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NORTHWEST NEWS

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)

Winning Powerball Ticket Worth $1.3 Billion Sold in Portland

A Powerball player in Portland has won a jackpot worth more than jumi.3 billion. The prize is the eighth largest in U.S. lottery history. The Oregon Lottery says the winning ticket was sold in Portland, Oregon. The winning numbers were: 22, 27, 44, 52, 69 and the red Powerball 9

NEWS BRIEFS

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

National research released today provides encouraging news that most Americans are willing to pay a premium price for products and...

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

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is beginning a new phase of accessibility and park improvements to Gateway Green, the...

Application Opens for Preschool for All 2024-25 School Year

Multnomah County children who will be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 2024 are eligible to apply now for free preschool...

PCC and LAIKA Partner to Foster Diversity in Animation

LAIKA is contributing ,000 to support student scholarships and a new animation and graphics degree. ...

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

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

10 years after armed standoff with federal agents, Bundy cattle are still grazing disputed rangeland

BUNKERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — The words “Revolution is Tradition” stenciled in fresh blue and red paint mark a cement wall in a dry river wash beneath a remote southern Nevada freeway overpass, where armed protesters and federal agents stared each other down through rifle sights 10 years ago. ...

'I'm dying, you're not': Those terminally ill ask more states to legalize physician-assisted death

DENVER (AP) — On a brisk day at a restaurant outside Chicago, Deb Robertson sat with her teenage grandson to talk about her death. She’ll probably miss his high school graduation. She declined the extended warranty on her car. Sometimes she wonders who will be at her funeral. ...

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

The decision of many Black men to disengage from the Democratic Party is rooted in a complex interplay of historical disenchantment, unmet promises, and a sense of disillusionment with the political establishment. ...

COMMENTARY: Is a Cultural Shift on the Horizon?

As with all traditions in all cultures, it is up to the elders to pass down the rituals, food, language, and customs that identify a group. So, if your auntie, uncle, mom, and so on didn’t teach you how to play Spades, well, that’s a recipe lost. But...

A Full Court Press to Get the Lead Out

With a “goal of identifying and remediating lead hazards in at least 2,800 Lancaster County homes,” LG Health is setting an example for the private sector. And the Biden-Harris administration’s focus on environmental justice and access to clean and safe...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Some fear University of Michigan proposed policy on protests could quell free speech efforts

A University of Michigan proposal aimed at deterring disruptions on its Ann Arbor campus after anti-Israel protesters interrupted an honors convocation is sparking backlash from free speech advocates. Violations of the policy, which has yet to be implemented, could result in...

Texas' diversity, equity and inclusion ban has led to more than 100 job cuts at state universities

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A ban on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in higher education has led to more than 100 job cuts across university campuses in Texas, a hit echoed or anticipated in numerous other states where lawmakers are rolling out similar policies during an important election...

Officer who fatally shot Kawaski Trawick 5 years ago won't be disciplined, police commissioner says

NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York City police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Kawaski Trawick inside his Bronx apartment five years ago will not face internal discipline, the city’s police commissioner, Edward Caban, announced Friday. In a statement, Caban said the...

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

A Billy Joel concert special celebrating his residency at Madison Square Garden and Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal playing cowboys and former lovers in Pedro Almodóvar’s “Strange Way of Life” are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you. ...

Movie Review: ‘Food, Inc. 2’ revisits food system, sees reason for frustration and (a little) hope

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

Shohei Ohtani's ex-interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, must get gambling addiction treatment, judge says

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani's former longtime interpreter agreed Friday to undergo...

174 people stranded in the air are rescued, almost a day after a fatal cable car accident in Turkey

ISTANBUL (AP) — The last of 174 people stranded in cable cars high above a mountain in southern Turkey were...

'Run, run, run': Chaos at a Sydney mall as 6 people stabbed to death, and the suspect fatally shot

SYDNEY (AP) — A man stabbed six people to death at a busy Sydney shopping center Saturday before he was fatally...

More aid is supposed to be entering the Gaza Strip. Why isn’t it helping?

JERUSALEM (AP) — Under heavy U.S. pressure, Israel has promised to ramp up aid to Gaza dramatically, saying last...

