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September 2013

Sea Change: The Pacific's perilous turn

Ocean acidification, the lesser-known twin of climate change, threatens to scramble marine life on a scale almost too big to fathom.

Overview Crab industry Oysters

The empty promises of prison labor

SELL BLOCK, PART 1: U.S. prison labor is a hidden billion-dollar economy. In Washington state, the labor program has cost taxpayers millions, harmed private businesses and charged exorbitant markups to state agencies.

Part 2: Recycling scheme lost state $1 million | Part 3: Why license plates have cost us so much

[December 2014]

How gun ranges poison workers and shooters

LOADED WITH LEAD, PART 1: Lead poisoning is a major threat at America's shooting ranges, perpetuated by owners who've repeatedly violated laws.

Part 2: Bellevue shooting range poisoned dozens | Part 3: Young shooters at risk

[October 2014]

Pharma's Windfall: The mining of rare diseases

PART 1: Thirty years ago, Congress acted to spur research on rare diseases. Today, we have hundreds of new drugs — along with runaway pricing and market manipulation, as drugmakers turn a law with good intentions into a profit engine.

Part 2: How a drug for a few patients was turned into $81 million in sales

[November 2013]

Glamour Beasts: The dark side of elephant captivity

A Times analysis shows that zoos' efforts to preserve and propagate elephants have largely failed, both in Seattle and nationally.

Part 1: Elephants dying out in U.S. zoos | Part 2: Elephant havens face zoo-industry backlash

[December 2012]

Behind the smile

Amazon's practices are drawing increasing scrutiny, from civic leaders in Seattle to lawmakers around the country, from business partners to labor activists.

Part 1: Virtual no-show in hometown philanthropy | Part 2: A hammer on publishers |
Part 3: Dealing with states and sales taxes | Part 4: Worked over in the warehouse

[March 2012]

Price of Protection

Washington's civil-commitment program that shields society from the worst sex offenders is plagued with unchecked legal costs and lack of financial oversight.

Part 1: Millions wasted | Part 2: Predator island | Part 3: 'Monster' freed | Part 4: Cutting costs

[January 2012]

Methadone and the politics of pain

To cut costs, Washington steers Medicaid patients to a narcotic that costs less than a dollar a dose. The state insists methadone is safe. But hundreds die from it each year - and more than anyone else, it's the poor who pay the price.

Part 1: Silent deaths | Part 2: Politics of pain | Part 3: A troubled clinic
Seattle Times methadone investigation wins Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize

Awarded to The Seattle Times staff for its comprehensive coverage, in print and online, of the shooting deaths of four police officers in a coffee house and the 40-hour manhunt for the suspect. Staffers have won journalism's highest honor eight times since 1950, and have been finalists on 14 other occasions since 1982. Read more.

Elwha: The grand experiment

The grand experiment to tear down two dams and restore an Olympic wilderness to its former glory.

[September 2011]

The Other Side of Mercy

A new book by The Seattle Times staff

For its coverage of the ambush slayings of four Lakewood police officers, The Seattle Times won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Now, in this new book, the newspaper's staff goes deeper, telling a story of our nation's racial divide, the political risks of mercy, and missed opportunities to stop a man going mad.

Seniors for Sale

Exploiting the aged and frail in Washington's adult family homes.

Part 1: The Owners | Part 2: The Homes

Part 3: The Exodus | Part 4: The Deaths

Part 5: The Hidden Victims | Part 6: The Bed Brokers

[Update: December 2010]

Lender seizes desperate borrowers' homes

'I am a wolf' A Seattle Times examination of numerous Emiel Kandi loan deals shows that they are set up so he can quickly take borrowers' homes and in some cases flip them for a profit. And he gets away with it.

How a hard-money lender took a man's home

[November 2010]

Frustration, pride in a year of danger

The story of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment's year in Afghanistan, as soldiers struggled with their mission in the conservative Islamic region. The story reflects broader tensions within the U.S. military and among civilian leaders about the conduct of the war: how to balance battling the Taliban with winning the trust of Afghans.

Rewind | Live chat with reporter Hal Bernton

Invisible Families: The homeless you don't see

They squeeze in with relatives, couch surf with friends or camp out in cars. More families are quietly becoming homeless, driven to the edge by a lack of jobs and affordable housing.

