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Judge approves of firing Seattle police officer
Aug 17 • 1 min
A King County Judge gives Seattle a win and says it can go ahead and fire a police officer that had punched a handcuffed suspect.
Photo sleuthing by Seattle man backs up new Amelia Earhart search
Aug 17 • 1 min
Photo analysis by a forensic imaging expert from suburban Seattle is backing up a new search for the pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart.
Four wolves killed by Washington state agents — hours before court hearing to protect them
Aug 17 • 0 min
The fate of the last wolf from that pack will be determined at trial.
Seattle Parks District proposition ahead in Tuesday primary
Aug 16 • 2 min
Seattle’s Prop 1 is ahead 52.4 to 47.6 percent in Tuesday’s primary election totals. The measure would change the way park maintenance is funded. Supporters promise parks that are better maintained; opponents say accountability will be the challenge.
Gary Locke has an idea to solve Hong Kong’s crisis
Aug 16 • 0 min
Former Washington Governor and Ambassador to China Gary Locke says one face-saving way out of the situation in Hong Kong would be if Chief Executive Carrie Lam were to resign.
3 ways Trump’s welfare rule is already terrifying immigrants
Aug 16 • 4 min
It could —and already is — impacting immigrants in Seattle.
They’re back! Endangered orcas surface off San Juans after nearly 6 weeks away
Aug 16 • 4 min
Southern resident killer whales returned to their usual summertime haunts on Thursday for the first time since July 6, to the delight of San Juan Island’s human residents.
We need to rethink ‘three strikes,’ justice says, as she and colleagues uphold the law
Aug 15 • 1 min
The WA Supreme Court has upheld the state’s “three-strikes” sentencing law, even for people who commit their first “strike” as young adults. But Justice Mary Yu described “growing discomfort” with issuing mandatory life sentences.
How design impacts your life: A Seattle festival
Aug 15 • 4 min
So, you’re rolling your large, plastic compost bin to the curb, and you wonder ‘who decided to make this thing so heavy with such a tippy lid?’” That’s just one example of how designers can effect your daily life. From sidewalk curb cuts to how seats are…
Seattle teachers ramp up pressure over contract, with school three weeks away
Aug 15 • 0 min
With school just three weeks away, the Seattle Education Association teachers’ union is publicizing its efforts to boost teacher pay and improve services for students.
Wheat farmers fear extinction if Snake River dams are removed to help orcas
Aug 15 • 3 min
In the southeastern corner of Washington state, wheat goes down the river, while salmon are trucked up around dams on the road. “And taxpayers pay for all of it,” said Sam Mace, with Save Our Wild Salmon.
Take out Ballard Locks, state senator says
Aug 14 • 0 min
With calls to take down dams on the Snake River to help salmon habitat, a Whatcom County Republican wants to take a look at changing some of Seattle’s major waterways.
Seattle Council considers new tenant laws
Aug 14 • 1 min
Tenants in Seattle, especially those dealing with domestic violence, would get more protections under a set of new proposals. City Council members want to exempt renters from paying damage fees if it occurred while they were being abused.
Have we already passed the time to save Puget Sound orcas, task force member asks?
Aug 14 • 4 min
Members of the governor’s Southern Resident Orca Task Force are seeing a lot of work ahead to save the Pacific Northwest orcas. Task force member Laura Blackmore says she’s not confident help will come in time for the endangered whales, but she’s not…
Racist fliers left at Seattle synagogues
Aug 14 • 0 min
The local Anti Defamation League is speaking out about racist and anti-immigrant flyers found outside two south Seattle synagogues over the weekend. Region director Miri Cypers talks about how these types of incidents have been increasing in the Puget…
Washington reduces number of foster youth out of state, but in-state beds still lacking
Aug 14 • 1 min
A year ago, Washington state had 82 hard-to-place foster youths, mostly teenagers, living in facilities in states as far away as South Carolina, prompting calls to bring them home. As of Aug. 1, that number had been reduced by more than half to 38,…
Seattle Council overrides mayor’s soda tax veto
Aug 13 • 0 min
At issue is what to do with the surplus money from the soda tax. Last year Mayor Durkan used the money for other programs such as food banks and meals for seniors. The council wanted to avoid a repeat of that.
