Columbian Newspaper

Seattle Kraken are NHL’s midway surprise
Author: TIM BOOTH, Associated Press

SEATTLE — When Seattle Kraken general manager Ron Francis strolls into the locker room or goes on the road with the team these days, he sees something that was rare during the franchise’s inaugural season: smiles stemming from success on the ice.


Ex-con held on $2M bail in Salmon Creek area motel murder
Author: Jessica Prokop

Prosecutors say a Vancouver man accused in a deadly attack at a Salmon Creek area motel had just been released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence for second-degree assault.


‘Laverne & Shirley’ actor Cindy Williams dies at 75
Author: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Cindy Williams, who played Shirley opposite Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the popular sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died, her family said Monday.


NYT Politics

IMF Upgrades Global Economic Outlook as Inflation Eases
Author: Alan Rappeport
The International Monetary Fund said the world economy was poised for a rebound as inflation eases.
Biden Administration Plans to End Covid Public Health Emergency in May
Author: Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland
The end of the emergency will bring about a complex set of policy changes, and it signals a new chapter in the government’s pandemic response.
How the White House Handles Classified Documents
Author: Michael D. Shear
Officials who have worked with Democratic and Republican presidents describe an elaborate system for classified documents but a more casual one for everyday records.
Justice Dept. Drops Investigation of Retired U.S. General
Author: Adam Entous and Mark Mazzetti
John R. Allen, a retired four-star Marine general who was the president of the Brookings Institution, had been accused of secretly lobbying for the government of Qatar.

Washington State News

Injured Kraken rookie Matty Beniers out of All-Star Game
The Seattle Kraken will not be represented at NHL All-Star Weekend this Saturday after star rookie Matty Beniers was ruled out with an upper-body injury. Vegas Golden Knights forward Chandler Stephenson was named as Beniers' replacement on the Pacific Division roster Monday. Beniers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and the first draft selection in Kraken franchise history, had 36 points (17 goals, 19 assist

Portland Business News

Black History Month: Spotlighting Black Portlander's contributions to the regional economy
Author: Suzanne Stevens
The Business Journal interviewed 28 business owners about the biggest challenges and opportunities in the year ahead.

Seattle Times Opinion

Mass shootings: ‘Helplessness’
Author: Letters editor

As much as I appreciate Danny Westneat’s columns, I think he’s wrong about “The numb avoidance of mass shootings” [Jan. 25, Northwest]. It isn’t numbness that characterizes the public’s reaction to these tragedies, it’s helplessness. When a man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, and shot down 20 […]