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Tuesday, June 2

Protests over police treatment of black people have sparked concerns over the possible spread of COVID-19. Here, a protestor marches with a cloth mask stating

Protests Over Racism Versus Risk Of COVID: ‘I Wouldn’t Weigh These Crises Separately’
Mass protests that have erupted over police brutality toward black people in America are raising concerns about the risk of spreading the coronavirus. But some health experts, even as they urge caution, say they support the demonstrations — because racism itself also poses a dire health threat. Continue reading at KUOW. (Getty Images)

SWAT officers scatter protesters from Fourth Avenue downtown on Saturday. The protests were sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died after being pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer for several minutes. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

George Floyd protests spotlight need for police reform, even in times of coronavirus
If the events of the past week have taught us anything, it’s that now is not the time to take our foot off the gas of police accountability. The devastating death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after being pinned beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer, has sparked widespread protests nationwide, including fiery confrontations between protesters and police in Seattle on Saturday night. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Dean Rutz)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee puts on his face mask after speaking to the media, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Tumwater, Wash., about the state’s effort at contact tracing amid the coronavirus pandemic. THE SEATTLE TIMES VIA AP, POOL STEVE RINGMAN

“We can’t allow violence to hijack peaceful protest,” Gov. Inslee says
Those who have committed violent acts during the demonstrations in Seattle and other cities “need to be criminally prosecuted as appropriate and they will be,” the governor said at a press conference. “We will not allow that to obscure the justice of the underlying protest; the peaceful protesters’ efforts to challenge all of us to raise our eyes on the prize to have a more just society.” Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Steve Ringman)


Associated Press
Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide
Mostly peaceful Seattle protests turn violent at night
Officials to screen all detainees at immigration jail
Medical examiner: Floyd’s heart stopped while restrained
Seattle under another curfew; National Guard deployed
Seattle-based fishing trawler docks with 86 coronavirus cases
Officials to screen all detainees at immigration jail
Fishing trawler in Washington state has 86 coronavirus cases
US heads into a new week shaken by violence and pandemic
Brooms in hand, people patch up stores damaged in protests
Inslee activates National Guard following Floyd protests
King County seeks further easing of COVID-19 restrictions
Democratic governors reject Trump’s call to send in military
Inslee slams Trump, Seattle George Floyd protests continue
April construction spending falls 2.9% as virus upends work

Auburn Reporter
Looting hits Auburn mall and nearby stores; mayor imposes 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew
Looters break into 26 Tukwila businesses Sunday night; 9 arrests made

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Inslee to extend moratorium on COVID-19 evictions
Basic Food emergency supplement benefits due to coronavirus extended through June
‘We were really disappointed’ — changes delay Whatcom from filing for Phase 2 Monday
Whatcom surpasses 400 total coronavirus cases Monday, reduces death total by 3
Whatcom guide to gathering when it’s OK: From bring-your-own food to staying outside
Here’s what Whatcom leaders, police are saying about racial injustice
Fieldwork to resume on Ecology’s Bellingham waterfront cleanup project
“We can’t allow violence to hijack peaceful protest,” Gov. Inslee says
North Cascades National Park increasing access for day use starting Friday
Seattle cop seen on video kneeling on man’s neck during arrest at Floyd protest
Health department announces Whatcom processing facility sees active COVID-19 outbreak
Coronavirus updates: Inslee issues guidance for higher education, workforce training
Washington state reports 275 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths Monday
Are kids falling behind in school due to pandemic? Most WA parents think so, poll says
Watch: Gov. Jay Inslee spoke Monday to address demonstrations in Washington state
‘Let’s start a riot.’ Illinois man accused of bringing homemade bombs to protests
Trump says he could use US military in George Floyd protests. What does the law say?
Trump threatens to mobilize military to suppress violent protests over George Floyd
Pepper balls and tear gas: Here’s how police crowd-control measures affect the body
Americans now less worried about catching coronavirus at doctor offices, poll says

Capital Press
USDA makes deal to settle suit over killing mammals in Washington

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Snohomish County submits application for Phase Two clearance
Inslee embraces peaceful demonstrators, condemns looters
Fear of destruction brings curfews, closures and police
Viewpoints: Why we need rule breakers as much as followers
Bloomberg: Commentary: Women, black leaders filled void left by Trump

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way raises pride flag for first time in city history (Wilson)
Multiple Federal Way stores hit by looters
Islands’ Weekly
How to reduce your waste impact during COVID-19 times

Issaquah Reporter
Issaquah orders 8 p.m. curfew for June 1-3
Bellevue businesses see damage, looting amid George Floyd protests

Journal of the San Juan Islands
A look at COVID-19 contact tracing
Black Lives Matter protest in Friday Harbor, June 5
Prepare for the annual playwrights festival
Letter to the community from the superintendent

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Inexperienced, dubious companies among many aiming to cash in on coronavirus antibody tests
The man behind the Manette mural of George Floyd: list of black men killed ‘hits very hard’
Hundreds protest against police brutality in march from Wright Park to Tacoma’s North End

News Tribune (subscription required)
Police officers and a wall of dumpsters stand between Tacoma Mall and looters
Downtown Tacoma businesses looted by small group at end of peaceful protest
Pierce County Council approves Phase 2 application; Dammeier’s signature all that’s needed
Coronavirus updates: Inslee issues Safe Start proclamation for re-opening Washington
UW athletic director Jennifer Cohen listening to student-athletes in wake of George Floyd’s death
Tacoma businesses, services close early as people gather to protest killing of George Floyd
Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner was at downtown Seattle protest Saturday. What he saw. What he asks

New York Times
The Military’s Newest Target: Protesters
Lawmakers Begin Bipartisan Push to Cut Off Police Access to Military-Style Gear
How Minneapolis, One of America’s Most Liberal Cities, Struggles With Racism
As Virus Toll Preoccupies U.S., Rivals Test Limits of American Power
As Trump Calls Protesters ‘Terrorists,’ Tear Gas Clears a Path for His Walk to a Church
E.P.A. Limits States’ Power to Oppose Pipelines and Other Energy Projects

Olympian (subscription required)
Protests in Olympia extend into third evening, as two demonstrations merge
1 new case increases Thurston County COVID-19 total to 155
Washington state reports 275 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths Monday
Basic Food emergency supplement benefits due to coronavirus extended through June
Inslee to extend moratorium on COVID-19 evictions
Olympia residents clean up debris from Sunday night protest
Sunday night protest in downtown Olympia results in 13 misdemeanor and felony arrests
Seahawks Bobby Wagner, black Americans see this as an opportunity. Are whites listening?

Peninsula Daily News
City Council to consider supporting Snake River dam removal
Peninsula businesses start to open doors
Quilt club makes over 4,500 face masks for health workers

Puget Sound Business Journal
Black workers face new economic risks
US retailers step up security as looting continues
States warn that virus may doom climate projects
Aerospace job fair comes against the backdrop of industry turmoil — and that’s the point
Boeing’s jilted regional jet partner reports sales drop, but there’s reason for optimism
Sources: Boeing wins 747 freighter deal, in talks to sell more jumbos

Renton Reporter
Some Renton businesses see property damage amid looting reports Sunday
Looters break into 26 Tukwila businesses Sunday night; 9 arrests made

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Coronavirus daily news updates, June 2: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world
George Floyd protests continue in Seattle area; one turns chaotic on Capitol Hill
Inslee rebukes Trump for calling governors ‘weak’ over George Floyd protests
George Floyd protests spotlight need for police reform, even in times of coronavirus
Coronavirus has closed courthouses, stopped trials. How does Washington’s justice system come back?
Which phase is your county in? And what can you do under the modified Phase 1 of Washington’s reopening?
West Seattle Bridge is a surprise crisis, but plenty of other aging Seattle bridges are also vulnerable

Seattle Weekly
New guidelines for Phase 2 reopenings in King County

Skagit Valley Herald
County considers budget cuts in wake of COVID-19
County must re-apply to enter Phase 2

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Rates of COVID-19 lower in the Valley
Bellevue businesses see damage, looting amid George Floyd protests

Spokesman Review
Spokane sheriff, police chief blame Sunday’s violence on outside agitators
Coming back from stay-home restrictions, downtown businesses work to recover from riot impact

Tri-City Herald
2020 Water Follies hydro races postponed for first time in 54 years
2 more COVID deaths in Tri-Cities. Fewer total deaths in May
700 food boxes to be given away June 3 in Kennewick
Demonstrators rally in Pasco for racial justice

USA Today
‘A national disgrace’: 40,600 deaths tied to U.S. nursing homes
Your next stimulus check could be higher, if the HEROES Act gets signed as House Democrats want
US coronavirus map: Tracking the outbreak

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Increased COVID testing at nursing homes is smart move
Columbia County applies for Phase 3
Walla Walla County preps for mid-June move to Phase 3
COVID-19 numbers still going up in Umatilla, Walla Walla counties
How Democratic Party fundraiser and former ambassador Suzi LeVine came to run embattled state unemployment system (Keiser)

Washington Post
As nation convulses with fiery protests, leaders struggle to address deep racial despair
Trump, Congress face huge economic decisions over aid as country is rocked by protests
Trump threatens military action to quell protests, and the law would let him do it
The central feature of Trump’s presidency: False claims and disinformation
Election officials contradict Barr’s assertion that counterfeit mail ballots produced by a foreign country are a ‘real’ worry

Yakima Herald Republic
“Don’t shoot! Justice now!” Yakima marchers protest the death of George Floyd.
Health officer: Yakima County will need to wait on Phase 1.5, too, until metrics improve
Opinion: Surrounded by tech know-how, how did the state get scammed?


