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Council leader knocks May 1 police tactics

In the week leading up to May Day, Seattle Police Department officers practiced bicycle track stands in Tukwila, riding up to cones and pausing for…

Massive transportation levy grows bigger

Mayor Ed Murray introduced a revised version of his Move Seattle transportation levy Wednesday morning, attaching a new price tag of $930 million. That's up just…

Inslee sees little budget progress, still hopes for carbon tax

Little progress has apparently been made in the negotiations for Washington's 2015-2017 state budget. "There's been very minimal steps by both sides," said Gov. Jay…

Treasurer’s funding idea: Something there?

It’s not often you see folks who hold statewide elective office embrace the third rail of Washington politics, but state Treasurer Jim McIntire, a Democrat, has…

Grizzly bear decisions coming in 2017

Federal officials say they will decide in late 2017 whether and how to reintroduce grizzly bears to Washington's Northern Cascades. The 2017 target came up…

New York City: Inspiration for a quicker, smarter Seattle?

If Seattle is going to make dramatic innovations in transportation, the city may need to act fast. That was the big message when one of the…

With an eye on labor, council goes green

When members of a city council committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the Port of Seattle’s two-year lease to host Arctic oil drilling equipment…

Podcast: Seattle Interagency students on dying young, adversity and the “at-risk” label

Every Thursday morning, new students trudge into the auditorium at the Seattle Interagency Academy. They're handed white binders full of questions that will help school…

Heart of Little Saigon prepares for a makeover

A visitor crossing 12th Avenue at Jackson Street can be forgiven for dismissing the crossroads as an eyesore, an urban jumble of strip-mall architecture, dilapidated infrastructure,…

Big change for forests, animals east of Snoqualmie

Look into the forest: It's dark in there among the skinny trees crammed close together. This isn't old growth. No massive trunks, no cathedral groves…

Landmark mansion is demolished, quietly

A Seattle landmark has been quietly razed, taking preservationists by surprise. The so-called George Carmack House at 16th and E. Jefferson in the Central District…

Kids and the American dream denied. A conversation with author Robert Putnam

Robert Putnam is the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His 2000 book Bowling Alone argued that social…

Is Ballard the next South Lake Union?

I am sitting in the lobby of the Hotel Ballard on Ballard Avenue Northwest, sipping a nice cup of espresso. The hotel has 29 rooms,…

Should Kshama Sawant apologize to colleague?

We are in a dither here about whether or not City Councilmember Kshama Sawant owes an apology to her new colleague, John Okamoto. Sawant unleashed…

Bowing to backlash, Taylor Shellfish decides against using pesticide

In 1895, lawmakers in Olympia reaffirmed a unique provision of state law that had been enacted by the Territorial Legislature. Known as the Bush and…

Status of debate on education spending: 4 bills and a ticking clock.

It became obvious Thursday that lawmakers are going to need a few more weeks to hammer out a politically feasible, financially sound solution to the…

Synchronized swimming: Why are these sea lions flippering us off?

About 7:30 a.m. on April 20, Anne Huey saw something curious off Myrtle Edwards Park: Two groups of large pinnipeds, apparently California sea lions, floating…

Guest Opinion: We need to keep standing together for public lands

In December, Congress and the President did more than signing the conservation provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act into law: They gave Americans an irreplaceable…

Rep. Susan Fagan resigns

State Rep. Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, will resign on Friday amid allegations that she cheated on her legislative reimbursements and pressured her assistants to help with…

How traffic troubles Seattle’s psyche

In my psychotherapy practice, I often hear about an implacable force encountered by people from all walks of life. The force puts obstacles in their…

Bill would limit state workers’ collective bargaining amounts

The governor’s office would be limited in how much money it could put into future collective bargaining agreements with state employees under a bill by…

Legislature back at it, tepidly

Today is the first day of a 30-day special session of Washington Legislature to resolve a long list of disputed 2015-2017 budget issues. That means ...…

Can Sue Rahr reinvent policing?

On the polished hardwood table in Sue Rahr’s large corner office, next to her framed diploma, three certificates of promotion and portraits of her two sons,…

How traffic troubles Seattle’s psyche

In my psychotherapy practice, I often hear about an implacable force encountered by people from all walks of life. The force puts obstacles in their…

Is Ballard the next South Lake Union?

I am sitting in the lobby of the Hotel Ballard on Ballard Avenue Northwest, sipping a nice cup of espresso. The hotel has 29 rooms,…

Landmark mansion is demolished, quietly

A Seattle landmark has been quietly razed, taking preservationists by surprise. The so-called George Carmack House at 16th and E. Jefferson in the Central District…

Rep. Susan Fagan resigns

State Rep. Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, will resign on Friday amid allegations that she cheated on her legislative reimbursements and pressured her assistants to help with…

Status of debate on education spending: 4 bills and a ticking clock.

It became obvious Thursday that lawmakers are going to need a few more weeks to hammer out a politically feasible, financially sound solution to the…

Guest Opinion: We need to keep standing together for public lands

In December, Congress and the President did more than signing the conservation provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act into law: They gave Americans an irreplaceable…

Bowing to backlash, Taylor Shellfish decides against using pesticide

In 1895, lawmakers in Olympia reaffirmed a unique provision of state law that had been enacted by the Territorial Legislature. Known as the Bush and…

Should Kshama Sawant apologize to colleague?

We are in a dither here about whether or not City Councilmember Kshama Sawant owes an apology to her new colleague, John Okamoto. Sawant unleashed…

Heart of Little Saigon prepares for a makeover

A visitor crossing 12th Avenue at Jackson Street can be forgiven for dismissing the crossroads as an eyesore, an urban jumble of strip-mall architecture, dilapidated infrastructure,…

Big change for forests, animals east of Snoqualmie

Look into the forest: It's dark in there among the skinny trees crammed close together. This isn't old growth. No massive trunks, no cathedral groves…

Synchronized swimming: Why are these sea lions flippering us off?

About 7:30 a.m. on April 20, Anne Huey saw something curious off Myrtle Edwards Park: Two groups of large pinnipeds, apparently California sea lions, floating…

Kids and the American dream denied. A conversation with author Robert Putnam

Robert Putnam is the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His 2000 book Bowling Alone argued that social…

Podcast: Seattle Interagency students on dying young, adversity and the “at-risk” label

Every Thursday morning, new students trudge into the auditorium at the Seattle Interagency Academy. They're handed white binders full of questions that will help school…

Grizzly bear decisions coming in 2017

Federal officials say they will decide in late 2017 whether and how to reintroduce grizzly bears to Washington's Northern Cascades. The 2017 target came up…

New York City: Inspiration for a quicker, smarter Seattle?

If Seattle is going to make dramatic innovations in transportation, the city may need to act fast. That was the big message when one of the…

With an eye on labor, council goes green

When members of a city council committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the Port of Seattle’s two-year lease to host Arctic oil drilling equipment…

Treasurer’s funding idea: Something there?

It’s not often you see folks who hold statewide elective office embrace the third rail of Washington politics, but state Treasurer Jim McIntire, a Democrat, has…

Inslee sees little budget progress, still hopes for carbon tax

Little progress has apparently been made in the negotiations for Washington's 2015-2017 state budget. "There's been very minimal steps by both sides," said Gov. Jay…

Massive transportation levy grows bigger

Mayor Ed Murray introduced a revised version of his Move Seattle transportation levy Wednesday morning, attaching a new price tag of $930 million. That's up just…

Council leader knocks May 1 police tactics

In the week leading up to May Day, Seattle Police Department officers practiced bicycle track stands in Tukwila, riding up to cones and pausing for…