Belgium launches probe into suspected Russian interference in upcoming EU elections

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday an investigation into suspected...

The US and UK restrict the trade of Russian-origin metals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and U.K. will begin restricting the trade of new Russian-origin metals — including...

RG3 runs from 49ers
Omar Tyree

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III running against the Minnesota Vikings. (AP Photo) 

For the record, I’m still a Robert Griffin III fan. I still like the guy and hope that he can pull his young football career back together sometime in the near future. I just don’t think it’ll be in Washington, unless he’s ready to accept a back-up quarterback salary while still trying to reclaim his lost skills.

Or did Robert ever have authentic NFL skills to begin with? After listening to weeks of professional football talk about RG3 learning how to become a so-called “pocket passer” with less running and more throwing, I keep wondering if the awesomeness of his rookie season two years ago was only a mirage. Did he really win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, while taking his team on a 7-0 winning streak and sweeping his hometown Dallas Cowboys in the regular season before jumping out to a 14-0 lead in a home playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks?

I don’t remember there being an issue with Robert throwing the ball from the pocket as a rookie. With a 65 percent completion rate, the guy was one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the league that year. He also had 20 touchdowns with only five interceptions, while throwing for 3,200 yards. Was all of that success only because of his threat to run the ball every play? I beg to differ.

Whether a guy can run effectively or not has nothing to do with his ability to throw a football on a straight line to his open receivers. If running and throwing were connected at the hip as many apologetic analysts seem to be suggesting, then a bunch a track stars would be deadly at the quarterback position. However, that is not the case. So I hate to be overly harsh here, but I’m a little tired of hearing the “athletic quarterback” excuse for black men who continue to have problems with delivering the football.

I don’t care if a guy runs around in circles, picks up first downs with his legs, slides to the turf, runs out of bounds, or uses the bootleg, the read option, the pistol formation, or whatever. When it’s time to throw the football to the open man, I expect for a guy who gets paid millions of dollars to be able to put the ball on the money, on time. And we have not witnessed Robert Griffin III be able to do so on a consistent basis since his ruthless rookie leg injury.

Are you now telling me that his two-year old healing process has been that Kryptonotic—to create a word here—to his ability to throw a football? If that’s the case, then I guess he has a legitimate excuse. Or, maybe he simply hasn’t dedicated himself enough to re-learn the basic footwork and execution of the position.

One, two, three, plant, step up, find the open man and throw. Now repeat. And repeat it again. But from what Washington’s Head Coach Jay Gruden said after his team’s ugly 27-7 loss to Tampa Bay in week 11, Robert is no longer able to execute the basics. And I’m sorry, folks, but if you watched that game like I did, on the very first play from scrimmage a wide open tight end cut across the middle of the field, right in Robert’s eyesight, only for the celebrated, Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the academic institution of Baylor to refuse to throw the easy pass, while sprinting to his left and tossing a much harder pass to a second tight-end’s knees, who tried in earnest to bend low enough to catch the poorly thrown ball, only to pop it up in the air for an interception.

And I asked myself, “Are you kidding me?” on the first play of the game. I knew from that moment on that the magic of RG3 was not coming back to Washington.

So excuse me for sounding like a man who has given up hope on the kid, but I remember like yesterday when the long-time Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Donovan McNabb, made a very public offering to advise the young man on how to conduct himself and prepare for a long and stable career in the NFL; particularly as an African-American quarterback with a world of hype and expectations on his shoulders, and Robert flat-out turned him down.

Maybe now he can humble himself to find enough time to spend a whole week with Donovan and find out how he transitioned from running for his life in Philadelphia, to becoming the Eagles all-time passing leader in attempts, yards, completions and touchdowns, while leading his teams to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. And may Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, E.J. Manuel and even Jameis Winston at Florida State be next in line for his tutoring.

But it looks like Russell Wilson and Teddy Bridgewater already have the point. It doesn’t matter how “athletic” you are if you can’t pass the football effectively to your receivers. And us true fans of the game can’t stress that point enough.

Omar Tyree is a New York Times bestselling author, an NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Fiction and a professional journalist @ www.OmarTyree.com

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