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Christian, bisexual and blocked from ‘dream job’

A former volunteer for Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, a Christian organization that provides services to the homeless, is suing the nonprofit over discrimination. Matthew Woods,…

What Jenny Durkan and Bertha Knight Landes have in common

Seattle has now elected two women mayors — with a gap of nearly a century between their elections. It’s an interval that has served as…

Take-it-or-leave-it contract spotlights police unions’ power

When former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray stood on the steps of City Hall last summer to celebrate the passing of legislation designed to hold cops accountable, the awkward open…

Got land? Seattle does and assessor says it should house the homeless

King County Assessor John Wilson says there is "entirely" enough underused land in Seattle to shelter 1,000 homeless people a year. "I’ve become more and more…

Handmaids take the resistance to Olympia

On a crisp, sunny fall day, more than fifty women gathered in front of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia. Their vivid red stood in…

King County sues to stop appeal of new youth jail

In May, the City of Seattle passed an ordinance to allow opponents of King County’s new Children and Family Justice Center — simply the Youth…

AG Bob Ferguson sues Tacoma’s immigration jail

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing the private prison company that runs Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), where hundreds of detainees are held awaiting immigration…

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…

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…

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…

Ferguson movie rings true (even if you were there)

Years before white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, I was moving from Los Angeles to St. Louis. The year was 2014 and I had a somewhat less pessimistic view…

Can the Ethiopian community hang on in Seattle?

While the Rainier Beach neighborhood has long been a thriving center for Ethiopian Americans in Seattle, many community members are worried about preserving connections amid…

Live blog: Seattle counter-protesters march as ‘patriot’ group gathers

This post was updated with Tweets and dispatches from Seattle as events unfolded in the aftermath of the 'Unite the Right' Rally in Charlottesville.  The…

In a Buddhist temple, mourning high schooler Tommy Le

Forty-nine days after police shot Tommy Le dead, his family said goodbye to the 20-year-old man. As Buddhist monks scurried about preparing for a morning service…

Sanctuary-repeal efforts could go on ballot in Spokane, Burien

Update: On Thursday, Sept. 14, a Superior Court judge ruled against putting Burien's sanctuary status on the November ballot. Earlier this year, Burien's City Council…

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…