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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland Bans Daytime Camping, Imposes Other Restrictions

The 3-1 council vote Wednesday changes city code to say that people may camp in nonrestricted areas from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., but after that they must dismantle their sites until the permitted overnight hours begin again.

Judge Rejects Attempt to Block New Washington State Gun Restrictions

The law, which took effect immediately when Inslee signed it in April, prohibits the sale, distribution, manufacture and importation of specific guns. The measure does not bar the possession of such weapons by people who already have them.

Portland Juneteenth 2023 Events

Three years into celebrating Juneteenth as a state and federal holiday, local communities are forging and maintaining new traditions.

Permit-to-Purchase: Oregon's Tough New Gun Law Faces Federal Court Test

The trial, which will be held before a judge and not a jury, will determine whether the law violates the U.S. Constitution.

NEWS BRIEFS

Completion of Mill Park Playground Approved

Commissioner Dan Ryan announces Minority contractor for project ...

Racist Message, Dead Raccoon Left for Oregon Mayor, Black City Council Member

The Redmond Police Department says the raccoon and the sign were found Monday and named both Redmond Mayor Ed Fitch and Redmond City...

Letter to Mayor: Northeast 87th Avenue Maintenance Problems

For over 15 years, I have traversed Portland's bureaucratic quagmire attempting to determine which bureau is responsible for...

Rosie Reunion: WWII Rosies to Headline Grand Floral Parade

These iconic women will not only grace the parade but also hold the esteemed position of Grand Marshals. ...

Milwaukie Native Serves at U.S. Navy Helicopter Squadron in Japan

Spencer Mathias attended Milwaukie High School and graduated in 2005, and today serves as a naval aircrewman with Helicopter Maritime...

Oregon Democratic Party to send federal officials a 0,000 donation from former FTX executive

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Democratic Party of Oregon said Friday it will send a half-million dollars to the U.S. Marshals Service that had been donated by a former executive at the disgraced cryptocurrency exchange FTX, to conform with a request from the U.S. Department of Justice. ...

Judge weighs challenge to gag order in University of Idaho killings

A judge overseeing the case against Bryan Kohberger, charged with killing four University of Idaho students last fall, heard arguments Friday over a gag order that largely bars attorneys and other parties in the case from speaking with news reporters. A coalition of more than 30...

Foster, Ware homer, Auburn eliminates Mizzou 10-4 in SEC

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Cole Foster hit a three-run homer, Bryson Ware added a two-run shot and fifth-seeded Auburn wrapped up the first day of the SEC Tournament with a 10-4 win over ninth-seeded Missouri on Tuesday night. Auburn (34-9), which has won nine-straight, moved into the...

Small Missouri college adds football programs to boost enrollment

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — A small college in central Missouri has announced it will add football and women's flag football programs as part of its plan to grow enrollment. William Woods University will add about 140 students between the two new sports, athletic director Steve Wilson said...

OPINION

Significant Workforce Investments Needed to Stem Public Defense Crisis

We have a responsibility to ensure our state government is protecting the constitutional rights of all Oregonians, including people accused of a crime ...

Over 80 Groups Tell Federal Regulators Key Bank Broke $16.5 Billion Promise

Cross-country redlining aided wealthy white communities while excluding Black areas ...

Public Health 101: Guns

America: where all attempts to curb access to guns are shot down. Should we raise a glass to that? ...

Op-Ed: Ballot Measure Creates New Barriers to Success for Black-owned Businesses

Measure 26-238, a proposed local capital gains tax, is unfair and a burden on Black business owners in an already-challenging economic environment. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Death toll in clashes between ethnic groups at UN displacement camp in South Sudan now more than 20

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The death toll from clashes between displaced people inside a U.N. site in South Sudan has risen to more than 20, with more than 50 others wounded, the medical charity MSF said Friday. The statement by the organization, which is also known as Doctors...

Florida woman who fatally shot neighbor granted 4,000 bond

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A judge granted a 4,000 bond Friday for a white Florida woman charged with fatally shooting a Black neighbor through her front door. Susan Louise Lorincz, 58, of Ocala returned to court in Marion County a day after she pleaded not guilty to a first-degree...