Not all on board for Durkan’s police reform plan
Aug 13 • 1 min
Seattle’s civilian police oversight commission has rejected the mayor’s reform plan. Now what?
Rain helps and hurts wildfire fight on Colville Reservation
Aug 13 • 0 min
Cooler, wetter weather has helped crews battling a large wildfire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation. Fire spokesman Michael Krueger gives an update on the efforts to control the blaze.
Biggest animal on earth spotted off Washington and Oregon coasts
Aug 12 • 1 min
A whale expert is reporting a rare sighting of blue whales off the Washington state coast.
Ballard gets ‘park concierge,’ but it’s not as fancy as it sounds
Aug 12 • 1 min
There’s a corn hole game on the pavement and a man with a city badge ready to play with any takers. He’s the consierge. Around, people are stretched out in the grass or sleeping on a sidewalk nearby.
Elk rebound in western Washington. Wolves may soon follow
Aug 12 • 0 min
Elk are making a comeback west of the Cascades. That’s exactly what wildlife officials were hoping for.
‘Slowly slipping away.’ Fewest sockeye salmon ever counted at Ballard Locks
Aug 12 • 0 min
Sockeye salmon are returning to Lake Washington in the smallest numbers since record-keeping started. As of early August, 17,000 sockeye had returned from the ocean, compared to hundreds of thousands at their peak.
For the first time, soaring voices of Saint Mark’s evening hymns belong to women
Aug 12 • 1 min
Hundreds gather to hear soaring voices of St. Mark’s choir on Sunday nights. Now for the first time, the singers are women.
Gambling commission tells NRA ‘no’ for now on raising gun raffle limit
Aug 9 • 2 min
The Washington State Gambling Commission voted Thursday to delay deciding a request from the National Rifle Association’s charitable arm to increase a $300,000 cap on raffle prizes.
Seattle Opera updates Rigoletto as a stand-in for misogynist leaders
Aug 9 • 4 min
You say you don’t know anything about opera? Chances are you’ve heard some of the art form’s most famous melodies, from Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” to “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro,” one of the show-stopping arias in the “Barber of Seville.”
Friday politics: Seattle City Council races shape up
Aug 9 • 4 min
Angela King talks with Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter and Essex Porter with KIRO 7 News about the results of Tuesday’s primary.
Many school districts coordinate emergency supplies for all their schools, but not Seattle
Aug 9 • 4 min
‘Never again is now.’ Jewish leaders protest ICE in Seattle
Aug 8 • 1 min
Hundreds, including immigrants and members of the Jewish community gathered in protest on Thursday evening outside of Seattle’s downtown ICE offices on 2nd Avenue.
‘Hero rats’ go on display at Tacoma zoo. Their relatives are still saving lives.
Aug 8 • 1 min
Giant rats sound like something to be scared of, perhaps.
Whatever happened to the sensational seaweed that supposedly tastes like bacon?
Aug 8 • 1 min
Oregon State University created something of a sensation back in 2015 when researchers announced they discovered and patented “seaweed that tastes like bacon.”
This Seattle woman sniffs 500 cans of salmon a day — for you
Aug 8 • 4 min
There’s the bunny sniff (sniffsniffsniff).
Ban natural gas in new buildings, activists tell Seattle
Aug 8 • 0 min
Nikkita Oliver: Outside spending to defeat Kshama Sawant means progressive message resonates
Aug 8 • 1 min
Larry Gossett: The longtime King County Council member reacts to being second
Aug 8 • 1 min
A Seattle civil rights leader is facing a serious election challenge from a candidate who wants to carry on the same legacy.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says it’s a whole new ballgame now looking to the general election, with a different electorate getting involved
Aug 8 • 8 min
Mercer Mega Block sale could haul in $143.5 million for city of Seattle
Aug 8 • 0 min
A $143.5 million sale of the Mercer Mega Block could plow tens of millions into affordable housing efforts in Seattle.
Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González: Why I’m running for attorney general of Washington state
Aug 8 • 1 min
Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González is running for Washington State Attorney General, while continuing to serve on city council.
Audit finds Vets claims inappropriately denied by Veterans Health Administration
Aug 7 • 0 min
A new audit finds that the Veterans Health Administration is inappropriately denying claims for emergency care. The audit from the Office of Inspector General involves care at non-VA facilities.
Some Seattle schools don’t have emergency food and water for an earthquake
Aug 7 • 4 min
Seattle is overdue for a major earthquake. But when the region gets rocked, Seattle’s schools may lack critical supplies and training. That’s because the district mostly leaves it up to schools to be ready for an earthquake.
Get out your sauté pan. Fall mushroom season is upon us already
Aug 7 • 0 min
Pacific Northwesterners who forage for wild mushrooms are noticing that the late summer and fall delicacies are coming in early this year. Edible wild mushrooms are now flooding wholesale markets.
Seattle primary heightens contest between progressives and business-backed candidates
Aug 7 • 3 min
Initial results in Seattle’s seven city council districts suggest that the November election will be a vigorous matchup between lefty progressives and business-backed candidates.
How homelessness is playing out in the Seattle city council races
Aug 6 • 4 min
Climate advocates urge Seattle to ban natural gas in new buildings
Aug 6 • 1 min
Climate activists in Seattle want to snuff out natural gas, starting with a ban on installing gas piping in new buildings.
Essex Porter on why Seattle is thinking about homelessness
Aug 6 • 3 min
Hot weather puts Seattle homeless at risk
Aug 6 • 1 min
On days when it’s 85 degrees or higher, the Seattle Union Gospel Mission sets up a pop up stand outside the men’s shelter in Pioneer Square.
Dozens of King County voters, living and dead, get duplicate ballots
Aug 2 • 3 min
Several dozen King County voters have reported getting two ballots in the mail. King County Elections blames glitches in the state’s new voter registration system.
Poppy, Chef Jerry Traunfeld’s final Seattle sensation, is closing. Now what to do with all these cookbooks?
Aug 2 • 4 min
Jerry Traunfeld, one of Seattle’s influential chefs, is calling it quits. His popular restaurant Poppy will close Sunday after 11 years. He recently sold the restaurant and plans to move to Palm Springs, California later this year.
Your cell phone is a security risk. Ruby’s Instagram story shows why
Aug 2 • 7 min
Ruby had a very special Instagram name. Ruby. Just Ruby. She turned down $65,000 to sell it. Then she got hacked.
Seattle Art Fair is the shiny new kid on the block this weekend
Aug 2 • 5 min
The Blue Angels roared into Seattle this week, ushering in the 70th annual Seafair weekend. But for the past four years Seafair has shared the civic celebration spotlight with the shiny new kid on the block: the Seattle Art Fair, the brainchild of the…
The tangled path of money with Moms for Seattle
Aug 2 • 3 min
Money is flowing in the Seattle City Council races. But where’s it being spent, and who’s spending it? Sometimes the answers are tough to find.
Anti-Kshama Sawant fliers aimed at unseating ‘populist left’ Seattle Council
Aug 1 • 1 min
Former city council member Tim Burgess says ads sponsored by People for Seattle are aimed at securing a “liberal” but not “populist left” city council.
Seattle eyes its own ‘green new deal’
Aug 1 • 1 min
Advocates for a “green new deal” for Seattle made their pitch to the Seattle City Council on Tuesday for aggressive action on climate change and inequity.
New Seattle school dress code: No body-shaming allowed
Aug 1 • 1 min
Seattle Public Schools used to leave dress codes to individual schools. But starting this fall, the dress code is district-wide, and more liberal.
