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Project Homeless is a new Seattle Times initiative that explores and explains the region’s complex, troubling problem of homelessness. With strong watchdog reporting and vivid storytelling, Project Homeless seeks to spotlight what is working, and what is not working, in responding to homelessness. We will also feature solutions-oriented reporting from elsewhere in the country.


5-mile backup on southbound I-5 near Everett after brush fire

A brush fire north of Everett has caused a 5-mile backup on southbound Interstate 5, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. All lanes have reopened after Everett and Marysville fire crews blocked two lanes to put out the fire near 15th Street. Drivers are backed up on I-5 through Marysville, and the State...


Oregon forecast shows hot, dry fall and worsening drought

SALEM, Ore. — A climate prediction report issued by the National Weather Service says Oregon will remain hot, dry and smoky well into autumn this year. The Statesman Journal reports Friday that forecast in the report released this week means that the state's existing drought could get worse. The U.S. Drought Monitor says that most...


Germany: No preparations made in case of alien landing

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the European country. In a response to questions from opposition Green Party lawmaker Dieter Janecek, the government said "there are no protocols or plans for a possible first contact with alien life." Justifying that stance,...