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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.…

Best of 2016: The roots of Seattle’s homeless crisis

This is the first in a three-part series about the region’s homelessness crisis. In the middle of the night on March 20, 1970, an arsonist…

Best of 2016: The hard fall of Seattle’s first Somali police officer

His name was up in lights: Mohamed Said, Seattle’s first Somali police officer. There he is in photos, arm in arm with Police Chief Kathleen…

Police reform in 2016: A look back at Seattle’s efforts

When Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole sat with Michelle Obama at President Obama’s final State of the Union address last January, she set a bar for…

Homeless crisis 2016: How the city responded and what it plans next

As Mayor Ed Murray will often remind the public, Seattle is not unique among West Coast cities when it comes to homelessness. While the country…

Gender and justice in a gentrifying city

When I saw Ela Barton for the first time, she was performing at the Seattle Grand Poetry Slam in 2012 at Town Hall. I was…

Dreams deferred? Immigrants ponder life in Trump’s America

Simon Mendoza-Moreno’s first day on the job, serving as a physician assistant at a community clinic in Wenatchee, began uneventfully on Election Day. At home…

Social workers fleeing troubled foster care system

Tanya Copenhaver followed in her father’s and grandmother’s footsteps by becoming a social worker for Washington state’s Children’s Administration, a difficult but fulfilling calling she…

City to offer body camera contract to police-tech giant Taser

The Seattle Police Department intends to award Taser International the contract to equip its officers with body worn cameras, according to the City of Seattle’s purchasing…

Even in a crisis, new homeless strategy raises fears

After living in his Honda Civic for two years, Vincent Spirlin, 23, decided it was time to get some help. He was working at Popeye’s…

Tiny-house villages could shelter city’s homeless

Seattle is in the midst of what could be a dramatic shift in the way it helps people who are experiencing homelessness. A report released…

Foster parents abandoning troubled system

Over the course of four years, foster parent Veronica Moody of Kirkland took in babies and children with severe challenges, including drug exposure, extreme tantrums…