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Council considers unilateral action to diversify police force

Washington state law mandates that veterans receive extra points on the civil service exam to become fire fighters or police officers. But because the overwhelming…

Tracking Mayor Ed Murray’s compromises on police reform

After many months of talks, negotiations and late night phone calls, Mayor Ed Murray has once again filed a suite of accountability reforms, to be…

Local CEO and immigrant wants to make citizenship easier

Richard Romero began his career in banking at just 17 years old. Back then he went by his birth name, ‘Ricardo,’ but on his first…

Colleen Echohawk tackles the traumas of life on the streets

A couple years ago, Colleen Echohawk was settling into her new job as executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, an organization with a long…

George Washington owned slaves. Should we rename the state?

Our American legacy of slavery and racism is being wrestled with everywhere. We’ve gone from demanding removal of the Confederate flag to rethinking the Star…

Washington’s foster care system in crisis: A special report

Children entrusted to state care after they are abused or neglected by their parents are bouncing between hotels and other emergency housing, and even being…

Moralizing is out, safe drug consumption sites are in

King County’s vocabulary around opioid use is not what it used to be. What was once seen as a moral lapse is slowly being reframed…

Homeless report: Region is wasting time, money

There’s not enough housing in Seattle for every citizen. As long as that’s true, solutions to homelessness will look something like a slide-tile-puzzle, rearranging the…

Seattle’s homeless crisis: Where do we go from here?

This is the final piece in a three-part series about the region’s homelessness crisis. Read parts 1 and 2 here and here. It has been…

Seattle steps up defenses against housing discrimination

Growth isn't sustainable. At least, not the kind we're seeing here in Seattle, where a bloated private housing market, inflated by a thriving economy, is…

On the Columbia, broken promises for tribal housing

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Paul Lumley, like many Yakama Nation citizens, grew up fishing on the Columbia River, through which salmon…

Federal judge overseeing Seattle police reform: “Black lives matter”

Just moments after federal judge James Robart, who oversees police reform in Seattle, threatened to steamroll the Seattle Police Officers Guild, he said something no one…

Exposing sexual assault at Washington colleges

While the issues of sexual and domestic violence have come out of the shadows over recent decades, there is one place where it too often…

Frustrations rise around Seattle police reform

On Wednesday, the civilian Community Police Commission (CPC) approved their final recommendations for police reform in the city, marking notable movement on a long-clogged process.…