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Why Nazis are back — and attracted to the Northwest

Editor’s note: Neiwert will be part of a panel discussion Saturday at the Crosscut Festival. You can follow our coverage of the festival on our…

Amazon’s Spheres: glass icons or fishbowl of privilege?

Amazon has sprouted a cluster of bubbles in the Denny Triangle. The immediate question is: What do they mean? Are they a new icon of…

What farmers think about the urban-rural divide

BELLINGHAM — We pulled our car into the icy barnyard off Double Ditch Road in the Nooksack Valley north of here. The farm had been cut…

Sad about 2018? Much of Washington state isn’t

As we enter 2018, Washingtonians have a bit of spring in their step. Despite what many thought was a downer 2017, a new Elway Research…

Wrecking balls 2017: hippies, bad drivers and gargoyles

Heritage Turkeys 2017 Developers and their wrecking balls can be some of the worst actors when it comes to tearing down what’s unique about the…

Best of 2017: Road Trip — Seattle Travels Highway 2

Seattle Meets Highway 2 Highway 2 was the first highway to link Washington east to west and along it lies a cross-section of the state's…

One last ‘dark-on-dark’ in old Seattle

The line seemed as long as one to view Princess Diana’s coffin. It wound halfway around the block on Second Avenue, down into a basement, curled…

These bikes were made for Seattle

Seattle’s new, more casual bike-share programs, Spin, LimeBike and Ofo, seem to have caught on. Their tangerine, green and yellow bikes began appearing all over…

Alexa, fix Seattle

Seattle has a lot of problems, but nothing technology won’t fix, right? Amazon has transformed the city. The company’s founder, Jeff Bezos, is now the…

Seattle’s monument fails

As Washington state and the nation wrestle with Confederate monuments, controversial statues and memorials, it turns out that outrage, vandalism and removal are nothing new.…

What divides Washingtonians? It’s complicated

When it comes to political divides in Washington State, the fault lines are real. Most notably in what we think of as the Cascade Divide:…

What Jenny Durkan and Bertha Knight Landes have in common

Seattle has now elected two women mayors — with a gap of nearly a century between their elections. It’s an interval that has served as…

Don’t write off Sasquatch. Let’s research him

Sasquatch — also known as Bigfoot — continues to be a symbol of the great Northwest. Fifty years after the famed Patterson-Gimlin film of an…

What the election means for Seattle and the country

From brewpubs to ballrooms, roving on election night can yield insights beyond the numbers. Here are my five election-night takeaways. Seattle status quo breathes a…

Bertha may have dealt a blow to Seattle’s police museum

The Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum, one of the historic gems of Pioneer Square, has announced that it is closing and moving its collection due to…

The New Burke Museum is a world to behold — literally

When the new, $99-million Burke Museum of Natural History opens in late 2019, it will be a visual spectacle. Passersby on the sidewalk at the…

Hold up, Kelly: Compromise on slavery?

Before a recent downtown breakfast, I chatted with former Republican Gov. and U. S. Sen. Dan Evans. I asked him what he thought about the…

Is local history too white?

If you travel the state and visit local historical societies, you’ll notice that “history” tends to begin with the arrival of white settlers and extend…

Don’t cry for Seattle Weekly. It’s not dead

The news late last week that big changes were afoot for Seattle Weekly was greeted by former staffers like a death in the family. For…

Could Democrats pick up Reichert’s seat in 2018?

It was the echo heard across the Cascades. The recent retirement announcement by seven-term U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert opens Washington’s first truly competitive congressional race…

A decade of Seattle street protests

  If you wonder whether one person can still make a difference, consider the case of George P. Hickey. In 1989, Hickey, a middle-aged truck…

Just another immigrant here, Mr. Bannon

On a recent TV interview, Steve Bannon, former White House adviser and representative of the Force’s dark side, disputed the notion that America was a…

The rise and dramatic fall of Seattle’s mayor

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, as Seattleites learned this summer when a yellow haze engulfed the city. That was mirrored in the haze that has…

The Northwest is a sellout. Can it get its noir back?

Remember “Northwest noir”? If you’re old enough, you do; and if you’re not, you’ll become acquainted soon since it’s part of a trend in cultural…

Bidder beware: You’ll get hooked on Amazon

Amazon has just launched a new reality TV series. They are looking to build a new, second headquarters in a North American city other than…