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Huskies Celebrate National Championship Team, But Fall To UCLA 24-17

By Khalid Bennett, The Seattle Medium

Coming into this week’s game against UCLA, the Washington Huskies would have a tough task ahead of them stopping one of the best offenses in the conference in the Bruins. UCLA coming off a win over Arizona last week which kept them alive in the race for the PAC-12 south, also had a big win earlier this season over a ranked LSU team. Washington had a bye last week after dropping an overtime game in Corvallis to Oregon State.

For the Huskies, it was Homecoming and the Huskies were set to honor the 1991 national championship team, as they would dawn commemorative uniforms and hope to channel some of the energy with members from that squad present for the game.

Offense wasn’t a point of emphasis early in the contest as both defenses kept the ball in the middle of the field. Washington was able to break the 0-0 tie after a pass interference penalty and a 17-yard end around by wide receiver Rome Odunze to set up a Peyton Henry field goal putting the Huskies up 3-0.

UCLA would answer back on the next drive going 75 yards highlighted by two big plays at the end — a 23-yard run by Zach Charbonnet and a 17-yard screen pass for a touchdown from quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson to receiver Kam Brown to put the Bruins up 7-3 to close out the first quarter.

All season long the Husky defense has struggled against the run. Oregon State was able to score the winning touchdown in overtime two weeks ago without having to throw the ball. This week is no different as UCLA was able to get their biggest plays on the ground. After racking up 114 yards rushing in the first quarter and a half, the Bruins added a field goal and a touchdown on a fourth and goal to take a 17-3 lead. Not out of the game just yet, Washington mounted a touchdown drive of their own with quarterback Dylan Morris finding Odunze for a 26 yard score putting the Huskies to within a touchdown with just 56 seconds remaining in the half. UCLA would take a 17-10 lead into the locker room.

The Husky offense desperately needed to get something going in the running game in the second half. The first half ended with them having a total of just four rushing yards, while UCLA put up 133 yards rushing. After forcing a punt, the Washington offense started to get into a rhythm with their two seniors in the backfield. Kamari Pleasant busted free for a 33-yard run setting up the Huskies deep the Bruin red zone. It took a fourth down plunge by Morris but the Huskies were able to tie the game with 6:55 in the third quarter at 17.

The game would stay tied going into the fourth quarter and Washington looked better running the ball. Unfortunately, Morris had issues with accuracy and failed to move the chains for the Husky offense. UCLA went back to what had been successful which was running the football. Getting their quarterback involved in the running game as well was tough for the Husky defense to stop. UCLA went 90 yards in 5:47 on the touchdown drive that was capped off with Thompson-Robinson hitting his tight end Greg Dulcich for a 9-yard touchdown giving the Bruins a 24-17 lead with just over 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

With Washington needing a touchdown to tie the game, Morris’ struggles continued. This time in the form of his second interception of the ball game as he tried to go deep down the field to freshman receiver Jaylen McMillen.

With the success UCLA was able to find in the running game, the clock was their friend as they looked to grind out a tough fought victory handing Washington their second straight loss and dropping them to a 2-4 record at the halfway point of the season. Final score UCLA 24, Washington 17.

With this loss, the Huskies find themselves in jeopardy of becoming bowl ineligible if they don’t find a way to turn this season around. They have a short week as Washington will face Arizona in a Friday night game in Tucson.

Lincoln Tops Franklin, 35-6

By RayJaun Stelly, The Seattle Medium

With three wins under their belt this season, the Franklin Quakers would look to make it four against Lincoln High School of Seattle Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

Franklin is already having their best season in years. Considering they hadn’t won a game in eight years this season for Franklin has already been a success, even though they’re just at the midpoint of their season. This year has also been the most successful season for Lincoln since recently re-opening the school, as the Lynx came into the game with a perfect 5-0 record.

With both teams already making history in a sense, it left fans on both sides wondering who would come out victorious once time expired.

The Quakers would take a 6-0 lead halfway through the first quarter, as Keivon Bias would catch a deep pass in the Lincoln redzone to set up a rushing touchdown by James “Duke” Scott, Jr.

