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September 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Robothon 2014 takes over Seattle Center

Posted by Heather Trimm

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Vadim Drozdenko, 10, of Redmond, studies a robot from Tahoma High School which launches basketballs to kids ready to catch them during Robothon 2014 on Saturday.

Robothon is a national event that showcases the capabilities and technological developments in robotics from the amateur robotics community. At this event, people from around the world come together to present new robotic technologies, share ideas, meet fellow robotic enthusiasts, show off their robotic creations, and participate in robotic competitions and activities.

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Kids make way for a robot being operated by remote control at Seattle Center during Robothon 2014 on Saturday.

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Steve Kaehler, of the Seattle Robotics Society, prepares a robot operated by remote control at Seattle Center during Robothon 2014.

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Robots aren't able to do much without human help.

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Two robots compete in a "sumo" match where the robot at right pushes the other out of a circle for a win.

September 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Skate for a cure for ALD

Posted by Heather Trimm

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American professional skateboarder Mitchie Brusco, 17, of Kirkland flips his board while coming off the super ramp during the EZ Rocks Skate for a Cure event to help combat ALD through the Zakes Foundation.

The event is a Pro-Am skateboarding competition with community vendors, music and street competitions by age group. The Zakes Foundation was founded by Brad and Nancy Zakes after their 10-year-old son and skateboarder Ethan lost his life to ALD, or Adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare genetic disease typically affecting boys 6-10 that damages nerve cells in the brain.

Brad Zakes says that while the disease can be treated, it is rarely diagnosed in time, as it has few outward symptoms until it is often non-treatable. The foundation is working with the Washington State Board of Health to try to add ALD to the list of mandatory newborn screening tests to prevent further lives lost.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed," Zakes said.

Joe Moorman of Bellevue Skate Park, who helped coordinate the event, says the event has brought skateboarders together in a way he hasn't seen before. "So many people have been so generous," he said. "This is special."

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Justin Rivera, 17, who has been skating for 10 years, flies off the super ramp as he tries to do a judo during the EZ Rocks Skate for a Cure event

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Boarders are silhouetted as they practice on the super ramp during the EZ Rocks Skate for a Cure event to help combat ALD through the Zakes Foundation, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bellevue Skate Park.

September 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

A peek inside boring machine Bertha

Posted by Colin Diltz

STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Workers at the entrance to the Highway 99 tunnel are installing steel Rebar and building forms to create a corbel that will support a concrete ledge and the northbound road deck on Thursday.

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Bertha, the Highway 99 tunnel boring machine, sits motionless just over 1,000 feet into its 9,270-foot route to South Lake Union.

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September 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Homeschool Days at the EMP

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Forrest Walker, 13, rocks out in the Jam booth in EMP's Sound Lab as dozens of homeschool students learn the science of sound as the museum launches its Homeschool Days hands-on experiences and workshops on Thursday. Among his favorite artists is Ed Sheeran.

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Rider Blanchard, 6, is the epitome of cool as he and his sister Meadow, 4, work on the electric guitar in an EMP workshop for homeschool students.

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September 18, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Postcards from the past: Autumn Haze, 1958

Posted by Colin Diltz

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The late summer haze seemed to be marking the end of the season as a perfect day marked the coming of autumn at Snoqualmie Pass on Oct. 5, 1958.

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

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September 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

King County Indigent burial ceremony

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Jo Ann Larson places a portrait of Gary Campbell painted by her daughter, Mary Larson, who knew him from her job at Harborview's Pioneer Square Clinic. Campbell was among 104 men and 33 women buried in the King County Indigent Burial site in a ceremony at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Renton on Wednesday.

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People gather for the burial ceremony. The burial program for people who are indigent and have died in King County began in 1993. All 137 were cremated and their remains placed in urns under the monument with the inscription, "Gone But Not Forgotten. These People of King County. September, 2014."

September 16, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Feel Good Project: Faces of homeless framed by free haircuts

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Margie Quinn cuts Richard Wentworth's hair in a University District alley on Monday. The non-profit 'Facing Homelessness' offered food, massages and free haircuts to the homeless community as part of their quarterly "Feel Good Project," designed to build community and help the less fortunate feel better. Facing Homelessness also partnered with the Urban Rest Stop to provide showers and hair washing.

Architect Rex Hohlbein started the non-profit after an encounter with an artistic, homeless man changed his perspective on homelessness. Hohlbein eventually started photographing the homeless community and sharing their photos and stories on Facebook through the Homeless in Seattle page. The page tries to connect the general public with Seattle's homeless population and change negative stereotypes. The non-profit is still seeking volunteers to offer services in the future. Wentworth, who lives in his van, was just approved for Section Eight Housing and is in the process of looking for an affordable place to live.

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LEFT: Massage therapist Sarah Steilen massages a young woman from the homeless community. "I believe in the connection with people and we are all part of this community," she said. "I love to help people and I can do that through touch." RIGHT: During late 2010, architect Rex Hohlbein started sharing stories and images of the homeless community through the Facebook page, "Homeless in Seattle." He has photographed around 1,000 individuals from the homeless community. "People on the street feel invisible," he said. "This act of photographing them is a way for them to be seen and validates that their life has been documented."

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Erica Medina, a hair stylist out of Seven Salon, cuts Stephan Milne's hair in a University District alley. Medina saw the "Homeless in Seattle" photo project, and the experience left her wanting to feel more connected with the homeless community. "I had family who didn't have a stable place to live," she said. "It's about making them feel loved and good about themselves."

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September 16, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Flash Mob for Global Female Condom Day

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Leah Jones, 24, a local hip-hop choreographer, leads employees from PATH for the Seattle Dance4Demand Flash Mob for Global Female Condom Day in front of the PATH building at Westlake Avenue and Denny Way in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle on Tuesday. For the last several years, PATH has led an awareness campaign about female condoms on September 16, including a fashion show and a film contest. This year, they choreographed a dance to the song "Rise" by local Seattle artist Shaprece and organized flash mobs at their affiliates in Africa and the U.S.

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Christina Sherry, a program assistant for PATH, holds a sign for Global Female Condom Day during the Seattle Dance4Demand Flash Mob.

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