Sunday is J.P. Patches Day

A statue honoring Chris Wedes, better known as the clown who has entertained generations of Seattle-area kids, is being unveiled at a celebration from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, in Fremont. Any kid living in Seattle from 1958-1981 grew up watching J.P. Patches and his sidekick Gertrude on TV. When J.P. and Gertrude make an appearance these […]

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‘Mutant bicycles’ descend on Ballard

Hundreds of colorfully dressed riders on often misshapen and mutant bicycles kicked off the 13th annual Dead Baby Downhill Race at El Chupacabra on Phinney Ridge Friday evening. Friday’s race, which finished in Ballard, is part of a weekend of events celebrating mutant bicycle culture. There was tall bike jousting, bands, bike dance perfromances and […]

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Mystery of Green Lake spikes solved

When word broke of sharpened metal spikes being found in Green Lake, a Seattle Parks Department spokeswoman speculated someone maliciously put them there to “hurt people.” A Seattle Times editorial called the perpetrator a “sick puppy.” Now the mystery is solved. And the sick puppy responsible for placing them there? The Parks Department. D’oh! It […]

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Patas monkey dies at Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo staff euthanized T.C., a 14-year-old male patas monkey, following a “sudden and severe decline in health due to congestive heart failure.” Patas monkeys can live 15 to 20 years in the wild and more than 20 years in zoos. “The degree of heart failure was severe and the quality of this monkey’s […]

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Low tide walks this weekend

It’s another very low tide this weekend, so if you’ve ever wondered what seastars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs, ask the Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists on hand at Golden Gardens and Carkeek Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. If you can’t make […]

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Scooter crash on 8th Ave.

With high gas prices, we’ve seen a lot more scooters on the road lately. Shortly after 8 a.m. today, a woman crashed her scooter on 8th Ave. near 73rd St. Witnesses said her bike simply flipped. The woman was able to tell them her back hurt. Paramedics put her on a spine board and transported […]

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