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More Hall on the University of Washington campus, left, and Damage of 7.1 earthquake in Mexico, September 2017.
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The 'death box' where Seattle earthquake researchers work

When the next major earthquake roils our region, University of Washington’s civil engineers and seismic experts will not be safe.

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In response to the #MeToo movement, the Washington state Senate will create a new human resources officer position to investigate complaints of harassment and other workplace misconduct, replacing a previous system of “facilitators” who served as a go-to resource for victims.

KUOW PHOTO/Casey Martin

Edmonds Lutheran Church is installing a new home on their property for people experiencing homelessness. 

It’s a rectangular, 260-square-foot studio apartment with water and electricity. 


China has filed a case with the World Trade Organization against the U.S. to protest the Trump administration's plan to put new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. China says the tariffs are illegal attempts at protectionism.

China's Ministry of Commerce announced it is pursuing legal remedy against the U.S. in a brief statement on its website — the latest in an escalating trade conflict between the world's two largest economies.

Can't cool off this summer? Heat waves can slow us down in ways we may not realize.

New research suggests heat stress can muddle our thinking, making simple math a little harder to do.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk and a British diver who helped rescue a dozen boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand last week are engaged in a public spat over the specially designed minisubmarine that Musk offered to rescuers but was never used.

Author Robin DiAngelo
Courtesy of Beacon Press

The term “white fragility” was coined by the Seattle-based educator and author Robin DiAngelo.

She defines it as “a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence and leaving the stress-inducing situation.”

Can 'Moneyball' Fix How The West Manages Wildfire?

Jul 15, 2018

"Deliberate use of fire, as well as control of wildfires, must be an integral part of the planning process.” — Thomas C. Nelson, Deputy Forest Service Chief, in 1979.

The U.S. government spent a record $2.9 billion fighting wildfires last year. This year is shaping up to be another costly fire season. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Yolany Padilla hugs her 6-year-old son Jelsin after being reunited on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Tap or click on the first image to see more.
KUOW photo/Megan Farmer

A mother and child from Honduras, forced apart for nearly two months, are the first family of asylum seekers to be reunited in the Northwest.

KUOW Photo/ Lisa Wang

Who will be Seattle's next police chief? Interim chief Carmen Best is back in the running after former Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay dropped out of the race.

And how dangerous is the City of Seattle really? Crime statistics and people’s perceptions tell two different stories. 

The engineer operating the doomed Amtrak 501 train traveling from Seattle to Portland on Dec. 18 last year told investigators the train had a different control panel and displays than what he was used to.

The morning of the trip, the engineer planned to get up front, touch the dials and nobs to refamiliarize himself with the train.

From the time he sat down in the seat to the time he moved the throttle to pull out of the station, he had just 60 seconds to review the controls before it was time to leave.

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