Gov. Jay Inslee tries to stand out at Democrats’ second primary debate
Aug 1 • 4 min
Washington Governor Jay Inslee got a lot more air time in the Democratic presidential debate. Here’s how he took it to Joe Biden and made a minor splash with mental health care.
Meet Trusty, the smallest and most highly trained therapy horse in America
Aug 1 • 4 min
When Heidi Weston had a serious accident with her horse, she thought she’d never have horses in her life again… until she met Trusty the miniature horse.
‘We don’t need a full vote.’ Rep. Jayapal pushes forward on Trump impeachment inquiry
Jul 31 • 1 min
Getting the evidence underlying the Mueller Report is the first step of impeachment, the congresswoman said.
Why the Capital One data breach is familiar, yet so unusual
Jul 30 • 4 min
Paige Browning talks with CNBC cybersecurity journalist Kate Fazzini about the Capital One data breach.
Who knew? Tasty tempura has started kitchen fires
Jul 30 • 3 min
We wondered if that has ever happened here. We also set out to find out what causes them to ignite.
Once under the viaduct’s shadow, businesses can see the waterfront now
Jul 30 • 3 min
The Alaskan Way Viaduct used to tower over the businesses on Alaskan Way. Now, 70% of of it has been demolished. And businesses that once sat in its shadow are now blinking in the sunshine.
Democratic debates are a reason to P-A-R-T-Y
Jul 30 • 1 min
It took only a few minutes to find at least ten debate watch parties around town.
Seattle tech worker accused of hacking personal data of 100 million
Jul 30 • 0 min
Seattle tech worker accused of hacking personal data of 100 million
Failed sewage pumps led to 2.1 million gallon spill into Puget Sound
Jul 30 • 0 min
Backup pumps at Seattle’s main sewage treatment plant failed during an overnight power outage.
What’s that screeching? Maybe a hungry young Cooper’s Hawk
Jul 30 • 1 min
It’s breeding season for Cooper’s Hawks. They are now prolific in Seattle. Just listen for their screeches.
No time limit for reporting childhood sexual assault in Washington
Jul 29 • 0 min
Victims of sexual assault in Washington state now have far more time to report the crimes committed against them.
T-Mobile a big step closer to merging with Sprint
Jul 26 • 4 min
Kim Malcolm talks with Geekwire’s Monica Nickelsburg about Federal approval for a proposed merger between Bellevue-based T-Mobile and Sprint.
Friday politics: Durkan wades into Seattle City Council elections
Jul 26 • 4 min
Friday politics: Durkan weighs into City Council elections
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan calls a council candidate a socialist but dismisses charge of ‘red-baiting’
Jul 25 • 1 min
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said she’s not ‘fear-mongering’ by calling a city council candidate a “socialist.” City council candidate Tammy Morales accused Mayor Durkan of “red-baiting” for calling her a socialist who would “cause more division” in Seattle.
The Cosmic Crisp apple will hit grocery stores after 22 years in the making
Jul 25 • 5 min
Kim Malcolm talks with journalist Brooke Jarvis about the launch of the Cosmic Crisp apple.
Marcie Sillman’s weekend culture picks, July 26-28
Jul 25 • 4 min
The last weekend in July has arrived
The river runs alarmingly low in North Bend, due east of Seattle
Jul 25 • 4 min
It’s been raining this July, but much of Washington is still in a drought, because of our hot, dry spring and early summer. Just 30 minutes outside Seattle, in the town of North Bend, most development is on hold till an issue of water is resolved.
5 tips for limiting wildfire smoke in your house
Jul 25 • 4 min
Some tips to protect you from whatever smoke is headed your way
Boeing’s 737 Max woes could hit Renton hard
Jul 25 • 1 min
If Boeing has to reduce or halt production of the 737 Max, it would be a big deal for the aviation sector and an even bigger deal in the town where the MAX planes are made: Renton.