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Microsoft launched Tay, an AI chatbot designed to appeal to 18- to 24-year-olds. Within 24 hours, the Internet taught her to be racist.

Pina Belgrano and daughter on Sunday, preparing for the “Turning the Tables” action to fight foreclosure of her Beacon Hill home. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

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After struggling for eight years to keep her home, Italian immigrant Pina Belgrano took to the streets yesterday to fight the foreclosure system.

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The Rainier Mini Mart has been transformed to Cafe Avole, where owner Solomon Dubie brings a love of buna — Ethiopian-style coffee — and a community space.

Berhane Amanuel, owner of East Africa Imports (and restaurant) stands inside his Seattle restaurant. His store can be seen through the arches at top. East Africa Imports is a tiny little story and eatery in The Promenade, a shopping center in the Central District. It was opened in 2002 by Amanuel and his Central District native wife and they put 100k+ into adding a restaurant about 5/6 yrs ago. They recently found out that Vulcan plans to demolish/develop the shopping center meaning they'll have to move and may not be able to afford to open a restaurant again.

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The owner of East African Imports and Restaurant at 23rd and Jackson says he stands to lose big when Vulcan Real Estate redevelops the property.

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Central District businesses suffering during 23rd Ave Construction are hungry for financial help promised by the city. But some say it's too little, too late.

In the Central District businesses that have been in the neighborhood for decades are side-by-side with newcomers. So is gentrification even a thing? (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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Celebrate gentrification! Take this fun quiz for entrepreneurs and learn how you can to do a better job of upgrading your adopted neighborhood.

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The bill "concerning certain cultural foods" would allow for flexibility for local rules for fresh rice noodles and rice cakes.

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Island Pacific Market, a Filipino-inspired supermarket, has opened in Seattle in the former spot of Viet-Wah Superfoods on MLK.

Seattleites gathered on Feb 3rd to protest the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The agreement still needs to be ratified by member countries. (Photo by Rick Barry)

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Obama's landmark free trade agreement is signed, but not yet sealed or delivered. How will Washington pols vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

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Construction on Promenade 23, located at 23rd and Jackson, would start in mid- to late-2017.

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UW lecturer Haideh Salehi-Esfahani reflects on how the lifting of most U.S. sanctions against Iran will impact young people in both countries.

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The company that runs the Victoria Clipper has been acquired by a Germany-based ferry group and announced plans to open a Florida-Cuba route.

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Another expansion for Ding Tai Fung to downtown Seattle this summer accommodates Seattle's continued love for xiao long bao soup dumplings.

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The event connected local East African business owners with alternative funding sources, business mentoring and an opportunity to connect with peers.

A sign was posted on the door of Yasuko's Teriyaki on the south end of Broadway in October informing customers the shop had closed indefinitely. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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Iconic Seattle small businesses are under pressure from soaring rents. We dug into county data and found some clues about what happens next.

My CaliBurger test meal: Bourbon spiked milkshake, a cheeseburger, chipotle BBQ chicken sandwich, and Cali-style fries. (Photo by Jane Koh)

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CaliBurger, a popular Chinese clone of In-N-Out Burger, is launching in Seattle. So what does this mean for its American prototype?

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A deal was reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade treaty that critics have feared would erode local regulations.

Niyati Desai, originally from Mumbai but living in Seattle on an H4 visa, will be eligible to work in the U.S. under a new plan detailed by Homeland Security this week. (Courtesy photo)

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Thousands of tech worker spouses — many of them with advanced degrees — reluctantly give up careers because their visas don't allow them to work.

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Critics of the EB-5 immigrant investor program say the program benefits wealthy investors, without delivering on well-paying U.S. jobs with benefits.

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The SEC filed a lawsuit against Lobsang Dargey, whose development firm Path America woos Chinese investors with the EB-5 immigrant program.

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The small town of Cuautla in Jalisco, Mexico cashes in on an American Dream fulfilled.