10 01 2016
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—The Space Shuttle Discovery completed a successful launch July 4, carrying with it the hopes of the U.S. space program — and Stephanie Wilson, history's second African American woman astronaut.
The launch began the first shuttle mission since the tragic loss of the Shuttle Columbia in 2003. Columbia disintegrated during its atmospheric re-entry, killing its entire crew.
Discovery's crew started its first full day in space Wednesday using highly sensitive cameras attached to a 50-foot boom to carefully examine the shuttle for any signs of damage.

Crowd of racist protesters outnumbered by its joyous counterparts

OLYMPIA—Hundreds of demonstrators sang, danced and traded insults with a small group of neo-Nazis that gathered on the Capitol steps in the third such rally this year in this liberal college town.
About 12 members of the National Socialist Movement stood in a row Monday outside the Capitol, wearing their signature brown shirts, red swastika armbands and black boots. They held aloft two swastika flags and railed against gays, Jews, non-Whites and communists over a public address system.

Online data base provides vital statistics on offenders' residences

The Oregon State Police last week went online with a new Web site which publishes information regarding dangerous sex offenders residing in Oregon. The site was established in accordance with HR 3486 in order to provide information such as names, addressed, physical descriptions, pictures and conditions of release regarding high-risk offenders.
"This new Web site will give Oregonians information about the most predatory sex offenders in their communities," said Gov. Ted Kulongoski. "This is one of many tools we need to keep our communities safe. It is important to remember that most sexual offenders have ever been convicted and are therefore not in this database. This is why it is imperative for parents to be ever vigilant of our children and with whom they associate."

The Skanner and the Red Cross receive a nationwide award

A local collaborative effort has resulted in accolades by a national organization. The Skanner News Group has won an Award of Merit in the newspaper category from the American Association of Blood Banks for its partnership with American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Services in encouraging blood and bone marrow donations in the African American community.
The awards of merit are presented annually by the AABB to media and/or public-spirited groups and individuals who have made significant contributions to transfusion medicine and/or cellular therapies. They will be presented in October in Miami Beach, Fla.

Portland played host this past weekend to the annual conference of the National Association of Black Elected Women — the first time in its history that the organization's membership has gathered in the Pacific Northwest. Former U.S. Senator and vice-presidential candidate John Edwards delivered the keynote address, speaking on "Restoring the American Dream: Fighting Poverty and Strengthening the Middle Class." The conference, held over four days at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, was hailed as a smashing success.

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