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February 20, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Poll: State drivers busy talking — even texting — on cellphones

Photo: Chris Joseph Taylor/The Seattle Times Last year, a study of distracted driving in Washington revealed that one in 12 drivers in the state use their cellphones while behind the wheel, and nearly half of those were using them for texting. The only thing surprising about that data to most folks was how low…


Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: driving, Pemco, poll

November 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Seattle named smartest city in North America

Photo: ERIKA SCHULTZ/THE SEATTLE TIMES Seattle is the continent’s smartest city, according to new rankings by the business magazine Fast Company.  The Emerald City moved into the top spot from last year’s third-place showing. The rankings, calculated with the help of a scoring rubric that Fast Company calls the “Smart Cities…



October 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Seattle has second-highest pay for software engineers

Click to enlarge Software engineers in the Seattle area earn an average annual base salary of $103,196, according to a new survey by   That is the second highest in the U.S. behind the San Francisco Bay area, and well above the national average of $92,790. Click to enlarge Seattle also ranked No. 2 in…


Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news | Topics: rankings, salaries, Seattle area

September 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Washington named one of the 10 best states for women

Click to enlarge Washington is one of the 10 best states for issues related to the well-being of women, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based liberal think tank. The rankings were based on how well women fared in 36 factors that fell into three overarching categories:…



August 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Seattle ranked #2 among global cities for economic development

Click to enlarge (Source: Martin Prosperity Institute) According to a new report from the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, Seattle is the second-best performing urban area in the world for economic development. Researchers scored 61 global cities on a wide range of criteria which were divided into four categories: talent, technology, tolerance, and…


Comments | More in Business/Technology | Topics: economic development, report, Seattle number 2

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