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Astoria clears homeless camps on city forestland

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — After delays Astoria work crews have cleared several camps located in city forestland where some people without shelter had lived for years. The Daily Astorian reports crews on Friday moved nearly two dumpsters filled with trash, mattresses, bicycles, and other belongings from the camps. The city had delayed action on the...

Project Homeless is a new Seattle Times initiative that explores and explains the region’s complex, troubling problem of homelessness. With strong watchdog reporting and vivid storytelling, Project Homeless seeks to spotlight what is working, and what is not working, in responding to homelessness. We will also feature solutions-oriented reporting from elsewhere in the country.

Health

Court indicts Richland doctor charged with running an opioid ‘pill mill’

RICHLAND,  Wash. -- A Richland doctor is accused of prescribing opioids and other highly addictive medications without seeing the patients. Janet S. Arnold allegedly charged patients $20 for prescriptions without an appointment and $80 to $120 if they wanted to visit her at Desert Wind Family Practice. In May 2017, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration...

Science

Handwritten Einstein letter auctioned off for nearly $40,000

JERUSALEM (AP) — A handwritten letter written by Albert Einstein warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before the Nazis rose to power has been sold for nearly $40,000. The Kedem Auction House says the previously unknown letter, brought forward by an anonymous collector, fetched $39,360 in bidding in Jerusalem on Tuesday...