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NORTHWEST NEWS

Most Gig Workers Paid Sick Leave Under New Seattle Law

The measure expands pandemic-era protections and strengthens labor rights for app-based workers.

Seattle Audubon Changes Name, Severing Tie to Slave Owner

James Audubon, a naturalist known for his watercolor paintings of birds, also owned, sold and bought enslaved African Americans through his general store in Kentucky and was a staunch opponent of abolition.

Idaho Law Could Criminalize Helping Minors Get Abortions

The measure would create a new crime of “abortion trafficking,” punishable by up to five years in prison, barring adults from obtaining abortion pills and “recruiting, harboring, or transporting" a pregnant minor.

Legislative BIPOC Caucus Announces 2023 Priorities

In a historic milestone for the state, this is the most diverse Legislature in Oregon history, with 20 BIPOC legislators serving this session.

NEWS BRIEFS

OHCS Applauds Gov. Kotek’s Signing of HBs 2001 and 5019 to Address Housing Needs

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) applauds Gov.Tina Kotek who today signed bipartisan legislation addressing the state’s...

County Distributes $5 Million in Grants to Community-Based Organizations

Awards will help 13 community-based organizations fund capital improvements to better serve historically marginalized...

Call for Submissions: Play Scripts, Web Series, Film Shorts, Features & Documentaries

Deadline for submissions to the 2023 Pacific Northwest Multi-Cultural Readers Series & Film Festival extended to April 8 ...

Motorcycle Lane Filtering Law Passes Oregon Senate

SB 422 will allow motorcyclists to avoid dangers of stop-and-go traffic under certain conditions ...

MET Rental Assistance Now Available

The Muslim Educational Trust is extending its Rental Assistance Program to families in need living in Multnomah or Washington...

Bill to criminalize help for Idaho minors’ abortions passes

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would criminalize helping minors obtain an abortion without parental consent won final passage in Idaho's legislature on Thursday and is headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Brad Little. The measure would be the first of its kind in the U.S. It...

52 years after capture, orca Lolita may return to Pacific

MIAMI (AP) — More than 50 years after the orca known as Lolita was captured for public display, plans are in place to return her from the Miami Seaquarium to her home waters in the Pacific Northwest, where a nearly century-old, endangered killer whale believed to be her mother still swims. ...

MLB The Show breaks barrier with Negro League players

LOS ANGELES (AP) — MLB The Show has broken a video game barrier: For the first time, the franchise will insert some of the greatest Negro League players — from Satchel Paige to Jackie Robinson — into the 2023 edition of the game as playable characters. Video gamers are now able...

Jacksonville's Armstrong: HR surge 'out-of-body experience'

Jacksonville’s Kris Armstrong could always hit for power, but never like this. Armstrong slugged six home runs over eight at-bats against Central Arkansas this past weekend, and he's gone deep eight times in 15 trips to the plate since Thursday. “It's kind of an...

OPINION

Oregon Should Reject Racist Roots, Restore Voting Rights For People in Prisons

Blocking people with felony convictions from voting started in the Jim Crow era as an intentional strategy to keep Black people from voting ...

Celebrating 196 Years of The Black Press

It was on March 17, 1827, at a meeting of “Freed Negroes” in New York City, that Samuel Cornish, a Presbyterian minister, and John Russwurn, the first Negro college graduate in the United States, established the negro newspaper. ...

DEQ Announces Suspension of Oregon’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

The state’s popular incentive for drivers to switch to electric vehicles is scheduled to pause in May ...

FHA Makes Housing More Affordable for 850,000 Borrowers

Savings tied to median market home prices ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

North Dakota governor vetoes transgender pronouns bill

North Dakota's Republican governor vetoed a bill that would generally prohibit public schools teachers and staff from referring to transgender students by pronouns other than those reflecting the sex assigned to them at birth. The state Senate voted 37-9 to override the veto Thursday...

Study: Biggest Hollywood films still go mostly to white men

NEW YORK (AP) — As Hollywood emerged from the pandemic, its biggest film productions dipped in diversity after years of incremental progress, according to a new study by UCLA researchers. Opportunities were notably greater for women and people of color on streaming platforms than in theatrically...

Anatomy of a political takeover at Florida public college

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has targeted a tiny, public liberal arts college on the shores of Sarasota Bay, as a staging ground for his war on “woke.” The governor and his allies say the New College of Florida, known as a progressive school with...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Bachelor' creator Mike Fleiss exits reality TV franchise

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Fleiss, the creator of “The Bachelor,” has exited the reality TV franchise more than two decades after the iconic dating show launched. His departure was confirmed Tuesday, a day after “The Bachelor” aired its season 27 finale. “I want...

Special prosecutors appointed in Baldwin set shooting case

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe's district attorney has appointed two veteran New Mexico lawyers to serve as the new special prosecutors in the manslaughter case against Alec Baldwin and a weapons supervisor in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer during a 2021 movie rehearsal. ...

Melissa Joan Hart says she helped 'tiny kids' flee shooting

Actor Melissa Joan Hart said she and her husband helped a class of kindergartners that was fleeing the Nashville school shooting earlier this week. Hart said in a video posted on Instagram Tuesday that her children attend a school next to the private Christian Covenant School. She...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Gun injuries in US surged during pandemic, CDC study shows

NEW YORK (AP) — For every American killed by gunfire, an estimated two or more more survive, often with terrible...

American detained in Russia a 'brave, committed' journalist

Working as a journalist in Moscow seemed a natural fit for Evan Gershkovich, the son of immigrants from the Soviet...

Joint Base Andrews on lockdown after armed person reported

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joint Base Andrews, one of the nation’s most sensitive military bases and home to Air Force...

Israel's Palestinians mostly sit out democracy protests

HAIFA, Israel (AP) — Amal Oraby is usually a fixture at street protests. But as tens of thousands of Israelis...

Macron unveils plan to save water amid climate change toll

SAVINES-LE-LAC, France (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron launched a broad plan on Thursday to ensure that France...

Dior transforms Mumbai's Gateway of India into fashion ramp

MUMBAI (AP) — In a glittering splash of luxury fashion Thursday, Dior transformed Mumbai’s grand, historic...

By The Skanner News | The Skanner News

While a debate is raging about racial profiling in Arizona, the practice is alive and well in New York City. In some neighborhoods, 93 out of every 100 residents have been "stopped and frisked" by the NYPD. Although the police must have reasonable suspicion that a person has or is about to commit a crime, many residents say it's a pattern of harassment for people of color, who make up 88 percent of all stop and frisk subjects. About 54 percent of those stopped and frisked are Black, despite being only 27 percent of the city's population.

Of all stops, only about 4 to 6 percent – depending on the year -- resulted in an arrest and only about 2.6 percent of stops result in the discovery of contraband or weapons, according to a study by the Center for Constitutional Rights. Critics say some of these arrests are arbitrary and a Village Voice investigation has revealed a pattern of unlawful arrests

The Skanner News Video: interviews with Black youth who have been stopped and frisked by the NYPD.


MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.