Aerospace

The great big air battle over the next ‘Baby Boeing’

Beneath partly cloudy skies and before a flock of newly hatched Boeing 737s, King County Executive Dow Constantine and a fleet of local politicians, education,…

The pain of slow times in job creation

Washington ended a year-long string of job-producing months in September. A sharp drop of 18,400 positions in the state for the month all but wiped…

Seattle’s entrepreneurial zest is unstoppable

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…

Midday Scan: Wednesday’s top stories around the region

Political junkies on Facebook began to exhibit the shakes early in the day. "C'mon Redistricting Commission, MAPS, I need online MAPS, damn you!" one friend…

Carrying the freight

Everyone is making a big deal out of the delivery of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, scheduled for September 25. Far fewer have noticed that one…

How a South Korean trade pact would impact the Northwest

In his State of the Union address in January 2010, President Obama set out the broad outlines of a national initiative to double exports by…

Seattle: a tale of 2 economies

“It’s the economy, stupid.” That’s what many of us wanted to shout at Washington, D.C., during the recent debacle over the debt ceiling debate. It…

Why the waterfront tunnel is key to the region’s economy

The problem addressed by the deep-bore waterfront tunnel in a recent Crosscut story goes beyond the usual cars vs. bikes debate (or new vs.old Seattle).…

The China message: Never stop selling

I recently returned from two weeks in China participating in a cultural mission organized by the Washington State China Relations Council. Our visit included Beijing,…

‘See Washington Last’

Washington state has always been a natural beauty who thinks she can rely on her looks. When it comes to tourism, the come-hither look of…

Despite tech-sector hype, defense spending still butters our croissants

If you listen to people like Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, Left Coast cities like Seattle are so far out of the mainstream, we're on the…

Seattle and the Space Age that fizzled

Funny that on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Century 21, devoted to the theme of "Man in the Space Age," America is ending…

Would a new tax break win Boeing’s 737 successor for Washington?

In 2003, when Boeing's 787 Dreamliner was still the 7E7, the state enacted a comprehensive package of tax breaks to encourage development and production of…

Shouldn’t Seattle outpace the sputtering national economy?

Half way through the year, we are still trying to figure out where the economy is headed — over a cliff or sputtering back to life?…

Ten things you might not know about the economy

With this week's somewhat encouraging news about unemployment in Washington state, here are 10 things you should know about the local, state and national economies:…

It’s the economic strategy, stupid!

Springtime storms can generate high winds. It is also the season for legislative bodies to meet and legislative meetings generate warm winds. Three such bodies…

Did Seattle ‘lose’ a space shuttle 25 years ago?

It almost felt like what they call a “built in hold" in the countdown while NASA stopped the clock and made us all wait around…

Why Wisconsin Fever isn’t heading to our state

Wisconsin is a state similar in size to Washington (5,698,000 compared to our 6,753,000); it has a deep progressive tradition. Could the attempted radical rollback…

Trade statistics undervalue strengths of Seattle, U.S.

Editor's note: Updated material is in italics below. The Seattle Times had two interesting stories on trade recently, played on the same day in different…

A Seattle-style Boeing: Oh, the places you’ll never go

Seattle writer Sam Howe Verhovek has a fascinating new book out called Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World.…

How a ‘Sputnik moment’ built modern Seattle

President Obama has said today's economic crisis and competitive challenges from China constitute a "Sputnik moment." He even goes so far in his nostalgia as…

Challenger disaster and local media memory

When Rick Van Cise was tapped to fill in on the morning shift at KIRO Newsradio 71 in January 1986, he had no idea he’d…

The burden of the 787

This week, there's yet another delay in the delivery date of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner, a nightmare of a project that is already three years…

Heritage Turkeys of the Year

A year ago, we published the first Heritage Turkey Awards. Now it's time for a look at a sampling of this past year's preservation fiascos,…

So you like Texas better than Washington?

Seattle is proud to have its comfort food innovations showcased for the world. For Barack Obama this week it was highlighting Top Pot Doughnuts and…