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Melissa Santos
14 hours ago - Business

Below old Seattle Macy's, Amazon plans to test robots

A grey building with letters spelling "Macy's" displayed vertically on the building corner.
The Macy's (or Bon Marché) building, as seen on 3rd and Pine. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

Amazon wants to turn the basement of the former downtown Seattle Macy's building into a testing site for retail robots, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports in a fascinating scoop.

Why it matters: The plan would bring more changes to a building that was once the centerpiece of Seattle's retail core — and hints at Amazon's plans to expand further into brick-and-mortar retail.

Lewis Kamb
18 hours ago - News

Ex-Seattle area man awaiting Jan. 6 sentence now linked to "civil war" comment

Photo of man wearing face mask inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, FBI agents were tipped to this image of Tyler Slaeker that was posted on his mother's Facebook page, according to a probable cause affidavit. Photo: via FBI

A former Seattle area man awaiting sentencing for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is linked to new remarks about a "civil war" posted in a pro-Donald Trump forum this week, NBC News reported.

Melissa Santos
Aug 10, 2022 - Business

Seattle's Westland Distillery serves whiskey with Northwest flair

Barrels stacked along the walls in a room with polished concrete floors and skylight windows.
Barrels and barrels of whiskey! Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

Seattle's Westland Distillery has long produced some of the region's best whiskey.

  • Given how long their spirits have been on my short list of go-to orders, I figured I was overdue for an in-person visit.
Lewis Kamb
Aug 10, 2022 - News

Where young Seattleites go when they leave

Note: The analysis includes U.S. Social Security Number holders born 1984–1992 measuring their childhood locations at age 16 and young adult locations at age 26; Data: Center for Economic Studies, et al., 2022, "The Radius of Opportunity: Evidence from Migration and Local Labor Markets"; Chart: Skye Witley/Axios

The average young adult who grew up in Seattle and left here moved about 283 miles away, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies

  • That's 102 miles above the national average of 181 miles.

Scoop: Amazon lawsuit accuses company of selling fake seller feedback

Illustration of three stars, one of which is wearing a fake nose, mustache and glasses disguise.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

In what Amazon calls a first, the e-retailer on Tuesday sued a Rhode Island man and his company for allegedly selling fake, 5-star reviews to bolster seller feedback of third-party retailers who peddle products on Amazon.com.

Driving the news: The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, alleges that Trey King and his online business, AuctionSentinel.com, has been selling fake "verified feedback" to retailers, and posting reviews to "artificially inflate sellers' feedback ratings in the Amazon.com store."

Impeachment GOP Rep. Herrera Beutler concedes to Trump-backed rival

Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), one of the 10 House Republicans who voted for former President Trump’s impeachment, conceded in her primary election on Tuesday, one week after ballots were cast.

Why it matters: The upset result is a major victory for Trump, who targeted Herrera Beutler as part of his effort to purge perceived disloyalty within the GOP, particularly by going after Republicans who voted for impeachment.

Melissa Santos
Aug 9, 2022 - COVID

Washington says goodbye to most COVID emergency orders

COVID rearview mirror
Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

Gov. Jay Inslee is phasing out a dozen COVID-19 emergency orders, which will leave only 10 in place — a massive drop from the 85 in effect earlier in the pandemic.

Why it matters: The end of the vast majority of the state's COVID-19 emergency orders shows how government mandates are taking a backseat at this stage of the pandemic, letting business owners and individuals decide for themselves which precautions to follow.

Herrera Beutler loses lead in latest vote count

A woman with brown hair dressed in blue gestures with her hands while speaking.
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Battle Ground) in June 2020. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republican challenger Joe Kent overtook U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Battle Ground) in the latest round of ballot counting Monday, making it appear unlikely that Herrera Beutler — one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach ex-President Trump — would advance to November's general election.

Driving the news: On Monday, Kent, who received Trump's endorsement, pulled ahead of Herrera Beutler by 960 votes in Washington's 3rd Congressional District.