U.S.-led coalition says it has started Syria withdrawal
After US President Donald Trump’s announcement last month that he was withdrawing 2,000 US troops from Syria, the U.S. led coalition against the Islamis State has begun the process. The coalition said it “has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria. Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements.” Click here for the full story.
US approved thousands of child bride requests
According to the Associated Press, The United States has approved thousands of requests by men to bring in child or adolescent brides to live with them in the past decade. In one case, a 49-year old man applied for admission of a 15-year-old girl. The admissions are part of the Immigration and Nationalist Act which does not set minimum age requirements. US Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by if the marriage is legal in the home country. Click here for full story.
Justice Ginsburg has no remaining signs of cancer, will return to Supreme Court
The Supreme Court announced on Friday that Justice Ruth Ginsburg has no remaining signs of cancer after her surgery last month but will miss oral arguments at the court next week to rest. Click here for full story.
Two decades after it was banished, a movement arises to restore affirmative action in Washington
Two decades ago, Washington voters overwhelming adopted an initiative that effectively banned affirmative action programs in the state. That could soon change. If Initiative 1000 makes it to the state legislature, Washington lawmakers will be asked to once again allow affirmative action policies in public employment, education and contracting. Click here for the full story.
Former Tonasket officer says mayor asked him to change name because ‘Jose’ sounded too Hispanic
The city of Tonasket has disbanded its police department and a City Council member has called for the mayor to step down after an officer came forward with allegations that the mayor instructed him start using the name “Joseph” because “Jose” sounded “too Hispanic.” The issue blew up in this town of about 1,100 people on Tuesday night at the Tonasket City Council meeting, according to video published by the Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle. In the video, former Officer Jose Perez explained how Mayor Dennis Brown asked him to stop using the name Jose when he had interactions with city residents. Click here for full story.
Father of Portland child killer, Michele Gates, accused of shooting her husband
A 51-year-old man is dead, a 72-year-old man is in jail and a family is now shattered with feelings that sadly are too familiar. The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office says 72-year-old James Gates shot and killed 51-year-old Michael Leland following an argument at a home near Colville on Dec. 28. Gates is in jail right now, but as we looked into the story we learned Gates’ family has harbored a dark secret that has now come full circle. It’s started in the late 1970’s. Leland’s wife, then known as Michele Gates, had her first known encounter with death at just 11-years-old when her mother was murdered by her grandmother’s husband. At 13-years-old, in 1980, Michele was arrested in Portland, Oregon for holding a 4-year-old girl underwater in a backyard pool. Click here for full story.