Reparations campaigns get boost from new philanthropic funding

NEW YORK (AP) — The campaign to win reparations for Black Americans plans to bring broader support for smaller nonprofits advancing the cause, with a new philanthropic funding initiative announced Friday at the “Alight Align Arise” national conference in Atlanta. The...

ENTERTAINMENT

With 'Across the Spider-Verse,' Phil Lord and Chris Miller 'blow the doors open'

NEW YORK (AP) — Aside from the inverted skyline, the only giveaway that something is off in one of the most striking images of “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is the ponytail that’s sticking straight up in the air. Gwen Stacy (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) and Miles...

New version of 'The Wiz' will be led by Wayne Brady and Alan Mingo Jr. sharing the title role

NEW YORK (AP) — Two men who stepped into 6-inch heels for “Kinky Boots” on Broadway will play the title character behind the curtain when “The Wiz” tours the U.S. starting this fall and lands on Broadway in 2024 — Wayne Brady and Alan Mingo Jr. “Me and Wayne go way back...

CNN ousts CEO Chris Licht after a brief, tumultuous tenure

NEW YORK (AP) — The chief executive CNN pushed out of a job on Wednesday faced mounting problems in his first year leading the struggling network: viewership and profits were declining, programming blunders were growing and the network’s journalists were losing confidence by the day. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Man who told jurors he had 'fun' at the Capitol riot is sentenced to 6 years in prison

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Virginia man who told his wife — and a federal jury — that he had “fun” at the U.S....

Russia claims it blew up advanced Ukrainian tank, but video shows its helicopter attacked a tractor

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grainy black-and-white gunsight video Russia released this week to bolster a claim its...

Boris Johnson quits as UK lawmaker after being told he will be sanctioned for misleading Parliament

LONDON (AP) — Former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson shocked Britain on Friday by quitting as a lawmaker after...

Vatican: Pope sitting up, working from an armchair after abdominal surgery

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis was “progressively improving” and sitting in an armchair working Friday, following...

Italian forces secure Turkish ship attacked by armed stowaways off Naples

MILAN (AP) — Italian special forces have regained control of a Turkish ship that had been attacked by armed...

Extremists attack beachside hotel in Somalia's capital as al-Shabab claims responsibility

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Witnesses and state media in Somalia say extremists have attacked a beachside hotel in...

By The Skanner News | The Skanner News

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has proclaimed April to be Fair Housing Month for the third consecutive year.
Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian (pictured at left) this week reaffirmed his bureau's mission to address discrimination in housing to the fullest extent of the law.
"The Governor's proclamation highlights several ways in which BOLI and the State of Oregon are fortunate," said Avakian. "We are fortunate to have a Governor who recognizes the continuing importance of fighting housing discrimination in our state and we are fortunate to have a strong, cooperative relationship between Oregon's Civil Rights Division and our federal counterparts at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development."
April 2010 marks the 42nd anniversary of the passage of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Federal Fair Housing Act.
With the passage of legislation in Oregon in 2007, 2008 and 2009, state law became substantially equivalent to federal law and allowed the Civil Rights Division (CRD), a part of BOLI since the 1960s, to conduct local investigations of complaints of housing discrimination, even those filed under federal fair housing law.
"Since May 1, 2008, Oregon's Civil Rights Division has investigated nearly 200 complaints of unlawful housing discrimination," Avakian said. "We appreciate the continuing opportunity to work closely with our federal partners, and look forward to continuing success, in ensuring that Oregonians' rights are protected to the fullest extent of the law."
"For all the progress HUD and our partners have made in promoting fair housing, there is still considerable work to be done," said HUD's Northwest Regional Director Mary McBride.
"Especially important to this work are the efforts of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries to help us make sure that Oregonians are fully aware of their rights and obligations under the Act and where necessary, to pursue violations of the Act," McBride said. "Our Fair Housing laws and policies are there to ensure that all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice."
BOLI's mission is to defend the rights of workers and citizens to equal, nondiscriminatory treatment in workplaces, housing and public accommodations. CRD partners with federal agencies like HUD to ensure efficient enforcement of state and federal anti-discrimination laws. For more, go to http://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/.