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Top 10 KCTS 9 Stories of 2016

December 27, 2016

Another year has come and gone, and here at KCTS 9 we are taking a look back at the stories that inspired us in 2016. The year was filled with tragedy, celebration and there may have been an election (which of those categories that falls in, you be the judge). Like a height-restricted real-estate developer, we've selected our top 10 favorite stories. Do you agree? Leave a comment and let us know which stories you thought highlight the best that KCTS 9 has to offer. Thanks for tuning in all year long, and we look forward to continuing to strive to bring you the best stories in the Northwest.

Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy in the Northwest

Seventy-five years ago, America was drawn into World War II and the Pacific Northwest answered the call with lumber, hydroelectricity, even a secret plutonium factory to arm atomic bombs. This interactive digital documentary explores the hidden history of the military, the Northwest and the environment.

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Ocean Intern: Student Science in Puget Sound

In the summer of 2015, ten high school students were chosen to participate in a four-week paid internship program at the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography. This diverse group of students, all with a passion for science and the environment, explored the waters of Puget Sound, conducted ocean science experiments on a research vessel, and participated in local field trips.

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A System in Crisis

A special multimedia series produced in partnership by KCTS 9, Crosscut, InvestigateWest and independent documentary producer Bryan Tucker that seeks to shine a light on some of the chronic issues affecting foster youth, foster parents and foster care agencies in Washington State.

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Yakima Music en Acción

Ramshackle stucco homes, dusty yards surrounded by chain-link fences and fierce, protective dogs — this neighborhood of Yakima is infamous for being at the borderline of two warring gangs.

It is also becoming known as an incubator for classical music.

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Knitters Support Breast Cancer Survivors With ‘Knitted Knockers’

Knitting communities are banding together to support survivors of breast cancer with handmade breast prostheses.

On a Wednesday morning at the Apple Yarns store in Bellingham, Wash., a small crowd gathers in the store’s lounge, emanating a steady buzz of chatter. A knitting group at a local yarn store may be a predictable sight, but upon closer inspection, what this particular group of women (and one man) is knitting is anything but predictable.

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Finding Home: A Syrian Refugee Family Builds a New Life in the Pacific Northwest

Two weeks after the Al-Salkini family fled the war-torn town of Homs, Syria, their family home was bombed in an airstrike. After living in the Pacific Northwest for the past year, the family reflects upon the challenges they have overcome as they build a new life in America.

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A Special Breed

Tukutau immediately left Kansas, came back to her hometown of Tacoma, Wash., and lost control. She quit sports, started partying more, making bad choices and working dead-end jobs. She wasn’t happy.

Then she found the Majestics.

An all-women, full-tackle football team, the Seattle Majestics are part of a nonprofit league called the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA), which has teams across the United States. Each year, Seattle’s women go head-to-head with teams from Tacoma, Everett and Portland, Ore., as well as more far-flung places such as Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Diego, Calif.

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White Center Boxing Club

The first thing one notices when walking in to White Center PAL is the size of the place. Twenty girls and boys buzz around what was once a handball court, in turns jumping rope, throwing combinations at one of the heavy, hanging bags and receiving one-on-one instruction from the gym's volunteer coaches: Keith Weir and Tony Rago. It gets hot and stuffy within minutes, but neither the coaches nor the young boxers appear hung up about how much space or training resources they have — they’re here to work hard and earn what’s coming to them.

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A Legacy of Rowing: Seattle’s Ancient Mariners

It is 4:50 a.m. at the Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle and Tom Olson is antsy to get out on the water.

“I look forward to this the night before,” he says. “When the alarm goes off at 4:10 a.m., I’m ready to go.”

Olson is a member of the Ancient Mariners, a competitive men’s masters rowing team. Olsen is 77 years old and has been rowing for most of his life.

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Art in Motion

If you've hopped on the Sound Transit Link Light Rail at either the SODO or Stadium Station lately, you may have looked out the window and seen vast, abstract shapes of red, yellow, green and blue. Or, perhaps you observed the black and white patterns of a large doe prancing through a forest, or pink cats raining from the sky over the iconic Mount Rainier.

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