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Gresham police shoot man during traffic stop
Author: Christopher Keizur
Driver shot after allegedly wielding gun; his identity and condition remain unknown.

Gresham Police officers shot a man during a traffic stop Thursday evening.

The department released a statement that the shooting took place near the intersection of Southeast 181st Avenue and Ash Street. The identity of the ...

Portland protests resume Friday at ICE center, 11 arrested
Author: KOIN 6 News
UPDATE: Mayor Ted Wheeler confirms teat gas was not used to disperse demonstrators at the ICE facility.

Protesters gathered in South Portland on Friday night to resume demonstrations after a nearly two-week hiatus due to the hazardous air quality created by nearby wildfires.

Eleven people were arrested, ...

Sheffield pitching helps Mariners beat Padres, 4-1
Author: Pamplin Media Group
The rookie pitcher allows six hits and one run in six innings, and Kyle Lewis smacks 11th homer

Saturday's win against the San Diego Padres will go down as one of Justus Sheffield's highlights of his rookie season.

The rookie left-hander allowed six hits and one run ...

NYT Politics

Mourners Fill Supreme Court’s Plaza to Honor Ginsburg
Author: Zach Montague
At a spontaneous vigil in Washington, fans of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrated her life and career, detached from the political moment.
Who Will Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg? McConnell Vows Vote
Author: Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman
Democrats warn Republicans to follow the precedent they set in 2016, when they refused to consider President Barack Obama’s choice for the court on the grounds that it was an election year.

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Machado, Paddack lead Padres over Mariners, 6-1
Author: BERNIE WILSON, Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — Manny Machado homered twice and drove in four runs, Chris Paddack one-hit Seattle for six shutout innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Mariners 6-1 Friday night to reduce their magic number to two for clinching their first playoff berth in 14 seasons.

The Padres are closing in on their first playoff berth since winning the NL West in 2006. They’ve already clinched their first winning season since 2010. The Mariners’ loss helped the Oakland Athletics clinch their third straight playoff berth.

The Padres won the opener of a three-game series that was moved from Seattle because of poor air quality due to wildfires. The Padres batted first but wore their home white pinstripes.

While Machado stayed hot with a multi-homer game that gave him 16 for the season — tied for the NL lead with Mookie Betts of the Dodgers — as well as 45 RBIs, Fernando Tatis Jr. remained mired in a slump. He went 0 for 4 with a walk and three strikeouts. He’s gone hitless in three straight games for the first time in his career and is 2 for 31 in his last nine games, with his average dropping from .314 to .275.

Paddack (4-4) was brilliant in bouncing back from his last start, when he left after just two innings due to a sprained ankle. He allowed only a single to Evan White leading off the third while striking out three and walking two.

Machado hit a three-run homer off left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (2-4) to deep left-center with two outs in the fourth. Rookie Jake Cronenworth was aboard on a walk and Trent Grisham on an RBI fielder’s choice.

After Tatis walked and was thrown out trying to steal second for the second out of the ninth, Machado homered to left-center off Walker Lockett.

The Padres scored a run in the third without benefit of a hit. Grisham and Machado walked, executed a double steal and Grisham scored on a wild pitch.

Kikuchi had a rough night, allowing five runs and four hits in four innings, walking six and striking out three with three wild pitches.

Seattle’s Evan White homered off Pierce Johnson with one out in the eighth, his sixth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Activated Tommy Pham from the 10-day IL and optioned Jorge Oña to the alternate training site. Pham had been out since fracturing his left hamate bone on Aug. 16 and had surgery. He started at DH.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Justus Sheffield (3-3, 4.06 ERA) is scheduled to make his ninth start of the season on Saturday night and his first career start against San Diego.

Padres: RHP Mike Clevinger (3-2, 3.10) is scheduled to make his fourth start since coming over from Cleveland in a blockbuster trade on Aug. 31.

Silent in Seattle: Noisy Seahawks fans absent for opener
Author: TIM BOOTH, Associated Press

RENTON — For a normal Sunday night game in Seattle, the fans would start showing up in the morning, giving themselves plenty of time to find parking and begin their preparations for the evening’s festivities.

Those parking lots will be empty this Sunday.

No tailgates.

No party buses.

No fans.

CenturyLink Field, a venue designed for maximum noise and regarded as one of the best homefield advantages in the NFL, will sit empty when the Seahawks host the New England Patriots.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle will not be able to have fans in the seats vs. New England, or on Sept. 27 vs. Dallas and or Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota. Instead of the deafening roars that have caused seismic activity in the past, controlled background noise will be piped in.