Experts concerned coronavirus cases could rise with Seattle protests
Tacoma businesses looted by overnight vandals
Seattle police deem protests in Capitol Hill a ‘riot’ Monday night
Coronavirus updates: Snohomish County officially applies for Phase 2 of reopening
Some governors reject President Trump’s call to send in military on protesters
Seattle pediatrician has concerns about schools not reopening in the fall
City of Kirkland urged shops to close prior to peaceful demonstration

Seattle police declare Capitol Hill protest a ‘riot’
Seattle PD, FBI ask public for photos, video to help find suspects wanted for looting, vandalism
‘We cannot allow violence to hijack peaceful protest,’ Gov. Inslee says
Bellevue police chief says looters are part of organized crime ring
Seattle officers take a knee to show solidarity with protesters
Peaceful protest held in Olympia Monday on heels of violent night
Seattle city council members criticize police response to protests
Prayer vigil follows unrest in Seattle

Tear gas fired as hours of peaceful demonstrations turns raucous again in Seattle
Hundreds rally in downtown Seattle during peaceful interfaith vigil
Statewide COVID-19 death toll increases by 6 amid weekend protests
Police seize firearms, make arrests during Portland protests
Gov. Inslee says Trump aims to ‘fan the flames of division’
Seattle Police ask for videos, photos to investigate destruction, violence during protests
King County to apply to move to next phase as it seeks to allow businesses to reopen
Curfews in effect in Seattle, Renton as George Floyd protests continue
SPD: 57 arrests during Saturday’s riots in Seattle

PHOTOS: Hundreds gather in Tacoma to protest police brutality
LISTEN: Black church leaders gather in Tacoma to pray amid nationwide unrest
LISTEN: Tacoma mayor reflects on police violence, numbness plaguing her city
Volunteers, Seattle workers gather to clean up vandalism in city’s International District
All-electric commuter plane begins flight testing in Moses Lake
COVID-19 hit these Tacoma homeless shelters early on. Then the outbreaks stopped.

Updates on demonstrations in Seattle and Western Washington
News and updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
Park Police Tear Gas Peaceful Protesters To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op
‘He Did Not Pray’: Fallout Grows From Trump’s Photo-Op At St. John’s Church
An amazing feeling of solidarity, then the flashbangs
Nearly 26,000 Nursing Home Residents Have Died From COVID-19, Federal Data Show
What Is The Insurrection Act That Trump Is Threatening To Invoke?
White House Coronavirus Testing Czar To Stand Down
‘None Of This Is True’: Protests Become Fertile Ground for Online Disinformation
George Floyd Independent Autopsy: Homicide By Asphyxia
Protests Over Racism Versus Risk Of COVID: ‘I Wouldn’t Weigh These Crises Separately
Trump Weighing Options On Protest Response, White House Official Says
Attorney General Steps Up Federal Law Enforcement Response To Protests

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle protest declared a riot hours after curfew begins
12,000 complaints filed against Seattle Police officers after weekend protests, riots
Democratic governors reject Trump’s call to send in military
Tacoma youth host peaceful protest in response to George Floyd’s death
SPD: 57 arrests, ‘hundreds’ of buildings damaged during weekend’s riots
Seattle cop removes fellow officer’s knee from neck of man detained during riots, video shows
Peaceful protests in Seattle as widespread looting happens in Bellevue, Tukwila, Renton
People grab rifles and board up to protect Kirkland businesses from looters
George Floyd Protesters in Renton leave feeling empowered
Inslee: President Trump ‘incapable of governing’
Businesses, government buildings close across Puget Sound region ahead of more planned protests


Lack of behavioral health care in WA forces families apart
Debate over policing in Seattle continues after years of federal oversight
Opinion: Tribal nations in WA helped prove police accountability is possible

Police Pepper Spray Protesters Over Pink Umbrella, Escalating Fourth Day of Police Brutality Protests
Inslee Addresses Police Brutality Protests as Fourth Day of Uprising Commences
SPD Officer Jared Campbell Was Not Deploying Pepper Spray
Seattle Police Still Using the Knee-on-Neck Hold, Proven Deadly in the George Floyd Case
How to Protect Yourself From Tear Gas
Seattle City Council Members Respond to Weekend’s Demonstrations
Joe Biden Vows to Create Federal Police Oversight and Fight Racism

Monday, June 1

Demonstrators marched in Berlin on Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

‘We Are All George Floyd’: Global Anger Grows Over a Death in Minneapolis
In many parts of the world, the death of yet another black man at the hands of the police in the United States is setting off mass protests against police brutality and reviving concerns that America is abandoning its traditional role as a defender of human rights. Continue reading at The New York Times. (Sean Gallup)

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee, seen here at the end of the 2020 legislative session, on Friday announced a new plan for counties in Washington to reopen parts of the their economies in phases. (Jim Camden / The Spokesman-Review)

Inslee announces stay-home order will be replaced with new, more flexible plan for reopening
Washington will enter a new phase in the state government’s efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic, replacing a stay-home order with a new program that will allow counties to have different amounts of business and recreational activity. “We plan to move Washington forward on a county-by-county basis,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in announcing the change this afternoon. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Jim Camden)

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan speaking with a reporter

‘Not the acts of allies:’ Seattle officials discuss the emotional aftermath of violent protest
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and fire and police chiefs say those who looted and caused fires were not from the group who were peacefully protesting. Thousands hit the downtown streets in a peaceful rally honoring George Floyd, a Black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis. Continue reading at King 5 News.


Associated Press
COVID-19 outbreak hits fruit-packing company in Oregon’s Hood River Valley
Convulsing in protest, US cities brace for more unrest
Semi driver arrested after rolling into Minneapolis protest
SpaceX’s historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station
Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged
Inslee activates National Guard in the wake of protests in Seattle
Inslee sending more National Guard troops to Seattle as curfews continue
Bellevue College names former governor as interim president
Curfews, confrontations follow police brutality protests
Protests again close I-5; Bellevue hit by vandalism, looting
Rioting after protest leads to curfews for Seattle, Portland
King County seeks further easing of COVID-19 restrictions
Hood River COVID-19 outbreak linked to Duckwall Fruit
Floyd protesters set fires in Portland, police declare riot
Downtown storefront smashed in Seattle George Floyd protest
WA virus order expiring, counties get more flexibility
Large cruises banned in Canada at least until Oct. 31
Another Asian giant hornet found in northwestern Washington
Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

Aberdeen Daily World
‘A promise to our citizens’ from Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers
State public lands managers to reopen campgrounds in 22 counties
Aberdeen approves $200,000 in small business grants
Friends Landing camp site to reopen no later than June 1
Commentary: George Floyd, killed in Minneapolis, is why Amy Cooper’s Central Park call was so repugnant

Auburn Reporter
Inslee wants nursing home residents and staff tested by June 12
New guidelines for Phase 2 reopenings in King County
Campgrounds to reopen in 22 Washington counties

Bainbridge Island Review
Sound Publishing launches grant program for local businesses
Kitsap County releases ‘playbook’ for reopening, details four phases

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Do people at huge protests risk catching coronavirus? Here’s what to know
Whatcom guide to gathering now that it’s OK: From bring-your-own food to staying outside
Here’s when Whatcom will apply for Phase 2 opening for businesses
Lessons from Wenatchee as Whatcom‘s Intalco curtailment approaches, costing 700 jobs
Inslee orders statewide Guard activation following unrest
Bellingham Phase 2 could mean more sidewalk sales, dining outside on closed streets
Washington State Patrol reports 21 troopers trained to draw blood to help reduce DUIs
Here’s what Bellingham will do as renter protections are set to expire
Workers will be required to wear masks to protect others from COVID-19 starting June 8

