NYT Politics

Can Politics and Poverty in Fresno Change?
Author: Mark Arax
How do you change a place as polluted and desperately unequal as the San Joaquin Valley?
Talk of Racism Proves Thorny for G.O.P. Candidates of Color
Author: Jonathan Weisman and Trip Gabriel
As candidates like Tim Scott and Nikki Haley bolster their biographies with stories of discrimination, they have often denied the existence of systemic racism in America while describing situations that sound just like it.
China Investing in Open-Source Intelligence Collection on the U.S.
Author: Julian E. Barnes
A new report outlines Chinese efforts to mine public information from the Pentagon, think tanks and private companies to gain insight on the American military.
E. Jean Carroll and Mary Trump Are Writing a Novel on Substack
Author: Alexandra Alter
“The Italian Lesson,” to be published on Substack over the next year, follows an American expat who finds love in Tuscany. And there’s no mention of Donald J. Trump.
Millennials Are Not an Exception. They’ve Moved to the Right.
Author: Nate Cohn
Over the last decade, almost every cohort of voters under 50 has shifted rightward.

Washington State News

Blue Jays, Brewers hope to get June off to good start
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House approval of debt ceiling deal a triumph of the political center

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Certainly, it is true that the country's two major parties have

Jeremy Ebobisse's goal pushes Earthquakes past Sounders
Jeremy Ebobisse scored his sixth goal of the season shortly after halftime and the visiting San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Wednesday night. Daniel made eight saves to keep San Jose's fourth clean sheet of the season and only his first after he missed about two months due to recovery from knee surgery. The win was San Jose's first on the road this season. The short-handed Sounders outshot the
MLB roundup: Marlins rally to beat Josh Hader, Padres
Jean Segura hit the tying single in the bottom of the ninth off the San Diego Padres' star closer Josh Hader and Nick Fortes followed with a walk-off hit down the right field line as the host Miami Marlins rallied for a 2-1 win on Wednesday night. With the Marlins trailing 1-0 entering the ninth,Yuli Gurriel worked a walk against Hader (0-1), who has 13 saves this season. Gurriel advanced on Joey Wendle's sacrifice bunt

The Chronicle - Centralia

Rivals Become Teammates, Teammates Face Off at SWW Senior All-Star Game

LONGVIEW — Players in white, gray, black, red, orange, blue, and more colors to boot took to the turf at David Story Field on Wednesday, as some of the best senior ballplayers in Lewis, Thurston, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Grays Harbor, and Pacific Counties converged for the 45th annual Southwest Washington Senior All-Star Game.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Centralia coach Jake LeDuc said. “It’s a good end, to let these guys go out and do their thing one last time. There’s no signs, if you want to steal a bag, go. You’re sitting on 3-0; all season long you’ve been itching to swing at that 3-0 pitch, and now you can get after it. It’s a lot of fun to see these guys one last time and give them a send-off.”

In the end, the “American” team, featuring a host of local players, beat the “National” team — also featuring a host of local players — 11-3.

The teams were just about split randomly by school, instead of organizing big schools vs. little schools or playing north against south. There were a couple of interesting results from that. 

As usual, the all-star game format set rivals from the regular season onto the same team. The “American” team coaching staff was a 2A EvCo brain trust of LeDuc, Rochester’s Brad Quarnstrom, and Tumwater’s Lyle Overbay, with Mossyrock’s Darren Kolb representing the smaller schools, while the “Nationals” opening battery was W.F. West’s Hunter Lutman throwing to Tumwater’s Graysen Reveal.

On the flip side, some of the 2As got split up, with Bearcats and T-Birds suiting up for both teams. So in the first inning, 2A EvCo MVP Alex Overbay got to pitch to Reveal, and managed to fool the catcher who had called every pitch he threw this past season to strike him out.

“It’s all fun and games, we’re all trying to have fun,” Overbay said with a smile. “But I don’t think he was expecting the curveball there.”

Then to end the evening, Lutman, who picked up a bat just once this entire spring for W.F. West, borrowed a helmet and stepped into the batter’s box — to face teammate Waylen Land. Land’s first curveball nearly hit Lutman, and Lutman got him back by lining the second up the middle for a single.

“I was really wanting to do that,” Lutman said. “I was watching him all day long, asking when he was going in, and I asked the coaches if I could get an at-bat against him. I went up there and was just swinging as hard as I could.”

In proper all-star game form, no pitcher threw more than an inning, and substitutions were aplenty. After Overbay and Lutman opened the game for their respective teams, Land and Riggs Westlund represented W.F. West on the hill while Tumwater’s Trenton Gaither and Ayden Ramsey also threw, as did Rochester’s Hyde Parrish and Braden Hartley, Adna’s Asher Guerrero, Tenino’s Brody Noonan, and Mossyrock’s Cooper Young and Tim Bowes.

Overbay and Noonan both struck out two batters in their respective frames. At the plate, Overbay had a pair of hits, while Centralia’s Gabe Seymour knocked in a run with an RBI single.

When the final handshake line was done following the nine-inning affair, the coaches and officials picked 10 players to move on to compete at the state senior all-star game. Six local players made it: Lutman, Hartley, Noonan, Overbay, Gaither, and Toledo catcher Geoffrey Glass.

Those six will head over the mountains for the Washington All-State Series, held in Yakima from June 23-25.