Franklin looked to build off their scoring drive as their defense forced penalties, and a turnover on downs. Although the momentum appeared to be going in the Quakers direction, Lincoln made the adjustments and exploded for 35 unanswered points.

After forcing back-to-back punts, Lincoln’s quarterback would complete his next five passes as the Lynx scored two touchdowns in the span of four minutes.

Defensively, Lincoln forced the Quakers into back-to-back punts and numerous penalties, as they won the battle at line of scrimmage and took control of the game.

After trailing 14-6 at halftime, the Quakers looked to put together a positive drive after receiving the second half kickoff. But penalties would hinder that effort, and they were forced to punt again just three minutes into the third quarter.

17 seconds after the Franklin punt, Lincoln would score on their third passing touchdown of the game. Offensively, the Lynx could not be stopped, and defensively they refused to let Franklin running back James Scott to outplay them.

As they seized momentum of the game, Lincoln would open up their play book, which resulted in their first rushing touchdown of the night.

On their next series, the Lynx would connect on an 80-yard touchdown pass for the games’ final score.

With the win, Lincoln improved to 6-0 on the season, while Franklin dropped to 3-2. The Quakers will play Cleveland next week and Lincoln faces Nathan Hale

Metro League Football Roundup 10-16-21

Garfield 49, Seattle Prep 42

Garfield quarterback E.J. Caminong completed 11 of 17 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns, while teammates Jimmy Miller and Reon Hampton both had over 100 yards rushing in the Bulldogs’ 49-42 victory over Seattle Prep. Miller would carry the ball 20 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns, and Hampton would finish the game with 18 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown. Michael Montgomery, Jacolby Cochran and Rowley Canale would all catch touchdown passes on the night for Garfield.

With the game tied at 28 at the end of the third quarter, Garfield would score 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take a 49-28 lead. However, Seattle Prep quarterback Braeden Smith would score two touchdowns in under two minutes to cut the Bulldog lead to 7 with :49 left in the game. But that was a close as Seattle Prep would get as they dropped their Homecoming and senior night game to Garfield 49-42.

Eastside Catholic 28, Rainier Beach 27

This game was a track meet as both teams exploded for big plays throughout the game, including back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns to begin the second half of play. A missed extra point attempt would be the difference in the game, as the Vikings efforts to win the game came up short late in the fourth quarter. Trailing 28-27, the Vikings were driving down the field and were approaching scoring position when running back Scot’Tre Humphrey fumbled the ball while fighting for extra yards. Eastside Catholic would recover the fumble and run out to clock to secure a hard-fought win over Rainier Beach.

Other Scores:

O’Dea 42, Ballard 14

Blanchet 44, Lakeside 18

Roosevelt 65, Cleveland 6

Nathan Hale 36, Chief Sealth 35

Ingraham 11, West Seattle 10

Lincoln 36, Franklin 6

Do You Feel Like Haitian Immigrants Are Being Treated Fairly?

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TraeAnna

No I don’t at all. It’s clear there’s an issue with race here. If this were caucasian immigrants, we understand it would be handled differently. How can we work to globally spread democracy and treat Haitians this way, all in the same breath? This country’s tactics are unfortunately guided with a lens of white supremacy and anti-Blackness. It’s something Black Americans have had to deal with for generations. Together we can eradicate these ideals. It takes the work of us all to bring a loving nature to the way we do business. Working together to educate, engage, and inspire others is a great way to start eliminating the hate that shows up in ways like this.

Devonjones

No they’re not. I feel that they have been abused, just like the poor of the United States have been. At the end of the day, [the immigrants are] just trying. They are letting people in from the Middle East but they don’t want the Black people to come in. Its like slavery hasn’t been abolished and its still here.

Sharelle Claiborne

No I don’t think they are being treated fairly. Not at all. In fact my husband is Haitian and this is greatly effecting us and especially him. It’s terrible.

Leroy Goodwin

No they are not. And they never have been. We are just seeing it more now because of how news is presented and social media and stuff.

