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UW prof speaks of her own homeless experience

University of Washington nursing professor Josephine Ensign brings an unusual depth of perspective to her work teaching health sciences students, many of whom are involved…

At Hanford, a chance for a fuller telling of atomic history

In a Hiroshima restaurant one evening last fall, a Japanese peace movement leader and former mayor leaned toward me with a frown and asked, “Do…

Fiery wreck in Oregon highlights risks of oil trains in cities

The oil train fire happened in as good a place as any: Just far enough from tiny Mosier, Oregon, to spare residents any loss of…

Crowded field comes into focus in 7th Congressional District debate

In the first televised debate for one of Seattle’s biggest political prizes in a generation, six candidates vying to represent the area in the U.S. House of…

Think you’re not a racist? Think again

Lola Peters' most recent book jumps into my mind almost every day. I’m trying to figure out or practice her provocative lessons about skin color,…

Republican Senate candidate, former head of state party, renounces Trump

State politics entered into new territory on Thursday, as the party’s U.S. Senate candidate, Chris Vance, rejected his party’s presumptive presidential nominee in the strongest possible…

Despite warnings, Seattle still dangerously unprepared for megaquake

When it comes to our pathetic lack of action on earthquake safety in some of our most-used buildings, you can’t really blame the infamous Seattle…

Should Seattle sell off rare open space?

In the midst of Seattle's pell-mell development, a patch of land above the Duwamish River Valley is becoming a battleground in the debate over what…

Inslee to allow severe layoffs for state spending watchdogs?

There’s extra money flowing in to state government, enough that the Legislature added $200 million in new spending in the supplemental budget passed last week.…

After hatchet attack, South Park residents on edge

The man who attacked a store clerk and a customer with a hatchet last week lived in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. Jeff Hayes knew the…

Breakthrough for special-needs kindergarten program

The Seattle school system has tentatively agreed to continue its support for an innovative kindergarten program that mixes children with developmental needs and those developing…

Inslee, Republicans take off gloves. Politely.

Having danced – and squabbled -- together for six months before reaching a budget deal, Gov. Jay Inslee and lawmakers from both parties have been…

5 things lawmakers shouldn’t ignore

Gov. Jay Inslee will get the 2016 session of the Legislature into high gear with his State of the State speech today. He is already…

Why a blue state elects a purple government

Seattle residents, even the newest ones, know it in their hearts: Washington is a blue state. A lot of those newcomers, in fact, may have…

Best of 2015: Atomic bomb survivors on a quest for peace

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will…