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August 11, 1969: The Ave Riots

Seattle’s University District might seem like a sleepy place these days, but circa 1969, it was a hotbed of radicalism, revolutionary fervor, and — 45 years ago this week — violent rioting. Jeff Stevens tells you all about it.
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October 16, 1965: Mickey Mouse Fight Club

Never underestimate the impotency of a heckler — even when he, she, or it represents the majority. Such was unfortunately the case on the date in focus here, when almost 400 protesters turned out for Seattle’s first major local demonstration … Continue reading

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April 24, 1969: Protesters and Beekeepers

The very concept of “counter-protesters” at a protest demonstration is already absurd enough. Imagine the emphatic absurdity, then, of a full-fledged melee between left-wing and right-wing student protesters on a college campus — and then throw an onslaught of angry … Continue reading

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March 23, 1967: The Cocoon Breaks, the Helix Emerges

Seattle has a long history of local alternative newspapers, some better than others, all vital in the collective process of stirring the complex pot of a healthy local media scene. Most, if not all, of the past four decades’ worth of such endeavors owe a great debt to Helix, the groundbreaking chronicler of Seattle’s counterculture whose debut issue was published on the date in focus here.
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February 17, 1970: SLF vs. SPD

The following story could have aptly been titled either “Chicago Echoes in Seattle” or, alternatively, “Rashomon Echoes in Seattle’s News Media.” The former potential title would allude to the story’s instigation by the provocative verdict in the Chicago Seven trial … Continue reading

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