Katie Ross, who works for the King County budget office, gives away free cloth masks provided by the county at a drive-through distribution event Aug. 4 in Bellevue. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Katie Ross, who works for the King County budget office, gives away free cloth masks provided by the county at a drive-through distribution event Aug. 4 in Bellevue. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Health

Evidence is growing, but what will it take to prove masks slow the spread of COVID-19?

Numerous studies are building a compelling case for universal masking as a low-tech way to help reign in the spread of the coronavirus, and perhaps avoid the need for more painful restrictions.  VIEW Updated

Local Politics

Loren Culp energized conservatives in primary; faces uphill battle against Jay Inslee in Washington governor’s race

Jay Inslee, left, and Loren Culp, right.
A couple walks through an empty Waterfront Park towards Pier 57 on a nice summer day on the Seattle waterfront Tuesday, June 16, 2020.  Ordinarily the park would be very crowded around noontime on a summer day, but not this year.

The complete shut down of cruise tourism this year has really affected the waterfront and downtown businesses that are majorly dependent on cruise tourism. These businesses have effectively lost a whole season’s worth of profit because they depend so heavily on the cruise traffic to tide them through the year.

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‘Substantial’ pier shift closes Seattle’s Waterfront Park

Bellatrix container ship, registered in Liberia, parked outside grain factory in Tacoma last week.

‘They’d just given up’ — an inside look at seafarers trapped aboard ships amid COVID-19 restrictions

Seattle to staff 4 beaches with lifeguards  VIEW

Cal runner and Seattle-area native opens up about organizing Pac-12 Unity Movement, players' demands | Larry Stone

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