Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, September 11

An unsung hero: The Muslim engineer who rebuilt the Pentagon crash site as a chapel
Eighteen years ago on a September morning she’ll never forget, Manal Ezzat fled from the burning Pentagon building in such a panicked rush that her hijab fell off. The next day, when the fires were still burning, Ezzat set to her task of rebuilding. Her vision, and the work of a huge team of public servants, led to what arose from the ashes: a new use for a site forever marked by tragedy. Read more in the Seattle Times

Want to know how your child’s school is doing? OSPI releases test results
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has released state test results for 2018-19. Results for math, English language arts and science for the state, by school and district can be found here. Statewide scores were about the same as the previous year, with 60 percent of students meeting grade-level standards for English language arts and 49 percent meeting them for math. Read more in the News Tribune

18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11
Americans commemorated 9/11 with solemn ceremonies and vows Wednesday to “never forget” 18 years after the deadliest terror attack on American soil. Victims’ relatives assembled at ground zero, where the observance began with a moment of silence and the tolling of bells at 8:46 a.m. – the exact time a hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center’s north tower. Read more in the Spokesman Review


Associated Press
Officials spar with senators over plan for mortgage giants
18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11
Trump issues new, revised order to counter terrorism 
Starbucks clashes with small Alaska company over trademark
Amazon fulfillment center in Spokane to open in mid-2020
Vancouver City Council hears local opioid deaths fall
Seattle to cancel deal to buy new streetcars
Relatives of passengers killed in Boeing crash protest in DC
Court strikes down Montana law barring political robocalls   

Aberdeen Daily World
County OKs $1.2 million for economic development
Hoquiam Fire Department getting new equipment, consolidation report completed   

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Two months after attack ICE allows media inside detention center
18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11 

The Daily News
County asks U.S. Army Corps for Mt. St. Helens sediment funding
Castle Rock to buy pension plans for volunteer police officers
Port of Longview handles parts for western Washington’s first major wind farm
No residential power rate increase in 2020 PUD budget  

Everett Herald (subscription required)
High court tackles legality of Sound Transit car-tab fees
Bloomberg: Boeing 737 Max jet to face separate test by EU regulators
Muhlstein: Firefighters help today’s kids understand the meaning of 9/11 

The Inlander
Southern Resident Killer Whales given Lummi name in a traditional ceremony 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap Transit to test two-boat fast ferry service
Behavioral health providers seek piece of funding pie 

Lynnwood Times
WA Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self gives message on National Hispanic Heritage month (Ortiz-Self) 

News Tribune (subscription required)
Torn, burned and scarred. 9/11 memorial will finally be installed in Milton Park
Metro Parks to demolish former clubhouse at Titlow, restore ‘natural beach’ for public
Two months after attack ICE allows media inside detention center
Badly needed Tacoma psychiatric hospital’s beds empty; accreditation effort on ‘pause’
Want to know how your child’s school is doing? OSPI releases test results 

New York Times
California Bill Makes App-Based Companies Treat Workers as Employees
Trump Eyes Crackdown on Homelessness as Aides Visit California
China Lifts Some U.S. Tariffs in Modest Olive Branch to Trump    

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston County median home price rises to $348,500 in August
Olympia City Council delays camp cleanup under Fourth Ave. bridge
Sound Transit car-tab fight goes before Supreme Court. ‘No fraud,’ says agency lawyer   

Peninsula Daily News
Orca task force hears about whale watching, dam breaching 

Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing 737 Max grounding forces airline to ‘unlearn’ scheduling strategies
Share of Americans with health insurance declined in 2018
Boeing prepares Moses Lake for big role in 737 Max return to service   

Seattle Times (subscription required)
To dispel ‘bad information,’ ICE opens detention facility in Tacoma for tour
Amazon leases new multistory warehouse in South Seattle, first of its kind in U.S.
King County councilmember proposes spending $1 million to bus homeless people out of the region
Washington set a high bar for students to pass standardized exams by 2027. New results suggest there’s more work to do.
An unsung hero: The Muslim engineer who rebuilt the Pentagon crash site as a chapel  

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit Regional Health to end family medicine residency program  

Spokesman Review
Company demonstrates ‘salmon cannon’ technology’s potential to restore species to the Upper Columbia
Shawn Vestal: Spokane should expand its successful community court program
Spokane law enforcement agencies will add four more mental health teams   

Washington Post
John Bolton’s turbulent tenure comes to a Trumpian end
With Bolton’s departure, Pompeo gets ‘more running room’
Why U.S. foes around the world will welcome Bolton’s departure, and why they should’t get too excited
Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world
Trump says ‘boneheads’ at Fed should cut interest rates to zero—or even set negative rates
Ex-Russian official thought to have spied for the U.S. was hiding in plain sight
The Bahamas wants tourists to know it’s still open for business
At 9/11 memorial, Trump vows to strike back with power the U.S. ‘has never used before’ if country is attacked again 

Yakima Herald Republic
New technical education graduation option shows promise, shortcomings among Yakima County school officials
Valley veterans reflect on service, September 11 



Olympia church adopts Fourth Avenue Bridge homeless camp
Is CBD allowed in food in Washington?
Department of Homeland Security gives rare tour of Tacoma detention center 
Verify: Is it constitutional for Eastern Washington to split into the Liberty State?   

To battle public perceptions, ICE offers rare tour of Tacoma facility
Proposals addressing homelessness include ‘long-distance bus tickets home’  

Sweep of homeless camp under Olympia’s Fourth Ave. Bridge delayed
Paid one-way bus tickets out of Seattle proposed as option for homeless   

‘Bad information’ or ‘bad PR’? KNKX takes a look inside Tacoma’s immigration facility
Washington state officially launches first new construction in effort to electrify ferries  

Fewer Children Had Health Insurance In 2018, Census Data Shows
U.S. Census Bureau Reports Poverty Rate Down, But Millions Still Poor
The 2020 Census is upon us
Poll: Most Americans Want To See Congress Pass Gun Restrictions
Trump Fires John Bolton In Final Break After Months Of Internal Policy Division 

NW Public Radio
Seattle teams with rideshares for transport to immigrant interviews in Yakima, Portland
Federal government expands hunting and fishing at national wildlife refuges
Poll: most Americans want to see Congress pass gun safety measures  

Q13 TV (Fox)
ICE works to dispel ‘myths’ at local immigrant detention center
Surveillance video raises questions about Aberdeen police’s version of deadly officer-involved shooting
King County council member wants $1 million policy to send homeless to distant family members
Yet another Boeing plane has a problem 



In the fight against Washington wildfires, drones are now as vital as chainsaws
How a fight over equity in Bellevue schools fueled the opposition to Washington’s affirmative-action initiative   

Seattle P.I.
King County councilmember proposes series of measures on homelessness
Busy intersection in Seattle’s Sodo District to close for 10 days starting Thursday