This view of Third Avenue in downtown Seattle in mid-March shows the effects of the pandemic.  (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
The street down 3rd Avenue in downtown Seattle near the Space Needle where the streets are quieter and less packed with cars, buses and people photographed March 12, 2020. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
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Seattle’s new tax pushes us to a tipping point

Adding an income tax during an economic crisis puts the city at a disadvantage to the suburbs. Columnist Jon Talton explains why. Updated


1 person shot in Bellevue; suspect flees, police say Updated

A woman with a face mask gets a pedicure at a nail shop as plexiglass dividers are installed to protect customers and employees from COVID-19 Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. Four months, 3 million confirmed infections and over 130,000 deaths into the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., Americans confronted with a resurgence of the scourge are facing long lines at testing sites in the summer heat or are getting turned away. Others are going a week or more without receiving a diagnosis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) CAJH101 CAJH101

Growing chorus pushes for renewed coronavirus shutdown orders

A man swims in Lake Washington at Madison Park Beach Thursday, July 9, 2020.
Nine of Seattle’s swimming beaches won’t open with lifeguards until July 15 at the earliest and the rest won’t open at all this summer, the city says.  All are closed for swimming right now due to concerns about the coronavirus and four will stay closed due to budget cuts, according to Seattle Parks and Recreation. 214462

Coronavirus concerns and budget woes leave Seattle swimming beaches closed, without lifeguards

State says live entertainment at restaurants and bars — indoors or out — not allowed for a while Updated

Victoria Clipper ferry suspends service to and from Seattle until April 2021 Updated

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