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A Conservative Quest to Limit Diversity Programs Gains Momentum in States

In support of DEI, Oregon and Washington have forged ahead with legislation to expand their emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion in government and education.

Epiphanny Prince Hired by Liberty in Front Office Job Day After Retiring

A day after announcing her retirement, Epiphanny Prince has a new job working with the New York Liberty as director of player and community engagement. Prince will serve on the basketball operations and business staffs, bringing her 14 years of WNBA experience to the franchise. 

The Drug War Devastated Black and Other Minority Communities. Is Marijuana Legalization Helping?

A major argument for legalizing the adult use of cannabis after 75 years of prohibition was to stop the harm caused by disproportionate enforcement of drug laws in Black, Latino and other minority communities. But efforts to help those most affected participate in the newly legal sector have been halting. 

Lessons for Cities from Seattle’s Racial and Social Justice Law 

 Seattle is marking the first anniversary of its landmark Race and Social Justice Initiative ordinance. Signed into law in April 2023, the ordinance highlights race and racism because of the pervasive inequities experienced by people of color


Mt. Tabor Park Selected for National Initiative

Mt. Tabor Park is the only Oregon park and one of just 24 nationally to receive honor. ...

OHCS, BuildUp Oregon Launch Program to Expand Early Childhood Education Access Statewide

Funds include million for developing early care and education facilities co-located with affordable housing. ...

Governor Kotek Announces Chief of Staff, New Office Leadership

Governor expands executive team and names new Housing and Homelessness Initiative Director ...

Governor Kotek Announces Investment in New CHIPS Child Care Fund

5 Million dollars from Oregon CHIPS Act to be allocated to new Child Care Fund ...

Biden administration announces plans for up to 12 lease sales for offshore wind energy

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new five-year schedule to lease federal offshore tracts for wind energy production was announced Wednesday by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, with up to a dozen lease sales anticipated beginning this year and continuing through 2028. Haaland...

A conservative quest to limit diversity programs gains momentum in states

A conservative quest to limit diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives is gaining momentum in state capitals and college governing boards, with officials in about one-third of the states now taking some sort of action against it. Tennessee became the latest when the Republican...

Missouri hires Memphis athletic director Laird Veatch for the same role with the Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri hired longtime college administrator Laird Veatch to be its athletic director on Tuesday, bringing him back to campus 14 years after he departed for a series of other positions that culminated with five years spent as the AD at Memphis. Veatch...

KC Current owners announce plans for stadium district along the Kansas City riverfront

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The ownership group of the Kansas City Current announced plans Monday for the development of the Missouri River waterfront, where the club recently opened a purpose-built stadium for the National Women's Soccer League team. CPKC Stadium will serve as the hub...


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

NNPA NEWSWIRE – MAGA proponents peddle baseless claims of widespread voter fraud to justify voter suppression tactics that disproportionately target Black voters. From restrictive voter ID laws to purging voter rolls to limiting early voting hours, these...

Loving and Embracing the Differences in Our Youngest Learners

Yet our responsibility to all parents and society at large means we must do more to share insights, especially with underserved and under-resourced communities. ...

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. ...


Mississippi city settles lawsuit filed by family of man who died after police pulled him from car

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's capital city has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by survivors of a man who died after police officers pulled him from a car while searching for a murder suspect. The Jackson City Council on Tuesday approved payment of ,786 to settle the...

Students protesting on campuses across US ask colleges to cut investments supporting Israel

Students at a growing number of U.S. colleges are gathering in protest encampments with a unified demand of their schools: Stop doing business with Israel — or any companies that support its ongoing war in Gaza. The demand has its roots in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...

Biden just signed a bill that could ban TikTok. His campaign plans to stay on the app anyway

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden showed off his putting during a campaign stop at a public golf course in Michigan last month, the moment was captured on TikTok. Forced inside by a rainstorm, he competed with 13-year-old Hurley “HJ” Coleman IV to make putts on a...


Music Review: Jazz pianist Fred Hersch creates subdued, lovely colors on 'Silent, Listening'

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch fully embraces the freedom that comes with improvisation on his solo album “Silent, Listening,” spontaneously composing and performing tunes that are often without melody, meter or form. Listening to them can be challenging and rewarding. The many-time...