Capital Press
Washington governor supersedes L&I’s farm-safety rules

In Our View: Outbreak at Firestone a learning opportunity
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Ups, downs in great outdoors
In Our View: School in fall still a bit of a multiple-choice test

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Edmonds mayor removes finance director with no cause given
Neighbors oppose Everett’s possible sale of 92.5 wooded acres
County staff urges ‘no’ on Point Wells development proposal
Warning: Getting too COVID clean can be poisonous to health
New guidelines ease the path to Phase 2 for Snohomish County
People descend upon Snohomish reportedly over rumor Sunday
Please stop killing bumble bees: They’re not ‘murder hornets’
Seniors from Marysville schools mark accomplishment with parade
Ask Dr. Paul: Adjusting to the new normal with COVID-19
Alderwood mall is ready for the governor’s green light
Snohomish County seeks to enter second phase of reopening
Commentary: When job is still hazardous, why end hazard pay?
Editorial: Work ahead even if county can move to Phase 2

Federal Way Mirror
New guidelines for Phase 2 reopenings in King County
Islands’ Weekly
Statement from sheriff regarding protest
Community Conversations, week seven

Issaquah Reporter
How is COVID-19 affecting Issaquah?
Inslee wants nursing home residents and staff tested by June 12
New guidelines for Phase 2 reopenings in King County
Campgrounds to reopen in 22 Washington counties
New protocols set for Sea-Tac Airport
King County sheriff releases message about Minneapolis Police officer

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Phased reopenings continue county-by-county
Residential and commercial burning closed

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap joins nationwide ‘call for justice’ on police killings
Back to the bus? What public transportation will look like in the pandemic era
Rebuilding America: Will grocery shopping ever be the same after the pandemic?
Bremerton to reopen more parks, reinstate parking enforcement starting Monday
Rodeo Drive-In to re-open with restrictions on June 5
Will restaurants feel like hospital cafeterias in the future? Chefs struggle to bring dining out back
New firefighter training facility planned for West Hills area of Bremerton
The pandemic means a new normal. Here are the weird things you miss.

News Tribune (subscription required)
Coronavirus updates: Inslee issues Safe Start proclamation for re-opening
Pierce County reports 19 new COVID-19 cases
DK Metcalf, Duane Brown, leading Seahawks speak out in aftermath of George Floyd’s death
Opinion: Could I be hashtag like #GeorgeFloyd? Black people live this reality, even in Tacoma
Hundreds march through downtown Tacoma to protest the killing of George Floyd
Puyallup to close temporary homeless encampment set up for COVID-19 response
Pierce County moves forward to apply for Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 recovery plan
Tacoma’s micro business owners will reopen to a frustrating world of masks and back rent
Sisterly love: Tacoma’s ties to Chinese city help counter COVID-19 distrust
Editorial: Relaxing COVID-19 religious restrictions is good news. But keep staying home anyway

New York Times
Live Updates on George Floyd Protests: Trump Lashes Out at Governors Over Response
Facing Protests Over Use of Force, Police Respond With More Force
‘We Are All George Floyd’: Global Anger Grows Over a Death in Minneapolis
Coronavirus Live Updates: Infections Spike and Wane Unevenly Across the U.S.
Grateful for Aid, but Worried About What Comes Next

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston County ends week with 23 COVID-19 cases after 6 more announced Sunday
Washington state reports 353 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths
Coronavirus updates: State reaches 21,349 cases; fraudulent unemployment claims recovered
Over 150 honor George Floyd at vigil in downtown Olympia, march to Capitol
Olympia area businesses scramble to adapt to Phase 2 reopening
Workers will be required to wear masks to protect others from COVID-19 starting June 8
Olympia area businesses scramble to adapt to Phase 2 reopening
Phase 1 counties can apply Monday to reopen more businesses under revised phasing plan
Now you can get rid of the good stuff you’ve cleaned out. Goodwill reopens this week
A national home goods retailer is closing 132 stores, including in Washington state

Peninsula Daily News
What the ‘Safe Start’ plan looks like
Olympic Peninsula protests peaceful
Peninsula prepares for Phase 2
Stay-home order expires tonight; counties get more flexibility
Unemployment fraud hits Peninsula residents
Clallam County approved to enter Phase 2 on Monday
New free WiFi site offered in Port Angeles

Puget Sound Business Journal
Fed-backed Main Street Lending program preparing to launch
Facebook employees revolt over Zuckerberg’s stance on Trump
Corporate voices get behind ‘Black Lives Matter’ cause
Target temporarily closing or shortening hours at 200 stores
Protests spread to Bellevue as cleanup begins in downtown Seattle
US pension plans warned they will run out of money by 2028

Renton Reporter
New guidelines for Phase 2 reopenings in King County
Campgrounds to reopen in 22 Washington counties
South King County area police respond to Seattle protests
New protocols set for Sea-Tac Airport
As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle demonstrations vent anguish at death of George Floyd and more, for a ‘grieving nation’
Near Bellevue protests against police misconduct, looting prompts a curfew and request for National Guard
Seattle area protest updates: City reacts to George Floyd killing, Bellevue imposes curfew amid protests
Downtown businesses assess damage, weigh reopening after nights of riots, looting and chaos
Big downtown protests might complicate Seattle’s coronavirus recovery
American Seafoods factory trawler returns to Seattle after 85 crew members test positive for COVID-19
Seattle-area cities facing cleanups and expiring curfews after weekend protests, looting
King County will apply to enter a modified Phase 1 of coronavirus recovery today. Here’s what that means.
Lakewood officer who fatally shot driver in May was involved in 2013 shooting that led to record wrongful-death verdict
Ishisaka: George Floyd protests spotlight need for police reform, even in times of coronavirus
Seattle mayor, police face questions over response to George Floyd protests, downtown turmoil
Will orcas thrive in the coronavirus pandemic’s quieter waters? Scientists aim to find out
Washington’s DACA recipients on the coronavirus front line await Supreme Court ruling
Photos: Seattle-area residents pitch in to clean up damage after downtown unrest
Big developer backs out of $25M South Lake Union land deal, blaming coronavirus downturn
West Seattle Bridge is a surprise crisis, but plenty of other aging Seattle bridges are also vulnerable
Costly electric vehicles confront a harsh coronavirus reality
Bloomberg: Amazon-backed voice AI startup DefinedCrowd raises $50.5 million
Editorial: Floyd protest message must not be lost
Sen. Murray: COVID-19 testing plan puts White House leadership crisis on display
Op-Ed: When memorializing George Floyd, Trump makes clear he doesn’t understand the protests
Editorial: Push forward with regional homelessness response

Seattle Weekly
Rural King County mayors want state to let them enter Phase 2
New dashboard shows how far along King County is to meeting Phase II metrics
New protocols set for Sea-Tac Airport
State Parks offers three free days in June

Skagit Valley Herald
Businesses preparing for Phase 2 with different strategies
Education Focus: Marine science education program undergoes changes
Nonprofits feeling pinch of pandemic

Spokesman Review
Inslee announces stay-home order will be replaced with new, more flexible plan for reopening
Devoted volunteers keep track of Spokane’s homeless community to prevent major outbreak
Does a recent surge in cases mean more spread of the coronavirus in Spokane County? The answer could determine how the county moves forward in reopening
Protesters gather in Spokane following the death of George Floyd
Will the Spokane housing market weather the storm? Homebuying during the pandemic remains competitive and continues to favor the seller
A visit to the salon now includes masks, social distancing, patience, local stylists say
Opinion: Best path forward will be a data-driven, collective effort

Tri-City Herald
Downed trees, a mudflow and a semi rollover. Storms bring ‘mild chaos’ to Tri-Cities
Tri-Cities businesses face $10,000 fines, closure for not following coronavirus rules
Tri-Cities Black Lives Matter protesters rally outside Pasco police station
Tri-Cities must do this to reopen under state’s newly eased targets
‘Honestly outraged.’ 200 Tri-Citians protest in Richland over Minnesota death
Hanford workers raise $50,000 to feed the hungry. Plus other pandemic generosity
Editorial: Are Phase 2 reopening goals set too high? Not if we want to slow COVID-19 
Op-Ed: Virtual discussion of suicide prevention set for Badger Club 

USA Today
‘Most of you are weak’: Trump rails at the nation’s governors, urges crackdown on violence

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: State universities need help through pandemic
Editorial: Vaccines for childhood diseases can’t be put off
Op-ed: Child-care providers are necessary for local economic recovery

