Passengers stand on deck wearing masks after the MV Wenatchee arrives at Colman Dock on Thursday in Seattle. State ferries officials say their employees lack the authority to enforce rules requiring masks on board. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
These passengers are wearing masks after the MV Wenatchee arrives at Colman Dock on Thursday in Seattle. State ferries officials say their employees lack the authority to enforce rules requiring masks on board. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
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Washington State Ferries grapples with mask requirements for passengers

Even as businesses are ordered to require that patrons wear masks, Washington State Ferries says it can't do much when people choose to ride uncovered.  VIEW Updated

Local Politics

Seattle City Council members propose police layoffs but say they can’t defund by 50% right away  VIEW New

A modified Seattle SuperSonics basketball logo is turned into a defund police t-shirt.


Local youth rallying for defunding the police and redirecting the funding to Black education

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Several Lake Washington beaches are closed due to high bacteria levels, including Madrona Beach Park Sunday August 2, 2020. 214660

6 King County beaches closed because of high bacteria levels

Terri Benish opens ballots at the King County Elections Headquarters in Renton Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Plastic shields have been placed between workers for protection against the coronavirus and everyone there is wearing a mask. 214621

Washington was a vote-by-mail pioneer; now other states are following suit amid coronavirus  VIEW

Here's what protests have changed in Seattle — and what activists say still needs to be done  VIEW

2 men injured in West Seattle shooting; police investigating

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