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…

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…

SDOT plans a safer Rainier Ave. – for cars and pedestrians, not bikes

They “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity,” the Israeli diplomat Abba Eban quipped about his country’s neighbors following their 1973 peace conference. The…

Seattle zoo elephants might be worse off in Oklahoma

It was a lawsuit foretold, but it surprised even those filing it. On Friday the Elephant Justice Project, the newly-incorporated nonprofit incarnation of the long-time…

Will Woodland Park’s elephants be OK in Oklahoma?

There’s one good reason to send a press release on a Friday: to escape the news cycle and get as little coverage as possible for…

What? Praise for Seattle from … Portland?

Seattle is bigger, wealthier and more cosmopolitan. It has better scenery and weather. But Seattleites can’t stop looking enviously at Portland. Whenever today’s Seattle seems…

Methane hydrates release large plumes of greenhouse gas off Washington’s coast

It was big news: One of the largest potential contributors to global warming and ocean acidification is potential no longer, and hasn’t been for decades.…

Save the Seahawks from CenturyStink!

The only problem with the Seahawks’ march to glory is where it’s happening — or rather, what that where is called. The Hawks and the…

Seattle’s Birdman of climate change

George Divoky seems like the last person who should spend 40 consecutive summers on a barren sandspit off Alaska’s northern tip, alone except for a…

A vote for neighborhood bookstores, third places and diversity

For more than a decade two retail truisms have prevailed: Paper-and-mortar bookstores, especially cozy, community-oriented, locally owned bookstores, are toast in the Amazon age. And…
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