Homeless families outside a downtown Seattle shelter. John Ryan/KUOW hide caption

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Tents are pitched illegally on a sidewalk in Seattle in January. The number of people sleeping outside in the city shot up by 20 percent in just the past year. David Ryder/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Upasana Kone's husband works at Microsoft on an H-1B tech visa, but her spouse visa does not include a work permit. The Obama administration has announced a possible rule change to allow some spouses to get a job. Upasana Kone hide caption

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Native American protesters have been demonstrating against Columbus Day in Seattle for several years. Protest organizers say Columbus should not be credited with discovering the Western Hemisphere at a time when it was already inhabited. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Seattle's government has given early approval to caps on ride-share companies such as Uber. Here, Peter Faris, whose company's drivers use Uber to find customers, holds a smartphone with the ride-sharing company's app in Washington, D.C. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In this photo made with a fish-eye wide-angle lens, Bertha, the massive boring machine that is drilling a two-mile tunnel under Seattle, is shown in July before work began. The tunnel will replace a double deck highway along the downtown Seattle waterfront. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Voters in SeaTac, Wash., have narrowly approved a measure raising the minimum wage at its international airport, officials say. But the initiative faces several challenges, including a recount. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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The line stretches down the block ahead of an event during the 2012 Seattle Science Festival. The 2013 festival runs from June 6 through June 16. Courtesy of Pacific Science Center hide caption

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A young cannabis plant at grows at The Joint Cooperative in Seattle, Washington Jan. 27. Cliff DesPeaux/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A abused-looking phone book in Seattle's Chinatown. Dryad & Sprite Photography/via Flickr hide caption

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