12-10-2016  2:26 pm      •     

Northwest News

Bill brings oversight powers closer to their original intent, Licata says

Nick Licata

The Seattle City Council this week unanimously passed a bill to restore the Office of the Professional Accountability Review Board's citizen-review function, as intended by the council when it passed the original enacting legislation in 1999.


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Students at 17 Portland schools will have to adjust their schedules next fall when the Portland Public Schools changes opening and closing times.

Sarah Carlin Ames, spoke-sperson for the district, said the changes will bring three major benefits:

• Teachers and staff at neighboring schools will be better able to meet for planning and professional development if their schools have the same schedule.


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County commissioner works to move the mentally ill out of jail

Multnomah County Commissioner Lisa Naito is on a mission. It's not to win re-election or to award a fat contract.
It's to do something she believes will truly make a difference in the county and across the nation: Naito wants to remove mentally ill offenders from the criminal justice system and place them where they can be cared for as people — not punished as criminals.

"Our jails and prisons aren't mental health facilities," Naito said. "Obviously, there are people engaging in criminal activities who also have mental illnesses, but for nonviolent mentally ill people, jail is not the appropriate place to be."


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Howard Dean

Former presidential candidate and Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean will kick-off a weekend conference sponsored by the Democratic Party of Oregon when he speaks at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 2, in the Eugene Hilton Hotel and Conference Center.

 


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Survey shows radically different attitudes and experiences among students of color

WASHINGTON—Black and Hispanic students see school as a more rowdy, disrespectful and dangerous place than their White classmates do, a poll says.

The findings suggest that many minority kids are struggling in the equivalent of a hostile work environment, according to Public Agenda, a nonpartisan opinion research group that tracks education trends.


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski

An after-school network between leaders of schools, communities, businesses and families is being developed to enhance activities for children.

Called "Oregon After School for Kids" — or "OregonASK" — the statewide network will help provide after-school opportunities for thousands of kids.


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Dolores Huerta

When it comes to hate, many feel powerless to stop it. Now, however, there is a way for anybody to learn how to effectively combat hate crimes at work or in their community.

Portland Community College is hosting the 2006 Oregon Hate Crimes Conference Wednesday through Friday, June 21 through 23, at the Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth St.


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Local family travels to apologize for slavery's lingering repercussions

CAMANO ISLAND—Jacob Lienau was 13 years old when the chains were first looped around his wrists.
A wooden yoke, the kind usually reserved for oxen, was fitted around his neck, and he was locked in next to another person.

Jacob, his family, and a small group of people were in Annapolis, Md., wearing black T-shirts that read "So Sorry" in white block letters.


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Sen. Ron Wyden

WASHINGTON—Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden defended his state's first-in-the-nation assisted suicide law last week at a Senate hearing — the first since the Supreme Court upheld Oregon's law in January.

Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican who is considering a run for president, called the hearing to explore what he called the "unintended consequences and slippery slope of doctor-assisted suicide."


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Oregon has experienced a significant drop in its hunger rate since the state's No. 1 national ranking earlier this decade — at the same time that national rates for hunger and food insecurity have risen, according to an Oregon State University study.

However, the state's hunger rates are still higher than the national rate.

Oregon shows a major drop in hunger rates in non-metropolitan areas, among employed and unemployed households, two-parent families and both renters and homeowners.


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