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NORTHWEST NEWS

Washington State Agrees $8 Million a Year for Tribes Hit By Opioid Deaths

With Native Americans and Alaska Natives in Washington dying of opioid overdoses at five times the state average Washington lawmakers have agreed to allocate milliona year to 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington from a half-billion-dollar settlement between the state and major opioid distributors. The funds will help tribes address the opioid crisis

Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Receives Honorary Doctorate from Lewis & Clark College

Crump has represented the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Henrietta Lacks. 

Washington State House Overwhelmingly Passes Ban on Hog-tying by Police

The vote on Wednesday came nearly four years after Manuel Ellis, a 33-year-old Black man, died in Tacoma, Washington, facedown with his hands and feet cuffed together behind him.

NEWS BRIEFS

Senate Passes Emergency Housing Stability and Production Package with Bipartisan Support

Major legislation works to stabilize and house Oregonians living on the streets, put affordable housing within reach for everyone ...

House Passes Oregon Drug Intervention Plan (ODIP)

New approach to crisis response aims to increase opportunities for treatment, reduce recidivism, and prevent overdoses ...

House of Representatives Addressed Oregon’s Addiction Crisis

We are committed to closely monitoring the rollout of this bill, particularly with concerns to racial disparities. ...

Moving Ahead to 'A Better Red'

Tri Met’s MAX Red Line trains will begin serving the new Gateway North MAX Station on Monday, March 4. ...

Portland Value Inn Is Renamed Jamii Court

The new name for this affordable housing redevelopment, Jamii, means community and togetherness in Swahili ...

A New Jersey city that limited street parking hasn’t had a traffic death in 7 years

Street parking was already scarce in Hoboken, New Jersey, when the death of an elderly pedestrian spurred city leaders to remove even more spaces in a bid to end traffic fatalities. For seven years now, the city of nearly 60,000 people has reported resounding success: Not a single...

Oregon lawmakers pass bill to recriminalize drug possession

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill recriminalizing the possession of small amounts of drugs was passed by the Oregon Legislature on Friday, undoing a key part of the state’s first-in-the-nation drug decriminalization law as governments struggle to respond to the deadliest overdose crisis in U.S....

No. 24 Florida takes on No. 18 South Carolina following Samuel's 28-point game

Florida Gators (20-8, 10-5 SEC) at South Carolina Gamecocks (23-5, 11-4 SEC) Columbia, South Carolina; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Gamecocks -2; over/under is 145 BOTTOM LINE: No. 24 Florida visits the No. 18 South Carolina Gamecocks...

East and Missouri host Ole Miss

Ole Miss Rebels (19-9, 6-9 SEC) at Missouri Tigers (8-20, 0-15 SEC) Columbia, Missouri; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Missouri takes on the Ole Miss Rebels after Sean East scored 20 points in Missouri's 83-74 loss to the Florida Gators. The Tigers...

OPINION

Message from Commissioner Jesse Beason: February is 'Black History and Futures Month'

I am honored to join the Office of Sustainability and to co-sponsor a proclamation to mark “Black History and Futures Month” ...

Ending Unfair Contracts Harming Minority Businesses Will Aid Gov. Kotek’s Affordable Housing Goals

Senate Bill 1575 will protect small businesses from state and local government’s unfair contract practices while also allowing the building industry to help the governor meet her affordable housing project goals. ...

February is American Heart Month

This month is a time to recognize that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, especially in the African American community ...

Thrilling History of Black Excellence in Our National Parks

In every facet of American life -from exploration; conquest; defense; economy; resistance; conservation and the pursuit of human rights – I can show you a unit of the National Park System where the event took place, where African Americans made the...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

As an opioids scourge devastates tribes in Washington, lawmakers advance a bill to provide relief

SEATTLE (AP) — A bill that would bring millions of dollars to tribes in Washington state to address the opioid crisis received unanimous support in the House on Friday, opening the door for state funding to address a scourge that some say is claiming a generation. "This bill invests...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton beat impeachment. Now he wants Super Tuesday revenge on his foes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton beat impeachment. On Super Tuesday, he wants political revenge. The Republican, who just six months ago was on the brink of removal from office, is charging into Texas' primaries on a dramatic campaign to oust dozens in his own...

Paramedic gets 5 years in prison for Elijah McClain’s death in rare case against medical responders

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado paramedic was sentenced Friday to five years in prison in a rare prosecution of medical responders following the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man whose name became part of the rallying cries for social justice that swept the U.S. in 2020. ...

ENTERTAINMENT

Bon Jovi to lead the field to green in IndyCar season-opener in promotion with Meyer Shank Racing

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jon Bon Jovi will be featured at the first two IndyCar races of the season and take a ride in the “Fastest Seat in Sports” with four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves. Meyer Shank Racing said Wednesday that...

New varieties of tried-and-true vegetables invite gardeners to experiment

Tomatoes, garlic, chives, basil, parsley, thyme and sage have been permanent residents in my garden for ages. But every year, I experiment with new -– or new to me -- crops. Many turn out to be transient, like the Instagram-worthy Voyager tomatoes that disappointed in the flavor...