“This is one of the great spectacles in sport, playing here in front of our fans. Notably the loudest venue that you can find. The excitement level and the energy and the connection with the people of this area has been unique and extraordinary, nothing but a spectacle. That’s not going to happen,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

“But that doesn’t mean that when we score or something, make a big play, sack the quarterback, people can’t go out on their front steps and start screaming, yell out their windows. I’m hoping that’s what happens.”

Seattle’s home-field advantage is real. The Seahawks are 63-23 at home in the regular season and playoffs combined since Carroll arrived in 2010. Going back to when the stadium opened in 2002, the Seahawks are 109-46.

Good players, good coaches, good teams are certainly the main reason. But the fans have helped.

“There have been games when we played the 49ers where you can’t hear yourself, and we’re standing right next to each other, because the crowd is so loud,” linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “It just depends who we are playing, the time, but you definitely love it when it’s loud and the offense can’t hear.”

The Seahawks plan to continue several of their fan-related traditions, most notably raising the “12” flag above the south end zone before kickoff. The flag will be raised Sunday by Dr. Eliot Fagley, an anesthesiologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the critical care unit at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center. It’s part of the team’s season-long effort to honor frontline workers.

Fagley and his family will be the only “12s” in the stands.

Quarterback Russell Wilson previously said he believed the empty stadiums would be similar to his experience playing minor-league baseball in small ballparks. But he also acknowledged the fans’ influence in Seattle’s 19-3 home record in prime time games since 2010.

“Every game, every prime-time game when the fans are there, it always makes a difference,” Wilson said.

Despite being the visitors, somehow the ones most disappointed about the lack of fans seem to be the Patriots. New England hasn’t visited Seattle since 2012 when Wilson was a rookie and the Seahawks rallied for a 24-23 victory.

“I’ve been there, where you’re sitting on the sidelines and you’re trying to talk to your teammates about the last series and you’re just screaming at one another, because it’s that hard to hear,” Patriots defensive back Jason McCourty said. “I think those atmospheres, playing in front of that type of energy, that’s what it’s all about. … We know they mean so much to the game so they’re definitely missed on game day.”

Added wide receiver Julian Edelman: “I never got to play there. I missed out on a couple trips over there. I actually went to a game, back in like 2004, they went to the playoffs. I went to a playoff game once to experience it. I never got to experience it on the field. The energy of the crowd is a huge part of this game. The fans are a huge part of this. It’s always fun going in, and going to places you don’t necessarily go to as much, and seeing what kind of fan base they have.”

NOTES: Seattle listed WR Phillip Dorsett (foot) as questionable for Sunday. Dorsett sat out Week 1. DE Rasheem Green (neck) and T Cedric Ogbuehi (pectoral) are both doubtful.

AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower contributed to this report.

Clark County health officials see COVID-19 ramifications from air pollution
Author: Wyatt Stayner

As hazardous air leaves Clark County and healthier air begins to settle in, the county’s highest-ranking health official has concerns about the COVID-19 ramifications that come from two weeks of heavy pollution.

Hazardous air sealed many people inside for much of the last couple of weeks, so it might seem like coronavirus transmission would also trend down during that time period. However, Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick thinks any benefits gained from less community activity are offset by the many downsides from hazardous air.

“The negatives of the air conditions far outweigh the positives from people not having gatherings,” Melnick said.

Outside of the health consequences that manifest from breathing in polluted air, such as flare-ups of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Melnick said that pollution from wildfire smoke makes people more susceptible to complications from COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns on its website that wildfire smoke irritates the lungs, causes inflammation, impacts the immune system and makes people more prone to lung infections such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Melnick said there are other concerns that also come into play from prolonged hazardous air during a pandemic.

He said he’s worried that fewer people went to get tested over the smoky days because they stayed inside to protect themselves from smoke.

“When the air gets better, those folks who could have been tested are now out and about,” Melnick said.

Another concern, which is timely as fall and winter approach, is that more people might have gathered indoors during the last couple weeks, which is an easier environment to spread COVID-19 in than the outdoors.

“People gathering indoors is actually much worse than gathering outdoors,” Melnick said.

Clark County reported 19 new COVID-19 cases on Friday ending a week that saw 182 new cases overall and no new deaths.

The last death from COVID-19 was reported on Sept. 11. To date, 53 deaths have been attributed to the disease in Clark County.

The new cases brings the county’s total to 3,075 cases to date. The number of active cases, which shows positive cases still within their 10-day isolation period, rose to 152.

The updated numbers come as Clark County Public Health reported an uptick in the percentage of tests coming back as positive earlier this month.

The percentage of tests coming back positive have fluctuated between 3 percent and 3.5 percent, according to Public Health. But in the most recent time period, Aug. 30 through Sept. 5, that positivity rate increased to 5.12 percent, with 206 positive results out of 4,022 tests performed.

