Aerospace

Murray names Dively and Choe as transition co-chairs

Seattle’s mayor-elect, state Sen. Ed Murray has begun building his administration. But, even as he announced the co-chairs of his transition team on Thursday afternoon,…

Voters strike back!

Talk about a cold, bracing face-slap by reality! The day of the election we learn of an epic, back-room  deal to woo Boeing. The deal…

Governor moves to make a Boeing deal

Boeing wants the Washington Legislature to pass a transportation package this month. And in return, the company will likely put construction of the new 777X airliner…

Inslee pushes tax break to win Boeing 777X project

As Gov. Jay Inslee urged tax breaks for Boeing, a Washington legislative task force on winning future Boeing 777X aircraft work for the state began…

Seattle’s space industry blasts off

Aerospace acumen is in the Puget Sound’s DNA. As the former one-company town that Boeing helped build, the area has long hosted some of the…

Boeing’s pollution worries are becoming Olympia’s policy worries

The question hits the crossroads between science and public policy: What numbers should be plugged into formulas to determine whether industrial pollution will increase the chances…

Tax exemptions are starting to draw an uncomfortable spotlight

A couple of tentative nibbles at Washington's 640 tax exemptions took place Friday in Olympia. But it will take several months before anyone knows whether those…

Obama should play the Seattle card

The great national debate is on the proper role of government, spanning everything from environmental action to health care. We accept the need to tax…

Dow sets all-time record: Cautious optimism ensues

The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed a threshold yesterday. When the stock index hit 14,253.77 — up 125 points for the day — it broke…

6 ways to help immigrants and the entire state

Second of two articles. Part 1 is here. Imagine that you have just arrived in your new country. It’s cold here and your feet break…

Predictions for a jittery 2013

Looking to 2013, Seattle’s animal spirits are pretty high. Amazon is booming, basketball may be headed back (to lift the civic soul), and the Seattle-area…

What Mars means to Earth

As you are no doubt aware, at 1:38 a.m. on Monday morning, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech succeeded in landing a one-ton rover named…

Afternoon Jolt: Boeing, Litzow score Tuesday wins

Today's winner: State Sen. Steve Litzow. Democratic state Rep. Deb Eddy (D-41) announced this week that she's co-chairing Republican Sen. Steve Litzow's (R-41) re-election campaign.…

Euro crisis is gaining force

After a brief holiday from the headlines, the European Crisis is set to resume center stage again. The austerity-minded president of France has lost the…

Midday Scan: Boeing’s make-up gift to Everett

Everett and Boeing hang together like General Motors and Detroit. Except for a couple midlife peccadilloes in Chicago and South Carolina, Boeing has been a fine…

Boeing’s Italian connection

Across the top of the Italian boot, from Torino in the west to Trieste in the east, where the Alps meet the plain, runs one…

Norm Dicks and ‘The Great Consensus’

This is the way a political era ends — not with a single bang, but with a series of seemingly unrelated shocks to the system.…

Learning the tricky ropes of ‘state capitalism’

Some years ago, Seattle Mayor Charles Royer sat down to dinner in Chongqing, China with his counterpart mayor for a welcome dinner. Chongqing had become…

Seattle: If this is a bust, what will a boom look like?

In announcing the proposal for a new "self-funding" SuperSonics arena in SoDo last week, Mayor Mike McGinn and King county Executive Dow Constantine were careful…

Election-year economics: 10 essential questions

President Barack Obama mentioned jobs 34 times in his State of the Union address. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich both have “jobs” or “jobs and…

Midday Scan: Wichita bitter at Boeing; Microsoft backs marriage bill; Inslee and McKenna’s tax stands

When an adulterous Boeing decided to pick up in search of corporate-headquarters' love in the windy city, the late writer and historian Walt Crowley had a…

Sh*t Kent Said

Seattle Neighborhood Coalition wise-man and Crosscut writer Kent Kammerer died in December. His memorial service on Jan. 6 at the Museum of History and Industry…

Washington to other states: ‘We suck less than you do.’

Last week Arun Raha, the state’s chief economist, provided some of the hardest numbers yet about Washington's economy, at the 17th annual Washington State Economic…

Japanese lessons on the art of economic rebounding

Opening scene: the central shopping district in Fukuoka, Japan, the main city on the southern island of Kyushu. It's October 10, a national holiday, and…

How arts and music helped pull Seattle through hard times

Editor's note: This story is an adaptation of a series of reports by the author on "Changing the Sound," which recently aired on KUOW Public…