*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM WEDNESDAY ***
+ The Olympian: Thurston County workers may have to get vaccinated or test weekly to retain their jobs
+ Wilmington StarNews (NC): Clark and Samantha Sumner [formerly Yelm’s Cattleman owners] to open a new bar in Wilmington, NC [Ed. note: They abruptly closed The Cattleman earlier this year.]
+ Yelm Community Schools: Message from Superintendent Brian Wharton, as the start the 2021-22 school year on a regular five day per week schedule is September 8.
+ The Seattle Times: Washington hospitals near capacity as pandemic labor shortage strains health care system
+ Truthout: The NLRB [Labor Board] Says [Seattle-based] Amazon Cheated in the Bessemer Union Election. What Happens Next?
+ KING-5 TV: Pacific Northwest nonprofits prepare for refugees from Afghanistan
+ The Chronicle (Centralia): Rainier Man Becomes Cornhole Pro, Wins World Championship
KING-5 TV: US Air Force investigating deadly incident at Kabul airport involving plane believed to be from JBLM
*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM WEDNESDAY ***
The New York Times: Amazon eclipsed Walmart to become the largest retail seller outside China, highlighting the shift to online shopping.
CNBC: Southwest Airlines offers staff bonuses worth $300 to refer new hires
Business Insider: A bodybuilding Trump fan photographed dragging a police officer during the Capitol riot has been arrested after a months-long hunt by internet sleuths
The Washington Post: Trump let this pesticide stay on the market. Under Biden, EPA is banning it on food.
CBS News: U.S. health officials recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters 8 months after second shot – “Based on [HHS’s] latest assessment, the current protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death could diminish in the months ahead, especially among those who are at higher risk or were vaccinated during the earlier phases of the vaccination rollout.”
The Washington Post: Biden administration to start offering vaccine booster shots to all Americans Sept. 20
*** AFGHAN NEWS FROM WEDNESDAY ***
KING-5 TV: Multiple people were killed when the C-17 cargo plane took off during the chaos of a U.S.-directed evacuation of Afghanistan
The Washington Post: At war with the truth – U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress. They were not, and they knew it, an exclusive Post investigation found.
CNBC: EU pulls Afghanistan funding, will only work with Taliban if human rights respected
The New York Times: Intelligence Warned of Afghan Military Collapse, Despite Biden’s Assurances
Edward Snowden: A Hell Of Our Own Making – Reflections on the road to Kabul