Washington Post
Dissonant images: Some officers march and kneel with protesters
Police injure, arrest reporters covering unrest
Mayhem, clashes with police mark sixth night of protests
George Floyd’s sibling on violent protests: ‘That’s not what my brother was about’
As cities burn, Trump stays silent — other than tweeting fuel on the fire
Trump’s warning that ‘vicious dogs’ would attack conjured centuries of racial terror
Retailers, restaurants shut their doors amid protests just as many were reopening from pandemic
Officials warn that protests could set off second wave of infections
Poll: Most Americans still favor controlling outbreak over restarting economy
The pandemic is making people reconsider city living, trading traffic for chickens
Op-Ed: Antifa isn’t the problem. Trump’s bluster is a distraction from police violence.
Op-Ed: Trump’s lie about Bowser was exposed as soon as it left his mouth
New Ebola outbreak declared in Congo city
The death of George Floyd: What video and other records show about his final minutes
As hair salons reopen, less pampering and more efficiency

West Seattle Herald
City Council briefed on West Seattle bridge closure, repair plans and timing

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County churches consider questions of faith, safety as they decide on reopening
Coronavirus Q&A: Where things stand in Yakima County
Comprehensive Health gets $2 million to expand services, including to Yakama Nation
Yakima Council to discuss extending state of emergency Tuesday


Video sparks concerns about police use of force during Seattle protest
Coronavirus updates: Pierce County health officials recommend entering Phase 2
Seattle Chinese restaurant re-victimized in burglary during weekend protest
Washington’s stay-home order ends as more counties gradually reopen
‘Not the acts of allies:’ Seattle officials discuss the emotional aftermath of violent protest
Some Washington state campgrounds will start reopening June 1
Community rallies to cleanup downtown Seattle after Saturday’s violent protests, looting
Seattle epidemiologist finds spike of coronavirus cases in those under age 40
Violent protests and looting in Seattle Saturday leads to at least 55 arrests

Cleanup begins after Bellevue protests lead to violence, vandalism
Traffic barriers erected in Downtown Seattle after third day of protests
Gov. Inslee orders statewide activation of National Guard amid protests
Peaceful protests held in Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle
“It was not a downtown I recognized:” Mayor Durkan becomes emotional while speaking
looting, destruction
Bellevue mayor declares civil emergency as demonstrators protest, says curfew will be enforced
Volunteers band together to clean up Seattle streets following riot
Dozens of Seattle businesses damaged during riots
Tukwila curfew in place until Monday morning
Auburn implements curfew in response to looting
Protester says he captured video of instigators’ intent that incited violence Saturday night
Protesters who were peaceful worry message clouded by violence
Coronavirus: King County to apply for modified phase 1 of state’s ‘Safe Start’ plan
Evergreen Medical Center nurse who treated COVID-19 patients dies
Synagogues, restaurants react to first weekend in Phase 2
Advocates call for extension on utility cutoffs, eviction bans

Civil unrest, looting flares anew in Seattle area for third day
Bellevue looks to clean up after protests, looting
‘Determined to wreak havoc’: Bellevue looting was organized event, police say
Mayor Durkan denounces violence in downtown Seattle
Photos: Powerful scenes as protests erupt again across Puget Sound region
‘A team of angels’: Volunteers roll up their sleeves, clean up downtown Seattle
Gov. Inslee sending more National Guard troops to Seattle
No new COVID-19 deaths in Wash., but new cases hit highest level in a month
Watch: Bellevue police chief takes knee amid open dialogue with protesters

Seattle mayor orders emergency curfew, calls upon National Guard after protests escalate
‘1 in 3’ people could face food insecurity as peak unemployment looms
Pierce County prepares to reopen businesses, as state updates rules in response to COVID-19

In Seattle, a protest for George Floyd, and for Black America
A Peaceful Protest In Bellevue Alongside Looting and Destruction
Violence Escalates As Protests Over George Floyd Death Continue
A peaceful protest in Bellevue alongside looting and destruction
WA adult family homes fear being forgotten during pandemic
Trump Lays Blame For Clashes On ‘Radical-Left Anarchists’

Q13 TV (Fox)
National Guard arrives in Bellevue, looting cleanup begins across King County
Peaceful protests in Seattle as widespread looting happens in Bellevue, Tukwila, Renton
Bellevue declares civil emergency, police chief says gang members responsible for looting
More than 60 Seattle businesses picking up the pieces after rioters wreak havoc on city
‘Stay focused’: Seattle protest organizer says outside extremist groups use pain to cause destruction
The aftermath: Cleanup begins after rioters loot, destroy downtown Seattle businesses
Video shows milk poured over face of child pepper-sprayed in Seattle protest
Brandi Kruse: Why Governor Inslee is a master at the non-answer


Seattle mayor imposes curfew after George Floyd protests escalate
Some WA wildfires may be left to burn this summer
Opinion: Don’t bail out the new Washington State Convention Center
Unemployment in King County hits communities of color hardest
Opinion: White innocence is a fantasy. Here’s how I’m confronting it
Are we in Phase 2 yet? Reopening Washington, explained
What does it take to reopen Washington’s wilderness?

My Ballard
King County to apply for modified Phase 1 to allow some businesses to reopen
Seattle mayor enacts immediate curfew in wake of downtown protests

Thousands Gather for a Third Day of Protests in Seattle
Mayor’s Office Releases Statement Regarding “Use of Mace by SPD”
Kid at Seattle Protest Was Allegedly Maced by Cop
Seattle Protests for George Floyd Shut Down I-5, Durkan Announces Curfew, Inslee Activates National Guard
Washington Re-Opens Gradually, Seattleites Can Get Haircuts

West Seattle Blog
CORONAVIRUS: Sundy 5/31 roundup

Friday, May 29

Downtown Everett was very quiet on Thursday. At the corner of Rockefeller Avenue and Hewitt Avenue, a sign promotes takeout available at the nearby Taco del Mar. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Inslee expected to issue new guidance on Phase 2; Snohomish County plans to apply for reopening amid coronavirus crisis
Gov. Jay Inslee is poised to release new guidance as soon as Friday about when Washington’s largest counties may be able to begin lifting the economic and social restrictions that have been in place for more than two months. Most of Washington’s 39 counties already have moved on to the second phase of Inslee’s four-phase reopening plan. But the state’s three biggest counties, among others, have coronavirus infection rates that remain stubbornly above the threshold Inslee laid out as among the criteria for a variance from his “stay home” order. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Steve Ringman)

This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Washington recovers $300 million of fraudulent jobless claims
Washington has recovered $300 million paid to scammers who duped the state’s unemployment system amid an unprecedented number of claims by people left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic. Investigations continue as the Employment Security Department credited federal agents, banks and other financial institutions from around the county for curbing the fraud and returned money. Continue reading at The Spokesman Review. (Ted S. Warren)

Offices at the University of California, Irvine’s infection prevention division last month, which has installed sneeze guards separating cubicles and encourages mask-wearing and hand-sanitizing.

C.D.C. Recommends Sweeping Changes to American Offices
Upon arriving at work, employees should get a temperature and symptom check. Inside the office, desks should be six feet apart. If that isn’t possible, employers should consider erecting plastic shields around desks. Seating should be barred in common areas. And face coverings should be worn at all times. These are among sweeping new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the safest way for American employers reopening their offices to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Continue reading at The New York Times. (Alex Welsh)


Associated Press
Protesters torch Minneapolis police station in violent night
US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus
Twitter adds ‘glorifying violence’ warning to Trump tweet
Police across US speak out against Minneapolis custody death
Trump calls Minneapolis protesters ‘thugs,’ vows action
Virus could lead more states to OK sports, online betting       
New virus rules for farms, nursing homes in Washington state 
Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims
Judge considering challenge to Inslee’s emergency virus orders      
New drugs make headway against lung, prostate, colon cancers
New COVID-19 farm rules, broad nursing home tests for WA
Property manager to pay $300K in virus eviction ban lawsuit
Customs officials in Seattle seize unapproved COVID medicine
Doctor fired after blasting COVID preparations sues hospital
Oregon’s top courts begin reversing nonunanimous convictions

Auburn Reporter
New dashboard shows how far along King County is to meeting Phase II metrics

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
North Cascades National Park increasing access for day use starting Friday       
Hospital is ready for Phase 2, but Whatcom County must take other coronavirus steps
Whatcom reports 2 more coronavirus cases Thursday; not ready to apply for Phase 2
Inslee schedules 2:30 p.m. Friday press conference on stay-at-home order
Coronavirus updates: Nursing home staff, residents to be tested; some officials say Pierce County is ready for Phase 2
It may be a virtual graduation, but Bellingham seniors will have their caps and gowns
Survey: Whatcom child care providers struggling amid COVID-19 could close for good
New jobless claims in Whatcom and state fall after coronavirus fraud revelations

