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Cities sue Census Bureau over ending 2020 head count early

More than a half-dozen cities, counties and civil right groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday, saying there was no justification for its decision to cut the 2020 census short by a month, and it will lead to the undercounting of minority communities and an inaccurate head count of every U.S. resident.

Coronavirus has closed courthouses and stopped trials: How does Washington’s justice system come back?

There has not been a jury trial in Western Washington – perhaps in the entire state – since early March. While the wheels of justice still turn – some hearings are still held, arraignments and pleas are taken – for the most part they are spinning in place. The federal courthouses in Seattle and Tacoma have been shuttered by judicial order: Pretrial proceedings are done either by video, telephone or postponed. In the busier state courts, where locking the doors hasn’t been an option, the daily docket call looks very different than it did just four months ago.

King County faces 2 outbreaks at once, as hepatitis A spreads amid coronavirus pandemic

A local outbreak over the last several months has showed their concerns were justified. More than 100 people have been sickened by hepatitis A in King County since the beginning of January, compared with annual totals of five to 16 cases over the last decade, according to Public Health — Seattle & King County. Nearly 50% have been among people experiencing homelessness.