Seattle Times Opinion

Shout it with me: FCC is bringing back net neutrality
Author: Craig Aaron

Net neutrality is necessary because it’s how the internet has always worked — without being filtered by a few giant gatekeepers. 
Finally, Congress stands up for Ukraine and other U.S. allies
Author: The Seattle Times editorial board

A $95 billion package affirms American leadership by confronting bad actors and providing humanitarian aid around the world.

Portland Business News

7 Portland metro retail stories to watch, including REI in Beaverton and Nike downtown
Author: Jonathan Bach
From new grocery stores to mall tenants, there's been a lot happening on the retail beat in the past few months.
Oregon Business & Industry brings state's commercial shortcomings to light
Author: Andy Giegerich
The report essentially compiles 56 state-by-state rankings. It will be updated yearly.

The Chronicle - Centralia

Centralia blows by Shelton without dropping set

The Tigers dominated an Evergreen Conference match on Monday afternoon, sweeping the Highclimbers in singles and doubles to win 6-0 at home.

Of the three singles matches and three doubles contests, Centralia dropped a total of 16 games. Maya Lackie (No. 1 singles) and its Nos. 2 and 3 doubles tandems didn’t drop a game in the second set to complete the sweep.


First: Maya Lackie (Centralia) wins 6-1, 6-0

Second: Esther Hopkins (Centralia) wins 6-1, 6-1

Third: Eliyah Rooklidge (Centralia) wins 6-3, 6-1


First: Aydan Butler/Sophia Wiley (Centralia) wins 6-1, 6-1

Second: Maddie Breckel/Neela Haywood (Centralia) wins 6-3, 6-0

Third: Brook Frakes/Suki Bringman (Centralia) wins 6-4, 6-0

Chehalis fourth-grader is one of five national finalists in 2024 Sodexo Future Chefs National Challenge

Orin Smith Elementary School fourth-grader Kason Talanoa has been selected as one of five national finalists for the 2024 Sodexo Future Chefs National Challenge. 

Kason and his elote recipe qualified by placing first in the local Chehalis School District Future Chefs competition in March. He was selected as one of 40 regional finalists before being chosen from that pool of competitors. 

“A panel of esteemed judges reviewed and voted on the recipes based on originality, healthy attributes, ease of preparation, kid friendliness and adaptability for school lunch. After reviewing hundreds of recipes, five students were selected as the National Future Chefs Finalists,” Sodexo stated in a news release. 

When asked if there was anything he wanted to say after his elotes won first place in the 2024 Sodexo Future Chefs National Challenge at Orin Smith Elementary School in Chehalis on March 7, Kason said, “Never give up.”

The public is invited to help choose the national winner by voting online between Monday, May 6 and Friday, May 17. 

“Each finalist has submitted a video of them preparing their dish and the public is being asked to cast their vote for their favorite,” Sodexo said. 

Kason was set to film his video on April 25, and the video will be up online during the voting period. 

To view the finalists’ videos and to vote, visit

This year, 34 Chehalis elementary school students submitted healthy recipes inspired by their favorite lunch meals, and eight were selected to participate in the district-wide finals event. Finalists had two hours to prepare and present their creations before being assessed on criteria including originality, taste, kid friendliness and use of healthy ingredients.

PWV takes league contest versus Ocosta, splits twinbill

Facing off against Loyola Marymount commit Jessie Gilbert, the Titans snared a P2BL victory over the Wildcats 3-1 at home on Monday afternoon. The non-league game between the two ended as a 7-3 win by Ocosta.

Gilbert ended the day with 14 strikeouts in a full six innings in the circle, but PWV (11-4, 4-1 P2BL) struck for all three of its runs came in the third inning with two outs. Three straight singles loaded the bases to set up a three-run triple off the bat of Karli Phelps.

Lauren Emery allowed one earned run in the fifth and struck out five on 85 pitches. Jillian Hodel registered two hits for PWV, who battle Ilwaco on Wednesday. 

In the second game, Lauren Matlock ripped four hits – three of them triples – for the Titans. They scored once in the fourth and two times in the fifth, but couldn’t dig out of a 4-0 hole.

NYT Politics

Here’s What’s in the Foreign Aid Package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan
Author: Robert Jimison
Assistance for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan is paired with legislation to impose fresh rounds of sanctions on Iran and Russia and a measure that could lead to a ban on TikTok in the United States.
First Witness in Trump Trial Sets Stage for Future Testimonies
Author: Jesse McKinley
A tabloid publisher testified how he helped Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Seattle Times Politics

Kroger to pay WA $47.5 million over role in opioid crisis
Author: Claire Withycombe

Washington sued Kroger, along with Albertsons and Rite Aid, arguing the pharmacy chains failed to be the "final barrier" against the overprescription of opioids.