[Aug. 29-31, 2010]

Culture of resistance

The drug-resistant germ MRSA lurks in Washington hospitals, carried by patients and staff and fueled by inconsistent infection control. This stubborn germ is spreading at an alarming rate, but no one has tracked these cases -- until now.

[November 2008]

Freezing out the fans

Vancouver's Olympic organizers promised an affordable, fan-friendly Games. But tickets available to the public are often out of reach, bundled into packages costing far beyond face value.

[November 2009]

Reckless strategies doomed WaMu

Execs say WaMu fell victim to the economy; but WaMu caused its demise by embracing risky loans and dismantling safeguards.

Part one | Reckless strategies doomed WaMu

Part two | WaMu: Hometown bank turned predatory

[October 2009]

The dangers of adolescents playing football with concussions

Concussions may be nothing unusual in high-school football, but playing with one could result in a devastating brain injury. The stories of five Washington boys illustrate the risks of not letting the developing brain heal.

Update: State lawmakers approve concussion bills for young athletes

[November 2008]

Squeezing oil from sand

Canada's energy boom creates vast riches — and a dirty footprint.

[November 2008]

The Favor Factory

The Seattle Times examined the relationships between those who benefit from congressional earmarks and those who make campaign donations to lawmakers.

[October 2008]

Landslides and logging: What went wrong?

With little scrutiny from state geologists, Weyerhaeuser has been allowed to clear-cut unstable slopes. When December's storms hit, many of these heavily logged mountains gave way to landslides.

[July 2008]

Victory and Ruins

The disturbing story behind the last great UW team -- and how its legacy still casts a shadow on the Huskies

[January 2008]

The resegregation of Seattle's schools

After decades of integration efforts, the racial imbalance of the 1970s is back.

[June 2008]

Failing our Sound

We pledged to protect Puget Sound. We've passed laws and spent millions to preserve it. Yet we keep sabotaging it.

[May 2008]

MIRACLE MACHINES: The 21st-Century Snake Oil

The Seattle Times has found that thousands of these unproven devices -- many of them illegal or dangerous -- are used in hundreds of venues nationwide.

[November 2007]

The fleecing of Frances Taylor

How a 96-year-old Seattle woman's $2 million estate vanished — and how her business manager, contractors, mortgage lenders, credit-card companies and others reaped the benefits.

[December 2007]

Confronting Malaria

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and wife Melinda are not the first to try to eradicate malaria. But will their foundation's billion-dollar initiative be enough?

[September 2007]

Pike Place Market

Seattle's Pike Place Market turns 100 this year. Check out an interactive map, historical photos and archives, and read ongoing coverage about the Market.

[June 2007]

Your Courts, Their Secrets

Sealed records hold secrets of potential dangers in our medicine cabinets; of molesters, negligent doctors; of missteps by local and state agencies. We're going to court to open up those cases.

[November 2006]

Olympic Sculpture Park

An interactive guide to Seattle's new park.

[January 2007]

The Giving Game

Seattle Times reporters Greg Bishop and Danny O'Neil take an in-depth look at charities of athletes with Seattle ties in this five-part series. [September 2007]

Part 1: Seahawk Shaun Alexander wrestles with vision and reality

Part 2: Seahawk Deion Branch finds motivation in a son who can't speak

Part 3: NBA star Ray Allen learns about the pitfalls and dangers

Part 4: Moyer Foundation a shining result of hard work and commitment

Part 5: NBA star Brandon Roy considers starting his own charity

 Isaiah Kalebu, in chair restraints, is sentenced for the murder of Teresa Butz and rape of Jennifer Hopper, Butz’s partner, in 2011 in King County Court.

Enlarge this photoAlan Berner / The Seattle Times

Isaiah Kalebu, in chair restraints, is sentenced for the murder of Teresa Butz and rape of Jennifer Hopper, Butz’s partner, in 2011 in King County Court. Read story

UPDATE - 02:05 PM

‘While the City Slept’ excerpts: Madness and murder in a broken system

In 2009 in the South Park neighborhood, a man on a psychological descent invaded the home of Jennifer Hopper and Teresa Butz. Over 90 minutes, Isaiah Kalebu assaulted them, fatally stabbing Butz. A new book reveals missed opportunities that might have prevented the tragedy.

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