Capital Press
BLM plans amendments to expedite timber sales, salvage logging
Inslee’s stay-at-home order challenged at court hearing
Farmer loses constitutional argument against marijuana restriction

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Alderwood mall is ready for the governor’s green light
Inslee wants nursing home residents, staff tested by June 12
New ship for Naval Station Everett, but it won’t dock here
Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum will close — for now
WaPo Commentary: Cooper’s ‘damsel in distress’ act has sorry history
WaPo Commentary: Twitter struck fair balance between liberty, fact
Letter: State action on dams is good news, but more action needed

Federal Way Mirror
8 Federal Way schools honored in Washington School Recognition Program
New dashboard shows how far along King County is to meeting Phase II metrics
Portion of eastbound SR 18 near Maple Valley to close for paving May 30-31
As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up
Islands’ Weekly
Letter: New proposed dam will impact orcas

Issaquah Reporter
Rural King County mayors want state to let them enter Phase 2
State Parks offers three free days in June

Journal of the San Juan Islands
WSF reminds riders of San Juan Islands’ face-covering requirement

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap County is now in Phase 2 of state’s reopening plan. Here’s what that means.
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s casino-hotel will reopen on Monday. Here’s how

News Tribune
Pierce County leaders move to apply for Phase 2 of state’s COVID-19 recovery plan
Dozens of black pastors to pray on Tacoma corners Saturday to draw attention to pandemic
Despite ‘quiet’ 6 months on Hilltop, moving homeless village to Eastside stirs unease
Landslide sends sewage into water along Tacoma’s Ruston Way

New York Times
CDC recommends sweeping remake of U.S. work life, from commutes to coffee pots, to guard against coronavirus

Olympian (subscription required)
Saint Martin’s calls off 2020 Food and Wine Festival
Inslee announces additional COVID-19 safety standards for agricultural workers
Washington state sees 358 new COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths
6,500 businesses have contacted Thurston EDC during the pandemic. Now, the EDC needs help
Thurston Public Health releases details on COVID-19 outbreak at Tumwater care facility
Thurston County residents required to wear masks in public starting Thursday
State makes gains against false jobless claims but troubles persist for many seeking aid
All nursing home residents and staff to be tested for COVID-19, governor announces
Historical marker stolen from Capitol Campus in Olympia, State Patrol says

Puget Sound Business Journal
Here’s why PPP borrowers don’t have to worry about all the eligibility and forgiveness rules
Bellevue College names former governor as interim president
Millions relying on pandemic aid can see its end, and they’re scared
Worst case for office landlords has Bellevue, Seattle rents falling by almost 20%
Double-edged scalpel: A health-care industry pushed to the breaking point
Nothing but the essentials: Needs versus wants, and everything in between

Renton Reporter
New dashboard shows how far along King County is to meeting Phase II metrics
Rural King County mayors want state to let them enter Phase 2
As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Protests planned in Seattle on Saturday over George Floyd death in Minneapolis
Bethel School District fires wrestling coach over social media post defending police in George Floyd’s death
Inslee expected to issue new guidance on Phase 2; Snohomish County plans to apply for reopening
‘A flood of tips’ led Seattle police to identify a man suspected of hate crimes targeting Asians
Former Bellevue officer sues department for defamation after he resigned over false allegations of domestic abuse
Former Gov. Gary Locke named interim president of Bellevue College
Talton: How private equity is a risky play for the economy and jobs
Job listings in Seattle area on the rise, but just barely
Yakima County child diagnosed with severe illness linked to COVID-19, bringing total in Washington to 5 cases
Nordstrom sales plunge 40%, losses top half a billion dollars; retailer touts its flexibility
Washington state claws back $300 million from unemployment fraud scheme as 323,000 jobless workers await benefits
Here are the Seattle streets readers want closed to most vehicles to make room for walkers and cyclists
Seattle-based Airbnb rental startup Loftium misses its own rent payments, slashes staff as coronavirus undercuts business
Redmond startup powers all-electric first flight of a Cessna commuter plane

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County unemployment rate skyrockets to 19%
Skagit County COVID-19 numbers fall into Phase 2 threshold
Farmers pick up safety supplies for workers ahead of harvest

Spokesman Review
Washington recovers $300 million of fraudulent jobless claims
Washington ag workers get new protections from COVID-19
Spokane health district faces deficits due to COVID-19; county commissioners want others entities to help cover cost
Order up outside: Spokane eases restrictions on restaurants, retailers to allow more sidewalk, street service
State orders nursing home residents, staff to be tested for COVID-19

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
City support for open-air dining, expansions meet approval
Churches allowed to expand openings as county enters Phase 2
Editorial: Phase 2 is opportunity to prove we can open safely

Washington Post
After violent night, official says Floyd, officer involved in his death were co-workers
Twitter hid Trump’s tweet, citing its policy against ‘glorifying violence.’ Then the White House reposted it.
CNN reporter and crew arrested live on air
Children with perplexing syndrome may be experiencing a ‘cytokine storm’
Op-Ed: My fellow brothers and sisters in blue, what the hell are you doing?
Op-Ed: Disbelieving black victims is the default position of conservatives. It’s shameful.
Scarborough: Lori deserves better. So does America.
Op-Ed: Masks will become the new norm — everywhere
Trump signs order targeting social media companies for how they police content
White House and CDC remove coronavirus warnings about choirs in faith guidance
VA says it has ‘ratcheted down’ use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans
EPA opts not to delay Alaska mine for now
Home by Thanksgiving: An emerging strategy to reopen college campuses in the fall
Police pointed guns at a man and his grandmother, video shows. They claim he ran a stop sign.
People are mistaking stimulus payments for junk mail or a scam
Emptied by coronavirus, churches convert their sacred spaces into food pantries

Yakima Herald Republic
Striking workers returning to jobs Monday after reaching deal with Allan Bros.
More COVID-19 testing sites set up in Yakima County as new cases rise by 128
Yakima police chief asks 2 community members to join special investigations unit. Attorney says that doesn’t go far enough
Editorial: Don’t want to wear a mask? You’re delaying Phase 2


Real-time updates: Pierce, Snohomish county leaders say they are ready to move to Phase 2
Thurston County mandates masks as it moves to Phase 2 of reopening
Online workshops by Seattle advocate push conversation about racism forward
Olympia shops eager to reopen as Thurston County enters Phase 2
Phases of reopening: Over half of Washington’s counties enter Phase 2
Washington will test all staff and residents of long-term care facilities by end of June

Peaceful protest planned in Seattle this weekend after George Floyd’s death
Report says half of new COVID-19 cases in Washington are under 40 years old
State recovers $300M in stolen unemployment money, but many jobless still waiting for help
Doctor fired after blasting COVID preparations sues hospital

State issues order for widespread COVID-19 testing in nursing homes statewide
What happens when a city’s downtown reopens? Olympia is finding out
Janitors say it’s dehumanizing not to be recognized for essential work
New research suggests nation’s first COVID-19 case was not the source of Washington’s outbreak
Pried off and stolen: A nearly 100-year-old historic marker vanishes from WA Capitol Campus
Seattle officials divided over homeless encampment removals during pandemic

Climate Change And Deforestation Mean Earth’s Trees Are Younger and Shorter 
‘False sense of security.’ Why some doctors won’t order coronavirus antibody tests for patients
Twitter Hides Trump’s Tweet About Minneapolis, Saying It Glorifies Violence
Cliven Bundy Armed Standoff Case Going Back To Court 
The Battle Between The Masked And The Masked-Nots Unveils Political Rifts
Unemployment in Washington state expected to peak by September
Washington state economic recovery will take years. Think 2025 

Q13 TV (Fox)
State says it has recovered $300 million in stolen unemployment benefits
Snohomish County leaders push for Phase 2 opening, infection rates fall short of state criteria
School officials considering cutting athletics in Centralia to deal with budget shortfall
Inslee details Washington’s long-term care testing plan, protections for farmworkers
Kitsap, Clallam counties move to Phase 2 reopening
Masks required as Thurston County moves to Phase 2
Doctor fired after blasting COVID preparations sues Bellingham hospital


Dan Strauss Calls for Allowing Outdoor Dining in the Middle of Ballard Ave NW
Inslee Announces More Restrictions for Farmworkers, Tests for All Long-Term Care Facilities
Bloomberg Picks Seattle’s Capitol Hill as the Model for How the Pandemic Will Change US Cities
Will Inslee Keep the Lights On?
New Report: One in Four Washingtonians Could Face Food Insecurity in the Coming Months
The Logic of Letting Seattle Restaurants Expand Into Sidewalks and Streets

