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Durkan, Moon: Not so similar after all

The rapid-fire and wonky discussion in the much-anticipated first mayoral debate between Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon on Tuesday had been predicted to be the day’s biggest political…

Is it too little, too late for Bruce Harrell to be mayor?

City Council President Bruce Harrell has always had the authoritative bearing, the smarts and the lifetime knowledge of Seattle to seem like a potential mayor.…

The rise and dramatic fall of Seattle’s mayor

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, as Seattleites learned this summer when a yellow haze engulfed the city. That was mirrored in the haze that has…

Miss Tuesday’s mayoral debate? Watch it here

Seattle mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon set out to distinguish themselves during Tuesday night's debate on homelessness and affordable housing. Read Crosscut's full…

Lessons about Seattle from the Cooper’s hawk

To visit the Queen of Seattle one must first step over empty beer bottles and condom wrappers before skidding down a dirt slope and traipsing…

Trump’s foil: a Washingtonian who loves chess

Last winter, when President Donald Trump issued an executive order attempting to prevent travel to the United States from seven majority-Muslim nations, Washington state Attorney…

Back to school shouldn’t mean back to principal’s office

In Seattle Public Schools, African-American middle school students are three-and-a-half times as likely to be disciplined as other students. Although black children make up roughly…

Smoky, unhealthy air could be new reality for Northwest

This story originally appeared on NWPR/EarthFix. On Wednesday, as smoke blotted out the sun across the city of Portland, about a dozen people were hiding…

Autopsy shows police shot 20-year-old in the back

Adding dramatic accusations to a summer of questions about local police shootings, the family of a 20-year-old man shot by deputies in Burien made public…

You might miss Dave Reichert when he is gone

We may not see the likes of outgoing U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert again. Whatever else critics on the right and left might say, the moderate…

The burning of the Columbia Gorge is a tragedy

Yellow skies and red suns: Seattle is literally inhaling the remnants of Northwest forests as fires ravage the region, from western Montana’s Glacier National Park…

Yes or no? Safe-injection sites trigger passion

A little more than halfway through the year, Jin-Ah Kim had already lost count of the number of fatal overdoses that have claimed the lives…

Washington protests end of DACA — literally and legally

Hours after the Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it planned to end the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, hundreds gathered…

Ending DACA throws thousands here into limbo

This story has been updated to reflect the Trump administration's announcement on Tuesday concerning DACA.  Paul Quiñonez, a legislative aide in the Washington State House…

On San Juan Island, saving the life of a rare butterfly

Deer graze on tall prairie grass. Bushy-tailed foxes chase rabbits across a windswept landscape. Bald eagles perch along cliffs overlooking the Strait of Juan de…

Another incident involving a Native woodcarver and Seattle police

Virtually on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Native-American woodcarver John T. Williams’ death by Seattle police — an event that helped spur a…

Atlantic salmon have no business being here

It was a gorgeous summer evening on Orcas Island. Wearing shorts and a t-shirt, I dug my bare feet into the sand on a friend’s…

The Trump effect: How it’s playing out in our local elections

It took Donald Trump to politically unify King County, but it didn’t last. Following last year’s presidential election, speculation ran rampant about whether President Trump…

Trump could turn back clock on tribal land ownership

During President Barack Obama’s eight-year tenure, tribal sovereignty, the power by which tribes govern themselves, was a prime concern. But under the Trump administration, that…

Patriot Prayer leader dislikes racists, but they seem to hear a whistle

Editor's note: Patriot Prayer said Friday afternoon that it is canceling a planned rally in San Francisco on Saturday for safety reasons, but authorities were…

Why am I a threat?

One day last fall, a month before Donald Trump was elected president, Lassana Magassa disappeared from his job with Delta Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.…

City takes a ‘therapeutic’ approach to housing discrimination

Last year, the city of Seattle found more than a fifth of landlords seemed to be discriminating against potential renters. Out of 97 apartment building…

First wildfire, now teens replenish a tribe’s huckleberry harvests

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. When Inez Bill’s father died about fifteen years ago, she wanted to gather huckleberries for his funeral, so she…

A fishy excuse? Tribes say eclipse didn’t cause Atlantic salmon escape

Lummi Tribal fishermen fishing near Samish south of Bellingham Bay have already reported catching some of the thousands of Atlantic salmon escapees that fled a…