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Like well-rounded college kids, we attacked the topic of Pacific Northwest colleges from all sides, combining statistics and reports from students and alums to rank the top 39 schools in Washington and Oregon—for prospective students, anxious parents of the same, or proud alums who want more than just a diploma from a prestigious institution. Next, writer Juliette Guilbert explores the long-awaited Northwest African American Museum, now open after decades of lobbying, politicking, fundraising, and civil disobedience aimed at bringing a black history museum to Seattle. Plus: the city’s finest breweries and brewpubs; fall fashion; kayaking Yakima Valley wine country; and a culinary fling with Spring Hill in West Seattle.

A Note from the Editor

Live and Learn

Mail from the Metro

Letters to Seattle Met

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Good Wheel Ambassadors

The refugees, members of Burma’s long-suffering Karen minority, needed a way to get from their Tukwila apartments to work, school, and P-Patch.

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Who’s Your Nanny?

Bossiest bureaucracy on the block: not Seattle.

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Is Rossi Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

And does Gregoire talk like a man?

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Dead Can Dance

Twenty-five years after the King of Pop released his masterpiece, a zombie mob is keeping the music video undead.

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There Will Be Beer

Which Oktoberfest is your Oktoberfest?

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Market Man

Rock Star Gavin Rossdale talks shop at Pike Place

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Biblio File

Now that you’re older and wiser, hitting the books is actually fun.

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Style Counsel

Exile on Main Street

A conversation with Jack Straw co-owner John Richards.

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MEDIA INFLUENCE

Don't Believe the Hype

Making sense of senseless housing-market rankings.

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Edgar’s Solution

Seattle’s most revered ex-Mariner markets bats and caps with other people’s names on them.

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Home, Sweet Haunt

The bloodcurdling past and spirited present of a grand old Georgetown Victorian.

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Fast-Lane Reform (or) Highway Hogwash?

Tim Eyman claims his latest ballot measure will open empty lanes, cure congestion, and fulfill a state audit’s recommendations. Critics contend it will have the opposite effect—and will set back transit, too.

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Class Hysteria

College is a balancing act.

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Northwest College Rankings 2008

Included: Video coverage of how to find the college that best suits you, courtesy q13fox.com

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True Brew

When It Comes to Craft Beers, Seattle’s Frosty Mug Runneth Over

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Divided It Stands

The opening of the Northwest African American Museum last March was a long time in coming. Can it rise above the conflicts that delayed its debut for 30 years?

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Water to Wine

Kayaking and vino sipping in Yakima Valley.

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Early Bloomers

Send bulbs below now for a sensational show come spring.

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The Poor Man’s Steak

Hunting porcini in the Washington wild. 

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QUENCH

Under Pressure

Lattin’s cider house certainly rules, but can it survive 
modern times?

MIX

Alcohol Alchemy

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Because It’s Tasty

Spring Hill elevates food to an art—and a science.

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A Royal Pair

Two old friends find success as the Dutchess and the Duke.