Thursday, May 28

Auburn Mountain View Cemetery Manager Craig Hudson, center, confers with maintenance workers David Partridge, left, and Zach Hopper in March 2020. Sound Publishing file photo

State allows weddings, funerals, religious services to restart with restrictions
Weddings, funerals and religious services can restart in a limited fashion across Washington state with new guidelines issued May 27 by Gov. Jay Inslee. Up to 100 people will be allowed to congregate on the grounds of churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship for services, nuptials and funerals, according to the new guidance. Continue reading at The Auburn Reporter. (Sound Publishing)

In this March 8, 2019 photo, Rambo Islas, 8 months, is held by his mother Maria Islas, as he gets a vaccine shot administered by RN Nicole Ives at the Dallas County Health & Human Services immunization clinic in Dallas. (Vernon Bryant / Dallas Morning News)

Washington state officials report drop in childhood vaccinations
The Washington State Department of Health has observed a significant drop in the number of children being vaccinated over the past two months. State health experts say children still need vaccines on time, even during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, The Seattle Times reported Tuesday. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Vernon Bryant)

This image from video, provided by Christian Cooper, shows Amy Cooper with her dog calling police at New York’s Central Park. (Christian Cooper/AP)

Public outrage, legislation follow calls to police about black people
As she confronted the birdwatcher who asked her to leash her dog in Central Park, Amy Cooper never hurled racist slurs. She didn’t assault the black man, Christian Cooper, who was filming the interaction. She didn’t assault his property. The damage that Cooper, a white investment banker, threatened was implied: that the police would not respond in his favor because of his race. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Christian Cooper)


Associated Press
Fourth child in Washington has coronavirus-related illness
Boeing cuts 12,000 jobs, resumes production of grounded jet
Washington issues new guidelines for religious services
Washington officials report drop in childhood vaccinations
US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
Violent protests rock Minneapolis for 2nd straight night
Trump preparing order targeting social media protections
Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have
Patrons under plastic: Restaurants get creative in virus era
Fruit plant CEO: Company could have done more amid outbreak
COVID-19: Washington approves 3 more counties for phase 2
Loved ones reunite at an oasis on closed US-Canada border
Lawsuit claims Kent police violated policy in shooting death
Virus outbreak at unnamed business could disrupt reopening
Companies unveil plans to resume river cruises on US waters

Aberdeen Daily World
Pacific County courthouse, offices to reopen in June
Westport charter boat operations to resume Thursday, with restrictions
Lady Grace coming out of the Hoquiam River in pieces
Commentary: Trump doesn’t like mail-in voting, but it’s not his call

Auburn Reporter
State allows weddings, funerals, religious services to restart with restrictions
Emergency rules allow L&I to fine businesses violating governor’s orders

Bainbridge Island Review
No new cases of COVID in Kitsap County Wednesday

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Coronavirus deaths top 100,000 in United States. ‘Too big for us to comprehend’
These are the additional steps Whatcom County is taking to move into Phase 2
Washington businesses face $10,000 fines, closure for not following coronavirus rules
Washington Parks waive visitor passes during three free days in June
Rare gray orca, Tl’uk, spotted with transient pod in Bellingham Bay Tuesday
Murder hornets lurking on Washington trails? State officials set the record straight
Coronavirus updates: Relief concert features Seattle stars; workers get federal grants
Washington state reports 225 new COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths Wednesday
Tri-City area child hospitalized with severe illness linked to COVID
Watch: Gov. Inslee update on Washington state COVID-19 response at 2:30 p.m.
Task force on missing Native Americans resumes sessions
Bothell Reporter
Emergency rules allow L&I to fine businesses violating governor’s orders
State loosens cougar hunting restrictions

Capital Press
Wildfire dilemma: Changes ahead in how the West’s forests are managed

In Our View: Unemployment benefits fraud requires action
In Our View: Crisis reflects shortcoming of U.S. government

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Boeing cutting more than 12,000 jobs with layoffs, buyouts
Under new rules, you will no longer have to pray in your car
Registration open for drive-thru virus testing in Snohomish
WaPo commentary: What Twitter’s fact-check on Trump means
WaPo commentary: Trump doesn’t just violate norms; he weaponizes them

Federal Way Mirror
By the numbers: How is COVID-19 affecting Federal Way?
Federal Way Food Bank serves nearly 600 new families during pandemic
Walk the (virtual) walk: FWPS seniors participate in pandemic-friendly graduation

The Inlander
Knowledge is Power: Researching the coronavirus pandemic
Many rural hospitals have avoided a crush of COVID-19 patients, but they say preparation and lessons from Seattle were key

Issaquah Reporter
Group launches All In Wa fund to raise $65M for COVID-19 crisis relief

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Ways to keep kids occupied this summer
New pumpout stations expand options for boaters

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Rebuilding America: How local retail stores are bouncing back as the state slowly reopens
Kitsap health district plans to submit reopening application Wednesday evening
Lessons learned: 5 things the shipyard learned that can help businesses reopen
Coronavirus pandemic transforming Olympic College’s delivery of instruction, culture
Temperature checks and closed waiting rooms: How medicine is changing as health offices reopen
What will entertainment look like in Kitsap if people can’t gather?

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tri-City area child diagnosed with rare COVID-related illness. Just 4th in the state
Rare gray orca, Tl’uk, spotted with transient pod in Bellingham Bay Tuesday

New York Times
China approves plan to rein in Hong Kong, defying worldwide outcry
The World Is Still Far From Herd Immunity for Coronavirus
Coronavirus Live Updates: Over 40 Million U.S. Workers Filed for Unemployment Benefits Since Start of Pandemic
Defying Trump, Twitter Doubles Down on Labeling Tweets
A New Entry in the Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine: Hope
Hunger Program’s Slow Start Leaves Millions of Children Waiting
Trump Prepares Order to Limit Social Media Companies’ Protections

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston County residents required to wear masks in public starting Thursday
Thurston Public Health investigating COVID-19 outbreak at long-term care facility
Gov. Inslee details how Washington state‘s religious congregations can begin to meet
Coronavirus updates: Property manager to pay tenants nearly $300K; state reaches 20,406 cases
With state’s OK, Thurston County moves to Phase 2 of re-opening. Here’s what that means

Peninsula Daily News
State approves three more counties for Phase 2
Washington colleges, universities brace for big budget hit
Clallam County approves Phase 2 plan
Federal emergency food, shelter funds available in Clallam County

Puget Sound Business Journal
A math error may explain why many PPP loans will fall short of forgiveness. But there are fixes.
Executive order is expected to curtail protections for social media companies
US jobless claims top 40m as economy struggles to reopen
‘Just sitting in Limbo.’ For many professionals, careers are on hold.
Should the child care industry get a bailout?
Shuttle companies brace for hit from telecommuting policies

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Half of newly diagnosed coronavirus cases in Washington are in people under 40
Washington houses of worship allowed to hold services under Inslee’s coronavirus guidance plan
Seattle officials feud over the future of tent encampments during coronavirus pandemic
Man arrested in coronavirus-related bias incident
New weekly jobless claims in Washington fall sharply in wake of coronavirus fraud revelations
New UW center bankrolled by Microsoft aims to make technology more accessible to disabled people
Despite pandemic, region’s pending home sales outrun last year’s level
Property manager will pay tenants nearly $300K in state’s first coronavirus eviction moratorium lawsuit
Boeing restarts production of the still-grounded 737 MAX amid coronavirus-caused financial distress
Boeing to cut nearly 10,000 jobs in Washington, more than 12,000 overall
Enjoy Thursday’s sun while it lasts: We’re in for a wet weekend
LA Times: Family separation returns, under cover of the coronavirus
Editorial: Our state needs to improve COVID spending transparency to increase public trust

Skagit Valley Herald
Housing Authority working on Mount Vernon project
Skagit Transit, Safeway team up for food drive
Anacortes weathering drop in sales tax revenue amid pandemic
Swinomish casino to reopen

Spokesman Review
Restrictions loosened on religious services in Spokane, other Phase 2 counties
More than a quarter of Spokane County child care centers are temporarily closed – and many are wondering how they’ll reopen
Group says pandemic’s effects have cost Spokane County $21 million in lost tourism revenue
Washington state officials report drop in childhood vaccinations
Editorial: Outside View: Special session must be handled with care (Stonier)

Tri-City Herald
Tri-City area child hospitalized with severe illness linked to COVID
3 more coronavirus deaths in Tri-Cities area for total of 81
Richland coronavirus cases jumped 15% in a week. Here’s how each city is doing
COVID outbreak at Connell prison infects 12 inmates and 4 staff
Editorial: State officials are scheduled for a raise. Now is not the time to keep it 

