Supreme Court overturns 'Bridgegate' convictions, White House rejects CDC guidelines, and other headlines

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While Washington state forges alliances, Idaho battles coronavirus its own way.

NEWS: The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has discretely acquired technology that enables it to bypass phone passwords.

NEWS: Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward claimed that, on a conference call with local leaders, Gov. Jay Inslee said that Spokane County couldn't reopen early unless it had no new cases for three weeks. But state and local officials dispute that account.

NEWS: Food banks are prepping to feed far more as COVID-19 disrupts America's food system at every level.


U.S. death toll
Roughly 73,000 people across America have died from COVID-19. (Johns Hopkins University)

Rejecting medical advice
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided the Trump administration with detailed guidelines for reopening the country. But the White House rejected them and asked for revisions. (New York Times)

Ground zero
Travel from New York City seeded COVID-19 outbreaks in states like Texas, Arizona, and Louisiana, researchers have found. (New York Times)

Public health-minded
Washington state seems to be avoiding the dramatic nationwide surge in COVID-19 deaths. (Seattle Times)

Dire state
The European Union is facing its worst recession ever. (New York Times)

Another 3.2 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total number of filings to roughly 33.5 million since the pandemic-related lockdowns started. (Axios)


Not guilty, per the court
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned the convictions of two defendants in the New Jersey "Bridgegate" scandal. (New York Times)

Party line
With their majority at risk, Senate Republicans are opting to stick with President Donald Trump by praising his pandemic response. (Politico)

Malicious tech
China's military has been tied to a new cyberattack tool that has been deployed against governments and state-owned companies in Australia and Southeast Asia. (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.