NYT Politics

Congressman Sends Inert Grenades to Colleagues at House Offices
Author: Emily Schmall
Representative Cory Mills, a Florida Republican, gave the grenades as gifts to colleagues in the House, drawing mixed reactions from fellow freshmen.
Biden Visits Decrepit Rail Tunnel to Promote $1 Trillion Infrastructure Law
Author: Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Mark Walker
President Biden is focused on selling his legislative accomplishments after the new House Republican majority had vowed to block his agenda for the remainder of his term.

Columbian Newspaper

Lisa Marie Presley lost 40-50 pounds, took opioids before death, report says
Author: Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News

Lisa Marie Presley was taking opioids and weight loss medication before her death this month, according to a report.


Annie Wersching, ‘24’ star and ‘The Last of Us’ voice actor, dies at 45
Author: Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times

Annie Wersching — an actor known for her work in the TV series “24” and “Runaways,” as well as the video game “The Last of Us” — has died. She was 45.


Gregory Allen Howard, who wrote ‘Remember the Titans,’ dies
Author: Associated Press

NEW YORK — Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard, who skillfully adapted stories of historical Black figures in “Remember the Titans” starring Denzel Washington, “Ali” with Will Smith and “Harriet” with Cynthia Erivo, has died. He was 70.


Washington State News

Capitals, Blue Jackets meet to close out rough January
Two teams in need of some down time will meet Tuesday night when the Washington Capitals visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. It is the final game before the All-Star break for both teams and their last game in January, a month each club will be happy to put behind them. Washington blazed throughDecember but is 5-7-1 in January and has not won two straight since a five-game run from Dec. 17-27. On Sunday, the Capitals surre

Seattle Times Opinion

WA lawmakers and cities want to keep the public in the dark
Author: The Seattle Times editorial board

Some Washington lawmakers are seeking ways to keep the public's business out of public hands with new bills to evade the Public Records Act.
The anesthesiologist assistant model is not a good fit for WA
Author: Rishelle Zhou

SB 5184 would allow for anesthesiologist assistants, who do not have the training, education or certification to practice independently.

The Chronicle - Centralia

In Loving Memory of Harold Sorenson: 1922-2023

Harold Sorensen went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Harold had a very strong Christian faith where Jesus was always by his side. As he said at his 100th birthday party: “I am never alone. Jesus is with me.” 

Harold was born in Ravinia, South Dakota, on Dec. 5, 1922. Harold's parents, Nels and Anna Sorensen, migrated from Denmark 10 years prior to Harold’s birth in 1912. The first few years of his life, he lived on the Sioux Indian Reservation. In 1939, at the age of 17, Harold moved to Toledo with his family. While there, he met the love of his life, Edith Lampit, and on Dec. 20, 1942, they were married. He remained in Toledo for the rest of his life.

In 1947, after his three children were born, Harold purchased his first dump truck. In 1952, Harold and his dad, Nels, bought an old rock crusher and began mining rock. During this time, they dug out what is now known as South County Park, which is enjoyed by many South Lewis County residents. In 1965, Harold was called by Weyerhaeuser to build roads and right-of-ways. Over the next 35 years, Harold and his son, Don, built roads for Weyerhaeuser. In 1998, Harold and his son Don bought a rock crusher for the rock pit on Barnes Drive. Then, in 2005, they purchased a cone crusher. In 2017, Harold and Don leased a rock pit in Kalama called Kalama River Rock Quarry where they have been crushing rock, which is still in operation today. Harold and Don spent many years together owning and operating Harold Sorensen Trucking. 

Harold is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Edith, and his two grandsons, Paul Creech and Darin Sorensen. Harold is survived by his three children, Don (Diane) Sorensen, Toledo, Mary Ann (Ron) Creech, Chehalis, and Carol Stanley, Chehalis. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Nancy (Jim) Cline, Olympia, Ryan (Lesa) Stanley, Mossyrock, Robb (Semra) Stanley, Toledo, and Don Sorensen, Oregon; along with 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Coming from a large family, he was also preceded in death by his six brothers and a sister. He was the only sibling to reach 100 years. Harold is now with Jesus and his family who went before him. 

A service for Harold will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at Toledo First Baptist Church, located at 1278 state Route 505, Toledo. Please join the family in celebrating the life of Harold Sorensen, where food and beverages will be served. Graveside services will be held by the family.


Portland Business News

Pharmacists go to bat for bills that would rein in PBMs in Oregon
Author: Elizabeth Hayes
The bills would enable them to cover the cost of dispensing drugs and prevent more pharmacies from closing, advocates say.