Don’t lick the envelopes! How Washington is preparing its primary for the coronavirus outbreak

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What happens when the two biggest news stories of the moment—the election and coronavirus—collide? Washington is one of the 10 states that switched from a caucus to a primary this year for selecting their favored candidate, after Democratic Party reforms following the 2016 cycle, influenced in part by Senator Bernie Sanders. Read Full Story

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This Seattle restaurant is redesigning its entire business model in response to the coronavirus

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‘There are two things that haven’t changed: People need to eat and people need to work.’ Canlis is one of Seattle’s top fine-dining restaurants, with a storied history and panoramic views of Lake Union. But Washington state — and King County in particular — are at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, so owners Mark and Brian Canlis knew they needed to rethink their business if they were going to stay afloat when fine dining is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Read Full Story

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Inside the new homeless shelter at Amazon’s headquarters

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In Seattle, the tech company is now sharing an eight-story building with a homeless shelter serving 200 people. On March 5, as coronavirus infections spread in Washington, Amazon started asking employees in its Seattle headquarters to work from home. Four days later, half of one of the company’s buildings opened for another purpose: housing homeless families. Read Full Story

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In defense of Big Pharma, the innovation engine we love to hate

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America’s brightest minds can save us from the coronavirus—at a cost. Bradley Tusk reflects on why some greed might be good. It’s easy to hate Big Pharma. Drug prices are absurdly high compared to the rest of the world. Executive salaries can be stomach-churning. Lobbyists treat Washington like it’s their own personal client state. To any sentient observer, it appears the biomedical industry has gotten greedy. Read Full Story

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It’s stimulus check 2 week in Congress: Here’s what to expect as lawmakers return

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The U.S. Senate is back in session today after a three-week recess. Here’s what might happen with the next coronavirus stimulus package. If you were hoping to swiftly receive another stimulus check and a renewed $600 weekly unemployment benefit (which ends this week) , don’t count on it: Negotiations are looking bumpy in Washington. Here are some of the latest updates: Read Full Story

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Schools are prepping for coronavirus quarantines by leaning into remote learning

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The potential for long-term school closures is boosting edtech companies—though some closed schools are just using Google Hangouts. When a high school student at Jackson High School in Washington State tested positive for the new coronavirus, the school became one of the first in the U.S. to temporarily close because of the illness while the campus underwent cleaning and disinfecting. With a looming possibility of longer closures, some other schools are preparing by turning to edtech. Around the rest of the world, millions of students are already relying on remote meeting technology as they spend weeks in quarantine. Read Full Story

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Luxury resorts, tiny homes, RVs: How architecture is adapting in the age of coronavirus

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Asilomar, a seaside resort with buildings by famous architect Julia Morgan, is being used as a quarantine site. So is an EconoLodge outside of Seattle. Shopping malls might be next. One evening in early March, a white van pulled into the parking lot of an EconoLodge motel in the city of Kent, Washington, just south of Seattle. A worker extended a long roller and began painting the motel’s sign black . No longer a motel, the building was beginning a new life as a quarantine facility for people who’ve been exposed to the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Read Full Story

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Women’s academic journal submissions plummet amid coronavirus

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The academic world shows early indicators of how the lockdown may impact women’s careers. They’re not good. Women are submitting far fewer papers to academic journals, and barely submitting at all in some fields, while men are submitting more, according to an investigation by The Washington Post’s The Lily. Mothers everywhere say, “Well, yeah.” Read Full Story

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