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Resisting Shell: Another WTO for Seattle?

A “Festival of Resistance” is planned for mid-May as kayaking environmental activists and others promise to meet the arrival of Shell’s Arctic oil rig on…

Treasurer wants a state income tax but with benefits

State Treasurer James McIntire is proposing a constitutional amendment that would create a 5 percent state income tax to fund education in Washington. That's the…

Eight finalists in hunt for Sally Clark’s seat

The Seattle City Council announced eight finalists on Monday. One of them will serve out the remaining months of former council member Sally Clark's term.…

The new Seattle, where everything looks the same

This is the first in a 2-part series on changes in Seattle's built environment. Tucked into a side street in Seattle’s International District is a…

Budget games are taking center stage

So far, gamesmanship has trumped actual negotiations over a compromise between the Washington Senate and House on their budget proposals. There's just a week until…

Urban edges, and how to define the space beyond

I doubt that before today any urbanist writer has used an old, Latin term that lives on in southern Italy to explain the particular wonder of…

What a way to go. Woodland Park packs off its elephants.

On Wednesday, without announcement or ado, the Woodland Park Zoo packed Bamboo and Chai, its two remaining elephants, off to the Oklahoma City Zoo. There…

6 surprises from the Troy Kelley indictment

State Auditor Troy Kelley’s indictment paints a picture of someone who could be a bit of a criminal mastermind. Kelley has pleaded innocent and expressed…

Guest Opinion: State Legislature must step up on cancer research

Just down the road in Portland, $200 million in taxpayer’s money will expand the state’s cancer institute and help support a massive $1 billion public-private…

Troy Kelley declares innocence, slips away

Consulting a paper in his hand, embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley on Thursday declared his innocence of federal charges at a press conference in a…

Steinbrueck wanted to ‘make a statement’ with withdrawal from council contention

Former Councilmember and mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck withdrew his application to finish out Councilmember Sally Clark's term Thursday. As a former council president and chair…

State auditor pleads innocent, takes leave

A federal grand jury has indicted embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on 10 charges, including stealing large sums of money while running a business, lying…

The boys behind the budget doors

As the Legislature gets down to the business of writing a budget for the next two years, most of the work is being done by…

Surprise applicant Howard Wright talks about City Council

Howard S. Wright III, whose family developed the Space Needle, has applied to fill Sally Clark’s vacant council seat until next fall. He is known…

Having fun yet? Legislature’s endgame is just beginning

The Washington Legislature is just entering the endgame for its 2015 session. That's the behind-the-scenes budget negotiations on operating the state in 2015-2017. As we…

Legislators focus on dealing with school funding obligations

Two school levy reform proposals hit Olympia on Wednesday, bringing the total up to three such measures this week. School levy reform is a major…

Seattle activists raft up to protest Shell oil rigs

The fleet of kayaks moves deliberately through the waters on Seattle's Elliot Bay. Gliding past ferries, freighters and oversized seals camped out on buoys, the…

Legislature’s oil train bills have yet to track together

The Washington House passed an oil transportation safety bill 58-40 Tuesday with seven Republicans crossing party lines to support the greatly modified Senate bill. But…

State school super makes late push for big funding changes

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn unveiled his own plan Tuesday for the state to comply with a 2012 Washington Supreme Court ruling on education…

Familiar names apply for Sally Clark’s council seat

The applications for Sally Clark’s vacant Seattle City Council seat are in, all 44 of them. And there are some recognizable names: former council members Jan…

How much is that songbird at the feeder? Finch financials in Seattle v. Berlin

How much are songbirds worth? The question recalls that "Priceless" punchline from the Mastercard commercials and a poem by e.e. cummings: “I’d rather learn from…

Video: Voters’ tough messages on class sizes for legislators

On one thing, Democratic and Republican lawmakers agree:  They're not prepared to fully-fund the class-size initiative voters just passed in November.  But in this video,…

Why force works better than persuasion when it comes to doing the right thing

On January 1, the garbage cops started patrolling Seattle for banana peels and pizza boxes along with cans, bottles and grass clippings. That was the…

