Directory resistance: The challenge of contacting local government

Animal shelters, jury duty, code compliance – you name it – we all need to contact the government now and then. You might expect that…

Phone mystery: landline usage down, taxes up.

Residential phone customers have been abandoning CenturyLink at a faster clip than Mariners fans have forsaken Safeco Field. And that’s saying something. Once the foundation…

Beyond crackerjacks: 10 ways to fix Safeco Field

Dear Seattle Mariners, With average game attendance apparently destined to slide for a 10th straight year, why not consider my top-ten list below for ways…

Seattle to Comcast: Answer the phone!

Comcast has had a rough time marketing its three-year-old “Xfinity” service. So much so that last year the cable giant invested $170 million in a…

A slightly awkward Buddha

You’d expect a Buddhist sculpture to bring good karma, but it’s an open question whether that’s been true in the case of an artifact recently…

Stripe-less in Seattle

More than snow and ice disappeared when the big freeze lifted and rain arrived late last month. Also gone: lane lines on the well-travelled West…

Landlords get a reprieve

Just in time for budget deliberations, the Seattle City Council has received a consultant's report that looked at options to improve the city's rental-housing inspection…

A new poll shows Dino Rossi has narrowed the gap

New polling data show Democrat Chris Gregoire and Republican Dino Rossi in a virtual dead heat in the Washington gubernatorial race. The numbers add fuel…

New poll: Gregoire 51, Rossi 45

Democrat Christine Gregoire leads Republican Dino Rossi by 6 points — 51 percent to 45 percent — with 4 percent still undecided in the Washington…

The high cost of an empty taxicab

For more than a decade, Seattle officials have been pushing the Port of Seattle to help curb what many regard as a silly anachronism: Cabs…

The freaky economics of a ride to Sea-Tac Airport

Not so long ago, air travelers could save a few pennies by booking a van instead of taking a cab to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. No…

Vanity profanity! The 600 license plates banned by the state

3M3TIB looked harmless enough, so the state Department of Licensing granted the vehicle owner's request for a vanity plate to go on the woman's 2000…

A long wait for Seattle P-patches

A heightened desire to commune with nature, a need to get your hands dirty, exercise, saving money. All help explain the keen pursuit by a…

Landlords mobilize as City Hall considers rental-housing inspections

A little-noticed Seattle City Council resolution authorizes a $50,000 study of a possible rental-housing inspection program, and it could produce a fierce political battle between…

Comcast’s high-definition baseball asterisk

Those Comcast high-def customers who flipped to Mojo (Channel 664) Monday night, May 12, after Kenji Johjima smacked a game-tying, three-run homer in the ninth…