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Records shed new light on police who killed Charleena Lyles

The two Seattle officers who fatally shot Charleena Lyles have a combined 11 years of experience. And their personnel files include commendations for their police…

In a changing Eastside, who will control the state Senate?

The maze of a suburban cul-de-sac with one road curving into another had Rituja Indapure slightly lost. A candidate for Sammamish City Council, Indapure was…

No deal on well drilling, so no deal on capital budget

The University of Washington lost out on more than $130 million in state construction money Wednesday due to legislative Democrats and Republicans being unable to…

Take the #3 or #4 downtown? Metro might be rerouting

This story originally appeared on The Urbanist. King County Metro is proposing to move the Route 3 and Route 4 off of James Street and…

A solution to Seattle’s growth: Charging developers?

After being told to prepare for more density with the passage of the Growth Management Act 25 years ago, many Eastside cities decided that growth…

After $15 million verdict, a Q&A about police shootings

Last week, after a three-week trial, a jury awarded the family of Leonard Thomas — an unarmed Fife resident fatally shot by police in 2013…

Seattle police leaders start applying elsewhere

Ever since Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole took a part-time gig advising Ireland's national police, speculation has swirled about her possible departure. O'Toole has thus far…

Judge not ready to sign off on Seattle police reform

When it comes to the mind-numbingly complicated process of making Seattle police more accountable, there is one yawningly wide dark hole: union negotiations. With labor…

First it was threatened, now could Hanford Reach expand?

Some Tri-Citians are pondering whether more land could be added to the Hanford Reach National Monument, now that the area has dodged a Trump administration…

Calls for mayor to step down; Murray: ‘I am not going to resign’

Despite calls to resign, including from his former legal counsel and sitting councilmember Lorena González, Mayor Ed Murray vowed Monday afternoon to finish out his term…

Another sex abuse report raises questions, puts pressure on Murray

It happened again at City Hall on Friday: a cancellation of a press conference touting an administrative milestone. Mayor Ed Murray was scheduled to celebrate an…

After police shootings, victims’ families connect, advocate

From Magnuson Park, where Charleena Lyles was shot and killed by Seattle police last month, it’s a long drive to Kent, where police shot and…

Get the facts: A guide to Primary Election 2017

Primary Election 2017 Mayoral raceCandidates Mayoral raceIssues Ballotthe roundup The ballots are in the mail. The candidates are still campaigning. And all of us voters…

Seattle passes income tax. Next: lawsuits?

It may not be legal and city officials aren’t exactly sure how they’ll spend any money they receive, but the Seattle City Council nevertheless passed…

Inslee uses veto power and GOP isn’t having it

Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a business tax break Friday, prompting a GOP threat that it will try to override that veto or retaliate by withholding…

Initiative would allow prosecution of police in shootings

The language of De-Escalate Washington — a proposed  initiative that would heighten training requirements for police officers and change state laws surrounding justified use-of-force —…

School funding fix: Not even close, says McCleary lawyer

Can the new state budget live up to its hype of fixing Washington’s education woes? The plaintiff’s attorney in the Washington Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary…

At last: Seattle architecture crushes on color

Not too long ago, you could look around the metropolitan region and lament the absence of color in new buildings. It seemed as if everything…

They can pass a budget, but do WA lawmakers know their Beyonce?

It has been one hell of a month, hasn’t it? Washington narrowly avoided a state shut down, and it’s not only the legislators who are…

In nick of time, Legislature approves budget

With the approval of a new budget, Washington has managed to escape a state government shutdown. Barely. The Legislature passed its $43.7 billion budget for…

Budget deal: Seattle will pay to fund schools

If you’re a Seattle area resident, especially one who buys a lot online from out-of-state vendors and drinks bottled water, your state taxes are probably…