Bob Young, The Seattle Times

Bob Young

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Past articles by Bob:

Former Secretary of State Ralph Munro has been a lifelong champion of disability rights

The 1968 Issue: Two events on one day led Munro to a career in politics, where he fought for the rights of the disabled. → Read More

Big Brother builds bonds that bridge age and cultural differences

“Bernhard has become like part of our family,” said Julia Taylor of her son Asa’s volunteer mentor for four years. “He just loves this country and he wants Asa to take advantage of things here.” → Read More

Public TV pledge anchor, ‘KCTS Cooks’ host George Ray dies at 85

George Ray introduced recipes, persuaded viewers to buy bluegrass music, and cast his affable personality across airwaves for some 50 years. → Read More

Seattle pot-shop mural: art or ad appealing to kids?

When does pot-store art become advertising alluring to children? A recent violation levied against a Seattle store’s mural shows the difficulties of discerning illegal marketing from what a lawmaker called “culturally relevant art.” → Read More

Muslim-American veteran defends her faith and her country

Mujaahidah Sayfullah is one of thousands of Muslim-American military veterans. But her perspective differs from many. She converted to Islam after serving in the Army and sees the world differently than when she wore a soldier’s uniform. → Read More

González and Mosqueda win Seattle City Council seats

M. Lorena González was handily re-elected Tuesday to the Seattle City Council, while Teresa Mosqueda won in the other council race over Jon Grant. → Read More

Can Seattle rezone away the racial divide in housing?

Will allowing more housing types in some single-family zones make Seattle’s whitest neighborhoods more racially diverse? Skepticism abounds, but it may be the best bet for changing deep patterns of segregation. → Read More

Washington considers the sticky politics of homegrown pot

Weed enthusiasts are divided on state proposals to allow recreational home-growing. Some reject them as too strict, saying state officials are too worried about a federal clampdown. Others say we should go for it while there’s a chance. → Read More

Will NFL players’ protests make a lasting difference? Seattle activists welcome the boost

“You can’t stand on the sidelines,” said local NAACP activist KL Shannon after the Seahawks and other NFL teams said they couldn’t stand for racial injustice in protests during national anthem Sunday and Monday. → Read More

Cancer patients in Seattle encouraged by legalization to use pot

One in four patients used cannabis, according to a new study, but most didn’t get their information from doctors, raising concerns. → Read More

Washington AG sues Olympia hospital over inadequate charity care

Capital Medical Center in Olympia is the second hospital that Attorney General Bob Ferguson says unlawfully held back charity care from patients. Ferguson filed a similar complaint against a Tacoma hospital. → Read More

Circular scaffolding goes up on Space Needle in preparation for makeover

A ring of scaffolding was hoisted 500 feet up the column over the weekend, a key step in the Space Needle’s glassy makeover. → Read More

‘Last hurrah’ for smoke in Seattle area

Smoky air was back Saturday, but not for long. Air quality should be good Sunday, forecasters say, and scrubbed clean by early next week. → Read More

Report: Washington hospitals stingy with charity care, with language barrier an issue

Washington hospitals appear to be falling short in their charity-care duties, according to state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and a legal-rights group. Spanish-speaking patients may face particular challenges. → Read More

Washington’s pot law hasn’t meant more use by kids, new study says

Youth use of pot and cannabis-abuse treatment did not increase after Washington’s legalization of marijuana for grown-ups, according to analysis by a state think tank. But more study is required before more sweeping conclusions can be made. → Read More

Transgender JBLM soldier on lawsuit: ‘The core emotion I feel right now is determination and sense of duty’

A federal lawsuit filed in Washington on behalf of a JBLM soldier and members of the Seattle-based Gender Justice League aims to reverse President Trump’s ban on military service by transgender people. → Read More

Seattle candidate accused of defrauding democracy-voucher program

Five voters contacted by The Seattle Times said they did not contribute to candidate Sheley Secrest in her bid for democracy vouchers, although her campaign reported they did. Secrest denies any wrongdoing. → Read More

The fleece is back: Wildfire haze exits Seattle and sweet breeze returns

The enveloping haze is gone. Welcome to old friends: cloudy skies, showery forecasts and morning fleece. → Read More

Drug-use deaths hit record in King County

Drug deaths hit a record at 332 in King County last year, with two-thirds of them opioid-related. Heroin deaths dropped slightly, while deaths related to other drugs including benzodiazepines and fentanyl increased. → Read More

Bellingham pot lab Peak Analytics suspended after auditors question testing practices

Regulators suspended a state-certified Bellingham pot lab for deficiencies in its practices and for failing an unusually low number of samples for microbial matter. It’s the latest step toward assuring pot-lab integrity. → Read More