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An Alaska Air 737 arrives at SeaTac as a flock of birds crosses.
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One in a million: That’s how Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire described the bizarre and tragic events on Friday night when a Horizon Air employee stole an empty Q400 turboprop at Sea-Tac Airport and crashed it on a small island in the Puget Sound.

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Pawnee comic Howie Echo-Hawk calls his comedy confrontational and antagonistic and many of his jokes focus on Native trauma and genocide. 'I think it's funny to see these people get so uncomfortable about something that did not happen to them.'
Savannah Maher

Howie Echo-Hawk is halfway through his five-minute set at the Rendezvous bar in downtown Seattle. He has used the word “genocide” six times.

“This is a joke I keep telling because nobody laughs,” he tells the crowd.

Iska Kim McCoy, 2, plays on a playground on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Arbora Court Apartments in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

A lot of churches in Seattle have more land than they need. With shrinking congregations, many no longer need their large parking lots. A growing number of congregations are asking: Could this land serve a higher purpose?

The Showbox marquee
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Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie, Tacocat: All these bands have called on Seattle officials to "Save the Showbox."

Monday, that's what the Seattle City Council did.

FILE: A Horizon Air Bombardier DHC8-Q400 at Sea-Tac Airport.
Flickr Photo/Kentaro IEMOTO (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Kim Malcolm talks with aviation security consultant Jeff Price about steps that Sea-Tac Airport and airlines can take to improve security, following Friday's theft of an airplane and subsequent crash. Price is owner of Leading Edge Strategies, based in Colorado.

In this photo released by The Eastern Area Incident Management Team, a Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) drops retardant on a wheat field as crews continue to battle a wildfire in eastern Washington state Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.
Eastern Area IMT via AP

A firefighter is being treated at a Seattle hospital after being burned in wildfire in eastern Washington.

Okanogan County fire officials said Brett Read, 38, was injured Saturday as he attempted to flee an unexpected flare-up of the Grass Valley Fire.

The site on Ketron Island in Washington state where an Horizon Air turboprop plane crashed Friday after it was stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport is seen from the air, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, near Steilacoom, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

The FBI said it has found human remains at the crash site of a stolen Horizon Air passenger plane.

Richard “Beebo” Russell is believed to have stolen the twin-engine Bombardier Q400 from Sea-Tac Airport Friday night.

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Northwesterners and people around the world have been inspired by Bill McKibben’s prolific environmental activism. McKibben took some time off from his global warming work recently to write his first novel, “Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance.” He admits he was inspired by one of his heroes, Edward Abbey — so you know things will get weird.

The orca known as J35 swims without her baby off San Juan Island on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research

A grieving mother orca has finally let her dead calf go, ending her "tour of grief."

Screenshot/Richard Russell

The family of a man who stole a Horizon Air aircraft from Sea-Tac Airport and crashed it say they're "stunned and heartbroken" by his death.

A screenshot of the Bombardier Q400 turbojet before crashing from a video by Skylar Jacobson.
Skylar Jacobson via KOMO twitter

“Hope this isn’t going to ruin your day.”

FILE: A Horizon Air Bombardier DHC8-Q400 at Sea-Tac Airport.
Flickr Photo/Kentaro IEMOTO (CC BY-SA 2.0)

At 8:30 Friday night, one of our reporters, Anna Boiko-Weyrauch wrote an ominous tweet:

Seattle Police Department

A Belltown nightclub was raided this week after a months-long drug trafficking investigation.

Police started investigating Foundation Nightclub in March after reports of drug dealing and sexual assault inside the club.

Inside the mega tent set up by the City of Tacoma after declaring a state of public health emergency
Photo courtesy of the City of Tacoma

Everyone agrees that homelessness is a crisis in Seattle, but there are differing views about who is being impacted and what should be done. In public forums, homeless service organizations regularly butt heads over these ideas with frustrated homeowners.

But what about doctors?

Lummi Tribal Chairman Jay Julius loads live chinook salmon onto King County Research Vessel SoundGuardian in Squalicum Harbor on Friday, August 10, 2018. (Image taken under the authority of NMFS MMPA/ESA Permit No. 18786-03)
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

An extraordinary effort to feed a sick, young orca got underway Friday morning in the waters west of Bellingham.

Crews loaded 24 live chinook salmon into tanks aboard King County's Research Vessel SoundGuardian as well as the Lummi Nation police boat at Squalicum Harbor.

Smoke from an approaching wildfire looms over a home near Twisp, Wash., Aug. 19, 2015.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Kim Malcolm talks with University of Washington environmental chemistry professor Dan Jaffe about why air quality in the Pacific Northwest has been getting worse over the last three decades.

