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Election 2016: a quick guide to your primary ballot

It's the middle of summer. Time for enjoying some sun, catching up on some reading and … voting. There's wide agreement that holding a primary…

Megaquake drill illustrates how underprepared region is

This story originally appeared in OPB/EarthFix. A Portland firefighter and a national guardsman check for bodies in a pile of crumpled cars at the base…

What if Seattle police were like Scotland’s?

A story from abroad, which I heard from a friend at a party the other night, points to ways of understanding police work here that…

Murray squanders chance for positive neighborhood reform

In rolling out a plan to change the way the city interacts with neighborhoods, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is following up on a concern of…

Lawsuit: Teacher pay should be same in rich, poor districts

It may not sound like a problem: In many Washington school districts, local taxpayers chip in to pay teachers salaries that are higher than the…

Just in: Read the city’s report on neighborhood councils and inequality

Following Mayor Ed Murray's executive order to cut ties with neighborhood district councils — arguing they are mostly comprised of white middle-aged homeowners, and therefore unrepresentative…

Seattle demolitions bring displacement, not enough density

Whenever something new is built in a city, something old is inevitably lost. Sometimes the tradeoff is clearly worthwhile, as when a parking lot or…

Wildlife refuge renamed for Native American leader

This story originally appeared on KCTS9/EarthFix. Top Northwest officials and a member of President Obama’s cabinet will gather Tuesday for the renaming of a wildlife…

Who’s fixing tech’s diversity problems?

The picture is by now familiar: Many tech companies are very white and very male. Women leave tech companies at a higher rate than men.…

Orchards, wilderness, a mountain town: Who gets the water?

Beyond the water, green in the sunlight, Dragontail Peak rises from the shore of Colchuk Lake, its peak hidden in cloud, dark conifers on its…

Celebration and anger as Seattle’s neighborhood council system upended

Mayor Ed Murray dissolved all formal ties between the city and the 13 neighborhood District Councils last Wednesday, upending a system three decades old. Since…

Reformers aren’t celebrating police union leader’s resignation

With the news that the president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, Ron Smith, was resigning, some corners of social media Tuesday night lit up like…

He stole $200K and leapt from a plane. Where is D. B. Cooper?

One way to kill a mystery is to stop trying to solve it. If we stopped looking for Bigfoot, the Northwest wilds would lose some…

Locals on police reform: ‘We don’t have a voice’

The hardest thing Dominique Davis has to do is tell his black son to submit. When he gets pulled over, Davis tells him, he should…

How inspectors missed broken bolts that caused an oil train derailment

This story is a production of OPB/ EarthFix. On April 27, Steve Holm and three other inspectors drove right over a set of broken railroad…

The surprising ties between poverty, gentrification and asthma

There’s a map that simultaneously illustrates Seattle’s rich/poor divide, and shows how quality of life can differ in unexpected and dramatic ways across that divide.…

Election 2016: Breaking down the ballot initiatives

In our Election 2016 podcast series, veteran journalist Enrique Cerna talks with KCTS 9 political analyst Joni Balter and Crosscut.com’s managing editor Drew Atkins about…

New tech could restore some quiet to noisy oceans

Forty feet below the surface of Puget Sound, a marbled murrelet dives for its catch. The water is cold, dark — and incredibly noisy. A…

Police killed his brother. Andre Taylor wants to change how they’re prosecuted

The system has never been kind to the Taylors. As the War on Drugs infiltrated black and brown communities in the ‘80s, Che Taylor’s mom…

Following shootings, Seattle’s police reform faces scrutiny

In a press conference Thursday, Mayor Ed Murray expressed solidarity with the black community following the police shootings in Baton Rouge and St. Paul this…

Missing dash-cam video raises questions about police oversight

More than two years after the Seattle Police Department learned that its in-car video cameras were frequently dropping frames, at times leaving gaps of more…

Washington trails the nation in mental health treatment

Update: Shortly following publication of this story, a federal judge found the state in contempt regarding a ruling mentioned in this piece, focused on providing…

Time for a ‘tectonic shift’ in policing, says former Seattle chief

Imagine a peaceful day in Ferguson, Missouri, two years ago this summer. Officer Darren Wilson stops 18-year-old Michael Brown and politely points out that walking…

The man who tried to end homelessness

Back in 2005, King County announced a bold project: it would end homelessness within ten years. The man put in charge of the initiative was Bill…