Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times

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The Seattle Times

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Recent articles by Erik:

Burned by an online, phone or email scam? Tell us your story

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center by May 15 had a received its 6 millionth online scam complaint since it began tracking them in 2000. And the complaint trend line... → Read More

Your stories of (non)sleep in the COVID era: Spider and corpse and Trump dreams. And masks. And Netflix at 3 a.m.

Join the pandemic sleep problems club: It’s doubled to 40%. And nightmares? More of them, too. You’re not the only one waking up from dreams in which nobody is wearing a mask. → Read More

She got $662/month to run a tiny Washington town post office. When asked for more, USPS shut it down.

The Postal Service, as has been well publicized, has been losing money and shedding post offices. When this post office on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula closed last month, locals lost their meeting place of 132 years. → Read More

AG Ferguson, with tribes and historic groups, sues feds over Seattle National Archives closure

The battle continues between state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the federal government over the closure and sale of the National Archives facility at Seattle. → Read More

The wheels on the bus still go round and round — but things sure are changing on board

A voicemail from a King County Metro bus driver leads writer Erik Lacitis to more emails, and conversations with other drivers that reveal what we're really losing with the "voluntary separation" of older drivers. → Read More

Before our Northwest bats go into hibernation, a little sympathy. No, they don’t carry the coronavirus. They just eat bugs

It’s tough for bat advocates to get past bat prejudices, but the animals are voracious consumers of insects and pollinators of over 300 species of fruit. → Read More

Seattle-area police blotters from 1918 pandemic and 2020 coronavirus: Which is which?

If you spend a little time perusing crime reports that nearly 102 years apart, a pattern emerges. Suspects just keep doing suspected things. → Read More

At a Snohomish County megachurch, a few faithful come to be together but sit far apart

In normal times, this would be just one more religious event for the calendar listing. Pastor Dan Kellogg decided this week to start 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday services at... → Read More

‘Terrible and disgusting’: Decision to close National Archives at Seattle a blow to tribes, historians in 4 states

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget issued a decision on Friday to close the facility in Seattle's Sand Point neighborhood despite a last-minute plea by senators in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. → Read More

At 91, after life as a pharmacist then 15 years as a grocery bagger, Chuck Elvig is finally retiring

“Keep moving and do things,” says Chuck Elvig, who spent 37 years as a pharmacist, and retired this week after 15 years as a supermarket courtesy clerk. He likes to work and he likes people. On Thursday, his customers came... → Read More

It’s austere and uncomfortable. That’s precisely the reason the ‘Portland Loo’ is finding a home in King County

Likened to a gorilla cage, the"Portland Loo" owes its creation to Seattle's public toilet debacle of 2004. → Read More

‘Hardly a ripple’: The solitary life and death of a homeless man and his dog near the 520 bridge

William Kaphaem, also known as Three Stars, lived in a 14-foot aluminum rowboat moored along Seattle's Arboretum Waterfront Trail. That's where he died, but it was eight months before his body was found. → Read More

Grant County wildfire contained; show unaffected at Gorge for Grateful Dead fans

The big news Saturday out of the wildfire in Grant County was the show at the Gorge wouldn’t be affected for all those Grateful Dead fans making it to this weekend's concerts by Dead & Company. The 20,380-acre fire was... → Read More

Oh, deer: Documents reveal FBI once tested hair an Oregon man thought was from Bigfoot

Back in the 1970s, a Bigfoot enthusiast in Oregon was convinced of a credible sighting of the creature. He gathered a hair sample and sent it to the FBI, which surprisingly, agreed to test it. Just keep reading. → Read More

In blue Seattle, a B-52 used in Vietnam is dedicated as new memorial park opens

The Museum of Flight’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated Saturday, with former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis giving the keynote. → Read More

‘We will never forget’: France honors Washington state vets for their WWII service

Three local World War II vets, one age 94, the other two each 96, on Friday were given France’s highest award, the Legion of Honor. They had a few thoughts when asked if the divided America of 2019 was what... → Read More

Take a common houseplant, add a little rabbit DNA and voilà! You get a super air purifier

By modifying a common houseplant, a semiretired researcher at the University of Washington says he has developed a natural air filter that will clear homes of airborne toxins. “I think it’s going to be big,” he says. → Read More

Yakima Valley dairy farmers struggle to regroup after blizzard ravaged herds

Yakima Valley farmers are still assessing the damage after 1,850 dairy cows died in a February, 2019, snow- and windstorm. Hundreds more cows suffered frostbite, threatening their milk production and health. → Read More

For black travelers, Seattle’s ‘Green Book’ offered more than just places to dine and sleep

The Green Book was a kind of AAA Travel Guide for blacks who sought lodging, food or any of the services that whites could take for granted in the days before the 1964 Civil Rights Act. → Read More

50 years ago today, the first 747 took off and changed aviation

In 50 years, the 747 has transported an astounding 5.9 billion people, 80 percent of the world’s population. But its inception represented a huge gamble for the aerospace giant. → Read More