Monica

Haiti has a long history of turmoil and instability yet also a great past history of liberations. Due to natural disasters, political instability the Haitian people are caught in the middle trying to better their lives. American immigration policy has been under Biden humane and descent unlike the last president. But America is not migrant friendly so it has been tough on migrants all the way around.

Mustafa

Are the Haitian people being treated fairly? Are any black people treated fairly? No there not. But the Haitian people are strong and resilient and they will overcome their problems. And under Biden there is a little it of compassion behind the denial.

Treva

What has happened to the Haitian refugees in the past and presently is an absolute travesty! They are certainly NOT being treated fairly! Black Independence comes with this kind of price. and racial division that is openly practiced from DR doesn’t help ! Which by the way is treated much better by the U.S.! We watched Afghan refugees flown to America and placed within days. Other refugees placed in holding centers, Haitians turned around immediately!

JC

America treats most others unfairly. Haitians are no difference if not worse. The darker you are the worst your treated. Just my observation. Biden is better than trump as to address immigration at least they’re not putting them in cages.

Citing Driver Shortage, Seattle Public Schools To Suspend Some Bus Routes Starting Monday

Today, the Seattle Public School District (SPS) announced that some of the bus routes provided by its transportation provider First Student will be suspended indefinitely due to a shortage of bus drivers.

According to a release from the SPS, the suspension of the bus routes will begin on Mon., Oct. 18 and will impact approximately 140 routes – out of a total of 600 district-wide – and an estimated 6,740 students. However, the district is uncertain about the exact number of students that will be impacted “because of the irregularity of ridership – roughly half of those students who are transportation eligible do not regularly ride the bus – it is unknown exactly how many students will be impacted.”

Citing a continuing shortage of drivers, as well as an expected further reduction in drivers because of the Oct. 18 state of Washington vaccination mandate, SPS today provided all transportation-eligible families with a letter detailing the changes.

According to SPS, First Student will continue to recruit new drivers. While it is uncertain when route adjustments can be made, suspended routes will be brought back online as soon as possible as driver staffing improves. Some planned suspended routes could be reinstated as early as next week.

“It’s our hope that the staffing shortages faced by First Student will be resolved as quickly as possible so we can resume – and improve upon – all bus service,” said SPS Assistant Superintendent of Operations Fred Podesta. “In the meantime, we are actively looking for alternative solutions to this challenge, such as the expanded provision of ORCA transit passes for middle school students, and other modes of transportation.”

SPS says that bus service will continue for the following students without interruption:

• Students receiving special education services whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) specifies transportation as a related service;

• McKinney Vento students (those experiencing homelessness) and students in foster care;

• Students with a 504 plan that includes transportation services;

• Schools that serve large numbers or high proportions of historically underserved students;

• Schools that have been relocated to interim sites due to construction.

5-Year-Old Miami Boy Gets To Be Police Chief For A Day

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A 5-year-old boy who survived a fire that killed his mother got special treatment from the Miami Police Department. These officers went beyond the call making him chief for the day. CNN’s Ryan Young reports.

White House Announces Date For Fully Vaccinated Visitors To Enter U.S.

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Foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to travel to the United States starting on November 8, the White House said. CNN’s Jeremy Diamond has more.

Choose Celebrity Over Humility If You Dare

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James A. Washington Jr.

By James A. Washington Jr., Publisher, Dallas Weekly Newspaper

Here lately, I’ve come to clearly understand that some things that serve us well in the natural world oftentimes work against us in the spiritual one. It is an ironic realization one must make upon their own personal faith walk. Independence, ego, self-reliance, never say die attitude, talent, drive — these and other human characteristics, including just plain determination — give us a sense of accomplishment that, if we’re not careful, will seduce us into believing it’s all about us.

We even admire and envy those whose lifestyle we would otherwise condemn simply because we deem them special, gifted, geniuses or simply famous. At times, we forgive their otherwise despicable behavior because he or she is “special.” We honor and celebrate their individuality and subconsciously strive to be like them rather than trying to achieve the same distinction by emulating the only one really worthy of trying to copy, my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Please hear my point before you turn me off.