Legislature close to allowing more sealing of juvenile records

The Washington House passed a bill 95-2 Monday that would require a court to seal the record of a juvenile offender if the youth makes restitution of…

Seattle activists raft up to protest Shell oil rigs

The fleet of kayaks moves deliberately through the waters on Seattle's Elliot Bay. Gliding past ferries, freighters and oversized seals camped out on buoys, the…

The boys behind the budget doors

As the Legislature gets down to the business of writing a budget for the next two years, most of the work is being done by…

6 surprises from the Troy Kelley indictment

State Auditor Troy Kelley’s indictment paints a picture of someone who could be a bit of a criminal mastermind. Kelley has pleaded innocent and expressed…

Familiar names apply for Sally Clark’s council seat

The applications for Sally Clark’s vacant Seattle City Council seat are in, all 44 of them. And there are some recognizable names: former council members Jan…

Why force works better than persuasion when it comes to doing the right thing

On January 1, the garbage cops started patrolling Seattle for banana peels and pizza boxes along with cans, bottles and grass clippings. That was the…

Steinbrueck wanted to ‘make a statement’ with withdrawal from council contention

Former Councilmember and mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck withdrew his application to finish out Councilmember Sally Clark's term Thursday. As a former council president and chair…

What a way to go. Woodland Park packs off its elephants.

On Wednesday, without announcement or ado, the Woodland Park Zoo packed Bamboo and Chai, its two remaining elephants, off to the Oklahoma City Zoo. There…

Having fun yet? Legislature’s endgame is just beginning

The Washington Legislature is just entering the endgame for its 2015 session. That's the behind-the-scenes budget negotiations on operating the state in 2015-2017. As we…

Troy Kelley declares innocence, slips away

Consulting a paper in his hand, embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley on Thursday declared his innocence of federal charges at a press conference in a…

How much is that songbird at the feeder? Finch financials in Seattle v. Berlin

How much are songbirds worth? The question recalls that "Priceless" punchline from the Mastercard commercials and a poem by e.e. cummings: “I’d rather learn from…

The new Seattle, where everything looks the same

This is the first in a 2-part series on changes in Seattle's built environment. Tucked into a side street in Seattle’s International District is a…

Guest Opinion: State Legislature must step up on cancer research

Just down the road in Portland, $200 million in taxpayer’s money will expand the state’s cancer institute and help support a massive $1 billion public-private…

Surprise applicant Howard Wright talks about City Council

Howard S. Wright III, whose family developed the Space Needle, has applied to fill Sally Clark’s vacant council seat until next fall. He is known…

Legislators focus on dealing with school funding obligations

Two school levy reform proposals hit Olympia on Wednesday, bringing the total up to three such measures this week. School levy reform is a major…

State auditor pleads innocent, takes leave

A federal grand jury has indicted embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on 10 charges, including stealing large sums of money while running a business, lying…

State school super makes late push for big funding changes

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn unveiled his own plan Tuesday for the state to comply with a 2012 Washington Supreme Court ruling on education…

Legislature’s oil train bills have yet to track together

The Washington House passed an oil transportation safety bill 58-40 Tuesday with seven Republicans crossing party lines to support the greatly modified Senate bill. But…

Video: Voters’ tough messages on class sizes for legislators

On one thing, Democratic and Republican lawmakers agree:  They're not prepared to fully-fund the class-size initiative voters just passed in November.  But in this video,…

Urban edges, and how to define the space beyond

I doubt that before today any urbanist writer has used an old, Latin term that lives on in southern Italy to explain the particular wonder of…

Budget games are taking center stage

So far, gamesmanship has trumped actual negotiations over a compromise between the Washington Senate and House on their budget proposals. There's just a week until…

Eight finalists in hunt for Sally Clark’s seat

The Seattle City Council announced eight finalists on Monday. One of them will serve out the remaining months of former council member Sally Clark's term.…

Resisting Shell: Another WTO for Seattle?

A “Festival of Resistance” is planned for mid-May as kayaking environmental activists and others promise to meet the arrival of Shell’s Arctic oil rig on…

Treasurer wants a state income tax but with benefits

State Treasurer James McIntire is proposing a constitutional amendment that would create a 5 percent state income tax to fund education in Washington. That's the…