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NORTHWEST NEWS

Agencies Investigate COVID-19 Outbreaks at Two Townsend Farms Sites

OHA today named the business responsible for COVID-19 outbreaks at multiple locations

Oregon's Top Courts Begin Reversing Nonunanimous Convictions

These are the first of hundreds — and perhaps thousands — of cases that are being scrutinized

Washington Issues New Guidelines for Religious Services

Gov. Inslee announced Wednesday that churches, mosques and synagogues can resume in-person services, with those in counties in the second stage of the reopening plan. King County, which includes Seattle, is among the 15 counties still in Phase 1.

Multnomah County Weighs Impact to Communities of Color in Decision to Re-Open

Multnomah County will submit its application to enter Phase 1 of reopening on June 5, with the goal to reopen June 12.

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Health Authority Investigating COVID-19 Increase at Unnamed Business

Oregon reports 71 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases today, no new deaths ...

Some Columbia River Gorge Trails, Parks Reopen Today

Crowded sites including most waterfall viewing areas, campgrounds, and visitor’s centers will stay closed because of the coronavirus...

Over 60 Percent of U.S. Households Have Responded to 2020 Census

Washington is one of the 6 states with the highest self-response rates and both Seattle and Portland are one of the top 8 cities with...

Federal Court Rules Florida Law That Undermined Voting Rights Restoration Is Unconstitutional

The law required people with past convictions to pay all outstanding legal fees, costs, fines, and restitution before regaining their...

1 arrested in Portland during George Floyd death protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One person was arrested during protests in Portland, Oregon, during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.KOIN reports as Portland Police Bureau officers arrived in riot gear, some protesters blocked streets around the Multnomah County...

Longshore union can immediately appeal jury verdict damages

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled Thursday that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union can immediately appeal a jury verdict that it was liable for damages and must pay millions of dollars to former Port of Portland Terminal 6 operator ICTSI Oregon Inc. A federal jury...

Kansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football after the former Big 12 rivals agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but...

OPINION

Ballot Measure 26-210 is Needed Now

Though this measure was referred to the ballot by Metro, it was written by the HereTogether coalition ...

The Skanner News May Primary 2020 Endorsements

Read The Skanner News' midterm election endorsements for Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland, and ballot measures ...

A New Earth Day

Happy Earth Day. If we actually mean it, we will elect representatives who will force the military to clean up their pollution ...

Covid-19 Financial Warning: Consumers and Banks Should Stay Away From Payday Loans

When living costs exceed available financial resources, tough times lead to tough decisions ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Trump calls Minneapolis protesters 'thugs,' vows action

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to take action to bring the city of Minneapolis “under control,” calling violent protesters outraged by the death of a black man in police custody “thugs” and saying that “when the looting...

Columbus protest over George Floyd's death turns violent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Protesters angry over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody turned out for a demonstration in Columbus that began peacefully but turned violent early Friday, with windows smashed at the Ohio Statehouse and storefronts along surrounding downtown...

Protesters torch Minneapolis police station in violent night

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thick smoke hovered over Minneapolis on Friday, hours after cheering protesters torched a police station that officers abandoned as a third night of violent protests flared over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer...

ENTERTAINMENT

With a gay protagonist, Pixar short 'Out' makes history

NEW YORK (AP) — In Steven Clay Hunter’s 23 years as an animator at Pixar, he has drawn a seven-armed octopus, a Canadian daredevil and a wheezing toy penguin. But there were scenes he never expected to animate until he began working on his short, “Out.” Hunter wrote and...

Luminaries Lost: A look at some of the artists lost to virus

A comedian whose faces made generations laugh. The cinematographer behind E.T’s glowing finger and moonlight flight. A jazz guitarist of legendary poise and precision. In the third installment in a series, The Associated Press takes a look at prominent figures in arts, entertainment and...

Weinstein raped me in 1994 at age 17, woman says in lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says Harvey Weinstein raped her when she was 17 is among four plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against the imprisoned movie mogul, the latest court action accusing him of decades of vile sexual behavior.The woman, now 43, alleges Weinstein forced her to disrobe,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Punching through turmoil: Pro boxer helps medical staff cope

PARIS (AP) — Hassan N’Dam, former middleweight boxing champion of the world, wanted to repay the...

Locust invasion wreaks havoc on Pakistan's crops, orchards

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — An invasion of locusts has spread across Pakistan, officials said Friday, causing...

Probe: US Interior official used office for personal gain

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A senior Trump administration official misused his office for private gain by...

Hong Kong on borrowed time as China pushes for more control

BANGKOK (AP) — Hong Kong has been living on borrowed time ever since the British made it a colony nearly...

The Latest: Infection rate stubborn in one Italian region

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For...

South Africa has virus testing backlog of nearly 100,000

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says it has a backlog of nearly 100,000 unprocessed tests for the...

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By The Skanner News

Visiting Zimbabwean Mbira musician, Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa played last Suday, Oct. 4 at the Mississippi Pizza Pub with opening group, Pachi Pamwe.
Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa was born in 1977 in the village of Murewa in Zimbabwe and grew up in Mutimbanyoka, Zimbabwe. He began playing mbira at the age of 6, learning from his father, his uncle, and other village elders. He has been singing and dancing since the first moment he could talk and walk, growing up in the rich cultural environment of his father's village. He often played mbira and drums and danced in traditional ceremonies and other public gatherings.  In 1994 Kurai joined Savannah Arts Group in Harare, where he learned to play marimba. He taught cultural arts in Denmark and toured West Africa and Europe with Chiwoniso Maraire and opened for Cesaria Evora. Kurai immigrated to Vancouver in 2002, where he still resides. There he began teaching at the Britannia World Music Program instructing children and youth marimba classes. He continues to instruct mbira and drumming workshops. Kurai performs solo, and plays in the Zimbabwean group Zimbamoto.
Pachi Pamwe Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Pachi Pamwe (Shona for 'together again') infuses traditional Zimbabwean mbira (thumb piano) music with their own poetry and American culture, creating a rich sound that is both soothing and energetic. Pachi Pamwe consists of Eric Miller & Matt Gordon who use mbira and acoustic guitar to create a lush bed of invigorating yet relaxing textures. Besides touring internationally with Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited for a few years, they have shared the stage with artists such as Oliver Mutukudzi, Chris Berry & Pangaea, John Fishman, MarchFourth Marching Band, Members of String Cheese Incident, Matemai & Simboti, Bongo Love, Boka Marimba, the Physical Hearts, Eric John Kaiser, and many other great Portland band. Pachi Pamwe enlivens our spirit with its unique Zimbabwelectrick sound.

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