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A Century of Seattle Vice (Part 2)

Official corruption began in Seattle's early days and continued with only sporadic interference for more than 100 years. Territorial laws, and later state laws, banned various vices, but were largely ...

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Adams, Brock (1927-2004)

Brock Adams represented the state of Washington for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and six in the U.S. Senate, and served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He began his career as...

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Bob’s Chile Parlor (Seattle)

Bob’s Chile Parlor was a gambling den in downtown Seattle in the 1950s and 1960s — when city officials turned a blind eye to illegal vice and Seattle beat cops extorted payoffs from c...

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Letourneau, Mary Kay (1962-2020)

Mary Kay Letourneau, at one time a respected elementary school teacher in Burien, became a convicted sex offender whose illicit relationship with a student has repelled and fascinated people around th...

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Librarian Natalie Notkin, unjustly accused of communism, defends herself in a letter to The Seattle Public Library's Board.

Natalie Notkin (1900-1970) was the Foreign Books librarian at The Seattle Public Library's Central branch from 1927 to 1932. Born in Kherson, Russia, Notkin emigrated in 1921, earned an undergraduate ...

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Murder at Green Lake: Sylvia Gaines

On June 17, 1926, a carpenter walking the north end of Seattle's Green Lake on his way to work finds a pair of women's shoes in an alder grove on a point of land next to the lake. He walks a few feet ...

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Pinball in Seattle

Pinball machines were introduced nearly a century ago and immediately became wildly popular. Unlike today's versions, though, early pinball games were played for gambling purposes, which proved to be ...

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The Robinson Affair: a Spokane Doctor's Ordeal (1929)

Dr. Carl Schlicke, M.D., wrote this article about Spokane surgeon Dr. William Witten Robinson, M.D. (1897-1957), whose career and practice were almost destroyed in 1929 when he testified against anoth...

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