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Vatican: Assisted suicide, euthanasia “intrinsically evil”

ROME — The Vatican on Tuesday reaffirmed its stance that euthanasia and assisted suicide are “intrinsically evil,” and told priests they should minister to those contemplating such deaths to try to change their minds but shouldn’t be present at the end if they don’t.

Georgia nursing staff back with family after virus lockdown

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – Nadia Williams shrieked with surprise and emotion Saturday as she embraced her mother for the first time since agreeing nearly three months ago to live at the elder-care facility where she works.

Idaho governor gives OK to lift more virus restrictions

BOISE – Idaho can move to the fourth and final stage of his plan to return to regular activity during the coronavirus pandemic despite a bump in infections, including among healthcare workers, Gov. Brad Little said Thursday.

Coronavirus crisis exacts toll on people with disabilities

Even before the coronavirus hit, cystic fibrosis meant a cold could put Jacob Hansen in the hospital for weeks. He relies on hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to stay healthy because he also has cerebral palsy and can’t easily wash his hands from his wheelchair, but these days shelves are often bare.

Ben Mattlin: I’m not ‘diseased,’ I’m disabled

Disability, for me, has always felt natural, an inborn trait as much as my blue eyes and curly brown hair. That’s fundamentally different from a disease, which is an invader, an alien presence to get rid of.

Spokane City Hall to push employment for applicants with disabilities

The new program will work within the city’s existing civil service rules to match applicants with disabilities to jobs they’re qualified to do. The goal is to serve as an example for other private businesses in town to expand their workforce, said Mayor David Condon.

Arc-sponsored conference focuses on looming issues for the disabled

A Thursday public forum will address the challenges facing people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, along with break-out work sessions on community solutions. Titled “A Courageous Conversation,” the session includes a talk by Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc, a national organization with over 600 chapters that serves people with disabilities.

Too hurt to work? Don’t get caught doing yoga on a paddle board, feds say

Paul D. LaMarche, 67, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and theft of government property in March, acknowledging that he took nearly $180,000 in disability benefits from BNSF Railway over 23 years. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Monday to nine months in prison and ordered to repay the money, along with a civil penalty of the same amount.

Disabled clients left in lurch after Washington state ends contract with job rehab program

A company called Compass Career Solutions had its contract with the state to provide job training and coaching for clients with disabilities terminated in August, after state officials said workers didn’t have the proper certifications. The decision has left several former customers across the state, including in Spokane Valley, without a job coach for vulnerable adults.