Larry David, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Stiller pay tribute to comedian Richard Lewis after death at 76

Fellow comedians, famous fans, co-stars and friends react to the death of Richard Lewis, who died Wednesday at age 76. “Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me. He had that rare combination of being the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Navalny's mother brings flowers to his grave a day after thousands attended his funeral in Moscow

Lyudmila Navalnaya and Alla Abrosimova, the mother and mother-in-law of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny,...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton beat impeachment. Now he wants Super Tuesday revenge on his foes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton beat impeachment. On Super Tuesday, he wants political...

Peace, music and memories: As the 1960s fade, historians scramble to capture Woodstock's voices

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — Woodstock didn't even happen in Woodstock. The fabled music festival, seen as...

Gaza doctor says gunfire accounted for 80% of the wounds at his hospital from aid convoy bloodshed

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The head of a Gaza City hospital that treated some of the Palestinians wounded in the...

French president raised the prospect of Western troops in Ukraine. What was he thinking?

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron appeared isolated on the European stage this week after saying the...

Russians embrace hope amid despair as Alexei Navalny says his final goodbye

Russians have seen many images of Alexei Navalny — a firebrand protest leader with a bullhorn. A government...

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (3) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers had a couple of hurdles to overcome Friday night.

They'd lost the first two meetings with the Phoenix Suns this season by double digits. The Blazers also had struggled recently in close road games.

The Blazers made sure Friday's game wouldn't go down to the wire — and they ended their recent history of frustration against Phoenix in the process. They went on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter and benefited from clutch shooting and solid defense in a 106-96 victory over the Suns.

C.J. McCollum scored 26 points and made five 3-pointers, Damian Lillard added 18 points and the Blazers held the Suns to 14 fourth-quarter points, their defense forcing two shot-clock violations in the quarter.

McCollum and Lillard, one of the highest-scoring guard duos in the NBA, hit 3-pointers during the 13-0 stretch.

"We've been through this before many games where we've been up or been close at the end and squandered leads," McCollum said. "So I think it was really important for us to really focus on the defensive end and then offensively get good shots, run some clock."

Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 31 points. Bledsoe has four of his eight career 30-point games against the Blazers.

The two teams combined to make 25 of 69 3-point attempts in what was an up-and-down affair until midway through the fourth. There were seven lead changes and eight ties.

"Our team defense was not there," Bledsoe said.

The Blazers avoided a season sweep at the hands of the Suns in the final meeting between the two teams.

"They pretty much dominated us here and at our place," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "They closed out the fourth quarter better than we did. Those two games, certainly back to back, were in the back of our mind."

Suns guard Brandon Knight, the team's second-leading scorer at 21.4 points per game, didn't score until making a free throw with 7:34 left in the game. Knight didn't make a basket in 12 attempts. He had 10 assists.

"We were trying to get him to stay aggressive at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but he was just kind of dribbling around and not looking for the shot," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Portland used a 16-6 run early in the third quarter to build a 73-67 advantage. But the Suns reclaimed the lead 82-78 after three quarters following Bledsoe's 3-pointer with 59 seconds left.

The Blazers didn't score a point for more than three minutes to start the game but finished the first quarter with a 33-26 lead, thanks in large part to 3-point shooting. McCollum hit two 3-pointers and Allen Crabbe had two more off the bench, with Crabbe scoring 10 points in less than four minutes.
Crabbe finished with 18 points, tying a career high. Al-Farouq Aminu had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Portland.

The Suns rallied to tie the score at 35 in the second quarter with Devin Booker and Mirza Teletovic hitting two 3-pointers each. Booker, a rookie guard from Kentucky, is 17 of 23 from 3-point range this season.

Teletovic had 15 points and six rebounds. He shot 4 of 10 on 3-point attempts.
Phoenix went up 61-57 with 31 seconds left in the first half when Bledsoe banked in a wild shot while being fouled and made a free throw.

TIP-INS
Trail Blazers: Portland made 12 3-pointers on Friday. The Blazers have connected on at least 10 3-pointers in five of their last six games and in 10 games overall this season. ... Crabbe has scored in double figures in six straight games and has made a 3-pointer in 15 games in a row.

Suns: Markieff Morris was active but didn't play. Morris was returning from a sinus infection that forced him out of the team's last game. ... C Tyson Chandler missed his eighth straight game with a hamstring strain. He's been out since Nov. 29. ... The Suns observed a moment of silence before the game to honor 12-time NBA All-Star Dolph Schayes, who died Thursday. The team also issued a statement in remembrance of former center John "Hot Rod" Williams, who died Friday in Louisiana. Williams played for Phoenix from 1995-98.

STAR WARS AND 50 CENT
The Suns did a special tribute to "Star Wars" on Friday night, with costumed "Star Wars" characters on the court for lineup introductions while sound effects from the movie played. Rapper 50 Cent announced the Suns' starting lineup.

UP NEXT
Trail Blazers: Host New York on Saturday.
Suns: Host Minnesota on Sunday.

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