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Best of 2016: Born a slave, Emma Ray was the saint of Seattle’s slums

It was the 1890s, and a series of underground tunnels and cellars existed beneath Gold Rush-era Seattle, a result of the city’s relentless leveling of…

Hunting school offers lessons on life, death and the dinner table

Lying prone on the grass, I shuffle my elbows forward to position the rifle butt against my right shoulder. I close my left eye and…

Just how secure is Seattle’s economy?

Each morning on his way to work at City Hall, city budget director Ben Noble bikes past two under-construction office towers. Both are slated for…

How Seattle blew its chance at a subway system

“The question is no longer whether we will grow, but only how we will grow." So said attorney and civic leader Jim Ellis in a…

Songs and sacrifices: A transgender singer’s story

There’s an old video of Julian Morris when he’s maybe 6 or 7 years old, singing “Sweet Baby James” with his father. He’s sitting cross-legged,…

Homeless in Seattle: The roots of a 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…

What Seattle’s art scene needs most: A little more color


Seattle’s all-female football team: This isn’t the lingerie league

In a time when headlines shout about the damage football does to players' brains and bodies, the women of the Seattle Majestics say the game has the…

Visiting the quietest place in the U.S.

Gordon Hempton and the three decade search for pure silence.

A rare victory in a city of lovable transit losers

With light rail extension, is Seattle breaking its failure streak?

Born a slave, Emma Ray was the saint of Seattle’s slums


Following Flint, unanswered questions about Washington’s lead poisoning


Why luxury high-rises are taking over Seattle


During World War I, a local woman was “found guilty of thinking”

The times of Louise Olivereau, Seattle’s World War I radical.

An eviction in Ballard

“I would never sell this place,” my landlord assured me last summer. “Even though I get calls from developers every week.”

Is there still room for artists in Seattle?


Seattle’s last roadhouse still rocks, occasionally

The first thing to know about Seattle’s last roadhouse is that it’s only open on Fridays. And sometimes not even then. Drivers who take the…

The public health dilemma of a fading black community


Hacking the feds: A local man’s crimes reveal a global scam

As architect of a major scam network, Bryan Seely tried to make amends by committing federal crimes.

In a time of world wars, June Burn forged a life of adventure and simplicity


Goodspaceguy: The definitive interview with King County’s perennial candidate

It’s not often that the sex lives of astronauts are mentioned not once, but multiple times in an interview with a politician. But then, there…

Atomic bomb survivors: A quest for peace

Today marks 70 years since the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today people around the globe will memorialize the occasion, including in Seattle at Green Lake from 6 to 9 p.m.…