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NORTHWEST NEWS

Grants Pass Anti-Camping Laws Head to Supreme Court

Grants Pass in southern Oregon has become the unlikely face of the nation’s homelessness crisis as its case over anti-camping laws goes to the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled for April 22. The case has broad implications for cities, including whether they can fine or jail people for camping in public. Since 2020, court orders have barred Grants Pass from enforcing its anti-camping laws. Now, the city is asking the justices to review lower court rulings it says has prevented it from addressing the city's homelessness crisis. Rights groups say people shouldn’t be punished for lacking housing.

Four Ballot Measures for Portland Voters to Consider

Proposals from the city, PPS, Metro and Urban Flood Safety & Water Quality District.

Washington Gun Store Sold Hundreds of High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines in 90 Minutes Without Ban

KGW-TV reports Wally Wentz, owner of Gator’s Custom Guns in Kelso, described Monday as “magazine day” at his store. Wentz is behind the court challenge to Washington’s high-capacity magazine ban, with the help of the Silent Majority Foundation in eastern Washington.

Five Running to Represent Northeast Portland at County Level Include Former Mayor, Social Worker, Hotelier (Part 2)

Five candidates are vying for the spot previously held by Susheela Jayapal, who resigned from office in November to focus on running for Oregon's 3rd Congressional District. Jesse Beason is currently serving as interim commissioner in Jayapal’s place. (Part 2)

NEWS BRIEFS

Americans Willing to Pay More to Eliminate the Racial Wealth Gap, Creating a New Opportunity for Black Business Owners

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Vibrant Communities Commissioner Dan Ryan Directs Development Funding to Complete Next Phase of Gateway Green Project

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Application Opens for Preschool for All 2024-25 School Year

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Mt. Hood Community College Hosts Spring Career Fair Featuring Top Portland Employers

The event will be held April 24 at Mt. Hood Community College. ...

Can homeless people be fined for sleeping outside? A rural Oregon city asks the US Supreme Court

GRANTS PASS, Oregon (AP) — A pickleball game in this leafy Oregon community was suddenly interrupted one rainy weekend morning by the arrival of an ambulance. Paramedics rushed through the park toward a tent, one of dozens illegally erected by the town's hundreds of homeless people, then play...

Authorities say 4 people are dead after a train collided with a pickup in rural Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four people are dead after the vehicle they were traveling in was struck by a train in rural Idaho Saturday, authorities said. Idaho State Police said the pickup was carrying a 38-year-old man, 36-year-old woman and two children, who were all from Nampa. The...

Caleb Williams among 13 confirmed prospects for opening night of the NFL draft

NEW YORK (AP) — Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams, the popular pick to be the No. 1 selection overall, will be among 13 prospects attending the first round of the NFL draft in Detroit on April 25. The NFL announced the 13 prospects confirmed as of Thursday night, and...

Georgia ends game on 12-0 run to beat Missouri 64-59 in first round of SEC tourney

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Blue Cain had 19 points, Justin Hill scored 17 off the bench and 11th-seeded Georgia finished the game on a 12-0 run to beat No. 14 seed Missouri 64-59 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Cain hit 6 of 12 shots,...

OPINION

Gallup Finds Black Generational Divide on Affirmative Action

Each spring, many aspiring students and their families begin receiving college acceptance letters and offers of financial aid packages. This year’s college decisions will add yet another consideration: the effects of a 2023 Supreme Court, 6-3 ruling that...

OP-ED: Embracing Black Men’s Voices: Rebuilding Trust and Unity in the Democratic Party

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COMMENTARY: Is a Cultural Shift on the Horizon?

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A Full Court Press to Get the Lead Out

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling

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AI-generated models could bring more diversity to the fashion industry — or leave it with less

CHICAGO (AP) — London-based model Alexsandrah has a twin, but not in the way you’d expect: Her counterpart is made of pixels instead of flesh and blood. The virtual twin was generated by artificial intelligence and has already appeared as a stand-in for the real-life Alexsandrah...

Gene Herrick, AP photographer who covered the Korean War and civil rights, dies at 97

RICH CREEK, Va. (AP) — Gene Herrick, a retired Associated Press photographer who covered the Korean War and is known for his iconic images of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and the trial of the killers of Emmett Till in the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, died Friday. He was 97. ...

ENTERTAINMENT

Book Review: Jen Silverman’s gripping second novel explores the long afterlife of political violence

Earlier this year a former member of the far-left Baader-Meinhof gang who spent decades in hiding was arrested by German police in connection with a string of crimes. It was just another example of the long afterlife of the anti-war movement of the late 1960s, which Jen Silverman explores in a...

