Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WSU among state schools backing DACA, Hurricane Irma strikes Caribbean, and morning headlines

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NEWS: Washington State University's Kirk Schulz and more than 50 presidents of other Washington colleges and universities have declared their support for DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — an Obama-era immigration policy; yesterday, the Trump administration announced its plans to end DACA, calling on Congress to act.

 Two Spokane homeless shelters, House of Charity and Open Doors, are encouraging people in need to come inside, as the city's air quality, degraded by wildfires all over the western U.S. and Canada, has become dangerous for all.

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Hurricane Irma strikes in Caribbean
click to enlarge WSU among state schools backing DACA, Hurricane Irma strikes Caribbean, and morning headlines
Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, has the islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba in its sights, with projected U.S. landfall in Florida.

Irma, at Category 5 one of the largest and most most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, slammed into several Caribbean islands this morning, packing 185-MPH winds, and is taking aim at the larger islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba. (New York Times)
• What Florida is doing to prepare for Hurricane Irma, and where in the state it might strike. (Miami Herald)

Fools and fireworks

A 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, is suspected of tossing a lit firework into Oregon's tinder-dry Eagle Creek Canyon over the weekend, starting the Eagle Creek Fire, which jumped the Columbia River Gorge on Monday and is forcing evacuations in Skamania County, Washington. The 10,000-plus-acre fire has not been contained. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live, Oregon Public Radio)
• The harrowing story of a Spokane family who feel fortunate to have escaped the Eagle Creek Fire. (Spokesman-Review)

Are you listening, Congresswoman?
Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal has a message for 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers regarding Trump and DACA: It's not too late to pick decency over loyalty.
• The end of DACA: What we know, and don't know. (New York Times)

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