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Dave Reichert speaks to constituents, kind of

When U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert appeared on a KCTS 9 livestream Thursday, his message for those constituents demanding he host a public forum was clear:…

Portland erupted over body cam issue. Seattle, not so much.

When former Portland Mayor Charlie Hales pushed forward a police union contract last October, protestors shut down City Hall and two people were arrested. The…

Teachers face layoffs as Inslee urges legislators to act

With a school funding debate largely at a standstill, top Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee voiced concerns Tuesday over a looming deadline they say…

Campus sexual assault: Washington students still woefully uninformed

Though politicians and universities across the country have recognized the problem of campus sexual assault, administrators are still working to determine the most effective policies…

6 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Step Afrika! What started as a cultural exchange program between African Americans and South Africans has blossomed into a first-of-its-kind company that celebrates stepping, the…

Landlord: Tenant violated his lease by dying

Debra Tolbert’s brother had been battling stage four kidney failure when he died last month of a heart attack. But a grieving Tolbert was hardly…

Judge denies ACLU’s request to stop encampment sweeps

Seattle officials can continue to clean up homeless encampments while a suit challenging the city's practices works its way toward a trial. U.S. District Court…

Who gets the water — landowners or fish?

MAPLE FALLS, Whatcom County – Zach Nutting throws a stick. His two big black dogs streak after it into the trees on the five-acre lot…

Grizzlies in the North Cascades: Do we want them back?

This story is a production of NWPR/EarthFix. About 16 pregnant ewes lounge beneath a lone tree on a ranch in north-central Washington’s Methow Valley. They…

The story of a police shooting: Are there answers?

As Officer Michael Spaulding recounted the day he shot and killed Che Taylor, he kept returning to the fact that Taylor was well known to…

Democracy Vouchers — off to a slow start

City Attorney Pete Holmes wants your democracy vouchers. Holmes will almost certainly win re-election next fall. He's popular, and he's working with one of the highest…

Murray pushes ‘most important legislation’ yet

Surrounded by elected officials, staffers and community members with sometimes widely diverging views, Mayor Ed Murray today unveiled a legislative suite of police accountability proposals that he…

City: Next time homeless are cleared, they will get notice

The city Tuesday unveiled proposed new protocols for addressing so-called unsanctioned homeless encampments — tent dwellings, sometimes home to dozens, scattered across the city. It’s…

As Trump targets ‘sanctuary cities,’ Seattle plans budget cuts

Just hours after President Donald Trump revealed an executive order that threatened to punish so-called “sanctuary cities,” Mayor Ed Murray delivered a bold statement, feet from…

Councilmember O’Brien passes on a run for mayor

Last September, Councilmember Mike O’Brien asked if Mayor Ed Murray would meet him for a beer at Poquito’s, off Pike Street. The mayor, according to…

Council reacts to new footage of police shooting

Angered by a seven-minute gap between when Che Taylor was shot by police and when he received CPR, Councilmember Kshama Sawant is calling for Seattle…

Searching for hope after a hard year

A few days after Christmas, the neighbors discarded their tree in the alley. An unsheared Fraser Fir with a pointer-finger top, a rat’s nest bottom…

7 minutes down: Police shot a man, then let him bleed

Che Taylor lay bleeding on the pavement for seven minutes without medical attention after Seattle police officers shot him last Feb. 21. For at least three…

New Year 2017 in verse: With Trump at the head

Trumpocalypse is here, it's real, unless it's merely Trump d'l'ceil, though Brooks and Krugman may decry a Prez who's not their kind of guy and…

NW coal exports back on the table under Trump

A fondness for hunting and fishing on public lands, apparently shared with one of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s sons, seems to have been behind the…

The real reasons Eastern Washington voted for Trump

Dennis Chamberlain knows what I want to ask. Chamberlain is a lean 53-year-old who’s lived in rural parts of the Northwest for most of his…

Trump-style tactics fall flat in Eastern Washington race

In an election season dripping with racism and anti-elitism, one race in the heart Republican Washington could be read as a marker for just how…

Affordable housing, homeless services top new Seattle budget

The Seattle City Council passed the city’s 2017-2018 budget package on Monday with an 8-1 vote. Only socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant voted against, as she…

Support surges for local civil rights, immigration orgs

For all the hand wringing about President-elect Donald Trump, his election has had one silver lining for some of his opponents: support. “We’ve been deluged…

Pramila Jayapal is the anti-Trump

There wasn't much for left-leaning Seattle to cling to. In the first 24 hours after the liberal nightmare became a reality, the Bernie Sanders and…