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NORTHWEST NEWS

Seattle Police Chief Dismissed From Top Job Amid Discrimination, Harassment Lawsuits

Adrian Diaz's departure comes about a week after police Capt. Eric Greening filed a lawsuit alleging that he discriminated against women and people of color.

Home Forward, Urban League of Portland and Le Chevallier Strategies Receive International Award for Affordable Housing Event

Organizations were honored for the the Hattie Redmond Apartments grand opening event

Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade Grand Marshal is Greg McKelvey

McKelvey is the band director at Battle Ground High School

New Police Oversight Board Still On Track Despite Challenges, A Trip to Court

But advisory committee members say they’re left in the dark about the progress of city code they helped form.

NEWS BRIEFS

Lineup and Schedule of Performances Announced for 44th Annual Cathedral Park Free Jazz Festival

The final lineup and schedule of performances has been announced for the free Cathedral Park Jazz...

Most EPS Foam Containers Banned From Sale and Distribution in WA Starting June 1

2021 state law ends era of clamshell containers, plates, bowls, cups, trays and coolers made of expanded polystyrene ...

First Meeting of Transportation Committee Statewide Tour to be at Portland Community College

The public is invited to testify at the Portland meeting of the 12-stop Transportation Safety and Sustainability Outreach Tour ...

Forest Service Waives Recreation Fee for National Get Outdoors Day

National Get Outdoors Day aims to connect Americans with the great outdoors and inspire them to lead healthy, active lifestyles. By...

Acclaimed Portland Author Renée Watson Presents: I See My Light Shining

The event will feature listening stations with excerpts from the digital collection of oral testimonies from extraordinary elders from...

Doomsday plot: Idaho jury convicts Chad Daybell of killing wife and girlfriend's 2 children

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man has been convicted of killing his wife and his new girlfriend's two youngest kids in a strange triple murder case that included claims of apocalyptic prophesies, zombie children and illicit affairs. The jury deliberated just six hours before finding...

Idaho jury convicts Chad Daybell of murder in deaths of wife, girlfriend's two youngest children in doomsday plot

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho jury convicts Chad Daybell of murder in deaths of wife, girlfriend's two youngest children in doomsday plot....

Duke tops Missouri 4-3 in 9 innings to win first super regional, qualify for first WCWS

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — D'Auna Jennings led off the top of the ninth inning with a home run to end a scoreless pitching duel between Cassidy Curd and Missouri's Laurin Krings and 10th-seeded Duke held on for a wild 4-3 victory over the seventh-seeded Tigers on Sunday in the finale of the...

Mizzou uses combined 2-hitter to beat Duke 3-1 to force decisive game in Columbia Super Regional

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Laurin Krings and two relievers combined on a two-hitter and seventh-seeded Missouri forced a deciding game in the Columbia Super Regional with a 3-1 win over Duke on Saturday. The Tigers (48-17) had three-straight singles in the fourth inning, with Abby Hay...

OPINION

The Skanner News May 2024 Primary Endorsements

Read The Skanner News endorsements and vote today. Candidates for mayor and city council will appear on the November general election ballot. ...

Nation’s Growing Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps Need Policy Reform

Never-married Black women have 8 cents in wealth for every dollar held by while males. ...

New White House Plan Could Reduce or Eliminate Accumulated Interest for 30 Million Student Loan Borrowers

Multiple recent announcements from the Biden administration offer new hope for the 43.2 million borrowers hoping to get relief from the onerous burden of a collective

Op-Ed: Why MAGA Policies Are Detrimental to Black Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE – MAGA proponents peddle baseless claims of widespread voter fraud to justify voter suppression tactics that disproportionately target Black voters. From restrictive voter ID laws to purging voter rolls to limiting early voting hours, these...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Police, Army investigators following leads in killing of Fort Campbell soldier

CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Police are asking for public assistance and following leads in the killing of a 23-year-old Army soldier who was found dead in a home near Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The family of Pfc. Katia Dueñas Aguilar planned a funeral Friday in Dallas, with...

Detroit mayor says US Rep. Thanedar is 'not helping' city in endorsing his primary challenger

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Shri Thanedar is facing a rare push from members within his own party to replace him in Michigan’s August primary, spearheaded by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Black leaders from across Wayne County. Detroit City Council member...

