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WASHINGTON—Democrats in the House of Representatives, determined to make an election-year point about ethics, have voted to strip Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson of his committee assignment while a federal bribery investigation runs its course.



James Wallace and his daughter, Isella Wallace, 4, relax in the sunshine during the recent Juneteenth celebration at Peninsula Park. Photo by Julie Keefe.



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WUERZBURG, Germany--On match days, Ghana's dressing room could be mistaken for African soccer's hall of fame.

Before the Black Stars beat the United States 2-1, Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o visited the players to provide encouragement. Ghana great Tony Yeboah was there, too.

Advice and good wishes also flowed in from Cameroon's Roger Milla, Ghana's Abedi Pele and other African players leaving the World Cup, as well as soccer associations from across the continent.



Supervisor's resignation will push back county's plans by at least a year

Citing what he called the "toxic environment" surrounding the King County elections operation, embattled Dean Logan says he is resigning as the director of the county's elections to take the No. 2 elections job in Los Angeles.
His resignation is effective July 14.



African Americans are under-represented in construction trades

Jim Francesconi

The numbers are appalling, said Jim Francesconi, former Portland city commissioner. Of 12,280 carpenters in the Portland area, only 80 are Black. Of the 7,000 first-line supervisors in the construction trades, only 95 are Black.

There are a few caveats to these figures: They come from the Oregon Employment Department's census six years ago, and they come from people who describe their own professions.



The 'Help is Here Express' informs public about patient assistance

Suzi Lazzari, left, enrollment specialist with the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, helps Andre Billingsley gather information for his wife. The partnership's "Help is Here Express" rolled through North Portland on June 12, stopping at the Salvation Army Moore Street  Community Center to inform people about the options available to them for prescription assistance.



Former Army Chaplain Yee says suicides could have been avoided

Capt. James Yee

OLYMPIA—Former Army Capt. James Yee, a Muslim chaplain who served at the Guantánamo detention camp and now lives in Olympia, says the three suicides there last weekend are a military and intelligence failure.



A group of mostly Somali youth win Urban League's business contest

Members of Joie de Vivre celebrate their triumph with the competition's judges.

Local high school students, Chris Fujii, Habiba Mohamed, Zahra Mohamed, Anab Hersi and Mohamed Mohamed were chosen last week as winners of the Seattle Making the Business: Youth I.T. Challenge hosted by the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.



Sean Wilson, a fifth-grader at T.T. Minor Elementary School, considers his next move June 12 at…


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