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If State Government Shuts Down, Some Legislation That Passed Could Be Scrapped

Legislators approved a bill that would improve sexual assault investigations. Without a budget, it likely won’t become law.

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Climate activist Ken Ward et al at Skagit County courthouse in June 2017. Photo courtesy Climate Direct Action

Climate Activist Ken Ward Won’t Go to Prison

Threatened with 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines, Ward was given 30 days community service.

Climate activist Ken Ward et al at Skagit County courthouse in June 2017. Photo courtesy Climate Direct Action
Rally for Charleena Lyles on June 20, 2017. Photo by Sara Bernard

‘Murder is Murder’: Despite Reforms, Mourners Fear Justice Will Be Elusive for Charleena Lyles

Use of force reviews remain firmly under SPD control. That’s left families unsatisfied before.

Rally for Charleena Lyles on June 20, 2017. Photo by Sara Bernard
Environmental groups rally against proposed cuts to EPA Puget Sound funding on March 22, 2017. Photo by Sara Bernard

‘Pruitt Blew It’: At the EPA, Resistance Is Just Part of the Job

Current and former staffers say morale is low at the watchdog agency. But that doesn’t mean they’re giving up.

Environmental groups rally against proposed cuts to EPA Puget Sound funding on March 22, 2017. Photo by Sara Bernard
Winners of the 2017 Black Education Matters Student Activist Awards. Photo by Sara Bernard

Jesse Hagopian Honors Black Student Activists For Their Work Against Racism

The Garfield teacher used a $100,000 settlement over police use of force to establish a scholarship fund.

Winners of the 2017 Black Education Matters Student Activist Awards. Photo by Sara Bernard
Illustration by Joshua Boulet

With Trump in Power, Scientists Turned to Activism. Then Things Got Complicated.

For years science has been attacked from the right. Now it’s getting hit from the left.

Illustration by Joshua Boulet
Climate activists line the walls at a City Council meeting on June 12. Photo by Sara Bernard

Seattle Commits to Paris Accord, Calls for End to Coal-Fired Power in Washington

A City Council resolution calls for Puget Sound Energy to stop using coal by 2025.

Climate activists line the walls at a City Council meeting on June 12. Photo by Sara Bernard
Jenny Wu, a hotel worker and Unite Here Local 8 member in Seattle. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins

Judge Upholds Seattle’s Hotel Worker Law

In December, three hotel associations sued over I-124. A ruling released Friday keeps it intact.

Jenny Wu, a hotel worker and Unite Here Local 8 member in Seattle. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins
Ken Ward and supporters at the Skagit County courthouse on June 5, 2017. Photo courtesy Climate Direct Action

Split Decision: Valve-Turner and Climate Activist Ken Ward Convicted On One Count

Ward faces prison time for shutting down a pipeline. He says it’s time to end “incremental thinking.”

Ken Ward and supporters at the Skagit County courthouse on June 5, 2017. Photo courtesy Climate Direct Action
Why You Shouldn’t Settle For a Partial Eclipse This Summer

Why You Shouldn’t Settle For a Partial Eclipse This Summer

Seattle will see a 92 percent eclipse of the sun in August. That’s not enough, totality buffs say.

Why You Shouldn’t Settle For a Partial Eclipse This Summer
Six mayoral candidates talk worker issues at the Labor Temple Thursday evening. Photo by Sara Bernard

Mayoral Debate at the Labor Temple Shows Many Shades of Blue

One thing’s for sure: Seattle has a lot of pro-labor candidates. But some slight differences emerged.

Six mayoral candidates talk worker issues at the Labor Temple Thursday evening. Photo by Sara Bernard
Palouse Wind Farm, eastern Washington. Photo by Chris Weber, Flickr Creative Commons

As Trump Drops Paris Climate Agreement, Washington Activists and Leaders Double Down

350 Seattle immediately urges Governor Inslee to lead a “Power Past Paris” bloc of climate-friendly states.

Palouse Wind Farm, eastern Washington. Photo by Chris Weber, Flickr Creative Commons
Princeton Professor Cancels Seattle Talk Following Deluge of Racist Threats

Princeton Professor Cancels Seattle Talk Following Deluge of Racist Threats

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor says threats came after she criticized Donald Trump during a recent commencement address.

Princeton Professor Cancels Seattle Talk Following Deluge of Racist Threats
State Rep. Jessyn Farrell to Resign From House Seat to Focus on Seattle Mayoral Race

State Rep. Jessyn Farrell to Resign From House Seat to Focus on Seattle Mayoral Race

The move will leave the House Democrats’ slim majority a bit slimmer.

State Rep. Jessyn Farrell to Resign From House Seat to Focus on Seattle Mayoral Race
Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump Administration Backs Down on Sanctuary City Bluster. King County Says It’s About Time

The County reaffirms its commitment to immigrants and refugees and is unlikely to lose funding.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Nikkita Oliver was one of six candidates to declare before allegations against Ed Murray came to light. Photo by Alex Garland.

Making Sense of 21 Candidates: Seattle’s Mayoral Race By the Numbers

$100,000 raised in a single week and other fun facts about Seattle’s mayoral candidates.

Nikkita Oliver was one of six candidates to declare before allegations against Ed Murray came to light. Photo by Alex Garland.
AG Bob Ferguson with Gavin Grimm. Photo courtesy Washington State Attorney General’s Office

AG Ferguson Files New Amicus Brief Supporting Transgender Rights

Ferguson and other Democratic attorneys general continue to fight a Trump agenda.

AG Bob Ferguson with Gavin Grimm. Photo courtesy Washington State Attorney General’s Office
Mayor Ed Murray, Woodland Park Zoo CEO Alejandro Grajal, and ReachNow CEO Steve Banfield mug for the camera in front of the new EV charging station. Photo courtesy ReachNow

20 New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Planned for Seattle

The program, launched by ReachNow, is designed to make car-sharing greener and electric cars more accessible.

Mayor Ed Murray, Woodland Park Zoo CEO Alejandro Grajal, and ReachNow CEO Steve Banfield mug for the camera in front of the new EV charging station. Photo courtesy ReachNow
Activists gather in Olympia. Photo courtesy Power Past Coal Coalition
Activists gather in Olympia. Photo courtesy Power Past Coal Coalition
The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Photo by the Globalist via Flickr
The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Photo by the Globalist via Flickr