Reader's Lens

Instagram Spotlight: December 2017

Each month we choose a photo to from Seattle's Instagram community to highlight in our print issue and online. (Tag #seattlemet in your posts for a chance to be featured!)

8:00am By Seattle Met Staff

Black Hole Fun

How Nobel-Winning LIGO Lab Detects Gravitational Waves

The LIGO Hanford facility was part of a breakthrough discovery that won the Nobel Prize in October after scientists “heard” ­ripples in space-time. This isn’t science fiction, though—it’s a cosmic thriller.

8:00am By Allison Williams

Snap Judgment

Should Seattleites Be Allowed to Grow Their Own Marijuana?

Washington’s weed industry is growing like one, but the state bans some users from cultivating it at home. By December, the Liquor and Cannabis Board will recommend whether to change the law.

8:00am By Jaime Archer

X-Mas Files

A Brief History of Mall Photos with Santa

As Christmas goes corporate, old-school St. Nicks may be out in the cold.

8:00am By Emily Alhadeff

Quote Unquote

Is Jay Inslee Ready for the Other Washington?

He won’t say if he’s running for POTUS 2020, but our governor will fight Trump to the finish.

8:00am By Jessica Voelker

License to Speak Ill

Should Seattle Defend Kshama Sawant?

Lawyers fear the defamation lawsuits against the council member could stifle free speech.

8:00am By Hayat Norimine

On The Rocks

Neighborhood In Flux: How Belltown Is Dealing With Its Growing Pains

Wedged between the Space Needle and Pike Place Market, this Seattle neighborhood is a gritty, historic icon of its own. And the community is fighting to keep it that way.

8:00am By Rosin Saez

Feature

Life Ever Vending: How 'Real Change' Changes Lives

Some 300 people take to the Seattle streets and suburbs to sell Real Change, the weekly homelessness, poverty, and social justice newspaper. They endure wet weather, indifference, and rejection—lots of rejection. Here’s why they still press on.

8:00am By Brooke Jarvis

Lost in Transit

Seattle Has 'Transit Deserts' and—Surprise—it's no fun to Ride the bus There

As the city's public transportation system expands, its most vulnerable riders are getting left behind.

8:00am By Hayat Norimine

News Roundup

Top Stories: Mayor’s Budget, GOP Tax Bill, Sanctuary Status

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

11/17/2017 By Araz Hachadourian

City Hall

Council Votes to Cut Mayor's Office Budget by $1 Million

The mayor criticized the council for not making any comparable cuts to its legislative department.

11/16/2017 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

Supreme Court: State Is Still Failing to Fully Fund Education

"The goals have long been clear, the deadline has long been clear, and the meaning of 'amply fund' has long been clear."

11/15/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Congress

Watch Pramila Jayapal Interrogate Jeff Sessions

Jayapal on Tuesday asked Sessions questions on whether he would accept a defense of "lack of recall" as a prosecutor.

11/15/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Head Tax Fails to Move Forward, For Now

Council members will have to address a $13 million budget shortfall without the tax and reconvene Wednesday morning.

11/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Herbold Wants Another Housing Bond with the Head Tax

Seattle council members could vote to axe the employee hours tax.

11/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

City Council Approves Tax on Airbnb Rentals

After a lengthy city council process, council members on Monday unanimously approved a tax on short-term rentals effective in 2019.

11/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Lexicon Devils

Harsh Realm: The Greatest Prank Seattle Ever Pulled on New York

Twenty-five years ago the national media, obsessed with Seattle's music scene, came calling. The right person picked up the phone.

11/13/2017 By James Ross Gardner Illustrations by Peter Bagge

Mayor's Office

Mayor-Elect Announces Her Transition Team

Jenny Durkan announced a 61-member transition team that will help plan her time at the mayor's office.

11/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Countdown to Cowabunga

Cowabunga Is Finally Here

The wait is over. A weekend of meat treats has arrived. But it's not all burgers and steak. Here are three things that aren't beef we're looking forward to.

11/10/2017 By Nosh Pit Staff

City Hall

Mayor Announces Broad Upzone Plans

The Seattle City Council will consider the proposal over the course of next year, with the goal of passing the legislation by September.

11/09/2017 By Hayat Norimine