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- I’m not sure I’m a Republican anymore
For me, and I imagine most Americans, the election of Donald Trump raised a host of disturbing questions. Now, six months into this new political era, all the questions but one have been answered: How are we going to rebuild our political system? To say
- Adobe to Stop Distributing and Updating Flash in 2020
Adobe today announced plans to end-of-life its Flash browser plug-in, ceasing development and distribution of the software at the end of 2020. Adobe encourages content creators to migrate flash content to HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly formats.But as open
- Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal's Town Hall in Dave Reichert's District Was a Really Good Idea
by Rich Smith There was so much congressional shade at this town hall I could hardly see. JOHN BOAL Because Republican Congressman Dave Reichert wouldn't hold a town hall in his own district, Democratic Congr
- Why Some Brits Are Fuming Over London's Crossrail
On Monday morning, the U.K. government gave the green light to a massive expansion of London’s regional train network, approving a new multi-terminus line called Crossrail 2 that will reach into the city’s northern and southern exurbs. For commuters in an
- ‘Dune’ author Frank Herbert may finally get his park – and you can help make it happen
Metro Parks Tacoma Commissioner Erik Hanberg was standing in an appropriate spot when I reached him by phone Monday afternoon. “I’m literally looking at Frank Herbert P …,” Hanberg said … Click to Continue »
- 5 Things We Learned About The Eclipse Of 1878
In August, Oregon will be the first state in the continental U.S. in the path of a total solar eclipse. The rare celestial event is attracting crowds of first-time eclipse viewers as well as seasoned eclipse-chasers, also called umbraphiles. David Baron,
- 'American Eclipse': Journalist David Baron On The Eclipse Of 1878
Thomas Edison and other noted American scientists traveled out west to watch the eclipse of 1878. It was the dawn of the age of science in America.
- De-Escalation Works, But US Law Enforcement Hasn't Show Much Interest In Trying It
Deescalation isn't something most police officers want to talk about -- especially those who allow their unions to do all their talking for them. But shootings by police have achieved critical mass, forcing the issue to be confronted by law enforcement of
- Mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell says record shows she’d keep Seattle’s progressive train moving
Jessyn Farrell, a rising star among Democrats in Olympia, aborts lawmaking career for shot at Seattle mayor. Friends and foes say the transit wonk “disagrees without being disagreeable.”
- Your Guide to the Great American Eclipse of 2017
The Moon will totally eclipse the Sun for the first time as seen from the continental United States in more than 40 years on August 21, 2017. What are eclipses, and what's special about this one?
- Tacoma's new train station
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- Railroad tracks aren’t hiking trails
HeraldNet.com HeraldNet.com - Everett and Snohomish County news from The Daily Herald in Everett, Washington There appears to be a small segment of the population who regard railroad tracks as a hiking trail or playground. Railroad tracks aren’t hikin
- Climate change is going to make air travel even more nightmarish, study says
Last month, Phoenix was hit by a sweltering heatwave, with temperatures reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It was so hot, American Airlines was forced to cancel 50 flights scheduled to depart Sky Harbor International Airport. The news of the cancellations s
- Can This Elevator Help Designers Sidestep Tall-Building Problems?
Half the world’s population already lives in cities, and that number is expected to jump to 70 percent by the end of the century. To accommodate the new urban dwellers, cities will have to build higher—and that will mean doubling down on ways to transport
- Damn, This Semi-Hidden Windows XP Track That Only Plays Once Ever Is a Total Banger
At the turn of the century, Microsoft released Windows XP, an all-time great operating system that served as many a teenager’s first taste of modern personal computing. One thing that I just learned, however, is that it had a banging music track tha
- Things To Keep In Mind When Designing A Transportation Map
For many people, a map of a transportation network is a given, an expected part of the system, something that just is — like a fire-escape plan in a building. So, when I say that I design transportation map
- A massive volcano that scientists can't find
- French Elevator Channel features a wide variety of elevators
The French Elevator Channel chronicles one man's quest to record illustrative videos of every elevator he has the pleasure to use. Embedded above is the latest at the time of publication, a gated traction elevator at 1715 Av. Santa Fe in Buenos Aires. "
- Ghost Forest of Copalis in Copalis Crossing, Washington
On January 26, 1700, a massive 9.0 earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean, ripping through the Pacific Northwest and creating a tsunami as far away as Japan. Scientists took years to understand the details of this earthquake since the Native Americans who we
- Why People From Manchester Are Mancunians, Not Manchesterians
Here’s a very fun game to play: Take a list of cities with unusual demonyms—that’s the category of words describing either a person from a certain place, or a property of that place, like New Yorker or Italian—and ask people to guess what the demonym is.
- China's Elevated Bus Project Seemed Too Good To Be True — And It Was
- New Photo Incorrectly Claims Amelia Earhart Was Captured by the Japanese, Executed as a Spy
A new report, based on a recently discovered photo, has revived the claim that Amelia Earhart died or was executed as a supposed American spy by the Japanese. But there are holes in that theory, to put it kindly. The post New Photo Incorrectly Claims Am
- Top accessibility complaints from people with disabilities
- The Sad State of Our Beloved Union
The two parties are rotting the nation from the inside.
- Did last-resort switch push Amtrak train off course?
Sunday’s passenger train derailment near the Chambers Bay drawbridge south of Tacoma remains under investigation. Officials say it was first time since Cascades service began in 1999 that railcars toppled with passengers aboard.
- Wyman: Vote fraud claim 'ludicrous'; refers Trump to website
Washington's secretary of state said Monday her office referred President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged 2016 election voter fraud to a publicly available link of voter data, but it reiterated … Click to Continue »
- Project Fi now available for G Suite customers
With Project Fi, we aim to provide a wireless service that helps you get a high-quality connection wherever you are—at home, on the go, or even abroad. We’ve designed the service to intelligently shift between networks so you’re always connected to the be
- Left-Handed Brush Lettering: How To Get Started
Lettering and calligraphy are quickly becoming desired skills in a designer's toolbox. Designers such as Marian Bantjes, Jessica Hische, Sean Wes and Martina Flor, just to name a few, have become not only a
- Why the Amish Are Building America’s RVs
The Amish settlements of Nappanee and Elkhart-La Grange are less than an hour’s drive apart and both about a three-hour drive north of Indianapolis, Indiana. The flat, almost treeless landscape is home to horse stables and barns, white wooden houses, anti