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How breastfeeding led to another lawsuit from a Seattle police captain

The city tried to settle the lawsuit quickly and quietly, but the police veteran who brought the case turned the offer down. Now Seattle is somewhere it would prefer…

Five years after Sandy Hook, what is Washington doing about guns?

Five years after a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, some state lawmakers see a…

An undocumented nurse has a message for Donald Trump

Twenty-four-year-old Jessica Esparza says it wasn’t easy to come to the United States. She was bullied because she spoke broken English, and she had to…

What Neil Gorsuch could mean for Indian Country

This story was originally published on High Country News. During the Senate hearings that put Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court this year, Democrats made…

Are there lessons to be learned in Oregon’s school funding strategy?

Washington’s highest court offered a ruling last month suggesting, at last, the state’s school funding woes could be in its past. At the same time,…

On a beautiful and remote NW beach: Trash

The story of a piece of litter doesn’t end at your curbside. Every year, millions of tons of trash find their way down storm drains…

What undoing net neutrality could mean for Seattle startups

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to undo its net neutrality rules this week, large internet companies like AT&T and Comcast are…

County bans solitary confinement for youth inmates

King County plans to treat its youth inmates a little less like adults. The county council on Monday, in a 7-0 vote, decided to ban the…

Is I-940 a path to reducing police shootings?

The police action was tragic, fatal, possibly unnecessary. But was it malicious? Probably not. Take your pick: In Ferguson, Missouri, people rioted in the streets…

How urban sprawl shapes the critters that crawl our city

A band of raccoons scamper over a downed tree. A coyote sneaks a drink from a mossy pool. The black and white photos that flash…

NHL gives Seattle a real shot at a team

Talk about a power play: About 24 hours after the city signed a deal to develop privately an arena worthy of the NHL, hockey league…

Rising rent? The story behind Sawant’s new bill to make landlords pay

Before Teresa Banks explains why her rent is increasing by 50 percent, she must first recount the changes she's seen in her 15 years at the…

Is the Northwest’s approach to wolves destined to fail?

The long hunt finally paid off on the night of Aug. 6 for two employees of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. They’d spent…

38 female mayors elected across Washington this year

For years, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland would work alongside Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke, never realizing that, outside of their nonpartisan roles in office, they had…

Out with the old police chief, in with the new. Or not?

When Seattle was looking for a new Chief of Police in 2014, the three finalists all had one thing in common: They were from somewhere…

State water project could get boost from Congress

A pair of Washington lawmakers are trying to fast-track the construction of new dams and reservoirs. Their bill would also push forward a long-sought water…

Employees shocked as City Light CEO is ousted

In a surprise, even to employees of Seattle City Light, Mayor Jenny Durkan said Monday Larry Weis, the CEO and General Manager of the massive…

After months of rumor, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole stepping down

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole is leaving her post as head of the state's largest police department at the end of the year, handing the reins to Deputy…

Tens of thousands Native children stand to lose healthcare

Congress has yet to reenact the Children’s Health Insurance Program and states will soon run out of funds to prop up the program. That will…

Former WA aides reflect on sexual harassment in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Years ago, Shawna Meechan was working in her first job after college, as a policy aide to Washington state Congressman Adam Smith in…

Make a move? City Light lagging on thousands of customer records

Every fall, just as thousands of University of Washington students settle in to their new residences, Seattle City Light gets a wave of requests to…

Jenny Durkan sworn in as Seattle’s mayor

Jenny Durkan's road to become the first female mayor in nearly a century started last May on Beacon Hill, where her father nearly died. The gothic…

What did Seattle’s 51-day council member bring to the City?

Public hearings that lasted five hours. Days packed with back-to-back events and meetings. Sleepless nights wrestling with homelessness solutions -- even taking to the streets…

City’s new homeless funding plan: quality over quantity

More than a year after Seattle declared it would make a radical shift in how it addressed homelessness — drifting away from stopgap measures and…

As Ballard changes, bike controversy heats up

For years growth and the housing boom have been uprooting Ballard’s past: New colorful, boxy apartments and condos replace single-family bungalows and craftsman homes. Industry…