USA Today
Rebuilding America: What will health care look like after COVID-19?
2.1M more Americans file for unemployment, bringing 10-week total to more than 40 million amid coronavirus

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Wearing a mask should not be linked to politics

Washington Post
Embracing a new reality: Coronavirus may never go away, even with a vaccine
Wearable tech can spot coronavirus symptoms before you even realize you’re sick. Here’s how.
Protests over death of George Floyd continue to roil Minneapolis and beyond
Police chiefs react with disgust to Minneapolis death, try to reassure their own cities
Researchers ponder why covid-19 appears more deadly in the U.S. and Europe than in Asia
Breaking precedent, White House won’t release formal economic projections this summer
Op-Ed: These two story lines about black men will be in conversation with each other forever
Public outrage, legislation follow calls to police about black people (Valdez)
Arizona sues Google over smartphone tracking

Yakima Herald Republic
As Yakima County adds 129 new COVID-19 cases, health officials urge people to begin wearing masks in public
High school commencement plans in Yakima Valley remain in flux
Fruit packing house strikes continue; state releases new guidance for agricultural employers
CWU to run an accelerated fall schedule; faculty will have option of teaching in person or online


Real-time updates: Fourth case of rare child illness linked to COVID-19 reported in Washington
Phases of reopening: Half of Washington’s counties enter Phase 2
Edmonds city workers get paid to not work, collect hazard pay from home
Gov. Inslee allows religious services to resume in Washington with restrictions
Businesses hopeful for a turnaround as Kitsap County applies for Phase 2

Unemployed workers demand a timeline for payments to be released as state clarifies overpayment notices
Gov. Inslee eases restrictions on religious gatherings
Olympia restaurants reopen under Phase 2
Hundreds of nursing homes, high-risk facilities to get PPE from FEMA
41 million in U.S. have lost jobs since virus hit, but layoffs slow
2.1 million more Americans file jobless claims
Ballard bias crime suspect has history of targeting Asians; mental health history
Thurston County issues directive requiring face coverings

Business owners at a loss over potentially missing Phase 2 deadline
‘I’m not a racist man:’ Wrestling coach’s social media post defends Minneapolis police
Advocates push for more relief, moratorium on evictions as June rent payment approaches
‘I am so happy:’ Kittitas, Thurston join more Washington counties re-opening for business

Washington issues new guidelines for religious services
LISTEN: Pierce County mayors say ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ in phased reopening of economy
Parts of Washington state are seeing record high unemployment rates

Seattle man spikes fever after second dose of trial coronavirus vaccine
Updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Washington state
40.8 Million Out Of Work In The Past 10 Weeks — 26% Of Labor Force
‘Feels Very Anticlimatic’: Seniors Reflect On Ending High School Amid The Pandemic
West Seattle residents feel like castaways. Metro wants to rescue them.
COVID-19 Has Killed Close To 300 U.S. Health Care Workers, New Data From CDC Shows
Religious, spiritual services allowed to continue in person as Washington state counties reopen
‘We All Feel At Risk’: 100,000 People Dead From COVID-19 In The U.S.
Medical Groups Ask FDA To Ease Access To Abortion Pill During The Pandemic
Boeing Cuts More Than 12,000 Jobs Due To Drop In Air Travel
Surveillance Bill Once Again Tripped Up With New Opposition From Justice Department
Why Parts Of Rural America Are Pushing Back On Coronavirus Restrictions
Survey Shows Big Remote Learning Gaps For Low-Income And Special Needs Children

Q13 TV (Fox)
Inslee issues guidance on resuming religious gatherings – including weddings and funerals
Some faith leaders hesitant to rush into governor’s new guidelines
Thurston, Kittitas and Walla Walla counties approved for Phase 2 reopening
Boeing to restart 737 MAX production, layoff thousands
Olympia plans to close downtown streets to expand social distancing space for dining, retail
Washington officials report drop in childhood vaccinations
Man arrested following rash of verbal attacks on Asians in Seattle
Latest data shows Snohomish County with highest unemployment rate in Washington
Dozen inmates positive for coronavirus at Washington prison


WA churches make do praying in cars amid Trump’s push to reopen
Opinion: Washington’s uphill battle to get back to work
Opinion: Public health cynics hated pandemic interventions in 1918, too

My Ballard
Seattle officials delay vote on restricting encampment removals during pandemic

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Seattle launches online marketplace to help people, businesses find masks for purchase
Imposter fraud slowing unemployment payments

The Logic of Letting Seattle Restaurants Expand Into Sidewalks and Streets
Opinion: Obama’s Economic Advisor Is Wrong: There Is No Chance the Economy Will Rebound at Warp Speed
Opinion: Trump Says He Wants to Regulate Twitter, Will Probably Forget About It in 15 Seconds

West Seattle Blog
CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 5/27 Roundup

Wednesday, May 27

Dozens of Boeing 737s including Max 8 models, sit lined up grounded near the commercial airplane's manufacturer's facilities in Tukwila, Washington, May 20, 2020.

Boeing job cuts expected to hit the Puget Sound region this week
Boeing’s major job cuts will be felt in the Puget Sound region later his week when the company hands out pink slips to thousands of engineers and machinists after completing earlier rounds of voluntary layoffs. Commercial aircraft workers with the Chicago-based jet maker will be informed Friday if they are laid off. The move is part of the 16,100 worldwide workforce reductions that CEO David Calhoun announced after first-quarter results on April 29. Continue reading at Puget Sound Business Journal. (Anthony Bolante)

Protesters and police face each other during a rally for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of the black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday, hours after a bystander’s video showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Swift firings for Minneapolis officers in death of black man
To the general public, the video of a white police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a black man prone on the street, crying out for help until he finally stopped moving, was horrifying. Four officers were fired a day after George Floyd’s death, a stunning and swift move by the Minneapolis chief with the mayor’s full backing. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii)

Mask with American flag

How do you fight the epidemic of racism within a pandemic?
How Asian-Americans are responding to bigotry pushed into the light by COVID-19. This week’s chat with county executive Dow Constantine. A chat with a disability rights activist, and a Voice of the Pandemic. Continue reading at KUOW. (Martin Sanchez)


Associated Press
Study: King County needs to do more with testing, tracing
Virus outbreak targeted in agricultural Washington county
69 fruit plant employees, 15 close contacts test positive
State to try nonlethal measures after wolves attack cattle
Task force on missing Native Americans resumes sessions
Judge won’t dismiss order tossing out virus restrictions
Wall Street turns mixed as leaderboard flips upside down
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
NASA astronauts ‘itching to fly’ as SpaceX counts down to today’s historic launch
Trump threatens social media after Twitter fact-checks him
Swift firings for Minneapolis officers in death of Black man
State to try nonlethal measures after wolves attack cattle
Trump threatens to shut social media companies after Twitter fact check
Virus outbreak targeted in agricultural Washington county
More employees of fruit processing plant test positive
Huge Washington unemployment fraud warning to other states
Dozen inmates positive for coronavirus at prison in Connell
Mount Hood National Forest to reopen most trailheads Friday
New details released about Kitsap County Jail inmate death

Aberdeen Daily World
Westport charter boat operations to resume Thursday, with restrictions
Cuts, uncertainty cause a storm in Aberdeen schools
Pacific County approved for Phase 2 variance
Commentary: A fight over unemployment benefits is brewing as businesses reopen

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
As Whatcom tries to reopen the economy, these businesses won’t be returning
Here’s what Whatcom Unified Command has spent on coronavirus pandemic response
Here’s what’s keeping Whatcom County from moving to Phase 2 of coronavirus’ Safe Start
Healthcare workers make up majority of COVID-19 workers’ comp claims in Whatcom, Skagit
Latest Whatcom jobless numbers show tourism taking the biggest hit in April
Whatcom’s COVID-19 numbers rise Tuesday with another death reported and 12 new cases
Coronavirus updates: Businesses ignoring closure orders can be cited, fined; universities brace for budget hit
Whatcom prosecutor warns fentanyl is in the area after more fake pill drug arrests
Puddles the mussel detection dog is Washington’s new defense against invasive species
Washington state reports 116 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths Tuesday
Cherry trees slammed by virus in Oregon, Washington this year. Is the harvest ruined?

