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Public parks move to private management in Seattle

Seattle mayor Ed Murray threw a bean bag at a cornhole board. A busker picked tunes on his guitar. A chef from local restaurant Soul…

Design Preview: The new Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is Seattle’s most popular destination, and the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, a new…

Legislative leaders reach budget deal

Republicans and Democrats have a handshake deal on the broad strokes of the state government’s main 2015-2017 budget. But the details remain a mystery. In…

City council candidate admits to punching man in homeless camp

Joshua Farris, one of three city council candidates in District 2 and active member of the housing advocacy group SAFE, is potentially facing charges for punching…

Conservative senator with marijuana background leads on law changes

State Senator Ann Rivers’ dad, Gene, was dying of cancer in 1995, and in intense pain. With nothing to lose, he decided to see if…

Olympia watching the budget clock

  Washington Senate Republicans have lined up a bill to extend the current fiscal year's budget to July 31 in case the deadlocked 2015-2017 budget…

The Weekend List: The funkiest party of Pride Weekend. The animals of painter Gaylen Hansen. Thai Curry Simple’s after-dark Pop Up

* Events that are $15 or less The Westerlies * They’re one of the most innovative quartets — two trombones, two trumpets — producing sweeping,…

Inslee, GOP offer compromises on transportation

Gov. Jay Inslee has offered to delay installing low-carbon standards for motor fuels by three years in order to resolve the last major dispute on…

State pot taxes to be reduced

A bill to make it easier and cheaper to buy legal pot in Washington is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The big…

Revive Seattle’s creative spirit by inciting cultural trouble

Knute Berger’s recent piece in Crosscut about Seattle and creativity raised several good questions, most importantly at the article’s conclusion, when he asks rhetorically whether…

Eleven great photos from Seattle Pride 2015

Beyonce and Taylor Swift ballads reverberated between buildings. Batman rollerbladed through parade traffic in a Speedo. Boy Scouts marched in full uniform, in support of…

EMP: Chronicler of Seattle’s pop roots

EMP is more or less Seattle’s ultimate package — a chronicler of past rock ‘n’ roll and an encyclopedia of present popular culture, all in…

Inslee compromises to get transportation projects deal

Gov. Jay Inslee dropped his push for a low-carbon fuel standards Sunday morning in order to get a $15 billion, 16-year transportation projects package. The…

Legislature struggling with transportation deal

The 47 Washington House's minority Republicans might have the votes to stop implementation of a large part of a transportation package financed by an 11.9-cents…

Facing El Nino conditions, City Light buys power when it should be selling

Ali Rodol is a powerbroker in the purest sense of the word – what his business card calls a “forward power marketer.” For 30 years…

Growing up Muslim in the Northwest

For Amina Al-Sadi, America is the only home she’s ever known. As a half-Iraqi, 25-year-old woman, she is dedicated to her Islamic faith, but reminded constantly how…

Judge slams door on police reform legislation

On the heels of a friendly agreement between the civilian Community Police Commission and the mayor’s office Monday evening, Judge James Robart of the U.S…

Energy export decisions loom over the Columbia River

Stand on the cliffs overlooking the wild beauty of the Columbia River, viewed by many as one of the most significant environmental forces in the…

Meet the first ever Crosscut Civic Ambassadors

This year, for the first time, we recruited Crosscut Civic Ambassadors — and boy, were we impressed with the candidates. From an urban planner to a…

City Superheroes: Josh Henderson, bacon jam man

Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: chef…

Legislature acts on budget in nick of time

State college students will see tuition decreases over the next two years, but not as much as the Washington Senate Republicans originally wanted. The tuition…

Transportation plan nears final votes

An 11.9-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax increase is a key part of a 16-year, $16.1 billion transportation project package. The plan is headed to the Washington Senate…

City picks new sites for homeless encampments

Mayor Ed Murray on Monday announced seven sites to house new city-approved homeless encampments. In a  press release, Murray’s office portrayed the action as helpful…

Eleven great photos from Seattle Pride 2015

Beyonce and Taylor Swift ballads reverberated between buildings. Batman rollerbladed through parade traffic in a Speedo. Boy Scouts marched in full uniform, in support of…

The Fabulous Downey Brothers on aliens, band rules and those crazy costumes

I’m convinced that The Fabulous Downey Brothers are secretly the cast for an upcoming sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s title: Dr. Frankenfurter…

Faith and gay rights: An easing of the culture wars?

With the U. S. Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection mean that states cannot ban same-sex…