Mike Baker, The Seattle Times

Mike Baker

The Seattle Times

Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Mike:

‘Are we getting invaded?’ U.S. boats faced Russian aggression near Alaska

Russia has escalated its provocative encounters in the North Pacific this year, harassing boats in U.S. fishing waters and sending bombers toward Alaska’s shores. → Read More

Pets are just ‘property’ so owners can’t do much when veterinarians hurt them

Doctors who harm their patients face costly lawsuits and other serious consequences. There is much less accountability for veterinarians, as devastated pet owners in Oregon learned. → Read More

The inside story of MCAS: How Boeing’s 737 MAX system gained power and lost safeguards

This is the story, including previously unreported details, of how Boeing developed the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, which played a critical role in two airliners nose-diving out of the sky,... → Read More

FAA chief stands behind Boeing 737 MAX certification, confirms it delegated part of review to the planemaker

Lawmakers question the FAA’s role in approving the Boeing 737 MAX and the underlying safety software, known as MCAS. That system was a new feature on the 737 MAX to... → Read More

Live updates from Boeing 737 MAX hearing: Senators seek answers about certification process

Where thing stand: SENATE QUESTIONS: A U.S. Senate subcommittee is set to question regulators about safety in the airline industry in the take of two 737 MAX crashes. Here's our preview. The hearing begins at noon PT (3 p.m.... → Read More

Lack of redundancies on Boeing 737 MAX system baffles some involved in developing the jet

As Boeing designed an automated safety system for the 737 MAX, the company built it to potentially activate based on the reading of a single sensor. That decision has baffled even those who worked on the plane inside a company... → Read More

Debt collectors that ‘sue, sue, sue’ can squeeze Washington state consumers for more cash

Washington state has among the most punishing laws in the country for people in debt, allowing collection companies to take advantage of high interest rates and of courts that have made it easy to sue and garnish wages. → Read More

Air Canada pulls 737 MAX from schedule until ‘at least’ July

Air Canada's announcement on Tuesday indicates that airlines may be taking a more cautious approach to the MAX. The company has 24 of the nearly 400 MAXs in service, though the plane has been grounded around the world following two... → Read More

Study: High-risk patients may have worse outcomes when surgeons are double-booked

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers examined outcomes for patients when surgeons were running multiple operating rooms at the same time. The study... → Read More

3 people found fatally shot on property near Port Angeles; authorities seek tips

The Clallam County Sheriff's Office says investigators are working to determine how three people ended up dead on a property near Port Angeles. → Read More

Live election 2018 updates: Republicans take leads in key Senate races; Democrats claim 2 House seats

Follow along as Seattle Times journalists provide live coverage of the midterm elections and up-to-the-minute results for races in Seattle, King County, Washington state and across the nation on Tuesday. → Read More

Timeline: A summary of sexual misconduct allegations against Rep. Matt Manweller

Washington state Rep. Matt Manweller has faced a series of sexual misconduct allegations in recent years. Here’s a summary of some of the allegations against Manweller, which have surfaced in interviews with reporters and investigations conducted for Central Washington University (CWU)... → Read More

GOP Rep. Manweller says he will stay in race but not serve another term

After calls from Republican colleagues to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations, Rep. Matt Manweller, R- Ellensburg, said Monday he will stay in the race for re-election but will resign if elected before the next legislative session in January. → Read More

Seattle’s dry summer has been one for the record books. Here’s how it stacks up.

From the start of May through August, Seattle easily logged the driest stretch dating to the start of 1948. → Read More

Washington state wildlife marksman fatally shoots Togo wolf from helicopter

The shooting near Danville in northeastern Washington’s Ferry County came just a couple of days after a Thurston County judge gave the go-ahead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to kill the animal. → Read More

Elderly man arrested in fatal Everett shooting

The 94-year-old man accused of shooting and killing his grandson Sunday morning is currently being held at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett for a “mental health” evaluation, Everett police reported Monday. Authorities received reports of shots fired at about... → Read More

Report: Rep. Matt Manweller had pattern of inappropriate behavior

An investigation into Washington state Rep. Matt Manweller has found that he engaged "in a pattern of unprofessional and inappropriate behavior" with female students and former students, according to a... → Read More

Mariners execs faced workplace complaints; three women received settlements

Three women accused Mariners executives of inappropriate workplace conduct in 2009-10, a Seattle Times investigation found. And in 2015, camera operators at Safeco Field shot up-close video of two female fans, with the footage compiled in a folder labeled “9-29-15 Blondes.” → Read More

Jury awards $25 million for negligence in Harborview stroke case

A jury has determined that Harborview and two doctors were negligent in the case of a woman who was treated at the Seattle hospital's stroke center in 2013. → Read More

Federal officials investigating practices of Warren Buffett’s mobile-home business

The federal government is investigating Clayton Homes, the mobile-home business in Warren Buffett’s empire that was the subject of a news investigation into its lending to low-income and minority buyers. → Read More