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Think tank to Seattle: Forget redeveloping Rainier Beach. Try a little TLC.

When Mayor Murray announced two weeks ago that a delegation from the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) would visit and advise on what to do…

Gun panel aims for ‘gun violence restraining order’

After mass shootings like those in Newtown, Connecticut; Virginia Tech; and Aurora, Colorado, the question emerges: Where are our failures? Is it in gun control, mental health…

Viral Video: John Oliver’s March Madness

John Oliver’s masterful, 360-degree, in-your-face jam of the NCAA and their money-making machine, March Madness, is an absolute must-watch. It’s a cross between a deeply…

Is Legislature playing games with initiatives?

Should we be shocked, shocked! that politics is being played in Olympia? Not really, but sometimes, the political activity can raise an eyebrow — and…

Guest Opinion: Remember Oso by dealing with risks

Harry Truman died for his belief. Warnings that Mount St. Helens could erupt at any time did not faze the owner of a mountain lodge.…

Can coders fix the Seattle area’s traffic problems?

Buildings can be razed and replaced. Single-family homes can become multi-story apartment complexes. As Seattle adapts to its status as the fastest growing city in…

Legislature considers protecting bars from songwriters’ reps

You go to a bar or outdoor concert, and listen to a cover band. Or you sing karaoke at a tavern. In any of those…

Enforcing $15 wage: Job unfilled a week before law goes into effect

In November, the Seattle City Council looked ahead to the new minimum wage law and approved the creation of an Office of Labor Standards within Seattle’s…

Video: The Legislature that shoots together, works together?

CROSSCUT VIDEOpowered by Sens. Pam Roach and Jim Hargrove co-hosted the annual trip to a shooting range, an event that Roach instituted years ago. Even…

Behind the scenes: How Seattle police training met the future

Minutes before Seattle Police Department Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced her four new assistant chiefs last week, a Seattle police union dropped an unfair-labor complaint it had…

House Democrats ready to offer a state budget

The Washington House Democrats plan to unveil their 2015-2017 operating budget proposal on Friday, which will start to point to how this legislative session will…

Olympia’s week: Fed probe questions, a possible budget plan

A couple of questions will dominate the coming week in Olympia. Will State Auditor Troy Kelley, returning from an out-of-state on vacation, talk about why…

Commentary: Missing the point on McCleary

The most important policy debate in Washington State today, arguably in our generation, is the debate raging right now over the McCleary vs State of…