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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…

Why can’t Seattle find a mayor it wants to keep?

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat: Seattle mayors have experienced it all. Our City Hall bosses have been elected, re-elected, resigned, died in…

Tax reform will get more scrutiny than Trumpcare, Reichert says

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert predicts that a massive upcoming tax reform package will go through more scrutiny in Congress than the House’s recently passed Trumpcare…

Hanford tunnel breaches, workers take cover

This story was originally published by Oregon Public Broadcasting.    The U.S. Department of Energy issued an emergency alert Tuesday morning at the Hanford Site…

Mired in scandal, Murray quits re-election campaign

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Tuesday he will not seek a second term next fall, a stunning turnaround from last month, when he was poised to…

Washington businesses hope to kill Inslee’s carbon cap

Can a state environmental-protection regulation be considered a "tax"? That’s a central question in a lawsuit by business interests against Washington’s regulatory cap on carbon-pollution…

Bob Hasegawa is running for Seattle mayor

Democratic State Sen. Bob Hasegawa, a longtime legislator, union advocate and Bernie Sanders delegate, is running for mayor of Seattle. In an interview Monday, he…

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…

How much power for the city’s Community Police Commission?

If all goes as expected, there will be three separate oversight bodies watchdogging the Seattle Police Department. The question is, should they be independent of each…

Pike Place Market gets a front porch for the future

The last piece of Pike Place Market is starting to fall into place. The new development, the MarketFront, will eventually connect to the waterfront, touching down…

In Murray case, judge says ‘yes,’ the media is getting played

In the Murray case, is the media getting played? King County Judge Veronica Alicea-Galván says: Yes. In a decision filed Thursday afternoon, Alicea-Galvan agreed with…

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…

Prof bites back at WSU over wolf story

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. A Washington State University professor says the university violated his academic freedom after he spoke out about the killing…

The Pacific Northwest’s fix-it movement is growing

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. Paul Savino’s first patient of the day collapsed under the weight of an overgrown child. He's seen these symptoms…

Legislature paves way for more farm, forestland development

State Rep. Liz Pike was hard at work, baking cookies. Ninety-eight cookies to be precise — one for each member of the Washington House of…

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…

Years of police reform tension blow up city attorney’s race

It’s hard to know when, exactly, City Attorney Pete Holmes lost the support of key members of the Community Police Commission, but a decent guess…

Washington is ‘shockingly’ unprepared for a nuclear attack

From his offices at Columbia University, Dr. Irwin Redlener spends his days thinking about the unthinkable. An earthquake opens up beneath midtown Manhattan, for example.…

Sickness or safety? A new crisis for immigrants

Last month, the nurses, doctors, dentists, assistants, interpreters, and social workers of Odessa Brown Children's Clinic listened as their boss, Dr. Jeff Sperring, echoed what many had…

Tacoma mulls the fate of an immigrant prison

For those who want to make Tacoma a welcoming city to immigrants and refugees, the Northwest Detention Center is a tumor. For those who manage…

Has Seattle finally figured out redevelopment?

Over the last few years, virtually every neighborhood in Seattle has seemingly been inundated with large development projects. Entire blocks have been transformed with new…

Black Student Union is back at Rainier Beach

While taking a leadership class at Rainier Beach High School, Grace Williams was looking into potential groups to lead or start. A black student union…