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Federal Judge Rules Against Fair Fight Action in Georgia Voting Lawsuit
Author: Maya King
A U.S. District Court judge found that the sections of the state’s election law that cover absentee ballots, voter rolls and voter applications “violate neither the constitution nor the Voting Rights Act.”

Washington State News

With slew of injuries, Lions lay out plan for Seahawks
The Detroit Lions struggled to put in a game plan for Sunday's game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks. That's because coach Dan Campbell and the Lions' staff were unsure which players would be available at kickoff. Leading rusher D'Andre Swift and top receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown were amongthe Lions (1-2) sidelined this week, and both were ultimately ruled out on Friday. Kicker Austin Seibert (groin), guard Jonah Jac

The Chronicle - Centralia

In Loving Memory of Irene Carter: 1929-2022

Irene Carter went to her heavenly home on Sept. 18, 2022, at the age of 93 in Olympia, Washington. She was born July 1, 1929 to Amasa (Nick) and Hazel Nichols. 

She met the love of her life Clyde Carter, who was home from leave in the U.S. Army during WWII, and they married in 1947. They raised five children together and created lots of fun memories for their children and grandchildren. 

Irene loved to be outdoors, camping, clam digging, shucking oysters, sitting around a good campfire or just traveling anywhere she could in her motorhome. She also loved God, horses, dogs, country music, watching Wheel of Fortune, Price is Right, and Gunsmoke. She was a liberated, (before it was cool) strong willed woman who taught her children to be independent and strong too. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde, her grandson Mike, and seven of her siblings. 

She is survived by her children Jan Silva, Dana Caywood, Kelvin (Terri) Carter, Tami (Kevin) Howard and Teri (Bud) Willard, as well as her 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, her sister Pearl, and brothers Clyde and Pleaides. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7, 2022, at the Toledo Cemetery where she will rest peacefully next to her husband Clyde. A reception will follow at the Toledo Senior Center. 

Funeral arrangements are under the directive of Fir Lawn Funeral Home in Toledo, Washington. 

In Loving Memory of Marshall "Mike" Freels: 1946 -2022

Marshall “Mike” Ray Freels, 75, was born Sept. 9, 1946, to John and Rena Freels in Enterprise, Oregon. 

Mike married Marion Martin Hou on June 10, 1984, at Unity Church in Olympia. He died at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington on June 8, 2022. 

Mike joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Enterprise High School in 1964. He was released from active duty in 1967. He worked for Washington state in various computer technology positions for 38 years, ending at Social and Health Services in 2006. 

Mike enjoyed motorcycling with the Gold Wing Touring Association (GWTA) Chapter Q and served as club president for many years. He rode the GWTA escort for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. He participated in the Olympia Toy Run Coalition for many years. 

Mike danced with the Prairie Steppers Square Dance Club and served as club president, vice president and treasurer. 

He was a member of the Oakview Grange in Centralia, spending many hours doing maintenance there. He was an active member of the Capitol City and Tumwater Lions Clubs and supported the Lions-sponsored Camp Leo for Diabetic Children. 

Mike is survived by his wife Marion Freels, brother Harold Freels, son Jeff Freels, daughter Holly Stender, grandchildren Nicolas and Alyssa, stepson Jeremy Bell Hou, his wife Amy and grandchildren Ruby and Coral. 

A celebration of Mike’s life was held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, at the Oakview Grange, 2715 N. Pearl St. in Centralia, Washington. 

In Loving Memory of James MacMillan III: 1942 -2022

James Blaine MacMillan III, M.D. passed away on Sept. 4, 2022, at age 80, at his home in Washington state. 

”Dr. Mac” as all his OB/GYN patients and residents called him, had a busy private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1983 to 2005. Upon his retirement he enjoyed working on his ranch property in Washington, caring for his horses and volunteering as a basketball team doctor for Centralia Community College. He loved basketball, as a player, fan and coach. 

Dr. MacMillan III was always a cowboy at heart, having been raised on cattle ranches in Wyoming. He could always be seen dressed in Levi jeans, western belt buckle, cowboy boots and a Stetson hat. The love of the western way of life he happily passed on to his family. 

James MacMillan’s journey through life included being a medic in the National Guard, an L.P.N. and a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia. He was passionate about his medical work in women’s health and loved delivering babies. He took his Scottish heritage with great pride and loved researching the “MacMillan Clan”. 

