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Inside Seattle’s HR department: a ‘toxic’ culture

This is the second article in a two-part series. Before the stroke, there were the migraines. Linda Leong had spent nearly 30 years working in…

Two more City Hall leaders out under Durkan

Seattle's Chief Technology Officer, Michael Mattmiller, and the Director of the Office of Labor Standards, Dylan Orr, both resigned Friday, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced today.…

Frustrated with HR, City employees break silence on sexism and harassment

The first in a two-part series. Read Part 2 here. At one of the first meetings of the Seattle Silence Breakers, Doreen McGrath asked the…

How many ICE agents patrol the West? It’s unclear

Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, made a promise the other day to the people of California, a state that…

As Seattle housing prices soar, Section 8 vouchers don’t help as much as they used to

For Brian Graap and Kari Forbes, there wasn’t much time. The Section 8 housing voucher they’d improbably secured was set to expire and after three months…

Seattle wins approval from judge on police reform. But work remains

Nearly eight years after a Seattle police officer shot John T. Williams in the back, killing the Native American woodcarver and sparking a federal investigation…

Inquests halted, putting Charleena Lyles hearing on hold

King County Executive Dow Constantine is announcing a temporary halt on police shooting inquests, a decision that comes as public defenders and advocates for police…

Meet Seattle’s new police chief: Carmen Best

Carmen Best is the first African-American woman to lead the Seattle Police Department, a job she took over as of Jan. 1 when Chief Kathleen…

Jeff Sessions’ marijuana move puts Seattle, state on the defensive

They knew this day would come. But the relative silence from Attorney General Jeff Sessions on legal marijuana over the last year had perhaps given…

Best of 2017: Stop that plane — The frantic race to halt a deportation

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our editors and by popularity with readers. When Courtney…

Entering the third year of Seattle’s homelessness emergency

In the time since Seattle and King County declared a homelessness state of emergency two years ago, the country elected Donald Trump, Mayor Ed Murray…

Best of 2017: At City Hall, a massive department is mired in chaos

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our editors and by popularity with readers. Last summer,…

Best of 2017: Why am I a threat?

One day last fall, a month before Donald Trump was elected president, Lassana Magassa disappeared from his job with Delta Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.…

Christmas bonus for KOMO employees? Sinclair says ‘Bah, humbug!’

Shortly after President Donald Trump signed an enormous tax cut for corporations, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the conservative local media giant, joined a handful of other companies in…

After Amtrak crash, a surreal procession as cleanup begins

The crushed train car sat on a flatbed truck on Interstate 5 outside of DuPont, Washington. Positioned upside down, gashes down the side as if…
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