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We tested the terrain to line up a summer’s worth of great outdoor adventures, so you can trek, kayak, and scale the Northwest’s breathtaking mountains, waterways, and peninsulas. Also in this issue: News editor Eric Scigliano hits the streets to explore our city’s addiction—to artificial light. Meet the dating coaches, social organizers, groups, and event planners helping hitch singles in Seattle; and get to know eight celebrity singles who’ll put stars in your eyes at Seattle Metropolitan’s Celebrity Singles Auction and Party. And find inspiration—and tiles and tubs and countertops—in our luxury bath remodels.

A Note from the Editor

HOT PURSUITS

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Mail from the Metro

Letters to Seattle Met

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Sherlock of the Sea

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Brain Drain

Are Seattleites really getting dumber?

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Northern Exposures

A Seattle photographer turns moribund bears into high-demand stars.

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Lager Lever Lover

Is Paul Fichter just pulling our keg?

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Sounders 3, Originality 0

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Like a Virgin

Rock-obsessed airline touches Seattle for the very first time.

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PASSING THROUGH

Old Warrior, New Fight

Phil Donahue tells a soldier’s story in an Iraq war documentary.

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For the Record

Get a fresh spin on vinyl and go analog at these sound emporiums.

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Style Counsel

If the Shoe Fits

A conversation with Assaf Ziv, executive creative director for Report Shoes.

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SELLING TACTICS

Grounds Work

Beauty on the outside helps make the sale.

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One-Minute Mortgage

Out of the ashes of the subprime collapse, Layne Sapp tries 
to reinvent the loan-processing business.

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The Wheel Dealer

William O. McKay put Seattle on wheels, Seafair on the calendar, and romance under the hood.

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Greener Oil (or) Bio Folly?

Washington politicians, energy mavens, and drivers are jumping on the biodiesel bandwagon. But skeptics warn that it steals desperately needed food crops and may actually raise greenhouse emissions.

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35 Northwest Playgrounds

Great outdoor summer adventures in the water, on the ground, and high in the sky.

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Hit Singles

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Give Back the Night

We live day and night bathed in artificial light. Now scientists say night light harms wild habitats and human health, and stargazers lament losing the timeless wonder of the night sky.

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Splish Splash

Just 50 years ago, bathrooms were small, dark, unappreciated utility rooms. No more. Today’s bathrooms are retreats designed to melt away the stress of hectic lives.

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Humdingers

A constant food and water source and a secluded place to rest are all a hummingbird needs to call your yard home. 

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Hog Heaven

The fattest pig in town is also the tastiest.

CRUSH

Life after Sideways

Merlot makes a comeback.

BREW

Suds of Summer

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High Steaks

What’s a nice grille doing in a place like this?

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Task Master

An artist turns ordinary chores into improvisational art.

Not Another Roadside Attraction

A mighty wind has blown new life into Long Beach.