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At joyous Seattle ceremony, 498 become U.S. citizens – and consider what’s ahead

Against the backdrop of the Space Needle, 498 new citizens gathered outside at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion, with relatives and friends cheering them on. Speakers urged them to vote, …


Q&A: Seattle’s plastic straw ban now in effect; here’s what you need to know

After 10 years since it was first introduced, Seattle’s ban on plastic straws and utensils is now in effect.


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

Meet the youngest Special Olympics USA Games competitor: 8-year-old gymnast Frannie Ronan

Frannie Ronan is only 8, but she’s already won a silver medal at the Washington Special Olympics and qualified for the USA Games with a bit of luck and a …


10,000 demonstrate in SeaTac against Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy

Thousands gathered at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center on Saturday, protesting President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which has led to heated criticism from mayors, governors and citizens.


Seattle renters score big as landlords dangle freebies to fill empty apartments

A glut of new apartments washing over the city has quickly turned the tables as vacancy rates hit their highest levels since the recession, led by downtown Seattle, where one-fourth …


Barbs for Jeff Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle

The Seattle region is home to America’s two richest men, but their local legacies to date represent two very different eras for the city.


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Explore Seattle with map of sites known for ‘high weirdness’

Jeremy Puma and Garrett Kelly, friends and observers of the paranormal, have launched a crowdsourced map of the Seattle places where people have experienced peculiar, preternatural or spooky phenomena. Got …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

Smuggler who used helicopters to deliver drugs sentenced

A Canadian man who leased helicopters and used them to run a cross-border drug-shipping empire, helping meet the American West’s appetite for high-grade marijuana before states began legalizing the drug, …


Seattle ICE lawyer facing prison time for stealing identities of would-be immigrants

A former ICE chief lawyer in Seattle faces a federal judge Thursday for sentencing on charges that he victimized “particularly vulnerable” illegal or undocumented immigrants by stealing their identities, according …


Explore Seattle’s map of ‘high weirdness’: Ghost canoe, rumored troll, Hell Mouth — and more

Jeremy Puma and Garrett Kelly, friends and observers of the paranormal, have launched a crowdsourced map of the Seattle places where people have experienced peculiar, preternatural or spooky phenomena. Got …


Lawsuit: Administration unfairly prolongs family separation

Immigrant rights activists in Seattle are suing the Trump administration, saying it is unnecessarily prolonging the separation of asylum-seeking immigrants from their children.


Police arrest 7 in downtown Seattle during march calling for social change

A march to call attention to issues like poverty, systemic racism and militarism culminated Saturday afternoon with the arrests of seven demonstrators who blocked an intersection in downtown Seattle.


String of assaults fuels criticism of Seattle’s handling of homelessness crisis

Advocates for the homeless say that while serious, the incidents represent a minute fraction of similar crimes committed in the region, and that homeless people are more likely to be …


Seattle’s head tax is dead, but political debate may reverberate

Seattle’s head tax didn’t last long, but the thud from City Hall when the tax on large employers was put to the sword this month may reverberate. Business lobbyists who …


Infant found at Seattle encampment in protective custody

A 5-month-old infant found at a Seattle homeless encampment is in protective custody as police investigate child neglect.


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 6:53 p.m.

‘Don’t leave me, Mom’: Detainee tells of separation from son

The call came at mealtime – an anonymous threat demanding $5,000 or her son’s life. So Blanca Orantes-Lopez, her 8-year-old boy and his father packed up and left the Pacific …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

Attorneys in Charleena Lyles lawsuit allege Seattle police officer perjured himself

Attorneys who brought a


Former coach Dave Tippett joins NHL Seattle expansion group as senior adviser

Former NHL coach Dave Tippett is expanding his responsibilities with the group looking to put an expansion team in Seattle.


Uber wants to join Seattle’s bike-share battle

A new competitor wants in on Seattle’s hypercompetitive, polychromatic bike-share landscape. Uber, the ride-hailing behemoth, plans to launch with its newly acquired, bright-red JUMP electric bikes.


Blokable builds on idea

This summer is shaping up to be a big one for Blokable, the Seattle construction technology company that hopes to upend the market for new affordable housing.


RV revenue in Spokane County has increased five-fold since 2009

Now that the economy is climbing, RV sales are reaching record highs, far beyond pre-recession sales.


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Seattle an obvious choice to host 2026 World Cup matches

Of the 17 U.S. cities bidding to host World Cup games, Seattle deserves to be one of the 10 FIFA selects (three cities from Canada and three more from Mexico …


Lawsuit accuses Seattle of violating open-meetings law before head-tax repeal vote

Three attorneys contend that each of the named city officials be fined and that the city bear their legal costs, but the lawsuit doesn’t ask that the council’s vote to …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

4 cars hit with bullets near Sea-Tac airport, no injuries

Authorities say four cars were hit by gunfire on a state highway near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

North America’s winning bid means Seattle may host some 2026 World Cup matches

Despite many worrisome events that could have derailed its bid, our continent will indeed host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The United States, Mexico and Canada emerged triumphant over Morocco …


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 8:05 p.m.

Businesses get a win on head tax, but solution to Seattle homelessness crisis still elusive

Seattle leaders on Tuesday repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses, a stark reversal from a month ago when the City …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Seattle tax opposed by Amazon will likely be rescinded

Seattle city leaders say they’ll work to repeal a tax passed just last month on businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks designed to help pay for homeless services and affordable …


Bear in tree recaptured by wildlife officials in Mukilteo

Authorities said they’ve safely captured a bear who appeared in a north Seattle suburb Sunday afternoon.


With push for referendum, debate over Seattle head tax hits the streets

Earlier this year, the big-business tax of $275 per employee, per year took shape inside City Hall, as City Council members sought money for low-income housing and homeless services. This …


Seattle officials propose mobile safe injection site

Seattle officials say they are moving forward with plans for a safe drug-injection site in the city.