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Hanna Andersson names chief marketing officer
Author: Matthew Kish
Kelly Olmstead is a retail veteran who worked for Adidas for 21 years.
Portland health systems are taking Covid-19 vaccinations to the neighborhoods
Author: Elizabeth Hayes
Health systems are gears to more localized efforts to make it easier for the unvaccinated to get their shots.

NYT Politics

Republicans Rewrite History of the Capitol Riot, Hampering an Inquiry
Author: Luke Broadwater
Republicans in Congress are insisting that any investigation into the Jan. 6 attack include an examination of left-wing violence.
As Economy Wobbles, Biden Stays Focused on Longer Term
Author: Jim Tankersley
The president’s advisers are pushing their most detailed argument yet for the long-term benefits of a $4 trillion agenda to remake the American economy and improve lives.
The White House is said to be quietly pushing for a change to the D.C. statehood bill.
Author: Charlie Savage and Emily Cochrane
Activists and Ex-Spy Said to Have Plotted to Discredit Trump ‘Enemies’ in Government
Author: Adam Goldman and Mark Mazzetti
The campaign included planned operations against President Trump’s national security adviser at the time, H.R. McMaster, and F.B.I. employees, according to documents and interviews.

Columbian Newspaper

Clark County reports 37 new COVID-19 cases as disease activity declines
Author: Mark Bowder

Clark County added 37 new COVID-19 cases to its total and no new deaths Thursday as disease activity continues to decline in the region.

The new cases include 26 confirmed by molecular (PCR) testing, raising that total to 22,281 cases to date, and 11 probable cases diagnosed by antigen testing, pushing that total to 1,156 cases to date, according to data released by Clark County Public Health.

Public Health reported that 48 new cases were counted since Wednesday; 11 were removed following routine data cleanup.

Combined, the new confirmed and probable cases mean the county has been averaging about 77 new cases a day since Friday, down from an average of about 95 cases a day last week and 93 cases a day the week before, according to Public Health data.

The number of active confirmed and probable cases fell to 646 on Thursday, down from 687 on Wednesday, according to Public Health data.

With no new deaths reported Thursday, Clark County’s total deaths from COVID-19 held steady at 264 to date. Deaths are added to the county’s total 10-12 days after they occur. One death has been recorded so far this week, down from five last week and six the week before, according to Public Health data.

Hospitalizations rose Thursday, with 49 people hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 38 on Wednesday, and nine people were hospitalized awaiting test results, up from five on Wednesday, according to Public Health data.

Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to be vaccinated, and anyone age 12 or older is eligible to be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. Underage teens are advised to check with vaccination sites about what sort of parental consent might be needed.

To schedule an appointment at a number of locations throughout Clark County, including mass vaccination sites, visit the Washington Department of Health Vaccine Locator.

Those who do not have internet access or need help scheduling an appointment can call Public Health from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 888-225-4625. Call center representatives can assist with scheduling. Language assistance is available.

 

Nowhere to run: Fear in Gaza grows amid conflict with Israel
Author: ISABEL DEBRE and FARES AKRAM, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Screams and flying debris enveloped Umm Majed al-Rayyes as explosions hurled her from her bed in Gaza City. Groping in the dark, the 50-year-old grabbed her four children and ran as Israeli bombs struck their apartment building Wednesday, shattering windows, ripping doors to splinters and blasting away concrete.

While casualties mounted this week in the most severe outbreak of violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war, al-Rayyes and other Palestinians in the line of fire faced an all-too-familiar question: Where should we go?

“This whole territory is a tiny place. It’s a prison. Everywhere you go, you’re a target,” al-Rayyes said by phone from a neighbor’s house, where she sought refuge with her teenage sons and daughters and a few bags of clothes after the Israeli airstrike that she says came without warning.

In Gaza, a crowded coastal enclave of 2 million people, there are no air raid sirens or safe houses. Temporary United Nations shelters have come under attack in previous years of conflict. In the past two days, Israeli airstrikes brought down three huge towers housing important Hamas offices and some businesses after the Israeli military fired warning shots, allowing occupants to flee.

Fighter jets also targeted without warning multiple residential buildings, located in teeming neighborhoods where Israel alleged militants lived. In all, more than 83 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since Monday, including 17 children. Among the dead were both militants and civilians, including at least two women and children who died during the apartment building strikes.

At a Gaza City hospital, distraught families told of pulling bloodied relatives from piles of rubble. One woman said her 4-year-old grandson and pregnant daughter-in-law were killed when an Israeli air raid hit their two-story building on Wednesday.

“They bombed them without any warning. The house had nothing but the kids,” Umm Mohammad al-Telbani cried in the hospital morgue.

The Israeli government long has accused Hamas of using civilians as human shields against retaliatory strikes; militants often launch rockets from civilian areas and set up command centers inside residential buildings. Yet Israel received heavy criticism for its tactic of bombing buildings during the 2014 war with Hamas.

