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Paul Manafort convicted, Michael Cohen pleads guilty, a "slum empire" and other headlines 

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IN OTHER NEWS

Coming apart at the seams
Yesterday was a yuge day. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was convicted of fraud. His lawyer and “fixer, Michael Cohen, also pleaded guilty to multiple federal criminal charges, including five counts of tax evasion. Vox has an explainer.

Actually rigged
Voting rights activists in Georgia are trying to stop a plan that would prevent approximately two-thirds of voters in a majority-black county in the state from voting this fall. The ACLU has stepped in. (Washington Post)


"Spokane slum empire"
Catholic Charities of Spokane President Rob McCann shot back after what he said were numerous lies circulating the community via flyer that claimed the organization was building a "slum empire" and a "small army" of homeless people. (Spokesman Review)

Nature's wrath
As the Pacific Northwest staggers from thick haze of smoke, Hawaii prepares to get hit by a Category 5 hurricane. (NPR)

Off the menu
A Seattle chef is removing chinook salmon from her menus in response to declining orca populations in the Puget Sound. Their diet is mostly salmon.

“The biggest gut wrench is that we have starving orcas. We are eating the salmon they need to eat," she tells the Seattle Times. “To see the effect we are having on these animals, it is too much." 
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