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Inside Seattle’s underground lock-picking scene

Matt had a silver lip ring and slicked-back blonde hair, and he built his own computers. A good friend in my college days, he could…

Preservationists are wrong on housing affordability, says math

When it comes to the merits of desecrating graveyards, you’d likely find champions among some local housing density zealots. “Sure, it’s disrespectful to build micro-apartments…

Washington: the “Wild West” for surveillance drones

Last year, the FBI flew a fleet of small airplanes over Seattle and other cities. They were equipped with cameras capable of snapping thousands of…

Starting today, we make it harder for poor people to eat in Washington

Starting today, thousands of Washington’s poorest people will find it harder to buy food, as a safety net established in the wake of the Great…

Homeowners cut 100+ trees for better views. It’s time to lower the boom

UPDATE: There have been developments in this case since this story was published in March. Details at the end of this article.  Cold-blooded revenge is…

Yes, Mama’s Mexican Kitchen is still doomed

Seattle’s oldest Mexican restaurant and a Belltown institution since 1974, Mama's Mexican Kitchen, has been saved. This was the refrain yesterday, following news that the…

Art and tech: The unique career of CEO Susie Lee

Susie Lee was fresh out of Yale, preparing for medical school, when she felt the walls closing in. She had majored in molecular biology, with the…

UW, WSU don’t reveal how student data is shared with government

Apple’s refusal to unlock an iPhone for the FBI has sparked a legal war, and a nationwide debate over law enforcement’s access to private consumer…

We must civilize the tech bros, for the good of humanity


Following Flint, unanswered questions about Washington’s lead poisoning


A new loophole in gun background checks?

A bill in the state Senate would create a new exception to the state’s background check laws, allowing for the transfer of firearms during nonprofit…

Bills take aim at drinking water protections

Three bills currently working their way through the Washington state legislature would limit the ability to crack down on groundwater pollution, the source of drinking…

You’re too full of yourself, says science

We need to talk about your Subaru's new paint job, Mark. Your car looks ridiculous right now. You saw an ad for discounted paint jobs, any…

Is the Left losing? A talk with Nick Licata

The world needs more radicals. As people get comfortable and small-stakes in their ambitions, radicals reconfigure our conceptions of the possible. In politics, they look at…

Did Obama “green light” a trillion-dollar industry in Puget Sound?

Our region was built on ludicrous-sounding “get rich quick” schemes. Long before software and airplanes, Seattle’s economy ran on timber. But it was the Klondike…