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Last Build Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:16:20 -0800


Violence punctuates UW talk by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:09:12 -0800

The provocative far-right firebrand spoke at Kane Hall Friday night, mocking liberals to big laughs and a standing ovation. Dozens protested outside the hall, and one person suffered potentially life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

How your U.S. lawmakers voted

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:06:31 -0800

Here’s how Washington state’s two U.S. senators voted on major issues in the week ending Jan. 20. (The House was not in session.)

Secretary of State Kim Wyman to pay penalty for late campaign filings

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:38:56 -0800

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and her election campaign are set to pay roughly $10,000 in fines after the campaign’s failure to properly disclose campaign-finance information.

From Seattle streets to suburban pubs, expressions of anguish, joy on Inauguration Day

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:15:51 -0800

The inauguration of Donald Trump as president on Friday was greeted in the Seattle area with low-key, joyful gatherings by supporters and outpourings of grief, student walkouts and other protests.

The Fremont Troll was outfitted with a pussyhat ahead of Saturday’s Womxn’s March

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:55:38 -0800

Participants in Saturday's march for women's rights and equality in Seattle and across the country plan to don the pink hats in solidarity.

Olympia’s Youth Unity Rally could draw 500 to state Capitol

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:45:56 -0800

The rally could grow larger than expected, state officials said.

Want to avoid Inauguration Day festivities? Here are some things to do instead in Seattle

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:41:13 -0800

Surely not everyone wants to watch the Inauguration Day festivities. So here are some options to keep busy.

The Womxn’s March on Seattle and how Trump spurred more women to activism, on The Overcast

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:44 -0800

In this week's episode of The Overcast, we talk about the Womxn's March in Seattle and about a story focusing on women who felt moved to political activism after Trump's election.

Live updates from Inauguration Day: 1 injured in shooting at demonstration at UW

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:59:56 -0800

Seattle police say a man was shot and wounded in a crowd near a University of Washington hall, where Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos made a speech. Trump supporters and protesters have been clashing with shouts and fights there for hours. Follow along live.

Protest marches Saturday on track to make history

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:37:48 -0800

“We haven’t seen something like this,” a University of Washington associate professor said of the demonstrations that are planned around the world, including Seattle.

Washington among states that face deadline on REAL ID

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:34:35 -0800

State lawmakers are trying to bring Washington into compliance with a 2005 federal law that requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and be issued to people who can prove they’re legally in the United States.

Local activists in tech vow to resist Trump with data

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:57:20 -0800

The crew of some 30 developers and writers behind aims to compile a Wikipedia-like web portal documenting the Trump administration. “We are really focused on documenting the facts,” says co-founder Jan Miksovsky.

Oxfam world wealth report a reminder of Seattle’s wild income inequality

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:26:25 -0800

The anti-poverty group just published its annual report on the world’s wealthiest people. The Seattle area is home to two of them. It’s a reminder of how much our community is steeped in both wealth and poverty these days — and serves as a call to end income inequality.

King County prosecutor backs law change to make it easier to charge police over deadly force

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:24:19 -0800

Dan Satterberg said he will urge the state Legislature to remove malice wording that has made it almost impossible to bring criminal charges against police officers over the use of deadly force.

Safe heroin injection sites get OK from King County health board

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:07:08 -0800

The King County Board of Health endorses supervised injection sites for drug users, a strategy to reduce overdose deaths. A final decision on the sites, which would be the first of their kind in the nation, is expected soon.

Seattle’s cleanups of homeless encampments violate rights, new lawsuit claims

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:01:58 -0800

Seattle and the state transportation department are violating the rights of people living outside when they seize and destroy their property, says a federal class-action lawsuit filed Thursday.

What you need to know about Inauguration Day protests, events in Seattle

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:42:02 -0800

As many as 50,000 people are expected to attend a rally and march Saturday for women's rights and social equality, and other Inauguration Day protests are planned. Here's what we know.

‘We had something’: African Americans look back with pride and pain on Obama’s tenure

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:30:00 -0800

At Seattle’s Central Area Senior Center, people who gathered for bridge and lunch reflect on a president some thought they’d never live to see. They noted he faced fierce and sometimes personal attacks and “showed people how to be a president.”

‘Stirred out of our complacency’: Women ready for march after Trump inauguration, and newfound political activism

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:03:00 -0800

After a contentious presidential campaign that brought issues of sexual assault and women’s equality to the forefront, many women in Western Washington are getting politically involved, some for the first time in their lives.

Washington tries to fix paid leave law dormant since 2007

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Washington state created a family leave program a decade ago that required many employers to offer paid time off for new parents. But the law fizzled out because lawmakers never came up with a way to pay for it.