Jeff Foster of the Whale Sanctuary Project checks the pole that will be used to collect breath samples during the planned health assessment of J50
John Gussman/NOAA Fisheries

As scientists searched Salish sea waters for the young, emaciated orca known as J50, they spotted her relative, still carrying her dead calf.

A sailboat is shown as the sun sets on Lake Union, seen from Gas Works Park, on Monday, July 30, 2018, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks about what's happening with Seattle's housing market and if we're currently in a bubble. We talk to James Young, director of the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington, and Aaron Terrazas, economic research director at Zillow.

Six months after Parkland: 'Even to this day, it doesn’t feel real'

Aug 9, 2018
Kaylee Nezwek (left) with Danielle Gilbert (right), ready for senior year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Courtesy of Danielle Gilbert

School shootings have been a horrifying reality in the United States for far too long. However, after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, things began to change.

In the first episode of this two part podcast, we will hear what happened on the day of the Parkland shooting from two survivors, Danielle Gilbert and Monique Miquel. They share humanizing details that push us to remember that even though this is their story, it could have been any of ours.

Elise Ballard poses for a portrait on Monday, August 6, 2018, at her home.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Six more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against David Meinert, the Seattle nightlife entrepreneur.

These women contacted KUOW after reading an earlier story about Meinert, in which five other women had accused him of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and rape.

The fishing dock on the Lummi reservation. The Lummi refer to the salmon as their relatives.
Grant Hindsley for KUOW

Helping our relatives. That’s what Darrell Hillaire calls the project to offer salmon to the young whale known as J50.

Sodo stadiums century link safeco
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If you're heading to the Pearl Jam gig at the Safeco Field, you can expect to stand in line.  From security lines to lines to buy food and drink.

But you'll able to sprint through those lines a little faster, if you're willing to give up your fingerprint.

KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

When you see cherries, you probably think pie fillings, sundaes, or cakes. But Chef Mutsuko Soma, chef-owner of Kamonegi in Fremont, thinks savory. “I like pickling cherry in ponzu,” she said.

That would be ponzu sauce, a traditional Japanese dipping sauce that’s citrus-based. To show me how she scouts for ingredients, Soma and I took a trip to the University District farmer’s market.

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People with outstanding warrants and traffic fines in Seattle will have an opportunity to get them resolved on Thursday.

At Republican party headquarters in Bellevue on Tuesday, Republican Dino Rossi said he was celebrating being the top vote-getter in the initial primary results. 

Southern Resident killer whale J50 and her mother, J16, off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Port Renfrew, B.C., on August 7.
Brian Gisborne, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

J50 is alive.

The emaciated, 3 1/2-year-old orca had seemingly gone missing over the weekend, leading some biologists to worry that she may have died.

Plans were underway to feed the young whale with live salmon – possibly laced with medicine – or to inject her with antibiotics, in the hopes of saving the youngest orca in this endangered group.

Michael Milstein, a spokesman for NOAA, confirmed that the young orca was found west of Vancouver at the Port Renfrew near the west entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

FILE: King County Elections employee Josephine Ruff unloads a  full ballot drop box outside of the Seattle Public Library in Ballard in November of 2017.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Seattle-area primary results are below, but we want to highlight some interesting developments from outside our area, where three Republican-held seats are showing vulnerabilities.

Protesters call for the removal of dams on the Snake River to help salmon spawn -- and consequently feed Puget Sound orcas. The protest came outside a meeting of the governor's orca task force in Wenatchee on Tuesday.
KUOW photo/Eilis O'Neill

In late July, an orca calf died within half an hour of its birth. The mother carried the dead calf on her head for more than a week.

Now whale scientists and NOAA are weighing trying to feed live Chinook salmon to an emaciated 4-year-old orca or trying to inject her with an antibiotic.

Gurpreet Marok (right) owns land near the proposed Kent Des Moines Sound Transit station. Being near the station means great opportunity, but that opportunity comes with risk.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Gurpreet Marok's family has owned a modest motel, The New Best Inn, in Kent since 1999. It's a two-story building just off Kent Des Moines road, with a neon sign and Spanish roof tiling. The business is a part of the Marok's immigration and family story: It's the first building the family bought; Marok's uncle died in it in 2004. 

A voter returns a ballot in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Tuesday is primary day in Washington state. So what kind of voter are you? Are you driven by the issues or by your emotions?

KUOW's Angela King talked with Assunta Ng, publisher of Northwest Asian Weekly, about her recent post on nine specific voting behaviors that many of us are guilty of.