Lynn Thompson, The Seattle Times

Lynn Thompson

The Seattle Times

Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Lynn:

New Bellevue schools chief driven to tackle ethnic achievement gaps

Superintendent Ivan Duran takes over at the Bellevue School District, known for high-performing schools but persistent achievement gaps for some nonwhite students. His own shattering experience of racism as a Latino kid in Denver fuels his drive to help all students here. → Read More

From a drive-by suburb to a vibrant city, Kenmore is busily revitalizing itself

The Eastside city, incorporated nearly 20 years ago, is in the midst of revitalizing its downtown to jump-start redevelopment and create a sense of place. Officials have big hopes for what’s to come. → Read More

Winery party outside Woodinville renews focus on questions of farmland impact

Parking for a big party at Matthews Winery in the Sammamish Valley was across the street on protected farmland. Opponents of expanded commercial activities in valley argue that the incident highlights what will happen if the county relaxes restrictions outside of Woodinville. → Read More

Petroleum spill on Green River investigated

An anonymous tip to the Department of Ecology (DOE) set off a hazmat response by Renton, Tukwila and Kent fire departments, said Capt. Kyle Ohashi of Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority. → Read More

Washington state to oversee containment of farmed fish

Washington state officials have created an incident command center to respond with greater coordination to the escape of thousands of Atlantic salmon from net pens in the San Juans a week ago. → Read More

Dispute over stop signs latest delay in completion of East Lake Sammamish Trail

Completion of the East Lake Sammamish Trail has been delayed by a legal dispute between King County, which owns the former railroad corridor, and the city of Sammamish, which says it should be able to regulate its streets where they cross the trail. → Read More

Woman reports she was raped by ride-share driver on Seattle’s Capitol Hill

The victim told police the driver canceled her ride shortly after he picked her up and told her she would not be charged. She said he then drove her to an apartment and raped her for hours. → Read More

King County voters saying no to Prop. 1 sales-tax plan

Voters are rejecting a proposal to create a new King County sales tax to fund access to arts, science and heritage programs. → Read More

Dow Constantine, Bill Hirt leading in Tuesday returns for county executive

Metropolitan King County Executive Dow Constantine was leading with 74 percent of the vote in Tuesday night returns. Bill Hirt was second. → Read More

Bellevue City Council race will pit Nieuwenhuis against Brown

The results are in, and two candidates remain. Jared Nieuwenhuis and Karol Brown will proceed to November’s elections. Three other seats on the Bellevue City Council each have only two candidates. All will advance to the general election. → Read More

Burn ban in effect in parts of North Cascades National Park

Officials said campfires or ignition of wood, briquettes, or any fuel in fire pits, fire pans and barbecue grills are prohibited. → Read More

3 candidates vie for open spot on Bellevue City Council

Among issues of concern is the proposed men’s shelter in the city’s Eastgate neighborhood. → Read More

Is 102-mph speeding ticket OK for student traffic court? Opinions in Issaquah split

Some teens in the Puget Sound region can arrange for traffic tickets to be diverted to student-run court and those infractions removed from their driving record. But should a teen driving 102 mph on Interstate 90 qualify for diversion? → Read More

Mother with knife killed by police was pregnant and had mental-health issues, family says

Seattle police on Sunday shot and killed a 30-year-old old woman who had called officers to report an attempted burglary and then displayed a knife, SPD said. Police took three children from the home; the victim’s sister says the shooting was unnecessary. → Read More

Medina residents win fight to oust cell tower in city park

T-Mobile has agreed to an alternate location for a cell tower placed in Fairweather Park, ending a federal lawsuit. Residents had sued the city, saying it was failing to enforce its own land-use ordinances. → Read More

Search on for 2 Skykomish River canoers

A witness called 911 Monday morning after seeing the canoe overturn on the Skykomish River. The witness said the men did not appear to be wearing life jackets. → Read More

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on 10 affordable homes in pricey Sammamish

The cottage homes are taking shape in one of the Eastside’s wealthiest communities, on land donated by the city to increase its stock of affordable housing. → Read More

King County exec wants to more than double levy for veterans, seniors, homeless

King County Executive Dow Constantine is proposing to more than double the size of the Veterans and Human Services Levy to increase affordable housing and add services for seniors. → Read More

Think you paid your taxes? Some property-tax payments not recorded by King County

Several dozen homeowners have complained their payments made around April 26 were never recorded with the county. Officials are investigating. → Read More

Bellevue starts work on $17.5 million renovation of Meydenbauer Bay waterfront

Bellevue is starting construction on Meydenbauer Bay Park on Lake Washington, a key part of what the city envisions as a grand pedestrian boulevard connecting the lake to downtown and the Eastside Rail Corridor. → Read More