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  • Gap in state law keeps massage sex abuse allegations under wraps

    They are supposed to be moments of pure relaxation and bliss. But for more than four dozen people in Washington, massages have become moments of abuse.

  • ‘I’m signing this in green!’ Mayor Durkan inks KeyArena deal to lure NBA, NHL teams

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has inked an agreement with a private developer to renovate KeyArena so the venue could be ready for an NBA or NHL team.

  • ‘It’s Seattle’s time:’ Insider says NHL could begin taking steps this week

    SEATTLE — A hockey insider for a Canadian sports network says the NHL will likely take a “tangible step” to get the expansion ball rolling when the NHL Board of Governors meets Thursday in Florida. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the NHL wants to expand to 32 teams, and that Seattle appears to meet all criteria to be that team. McKenzie  says once the city council approved a major renovation of KeyArena, Seattle checked off the final three boxes the […]

  • Should state add ‘gender X’ as option on birth certificates?

    SEATTLE — A change could be coming to birth certificates in the state of Washington. Next year, a third option may be available beyond just ‘male’ or ‘female.’ The third option would be gender ‘X’. It doesn’t come without controversy. But as Jon Humbert found out at a state Department of Health’s hearing on the proposal Tuesday, it’s about more than just about a name — lives could be at stake.      

  • On 7-1 vote, City Council OKs privately financed $600 million renovation of KeyArena

    SEATTLE — One more step forward and maybe the most important yet. Late Monday afternoon, the Seattle City Council gave the go-ahead for a $600 million renovation for KeyArena. After months of negotiation and a public support campaign, the council approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Oak View Group (OVG). The vote was 7-1, with only Mike O’Brien voting no. He said he will wait to decide his support once the full transaction documents are disclosed. Councilmember […]

  • A day in court for transgender service members

    SEATTLE — Katie Schmid remembers the moment everything changed. “6:15 in the morning. It was a Wednesday,” she said standing outside in the rain at the federal courthouse in Seattle. The decorated Army staff sergeant is one of the plaintiffs suing the government over the Trump administration transgender ban. Tuesday’s late afternoon hearing was nearly filled to capacity, and is one of three challenges facing the White House. Earlier this year, the president tweeted his plans to call for a […]

  • POTUS takes on Beast Mode

    SEATTLE — He’s probably the most colorful character in Seattle sports history. But recently, Marshawn Lynch has been taking a stand—by sitting for the national anthem. “I don’t think anyone can be successful in trying to change Marshawn Lynch. He’s going to do what he’s going to do anyway,” said former Sounder Steve Zakuani. He said it’s not surprising that Lynch is back in the crosshairs of controversy—this time, the Donald Trump Twitter feed calling out the Raiders running back for […]

  • Planting your dead pet: Glowing reviews for pet composting start-up

    SEATTLE — The Pacific Northwest has always led the way in composting. But picture this: You and your family find a nice Japanese Maple. You take the small tree home, dig a hole and grab some composting potting soil from your garage. You gather your family to help pack the soil around the tree. You admire your work; the red leaves, grey bark, and delicate soil that surrounds the tree. Because the soil is made up of your dead dog. […]

  • Study: Fidget spinner lead content off the chart

    Editor’s Note: an original version of this story stated that “WASHPIRG tested six spinners from Target and Dollar Tree and two of them contained unsafe levels.” We want to clarify that according to PIRG, of the six spinners that were tested, the only two spinners found to have lead were sold from Target, not from Dollar Tree. We have updated the story below. SEATTLE — Hot toy, waning fad, or serious danger? All are concerns over fidget spinners, the flashy toy […]

  • Court rules Legislature not on track to fully fund education by deadline, to remain in contempt

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that while lawmakers have made progress in a multiyear effort to fully fund basic education, they are not on track to meet next year’s deadline and will remain in contempt of court. The high court unanimously ruled that it will retain jurisdiction in the case, and gave lawmakers another legislative session to get the work done, ordering them to present a report by April 9 detailing the state’s progress. The […]