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The future of KeyArena could look like this

Although much in their plans will get thoroughly nibbled and pecked until decision day June 30, two nationally recognized arena developers Wednesday succeeded in rocking…

Amid calls to resign, Murray is resolute but isolated

In a room much smaller than his office in City Hall, Mayor Ed Murray stepped up to a plain podium lacking the seal of Seattle…

Murray’s lawyer: Doc’s exam disproves abuse claims

In perhaps the strangest press conference in Seattle history, Mayor Ed Murray's attorney on Tuesday revealed what he called "game-changing" information in the sexual abuse lawsuit against…

Poor gargoyles. We’re smashing Seattle’s history as we build

A very bad thing just happened in terms of historic preservation in Seattle. The long-expected demolition of the old Seattle Center Arena started across Speight…

‘I will continue to be mayor,’ vows Ed Murray amid accusations

Responding personally to allegations that he had sexually exploited a teenager in the 1980s, Mayor Ed Murray today called the statements untrue and painful. He…

Stunned by scandal, a city asks: Now what?

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray never misses a chance to celebrate. So when he canceled a police-reform victory lap set for Thursday afternoon, issued in a hastily-written…

Major police reform milestone met, but bias still a worry

The Seattle Police Department has limited its use of force to acceptable levels, says the monitor overseeing the police reform agreement between Seattle and the Department…

Mayor scraps property tax for homeless, goes bigger

Mayor Ed Murray has unveiled a change of plans for raising money to combat homelessness. Instead of asking voters to approve a $275 million property tax…

Seattle sues Trump over sanctuary city threats

Days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities, Seattle is hitting back: Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney…

Civilians might investigate Seattle cops. Will it backfire?

For years, Lisa Daugaard thought civilians were the best people to investigate police misconduct. She would even show up to election forums and demand candidates…

Activist, attorney Nikkita Oliver is running for mayor

Activist, lawyer and spoken word artist Nikkita Oliver will challenge incumbent Ed Murray in this year's race for Mayor. And although Seattle elections are technically…

In rain and cold, city clears its own homeless encampment

In the cold and wet — the kind of weather that underlines the misery of living on Seattle's streets — officials began to clear the Field, a…

Survey says Seattle is not ‘Freeattle’

The mayor’s office is today releasing extensive data from a weeks-long “needs assessment” of Seattle’s homeless population. The data is meant to both inform Seattle’s new…

Body cams now standard issue, but cops can turn them off

Opening the door to a new level of police accountability, the Seattle City Council voted 6-2 Monday to release funds to provide body cameras for every…

Ready to run again, Ed Murray seeks more taxes

While taking his annual State of the City address to a north Seattle mosque to make a point about national policy, Mayor Ed Murray said…

Uber, Lyft could score win in Olympia

A proposal in the state Senate would solidify the contractor status of drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft — a win for the companies…

Timber! ‘Silent Giant’ tree likely to come down

The “Silent Giant” might be silenced once and for all. On Jan. 25, a Seattle hearing examiner ruled against the group of neighbors known as…

Eyman tax cap now has some big supporters seeking relief

The city of Rosalia, about 40 miles south of Spokane, brings in $660 dollars a year in property taxes. A good chunk goes to paying…

On Che Taylor shooting, jury delivers mixed bag

After a two-week inquest into the death of Che Taylor at the hands of Seattle police officers, the majority of the eight-member jury agreed that…

Can cities lead the #resistance?

The Seattle City Council’s decision on Tuesday to cut its ties with Wells Fargo over the bank’s financing of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline…

Che Taylor inquest: A search for closure

The inquest into the police shooting of Che Taylor, killed in the passenger doorway of a white Ford Taurus near Lake City Way last February,…

King County to host legal consumption sites for addicts

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are officially endorsing a tactic for curbing opiate use that’s so uncharted in this country…

Homeless advocates sue city, state over encampment sweeps

In a complaint filed against the city of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation today, two women with a history of homelessness allege…

We speak for the tree: A neighborhood conservation story

Amid all the changes in Seattle, one group of West Seattleites is determined to save a small green patch that characterizes their neighborhood. They call…

A visit to Seattle’s most controversial homeless camp

When Mayor Ed Murray announced his plans to open three new homeless encampments throughout Seattle 18 months ago, the strongest opposition came out of the usually…