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Survival of the richest: priced out of Seattle

An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling to…

Superdrought of 2015: Three things Washington must consider

Washington faces what may be its worst drought in recorded history. The state isn’t on the road to sun-parched hellscapes out of Mad Max like some…

Puget Sound drivers: What will make you get out of your car?

One of the proposed solutions to Seattle’s innumerable transportation problems: Spend money and lots of it. In early May, Mayor Ed Murray raised his (already…

Book City: Seattle’s unlikely developer-bookstore owner Ron Sher

Ron Sher uses books to help build vital communities. As founder and CEO of Sher Partners, his work ranges from redeveloping Crossroads Shopping Center to…

Women and weight: A conversation with actress Kathy Najimy

You might recognize Kathy Najimy as the goofy brunette witch in Hocus Pocus or chipper Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act. Or perhaps you wouldn’t, given…

Teachers say ‘all of the above’ to funding, smaller classes and fewer tests

Thousands of teachers from the Seattle, Issaquah and Mercer Island school districts walked out of the classroom Tuesday and marched down Seattle's Second Avenue to…

Will the Legislature strike back at teacher walkouts?

Tuesday's sharpest feedback about a bill to dock striking teachers' pay and benefits came from who didn't show up at the hearing. The Washington Senate…

Forterra gets comfortable with cities and small towns alike

Ten years ago, the then Cascade Land Conservancy launched The Cascade Agenda, a bold plan to conserve 1.3 million acres of forest and farm land…

The big Washington dodge on Obamacare’s prevention provision

When politicians, pundits and other know-it-alls tussle over whether to renovate, repeal or preserve Obamacare, they talk about Medicare expansion, the enrollment mandate and the…

Bertha’s tunneling likely delayed past August

Last March, the tunnel contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners introduced an “aggressive” schedule for repairing the tunnel-boring machine Bertha. Now it appears STP was probably a…

Like “Rashomon”, Olympia’s budget truth depends on whom you ask

Olympia's state budget talks are like Rashomon. The 1950 Japanese film has four people telling radically different stories about the same crime — the truth…

Pot money adds to haze around budget deal

Smoking pot is the easy part. Crunching the tax dollar predictions from that toking is hard. The estimates of state revenues from marijuana are drawing…

The Weekend List, Festival Edition: NW Folklife, Black Box 2.0, Sasquatch! – and Bettye LaVette at Jazz Alley

* Denotes items that are $15 or less ShortsFest at SIFF * Looking at the SIFF schedule can be overwhelming but ShortsFest is always a…

Editor in chief Mary Bruno leaving Crosscut

First rule of journalism: Don’t bury the lede. I am leaving Crosscut at the end of June to write a book. Very excited about the…

Council hesitates about costs of promised low-income car tab rebate

When Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 to increase bus service, they agreed to a $60 increase in the price of car tabs. To balance concerns…

Summer camp: Good time for almost everyone?

No doubt the spring weather has many kids — and their parents — looking forward eagerly to summer camp. They probably envision warm days filled…

Editor in chief Mary Bruno leaving Crosscut

First rule of journalism: Don’t bury the lede. I am leaving Crosscut at the end of June to write a book. Very excited about the…

Now Showing: “Blackhat” from Michael Mann, action painter

Even on his worst day Michael Mann can run circles around nearly every other director working today. His frenetic set pieces and gorgeously fluid camera…

Guest Opinion: WSU should drive smarter Palouse water actions

Washington State University promotes its research contributions with the tagline “Tomorrow begins here.” When I watched a TV ad touting aerospace biofuel research, the phrase…

Like “Rashomon”, Olympia’s budget truth depends on whom you ask

Olympia's state budget talks are like Rashomon. The 1950 Japanese film has four people telling radically different stories about the same crime — the truth…

Survival of the richest: priced out of Seattle

An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling to…

Book City: Seattle’s unlikely developer-bookstore owner Ron Sher

Ron Sher uses books to help build vital communities. As founder and CEO of Sher Partners, his work ranges from redeveloping Crossroads Shopping Center to…

The Weekend List, Festival Edition: NW Folklife, Black Box 2.0, Sasquatch! – and Bettye LaVette at Jazz Alley

* Denotes items that are $15 or less ShortsFest at SIFF * Looking at the SIFF schedule can be overwhelming but ShortsFest is always a…

Council hesitates about costs of promised low-income car tab rebate

When Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 to increase bus service, they agreed to a $60 increase in the price of car tabs. To balance concerns…

Puget Sound drivers: What will make you get out of your car?

One of the proposed solutions to Seattle’s innumerable transportation problems: Spend money and lots of it. In early May, Mayor Ed Murray raised his (already…

Will the Legislature strike back at teacher walkouts?

Tuesday's sharpest feedback about a bill to dock striking teachers' pay and benefits came from who didn't show up at the hearing. The Washington Senate…

Women and weight: A conversation with actress Kathy Najimy

You might recognize Kathy Najimy as the goofy brunette witch in Hocus Pocus or chipper Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act. Or perhaps you wouldn’t, given…

Teachers say ‘all of the above’ to funding, smaller classes and fewer tests

Thousands of teachers from the Seattle, Issaquah and Mercer Island school districts walked out of the classroom Tuesday and marched down Seattle's Second Avenue to…

Forterra gets comfortable with cities and small towns alike

Ten years ago, the then Cascade Land Conservancy launched The Cascade Agenda, a bold plan to conserve 1.3 million acres of forest and farm land…