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U.S. Accuses Chinese Government Hackers Of Targeting COVID-19 Research, With Roots At Hanford

Hackers working with the Chinese government targeted firms developing vaccines for the coronavirus and stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of intellectual property and trade secrets from companies across the world, the Justice Department said Tuesday as it announced criminal charges. Continue Reading U.S. Accuses Chinese Government Hackers Of Targeting COVID-19 Research, With Roots At Hanford

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Amy Pratt personally collected more than 1,000 signatures to help get Proposition 2 on the ballot. It's the first time she's been politically active and she has no plans of stopping. CREDIT: JAMES DAWSON / BSPR

State And Governor Question Security Of Reclaim Idaho’s Signature Gathering For Education Initiative

It will be up to the Ninth Circuit to decide whether Reclaim Idaho can continue gathering online signatures in a final attempt to get its K-12 initiative on November’s ballot. Reclaim Idaho suspended face-to-face signature gathering on March 18 — a few days after the state reported its first cases of coronavirus. Continue Reading State And Governor Question Security Of Reclaim Idaho’s Signature Gathering For Education Initiative

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Stemilt Growers, based in Wenatchee, Wash., adopted a ladybug in its logos as part of a "Responsible Choice" campaign in 1989. Courtesy Stemilt Growers

Bunk Beds And Working Conditions For Washington H-2A Farmworkers Prompt Lawsuits

In a lawsuit against fruit-growing giant Stemilt, workers say allegations stemmed from a change in production standards set forth in the company’s guest worker contract. A separate case involved a challenge to Washington’s rules on farmworker housing and sleeping quarters during the pandemic. Continue Reading Bunk Beds And Working Conditions For Washington H-2A Farmworkers Prompt Lawsuits

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Volunteers wearing gauze masks at a street kitchen in Cincinnati serve food to children of families afflicted by the flu pandemic in the winter of 1918-1919.

Northwest Mask Wars And Pandemics: Nothing New For Washington As Politics Of 1918 Return

In 1918 Walla Walla, the chief of police, refused to enforce a state mask mandate. He pointed out that he was going to meet heavy resistance and, anyway, that he had no authority to carry out a state directive, only city ordinances. Still, he also openly defied the instructions of the city’s health officer, J.E. Vanderpool, to follow the state health officer’s guidance. Continue Reading Northwest Mask Wars And Pandemics: Nothing New For Washington As Politics Of 1918 Return

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Federal officers deployed tear gas and fired less-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters late Thursday, July 16, 2020. The actions came just hours after the head of the Department of Homeland Security called the protesters “violent anarchists.” CREDIT: Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP

Oregon Sues Federal Agencies Over Protest Enforcement, Civil Rights Abuses As Clashes Continue

The federal lawsuit names the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marshals Service, the United States Customs and Border Protection and the Federal Protective Service, agencies that have had a role in stepped-up force used against protesters since early July. The state filed the lawsuit late Friday night. Continue Reading Oregon Sues Federal Agencies Over Protest Enforcement, Civil Rights Abuses As Clashes Continue

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