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    Nearly five years after Washington voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana use for adults, the issue is far from settled.

      Racism should be given no quarter in American society today. It has no place in our language and customs. But in a country that was birthed in racial prejudice and nursed on it for nearly 200 years, shedding generations of slang terms, place names and symbols is no small housecleaning project.

        I am bitterly disappointed in the decision by House Democratic leaders to stonewall common-sense solutions on water rights and the capital budget after achieving several milestones in other areas such as mental health treatment and education funding.

          Lawmakers walked away from the longest legislative session in state history without passing a capital budget or the long-awaited resolution to the Hirst decision. Many projects have now been put on the back burner and we want to know why?

            As you sit there staring at the unopened ballot for this odd-year election on the kitchen counter, allow us to provide some gentle motivation.

              In a recent story by TDN’s Jackson Hogan, we learned the Cowlitz County 911 Center oversight groups are considering splitting the center off from the county and changing the board structure.

              Oregon has long been known as a mecca for high-quality marijuana, but that reputation has come with a downside. Illegal growers offer huge amounts of cash to lease or buy land and then leave behind pollution, garbage and a drained water table. A bill passed by the Oregon Legislature seeks to tackle that by making the landowners themselves responsible for the aftermath. The bill prohibits using rivers or groundwater at the illegal sites. It also makes it a crime to seize the identity papers of migrant workers who tend the plants. Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek is expected to sign it next week.

              West Coast social media users are sharing their DIY tips for building an air purifier at home as smoke from Canada wildfires are cloaking much of the East Coast. In videos online, social media users are sharing their instructions on building a Corsi-Rosenthal air purifier. The relatively inexpensive air purifier relies on four air filters and one box fan. Angel Robertson's TikTok video on her DIY purifier has amassed more than 600,000 views. Robertson shared her video after seeing New Yorkers share their experiences with the smoke on TikTok and wanted to share her tips.

              A judge overseeing the case against a man charged with killing four University of Idaho students is set to hear arguments over a gag order that largely bars attorneys and other parties in the case from speaking with news reporters. A coalition of more than 30 media organizations has challenged the order, saying it violates the Constitution’s guarantees of free speech and a free press. A lawyer for one of the victim’s families has also made that argument in the case set to be heard Friday. But prosecutors and the defendant’s lawyers insist it’s needed to prevent prejudicial news coverage that could damage Bryan Kohberger's right to a fair trial.


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