Seattle activists raft up to protest Shell oil rigs

The fleet of kayaks moves deliberately through the waters on Seattle's Elliot Bay. Gliding past ferries, freighters and oversized seals camped out on buoys, the…

The boys behind the budget doors

As the Legislature gets down to the business of writing a budget for the next two years, most of the work is being done by…

6 surprises from the Troy Kelley indictment

State Auditor Troy Kelley’s indictment paints a picture of someone who could be a bit of a criminal mastermind. Kelley has pleaded innocent and expressed…

Familiar names apply for Sally Clark’s council seat

The applications for Sally Clark’s vacant Seattle City Council seat are in, all 44 of them. And there are some recognizable names: former council members Jan…

Seattle’s name: Ripe for a change that you can make.

A little more than a year ago, in my monthly column for Seattle magazine, I put forward the idea that Seattle needs a new nickname. We’ve been…

Why force works better than persuasion when it comes to doing the right thing

On January 1, the garbage cops started patrolling Seattle for banana peels and pizza boxes along with cans, bottles and grass clippings. That was the…

Premera cyberattack: How an ancient state law makes our data vulnerable

Odds are good you got one of these letters from Premera Blue Cross, too. The Mountlake Terrace-based health insurer sent them out to 6 million…

Steinbrueck wanted to ‘make a statement’ with withdrawal from council contention

Former Councilmember and mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck withdrew his application to finish out Councilmember Sally Clark's term Thursday. As a former council president and chair…

Having fun yet? Legislature’s endgame is just beginning

The Washington Legislature is just entering the endgame for its 2015 session. That's the behind-the-scenes budget negotiations on operating the state in 2015-2017. As we…

What a way to go. Woodland Park packs off its elephants.

On Wednesday, without announcement or ado, the Woodland Park Zoo packed Bamboo and Chai, its two remaining elephants, off to the Oklahoma City Zoo. There…

Troy Kelley declares innocence, slips away

Consulting a paper in his hand, embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley on Thursday declared his innocence of federal charges at a press conference in a…

How much is that songbird at the feeder? Finch financials in Seattle v. Berlin

How much are songbirds worth? The question recalls that "Priceless" punchline from the Mastercard commercials and a poem by e.e. cummings: “I’d rather learn from…

Guest Opinion: State Legislature must step up on cancer research

Just down the road in Portland, $200 million in taxpayer’s money will expand the state’s cancer institute and help support a massive $1 billion public-private…

Surprise applicant Howard Wright talks about City Council

Howard S. Wright III, whose family developed the Space Needle, has applied to fill Sally Clark’s vacant council seat until next fall. He is known…

Eight finalists in hunt to finish City Council term

The Seattle City Council announced eight finalists Monday to serve out the remaining months of Sally Clark's term, setting up what could be a hectic…

Viral Video: Best TV title sequences

The opening title sequence of Mad Men, with a Don Draper-esque black-on-white cutout tumbling perilously to his doom, may be remembered much longer than anything…

The new Seattle, where everything looks the same

This is the first in a 2-part series on changes in Seattle's built environment. Tucked into a side street in Seattle’s International District is a…

Budget games are taking center stage

So far, gamesmanship has trumped actual negotiations over a compromise between the Washington Senate and House on their budget proposals. There's just a week until…

Urban edges, and how to define the space beyond

I doubt that before today any urbanist writer has used an old, Latin term that lives on in southern Italy to explain the particular wonder of…

What a way to go. Woodland Park packs off its elephants.

On Wednesday, without announcement or ado, the Woodland Park Zoo packed Bamboo and Chai, its two remaining elephants, off to the Oklahoma City Zoo. There…

6 surprises from the Troy Kelley indictment

State Auditor Troy Kelley’s indictment paints a picture of someone who could be a bit of a criminal mastermind. Kelley has pleaded innocent and expressed…

The many faces of Seattle Superhero Celene Queeno Ramadan

Welcome to City Superheroes, the second installment of a regular column that highlights the powerful figures walking among us with the help of a (usually…

Guest Opinion: State Legislature must step up on cancer research

Just down the road in Portland, $200 million in taxpayer’s money will expand the state’s cancer institute and help support a massive $1 billion public-private…

Premera cyberattack: How an ancient state law makes our data vulnerable

Odds are good you got one of these letters from Premera Blue Cross, too. The Mountlake Terrace-based health insurer sent them out to 6 million…

Troy Kelley declares innocence, slips away

Consulting a paper in his hand, embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley on Thursday declared his innocence of federal charges at a press conference in a…

Steinbrueck wanted to ‘make a statement’ with withdrawal from council contention

Former Councilmember and mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck withdrew his application to finish out Councilmember Sally Clark's term Thursday. As a former council president and chair…

State auditor pleads innocent, takes leave

A federal grand jury has indicted embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on 10 charges, including stealing large sums of money while running a business, lying…

The Weekend List: Allen Stone croons around town. Swan Lake at PNB. Reptar does the Tractor. Seattle architecture explained.

* Denotes events that are $15 or less Allen Stone: Evolution of an Artist There’s something unique about singers that grew up in church. Aretha…

The boys behind the budget doors

As the Legislature gets down to the business of writing a budget for the next two years, most of the work is being done by…