Statue unveiled at the site where Sojourner Truth gave her 1851 'Ain't I a Woman?' speech

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds gathered in an Ohio city on Wednesday to unveil a plaza and statue dedicated to abolitionist Sojourner Truth at the very spot where the women’s rights pioneer gave an iconic 1851 speech now known as “Ain't I a Woman?” Truth, a formerly enslaved...

ENTERTAINMENT

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who skewered fast food industry, dies at 53

NEW YORK (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, an Oscar nominee whose most famous works skewered America's food industry and who notably ate only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. Spurlock died Thursday in New...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 2-8

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 2-8: June 2: Actor Ron Ely (“Tarzan”) is 86. Actor Stacy Keach is 83. Actor-director Charles Haid (“Hill Street Blues”) is 81. Singer Chubby Tavares of Tavares is 80. Film director Lasse Hallstrom (“Chocolat,” “The Cider House...

Book Review: Emil Ferris tackles big issues through a small child with a monster obsession

There are two types of monsters: Ones that simply appear scary and ones that are scary by their cruelty. Karen Reyes is the former, but what does that make her troubled older brother, Deeze? Emil Ferris has finally followed up on her visually stunning, 2017 debut graphic novel with...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

One Tech Tip: Want to turn off Meta AI? You can't — but there are some workarounds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you use Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram, you've probably noticed a new character pop up...

Stuck at sea for years, a sailor's plight highlights a surge in shipowner abandonment

Abdul Nasser Saleh says he rarely got a good night’s sleep during the near-decade he spent working without pay...

Gift registries after divorce offer a new way to support loved ones

NEW YORK (AP) — Monogrammed towels. A toothbrush holder for four, rather than three. Shared bedding. For people...

Global aid group asks warring forces to respect its neutrality with 24 of its aid workers killed

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies asked state...

Slovenia's government endorses recognition of a Palestinian state, sends to parliament for approval

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's government on Thursday endorsed a motion to recognize a Palestinian state...

Lava continues to flow from Iceland volcano but not at powerful level as eruption

GRINDAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Lava continued to spurt from a volcano in southwestern Iceland on Thursday but the...

Jeanne Sahadi CNN Money

Social Security cardNEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Many federal payments will be delayed indefinitely if the federal government shuts down next Monday night.

But it's very likely that the nearly 58 million people who receive Social Security benefits would still be paid on time, at least if the law and history are any guide.

For starters, funding for Social Security is considered "mandatory" and therefore not subject to the annual appropriations process.

Translation: The money that funds benefits is automatically authorized and not dependent on Congress coming to a compromise on a new federal spending measure by Monday night.

What isn't automatically authorized, however, is the money that Congress appropriates every year to run the Social Security Administration and pay its employees to process those benefits.

But even here, there's reason to believe the agency would be sufficiently staffed to ensure that Social Security payments don't get held up.

During the last two government shutdowns in the mid-1990s, Social Security checks were sent out on schedule.

That happened even though the Social Security Administration was grossly understaffed during the first -- and shorter -- of the two shutdowns. It had kept on just under 5,000 employees. Once it realized how many more were needed to carry out essential duties, the agency was quick to staff up.

So by the second shutdown, which lasted 21 days, the agency required the majority of its employees (55,992) to keep coming to work, furloughing just 10,203 workers.

Today most, if not all, Social Security benefits are paid by way of direct deposit or debit card. So it's fair to assume that making those payments is less labor intensive than it used to be when paper checks were mailed out.

It's not clear, though, if the Social Security Administration would retain enough staff during a shutdown to process without delay any new applications for benefits or other benefit-related activities.

Even though a relatively short shutdown may not imperil Social Security beneficiaries, the failure by lawmakers to raise the nation's borrowing limit could.

"The biggest risk to Social Security payments is the debt ceiling," said Charles Konigsberg, who was assistant director of the White House budget office during the last shutdown.

If the ceiling isn't raised, the Treasury Department will eventually run short of funds to pay all its bills.

That fight will likely come to a head between mid-October and mid-November.

 

The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast