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Zakary Fike and William Hughes
KUOW: Isolde Raftery

Zakary Fike is white. William Hughes is black. They grew up in different worlds but their lives ended up the same ... in jail without being able to see their children, full of hate and prejudice. But a Seattle group turned things around for these two men. Divine Alternatives for Dads Services, or DADS, helped Zak and William come up with parenting plans so they could spend time with their kids again. But DADS also helped them face their feelings about race. 

The homeless encampment known as the Jungle was he scene of a Jan. 26, 2016 shooting that killed two and wounded three.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen is giving Seattle $30 million to house homeless families.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the partnership Wednesday, saying that the city will add another $5 million to the project.

The top attorney in the state of Washington is bringing light to a pattern of alleged sexual assaults at a small-town farm. Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a federal lawsuit (Spanish version here) against Horning Brothers LLC and one of its supervisors.

David Callahan is founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, a digital media site and his new book is "The Givers: Money, Power and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age."
KUOW Photo/David Hyde

Billionaire philanthropists like Bill Gates, Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer are doing a lot to change the world. Often it's for the better.

But billionaire philanthropy can also be a threat to democracy. That's the case author and philanthropy expert David Callahan makes.

Crowds of homeless people often gather on the sidewalks of downtown Seattle near social-service providers.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Thousands of young people in Washington state go to sleep each night without a stable home.

Now, communities in King, Pierce and Spokane counties are taking on a 100 day challenge to reduce youth homelessness.

They counties are racing to get hundreds of youths off the streets by the end of July.

Officers from multiple agencies clearing Hawkins Middle School after reports of a shooter.
Twitter/Mason County Sheriff

There was a scare at the North Mason School District's upper campus in Belfair on Wednesday, with a report of a possible active shooter on the campus that turned out to be false, according to officials.

KUOW photos

Innovative ideas. Relentless reporting. Heart-tugging moments.

These are central elements in the KUOW stories that won critical acclaim this week, including five awards in the Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Protesters gather outside a San Francisco courthouse hearing of the first lawsuit challenging President Trump's executive order to withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities, April 14, 2017.
AP Photo/Haven Daley

A federal district court judge in San Francisco has blocked the White House from withholding federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities, which includes Seattle. 

An example of a 400 square foot backyard cottage.
KUOW Photo/paintchipdiaries (CC BY NC ND 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/CXL53

Seattle officials are taking another shot at regulating Airbnb, VRBO and other vacation rentals. City Councilmember Tim Burgess is proposing new rules after a similar plan last year attracted opposition from the rental industry.

Melinda Gates, Co-founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in 2014.
Flickr Photo/Chathasm House (CC BY 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/pcaKc7

You may think of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a global philanthropy, but a new study commissioned by the foundation shows the Seattle-based organization funneled $1.5 billion into the local economy in 2015.

Prison jail bars
Flickr Photo/Thomas Hawk (CC BY NC 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1MLz2Y5

Young people who are detained by law enforcement in King County can no longer waive their right to an attorney on their own.

On Monday, the King County Council unanimously approved a motion meant to ensure that young people in custody are fully informed when deciding whether to talk to law enforcement.

school desk
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Police are handling routine discipline issues in many Washington schools – sometimes even arresting children — finds a new study from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.

Illustration of a report card
NPR/Chelsea Beck

Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter. Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain "terror-prone regions," and the lifting of "roadblocks" to let "infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward."

Seattle Symphony violinist Mikhail Shmidt came to the U.S. as a refugee from the former Soviet Union.
Courtesy of Mikhail Shmidt

America has been called a nation of immigrants.

If that’s the case, then Seattle Symphony is a quintessentially American orchestra.


A rollover accident on Interstate 5 on Saturday morning.
WSDOT

A downed power line wreaked havoc on north Seattle traffic on Saturday morning – resulting in major backups on Interstate 5 at Northeast 130th Street. 

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