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Murray’s homeless solution: A big property tax

Speaking in the Downtown Emergency Services Center Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray gave a glimpse into how he and his administration would fight Seattle’s homelessness crisis:…

Deadly force bill blows key deadline

The fate of a proposal to change Washington law on police use of deadly force dimmed Friday afternoon, as it failed to meet a key…

Local Muslims feel targeted in FBI cold calls

When agent Michael Adams first called Miya, he sounded almost parental. He introduced himself as with the FBI at Sea-Tac Airport, where Miya worked, and…

Legislature may let police face shooting charges

Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places. That’s what happened this week, when a proposal to reform laws protecting police from prosecution for using…

Seattle judge blocks Trump’s immigration ban

When Judge James Robart announced this afternoon that he would be ruling from the bench, the crowd gathered in his Seattle courtroom held its collective…

Stop that plane: The frantic race to halt a deportation

When Courtney Gregoire read about the chaos unfolding in New York’s John F. Kennedy airport Saturday morning, she began to wonder how President Donald Trump’s…

Protesters descend on SeaTac to decry Trump’s immigration ban

The abrupt ban on immigration from seven Muslim nations hit Washington state Saturday, with an unconfirmed number of foreign nationals being detained at Sea-Tac Airport.…

Seattle resists: Scenes from the ‘sister march’


Parents alarmed by police presence at school walkouts

A recent communication from Seattle’s public schools has met sharp criticism from parents and public officials who found it threatening to their kids. In an…

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…

Next up for this award-winning choreographer: Police brutality

At a moment in time when so many fear a possible rolling back of progress on social issues, Donald Byrd, nationally respected choreographer and artistic director…

At UW, students get lessons on homelessness

On a chilly Saturday morning, more than a dozen volunteers helped set up a tent city for the homeless in a new spot: the University…

Immigrants rush to win citizenship before Trump takes power

Early on a December Sunday, hundreds of aspiring U.S. citizens filled a common room at North Seattle College. Some had left their homes in different…

On police reform, city must reckon with unions

There’s no way around it: When it comes to reform, the City of Seattle must deal with the police unions. That was Judge James Robart’s…

Tiny houses: A big help for the homeless

Margaret Pitka, age 41, was napping inside her tent near downtown when she was fatally shot by a gunman who fired through her tent flap.…