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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Extends COVID Workplace Mask Rule Indefinitely

State officials say the rule, which garnered thousands of public comments, will be in place until it is “no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace.”

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.

NEWS BRIEFS

Street Gallery: Crossing the Redline

Street Gallery, invites the public to an intergenerational art exhibit: “Crossing the Redline” ...

Unemployment Fix Passes Oregon Senate, Helps Get More Oregonians Back to Work

Many Oregon employers believe this policy will help support their rapidly changing workforce needs, COVID-19 regulations, and worker...

Concrete Wall Around Seattle Police Precinct Comes Down

The city decided to take the wall down after hearing from the community ...

Peloton Recalls Treadmills, Halts Sales, After a Child Dies

Peloton is recalling about 125,000 of its treadmills less than a month after denying they were dangerous and saying it would not pull...

Free Online Classes Promote Sustainable Living

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

Judge nixes reduced Klamath River flows for sucker fish

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ruled against the Klamath Tribes in a lawsuit that accuses federal regulators of violating the Endangered Species Act by letting water levels fall too low for sucker fish to spawn in a lake that also feeds an elaborate irrigation system along the...

Portland: Feds to blame for cops failure in settlement deal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland city officials said they welcome constructive criticism from federal Justice Department lawyers who found the Police Bureau has failed to adhere to a settlement governing officers’ use of force. But officials also blame the federal government for contributing to...

OPINION

OP-ED: The Supreme Court Can Protect Black Lives by Ending Qualified Immunity

The three officers responsible for the murder of Breonna Taylor are not the first to walk free after killing an unarmed Black person, and unfortunately, especially if things continue as they are, they will not be the last. ...

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 ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

In the French language, steps forward and back for women

LE PECQ, France (AP) — The fight to make the French language kinder to women took steps forward, and back, this week. Warning that the well-being of France and its future are at stake, the government banned the use in schools of a method increasingly used by some French...

Rachel Zoll, much-admired AP religion writer, dead at 55

Rachel Zoll, who for 17 years as religion writer for The Associated Press endeared herself to colleagues, competitors and sources with her warm heart and world-class reporting skills, died Friday in Amherst, Massachusetts, after a three-year bout with brain cancer. She was 55. ...

Man charged in stabbings of 2 Asian women a no-show in court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The arraignment of a man who allegedly stabbed two older women without warning at a San Francisco bus stop was postponed Friday after he refused to leave his jail cell and appear in court. Patrick Thompson's arraignment on charges of attempted murder,...

ENTERTAINMENT

Jhené Aiko, Saweetie to perform on AAPI advocacy TV special

NEW YORK (AP) — Platinum-selling performers of part-Asian descent, including R&B singer Jhené Aiko and rapper Saweetie, will perform on a TV special produced by The Asian American Foundation, the newly formed organization launched to improve AAPI advocacy. TAAF announced...

In the shadow of COVID-19, a toll on entertainment workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Like so many, the pandemic upended life for actor and dancer Rena Riffel. The Los Angeles-based performer needed help with rent, utilities and counselling when jobs suddenly dried up. “Being an artist, we are already very fragile with our finances," she...

David Oyelowo fulfills new directing passion in 'Water Man'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While starring in films like “Selma” and “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” actor David Oyelowo discovered a new passion: directing. Oyelowo was inspired to step behind-the-camera after learning different nuances of the craft from respected directors like...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Last wild macaw in Rio is lonely and looking for love

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some have claimed she’s indulging a forbidden romance. More likely, loneliness compels...

Texas GOP's voting restriction bill passes House

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has become the latest Republican-dominated state to advance sweeping new limits on...

Corruption, economic woes spark deadly protests in Colombia

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Kevin Anthony Agudelo wanted to live in a country where corruption was not part of...

Ethiopian Orthodox Church patriarch blasts Tigray 'genocide'

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in his first public comments on the war in the...

Ahead of Harris meeting, Mexico president accuses US

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Just before an online meeting with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Friday, Mexico President...

Deadly police shootout prompts claims of abuse in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A bloody, hour-long gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum echoed into Friday, with...

Dick Bogle of Fm 89.1 Kmhd

The music of America's greatest composer, Edward Kennedy Ellington, will live forever as an integral part of the world's music scene.
His legacy is protected by his grandson, 29-year-old Paul Ellington, son of Mercer Ellington, Duke's son. However, Paul Ellington also has creative interests which fit nicely with his grandfather's legacy. In addition to his own piano and band-leading talents, Paul is a budding film maker. For the past three years, he has been enrolled as a student at the Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He is currently writing a screen play outlining the relationship between his grandfather, Duke Ellington and Ellington's musical alter ego, composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. It will be titled the "Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn Story."
Despite his absence from New York while studying in Vancouver, he still finds time to squeeze some time to lead the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The band is a 15 piece aggregation about which the young Ellington is quite proud. The band plays Duke Ellington's compositions as well as some by his grandson.
The young Ellington points with pride to the work of saxophonist Shelley Carroll who he ranks as one of the top five tenor players in the world. He is equally proud of trumpeter Barry Lee Hall who was a protégé of one of Duke's mainstays, Cootie Williams.
Paul Ellington told the Skanner Newspaper that the economics of big bands make it impossible to keep the band on the road full time. That makes its upcoming gig at Seattle's Jazz Alley, Feb 28 to March 2 even more meaningful.

"LIVE AT SALTY'S"    
MEL BROWN TRIO  
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These 10 tracks of familiar but not overdone tunes form a concert of commanding jazz.
The command is simple: "Have a seat, place your order, shut up and listen." These musicians — pianist Jof Lee, bassist Tim Gilson and drummer Mel Brown — are jazz masters who could hardly be expected to merely supply background music for conversation.
The opener, "Light and Lovely," finds a nice foot patting groove with Lee's solo bearing evidence of his strong blues roots. Gilson's bass is both pulsing and melodic. Brown who has dueled with some of the best, including Max Roach, again proves, beyond a beat, he is the brushmaster.
Lee exhibits some excellent chording on "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams." Gilson follows improvising off the melody with the expertise only the best bassists can muster. Brown again shows off his brush prowess.
The level of musicianship is so high and the selected tunes so fitting, it's difficult to pick a favorite. It is just 70 and a half minutes of world class piano trio jazz.

"MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY ALL STARS"
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The 50th Anniversary of any entity is truly something to be celebrated.
So, the Monterey Jazz Festival powers put together this brilliant group of all stars to commemorate its' fifty years of presenting the best jazz available.
It is a nice mixture of veteran players like trumpeter Terrence Blanchard and saxophonist James Moody along with younger stars including drummer Kendrick Scott; bassist Derrick Hodge and Portland based master, pianist Benny Green.
Their intent is made clear from the onset with a hard swinging 8:57 version of Dizzy Gillespie's "Be-Bop." Blanchard, Moody and Green get ample room to stretch out and make great use of it.
After delivering the love ballad "Romance," written by big band leader Gerald Wilson, which demands close listening, vocalist Nnenna Freelon and Moody team for a silly but fun "Just Squeeze Me."
These musicians were chosen not only for their musical accomplishments but also each has a history and special relationship with the festival. Look for more Monterey Jazz Festival releases in the future.
Dick Bogle hosts a jazz radio show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays on 89.1 KMHD FM. He can be reached at [email protected].

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