Group of veteran California Republicans will campaign against Trump and senators who back him
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Now that the Lincoln Project has the nation’s attention with its ads baiting and attacking President Donald Trump, the political action committee is going grassroots.To start, the Lincoln Project, founded by well-known conservatives late last year, is tapping veteran California Republicans to fundraise and volunteer for campaigns in a handful of states against GOP incumbents who the committee considers Trump sympathizers.Among the 12 Californians joining the cause to make phone calls, build the network and raise some cash are Rosario Marin, treasurer under President George...
The Sacramento Bee
'I'm still Black and my life still matters.' What is the legacy of CHOP, Seattle's 24/7 protest?
SEATTLE — On a sunny Monday morning, after a weekend that saw two nighttime shootings, the streets and fields of CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) were mostly deserted.Just a few days ago, the 24/7 protest, which occupies several blocks around Cal Anderson Park and a recently abandoned police precinct, had been bustling with life: activists; rubberneckers; reporters; volunteer security guards, some openly carrying guns; masked medics.But after two bursts of gunfire on successive nights — two men wounded, one man killed — almost everyone seemed to have disappeared.Almost.Sitting in a small ...
The Seattle Times
Man suspected in Tallahassee killings fled to Orlando on bus, police say
ORLANDO, Fla. — The man suspected in the killings of two women in Tallahassee — activist Oluwatoyin Salau and community volunteer Victoria Sims — fled to Orlando on a bus before being apprehended, police said Tuesday.In a lengthy statement, the Tallahassee Police Department confirmed new details about the case, including that Sims’ home had been found “ransacked” after family members reported her missing.However, the agency did not reveal what led its officers to a home on Monday Road, about four miles southeast of the State Capitol, where the bodies of both women were found. It also didn’t sa...
He fought in Vietnam. Now, at 80, he volunteers every day in shelters with clusters of coronavirus
SEATTLE — Bob Shaw was behind the welcome desk at the St. Martin de Porres shelter a few weeks ago when a 65-year-old guest fell and hit his head, hard.“Blood was coming out of his head like water,” Shaw said. “It just came back to me.”All of a sudden, Shaw’s head was back in Vietnam.Shaw, 80, served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant and was stationed in Vietnam from 1967-’69. He was headquartered in and around Long Binh Post during the Tet Offensive, one of the bloodiest campaigns of the war. He’s seen things he says continue to haunt him.Half a century later, Shaw is on the front lines of...
The Seattle Times
'We ask forgiveness from the dead': Why Jewish volunteers are washing bodies in a pandemic
PHILADELPHIA — It used to be that David Kushner would receive a call to report to one of the area’s Jewish funeral homes once every few weeks. In the pandemic, his phone has buzzed every single day, sometimes more than once.Then, Kushner, 40, must rally the other members of the Chevra Kadisha B’nei Moshe. This all-volunteer group, which is not affiliated with any one synagogue or denomination, is the largest of the handful of chevra kadishas, or burial societies, that operate in the region. Driven by faith and reverence for tradition, its members gather to carry out the ritual cleaning and dre...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Vahe Gregorian: Want a fresh glimpse of Royals' Dozier? Look through lens of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
As originally planned, Hunter Dozier of the Royals earlier this month would have been at Kauffman Stadium enjoying a meet-and-greet with a delegation from Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City.Normally, it would have been one of five such nights with BBBSKC, which typically brings matches of 15 “Bigs” and 15 “Littles” … many of whom likely would’ve been attending their first game at Kauffman.No such luck, alas, during a pandemic.But unsteady as it might be, life goes on during The Big Pause. And so does the momentous work of many important charities — including in this case one of the most mean...
The Kansas City Star
Washington Corrections Center for Women inmate volunteers sew gowns, masks for coronavirus fight
SEATTLE — While the Sisters of Charity live inside the confines of the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, they’re providing plenty of help for those on the outside in the fight against the coronavirus.The group, formed about 20 years ago at the Corrections Center, with many serving life sentences, make items from donated materials for about 30 different charities. South King Fire & Rescue needed protective gowns for an anticipated surge in coronavirus cases this fall and winter, and the group was happy to help. Not only have they made 700 gowns for South King Fire & ...
The Seattle Times
Former NBA All-Star Antonio Davis reconnects with Oakland through volunteer work
As a child growing up in Oakland, Calif., in the 1970s, Antonio Davis used to pass the food bank in Emeryville but never paid it much attention.Now he works there several days a week.A McClymonds High School graduate whose professional basketball career spanned 16 years, three countries and four NBA teams, Davis returned to Oakland last year. His association with Coaching Corps, a volunteer organization that provides sports mentors to kids living in low-income communities, has led him back to the Emeryville food bank he used to pass routinely.“I passed that place a thousand times and I would s...
The Mercury News
In a race against time, coronavirus vaccine testing expands
SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the battle to prevent COVID-19 infection, a vaccine will be our safest armor.As casualties climb, pharmaceutical companies and young volunteers are racing to design, build and test a defense that can protect us. Unless a vaccine is developed soon, people susceptible to the virus will continue to be at risk.Human testing has begun of six potential vaccines in an effort to prove that they’re safe and can produce an immune response. Over 70 more are being reviewed for safety and effectiveness in preparation for human testing. In promising news, this week Chinese researchers ...
The Mercury News
Students give free childcare to health workers fighting coronavirus
FORT WORTH, Texas — Students at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth are volunteering to provide free babysitting for the children of health care workers in need.Essential workers, such as nurses, respiratory therapists, dentists, almost anyone in a health care profession who cannot work remotely, have reported some troubles maintaining child-care arrangements in recent weeks because so many schools and daycare facilities have either closed or have reached capacity due to social distancing requirements.In addition, child care can be expensive, the volunteers said.W...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram