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Galen Rupp of Portland qualified for his fourth Olympics by winning the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials last year. Here he is at the 2016 Olympic Track and Field Team Trials. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

100-Day Countdown To Tokyo Olympics Begins, And Northwest Athletes Are Ready To Go

The 100-day countdown to the opening ceremony of the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics begins Wednesday. Yes, the summer games are proceeding amid an ongoing global pandemic. Olympic hopefuls and Pacific Northwest athletes already picked for Team USA invariably said they are eager to go. Continue Reading 100-Day Countdown To Tokyo Olympics Begins, And Northwest Athletes Are Ready To Go

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Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, (center) is shown visiting Kabul, Afghanistan in January 2020. The Biden administration said it plans to complete a draw down of U.S. troops in the country by Sept. 11. CREDIT: Lolita Baldor/AP

President Biden Says U.S. Troops To Withdraw From Afghanistan By Sept. 11 – 20 Years After Attack

President Biden will withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that prompted America’s involvement in its longest war, a senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday. Continue Reading President Biden Says U.S. Troops To Withdraw From Afghanistan By Sept. 11 – 20 Years After Attack

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, shown here in a hospital in Denver. CREDIT: David Zalubowski/AP

U.S. Recommends Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Over Blood Clot Concerns

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday they are recommending a “pause” in the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an “abundance of caution” while a review of reports of rare, potentially dangerous blood clots is conducted. Continue Reading U.S. Recommends Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Over Blood Clot Concerns

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Environmental justice activist and 2020 MacArthur Fellow Catherine Coleman Flowers speaks at a "Fire Drill Fridays" event, part of a movement that seeks to draw attention to the global "climate emergency." Courtesy of Catherine Coleman Flowers

Wastewater Is The Infrastructure Crisis ‘People Don’t Want To Talk About’

Some infrastructure concerns go far less discussed than others including, notably, the issue of wastewater and sanitation. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the country’s wastewater treatment plants are functioning at an average of “81 percent of their design capacities,” and 15 percent have “reached or exceeded” that capacity. Drinking water service disruptions and flooding from sewer backups and other infrastructure failures cost U.S. households $2 billion in 2019. Continue Reading Wastewater Is The Infrastructure Crisis ‘People Don’t Want To Talk About’

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