What to stream this week: Billy Joel sings, Dora explores and 'Food, Inc. 2' chows down

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The makers of the influential 2008 documentary “Food, Inc.” never planned to make a sequel. They figured they’d said it all in their harrowing look at a broken, unsustainable food system — a system led, they argued, by a few multinational corporations whose monopoly squeezes out local...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Pakistan investigating the shooting death of a suspect in the 2013 killing of an accused Indian spy

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Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling

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Survivors of 2017 Ariana Grande concert bombing take legal action against UK intelligence agency

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Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer

Flip on a college football game and the first reaction could be: "What in the world are they wearing?"

Maryland's outfits look like somebody tore up the state flag and glued the pieces on a practice uniform.

Boise State's gear could have been borrowed from "Power Rangers."

It's not the first time football uniforms have stretched the limits of fashion sense. But now a trend started about a decade ago by Oregon - a team that loves costume changes - is sweeping the nation.

Outrageous uniforms are in. While some traditionalists find them downright offensive, kids dig 'em. That's all that matters.

"The uniforms are amazing," Maryland offensive lineman Andrew Gonnella said.

What Maryland is doing under new athletic director Kevin Anderson is called rebranding. With a big boost from Under Armour CEO and Maryland alum Kevin Plank, Anderson is trying to create a new image for the Terrapins.

It's a strategy reminiscent of what Oregon did in the mid-1990s, when it struck a deal with Nike, founded by alum Phil Knight. Oregon was looking for a way to draw more attention to its football program, which was on the upswing but still pretty anonymous.

"Oregon didn't have the history of USC, Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State or Michigan," associate athletic director Jim Bartko said. "So we thought, 'Let's have our tradition be innovation, be shock value.'"

The days of Kelly green, yellow and white are long gone in Eugene, replaced by garish shades of the school colors, as well as black, steel and something called carbon.

Image is everything, baby! And the idea is to click with the 18-to-25 crowd, especially those 18-year-olds who also happen to be five-star recruits. These uniforms are definitely not for fans who grew up thinking Penn State playing in its white road uniforms against Alabama was the perfect color combination (even if the numbers on the Tide's helmets were a bit fancy).

"Kids are into gear. They love those designs," first-year Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. "For the demographics that we're tying to get here, I've heard nothing but positive comments from that age group."

The Terps had already unveiled a new look during the offseason, with 32 combinations of red, white, yellow and black on their pants, jerseys and helmets.

Then on Labor Day, playing Miami in the only football game on national TV that day, Maryland cranked it up a notch with the now famous - or infamous, depending on your taste - Pride uniforms.

Haven't seen 'em? Shut your eyes and imagine Maryland state flag design with a pattern of black-and-gold bars on one side of the helmet and shoulders, and a red-and-white cross pattern on the other side. Wait: There are matching shoes and gloves.

The Maryland players knew about the helmets and shoes before the Miami game because they needed to be broken in before kickoff. The jerseys and pants were a game-time surprise.

"They just went nuts. The room erupted," Edsall said.

Social media did the same and, just like that, the Terps were trending on Twitter.

That's just the kind of bump Anderson and Edsall were hoping to get, and it didn't hurt when Maryland beat Miami.

"Much of this is dictated toward recruiting and the other thing is revenue generation and the opportunity to merchandise things that represent the University of Maryland and the athletic department," Anderson said.

Added Edsall: "If this university had to go pay for that publicity, we'd be broke."

Plenty of other football programs are dabbling in flash, too.

The Georgia-Boise State game doubled as a 3-hour commercial for Nike.

The Bulldogs wore deep red jerseys and pants, with black numbers and some fancy trim. In perfect contrast, just like a video game, Boise State wore mostly white from head to knees, with a few sprinkles of blue and orange - Pro Combat Uniforms, as Nike calls them.

Earlier that day, South Florida pulled off its big win at Notre Dame in a dark green uniform from Under Armour, which also has Auburn, Boston College, Toledo and South Carolina among the 13 football teams it outfits - some more outrageously than others.

Michigan State, Stanford, Army and Navy are among the Nike schools - there are dozens - that will debut Pro Combat uniforms this season.

Oklahoma State, another Nike school trying remake its image, has also been making fashion statements.

The school's colors are black, white and orange, but the Cowboys opened in gray jerseys with orange numbers that were tough to read from the stands.

"We loved them," quarterback Brandon Weeden said. "As players we love them and ultimately - no disrespect to anybody else - we're wearing them. We've got to like them. I loved them."

Fair enough. Not everybody has to be a fan.

"I think they're awesome," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said, "as long as they're on someone else."

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AP sports writers Jeff Latzke in Norman, Okla., and David Ginsburg in College Park, Md., contributed to this report.

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