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NEWS BRIEFS

NAACP Mourns Passing of Aretha 'Queen of Soul' Franklin

“No one can discuss the civil rights movement nor music without paying respect to the Queen of Soul" ...

Lakeside to Play Summer Music Festival at Unthank Park

The Homecoming celebrates community in Northeast Portland with music and more ...

Portland Air Quality Update

PP&R activities scheduled outdoors are being moved indoors where feasible ...

Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Deadline Announced

The 300,000 dollar fund honoring award-winning director and film executive will support emerging and diverse content creators ...

Montavilla Jazz Festival Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Aug. 18-19

Event takes place at Portland Metro Arts at SE 90th and Stark St. ...

Decision soon on whether to file charges in bridge push

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say they'll decide soon whether to charge a woman accused of pushing her 16-year-old friend off a bridge in Washington state, an incident that was captured on video.Police have identified 18-year-old Taylor Smith as the suspect in the Aug. 7 incident....

Lawyer: Murder suspect too drunk to waive Miranda rights

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The lawyer for an Oregon woman suspected of shooting and killing her husband says his client was too drunk to remain silent after she was read her Miranda rights.The Mail Tribune reported Wednesday that tests show Susan Marie King had blood alcohol levels nearly triple...

Couple awarded jumi million in voyeurism lawsuit

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A judge has awarded a Washington couple jumi million in damages after they sued a former lifeguard and city employee who admitted to videotaping women while they used a staff changing area at an aquatic center.The Bellingham Herald reports the woman in the lawsuit said...

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff gets a 0-an-hour coach

SEATTLE (AP) — The taxpayer-funded transit authority for the Puget Sound region has hired a 0-an-hour management coach to help its chief executive get along better with employees.The Seattle Times reports that Sound Transit hired the coach after board members disclosed that CEO Peter...

OPINION

Getting Real about High School Graduation for Black and Brown Students

Measuring how well schools are graduating students is important, but it should be done right ...

Enough with the Racism in the Rooftop Solar Industry

Allegations of racial discrimination and harassment involving Vivint Solar seem inconsistent with the Solar Energy Industry Association’s stated values ...

Pet Staycation: Preparing Your Home for a Pet Sitter

Dr. Jasmine offers 7 tips to help keep peace of mind while you are away from your little ones ...

Congressman Ron Dellums: A ‘Fierce’ Focused Fighter

Should the late Congressman Ron Dellums be honored during this year’s Congressional Black Caucus? Julianne Malveaux weighs in. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

US sanctions Myanmar forces for alleged human rights abuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury on Friday slapped sanctions on members of the Myanmar security forces for their alleged role in violent campaigns against ethnic minorities across the troubled nation in Southeast Asia.Myanmar security forces have engaged in ethnic cleansing, massacres,...

Detroit lawmaker apologizes for calling opponent racial slur

DETROIT (AP) — A black Detroit lawmaker has apologized for using racial slurs against an Asian-American opponent for state Senate.The Detroit News reports that Rep. Bettie Cook Scott issued an apology Thursday after accountability group Progress Michigan revealed Scott used racial slurs to...

Los Angeles mayor: Trump sows division, does 'racist things'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, considering a 2020 presidential run, said Thursday that President Donald Trump has done "plenty of racist things" to divide the nation while failing to deliver on health care reform and other promises.In an interview with The Associated...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.She died at her...

A timeline of major events in the life of Aretha Franklin

DETROIT (AP) — A timeline of major events in the life and work of Aretha Franklin:March 1942 — Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father, a prominent Baptist minister with gospel-music connections, would move the family briefly to Buffalo before settling in Detroit...

'No one did it better' - Reaction to Aretha Franklin's death

Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday:"Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade_our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

As our media environment blurs, confusion often reigns

NEW YORK (AP) — A generation ago, the likes of Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings and Diane Sawyer were the...

Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort...

US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a...

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their...

India's Vajpayee, who set off nuke race and peace, has died

NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a...

Mexico City bans use of models at city events

MEXICO CITY (AP) — They've long been an unmissable part of public events in Mexico, from soccer matches to...

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