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Grizz, the author's cat. This photo makes sense if you read the story.
KUOW Photo/Abraham Epton

Politicians are reputed to be as eager for contributions as my cat when she sees me reaching for the wet food.

Blackstock surveys his work on the walls of the Washington Athletic Club.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Seattle artist Gregory Blackstock hasn’t had things easy.

For starters, he's autistic. For years he worked as a dishwasher at the Washington Athletic Club. 

The explosion site three weeks later. No one was killed.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

State pipeline safety regulators said an improperly abandoned gas line caused the March 9 natural gas explosion that injured nine firefighters and destroyed several businesses in the Greenwood neighborhood.

Kim Malcolm talks with Dr. Jeffrey Duchin about the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the University of Washington Medical Center. Duchin is health officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County.

The King County Council has unanimously approved the master plan for the $400 million Best Starts for Kids initiative voters passed last fall.

Half of the Best Starts for Kids funding will go toward early childhood efforts, like programs that send nurses on regular home visits with low-income moms and babies, a new system for infant and young child mental health, and increased spending on public health services for pregnant women and children.

Credit: Madrona Venture Group.

How to solve traffic problems on I-5? What about banning humans from driving on it? And replacing them with robots?

Osman Mohamed of Somalia.
KUOW Photo/Mike Kane

He thought it would be paradise.

Instead, he found guns, violence and struggle. 

KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Seattle’s City Council has passed a measure that will ensure workers' schedules are predictable. It’s the latest in a series of low wage worker protections the council has passed. There’s been the $15 minimum wage, paid sick leave, and restrictions on criminal background checks.

A case against a Washington state man in a British Columbia court that begins Monday could bring an extinct Canadian tribe back to life. 

Trifin Sergieff of Des Moines, Washington, held the sign. He says Johnson's message in debate would be less war, and lower taxes.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

This weekend Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson paid Seattle a visit. The former governor of New Mexico drew an enthusiastic crowd of supporters at the Sheraton.

He teed off his stump speech in an unusual way.

Some Northwest cities, counties and private developers are going beyond the minimums in the state building codes to reduce wildfire risk. They're banning shingle roofs and requiring fire-resistant siding. They're also making homeowners mind their landscaping.

The Oregon Health Authority says an increase in selenium concentrations near Bullseye Glass Company has prompted an inspection.

Data from a device near the Children’s Creative Learning Center in Southeast Portland showed slightly elevated concentrations of selenium on September 6.

Selenium is an essential nutrient needed in the human body, but it can be hazardous at high levels.

Bullseye has been in trouble with the state several times this year for similar emissions problems.

According to a new report from a state task force, the ratio of students to school nurses has more than doubled in the past five years in Oregon.

Screenshot of Mass Transit Now ad on Facebook

Construction firms and other big businesses have pumped more than $2 million into the campaign to pass a Sound Transit ballot measure this fall.

While Microsoft is the biggest single donor, at $300,000, the construction industry has the most invested in the transit measure passing: $1.1 million and counting.

If you thought the battle over pornography ended with The People vs. Larry Flynt, think again. Utah has taken the step of declaring pornography a public health threat much like tobacco. And now it’s on the agenda in Washington state.

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