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Charleena Lyles’ death sparks soul-searching, anger and tears

Days after the fatal police shooting of Charleena Lyles, the city continues to process its grief and outrage. A meeting in a downtown skyscraper is…

State shutdown could wreck your 4th — and a lot more

People going to state parks for the Fourth of July weekend are in line to take the first hit. If the Washington Legislature cannot pass…

We pay taxes for better police training, but it’s not being spent

The two King County Sheriff's deputies who shot and killed 23-year-old Renee Davis during a welfare check last October had each received 8 hours of…

Update: Religious group puts hold on award to Seattle Police

Update, 11:30 a.m., June 21: In a statement Wednesday morning, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle said that, in light of the shooting death of…

Did the cops really need to shoot Charleena Lyles?

As word spread of Charleena Lyles’ death Sunday, family and friends immediately began to question why, even if she had pulled a knife, officers needed to use their…

Seattle police shoot black woman; tensions run high

Hours after Seattle Police shot and killed Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old African-American woman, in her Magnuson Park apartment, a growing group of people who described…

In a more crowded Seattle, Discovery Park provides a lesson

On a recent sunny weekend, I was standing in Discovery Park with two of the people most responsible for the existence of this gem of…

9-year-old wants to make Bigfoot state’s official ‘cryptid’

If any place can claim to be the official home to Bigfoot, it’s Washington state. That’s why Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, promises to keep…

Anti-Shariah rallies show something’s afoot in America

This story originally appeared on High Country News.  Kate Hurley stood on a street corner in Roseville, California, last Saturday with a giant American flag…

Feeling vindicated, Murray weighs new campaign

The man who accused Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing him in the 1980s withdrew his lawsuit Wednesday. The accuser, who was under age at…

Seattle and its suburbs: Not so different

Lately it seems to be quite the Game of Thrones between cities and suburbs, with claims for winners and losers. Certainly, many people — from…

Before bathroom incident, library security was already in hot water

Before a transgender man was denied access to a gender neutral bathroom last week by Seattle Public Library staff and security, the City of Seattle was…

Inslee: Budget deadline is non-negotiable

If the Washington Legislature’s sluggish budget talks drag beyond June 30, Gov. Jay Inslee will block any move to use stop-gap legislation to keep the…

Seattle’s highest paid employee wants a bonus

When Larry Weis was confirmed as the CEO of Seattle City Light in March 2016, he instantly became the highest paid city employee, earning $340,000…

3 futures for a city where the rent is too damn high

The first thing to know about Seattle’s dramatic plan to get developers to build more affordable housing — a plan celebrated by some and loathed…

Arena fight: Not over till the council says it is

For a man whom everyone figured was home beating on the figurative chest of his inert SoDo district arena project, waiting for a heartbeat, Chris…

State government stumbles toward shutdown

The Mariners’ annual early season swoon. The Washington Legislature’s annual deadlocked overtime sessions. Both are yearly rites of the late spring. Both frustrations are so…

Tacoma’s doing something different on homelessness

Like Seattle, Tacoma has a homelessness problem so severe that city leaders have declared a state of emergency. But the city is taking a different approach…

Seattle’s man in middle of Watergate scandal weighs in on Trump’s

It looks like Watergate, it smells like Watergate, but is it Watergate? For answers, Seattle can turn to an expert, a man who worked for…

A city the size of Woodinville is sleeping in our streets

The homeless numbers are in: The population of people living out on the streets of King County continues to grow, a frustrating and sobering confirmation…

After Portland stabbings, commuters saddened, undaunted

As commuters rode the Seattle Link light rail on Tuesday, still reeling from the news of the fatal stabbings about Portland’s MAX light rail on…

Pramila Jayapal grapples with the strange realities of D.C.

Impeach Trump? Not so fast, says freshman U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Seattle. In a Crosscut Facebook Live interview Tuesday afternoon, Jayapal told KCTS/Crosscut…