, which some have criticized as a “sanctuary city” policy, has drawn national legal and financial support. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The political advocacy group Respect Washington has received thousands of dollars and legal advice from organizations tied to John Tanton, a Michigan-based activist who has been criticized for holding staunchly anti-immigrant views some have said rise to the level of white nationalism. The group will make the argument Spokane voters should have a say in whether the city’s nonbiased policing policy, which they say makes the city a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, should remain in place.

Driver accused of vehicular assault in Lincoln County crash that injured 2

A driver is expected to face a vehicular assault charge after the car she was driving rolled into a ditch in Lincoln County, according to the Washington State Patrol. Dana Y. Birdtail, 25, was driving a Mazda Protege east about 5:30 p.m. on state Highway 174 when she lost control of the car, the WSP said in a news release. The crash occurred about 4 miles northwest of Wilbur, Washington.

Revitalization in mind, city weighs plan to reactivate dormant commercial buildings

Kelly Shirley sands a bit of the skirting on a former service repair shop, Aug. 17, 2017, at W. 2425 Broadway, in Spokane, Wash. The site is being readied by Kelly Chadwick of Spirit Pruners. Old commercial buildings in residential neighborhoods in Spokane are being brought back to life. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Way back when, corner groceries and next-door bakeries were commonplace in neighborhoods, walking distance for everyday staples in the time before cars. With the raging popularity of the automobile in the last century, neighborhoods homogenized, becoming purely residential. City planners set rules segregating where we live from where we shop.

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