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…

Welcome back to Boondogglia

Seventeen years ago, when Seattle was briefly a media capital, I wrote a story for the then-locally based Slate on the amazing tendency of public…

The D word: Seattle confronts the ‘depolicing’ dilemma

Nearly 30 years ago, the Seattle Police Department’s South Precinct Anti-Crime Team recovered a camera containing exposed film from some suspected burglars. Sergeant Chuck Pillon,…

Seattle rock hound offers tours of our billion-year-old past

What’s the oldest stone in Seattle? What's the best place in town to see fossils outside of the Burke Museum? Why do the rustic sandstone…

Ciao, Chai, and bye-bye, Bamboo. Woodland Park will let its elephants go.

It’s probably the least radical step the zoo could take under the circumstances. This afternoon, the Woodland Park Zoo invited “only press with credentials” to…

Pathology report shines some light on Watoto’s death

It’s taken a while to get the story, and it’s still not the full story. On the morning of August 22 Watoto, the Woodland Park…

Did neglect kill Woodland Park’s African elephant matriarch?

At 7 a.m. on August 22, zookeepers noticed an African elephant named Watoto, a fixture at Woodland Park Zoo for 43 years, lying on the…
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