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NORTHWEST NEWS

As Reparations Hit Roadblock, Oregon Lawmakers Look to U.S. Congress and Cities

Sen. Frederick pushed for eligible Black Oregonians to receive a lifetime annuity as remedy for slavery, systemic racism.

Landmark Gun Safety Bill Clears Final Vote

The Oregon Senate repassed Senate Bill 554 – approving modifications made in the House to add storage and safety requirements among the bill’s components.

Shooting Highlights Lack of Body Cams Among Portland Police

Two police officers raised their weapons while sheltering behind a tree in a Portland park. They yelled at a homeless man to put up his hands. Moments later, two shots rang out.

Oregon Lawmakers Vote to Expedite Emergency Shelter Process

On Monday, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill that will make it easier and quicker for communities to create emergency shelters and temporary housing.

NEWS BRIEFS

Free Online Classes Promote Sustainable Living

Clark County’s Master Composter Recycler program is offering a series of free sustainable living webinars this spring. ...

Burgerville Introduces a New Plant Based Ice Cream Sandwich

The Pacific Northwest chain is also offering free strawberry shakes to moms on Mother's Day ...

Oregon Community Foundation Awards $2.2 Million to Centro Cultural to Serve Low-Income Latino Families and Seasonal Workers

Oregon Community Foundation announced that Centro Cultural de Washington County has been selected to receive a Project Turnkey...

State of California Partners With Accomplished African-American Artist to Illustrate Importance of Wearing Masks to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

The goal of this project is to speak to and recognize the contributions and resilience of disproportionately impacted communities ...

Governor Proclaims May as Foster Care Month in Oregon

Resource families, formerly called foster families or foster parents in Oregon, ensure cultural and community connections for children...

Judge declines to release man charged in US Capitol attack

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has declined to release one of two Oregon brothers accused in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol after finding his parents unsuitable to supervise him until trial. Matthew Klein’s lawyer had asked that his 24-year-old client be...

1 dead in Portland, 1 dead in Gresham in separate shootings

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A person has been found dead in a Portland apartment in an apparent shooting, police said. The Portland Police Bureau said Wednesday in a news release that officers responded at about 10:40 a.m. to a report of shots being fired in the Cathedral Park...

OPINION

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trade Arron Rodgers

Give Aaron Rodgers a break, Green Bay. Just like Bart Starr & Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers has been a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Packers for 16 years. ...

Editorial From the Publisher - Council: Police Reform Needed Now

Through years of ceaseless protest, activists have tried to hold Portland Police to account. ...

After the Verdicts

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum shares her thoughts after the verdicts ...

George Floyd Should Still Be Here

Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement in response to the jury’s conviction of Derek Chauvin ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Review: A Black teen on trial in Netflix drama ‘Monster’

“ Monster,” a courtroom drama starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Ehle that's premiering Friday on Netflix isn’t actually new at all. Yes, it’s adapted from an acclaimed book by the trailblazing author Walter Dean Myers about a...

San Francisco women stabbed amid wave of attacks on Asians

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two elderly Asian women were stabbed without warning as they waited for a bus in downtown San Francisco — the latest in a series of attacks against Asian Americans nationwide since the start of the pandemic last year. A woman working at a flower stall...

Top US general urges greater racial diversity in military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military must widen opportunity and improve advancement for Black service members, who remain vastly underrepresented in some areas, including among Air Force pilots and in the most senior ranks, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday. ...

ENTERTAINMENT

Billie Eilish, J Balvin, A$AP to play NY's Gov Ball festival

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Eilish completed the third stop of her massive tour, and was just two days away from headlining Madison Square Garden, before she had to cancel the trek because of the coronavirus pandemic last year. Now she's returning to New York City as one of the...

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to release 1st children's book

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is releasing her first children’s book, one rooted in the relationship between Prince Harry and their son, Archie. Random House Children’s Books announced Tuesday that “The Bench” will be released June 8. ...

Comic strip artists band together for a silly and good cause

NEW YORK (AP) — Fans of newspaper comics will instantly notice something missing in many of the strips this Friday — pants. More than 25 cartoonists behind strips from “Blondie” to “Zippy the Pinhead” are celebrating the quirky holiday No Pants Day in a way that...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Peloton recalls treadmills, halts sales, after a child dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Peloton is recalling about 125,000 of its treadmills less than a month after denying they were...

Getting up Close with Glenn and Ted Nash, new duo in jazz

NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Close recently made music-related headlines for her playful performance of “Da Butt”...

Families, advocates mark day of awareness for Native victims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From Washington to Indigenous communities across the American Southwest, top government...

Main stage of Chinese rocket likely to plunge to Earth soon

BEIJING (AP) — The largest section of the rocket that launched the main module of China's first permanent space...

Rome jury convicts 2 US youths in slaying of police officer

ROME (AP) — A jury in Rome on Wednesday convicted two American friends in the 2019 slaying of a police officer...

COVID-19 overshadows independence in key Scottish election

EYEMOUTH, Scotland (AP) — James Cook was an enthusiastic supporter of Scottish independence, but now he’s not...

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Ryan Nakashima AP Business Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- All that tweeting and sharing of photos on Facebook could finally have a tangible reward: free music.

MOG, a subscription music service based in Berkeley, Calif., says it is introducing a free music service that will supplement its $5-a-month unlimited streaming plan and $10-a-month unlimited mobile music offering.

Starting immediately, MOG is giving new users a kind of digital gas tank they can use to listen to tracks from its library of 11 million songs.

Sharing songs, making playlists and other actions get users more gas while listening uses it up. Having more friends or followers multiplies the gas-earning effects of a user's activity.

MOG's free system revamps what had been a 14-day free trial and puts it in competition with Spotify, a Swedish subscription music plan that is popular in Europe. Spotify launched in the U.S. in July and has a free service that is limited by listening time caps in some countries.

MOG's move also comes ahead of an event on Sept. 22 at which Facebook is expected to announce a new set of tools for music services that the social network hopes will bolster it as a platform for sharing musical tastes with friends.

MOG and services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and Muve Music allow paying customers to download an unlimited number of songs to mobile devices - most of them for $10 a month. Users can listen to the tracks outside of cellphone coverage areas, but access disappears if the subscription is dropped. Music companies are licensing songs to these services in order to promote the fledgling business since purchases of tracks and albums over services like iTunes and Amazon.com have not made up for a decade-long decline in CD sales.

So far, the services haven't attracted enough subscribers to turn the music industry around. Rhapsody, the market leader, has some 800,000 paying subscribers while Muve Music, which bundles its plan with Cricket cellphone service, has doubled its subscriber base in the last two months to 200,000.

David Hyman, chief executive and founder of MOG, said the key for users who want to obtain free music is to prove they are engaged and finding others who may eventually sign up for a subscription.

"Conceptually, if you're a taste-maker, an influencer, you will never have to pay. It'll be free forever," Hyman said. He added that if one of a user's followers or friends is converted into a paying subscriber, the user would be entitled to about three to five months of free music.

MOG's free service will be supported by advertising revenue. For the first 60 days, however, it will come without ads to give users a chance to test it without interruption.

Hyman wouldn't say how many subscribers MOG has or if the company is profitable. MOG, founded in 2005 originally as a network of music bloggers, launched its subscription music plan in late 2009. Its backers include Menlo Ventures, Balderton Capital, Universal Music Group and Sony Music.

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