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Inside Seattle’s HR department: a ‘toxic’ culture

This is the second article in a two-part series. Before the stroke, there were the migraines. Linda Leong had spent nearly 30 years working in…

Anger, frustration over Trump fuels Seattle Women’s March 2.0

When Marla Donaldson marched through Seattle during the inaugural Women's March last year, she held a sign that declared: "Now you've pissed off Grandma!" One…

Frustrated with HR, City employees break silence on sexism and harassment

The first in a two-part series. Read Part 2 here. At one of the first meetings of the Seattle Silence Breakers, Doreen McGrath asked the…

6 environmental issues to watch in Olympia

OLYMPIA – Should Washington businesses and consumers pay to offset their impact on the global climate? Should the state keep water in streams to preserve…

How many ICE agents patrol the West? It’s unclear

Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, made a promise the other day to the people of California, a state that…

ICE targets prominent immigration activist for deportation

As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to crack down on undocumented immigrants around the country, the agency has sent a prominent immigrant-rights activist in Washington…

An out-of-this world Q&A: middle schoolers chat with astronauts

Science teacher Candace Barich’s classroom is a beehive. It’s loud. It’s middle school. Students are making electromagnetic motors today.“Today is goggles on!” she says. “If…

Uncertain future for a local Salvadoran family in Trump’s America

In a small, lime-colored house, on a White Center street lined with modest homes, live three generations of a family whose roots trace back to El…

Seattle wins approval from judge on police reform. But work remains

Nearly eight years after a Seattle police officer shot John T. Williams in the back, killing the Native American woodcarver and sparking a federal investigation…

Offshore oil, gas drilling is headed to the Pacific Northwest

The Trump administration announced a new plan last week that would allow offshore oil and gas drilling in the ocean off the West Coast for…

Inslee has a plan to fund schools — but no one else does

Washington lawmakers are in for a messy 60-day session with no clear solution on how to come up with the final $1 billion needed to…

No ‘I do’ for Sen. Doug Ericksen and Trump’s EPA. Yet

He flirts. The other side flirts back. He’s coy about the whole thing. Who knows whether state Sen. Doug Ericksen — a GOP leader against…

Inquests halted, putting Charleena Lyles hearing on hold

King County Executive Dow Constantine is announcing a temporary halt on police shooting inquests, a decision that comes as public defenders and advocates for police…

Meet Seattle’s new police chief: Carmen Best

Carmen Best is the first African-American woman to lead the Seattle Police Department, a job she took over as of Jan. 1 when Chief Kathleen…

Will state Democrats revive an abortion coverage bill?

To Elissa Goss, enacting a state law to require that maternity insurance also cover abortions would provide a safety net against what the Trump administration…

Jeff Sessions’ marijuana move puts Seattle, state on the defensive

They knew this day would come. But the relative silence from Attorney General Jeff Sessions on legal marijuana over the last year had perhaps given…

Sad about 2018? Much of Washington state isn’t

As we enter 2018, Washingtonians have a bit of spring in their step. Despite what many thought was a downer 2017, a new Elway Research…

Rising political star Julián Castro headlines Crosscut Festival

In the fall of 2012, Julián Castro, the young mayor of San Antonio, Texas, stood in front of a packed stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and gave a…

Could slower ships help the orcas?

To the human eye, big ships cruising along the west side of San Juan Island this summer might have looked like they were traveling in…

Does wildfire create home sweet home for bees?

About 100 yards down a steep shrubby slope, there’s a low post supporting a green and blue plastic jug. It’s straight out of a psychedelic Tupperware party.…

Olympia’s two influential leaders will battle it out

A lobbyist vented in the Elway Poll's comments section, blaming Republican and Democratic leaders alike for the 2017 legislative deadlock, which infamously included a near-shutdown…

Best of 2017: Stop that plane — The frantic race to halt a deportation

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our editors and by popularity with readers. When Courtney…

Best of 2017: As Ballard changes, bike controversy heats up

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our editors and by popularity with readers. For years…