06-25-2017  12:19 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County Saturday, Sunday

Temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s this weekend ...

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

St. Johns Center for Opportunity to Host Meet the Employer Event June 27

Employers represented will include Mary’s Harvest and Del Monte ...

New Self-Defense Organization Offers Training to Youth in Multnomah County

EMERJ-SafeNow offers July classes for children ages 8-10 and youth ages 15-19 ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

O.J. Simpson was granted parole Wednesday on some charges related to his 2008 armed robbery convictions. But he won't be freed from prison just yet because his sentences were to be served consecutively. He'll have to serve at least four more years behind bars.

The Nevada Parole Board said in a statement that it reached its decision based on Simpson's "institutional conduct, participation in programs, lack of prior conviction history and that he has consecutive sentences yet to serve."

After the former NFL star's parole becomes effective on October 2, 2013, he must start serving a 12-month-minimum sentence related to his use of a weapon during the incident. If he's granted parole on that charge -- which carries up to 72 months behind bars -- then he has two more sentences to serve that carry a minimum of 18 months each.

Simpson was convicted and sentenced to up to 33 years in prison, with eligibility for parole, on October 5, 2008, for entering a Las Vegas hotel room and collecting sports memorabilia that he said belonged to him. Simpson insisted that no weapons were ever discussed and that he never saw any weapons in the hotel room where he got the items.

Simpson told parole board members last week that his nearly five years in custody "have been somewhat illuminating at times and painful a lot of times."

"I missed my two younger kids who worked hard getting through high school, I missed their college graduations," a seemingly emotional Simpson said, via closed-circuit TV from prison. "I missed my sister's funeral. I missed all the birthdays."

 

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