James is survived by his wife Lynn of 57 years; daughters Leiá Twiqq-Smith and Kaya MacMillan; and grandchildren Ryan, Evan, Aidan Twiqq-Smith and Kierra MacMillan Fox. 

We salute Dr. James MacMillan III, husband, father, grandfather, and medical practitioner and the many lives he touched throughout his career and life.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

In Loving Memory of Michael Bodine May 7, 1943-Aug. 11, 2022

Michael "Mickey" Mark Bodine was born in Tacoma, Washington. He was one of 14 siblings to his parents, Elmer Rex Bodine and Mary Elizabeth Arends. After school, Mike worked in the mills of the Oregon Coast and married his partner for life Peggy Bodine (6/8/42-7/1/2022). They soon after adopted their son Fred Bodine. They moved to the Centralia area to work in the lumber mills and mobile home industry. Later in life, he enjoyed full time RVing up and down the Pacific Coast, finally settling down in Centralia, Washington. He will be greatly missed. 

A celebration of life will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2022, at the Centralia Moose Lodge on Kresky Avenue. It is a potluck so bring your favorite dish and share some memories.

In Loving Memory of Kyle Perkins: 1992-2022

Kyle Robert Perkins, 30, was taken far too soon in a tragic car accident on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. 

He is survived by his mother, Colleen Sharkey; father, Rob Perkins; brother, John Sharkey; and many other extended family members on both the Sharkey and Perkins sides. 

Kyle was raised in Centralia, Washington, where he attended St. Joseph’s School and Centralia High School. Within the Centralia community, he participated in football, baseball, basketball and golf. His family would describe him as a teddy bear, a goof ball and someone who has always been full of life. Kyle was at his happiest while making others happy. He was always trying his best to make others smile, even when the timing wasn’t appropriate. In his last years of life, he spent most of his time at a ball field playing slow pitch with friends, gaming or making videos to share online for a laugh. 

His love of making people laugh came from a love of people. He was a big guy and he loved even bigger. If you were his friend, you were his friend for life and could always count on him for a shoulder to cry on and a few good laughs when you needed it the most. 

We will celebrate the life of Kyle Perkins on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. at The White Space, located in downtown Centralia at 203 N. Tower Ave. We encourage you to come as you are, share your best memories of Kyle and take the opportunity to appreciate the positive impact he had on the lives of many. Please share this information with anyone who you think would like to attend. 

If you would like to donate to the family’s expense of this event, please Venmo @ John-Sharkey-10 or contact Washington Federal Bank to make donations to John Sharkey on behalf of Kyle Perkins. 

Columbian Newspaper

Vancouver man gets 7-plus years in fatal hit-run crash
Author: Becca Robbins

A Vancouver man was sentenced Wednesday to 7¼ years in prison for a January fatal hit-and-run crash in Hazel Dell.

Joseph A. Rachauskas, 48, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to vehicular homicide, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and hit-and-run resulting in death. He also pleaded guilty in five other identity theft and mail theft cases and is scheduled to be extradited to Oregon for warrants there. The sentences in the other cases are set to run concurrent with the vehicular homicide sentence.

Rachauskas apologized Wednesday to the numerous victims in the cases for the emotional, physical and financial hardships he caused them.

Judge Derek Vanderwood recognized that Rachauskas expressed remorse and was struggling with drug addiction when he committed the crimes.

“But that doesn’t undo the impact on the lives of others, particularly the life that was taken,” Vanderwood said.

Before ordering the 87-month term, Vanderwood said any sentence would be insufficient because it wouldn’t resolve the damage done.

Emergency responders with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Fire District 6 and AMR were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m. Jan. 23 to a two-vehicle serious injury hit-and-run crash at Northeast 88th Street and Highway 99.

Deputies determined a 2005 Ford F-250 pickup was traveling south on Highway 99 when it went through a red light at 88th Street and struck an eastbound 2013 Mercedes sedan. The pickup was reported stolen out of Washington County, Ore., the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.

The driver of the Mercedes, identified as William Stevens, 52, of Vancouver, was extricated from the car and taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, where he died from his injuries. The driver of the pickup, later identified by police as Rachauskas, ran from the scene; a search for the man was unsuccessful.

Fingerprints from the steering wheel of the pickup returned as a match for Rachauskas, according to a probable cause affidavit. Investigators also noted a strong odor of marijuana coming from the truck.