In order to honestly accept the reality of faith, I believe we must become naked in those things that God expects and adores submission, selflessness, humility, reverence, charity, love and more. We all know the world to be a cruel place for people who demonstrate these qualities. The world can be lethal for those it views as submissive and passive and humble.

History is full of pacifists and peace lovers who have been tortured, victimized and yes even assassinated. Become an advocate for peace and justice and watch yourself become a target of greed and injustice. Many of us don’t want to be associated with those we deem unwilling or unable to fend for themselves. It’s just a fact of the world in which we live.

Now the bible teaches us that through Christ, faith takes us to a level of conviction and purpose that supersedes everything we think we understand about this world. Pride and ego then become dangerous to our very existence, spiritually speaking. Determination and drive without spiritual purpose invites suicide. Self-reliance, by itself, becomes nothing more than human folly.

We exist at the pleasure of the Master of this universe and perish in the ignorance of this. We are, I am God’s child. He made me and should He choose to, He can take me out. I do understand though, that His love for me is so great that even on my best day, I cannot comprehend it. I have nothing to compare it to. I only hope to return His love in some small way by being obedient to His Word.

That effort, that code of conduct and behavior, that adherence to the values of Christ, is all that matters. The bible says, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” Matthew 16:26. Kind of gives new meaning to striving to get ahead, doesn’t it? Forgive me if I ponder and pray on this for a while.

May God bless and keep you always.

How To Crush Medical Debt: 5 Tips For Using Hospital Charity Care

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(KHN Illustration/Getty Images)

By Emily Pisacreta

What if a law passed but no one enforced it? That’s essentially what has happened with one small but helpful rule about hospitals and financial assistance for medical bills.

The Affordable Care Act, the health law also known as Obamacare, requires nonprofit hospitals to make financial assistance available to low-income patients and post those policies online. Across the U.S., more than half of hospitals are nonprofit — and in some states all or nearly all hospitals are nonprofit. But many people who qualify for financial assistance — or “charity care,” as it is sometimes known — never apply.

Jared Walker is helping get the word out. He founded Dollar For, an organization that directly helps people use hospital financial assistance policies to overcome unaffordable medical bills. Walker earned the public’s attention early this year through a viral TikTok he made on a lark, late one night.

In the 60-second video, Walker outlines the basics of applying for hospital financial assistance, in response to a prompt that asks TikTokers to share “something you’ve learned that feels illegal to know.”

“Most hospitals in America are nonprofits, which means they have to have financial assistance or charity care policies,” he says in the video. “This is going to sound weird, but what that means is if you make under a certain amount of money the hospital legally has to forgive your medical bills.”

The video outlines the basics of applying for hospital charity care, which he says he uses to “crush” medical bills.

“An Arm and a Leg,” a podcast about the cost of health care, has been covering Walker and his organization’s work since the video’s viral moment, as well as the decades-long fight to establish charity care rules that preceded it.

Here are five strategies Walker endorses and shares during monthly volunteer training sessions:

1. How do you find the policy?

Walker’s trick for finding a hospital’s financial assistance policy is as straightforward as it gets: Google it. Enter the hospital’s name, followed by “financial assistance policy” or “charity care policy.” The first search results are likely to be an outline of the policy and an application to submit.

Your first instinct might be to go to your hospital’s home page. But that’s likely a mistake. Policies tend to be hidden from hospital website menus, according to Walker. In many states, charity care laws are more specific than what’s outlined in the ACA, and hospitals may be required to display their financial assistance policies prominently.

It’s rare for the policies not to be available online at all, but in some cases, Walker said, you may need to call the hospital and ask for an application.

2. Who qualifies?

Most hospital charity care policies are income-based, using percentages of the federal poverty guidelines to define eligibility. In an example, Walker showed the guidelines for St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, where patients earning 200% of the federal poverty guidelines were responsible for 0% of their bill. That figure was just over $2,000 a month in 2021. Those making 201% to 300% were eligible for certain discounts.