Recalling the horror of past wars, Gaza residents say they feel nowhere is safe. They also cannot leave the narrow territory, one of the world’s most densely populated places. It has been under a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas seized control in 2007. Along its borders, Gaza is encircled by sensor-studded fences, concrete walls, galvanized steel barriers and the Mediterranean Sea, where Israel restricts boats from Gaza to some 16 nautical miles offshore.

“There is nowhere to run, there is nowhere to hide,” said Zeyad Khattab, a 44-year-old pharmacist in Gaza City, who fled to the family home where he grew up in the central Gaza district of Deir al-Balah with a dozen relatives when bombs pounded his residential high-rise. “That terror is impossible to describe.”

As Hamas and other militant groups fired hundreds of rockets into Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv, killing at least seven Israelis, worries grew that the latest violence could spiral into a protracted conflict. The Hamas barrages sent hundreds of thousands of Israelis running to bomb shelters across the country and hit numerous civilian targets, including a bus and a school in the city of Askhelon that was empty because authorities had ordered all schools closed.

The people killed by the indiscriminate fire at Israeli population centers included three women and two children, spreading fear on both sides of the border.

“There is always this undercurrent of anxiety, but this time is different,” Khattab said. Airstrikes shook the walls and windows of his apartment building during the devastating wars of 2008 and 2014, but the building that houses some 400 people collapsed on Wednesday.

In any other year, Palestinians would be thronging the dusty streets of Gaza City this week ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, one of the biggest and most joyous festivals on the Muslim calendar that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Markets would be hives of activity as shoppers stocked up on new clothes and pastries for feasts. Beachside restaurants would brim with families. Barbershops would be full of men getting fresh haircuts.

Instead, shops stood shuttered and the city’s streets were eerily empty. Almost nothing moves on the roads except for ambulances and Hamas security vehicles. Bombs thunder in the distance. Plumes of black smoke billow from stricken buildings. Residents walk by rubble-strewn stores and downed power lines, surveying the latest damage to a city already riddled with scars from intense clashes.

“It’s the same atmosphere of 2014,” Saud Abu Ramadan, a freelance journalist in Gaza City, said, referring to the bloody 7-week war that killed over 2,000 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, and inflicted widespread destruction on Gaza’s infrastructure. “Warplanes are buzzing, and people are just trying to keep their heads down.”

This week’s mayhem stemmed from clashes at the most sensitive place in Jerusalem, the revered plateau site of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the iconic golden Dome of the Rock. Analysts long have considered flaring tensions at the compound, sacred to both Muslims and Jews, to be the most dangerous accelerant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Islamic militant groups seized on the violence at Al-Aqsa as the trigger for their hail of rocket fire into Israel. The salvos at times overwhelmed Israeli missile defenses and brought air raid sirens and explosions echoing across Tel Aviv, Israel’s biggest metropolitan region, and other areas.

On Monday, the first night of the fighting, teenage boys in Gaza City clambered onto rooftops, cars and scaffolding to get a better view of the rockets alighting the sky and streaming toward Israeli cities in quick succession. Some cried out with joy, as if at a wedding. Shouts of “God is great!” erupted from the crowd.

“People here have been seething,” Adnan Abu Amer, a political scientist at al-Ummah University in Gaza City, said. “They take a pride and happiness in seeing Hamas defend the sanctity of Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem.”

But with the rush of outrage comes the anguish of knowing the conflict’s heavy toll.

“There is so much pain, but thank God the children have been through this before and they’re strong,” said al-Rayyes, who fled her falling apartment in Gaza City. She corrected herself. “They’re pretending to be strong.”

Camas Post Record

Letters to the Editor for May 13, 2021
Author: camaspost_admin

Camas parents angry about masks, equity curriculum urged to ‘gather true facts’

Several parents of Camas students appeared at the School Board Meeting on Monday, May 10. They angrily objected to the Inclusive Curriculum policy the district has adopted, as well its mask-wearing requirements, which prevent COVID-19 transmission to students and teachers as long it remains a risk. 

Their presentations were loud, well-organized and applauded by a group of supporters. However, no speaker offered any reasonable rationale in support of their opposition. Their remarks were based on misinformation and alternative facts that frequently appear on social media. 

It is unfortunate that these parents do not understand and support the careful research the school district has done, in promoting principles of diversity and inclusion, which benefit all students — white and non-white, male and female, able-bodied and disabled, gifted and special-needs. 

Also, the district is to be applauded for working diligently to make education available to all students as long as COVID-19 remains a risk, while protecting students and teachers from contracting the disease by requiring masks. The objections of those who testified Monday evening were entirely baseless. 

I urge those parents to gather the true facts and reconsider their angry opposition. Their children deserve that reconsideration.

Sandra Gangle,

Camas       

Seattle Times Politics

Juneteenth becomes an official, paid holiday for state employees in Washington
Author: Amanda Zhou

Juneteenth, a day commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, was already a state holiday but now it's also a paid day off for state workers in Washington, starting in 2022.

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