His phone also showed he was in the area of the intersection at the time of the crash and that it began downloading files just before the crash. The affidavit states that might indicate Rachauskas was distracted by his phone when he crashed.

Video surveillance showed the man running from the crash and into an apartment complex on 88th Street. Rachauskas’ phone’s location showed it was at the complex for about 50 minutes; during that time, several calls and texts were exchanged with multiple phones, court records state. Investigators also found messages between Rachauskas and a friend who came to pick him up.

Local police agencies located Rachauskas on May 25 in the Fred Meyer parking lot at 7700 N.E. Highway 99 and arrested him.

Biden uses $130M in frozen Egypt aid to help Pacific Islands
Author: Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will pay for $130 million in new climate initiatives for Pacific Island nations by reallocating money that had originally been earmarked for military assistance for Egypt but withheld because of concerns over human rights abuses.

The State Department said it planned to reprogram money allotted for Egypt to pay for the Pacific Islands in a Sept. 29 memo to Vice President Kamala Harris and congressional leaders that was obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.

President Joe Biden announced a plan Thursday for the U.S. to spend $810 million over the next decade — including $130 million for climate resilience programming — to assist the islands as he met with more than a dozen leaders from the region at the U.S.-Pacific Island Summit. The administration is looking to put greater focus on the Pacific Islands amid heightened concern about China’s growing military and economic influence in the region.

“Recent actions by the People’s of Republic of China in the Indo-Pacific have highlighted that increasing U.S. engagement and activity is an urgent priority with major impact on U.S. national interests,” the State Department notification said.

The money reprogrammed was a portion of $1.3 billion in foreign military financing allotted for Egypt in the 2020 budget. The administration froze $130 million in funding over Egypt’s failure to improve human rights conditions.

Congress has a rule that a portion of the annual funding — around $300 million — to Cairo should be conditioned on the Egyptian government upholding basic human rights conditions.

But the Biden administration, like past administrations, has used its authority to issue a waiver to that rule on national security grounds and allow much of the funding to be sent to the Egyptian government.

The White House deferred comment on the decision to reprogram the funding to the State Department. State officials did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Leaders from Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia and New Caledonia attended this week’s two-day summit, which included a dinner with Biden at the White House. Vanuatu and Nauru sent representatives, and Australia, New Zealand and the secretary-general of the Pacific Island Forum sent observers.

The summit came amid worrying signs to the U.S. that Beijing has grown its influence in the region. Earlier this year, the Solomon Islands signed a new security pact with Beijing.

The State Department pointed to concerns about Beijing’s increasing sway in explaining its decision to reprogram the funding originally meant for Egypt.

“As the recent signing of a new PRC-Solomon Islands security agreement demonstrates, we may be in the early stages of an historic shift in the Pacific that would usher in a new security paradigm — one that is unfavorable to U.S. security interests, will frustrate our ability to effectively compete with the PRC, and will impede implementation of the Indo-Pacific Strategy,” the memo said.

5 more bodies recovered from Puget Sound floatplane crash
Author: Associated Press

SEATTLE — The bodies of six of the 10 victims in a floatplane crash in Washington state’s Puget Sound have been recovered and five have been identified, officials said Friday.

Island County Emergency Management deputy director Eric Brooks confirmed Friday that four additional victims had been identified, The Seattle Times reported. Gabby Hanna of Seattle, whose body was found shortly after the Labor Day weekend crash near Whidbey Island, was previously identified.

Officials were still working to identify the sixth victim. Brooks didn’t give the names of the identified victims and said the coroner would be meeting with victims’ families.

Officials have also been investigating whether human remains that washed ashore at Dungeness Spit near Sequim, Washington, nearly two weeks after the crash is the seventh victim. The autopsy was delayed because the human remains had to be transferred out of Clallam County to a forensic pathologist in Thurston County, according to Clallam County Deputy Coroner Nathan Millett.

About 80% of the plane, including the engine, has been recovered using remotely operated vessels, National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy said Thursday. Crews began recovery efforts Tuesday, using a Navy barge anchored near the crash site.

The de Havilland DHC-3 Otter was headed from Friday Harbor to the Seattle suburb of Renton on Sept. 4 before plummeting into the water.

Determining the probable cause of the crash could take up to two years, officials have said.