Seattle’s homeless emergency: What do we really know?

Every morning around 7:30, Wayne Wilson walks from his office on the second floor of the Compass Housing Alliance, inside a shaky building in the…

Inslee’s transportation secretary roadblocked

In a 25-21 vote divided along partisan lines, the state Senate fired Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson on Friday by refusing to confirm her, three years…

Legislature moves toward housing reforms

A package of bills aimed at housing affordability and tenants’ rights reform appears set to move forward in Olympia, a sign of cautious progress in…

The ‘Battle in Seattle’ revisited

I recently wrote a story for another publication in which I passingly referred to WTO and got an editor’s note back. Young and new to…

Tensions high in Olympia after transpo boss’s firing

Everybody in Olympia, it seems, keeps a list. For each party, it's a list of things the other side has made fail — environmental issues for…

A new loophole in gun background checks?

A bill in the state Senate would create a new exception to the state’s background check laws, allowing for the transfer of firearms during nonprofit…

An ode to the retiring Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch

My indelible off-field image of Marshawn Lynch will always be in victory. It was during the largest gathering in our civic history, when an estimated…

Artists search for space from Seattle to Mumbai

The issue of living and work space for artists in Seattle isn’t going away soon, though the artists themselves might very well.  As a Seattle-based…

Breakthrough for special-needs kindergarten program

The Seattle school system has tentatively agreed to continue its support for an innovative kindergarten program that mixes children with developmental needs and those developing…

Corrections head steps down

The embattled head of the state Department of Corrections abruptly resigned Saturday, suggesting that he was trying to satisfy a “need for blood” on the…

All-out blitz for 1,000 new beds for homeless

Following a roundtable discussion with 12 service providers and advocates for the homeless last Friday, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw floated a test balloon over the weekend:…

Police unions, citizen group forge unlikely partnership

In the posturing that is Seattle’s federally mandated police reform effort, the relationship between the innovative Community Police Commission and the well-established officers and leadership…

Healthier flame retardants: Will Legislature finally protect kids, families?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to ban flame retardants linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems from being used in children’s products…

Transgender threat? Other states don’t see an issue

Legislators seeking to roll back a recent ruling on transgender rights have warned of safety risks to women. But how much evidence of trouble is…

Watch: How Pussy Riot’s punk prayers became a movement

Even for the non-religious, there’s a certain spirituality inside Moscow’s Church of Christ Our Savior. Its gold-leaf onion domes tower over the skyline of Russia’s…

5 real fixes for homeless encampments

Shutting down a homeless encampment undeniably feels like decisive action against the phenomenon of people living outdoors, and is therefore gratifying to some. But it…

New ‘purple card’ system would help people with dementia

Like many people caring for someone with dementia, Madeleine Fraley often found herself awkwardly trying to explain why her husband, Larry, couldn’t answer questions or…

Kehinde Wiley exhibit: hip hop paired with aristocratic portraitures

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic * A retrospective of one of the most buzzed about contemporary artists whose work draws accolades from museum folk and…

In this living city, layers of meaning and memory

The landscape is squishy with memory for me, like a soggy sponge or bed of moss. Memories ooze when I step onto familiar ground. Two…

Watch: How Pussy Riot’s punk prayers became a movement

Even for the non-religious, there’s a certain spirituality inside Moscow’s Church of Christ Our Savior. Its gold-leaf onion domes tower over the skyline of Russia’s…

Smartypants guide to engaging Seattle’s vibrant ethnic media

How does one reach the Rising American Electorate? How does she message diverse communities? How can the messages be relevant and culturally competent? For many,…

Transgender threat? Other states don’t see an issue

Legislators seeking to roll back a recent ruling on transgender rights have warned of safety risks to women. But how much evidence of trouble is…

All-out blitz for 1,000 new beds for homeless

Following a roundtable discussion with 12 service providers and advocates for the homeless last Friday, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw floated a test balloon over the weekend:…

Tensions high in Olympia after transpo boss’s firing

Everybody in Olympia, it seems, keeps a list. For each party, it's a list of things the other side has made fail — environmental issues for…

Police unions, citizen group forge unlikely partnership

In the posturing that is Seattle’s federally mandated police reform effort, the relationship between the innovative Community Police Commission and the well-established officers and leadership…

Breakthrough for special-needs kindergarten program

The Seattle school system has tentatively agreed to continue its support for an innovative kindergarten program that mixes children with developmental needs and those developing…

A new loophole in gun background checks?

A bill in the state Senate would create a new exception to the state’s background check laws, allowing for the transfer of firearms during nonprofit…

An ode to the retiring Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch

My indelible off-field image of Marshawn Lynch will always be in victory. It was during the largest gathering in our civic history, when an estimated…

Artists search for space from Seattle to Mumbai

The issue of living and work space for artists in Seattle isn’t going away soon, though the artists themselves might very well.  As a Seattle-based…

Corrections head steps down

The embattled head of the state Department of Corrections abruptly resigned Saturday, suggesting that he was trying to satisfy a “need for blood” on the…