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The National Archives building Seattle.
National Archives

The Biden administration has halted its predecessor’s decision to sell the federal archives building in Seattle, following months of opposition from people across the Pacific Northwest and a lawsuit.

Paula Wissel / KNKX

The decades-long battle over the missing link on the popular Burke-Gilman Trail will drag on even longer. Because of the City of Seattle’s loss in several recent court cases, the completion of a stretch of the trail in the Ballard neighborhood likely won’t happen next year as planned. 

A “Now Hiring” sign hangs at a Safeway store on Thursday in Seattle. A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block a $4-an-hour pay increase for Seattle grocery workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed an industry lawsuit that sought to block a $4-an-hour pay boost for Seattle grocery workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Archives building Seattle.
National Archives

A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction Friday to stop the sale of the National Archives at Seattle.

Ed Yourdon / Creative Commons

This year will be the first since at least 1980 there won’t be a count of people living outside in Seattle.

A photograph from the Chinese Exclusion Act case file of Soong May Ling housed in the National Archives at Seattle. As an adult, Soong May Ling, also known as Madame Chiang Kai Shek, played a role in the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act.
Courtesy the Washington State Attorney General's Office

The National Archives building in Seattle houses the “DNA of the Pacific Northwest.” So says state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. He's suing the federal government to halt the sale of the large warehouse near the north shores of Lake Washington.

Joanne Silberner

There’s a scene that might be familiar to many people in the Pacific Northwest – someone sitting on the street, apparently homeless, with a loyal dog at their side. A group of volunteers and academics have found that keeping that dog healthy may be a way of keeping that person healthy as well.

The message "We will note be erased" is written on a mirror behind the bar at Seattle's Wildrose in Capitol Hill. The Rose is among the last remaining lesbian bars in the U.S. It’s part of the Lesbian Bar Project fundraising campaign amid the pandemic.
Grace Madigan / KNKX

There are only a few lesbian bars left in the United States and one of them is in Seattle. The Wildrose opened on New Year’s Eve in 1984 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Now, the bar is facing an unknown future. The Rose, as it's known, is a part of the Lesbian Bar Project, a fundraising campaign to help the remaining bars around the country survive the pandemic.

The Grand Cinema is a nonprofit movie theater in Tacoma.
Amelia Vaugh / Courtesy of The Grand

Many of the region’s annual film festivals are going virtual this year, as the pandemic continues. That includes next year’s Seattle International Film Festival and the Tacoma Film Festival, which is going on now and continues through Sunday.

Report: Seattle officers used excessive force at protests

Oct 23, 2020
In this July file photo, police arrest a person during a protest in Seattle. The Office of Police Accountability said on Friday that in incidents other this one, Seattle police violated policies against using excessive force.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press (file)

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer who slammed a protester's head to the ground, another who punched a demonstrator in the head a half dozen times and a third officer who put his knee on the necks of two looting suspects violated policies against using excessive force, an independent agency tasked with investigating police misconduct said Friday.

Stepping up an attack he began on Twitter last week, President Trump on Monday spent more than four minutes at a White House meeting inveighing against Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and the six-block protest area on Capitol Hill now known as CHOP.

Thousands of people participated in a silent march that stretched across miles of Seattle streets Friday, for a statewide general strike to honor Black lives lost to police brutality and to demand action against systemic racism.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Thousands of people, stretched across miles of Seattle streets, marched in the rain Friday for a statewide general strike. Some businesses also closed, a show of solidarity as protests against systemic racism continue across the country.

People work to dry off large letters that read "Black Lives Matter" painted on a street near Cal Anderson Park, Thursday, June 11, 2020, inside what is being called the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Just a few days ago, parts of Seattle were choked by tear gas, but with the Seattle Police Department’s apparent abandonment of its East Precinct on Monday, what has come to be called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) has grown over a few blocks in the neighborhood.

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Crowds gathered Sunday for a major march in Seattle’s most racially diverse area. Protesters assembled at Othello Park in the city’s Rainier Beach neighborhood to demand an end to police violence and systemic racism, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. KNKX asked people at the "We Want To Live" march and rally what it feels like to be part of this moment. 

