PubliCalendar: Sawant Addresses Capitol Hill Hate Crime

For Today Sawant’s Town Hall Meeting: End Hate Crime on Capitol Hill City council member Kshama Sawant wants to address hate crimes against members of the LGBTQ community in Capitol Hill. As reports show, hate crime has been on the rise there lately—a grave concern given Capitol Hill’s status as the city’s LGBTQ cultural hub. […]

Developer Group Directly Challenges City on Housing Fee

1. A group calling itself the Coalition for Sustainable Jobs and Housing filed and appeal with the city’s hearing examiner yesterday. The group, mostly developers such as Clise Properties and Wallace Properties but also urbanist Chuck Wolfe and the Downtown Seattle Association, is challenging a Department of Planning and Development (DPD) ruling that said a […]

Sammamish has come a long way in two years

Montana Hagstrom didn’t think she could endure another loss. Neither did Kelsey Brooks. Both were ready to quit the Sammamish High School girls basketball team as a sophomores. They were tired of being the laughing stock of the KingCo 3A/2A Conference. Instead, they dug in. The reward is a trip to the Class 2A state […]

State should partner with tribes on legalized marijuana

When it comes to marijuana, Washington comes off as the granny state of recreational pot when compared with Colorado. Let’s face it, the rollout here has been glacial. As of last week, Seattle had just nine state-licensed stores. Nine. But change is coming to this state’s nascent marijuana experiment. A major player is poised to […]

Supreme Court justice’s view could open revisitation of Web sales tax

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy invited potential litigants to bring a case to the court that challenges a 23-year-old decision that limits the ability of states to collect taxes on Internet sales. Kennedy’s concurring decision, in an otherwise technical ruling about the legal jurisdiction of state sales-tax cases, could set the stage for companies such […]

Should UW stick with coach Lorenzo Romar?

Five weeks ago, after Washington dismissed Robert Upshaw from its basketball team, I dialed up an NCAA basketball committee member to get thoughts on how that group might parse the Huskies’ season down the road. You know, on the premise that sometimes teams draw strength from adversity and Washington could rally after the departure of […]

‘Screening Room’: flickering memories of a family | Book review

‘Screening Room: Family Pictures’ by Alan Lightman Pantheon, 247 pp., $25.95 Alan Lightman’s “Screening Room” is the first memoir I’ve reviewed that requires a spoiler alert. Lightman is both scientist (he trained as a theoretical physicist) and novelist (“Einstein’s Dreams”). Born and raised in Memphis, he left as a young adult. Left? He says he […]

‘My Documents’: low profile in post-Pinochet Chile | Book review

‘My Documents’ by Alejandro Zambra, translated by Megan McDowell McSweeney’s, 243 pp., $15 Short stories can be memory pieces. And the memories in Chilean author Alejandro Zambra’s collection, “My Documents,” add up to a whole history of Chile in the wake of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990). Yet “My Documents” isn’t quite political fiction. Instead, it […]