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As school starts, Seattle-area parents find themselves in a new role: mental health responder
Students, families and teachers across Washington state launched into an unusual, sometimes unnerving season of schooling in recent days. With parents stepping into critical new roles, schools and researchers are racing to understand how serious children's mental health troubles might become. (Here's crisis help for young people, and a Q&A on schools and mental health services.) Meanwhile, some schools are calling the outdoors their classroom. See how that looks, and find more back-to-school coverage.

Portland protest shooting suspect killed in Lacey as officers moved in

A self-proclaimed antifa supporter who has said he worked security on behalf of Black Lives Matter protesters, was shot dead Thursday after he fled the Lacey apartment, got into a car and members of a fugitive task force stopped it, police said.
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A Seattle police officer’s extraordinary pay raises questions SPD can’t answer

Ron Willis, a Seattle patrol officer, became the most highly paid city employee last year. How? He was paid the equivalent of two years of work inside of one, renewing longstanding questions on how Seattle Police monitor overtime pay.
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Seahawks training camp review: Biggest surprises, biggest question marks and players who stood out

Thursday marked the end of a most unusual training camp for the Seahawks with no fans and no preseason games. But there was still plenty to learn.
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Food critic Tan Vinh ate at 100 banh mi spots in the Seattle area. Here are his 12 favorites.

You know what works well as takeout? A banh mi. The classic Vietnamese sandwich generally contains a trinity of pork, some crisp, fresh herbs and pickled veggies and creamy pâté. Our food critic tried 100 of them to declare his favorite 12 places to get a banh mi in the Greater Seattle area.
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HEADLINES FROM THIS WEEK
From Woodinville to the president's thumbs, a false claim spread like a virus. The claim that only 9,000 people have died from COVID-19 was started by an Eastside chiropractor and then debunked by an Olympic Peninsula fact checker. Columnist Danny Westneat writes about how, in the two days between, it made its way to tens of millions of people. Read more.

A scorching week is on the way, forecasters say. The heat of the past few days is looking like a mere preview of the steamier stretch ahead, and records may soon be falling. Read more.

UW's Huskies might play football in 2020, after all. The Pac-12 has a "groundbreaking" deal to test athletes every day for COVID-19. Read more.

Airlines' new measures to fight the coronavirus may be doing just the opposite. Read more.

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Washington high-school athletes are calling on the governor to reinstate a fall sports season. For some, the stakes are high for their collegiate future and family finances. The pleas are heartfelt and heartbreaking, but playing fall sports doesn’t align with COVID-19 realities, columnist Larry Stone writes. Read more.
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A cat named Dr. Fauci. A cuddly delight in a dark time. If you need a break from doom and gloom, check out readers' sweet stories and photos of the pandemic pets they’ve adopted.
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The pilot circled, searching in darkness over a far-flung Alaskan village for runway lights that weren't there. They had failed, and the village didn't even have streetlights to guide the plane in — but a local girl needed an airlift to the hospital. One villager, sitting in a steam bath, heard the sound above Igiugig and jumped out with a bright idea that may have saved a life. Read more.
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