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Politics

Attention: the public octopus sex act has been cancelled

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, which means one thing: It’s time to show a little love for one of our most enigmatic local creatures from the…

UW wants to nuke city’s landmarking powers along with reactor building

The University of Washington board of regents has green-lighted a project that will result in the demolition of a nationally recognized historic structure on its…

City delays police reform package, begs for patience

“You have to ask yourself,” said City Attorney Pete Holmes Wednesday, sitting at a conference table on the third floor of City Hall, “Why are…

Inslee’s story checks out, says Senate Corrections investigator

An investigator hired by the Republican-controlled state Senate says that Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee appears to have been telling the truth when he said he…

Skyping with the doctor: expanding electronic access to medical care in Washington

Instead of schlepping to a doctor’s office only to cool your heels in the waiting room, you could be Skyping with your physician from the…

Video: Key GOP senator defends transportation head’s firing

Responding to criticism from Gov. Jay Inslee that Republicans ambushed his Transportation Secretary, Senate transportation chair Curtis King explains why Republicans ousted Secretary Lynn Peterson. In this…

New ‘purple card’ system would help people with dementia

Like many people caring for someone with dementia, Madeleine Fraley often found herself awkwardly trying to explain why her husband, Larry, couldn’t answer questions or…

In this living city, layers of meaning and memory

The landscape is squishy with memory for me, like a soggy sponge or bed of moss. Memories ooze when I step onto familiar ground. Two…

Watch: How Pussy Riot’s punk prayers became a movement

Even for the non-religious, there’s a certain spirituality inside Moscow’s Church of Christ Our Savior. Its gold-leaf onion domes tower over the skyline of Russia’s…

Transgender threat? Other states don’t see an issue

Legislators seeking to roll back a recent ruling on transgender rights have warned of safety risks to women. But how much evidence of trouble is…

All-out blitz for 1,000 new beds for homeless

Following a roundtable discussion with 12 service providers and advocates for the homeless last Friday, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw floated a test balloon over the weekend:…

Tensions high in Olympia after transpo boss’s firing

Everybody in Olympia, it seems, keeps a list. For each party, it's a list of things the other side has made fail — environmental issues for…

Police unions, citizen group forge unlikely partnership

In the posturing that is Seattle’s federally mandated police reform effort, the relationship between the innovative Community Police Commission and the well-established officers and leadership…

Breakthrough for special-needs kindergarten program

The Seattle school system has tentatively agreed to continue its support for an innovative kindergarten program that mixes children with developmental needs and those developing…

A new loophole in gun background checks?

A bill in the state Senate would create a new exception to the state’s background check laws, allowing for the transfer of firearms during nonprofit…

Corrections head steps down

The embattled head of the state Department of Corrections abruptly resigned Saturday, suggesting that he was trying to satisfy a “need for blood” on the…

Legislature moves toward housing reforms

A package of bills aimed at housing affordability and tenants’ rights reform appears set to move forward in Olympia, a sign of cautious progress in…

Seattle’s homeless emergency: What do we really know?

Every morning around 7:30, Wayne Wilson walks from his office on the second floor of the Compass Housing Alliance, inside a shaky building in the…

Healthier flame retardants: Will Legislature finally protect kids, families?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to ban flame retardants linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems from being used in children’s products…

Bills take aim at drinking water protections

Three bills currently working their way through the Washington state legislature would limit the ability to crack down on groundwater pollution, the source of drinking…

A conversation about race, inspired by dance

Choreographer Donald Byrd wants to get Seattle talking about race. To do that, the longtime leader of Spectrum Dance Theater is dedicating its entire 2015-16…

Murray goes big on housing levy

For a developer of low-income housing wanting to add, say, 74 units in uptown or 16 units in Columbia City or 84 units in Mount…

Legislators to drug companies: show us your numbers

State legislators aren’t sure how far they will go with any measure to confront drug companies over rising costs for prescription drugs. But the lawmakers…

Sawant’s rent control plan is DOA in Olympia

No one imagined Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant's rent control proposal would be wildly popular in the Washington Legislature, but it appears city lobbyists have…

Rick Steves knows how to push pot to voters

Rick Steves has changed the way middle America sees the world through his European guidebooks, tours, columns, PBS television and public radio shows. He’s a…

Attention: the public octopus sex act has been cancelled

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, which means one thing: It’s time to show a little love for one of our most enigmatic local creatures from the…

Tensions high in Olympia after transpo boss’s firing

Everybody in Olympia, it seems, keeps a list. For each party, it's a list of things the other side has made fail — environmental issues for…

A new loophole in gun background checks?

A bill in the state Senate would create a new exception to the state’s background check laws, allowing for the transfer of firearms during nonprofit…

Breakthrough for special-needs kindergarten program

The Seattle school system has tentatively agreed to continue its support for an innovative kindergarten program that mixes children with developmental needs and those developing…

All-out blitz for 1,000 new beds for homeless

Following a roundtable discussion with 12 service providers and advocates for the homeless last Friday, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw floated a test balloon over the weekend:…

Inslee’s story checks out, says Senate Corrections investigator

An investigator hired by the Republican-controlled state Senate says that Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee appears to have been telling the truth when he said he…

Transgender threat? Other states don’t see an issue

Legislators seeking to roll back a recent ruling on transgender rights have warned of safety risks to women. But how much evidence of trouble is…

Police unions, citizen group forge unlikely partnership

In the posturing that is Seattle’s federally mandated police reform effort, the relationship between the innovative Community Police Commission and the well-established officers and leadership…

Watch: How Pussy Riot’s punk prayers became a movement

Even for the non-religious, there’s a certain spirituality inside Moscow’s Church of Christ Our Savior. Its gold-leaf onion domes tower over the skyline of Russia’s…

New ‘purple card’ system would help people with dementia

Like many people caring for someone with dementia, Madeleine Fraley often found herself awkwardly trying to explain why her husband, Larry, couldn’t answer questions or…

In this living city, layers of meaning and memory

The landscape is squishy with memory for me, like a soggy sponge or bed of moss. Memories ooze when I step onto familiar ground. Two…

Video: Key GOP senator defends transportation head’s firing

Responding to criticism from Gov. Jay Inslee that Republicans ambushed his Transportation Secretary, Senate transportation chair Curtis King explains why Republicans ousted Secretary Lynn Peterson. In this…

UW wants to nuke city’s landmarking powers along with reactor building

The University of Washington board of regents has green-lighted a project that will result in the demolition of a nationally recognized historic structure on its…

Skyping with the doctor: expanding electronic access to medical care in Washington

Instead of schlepping to a doctor’s office only to cool your heels in the waiting room, you could be Skyping with your physician from the…

City delays police reform package, begs for patience

“You have to ask yourself,” said City Attorney Pete Holmes Wednesday, sitting at a conference table on the third floor of City Hall, “Why are…