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Progressive Climate Policy Poised to Pass in Oregon

Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming.

Photos: Oregon Welcomes Shakespeare Festival’s Newly Appointed Artistic Director

On Wednesday, June 12, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival hosted a reception at the Froelick Gallery to welcome newly appointed artistic director Nataki Garret.

Juneteenth Celebrations Expand Across Metro Area, State

Gresham, Vancouver events join decades-old Portland celebration of the effective end of slavery

Portland Black Pride in June

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NEWS BRIEFS

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Roosevelt High School Students Earn National Recognition for Resiliency

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Seattle Art Museum Appoints Amada Cruz as New Director and CEO

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Editorials from around Oregon

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Keeping your convenience spending under control

Sure it's nice to have your groceries delivered now and then. Ditto dinner. Want to stream your favorite movies? Why not. Curated clothes and books sent to your home? Yes please. But too much convenience can cost you."It's very easy for consumers to lose track of what they are purchasing," said...

OPINION

U.S. Attempt to Erase Harriet Tubman

Traitors like Jefferson Davis and other Confederates are memorialized while a woman who risked her life time and again to free enslaved people is simply dismissed. ...

Watching a Father and Son

You must have seen this video of a father speaking with his pre-verbal son about the season finale of Empire. ...

The Congressional Black Caucus Must Oppose HR 246

If every tactic that was used by African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement and/or in the fight against apartheid South Africa was either criminalized or attacked by the US Congress, how would you respond? ...

Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience

We are now able to actualize the healing and collective unity so many generations have worked to achieve in ways which bring power to our communities in America, Africa and throughout our Diaspora. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

'Why not now?' for slavery reparations, House panel is told

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on reparations, spotlighting the debate over whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves in the United States.Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who...

38 dead in latest intercommunal violence in central Mali

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Styles get romantic in Paris menswear with verdant blooms

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ENTERTAINMENT

Jenni Rivera biopic in the works with her family's support

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The late Mexican-American singer and activist Jenni Rivera always dreamed of a biopic about her turbulent and inspirational life. Now, seven years after her untimely death, that dream is coming true.A feature film based on Rivera's life is officially in the works from...

John Cusack apologizes for anti-Semitic tweet

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Mariska Hargitay: Haven't been in touch with Linda Fairstein

NEW YORK (AP) — "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay says she hasn't been in touch with friend Linda Fairstein since the former "Central Park Five" prosecutor was dropped by her publisher, though the actress acknowledged Fairstein resigned from the board of a charity she founded.In...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Trump EPA rolls back Obama rule on coal-fired power plants

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Phoenix police chief promises change amid civil rights claim

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What to watch for at Kim-Xi summit in North Korea?

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US CEO hands Oxford University 9 million for AI studies

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Turkey's Erdogan claims ex-Egyptian president was killed

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By The Skanner News

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has taken swift action to stop an unlicensed mortgage loan modification company from continuing to harm Washington consumers.

DFI issued a Temporary Cease and Desist Order against Home Credit Law Center, its President, attorney Brian R. Linnekens, and an employee, Derek Thomas.  The Department ordered the Respondents, all of Los Angeles, to immediately cease and desist unlicensed activity, misrepresenting that Mr. Linnekens was licensed to practice law in Washington, and taking advance fees for loan modification services.

"A local consumer reporter brought this issue to our attention recently," DFI's Director of Consumer Services Deb Bortner said. "We offered Mr. Linnekens the opportunity to voluntarily cease and desist, but he refused. After a quick but thorough investigation, we concluded that Home Credit Law Center posed a continuing threat to Washington consumers, and we have shut them down."

"DFI's Consumer Services division is committed to ensuring the safety and soundness of Washington's mortgage industry — including foreclosure prevention and assistance," DFI Director Scott Jarvis said. "It's appalling how many individuals continue to take advantage of distressed homeowners in the midst of one of the most difficult times of their lives."

As the mortgage crisis continues in Washington, more homeowners are facing the prospect of foreclosure.  Some, in a desperate search for relief, cling to any offer of help.  Home Credit Law Center employees call Washington homeowners offering that relief for a $3,000 advance fee.

"Loan modification services are offered for free through Housing and Urban Development-approved specialists," continued Bortner.  "Before you pay for loan modification services, see if a HUD-approved housing counselor can help you for free."

To view the KING5-TV report by Jesse Jones on Home Credit Law Center, go to http://www.king5.com/video?id=119367394&sec=585277

A list of HUD-approved counselors is available at http://hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm?webListAction=search&searchstate=WA. DFI provides a number of resources for homeowners facing foreclosure at www.homeownership.wa.gov

To verify whether a company offering residential loan modification is licensed by DFI, go to www.dfi.wa.gov and click on the "Verify License" link.

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