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From an 1840 anti-slavery almanac: 'I have often known them to take the infant from the mother's breast.'  This mirrors a story told to CNN, about an asylum-seeking woman whose nursing child was taken from her.
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The U.S. government has forcibly separated families before. Here are 3 other times

Un-American: A word being used to describe the separations of children from their parents at the Mexican border. History, however, suggests this is very American.

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The federal prison at SeaTac where 177 women seeking asylum have been jailed. About half of those women were taken from their children at the border. The children were between 3 and 16 years.
Daniel Berman for KUOW

Some moms held at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center were so distressed they couldn’t speak, according to attorneys who have volunteered to interview asylum seekers there. 


The shooting death of a black teenager by police in the Pittsburgh area on Tuesday night has sparked protests from angry residents demanding to know why Antwon Rose Jr. was killed.

Rose, 17, was riding in a vehicle that had been pulled over because officers suspected it had been used in a shooting that happened minutes earlier Tuesday.

Video taken by a nearby witness shows two people running from the car; the sounds of three shots ring out right as another police car arrives.

Some online sales are about to start costing more.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can require retailers to collect and remit sales taxes on out-of-state purchases. The 5-to-4 decision reversed decades-old decisions that protected out-of-state vendors from sales tax obligations unless the vendor had a physical presence in the state.

Orcas in the Puget Sound.
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In honor of Orca Awareness Month in Washington state, here are three facts about orcas we didn't know before, courtesy of a talk by Prof. Jason Colby of the University of Victoria. We listened to the whole thing — you're welcome.  

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Trump administration officials recently retreated on a policy to separate families at the border. Some have blamed past administrations for the stories of chaotic separations and traumatized children; others have pointed to Congress. And then one official claimed divine authority on the matter.


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Hundreds of community members packed a meeting at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle on Wednesday to find out how to help asylum seekers detained in SeaTac and Tacoma. 


This essay isn't about spin, or splitting hairs, or differing opinions.

This involves a reality check about our expectations of the people who act in our name. About credibility at the highest levels of our government. About people whose words are heard abroad as speaking for our nation. About the public and the media that try, however imperfectly, to serve it.

Seattle has three times the number of households in the top 1 percent as the national average according to Mark Long, a professor in the Evans School at the University of Washington
KUOW Graphic/Teodora Popescu

Seattle got richer in the last decade. You know that.

But how many of those in the top 1 percent income bracket live here?

The pastor of the Oakville, Washington Assembly of God church said he was trying to protect his family and the public when he drew his concealed pistol and shot a gunman on Father’s Day.

David George cried at times as he spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since the shooting.

The sun sets behind downtown Seattle on Tuesday, June 20, 2018, from the Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Thursday is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The event has fascinated human beings for millennia.

KUOW listener Chris Corfman is one of them. He wants to know: Are any of Seattle's streets purposely aligned with the sunrise or sunset during winter and summer solstice?


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