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Feature

The Race to Free Washington's Last Orca in Captivity

The orca known at the Miami Seaquarium as Lolita was captured in Penn Cove as a calf in the 1970s. Now, the race to free her is more urgent than ever.

02/08/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Explainer

What Was Up with 5G and All Those Flight Cancellations?

Why a wireless rollout from AT&T and Verizon affected air travel at Paine Field and Seattle Tacoma International Airport in January.

02/07/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Office Politics

Seattle Companies Are All Over the Map on Vaccine Mandates

Amazon, Starbucks, T-Mobile, and others vary wildly in their approach to workplace safety after a recent Supreme Court ruling.

02/03/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

Where to Pick Up a Free N95 Mask in Washington

Albertsons, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and other pharmacies in Seattle, Washington are offering up to three masks per person to protect against Covid.

01/31/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

File Them Away

The Wackiest Bills at Washington's Legislative Session

A gubernatorial electoral college, zipper merging, a state dinosaur...it's all (technically) up for debate at Washington's legislative session.

01/28/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

This Month in Seattle Tech

Why Microsoft Acquiring Activision Blizzard Is Such a Big Deal

The Seattle-based tech behemoth now owns the makers of Candy Crush and World of Warcraft—but the gaming company is embroiled in harassment allegations.

01/26/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

The Year in Real Estate

Washington’s Most Expensive School Districts of 2021

A handful of King County areas, along with a couple of Mercer Island and Lopez Island, were as exclusive as it got last year in local real estate.

01/25/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Take Me to Church

What’s Up with That House Next to I-5?

Owner George Freeman uses his "Science is God" house in Capitol Hill to incite curiosity about the Universal Life Church Monastery and its mission.

01/21/2022 By Angela Cabotaje Photography by Chona Kasinger

Coronavirus Chronicles

Need More Rapid Covid Tests? Washington's Got You.

An online portal for antigen tests will launch soon to double those White House swab shipments.

01/20/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Trivial Pursuits

5 Very Serious Ways for Bruce Harrell to Fix Seattle

We have a few modest suggestions for our new mayor, including a fine imposed on people who say "Pike's Place" and open bars on the water taxis.

01/19/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Stress Test

How Are Seattle Schools Responding to Omicron?

Learning from home, school closures, and teacher staffing shortages have made the start of 2022 chaotic. SPS tries to implement new Covid-19 protocols.

01/14/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

Where to Find a Covid PCR Test in King County

Government- or hospital-run Covid-19 testing locations in Seattle, Auburn, Federal Way, Bellevue, and Puget Sound for those with symptoms or for travel.

01/10/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

FAILING SLOW

This Month in Seattle Tech: Does a Startup’s Pizza Robot Leave a Bad Taste?

Amazon Web Services outages leave Netflix and Robinhood down; the Seattle NFT Museum opens January 14; another company adopts the four-day workweek.

12/30/2021 By Malia Alexander

Exit Interview

Jenny Durkan on Those Missing Texts, CHOP, and Covid

The Emerald City's latest one-term leader reflects on her turbulent four years in office.

12/21/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

2021 Election

Kshama Sawant's Get Out the Vote Campaign Decided the Recall Election

Last-minute ballots helped the socialist Seattle City Council member ward off removal from office.

12/20/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Year in Review

Our 15 Most Read and Memorable Stories of 2021

The articles, lists, and stories that captured the essence of Seattle this year.

12/17/2021 By Seattle Met Staff

Garden Variety

How Your Yard Can Protect Puget Sound

Rain gardens can help curb a major source of pollution in the Salish Sea.

12/13/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Power Players

100 of the Most Influential People in Seattle

Our full list of politicians, chefs, scientists, athletes, housing advocates, and other local leaders who made the cut in 2021.

12/09/2021 By Angela Cabotaje, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams

Power Players

The Most Influential Seattleites

From inclusive outfits to life-saving discoveries, no one can doubt this group’s clout manifests in the essential elements of our city.

12/09/2021 By Angela Cabotaje, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams

Power Players

The Most Influential People in Seattle Politics

Pramila Jayapal, Girmay Zahilay, and Jay Inslee are among the local leaders who have shaped Washington State most profoundly.

12/09/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy