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Portland Tribune

Oregon high school grad rates 'highest it's ever been'
Author: Teresa Carson
Barlow hits historic high for graduating seniors in pandemic year, others make gains

The class of 2020 had a sudden and unusual end to their K-12 school careers, but nonetheless, most of the big high schools in Multnomah County showed improvements in their 2020 graduation rates from ...

Oregon high school grad rates 'highest it's ever been'
Author: Teresa Carson
Barlow hits historic high for graduating seniors in pandemic year, others make gains

The class of 2020 had a sudden and unusual end to their K-12 school careers, but nonetheless, most of the big high schools in Multnomah County showed improvements in their 2020 graduation rates from ...

NYT Politics

C.D.C. Eases Coronavirus Vaccine Rules for ‘Exceptional Circumstances’
Author: Sheryl Gay Stolberg
The agency now says patients may switch authorized vaccines between the first and second doses, and also extend the interval between doses to six weeks.
Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses
Author: Noah Weiland, Katie Thomas and Sharon LaFraniere
After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

Columbian Newspaper

Tom Brokaw retiring from NBC News
Author: Associated Press

NEW YORK — NBC News veteran Tom Brokaw said Friday that he is retiring from the network after 55 years.

Brokaw, author of “The Greatest Generation,” was NBC’s lead anchor at “Nightly News” and for big events for more than 20 years before giving way to Brian Williams in 2004.

The 80-year-old newsman did documentaries and made other appearances for the networks after that, but he has fought cancer and his television appearances have been more sporadic.

He said he will continue to be active in print journalism, writing books and articles.

Brokaw began at NBC in its Los Angeles bureau in the 1960s, where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

He was a White House correspondent during Richard Nixon’s presidency, and began co-hosting the “Today” show in 1976. He started hosting “Nightly News” in 1983.

For two decades, the triumvirate of Brokaw, ABC’s Peter Jennings and CBS’ Dan Rather were the nation’s most visible broadcasters, anchoring major stories like the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Prep seasons for higher-risk sports won’t start Feb. 1 as region fails to advance to Phase 2
Author: Tim Martinez

For athletes in several high school sports, the wait continues.

The Southwest Region will not be moving Monday to Phase 2 of the “Healthy Washington” reopening plan after data released Friday by the state department of health showed no region in the state hitting all four metrics required to advance out of Phase 1.

Return-to-play guidelines released last week by the athletic directors of the 4A and 3A Greater St. Helens League stipulated that the region must be in Phase 2 by Jan. 25 in order for seasons to begin Feb. 1 for high- and moderate-risk sports of football, girls soccer, volleyball and slowpitch softball.

Now, the earliest those sports could start their seasons is Feb. 8, provided the region reaches Phase 2 by Feb. 1.

The Southwest Region, which encompasses Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, Klickitat and Wahkiakum counties, saw a 44% rise in new COVID-19 cases and a 36% rise in new COVID-19 hospitalizations.  Both those metrics need to decrease by at least 10% to reach the threshold to move to Phase 2.

Also, the region saw its percentage of positive COVID-19 tests jump from 18% last week to 24%. The metric needs to be below 10% to reach the threshold.

The one metric the region was successful in reaching was the percentage of ICU bed capacity, which fell to 54% — well below the threshold of 90%.

No region in the state hit all four thresholds to move to Phase 2 next week. In fact, no region in the state reached more than two of four of the metrics.

Low-risk sports of cross country, boys tennis and boys golf, which can begin full practices and competitions in Phase 1, will still commence their seasons on Feb. 1.

Seattle Times Politics

Washington state lawmakers propose a $2.2 billion COVID-19 package supporting renters, vaccinations, businesses
Author: Joseph O’Sullivan

Washington state lawmakers Friday afternoon released the outline of a new COVID-19 relief bill aimed at boosting vaccine distribution and contact tracing, and aiding schools, renters and small businesses amid the pandemic.

Portland Business News

Meet the 'TikTok Doc,' who burst to fame in Portland
Author: Elizabeth Hayes
Dr. Jason Campbell busted a move on the social media platform to show young Black men that you can dance and be a physician. It went viral.
Guest Column: Bringing urgent services to Portland-area kids and their families
Author: Beach Pace
Inside Portland's Big Brothers Big Sisters

Seattle Times Opinion

Extend window of opportunity for new public charter schools
Author: The Seattle Times editorial board

Denying this extension would deny opportunities to Washington students who can't change zip codes or enroll in expensive private schools.

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