Marchers gather outside Seattle City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
Gabriel Spitzer / KNKX


Thousands marched peacefully from Seattle’s Capitol Hill to City Hall on Wednesday, chanting demands to “defund the police.” The demonstrators gathered at Cal Anderson Park, the site of repeated clashes with police over the past several nights, and made their way through the neighborhood toward downtown Seattle.

A demonstrator holds up a sign in front of police and National Guard members in Seattle on June 2, 2020 during a protest over the death of George Floyd.
Shauna Sowersby / KNKX

After five days of protest against police brutality and racism, activists continue marching the streets of Seattle and Tacoma. 

In Seattle, hundreds of people flooded the streets of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood on Tuesday.

Newsstand owner Lee Lauckhart stands inside the business he's owned for 40 years at Pike Place Market. He's closing at the end of 2019.
Ed Ronco / KNKX

This is not the first story written about the newsstand at Pike Place Market, especially in the last few weeks. But it could very well be one of the last.

On Dec. 31, the newsstand at bustling Pike Street and First Avenue for 40 years will close for good. And on a recent Monday morning, nearly everyone who drops by says they regret that news.

“I’m sorry you’re closing,” says a woman carrying a freshly bought centerpiece from another stall.

“This is part of the character of the market,” says another passerby.

Tommy Tang / Tommy Tang Films

What do gelatin, a wrestling ring, and feminism all have in common? Jello Underground. An all-female run jello wrestling tournament. Part performance, part competition, part declaration of female power and sex positivity.

Tents under an overpass in Seattle
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

A plan to create a new homelessness authority serving Seattle and King County cleared a key vote Thursday. But tensions over how the new authority will be governed could delay the creation of the agency into the new year.

Bellamy Pailthorp / KNKX Pacific Public Media

This interview with the late Bill Ruckelshaus originally aired in March 2017. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Read a full obituary here

Dr. Hanna Eckstrom gives Ripper an eye exam. Her nonprofit, Seattle Veterinary Outreach, treats pets of the homeless.
Shauna Sowersby / KNKX

Things are moving fast for Dr. Hanna Ekström.

Only five months after getting her nonprofit license, Ekström has treated more than a hundred pets from the back of her mobile veterinarian unit — all while running her own private practice. She started Seattle Veterinary Outreach in December to treat pets of the homeless in her spare time.

Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP Photo

Kids in Tacoma and Seattle are planning to join worldwide demonstrations during the school day Friday to call on adults to take action on climate change.

In this May 9, 2018, file photo, Seattle City Council Members Mike O'Brien, Kshama Sawant and Teresa Mosqueda listen to public comment. On Monday, the three council members voted in favor of Sawant's human services director resolution.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

A divided Seattle City Council is trying to push forward in confirming the mayor's pick for human services director, but it's unclear what the next move is. The new director will have a big say in how the city tackles the ongoing homelessness crisis.

Ashley Gross / KNKX

The city of Seattle is asking voters to approve a seven-year, $619 million property tax measure to pay for a range of investments in education. It combines two expiring levies and adds funding for community college tuition.

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

As the city of Seattle asks voters to approve a tax levy in the November election to pay for investments in education, Mayor Jenny Durkan is pointing to a new report that showed progress for kids in the preschool program, which is one of the areas the levy dollars would support.

Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

In a dramatic reversal, the Seattle City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to repeal a "head tax" on businesses that it unanimously passed less than a month earlier after pressure from companies like Amazon and Starbucks and a mounting referendum campaign.

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

Seattle leaders could vote on the proposed "head tax" for high-earning businesses as early as next week. Revenue from the controversial tax is meant to fund affordable housing initiatives and continue the city’s fight against homelessness.

The Puget Sound Region Prepares For May Day

Apr 26, 2018
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Local leaders, police and businesses around the Puget Sound region are preparing for May Day on Tuesday.

May Day is International Workers Day. In Seattle and other Northwest cities, it has become a day of protest for immigrant and workers rights where demonstrations are routinely quite large and have in recent years turned violent.

Simone Alicea / KNKX

A group of 26 neighborhood organizations wants Seattle to reevaluate a plan for upzones in many parts of the city.

Under the name Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, and Equity, the group is appealing the final environmental impact statement for the city's Mandatory Housing Affordability plan released a few weeks ago.