Not sure how your income compares to the federal poverty guidelines? Here’s one of many helpful online calculators. Remember, your household is you, plus your spouse, plus anyone you claim as a dependent on your taxes. Roommates don’t count.

Applications typically require documentation to prove your income. Hospitals ask for things like recent pay stubs, proof of unemployment, Social Security award letters and tax returns, according to Walker. Exactly which documents the hospital may ask for can vary. But a hospital can’t deny you for failing to provide a document that isn’t spelled out in the application.

3. In collections? You may still have time.

The IRS requires nonprofit hospitals to give patients a grace period of 240 days (about eight months) from the initial billing date to apply for financial assistance. But hospitals are allowed to send bills to collection agencies much earlier than that — often after just 120 days.

At that point, patients often feel as though they’re being hounded by notifications from collection agencies. Still, patients may have months remaining to apply for financial assistance, and alerting the collection agents that an application with the hospital is in process can sometimes stop the letters.

“The hospital can take you out of collections just as easily as they put you there,” Walker said.

In some cases, hospitals will forgive bills that are much older than 240 days. When in doubt, applying may be worth it even for bills that are several years old, Walker said. It does not hurt to ask for help.

4. Looks like you won’t qualify? Write a letter.

If you don’t qualify on income alone but you still can’t afford your hospital bills, don’t rule yourself out. The same applies if the hospital’s financial aid policy specifies that only uninsured people qualify; you might have insurance but are still looking at giant bills you can’t pay.

Walker said a letter of financial hardship attached to an application can help. In fact, he encourages each patient to attach a letter, no matter how strong their application seems.

“These are real people reading these and the letters go a long way,” he said. Ultimately, each hospital is making a judgment call about who gets the assistance it is legally obligated to provide. Make your case.

5. Yes, you may need to fax it in.

While many hospitals have digital portals to enable online bill-paying, there’s usually no equivalent for applying for financial assistance. Many applications offer only a mailing address. But Walker and his team have found that applications sent by mail frequently get lost.

Instead, they recommend either walking the application into the hospital and delivering it by hand or faxing it. Public libraries, packaging stores like FedEx and certain online services make faxing possible even if, like most people, you haven’t used a fax machine since the late 1990s.

When it comes to accessing charity care, “you’re gonna have to jump through a lot of hoops,” Walker said, “but it’s worth it.”

Emily Pisacreta is a reporter and producer with “An Arm and a Leg,” a podcast about the cost of health care that is co-produced with KHN.

Alaska Air Group Appoints Tech Executive To Board Of Directors

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Alaska Air Group, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Adrienne Lofton to the company’s board of directors. Lofton, a marketing and retail omnichannel veteran who has extensive experience transforming some of the nation’s best-known consumer brands, will also serve on the boards of the company’s airline subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc.

Lofton is the vice president of global brand marketing at Google, where she oversees the integrated consumer experience for Google’s platforms & ecosystems portfolio (inclusive of Android, Chrome, Google Play and Education). She previously served as vice president and head of North America marketing at Nike Inc, and as Under Armour’s senior vice president, of global marketing, operations and philanthropy.

Lofton has deep cross-industry experience that includes leadership roles at Levi Strauss & Co., where she was chief marketing officer for the global Dockers brand and Target Corporation, where she helped spearhead the company’s multicultural marketing focus and provided cross-categorical leadership across its iconic master brand. She began her career at Gap Inc. and also worked at Starcom, focused on the General Motors portfolio.

“With her broad experience in differing brand strategies, innovation and driving meaningful customer relationships, Adrienne will be a tremendous addition to our board,” said Alaska Air Group Chairman Brad Tilden. “She will help us move our business forward as we strive toward creating an airline people love and further establish Alaska as a national brand.”

Lofton will serve on the board’s Innovation and Safety committees. The appointment of Lofton brings the total number of Alaska Air Group directors to 14, 12 of whom are independent. With Lofton’s appointment, the AAG Board’s make-up of independent directors is now 42 percent female and 50 percent racially diverse.

Lofton earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she was captain of the Howard University volleyball team.

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