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Best of 2016: Exacting revenge for the West Seattle tree massacre

Cold-blooded revenge is seldom the proper motivation for setting urban policy. But it may be time for Seattle leaders to make an exception. A group of West Seattle…

Best of 2016: Washington’s lead poisoning problem, explained

The city of Flint, Michigan is in the midst of a major public health crisis, following the discovery of widespread lead poisoning in children. Given…

Seattle media may be a ‘dumpster fire,’ but it can be saved

With the constant news of layoffs, buy-outs, and publications closing shop, it can sometimes seem like the Seattle news media is our own local contribution…

How Martha Choe forged one of Washington’s most influential careers

Following a dinner with policymakers and alumni in Tacoma on November 4, 1987, the president of Western Washington University, G. Robert Ross, boarded a small…

Will these condo owners derail Seattle’s affordable housing plan?

A glimmering, 30-story high-rise in downtown Seattle, Escala is perhaps best known as the home of Christian Grey, the sadomasochistic billionaire at the center of…

The scandals of former Gov. Gary Locke

Former Gov. Gary Locke is one of the biggest success stories in Washington history. Raised in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace housing projects by working-class immigrant parents,…

Former Gov. Gary Locke’s ‘highly inappropriate’ home sale

While serving as U.S. ambassador to China, former Washington governor Gary Locke sold his D.C.-area home to a powerful Chinese businesswoman for $1.68 million. The…

State Republicans hit new fundraising lows

Editor's note: The numbers in this article and accompanying charts were drawn from the Federal Election Commission and the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission last week.…

Data dive: Fake Twitter followers abound in local politics, media

Like so much about Twitter, the prevalence of fake accounts on the service is a strange and mostly pointless thing to think about. But because I gravitate…

Meet Trump’s top donors in Washington

Donald Trump’s biggest financial supporter in Washington is a Tesla-driving, self-proclaimed leftist and feminist from the suburbs bordering Microsoft. And in a poetic turn, his…

Washington trails the nation in mental health treatment

Update: Shortly following publication of this story, a federal judge found the state in contempt regarding a ruling mentioned in this piece, focused on providing…

The man who tried to end homelessness

Back in 2005, King County announced a bold project: it would end homelessness within ten years. The man put in charge of the initiative was Bill…

Another frequency: The visions of Beyonce, Flying Lotus director Kahlil Joseph


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