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Let the Special Olympic Games Begin!

Tens of thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers, and spectators from around the globe will descend on Seattle for the 50th annual sporting event in July.

06/19/2018 By Rosin Saez

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How to Move a Museum

The Burke Museum is moving. Here’s what it’ll take to transport millions of artifacts from the old space to the new

05/22/2018 By Rosin Saez

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How to Save an Orca Whale

The governor has assembled a task force to address Washington’s killer whale crisis. But saving our shrinking orca population is no small task.

04/20/2018 By Allison Williams

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Why the Hanford Nuclear Cleanup Is Still Happening 73 Years Later

And what the project stands to lose thanks to budget cuts.

03/27/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Convention Reinvention

What's New at Emerald City ComicCon 2018? Lawsuits, Wig Sales, and Doc Brown’s DeLorean

The convention returns for its 16th year of unabashed fandom.

02/27/2018 By Rosin Saez

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The Name King County Honors Martin Luther King Jr., But It Wasn’t Always That Way

It took a rookie county council member to reimagine the region as a salute to a civil rights hero, not a slave owner.

01/25/2018 By Allison Williams

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.

11/20/2017 By Allison Williams

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The Fine Print on Jenny Durkan's Free Community College Plan

Jenny Durkan wants to offer free community college tuition for Seattle public high school students. What does the Seattle Promise plan mean—and what would it cost?

10/20/2017 By Darren Davis

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Here's What Taxing Seattle's Richest Residents Would Look Like

In July, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a city income tax, which could help ease the burden on low-income earners. Assuming the bill passes legal muster—and there's a chance it won't—here's how it will work.

08/22/2017 By Hayat Norimine

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Could a Single-Payer Plan in Washington Soon Come to Pass?

As fights over national health care simmer in DC, one local state senator is pushing for a radical old idea: insuring every Washingtonian.

07/13/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Are We All Gonna Die?

A Guide to August's Rare Total Solar Eclipse

Be ready: It's the first in the continental U.S. since 1979, and won't occur again until 2024.

06/12/2017 By Allison Williams

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Demise of the Seattle Traffic Jam?

Earlier this year, the Seattle Department of Transportation will introduced SCOOT, software designed to ease traffic tensions. Will it deliver us from gridlock?

06/12/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Market Makeovers

Explainer: Pike Place Market's New MarketFront Wing

Seattle's iconic emporium gains a many-angled annex.

05/15/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

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Boeing Will Send Its Starliner Crew to Space in Style

The shuttle’s astronauts are going to be decked out in a bold new take on the classic space suit.

03/20/2017 By Cassandra Calderon

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There Are So Many Construction Cranes in Seattle Right Now

Like flags planted in the name of vertical expansion, the dozens of cranes towering over downtown Seattle are a reminder that the city is in the midst of a development boom. Let’s get acquainted with these spindly tools of progress.

02/20/2017 By Cassandra Calderon

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How to Make Sense of King County's New Restaurant Health Ratings

In January 2017—after two years of research that included meetings with the public, restaurateurs, and food safety experts—King County Public Health began posting health scores in restaurant windows. Here’s everything you need to decode the ratings.

01/18/2017 By Stefan Milne

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What to Have on Hand When That Big Earthquake Finally Hits

A Seattle dietitian explains how to pack for the apocalypse.

12/20/2016 By Matthew Halverson

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Should You Go to GeekGirlCon?

A helpful flowchart for the event that runs October 8 & 9.

09/21/2016 By Matthew Halverson

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Here's How an Acoustic Gunshot Locator Works

And how it might help curb gun violence in Seattle.

07/18/2016 By Matthew Halverson