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Ask Rep. Pramila Jayapal about her first days in Congress

Pramila Jayapal’s first act in Congress was to rise and object to the certification of the Electoral College vote tally that would hand Donald Trump…

Seabird deaths offer clues to ocean’s mysteries

This story originally appeared in Hakai Magazine. Coleman Byrnes leads our small team of four through the rainforest of Olympic National Park in Washington State.…

Could Seattle Center become cool again?

Despite an administration in the “other” Washington that is pursuing trade and immigration policies antithetical to ones that have helped make this free-trade, diverse and…

City Light under fire for smart meter cuts

The already-tense relationship between Councilmember Kshama Sawant and Seattle City Light CEO Larry Weis was made worse in recent days following a Crosscut report that…

Development deal aims to save Seattle’s black community

The 2.5-acre plot on the southeast corner of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in Seattle’s Central District — once a cornerstone of historic black Seattle…

No air conditioning? Boohoo

If you’re cold, put a sweater on. If you’re too warm, take a layer off. Everyone here learns to dress in layers, right? Not anymore.…

Is it really OK to eat steelhead?

What does "good" mean? If you're trying to be environmentally responsible while picking out a steelhead fillet to grill or saute or maybe steam with…

Murray’s supporters scatter to the political winds

By the end of filing day Friday, 21 candidates declared for Mayor, with six people seriously competing to survive the primaries. It's a celebration of sorts,…

The cost of a public housing experiment: Community?

Looking out the floor-to-ceiling windows of her Raven Terrace corner apartment, Kristin O’Donnell can now see the jagged snowcapped outline of the Olympic Mountains. Swivel…

Safe drug use sites likely coming to King County

Worried about rising deaths of opioid drug overdoses, King County Council members appear to be moving toward approval of a program for two safe-injection sites.…

Community role in police oversight will grow

Just over three years after the Community Police Commission released its suite of recommendations for strengthening accountability in the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle City…

Seattle’s new seawall: Holding back the tide, protecting salmon

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. Thousands of tourists migrate to Seattle’s waterfront each year to experience the ferry rides, kitschy stores and sweeping views…

‘My Family’s Slave’ – A UW professor weighs in

Earlier this week, The Atlantic published an astonishing cover story, My Family's Slave, about a Seattle family's secret servant, a Filipina named Eudocia Tomas Pulido.…

Who should police the police?

After being at the center of the five-year effort to reform the police department, the Community Police Commission faces big questions about its own future.…

Facing cost overruns, City Light quietly pares smart-meter project

Last week, the general manager and CEO of Seattle City Light, Larry Weis, briefed the Seattle City Council on its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program…

Birth defects a mystery in Eastern Washington

This story was originally produced for EarthFix. Two toddlers run around Sally Garcia Acosta’s house. They squeal as they take their toy cars for a…

Why can’t Seattle and the rest of WA just get along?

Why do they hate us? Olympia simmers with dislike for Seattle. The 900-pound gorilla of state politics and the economy is hard for many to…

State Rep. Farrell, a transportation leader, joins mayor’s race

Jessyn Farrell, the third term state representative, is running for Seattle mayor. "We are in really difficult political times. ... I love this city very…

Others being interviewed but Dave Reichert would consider FBI job

Is Congressman Dave Reichert, the Eastside’s long-time Republican representative, a candidate to become the next FBI director? Politico’s Playbook Power Briefing has listed the 8th…

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan is running for mayor

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan is the latest person to jump into the mayor’s race and the first since Mayor Ed Murray announced he would…

Whidbey locals ask: Is the drinking water safe?

Wearing gloves that barely fit, Garry Stone slipped two small, square-shaped bottles, one after the other, under a stream of water from his well. After…

A new place for Seattle’s homeless: In my backyard

Seattle’s homelessness problem — the population is ranked the third largest in the U.S. — has inspired a myriad of creative attempts at solutions such…

Why can’t Seattle find a mayor it wants to keep?

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat: Seattle mayors have experienced it all. Our City Hall bosses have been elected, re-elected, resigned, died in…

Tax reform will get more scrutiny than Trumpcare, Reichert says

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert predicts that a massive upcoming tax reform package will go through more scrutiny in Congress than the House’s recently passed Trumpcare…