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NORTHWEST NEWS

James Beard Finalists Include an East African Restaurant in Detroit and Seattle Pho Shops

The James Beards Awards are the culinary world's equivalent of the Oscars. For restaurants, even being named a finalist can bring wide recognition and boost business.

Ranked-Choice Voting Expert Grace Ramsey on What Portland Voters Can Expect in November

Ramsey has worked in several other states and cities to educate voters on new system of voting. 

Asylum-Seekers Looking for Shelter Set up Encampment in Seattle Suburb

Asylum-seekers mainly from Angola, Congo and Venezuela have set up an encampment in a Seattle suburb. Some of the camping asylum-seekers were told to leave their shelter at a church while others lost their short-term motel or rental housing when it expired June 1. A notice for the campers to leave by Tuesday afternoon expired with no law enforcement action.

School Board Selects Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong, Ed. D. to be Next Superintendent

Throughout her career, Armstrong has been instrumental in advancing student achievement, addressing racial inequities and closing the achievement gap for students of color through her dynamic approach to classroom innovation, curriculum enhancement and professional development.

NEWS BRIEFS

Kobi Flowers Crowned 2024 Rose Festival Queen

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PCCEP Forum on Brain Injuries, Policing and Public Safety

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Chaz Ebert Book Signing Event at Powell’s This Weekend

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Portland Trail Blazers Tip-off Summer Series

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Bull that jumped the fence at Oregon rodeo forced to retire from competition, owner says

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Off-duty guard charged with killing Seattle-area teen after mistaking toy for gun, authorities say

SEATTLE (AP) — An off-duty security guard in a Seattle suburb has been charged with second-degree murder by prosecutors who said that he fatally shot a 17-year-old six times in the back as the teen and his friends tried to return a toy gun that the guard believed was a firearm to a sporting goods...

Josh Sargent out for Colombia friendly, could miss Copa America

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — United States forward Josh Sargent could miss Saturday's friendly against Colombia and could be dropped from the Copa America roster. A 24-year-old from O'Fallon, Missouri, Sargent scored 16 goals in 26 league games with Norwich in England's second-tier League...

Duke tops Missouri 4-3 in 9 innings to win first super regional, qualify for first WCWS

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — D'Auna Jennings led off the top of the ninth inning with a home run to end a scoreless pitching duel between Cassidy Curd and Missouri's Laurin Krings and 10th-seeded Duke held on for a wild 4-3 victory over the seventh-seeded Tigers on Sunday in the finale of the...

OPINION

The Skanner News May 2024 Primary Endorsements

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Nation’s Growing Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps Need Policy Reform

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New White House Plan Could Reduce or Eliminate Accumulated Interest for 30 Million Student Loan Borrowers

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Op-Ed: Why MAGA Policies Are Detrimental to Black Communities

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

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After years of delays, scaled-back plans underway for memorial to Florida nightclub massacre

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Virginia NAACP sues school board for reinstating Confederate names

The Virginia NAACP sued a county school board Tuesday over its reinstatement of Confederate military names to two schools, accusing it of embracing segregationist values and subjecting Black students to a racially discriminatory educational environment. The school board in Shenandoah...

ENTERTAINMENT

Academy Museum Gala picks starry honorees for its fall fundraiser

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49ers running back Christian McCaffrey gets honored with Madden cover

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Meet Will Butler, the singer-songwriter who makes Broadway's 'Stereophonic' rock

NEW YORK (AP) — The assignment was daunting: Write a song for an onstage moment of transcendence. Make it kind of funny and exciting and for a five-piece band. Write it so it justifies an audience sitting in their seats for two hours before they hear it. And, oh, it must plausibly be a rock hit...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

What's next for Hunter Biden after his conviction on federal gun charges

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Hungary agrees not to veto NATO support to Ukraine as long as it's not forced to help out

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CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- Seventeen days ago, Radcliffe Haughton allegedly slashed his wife's tires outside a suburban Milwaukee salon.

Three days ago, the 45-year-old man was issued a restraining order mandating that he stay away from her for the next four years.

And now he is dead.

But not before, police say, Haughton gunned down seven women -- killing three of them -- inside the same Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield, while also using flammable liquid to fuel a fire.

The building's sprinkler system helped subdue that small blaze, Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus said. As for the suspect, he apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"We were expecting an armed encounter if we did come across him," said Tushaus, about authorities' intensive search of the roughly 9,000-foot building and one "locked area" in particular. "When we did eventually get into that locked area, we did determine that he, in fact, was dead."

Authorities are still working to identify the victims, including to determine if one of them is Haughton's wife. And they are also trying to make sense of why it all happened.

The first calls came into police around 11 a.m. CT (noon ET), of an active shooter across from the Brookfield Square Mall and near the Westmoor Country Club, all about 11 miles west of Milwaukee.

Swarms of law enforcement officers, from various agencies, soon converged on the scene. They found smoke in the building -- from a fire believed to be started by Haughton, according to Tushaus.

Inside, too, was a small propane tank. The police chief said it wasn't clear if the suspect left it there, or if it had been left by contractors working on the building. The sprinkler system kicked in before the tank could explode.

By then, authorities did not know exactly where the gunman was or what carnage he'd left behind. And calls continued coming in from panicked people who'd sought refuge in pockets inside the large, multi-story building.

Outside, one young woman recalled to CNN affiliate WDJT seeing "a lady crawling out the front door," having rolled down a hill. Next out was a shrieking woman, the witness added.

"And then maybe 10 people began running out of the back of the salon with their hands up -- running, screaming out the door," she said.

Four gunshot victims also soon got out of the salon, and then were transported to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. That medical facility was locked down as the manhunt continued for the shooting suspect.

Hours later, around 4 p.m., authorities found Haughton's body and declared the nightmare over.

"Our community can feel safe," Tushaus said at an early evening press conference. "We are not seeking any additional suspects."

Authorities described a contentious recent history between the suspect and his wife.

The restraining order against Haughton was filed four days after the October 4 tire slashing, according to Tushaus, with the four-year restriction being dictated last Thursday.

Steven Rinzel -- the police chief in Brown Deer, the Wisconsin community that Haughton called home -- acknowledged police "have had contacts" with the suspect in the past, including a recent "disorderly conduct, domestic violent arrest."

And authorities were back at Haughton's home Sunday, conducting "a safety search of the residence to make sure there was nothing in place, like an explosive device," Rinzel said.

Meanwhile about 14 miles south in Milwaukee, staffers at Froedtert Hospital treated the four women who'd been shot in the chaos.

While there was no immediate breakdown as to how many of these victims were employees and how many were clients, Brookfield fire Chief Charlie Myers said they ranged in age from 22 to 40-years-old.

Dr. Gary Seabrook, the hospital's director of surgery, early Sunday evening explained one victim is in critical condition, another is "in satisfactory condition," a third "is being stabilized" and will have surgery, and the fourth has been admitted but will not need surgery.

The spa where Sunday's shooting took place is about half a mile from a Sheraton hotel where a gunman killed seven people and himself in March 2005. Terry Ratzmann, 44, burst into a service being held by a Living Church of God congregation and fired 22 rounds before shooting himself.

CNN's Susan Candiotti and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.

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