As of Sept. 5, the county had 2,818 positive tests out of 93,971 tests administered, with a 3 percent positive rate.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 held steady at 24 on Friday, as did the number of people hospitalized awaiting test results, at 13.

The weekly total of 182 new cases is consistent with totals from the previous two weeks but still higher than weekly totals in August.

Air quality approaching normalcy

Improved air quality arrived just in time for the weekend, but some unhealthy air is still present. After a rain and thunderstorm blew through Clark County early Friday morning, air quality improved significantly.

On Thursday morning, Southwest’s Washington’s air was 383, still considered “hazardous.” By Friday, Vancouver’s air quality for fine particulate pollution (PM 2.5) from wildfire smoke improved into the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” category.

At 6 p.m. Friday, the city’s air quality level had fallen to 50, which is classified as “good” air quality.

In Yacolt, air quality was at 43 as of 6 p.m., also in the “good” range.

Levels at 100 or below are considered “moderate,” and levels of 50 and below are considered “good.”

On Friday morning, the Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency extended its air pollution advisory through Saturday. Conditions are expected to gradually improve throughout the weekend, but some smoke and unhealthy air may linger.

Friday Night Flashback: Ridgefield-La Center rivalry had much on the line in 2003
Author: Tim Martinez

It’s hard to imagine a rivalry game having two winners. But in some ways, that’s what happened when Ridgefield and La Center renewed their football rivalry for the Trico League title on Oct. 31, 2003.

For George Black, it was the signature win in his seven seasons as Ridgefield’s head coach. The 14-0 victory capped a 9-0 regular season and the first outright league title for the Spudders since they won the state title in 1995.

“When the horn sounded, I remember guys congratulating each other, jumping, hugging,” Black said. “There were even tears shed. This was something they had worked for all season. It was just a great rewarding feeling for them to accomplish something they had set out to do the year before.”

La Center coach John Lambert remembers Ridgefield coaches, players and parents taking photos on the Wildcats’ former home field at La Center Middle School.

“It was big deal,” Lambert said. “We had won the league the prior two years. And so I wanted the kids to remember that celebration on our field. ‘You want to see that again?’ ”

Before the game, many La Center players thought they would be doing the post-game celebration, especially after Ridgefield’s star running back Johnny Peru suffered a broken collarbone the week before.

“Johnny Peru was so good, so elusive, so fast that when he got hurt, our kids were ‘OK, let’s go. Game on. This is going to be easy,’ ” Lambert said. “And as coaches, we were like ‘No. Please do not do that.’ But when you’re talking about high school kids, that’s where their brains go.”

The Spudders also heard the talk, and they were not listening.

“That whole week at practice, when you looked at the guys in the huddle and you looked into their eyes, you could tell that they didn’t have a doubt that they were going to be successful on Friday night,” Black said. “Even with all the doubters out there saying we didn’t stand a chance against La Center at their place, they didn’t worry about all the outside stuff that was going on.”

Once the game started, the Spudders made their own noise.

Ridgefield jumped out to 14-0 lead by halftime, then turned things over to its defense and strong kicking game that often pinned the Wildcats deep in their own territory.

“We had a tremendous defense that year,” Black said. “So even not having Peru, it wasn’t like that was the only thing we had going for us. In the game against La Center, the defense really showed up well.”

The Spudders were unable to keep things going in the postseason. They lost to Elma 27-8 in a Week 10 district seeding game. At state, Ridgefield fell to Eatonville 20-13 when the Spudders were stopped late from inside the Cruisers’ 2-yard line.

The Wildcats’ fortune went the other direction. La Center beat Rochester 39-6 in the district playoff before wins over Mount Baker (19-13) and Steilacoom (42-21) at state. The Wildcats’ run ended in the 2A state semifinals with 28-26 loss to Meridian.

“My memory of the kids was how they were saying ‘This is not going to define our season,’ ” Lambert said. “It was kind of neat way for them to realize ‘We need to practice harder. We have to be more efficient. We have to take it more seriously.’ So if we had won that game, I don’t know how the season would have ended up.”

For Black, he remembers a cap to a special season with a classic matchup for the league title in the Ridgefield-La Center rivalry.

“Everybody from La Center and Ridgefield was there that night,” said Black, who still teaches and serves as an assistant football coach at Ridgefield. “The La Center stands were packed and people lined the field in every direction.

“There was always that great rivalry between Ridgefield and La Center. We don’t get the opportunity to play them as often as we used to. But there are still a lot of families and history in the area. So if we get the chance to beat them, that’s a good thing. And I think they feel the same way.”

Seattle Times Politics

Technical error helped criminals in $576 million jobless-benefits scam in Washington state, officials say
Author: Paul Roberts

The state's Employment Security Department took nearly a year to fix a software flaw that wound up playing a small but significant role in this spring's massive unemployment fraud.

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