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Reinhold Messner: towering achievements and ego

When my father was a small boy, his father, a Norwegian engineer, took him to see Roald Amundsen and his ship, the Maud, when it…

The oil trains and the cities: How safe?

They gathered at dusk at the King Street Station with the words “No Exploding Oil Trains” projected on the station’s clock tower. Some held signs…

The Weekend List: Luscious opera, THEESatisfaction’s latest, free entry at SAM

* Denotes events that are $15 or less Semele The music is Handel. The story is kind of a classic: girl falls in love with…

Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Ed Murray

Our Civic Cocktail gathering next Wednesday will feature a special guest, Mayor Ed Murray, to talk about his plans for 2015. But expect him to be…

Orcas vegan-turned-butcher ‘blown on his ass’ by James Beard nomination

Chef Jay Blackinton, 26, of Orcas Island taught himself to cook by preparing large meals for his punk friends in Seattle. Now, he’s nominated for…

At UW, computer science & nuclear history spar

Back in 2008, a group of University of Washington students and preservationists rose up to oppose the demolition of the More Hall Annex on the…

The Daily Troll: 2 Pasco shooting autopsies. Protests for minority rights at UW. Amazon hires ex-Obama spokesman.


Now Showing: Hard to Be a God

If you have the stomach for it, sitting through the three-hour, black-and-white Russian film, Hard to Be a God, may rank as one of your…

Mariners’ spring training: Will hopes be fulfilled?

"Did you hear that Pete Carroll has been named ambassador to the Vatican?" "What?" "After Carroll's goal-line call in the Super Bowl, President Obama figured Pete is the…

Transparency on tax breaks: A good idea?

Should the public have a better view of the sizes of tax breaks received by individual companies? Or is that a reckless concept that would…

Olympia this week: The transportation question

The big question this coming week is whether something will happen: Will the Washington Senate leadership put a transportation package to a vote? Outside of…

Coyotes everywhere: Vashon Island’s experience

A coyote slipped into the darkened field, just as everyone had expected. People at last summer's three-day Vashon Island sheepdog trials had found two sheep…

For universal Pre-K, the devil is in the details

[caption id="attachment_84001" align="alignright" width="225"] Marcy Whitebook, Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at University of California,…

Later school start times could have big impact

As a push for later high school start times intensifies in Seattle, a trio of Seattle doctors shared evidence Monday night that later school start times…

Meet Crosscut’s Community Idea Lab winner

Abi Gibson is a high school senior. The oldest of three sisters, she's a vocal jazz nut and, like a lot of other high schoolers,…

Field Notes from Olympia: Legislating virtual worlds

On February 6th I watched the House Finance Committee consider two bills that would reshape the state tax code governing digital transactions and the delivery…

City Council takes first step toward a comprehensive privacy plan

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a set of principles Monday to guide how city departments collect, hold and use private information. The principles, envisioned as…

Community Idea Lab: The Final Five

How can we make K-12 classrooms more student-focused, individualized and community-rooted? That's the question we asked all of you this winter through our Community Idea…