A Seattle Church Offered an Undocumented Man Sanctuary. Will That Protect Him?
ICE policy discourages enforcement at places of worship, so the agency has avoided entering them, but no law prevents immigration authorities from doing so.
The Future of the Minimum Wage Is Alive in Seattle
So far, America's wage experiment appears to be a success—and it's far from over yet.
Searching for the World's Largest Octopus in the Waters of West Seattle
Taking an inside look at the annual Seattle Aquarium Octopus Survey, where local divers help complete a census of the region's giant Pacific octopus.
D.C. Could Become the Next U.S. City to Ban Plastic Straws
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., took the first steps toward banning plastic straws in the nation's capital on Tuesday.
Inside the Amazon-Led Fight Against Seattle's Affordable Housing Tax
Critics in the city argue that the repeal of a tax that would help fund housing and homelessness initiatives is a capitulation to business interests.
The Fight Against Plastic Pollution Takes to the Skies
Alaska Airlines has become the first airline to renounce the use of plastic straws in an effort to raise awareness about the use of single-use plastics that pollute the world's oceans.
Dispatches: What It's Like to Report on Your Parents' Former Union
News and notes from Pacific Standard staff and contributors.
Seattle's ICE Lawyer Is Accused of Stealing Immigrant Identities
The chief counsel for ICE's Seattle field office faces charges of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.
What I Learned About the State of Education While Visiting My Old High School
I wrote a big ol' feature about what I found there—it's in this month's Pacific Standard—but it's not just the political lessons that stuck with me.
Green Pacific Northwest Sees an Unfamiliar Sight: Smoke and Fire
A NASA satellite image shows fires in the Pacific Northwest, which now hosts 10 times as many large fires as it did before 1960.
The Future of Work: The Technology Industry Is Changing the Rules
The latest entry in a special project in which business and labor leaders, social scientists, technology visionaries, activists, and journalists weigh in on the most consequential changes in the workplace.
We Need to Start Thinking About Transportation Like We Do Food or Housing
As poverty rises in American suburbs, all those people still need to get to work in the city.
Tracking Down the Owner of Seattle’s Latest Foot Discovery
Fifteen feet have washed up on the shores of the Pacific Northwest in the past decade. Why have they been so vexingly hard to identify?
Seattle Is Dying: Boeing Looks Outside Washington for Cheap Talent
With a diversified employment base, the Emerald City will survive as Boeing starts looking for new talent outside of Washington State. But what does the search for cheap STEM talent say about the Innovation Economy?
Los Angeles Is Beginning to Look a Lot Like Pittsburgh
Concerns about population growth and decline are artifacts of the 19th century and the industrial revolution. For them to make any sense today, we need to look at the numbers in a much different way.
Fatal Talent Attraction: The End of Talent Migration in the U.S.
Top-tier research universities matter more than a vibrant urban core as focus shifts from talent attraction (too much competition) to talent production.