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The Shortlist for Dec. 27

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Patrick Dempsey Tries To Save Seattle Coffee RetailerOn Jan. 3, Patrick Dempsey plans to lead the charge in trying to buy back cash-strapped, Washington-based Tully's Coffee, which filed for bankruptcy in October. Working with a group that intends to be the top bidder on the floundering chain, he hopes to give the company a second chance at financial solvency. "I'm excited about the opportunity to save hundreds of jobs, give back to Seattle and become a larger part of the economic growth and fabric of the community," said Dempsey, whose hit show "Grey's Anatomy" is set in Seattle. "I've always loved this city, and with the purchase of Tully's Coffee, I plan to spend a lot of time in Seattle and at the stores connecting with the community and growing the Tully's brand. It looks like Seattle may be my home away from home in the very near future." (E)
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