Editorial: Progress on saving America's free press
Congress is taking some encouraging steps toward the critical challenge of saving America’s local newspapers.This was apparent in several proposals this week. A new House stimulus proposal would extend paycheck protection loans to additional local news outlets. A bipartisan group of senators, with outstanding leadership by Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, introduced a stand-alone Senate bill offering similar loan support.These proposals reflect growing appreciation in Congress of the crisis facing America’s free press, and the need to sustain it through and beyond the current health and economi...
The Seattle Times
Amid coronavirus outbreak, Wisconsin election still on for Tuesday despite stay home order and a massive poll worker shortage
Thousands of poll workers have said they won’t work. Hundreds of voting locations have been consolidated. Tens of thousands of requests for mail-in absentee ballots are backlogged.Wisconsin’s voting system is teetering under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, but Tuesday’s election is still scheduled to go on as planned after Republican state legislative leaders, the Democratic governor and a federal judge have not taken action to postpone it.Ballots will be cast even as Gov. Tony Evers has issued a “safer at home” order directing Wisconsinites only to venture outside for essential tasks ...
Editorial: Be wary of coronavirus-related scams. There are many of them
Of course, scammers are trying to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, but common sense is a powerful tool to avoid getting ripped off. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.A Tuesday story in Business Insider warned about people getting social media requests from official-sounding senders to provide personal information, purportedly to allow them to quickly get the up to $1,200 that is being given to eligible Americans in coming weeks under a recently enacted economic stimulus law. The story also reported some people were being mailed fake stimulus checks that they we...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Illinois high court rejects Jussie Smollett's attempt to throw out new charges
CHICAGO — The state’s highest court has rejected actor Jussie Smollett’s attempt to throw out the new charges against him and remove the special prosecutor who brought them.In an emergency motion to the Illinois Supreme Court, Smollett’s attorneys argued that Cook County Judge Michael Toomin overstepped his authority and misinterpreted the law when he ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor in Smollett’s case last year.On Friday afternoon, the high court denied the request without explanation.In their filing, Smollett’s attorneys argued that the particular statute Toomin cited to appoi...
Stop milking it, dairy farmers tell plant-based competitors
WASHINGTON — What’s milk? For Jason Gallion, the only full-time farmer serving in the Maryland state Senate, the question is a no-brainer.“It’s always been assumed the definition of milk is that it’s from a mammal,” said Gallion, 43, whose first job at age 15 was milking cows on his uncle’s dairy farm.But defining “milk” has become more complicated and contentious as almond, oat, soy and other plant-based alternatives compete for customers and dairy farmers struggle.The dairy industry wants the federal government to restrict use of the “milk” label to fluid “obtained by the complete milking of...