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Protests again close I-5; looting, vandalism in Bellevue

Interstate 5 through downtown Seattle was closed Sunday afternoon because of George Floyd protest activity, the second day in a row the main north-south freeway on the West Coast was shut down because of violence and looting in the Northwest’s largest city.

Raucous protests in Northwest lead to curfew for Seattle

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Seattle to protest the killing of George Floyd and a largely peaceful gathering turned rowdier Saturday afternoon, with police deploying flash bangs to disperse crowds.

UW Medicine to furlough about 4,000 workers

UW Medicine announced furloughs of about 4,000 members of its unionized workforce in spite of the health care system’s position at the forefront of COVID-19 response efforts both locally and globally.

Portland, Oregon, homeless tax wins handily amid virus woes

A measure to tax the wealthiest residents and the biggest businesses in Portland, Oregon, to raise $2.5 billion over a decade to address homelessness sailed to victory as final ballots were tallied Wednesday, even as the state faces crippling revenue losses and record-high unemployment due to the coronavirus.

Yellowstone National Park partially reopens for day use

Tourists entered Yellowstone National Park on Monday for the first time in nearly two months, but they weren’t allowed to camp and some parts of the park remained off-limits as part of continuing coronavirus-related restrictions.