After the iftar: How an immigrant community’s worst fears came true

Second of two reports When Seattle’s young Somalis gathered to celebrate iftar, the Ramadan evening feast, homeland politics dominated the agenda. When the city’s Oromo…

Somalis in Seattle unite, salute their top cop and politician

Iftar is breakfast in the most literal sense: the evening meal that breaks the day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Because it follows…

Single-family Seattle isn’t as big as density boosters claim

You hate to hit an agenda when it’s down, especially when it contains some good ideas amidst its sweeping assertions and overreach. But once again,…

Mighty Tieton: USPS nixes Kickstarter-funded “coolest post office in America”

It’s a design that gives a whole new meaning to the term “post office wall.” It’s a project that might make tiny Tieton, Washington’s post…

9 words that shook Seattle: Are our zoning roots really racial?

UPDATE, 6/20/15, 12:32 p.m.: Following publication of this article, the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project posted a response to the HALA report's citation of the…

Facing El Niño conditions, City Light must buy power when it should be selling

Ali Rodol is a powerbroker in the purest sense of the word – what his business card calls a “power marketer.” He's one of 18…

The big Washington dodge on Obamacare’s prevention provision

When politicians, pundits and other know-it-alls tussle over whether to renovate, repeal or preserve Obamacare, they talk about Medicare expansion, the enrollment mandate and the…

Synchronized swimming: Why are these sea lions flippering us off?

About 7:30 a.m. on April 20, Anne Huey saw something curious off Myrtle Edwards Park: Two groups of large pinnipeds, apparently California sea lions, floating…

Earth Days to come: Will Americans stay so happy about the environment?

What better place to celebrate Earth Day’s 45th birthday than Seattle, where Sen. Gaylord Nelson first broached the idea in a September 1969 speech? And where…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Reforming Ferguson-style “debtors’ prisons” here in Washington State

The most shocking news out of Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown wasn’t about police violence or racism. It was the way Ferguson…
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