Capital Press
Apple exports down due to COVID-19

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Worst jobless rate in the state: Snohomish County at 20.2%
Hundreds of masked guests line up as Tulalip casinos reopen
Texan comes to defend Snohomish outlaw barber cutting hair
WaPo Commentary: More action needed to bolster economy — and quickly
Letter: Constitution not a suicide pact, allowing us to ignore duties
Letter: We don’t want a resurgence of COVID-19

Federal Way Mirror
FW Farmers Market carries on in 18th season
YMCA dishes up its summer meal program
Islands’ Weekly
Green boating in the San Juan Islands

Issaquah Reporter
State loosens cougar hunting restrictions
Local musicians hold virtual benefit concert for mental health

Journal of the San Juan Islands
How to reduce your waste impact during COVID-19 times
SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application
This week in San Juan County | A COVID update

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
With health officer’s planned approval, Kitsap County slated to apply for early reopening
Pope Resources, with roots stretching back to 1853, is no more following Rayonier acquisition

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County adds just three new COVID-19 cases, one death
Coronavirus updates: Businesses ignoring closure orders can be cited, fined; universities brace for budget hit
Pac-12 to allow voluntary workouts starting June 15

New York Times
An ‘Avalanche of Evictions’ Could Be Bearing Down on America’s Renters
Should the Child Care Industry Get a Bailout?
Big Pharmacy Chains Also Fed the Opioid Epidemic, Court Filing Says
E.U. and Japan Push Coronavirus Stimulus Packages: Live Coverage
House to Vote on Limiting F.B.I. Power to Collect Americans’ Internet Data

Olympian (subscription required)
Sidewalk dining, street closures proposed for downtown Olympia
Woman shot while exchanging gunfire with state trooper on I-5 in Chehalis
Washington state reports 116 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths Tuesday
Coronavirus updates: Relief concert to feature Seattle stars; Dislocated Worker Grants awarded
Thurston County submits application to move to Phase 2 of re-opening
Capital Lakefair postponed because of COVID-19; no food row or parade this year, organizer says
Thurston County unemployment soars to 14.9 percent in April

Peninsula Daily News
Sen. Murray calls for more testing, small business help
Potatoes, onions distributed for free in Port Angeles, Forks
7 Cedars Casino to reopen June 1
Clallam officials to talk modified Phase 2 request
Jefferson County expects face mask order
Mask Fairies give away more face coverings in Port Angeles
Port Angeles School Board to discuss remote learning plans
Record unemployment on North Olympic Peninsula

Puget Sound Business Journal
Covid-19 data from long-term care facilities is lacking. Here’s how King County pieces it together.
Port of Seattle accelerates Sea-Tac Airport building expansion
Inslee adviser floats idea of boosting construction spending to juice economy
Boeing job cuts expected to hit the Puget Sound region this week
UW Medicine furloughs thousands of unionized staff due to Covid-19 shortfall
SBA officially weighs in on using PPP for bonuses. Here’s what it says.

Renton Reporter
State loosens cougar hunting restrictions

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Crowds, fears in Skamania County: This is life in Phase 2 of coronavirus reopening
Boeing to cut nearly 10,000 jobs in Washington, more than 12,000 overall
Westneat: ‘I’m hiding from the bank’: How the bottom may be falling out of the coronavirus response
New analysis may rewrite the history of Washington state’s coronavirus outbreak
Kirkland master of the electron microscope wins one of science’s biggest prizes
Coronavirus will come roaring back in King County without contact tracing, other measures, report finds
Sea-Tac air traffic has a long way to climb to prior levels
Will you go back to the gym when coronavirus shutdown ends? Here’s what you need to consider
Why you need to continue to social distance even as your community opens up
Lawsuit alleges chase that ended when Kent police killed a 20-year-old man violated department policy
Bellevue College close to choosing a new interim president, but still no clarity on mural defacement that led to former leader’s resignation
Editorial: New UW consortium will lead to a broader, deeper study of ocean health
Op-Ed: Allowing homeless camping almost everywhere in Seattle is a bad idea

Skagit Valley Herald
Land purchased for homeless housing development
Sedro-Woolley School District trims teaching staff
Inslee declines to consider county’s move into Phase 2
Comment period opens for salmon seasons
Two arrested for allegedly selling fentanyl

Spokesman Review
Nearly half of Spokane pasta factory employees have tested positive for COVID-19, many with no symptoms
12 inmates, 4 employees at Coyote Ridge prison test positive for COVID-19
State health department issues new safety measures for agricultural workers after strikes, CDC visit

Tri-City Herald
101 new Tri-Cities COVID cases over the holiday weekend. Strike team sent to Yakima Valley
Op-Ed: Americans fight over everything else — why not add religious services to the list?

USA Today
Use of survivor plasma is considered safe, but two new tests will see if it combats COVID-19

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Calling Legislature into session makes sense
Walla Walla County meets Phase 2 entry criteria
As restaurants brace for opening, city looks at building their capacity outdoors
Steep drop in children’s vaccinations worries Washington health officials

Washington Post
A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds
$825 billion rescue plan would expand power of E.U.
Millennials experiencing slower economic growth than any other generation in U.S. history
Coronavirus on the border: California hospitals overwhelmed by U.S. citizens and residents coming from Mexico
Trump lashes out at social media companies after Twitter labels his tweets with fact checks
Trump doubles down on conspiracy theory about woman’s death, ignoring grieving widower’s plea for peace
Op-Ed: I’m a public defender in Manhattan. The Central Park video is all too familiar.
Weather forecast for historic SpaceX launch of NASA astronauts worsens
The White House thumbs its nose at GOP critics of inspectors general purge
‘Murder hornet’ panic drives a surge in insecticide interest — and fears for bees

Whidbey News-Times
Jury trials will resume after pandemic delay
Island County employees targets of employment benefits fraud
Sand build-up leads to closure of Mutiny Bay boat ramp

Yakima Herald Republic
COVID-19 update: Strike team helps in Yakima County; 57 new cases and no new deaths
State to release new COVID-19 guidance for ag operations. Meanwhile, 3 Yakima Valley strikes continue
Yakima School District calls off school-specific drive-in commencement ceremonies
Editorial: Return of elective medical procedures is good for all
Letter: Masks are worn to keep wearers from spreading disease


Real-time updates: Boeing to distribute layoff notices later this week
Striking workers and a strike team: Yakima Valley’s rise in coronavirus cases garners attention
Pierce County executive: ‘Unrealistic’ benchmarks will delay Phase 2 approval
All Washington counties ‘will probably not’ reopen on June 1, state says
King County’s health officer expresses hesitation about moving to Phase 2
Snohomish County needs to see drastic decrease in COVID-19 cases to head to Phase 2

Researchers say testing, contact tracing and effective quarantines will be needed more than ever
Team of state, CDC specialists focuses on hard-hit Yakima County
Seattle COVID-19 vaccine volunteer given high dose, discusses side effects
Suspect arrested in Ballard bias incident, police say
Meat shortage creates challenge for restaurants
The Washington State Fair will go on as planned – or maybe not

Businesses ignoring pandemic closure orders could be fined $10,000
New COVID-19 model shows slim room for error in reopening King Co., but provides roadmap
‘Mind-bogglingly frustrating’: U.S. says red flags missed in bogus state jobless claims
COVID-19 transmission increasing in Eastern Wash., dropping in Western Wash., report says
Washington’s largest casino re-opens Tuesday with new social distancing rules

Tacoma leaders grapple with $40 million shortfall in city budget
Clogged sewer problems made worse by coronavirus pandemic

‘It was bad.’ Three hours on the Covid ICU in Seattle
Seattle Now: Covid, racism, and you
A Bold Pitch To Boost School Funding For The Nation’s Most Vulnerable Students
‘I can’t foresee that happening’: King County not expecting non-essential reopening by June 1
Updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Washington state
In The Battle Against COVID-19, A Risk Of ‘Vaccine Nationalism’
Novel virus could spread rapidly among endangered orcas
May 26th | How do you fight the epidemic of racism within a pandemic?
On Eve Of Historic Remote Votes In The House, Republicans Sue To Block The Move
Justice Department Closes Investigations Of 3 Senators; Burr Inquiry Continues
Trump Team Killed Rule Designed To Protect Health Workers From Pandemic Like COVID-19
Getting on the ballot still requires human touch for Washington state initiatives

Q13 TV (Fox)
State considers contact-tracing app to combat COVID-19
Reports: Boeing workers in western Washington bracing for big job cuts
Several more casinos reopen in Western Washington
Study: King County needs to do more with testing, tracing before reopening
Parents urged to keep up with immunizations amid coronavirus pandemic
Business owner says Phase 2 does not make running his restaurant easier


Reopening WA: Ask Gov. Inslee about our pandemic response
Opinion: Washington’s uphill battle to get back to work

Councilmember Lewis Just Tried to Subpoena Another Government Entity
Opinion: Washington’s Plan to Re-Open Tattoo Studios Is Flawed