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Navigating the evolving benefits landscape — Table of Experts
Author: Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Michael Cole, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, recently spoke to a panel of business leaders including: Karen Fogg, Boly:Welch chief people officer; Kathleen McDermott, ZGF architects associate principal; Jennifer Seekamp, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon director HR and Employee Benefits; Kristen Taylor, Trillium Family Services senior VP of Human Resources; and Bryce Waters, La Clinica human resources director. They shared the benefit strategies their organizations are…

Washington State News

Rain could potentially ease or worsen New Mexico wildfire

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday issued a disaster declaration for the state of New Mexico, which is battling a pair of growing wildfires.

The South Fork Fire and the Salt Fire in Ruidoso have killed two people, destroyed about 500 homes and forced thousands to flee. The two fires have burned an estimated 9,308 hectares and as of Thursday, were 0% contained, officials said.

In seeking the aid, New Mexic

Rangers, Royals open series eager to end June swoons
(Photo credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports) Two teams that have done their share of swooning in June face off Friday night when the Kansas City Royals open a three-game series against the defending World Series champion Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Both teams have sputtered to 7-10 records so far this month. The Rangers, who have lost five of their past six games, are in third place in the American League West
Marlins try to keep luck going as Mariners hope to change theirs
(Photo credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports) It doesn't make much sense. The Miami Marlins have the worst record in the National League yet have more walk-off wins (seven) than any other team in the majors. On Friday night, they open a three-game series against the visiting Seattle Mariners, who sit in first place in the American LeagueWest but are on a two-game losing streak. Miami most recently took two of three from
Inconsistent Blue Jays aim for familiar success vs. Guardians
(Photo credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports) After an impressive series victory against the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians, the Toronto Blue Jays have hit another rut. Perhaps another weekend set with the Guardians, which starts Friday night in Cleveland, will end Toronto's latest woes. It's been a frustrating campaign for theBlue Jays, who are four games under .500, have dealt with various injuries and conti

Columbian Newspaper

Ridgefield Raptors Road Report: Ridgefield 11, Port Angeles 7
Author: Jeff Klein

Thursday’s Game: Ridgefield Raptors 11, Port Angeles Lefties 7 (click here for boxscore)

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Cardinals beat Giants 6-5 in game at Rickwood Field honoring Mays and Negro Leagues
Author: ALANIS THAMES, AP Sports Writer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Brendan Donovan hit a two-run homer and a double and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 in the Negro Leagues tribute game at Rickwood Field on Thursday night.

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The Chronicle - Centralia

AA Awesome Trailblazers slug their way past Centralia

It didn’t take Hirota Smaciarz long to get on base on Thursday.

On the first pitch of Awesome Chevrolet’s matchup against Centralia, Smaciarz’s first game back after missing the Brian Cox Memorial Tournament this past weekend, he dropped a bunt single to third.

It wasn’t a big swing of the bat, but it kickstarted an early Trailblazer flurry, one where they scored five runs in the first two innings to open up a lead, including a RBI triple from Smaciarz in his second at-bat.

“It seems to relax the whole team,” Awesome Chevrolet coach Chris McCallum said of having Smaciarz atop the lineup.

The Trailblazers never looked back on Thursday, adding seven more runs in the middle innings en route to a 12-3 win over Centralia. It’s Awesome Chevrolet’s second win over Centralia this week, as the Trailblazers took Sunday’s matchup 10-0.

As the score would indicate, Smaciarz was far from the only Trailblazer to have success at the plate.

Four other Trailblazers recorded multi-hit games, including Luke McMillan, who broke the game open with a three-run triple in the fourth, and Race Rockey, who went 3 for 3 and scored twice.

“It’s amazing how hitting is contagious when you get a leadoff guy that just lights a fire under you,” McCallum said.”

It was more than enough run support for Hayden Rooney, who allowed just one hit and three unearned runs in six innings on the bump.

Rooney was extremely efficient despite five errors behind him, as he needed just 85 pitches to strike out nine and get through six.

“Hayden threw really well,” McCallum said. “When his offspeed stuff is on, he’s really tough. It was great to see him come out and have the outing that he did. It was good to get that out of him.”

Rooney was able to freeze Centralia hitters consistently early on, as five of the first six batters he struck out went down looking.

“It’s definitely hard to play from behind when you do that,” Centralia coach Jake LeDuc said. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance early.”

Despite the final score, there were some things LeDuc was pleased with.

Rocco Waring, who LeDuc noted hasn’t played baseball in a few years, came in out of the bullpen in the fifth, and he threw three strong innings. He also noted that 32 of the 45 pitches he threw were strikes, which gave the defense chances to make plays behind him.

After a triple in the fourth, Colton Weiss hit a 1-2 pitch to the right side to bring the runner home.

“Those are the little things we need to do over and over again,” LeDuc said. “That’s what our summer, for me, is all about. It’s that development.”

Both teams will be back in action on the road on Monday, as Centralia will head to Montesano and Awesome Chevrolet will travel north to face Aberdeen.

NYT Politics

Appeals Court Denies Bannon’s Emergency Motion to Remain Free
Author: Zach Montague
Stephen K. Bannon is scheduled to start a four-month prison term on July 1 unless the Supreme Court intervenes.
Trump Erodes Biden’s Lead in 2024 Election Fundraising After Conviction
Author: Shane Goldmacher and Theodore Schleifer
Just two months ago, President Biden appeared to have a daunting financial advantage. Then Donald Trump was convicted of 34 felonies, and Republicans’ wallets opened.

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