Book Review: 'Nothing But the Bones' is a compelling noir novel at a breakneck pace

Nelson “Nails” McKenna isn’t very bright, stumbles over his words and often says what he’s thinking without realizing it. We first meet him as a boy reading a superhero comic on the banks of a river in his backcountry hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia....

Cardi B, Queen Latifah and The Roots to headline the BET Experience concerts in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardi B, Queen Latifah and The Roots will headline concerts to celebrate the return of the BET Experience in Los Angeles just days before the 2024 BET Awards. BET announced Monday the star-studded lineup of the concert series, which makes a return after a...


Biden says the US is rushing weaponry to Ukraine as he signs a billion war aid measure into law

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he was immediately rushing badly needed weaponry to...

A conservative quest to limit diversity programs gains momentum in states

A conservative quest to limit diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives is gaining momentum in state capitals...

New Jersey is motivating telecommuters to appeal their New York tax bills. Connecticut may be next

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Telecommuting, a pandemic-era novelty that has become a permanent alternative for many...

100-year-old British D-Day veteran dies before he can honor fallen comrades one more time

LONDON (AP) — British army veteran Bill Gladden, who survived a glider landing on D-Day and a bullet that tore...

Teenage girl arrested after a student and 2 teachers were stabbed at a school in Wales

LONDON (AP) — A teenage girl was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Wednesday after stabbing a student...

Australian police arrest 7 alleged teen extremists linked to stabbing of a bishop in a Sydney church

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police arrested seven teenagers accused of following a violent extremist ideology in...

By The Skanner News | The Skanner News

A funeral for Cleodis Vann is Thursday, April 15 at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Public viewing will be at the church from 9 – 10 a.m. prior to the service.
Cleodis Don Vann was born in Saint Louis, Mo., on March 12, 1942 to Don and Nellie Vann. He lived in Pontiac, Mich., with Aunt Nola for a few years after the death of his mother. He and his father moved to Lansing when Cleodis was 5 years old, where his dad's family helped to care for him while his father was recuperating from a long illness.
Cleodis met his step mother Roberta when he was 8 years old and introduced her to his father. The two married and continued to live in Michigan until the family moved to Portland in 1954, where they opened up Vann's Mortuary.
Cleodis was 12 years old when the family moved out west to Oregon. He would spend his summers in Arkansas on his grandfather's farm helping with the animals and spending time with all of his cousins.
Cleodis attended Highland Elementary School in Portland. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1960 and attended Pacific University and later Mt. Hood Community College where he received his degree in Funeral Service and taught Anatomy and Physiology to the Nursing students.
He played professional football with the Portland Thunderbirds in 1966 in Canada.
Cleodis served the community with his parents as co-owner and mortician of Vann and Vann Mortuary for nearly forty years. He also worked with his uncle in Michigan in the early eighties at Caruthers Funeral Home before returning to Portland to help his parents manage their funeral home.
After closing the funeral home, Cleodis worked for the Portland Public School District as a bus driver for a number of years until he retired in 2009.
Life was precious to Cleodis and he enjoyed fishing, cards, dominoes, Shakespearean plays and watching cowboy movies; especially movies with the actor Clint Eastwood. Some of his greatest moments were out on the boat with his buddies fishing and enjoying nature. He absolutely loved being out on the water. Other memorable times were at the Coast where he was able to just relax and catch up on his rest.
Cleodis and Diana Martin married on June 20, 1990 and blended two families. They worked side by side in the family business for many years serving the community.
Cleodis is survived by his wife, Diana; his son Don, his daughter Tanisha, and his son Chris. Four step children; Angela, Ray, Rachael and Mario; fourteen grandchildren and a host of first cousins and relatives. His sister Doris Jean, mother Nellie, and father Don all preceded him in death.
Please visit Cleodis' online guestbook at www.terryfamilyfuneralhome.com to send condolences or share a story of remembrance with the family. Arrangements entrusted to Terry Family Funeral Home.

The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast