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Why am I a threat?

One day last fall, a month before Donald Trump was elected president, Lassana Magassa disappeared from his job with Delta Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.…

In total awe

MADRAS, OR — Monday’s solar eclipse atop Oregon’s high desert started at sunrise, when thousands of eclipse hunters including myself looked to the west with…

Who voted for whom? A dive into Seattle’s election data

Even without the extended wait for clear results in the mayor’s race, this primary election was a grueling one. With 36 candidates spread among only…

In a Buddhist temple, mourning high schooler Tommy Le

Forty-nine days after police shot Tommy Le dead, his family said goodbye to the 20-year-old man. As Buddhist monks scurried about preparing for a morning service…

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.