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There are plenty of vaccine incentives being offered around the world in order to get doses into people's arms, and Washington state's latest perk program is good for anybody who's a fan of going green.

From June 7 to July 12, state-licensed cannabis retailers in Washington can get a temporary allowance to provide one free joint to adults who get a first or second dose at an in-store COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

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Those in the Seattle area were treated to a spectacle last night as what looked like meteors streaked through the night sky.

But it wasn't meteors or aliens they were watching; instead, it was debris from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that had launched earlier this month.

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A magical Aurora Borealis will light up the Pacific Northwest today, and it's all thanks to the Geomagnetic Storm brewing. 

The Northern Lights over Washington tonight will be a dazzling display, especially if you're able to escape the city to an ultra-dark spot. 

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A daring performance went underway on September 19, after Washington firefighters rescued a horse who was found stuck in a deep, muddy ditch. 

Snohomish County Fire District 19 took to Facebook to share the shocking ordeal, which saw a 10-year-old horse named Ole almost completely submerged in mud. 

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To raise awareness of the importance of face-coverings, the Seattle Space Needle did so in the best way they know how —and it's in the form of a "mask up" flag.

On Friday, July 10, King County Executive Dow Constantine was the one to raise the 20-foot-by-30-foot flag as a reminder to Washingtonians of all ages "mask up" and do their part.

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Last night in honor of recent events, Seattle's Pike Place Market dimmed the lights of their iconic "Public Market" sign to read "BLM." It's to show solidarity and support of Juneteenth, a historic day in the abolition of U.S. slavery. This isn't the first time an iconic landmark has dimmed its lights for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Space Needle went dark earlier this month.

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As some hikes and outdoor adventures start to reopen, some are staying closed for the summer. Washington's Ape Caves, a three-mile hike through a lava tube and popular experience, has closed their doors "until further notice." They are planning to begin construction late this summer with no specific timeline.  

The trail has been shut down for several months now due to COVID-19 but continued to have red tape around the entrance, leaving some hikers and adventure seekers confused in the comments on AllTrails.com.

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Protests escalated in the city on Sunday, resulting in dumpster fires, police force, and a shooting. Last night, an armed suspect drove into a crowd of Seattle protestors and shot a man in the shoulder. As he exited the car and headed into the group, the unidentified gunman was apprehended by the Seattle Police Department. 

This article contains graphic content that might not be suitable for some readers. This article includes video footage featuring violence.

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As nationwide demonstrations and marches persist, Seattle protesters continue in honor of George Floyd. With curfews, thousands of misconduct complaints, and social media outrage, Narcity reached out to locals to recount their experiences. In the last few days, protesters experienced a range of emotions.

"Everything was so surreal," recounted Codee Volkman, 24, from Bellingham, Washington, who attended the protest on Saturday.

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Last night, Police Chief Carmen Best announced an extended curfew in Seattle until Saturday. The new hours are from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Curfews have been put in place every day since Saturday, May 29, and were announced on a day by day basis. This is the first extended curfew placed in the city. 

"We're using this as a tool to help us make sure that we can do everything that we can to keep all of us safe as we're out there in the field with the protestors and demonstrations," Police Chief Best said during a press conference last night.

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As social media went dark yesterday with #BlackOutTuesday, the Seattle Space Needle followed suit by turning all of its lights off. What is typically a well-lit and bright landmark upon the city's nighttime skyline was nothing but a shadow in the distance. The iconic staple signaled its support for the citizens who are protesting systemic injustice and the death of George Floyd.  

The Seattle landmark typically waves a flag at the top to signify its solidarity, whether it be with Seattle sports teams, the LGBTQ+ community, and #BlackLivesMatter, but only rarely do they shut down their entire lighting system.

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The Seattle Office of Police Accountability, which investigates the misconduct of the Seattle Police Department, reported 12,000 complaints after a weekend of protests. The Seattle demonstrations broke out on Friday afternoon and continued through the weekend. Out of the thousands of reports received, a handful of them are regarding the same incidents. 

In a press release posted to the Seattle Government's website, "The Seattle Office of Police Accountability (OPA) recognizes the community's anger and sadness following the death of George Floyd. We whole-heartedly support the movement for equitable policing across the nation."

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