Melissa Hellmann

David Swaintek stands in front of his junk removal truck. Photo courtesy of Hanna Swaintek/JDog Junk Removal Lake Union

Veteran’s Junk Removal Franchise Strives for Environmental Sustainability

In light of China’s recent recycling regulations, JDog Junk Removal could help reduce the burden on landfills.

 

Westin Hotel workers hold up signs in support of housekeepers’ rights. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins

Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative Still Awaits Full Rollout

Over a year after voter approval, the law’s framework remains unset and open for public suggestion.

 

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What’s Next After I-940?

Police reform advocates pivot their focus to officer’s interactions with people in mental health crises.

 

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Seattle City Council Seeks Ride-Share Data for Possible Regulations

The city digs into the transit issue, Uber rolls out a new insurance plan for its drivers.

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Kurt Niklas shows some of the belongings in his Cate Apartments unit operated by the Low Income Housing Institute. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Forfeiting Rights: Mutual Termination Agreements Gone Wrong

Tenants’ rights advocates say landlords are using the contracts to exploit and expel vulnerable residents.

Kurt Niklas shows some of the belongings in his Cate Apartments unit operated by the Low Income Housing Institute. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Former President Bill Clinton will be discussing his first novel in Seattle at the McCaw Hall on June 30. Photo courtesy Ralph Alswang/Flickr

Bill Clinton Plans Seattle Book Tour Stop in June

The former president has co-authored a novel, and tickets for his visit go on sale this Friday.

Former President Bill Clinton will be discussing his first novel in Seattle at the McCaw Hall on June 30. Photo courtesy Ralph Alswang/Flickr
Riders on the 520 Bridge during an Emerald City Ride. Photo courtesy of Cascade Bicycle Club

Cyclists Prepare to Ride Alaskan Way Viaduct

Sunday marks the first car-free bike ride on the viaduct before it’s demolished.

Riders on the 520 Bridge during an Emerald City Ride. Photo courtesy of Cascade Bicycle Club
Seattle Public Schools superintendent finalist Denise Juneau served two terms as Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle Hears from Public Schools Superintendent Finalists

The candidates discussed their thoughts on topics ranging from opportunity gaps to charter schools.

Seattle Public Schools superintendent finalist Denise Juneau served two terms as Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Workers Protest UW Laundry Closure

Over 100 employees would lose their jobs if the Rainier Valley facility shuts down.

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland speaks at a November press conference about a new agreement between the city and Seattle Public Schools. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle Public Schools Announces Superintendent Finalists

While candidates have been chosen, many parents still have issues with the search process.

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland speaks at a November press conference about a new agreement between the city and Seattle Public Schools. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Students gathered at Seattle Center at the end of the March for Our Lives demonstration on March 24, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Students Against Gun Violence Speak Out at March for Our Lives

Thousands of demonstrators gathered together in Seattle on Saturday to demand safer schools.

Students gathered at Seattle Center at the end of the March for Our Lives demonstration on March 24, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
The Starbucks: Break Free From Plastic coalition protested outside of the Seattle Center during Starbucks’ annual shareholder meeting Mar. 21. Photo courtesy Stand.earth

Environmentalists Urge Starbucks to End Plastic Cup Waste

Grassroots environmental organizations plan to hold the coffee giant to its latest pledge.

The Starbucks: Break Free From Plastic coalition protested outside of the Seattle Center during Starbucks’ annual shareholder meeting Mar. 21. Photo courtesy Stand.earth
Seattle’s WeWork Veterans in Residence Program Powered by Bunker Labs started in January 2018. Photo courtesy WeWork

Veterans Expand Their Entrepreneurial Skills Through New Program

WeWork and Bunker Labs’ partnership offers ten veterans specialized education and a workspace.

Seattle’s WeWork Veterans in Residence Program Powered by Bunker Labs started in January 2018. Photo courtesy WeWork
Governor Jay Inslee signed into law five bills in the “Access to Democracy” on March 19, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor
Governor Jay Inslee signed into law five bills in the “Access to Democracy” on March 19, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor
Students perform their original pieces prior to watching ‘Hamilton’ on March 14, 2018. Photo by Christopher Nelson

Seattle Students Find Empowering Lessons in ‘Hamilton’

High schoolers draw parallels between modern and historic struggles after watching the Broadway hit.

Students perform their original pieces prior to watching ‘Hamilton’ on March 14, 2018. Photo by Christopher Nelson
Maru Mora Villalpando stands outside of the Seattle Immigration Court after her first deportation hearing on March 15, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Anti-ICE Organizer Stands Defiant at Her Own Deportation Hearing

Hundreds gathered in support of Maru Mora-Villalpando outside of Seattle Immigration Court.

Maru Mora Villalpando stands outside of the Seattle Immigration Court after her first deportation hearing on March 15, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Garfield High School students stand in silence to protest gun violence. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle Students Take Part in the National School Walkout

Garfield High School students pay tribute to the Parkland victims by rallying for gun control.

Garfield High School students stand in silence to protest gun violence. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Reproductive rights marchers during the 2017 Seattle Pride Parade. Photo by Bobby Arispe Jr./Flickr

Seattle Abortion Providers Weigh in on Reproductive Parity Act

The newly passed state legislation will cover abortion services for private insurance holders.

Reproductive rights marchers during the 2017 Seattle Pride Parade. Photo by Bobby Arispe Jr./Flickr
Namasgay participants gather at a local meetup. Photo courtesy of Frank Macri

Making a Home for Spiritually-Minded LGBTQ Folks

Namasgay hosts local events for queer people seeking greater self-actualization.

Namasgay participants gather at a local meetup. Photo courtesy of Frank Macri
Gold 6 is assisting United Way by preparing taxes for low to median income Seattleites. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Brown

Youth Help Low-Income Seattlelites File Taxes

The AmeriCorps NCCC offers free tax preparations at 30 locations throughout King County until April.

Gold 6 is assisting United Way by preparing taxes for low to median income Seattleites. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Brown