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Last Build Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:36:43 -0700


‘Everyone failed him’: Boy’s aunt accused of murder, DSHS accused of ‘critical errors’

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Five-year-old Gary Blanton died in the care of an aunt struggling with six kids in a “chaotic” home. Why did the state keep him there?

With projected state tax collections up, one GOP senator suggests easing property-tax hike

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Democrats say the extra tax money is likely needed to fill holes in the current budget left after lawmakers struck a last-minute agreement to avoid a state government shutdown.

Is this Seattle bus stop the worst in America?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:03:06 -0700

Is a South Seattle bus stop, where would-be passengers have to stand on a narrow strip of grass between the road and railroad tracks, the worst bus stop in America? One very informal survey says it just might be.

Mayor Tim Burgess moves to fill his new City Hall team

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:51:11 -0700

Eli Sanders, The Stranger’s associate editor, says he took the temporary job with the mayor’s communications team on the condition that he could later write about the experience for the newspaper.

Punching the Nazi was actually the least dramatic free-speech showdown this week

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Maybe we need a refresher course in the value of free speech, because the concept seems to be fraying.

Reddit AMA: Our reporters answer your questions on Ed Murray investigation, mayor’s race

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:19:43 -0700

Our reporters answer questions about The Times' investigation into former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the impact on local politics and the mayoral race.

In Seattle mayoral race between Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon, it’s the same old sexist nonsense

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

It would be true progress to never again hear the phrase, “OK ... but” — two words that are at the start of so many sentences addressed to women who dare to state their opinion or stake their claim in the world.

Traffic questions take center stage during KeyArena MOU hearing

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:29:47 -0700

City budget director Ben Noble told the committee that the Oak View Group’s $40 million transportation fund payment is to be spread over a 39-year lease term. He suggested the city could issue public bonds against the pledged OVG money if it requires a lump sum in the short term.

Gov. Jay Inslee on East Coast to talk climate change: ‘States are leading the way’

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:26:17 -0700

As the United States prepares to exit the Paris climate agreement under President Donald Trump, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is in New York and Connecticut to push for solutions, some at the state level, to climate change.

Seattle City Council picks Tim Burgess to replace Bruce Harrell as temporary mayor

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:04:13 -0700

Bruce Harrell has been serving as mayor since Sept. 13, when Ed Murray resigned amid growing allegations that he sexually abused multiple teenagers decades ago.

Cantwell seeks money for cleanup of firefighting foams on military bases

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:54:30 -0700

A bill in Congress sets aside nearly $62 million to help clean up wells contaminated by military’s use of firefighting foams. Three bases in Washington state where the chemical pollution has been found could benefit.

Michael Bennett’s younger brother and Nikkita Oliver lead Black Lives Matter protest before Seahawks-49ers

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:36:44 -0700

Michael Bennett's younger brother, Reshaud, helped lead a rally in support of his brother Sunday morning before the Seahawks game.

Gender option could be added to Washington birth certificate

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:32:32 -0700

The Department of Health is considering a rule change that would allow people to identify as “Gender X” on their birth certificate.

U.S. Dreamers on returning to Mexico: ‘What would that look like?’

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:00:00 -0700

Dreamers may feel unwanted in the U.S., but Mexico is welcoming them to come back “with open arms.” Some in Washington and elsewhere are cautiously exploring that possibility and wonder: “What would that look like?”

Relief as Ed Murray exits public life, pain as Seattle copes with scandal

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Ed Murray was a leader for gay rights, forged a reputation as a sharp Olympia dealmaker and went on to become an effective, if temperamental, Seattle mayor. But his legacy will be defined largely by the sex-abuse allegations that ultimately drove him from office.

Evergreen professor at center of protests resigns; college will pay $500,000

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 20:36:22 -0700

Professor Bret Weinstein was a vocal critic of an Evergreen State College event that asked white students to leave campus for a day as part of Day of Presence/Day of Absence. A group of students, in turn, confronted Weinstein and called him a racist, and the video went viral.

How your U.S. lawmaker voted

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 13:39:13 -0700

Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Sept. 15.

A reminder to city leaders: Business is not the enemy

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:00:00 -0700

Seattle faces the question of how much left-leaning policy toward business the golden goose can handle.

Cary Moon supports a ‘right to shelter’ for the homeless. What does that mean for Seattle?

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:00:00 -0700

The mayoral candidate endorsed an approach, most famously used in New York City, that virtually guarantees shelter on demand. That could require adding tens of millions of dollars to the emergency shelter system.

Just as the Greeks told it: Hubris brought the Seattle mayor down

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:58:27 -0700

In retrospect, a news conference that former Mayor Ed Murray held in June plays like a scene out of a Greek tragedy.