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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…

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 —…

We pay taxes for better police training, but it’s not being spent

The two King County Sheriff's deputies who shot and killed 23-year-old Renee Davis during a welfare check last October had each received 8 hours of…

Update: Religious group puts hold on award to Seattle Police

Update, 11:30 a.m., June 21: In a statement Wednesday morning, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle said that, in light of the shooting death of…

Did the cops really need to shoot Charleena Lyles?

As word spread of Charleena Lyles’ death Sunday, family and friends immediately began to question why, even if she had pulled a knife, officers needed to use their…

Seattle police shoot black woman; tensions run high

Hours after Seattle Police shot and killed Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old African-American woman, in her Magnuson Park apartment, a growing group of people who described…

Feeling vindicated, Murray weighs new campaign

The man who accused Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing him in the 1980s withdrew his lawsuit Wednesday. The accuser, who was under age at…

Seattle’s highest paid employee wants a bonus

When Larry Weis was confirmed as the CEO of Seattle City Light in March 2016, he instantly became the highest paid city employee, earning $340,000…

Arena fight: Not over till the council says it is

For a man whom everyone figured was home beating on the figurative chest of his inert SoDo district arena project, waiting for a heartbeat, Chris…

Tacoma’s doing something different on homelessness

Like Seattle, Tacoma has a homelessness problem so severe that city leaders have declared a state of emergency. But the city is taking a different approach…

Could Seattle Center become cool again?

Despite an administration in the “other” Washington that is pursuing trade and immigration policies antithetical to ones that have helped make this free-trade, diverse and…

City Light under fire for smart meter cuts

The already-tense relationship between Councilmember Kshama Sawant and Seattle City Light CEO Larry Weis was made worse in recent days following a Crosscut report that…

Safe drug use sites likely coming to King County

Worried about rising deaths of opioid drug overdoses, King County Council members appear to be moving toward approval of a program for two safe-injection sites.…

Community role in police oversight will grow

Just over three years after the Community Police Commission released its suite of recommendations for strengthening accountability in the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle City…

Seattle’s new seawall: Holding back the tide, protecting salmon

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. Thousands of tourists migrate to Seattle’s waterfront each year to experience the ferry rides, kitschy stores and sweeping views…

Who should police the police?

After being at the center of the five-year effort to reform the police department, the Community Police Commission faces big questions about its own future.…

State Rep. Farrell, a transportation leader, joins mayor’s race

Jessyn Farrell, the third term state representative, is running for Seattle mayor. "We are in really difficult political times. ... I love this city very…

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan is running for mayor

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan is the latest person to jump into the mayor’s race and the first since Mayor Ed Murray announced he would…

A new place for Seattle’s homeless: In my backyard

Seattle’s homelessness problem — the population is ranked the third largest in the U.S. — has inspired a myriad of creative attempts at solutions such…

Seattle’s next mayor? It’s anyone’s guess

The Seattle mayor’s race went suddenly from tepid to tumultuous last month, and the next two weeks will likely shake it up further. The official…

Seattle could outlaw some police interrogation tricks

We’ve seen it in the movies: a cop tells a suspect they already have the evidence they need, so the person might as well fess…

The Murray case: Is the media getting played?

There is no pretense of due process in the case against Mayor Ed Murray, at least in terms of politics. The stakes, then, of using…