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Cost-cutting claims Seattle’s theater-magic factory

This story was originally published on KCTS9.org.  The castles are labyrinthine. The dragons breathe fire. The forests are mammoth and equally as magical. For three…

Seattle not suing Trump…yet?

When Mayor Ed Murray gave his annual State of the City address last month, he demanded the Trump administration provide a proper definition of a…

U-District bar closes doors and salutes the future: microhousing

The Knarr Shipwreck Lounge announced last call for its final time last Friday, St. Patrick’s Day. Customers ordered shots of Jameson before the bartender definitively threw…

A museum for the pinball obsessed

Every pinball machine is a better version of the activity it's based on, with the only exceptions being sex, food and sleep.  At the Seattle Pinball Museum, you…

Want to connect with Seattle? Get journaling

No one wants a “better city” more than Seattleites. Much of our civic discourse is about how to live up to our ideals, to be…

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:…

Activist, attorney Nikkita Oliver is running for mayor

Activist, lawyer and spoken word artist Nikkita Oliver will challenge incumbent Ed Murray in this year's race for Mayor. And although Seattle elections are technically…

Brady Walkinshaw leaves politics for … journalism?

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, who lost to Pramila Jayapal in last year's race to represent Washington’s 7th Congressional District, says he’s done with politics and is tackling a…

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…

After Orlando, some grieve, others buy guns

Twelve hours after the largest mass shooting in modern American history, in which 50 people in an Orlando gay nightclub were gunned down as they…

Beneath downtown Seattle, Bertha faces biggest test

The Seattle Mariners and the tunnel boring machine Bertha are following similar arcs lately. After years of wallowing in failure, both have shown a bit…

The ultimate test for the mayor and business community

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is in a tight spot, squeezed between business interests and a city council apparently eager to advance the follow-up to the…

Mayor follows socialist Sawant in fight against slumlord

They call it the “Carl Haglund law,” named for a landlord whose shoddy apartment buildings have raised eyebrows as high as his rent. If passed,…

A year into $15 wage, what we now know

Seattle has committed to a fully implemented $15 minimum wage by 2021 and, barring a coup d’etat at City Hall, that isn’t going to change. Yet…

Seattle politicians should curb their arena enthusiasm

There’s something about pro sports that makes us gluttons for punishment. And no, I am not just talking about the annual abuse dished out to…

In fight against opioid addiction, a local approach getting real results

Hearing the life of Desirae Downing, 33, it’s no wonder she struggles with opiate use. As a child, her biological father molested her. Her stepfather…

A new, 24-hour approach to Seattle’s homeless shelters

The two major barriers to solving Seattle's homelessness crisis, it seems, are resources and consensus, both of which are consistently in short supply. As elected…

Hundreds vie for a chance at affordable housing

It's a street-level reminder of the intense competition for affordable housing: People begin lining up on Sunday afternoon, 24 hours before they could apply for…

Murray’s Seattle: Success for some, but not for others

Arguably the most ambitious declaration in Mayor Ed Murray’s 2016 State of the City address is a revision of a longstanding goal of his. “Today,”…

Huge influx of labor law complaints met by “small but mighty” Seattle city office

The good news is that people are taking advantage of Seattle's Office of Labor Standards (OLS) — the 9-person subsidiary of the Office of Civil Rights tasked…

Shelters maxed out as city sweeps homeless from streets

In Pioneer Square lately, you don’t have to go far to find someone who’s been kicked off city property for sleeping in a tent. On…

Street level politics come to Seattle, led by Debora Juarez

Rule number one: Don’t call District 5 "Seattle’s Canada", at least not to new Councilmember Debora Juarez's face. As the rest of the City tests…

Is Seattle’s gun tax really a tax? Answer could determine law’s future

This story will be updated later today if a ruling is issued. When is a tax a tax? That was the question at the center…

Police, religious leaders on alert amid possible hate crimes

The fears of Muslims in America have been on the rise since gunmen opened fire on Paris last November. That tension has hit Seattle hard…

Year of the Seattle urbanist? Not quite yet

When the Sierra Club worked to defeat the Roads and Transit measure in 2007, a smart politico told us “you want to win the election,…