National unemployment hits 14.7 percent, confusion surrounds Washington's reopening, and other headlines

click to enlarge Learning Resources in Vernon Hills, Ill., Thursday, March 5, 2020, an educational materials and toy manufacturer. - LENNY GILMORE/THE NEW YORK TIMES
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Learning Resources in Vernon Hills, Ill., Thursday, March 5, 2020, an educational materials and toy manufacturer.
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NATION:
For workers, there's no sign of what "normal is going to look like" in the pandemic economy.

NEWS: The "Church at Planned Parenthood" guy is proudly defying Gov. Jay Inslee's ban on in-person church services.


CULTURE: Coeur d'Alene's Summer Theater has scheduled a virtual performance for May 30.

COVID-19

U.S. death toll
75,662 people nationwide have died from COVID-19. (Johns Hopkins University)

Confusing and slow
Residents, businesses and state officials are trying to navigate the confusing and uncertain process of reopening commerce in the middle of a pandemic. (Seattle Times)


Historic unemployment
A jaw-dropping 20 million jobs were eliminated from the economy in April and the unemployment rate jumped to 14.7 percent — numbers not seen since the Great Depression. (New York Times)

Information lockdown
The Trump administration has moved to stifle or downplay information about the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic as the president pushes for the country to reopen. (Washington Post)

Local fatalities
A sixth resident of the Spokane Veterans Home diagnosed with COVID-19 has died. (Spokesman-Review)

Ignoring death
Far more people have died in Mexico City from COVID-19 than federal statistics show, according to a new analysis. (New York Times)

IN OTHER NEWS...


Questionable motive
The U.S. Justice Department's decision to drop the criminal case against former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, even though he pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators, was unprecedented, legal experts say. (New York Times)

Suspects arrested in Georgia jogger killing
Two white men who were seen in a widely shared video depicting the shooting of an unarmed 25-year-old black man who was jogging in Brunswick, Georgia, were arrested and charged yesterday. The move comes two days after the footage went viral and more than two months after the shooting itself. (New York Times)

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Josh Kelety

As a staff writer, Josh covers criminal justice issues and Spokane County government. Previously, he worked as a reporter for Seattle Weekly. Josh grew up in Port Townsend and graduated from the University of Washington. Message him through Signal @ (360) 301-3490.