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The sounds of Sound Transit

If there’s one thing we here at MuckRock love, it’s a creative take on what a “public record” is. Which is why were overjoyed when Kevin Wallace requested - and received - two CDs full of the programmed announcements used on Seattle’s Sound Transit links.

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Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Reservation preceded by years of creeping radioactive rot

These days the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has the dubious distinction of being the “most contaminated place in America,” with about 53 million gallons of toxic waste stored at the sprawling 586 square mile facility. While the recent tunnel collapse is the most severe incident yet at the site, inspection reports released by the Environmental Protection Agency through FOIA reveal a history of slow-burning decrepitude at the nuclear waste dump.

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Seattle responded to request for text messages by photocopying a phone

Last year, Seattle-based activist Phil Mocek requested text messages sent by mayor Ed Murray to his staff. Unsurprisingly, the mayor’s press team responded fairly quickly - albeit in a fairly surprisingly way.

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The same billionaire that funded Trump’s campaign bankrolled Milo’s college speaking tour

Curious how much college Republicans were shelling out to have Milo Yiannopoulos come to their campus, Matthew Guariglia requested records related to his speaking tour. What he found led to a larger understanding of the few super-rich individuals funding a conservative movement.

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Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Grease: On the trail of Seattle surveillance

After Seattle residents noticed cameras popping up on utility polls over town, local activist Phil Mocek filed a request to find out who was putting them up, and why. What he got back was surprising - despite tough local laws, agencies like the ATF were setting up the spy cams for minor crimes, such as catching restaurants dumping grease.

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