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NEWS BRIEFS

Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Mark Christopher Lawrence to Perform at Harvey’s Comedy Club July 13-15

Former Big Mike of “Chuck” will perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 Sunday ...

Dragon Fest 2018

Lions, dragons and breakdancers descend on Seattle’s Chinatown-International District for the Pacific Northwest’s largest...

Residents left with questions after strange sighting in sky

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Many Pendleton residents are questioning what it was they saw last week in the skies over the town.Residents spotted a small white object Wednesday floating above the south area of Pendleton for the better part of an hour, the East Oregonian reported .Some thought the...

Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion reporting law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is suing the state of Idaho in federal court over new abortion reporting requirements that critics say are unconstitutional and intended to stigmatize women seeking medical care.Planned Parenthood filed...

Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion reporting law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is suing the state of Idaho in federal court over new abortion reporting requirements that critics say are unconstitutional and intended to stigmatize women seeking medical care.Planned Parenthood filed...

Primary voters in Ferry County will not have to pay postage

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — It turns out that voters in Washington state's Ferry County will not have to buy their own stamps to mail in their primary ballots this year.Ferry County Auditor Dianna Galvan said Tuesday that she had overcome budget concerns that had prompted her to conclude the small...

OPINION

A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

10 Indoor Plants Every Pet Lover Must Have

Dr. Jasmine Streeter shares her tips on stress-busting plants ...

NAACP Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

NAACP opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Is Trump's retraction his final word on Russia? Unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington political playbook called for President Donald Trump to make clear — and fast — that the U.S. wasn't in the pocket of Russia President Vladimir Putin. On Tuesday, Trump relented, saying he misspoke on Russian election meddling.But apologies and...

Obama delivers veiled rebuke to Trump in Mandela address

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In his highest profile speech since leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday denounced the policies of President Donald Trump without mentioning his name, taking aim at the "politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment," and decrying leaders who are...

San Antonio store owner's killer set for execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was set for execution Tuesday evening as lawyers argued in the courts that the state parole board improperly refused his clemency request because he's black.Christopher Young was condemned for fatally shooting a San Antonio convenience store...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: Meg Myers is angry, anguished, exciting on new album

Meg Myers, "Take Me to the Disco" (300 Entertainment)If you assume from the title of Meg Myers' new album that she's taken a fun and frivolous turn, you'll be sorely mistaken. Thrilled, but very mistaken.The superb "Take Me to the Disco" finds Myers angry, anguished, raw and obsessed with...

Review: Bask in the effervescent insanity of 'Mamma Mia 2'

"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again " is a wholly ridiculous movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's the kind of movie that feels and sounds like a summer vacation should: Fizzy, lively, low-stakes and soundtracked by ABBA.This is a world where things generally just work out, where folks are kind and...

Nielsen's top prime-time programs for July 9-15

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 9-15. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.55 million.2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.3 million.3. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 6.41 million.4. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), 5.98...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Blankfein to step aside as Goldman CEO, Solomon to take over

NEW YORK (AP) — Another Wall Street veteran of the financial crisis is stepping aside: Lloyd Blankfein is...

With Trump's endorsement, Roby tries to fend off challenge

MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama Republican congresswoman who once distanced herself from President Donald...

Many state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct run again

ATLANTA (AP) — Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the...

Lab-grown meat could be in restaurants in 3 years

BERLIN (AP) — A Dutch company that presented the world's first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said...

Writer removed from summit event says he only had a question

HELSINKI (AP) — The writer and political activist who was forcibly removed from a room where U.S. President...

Afghan officials: IS bomber kills 20, Taliban kill 9 police

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan on...

Chris Welch CNN

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- Dante Culbreath is head football coach at Simeon Career Academy on Chicago's south side. It's safe to say the football program here is a powerhouse - they've won six city titles in the state public school division.

Many of the team's seniors are scouted by some of the biggest-name colleges and universities, and this year should be no different.

However, as the Chicago teachers strike continues, the threat that many of this year's top athletes will miss some crucial games is a real one.

"Simeon is known for getting kids in Division I programs," Culbreath said. "It'll be pretty bad if our guys can't get out and play football, because a lot is riding on them being able to play football."

The junior varsity football team at Simeon is already missing out. Their first game was set for Monday, the first day of the strike.

"It's already serious because every time we step on the football field it's an interview for us. No matter what level it is. I have young men being offered scholarships as sophomores."

One of Culbreath's standouts this year is offensive lineman Kendall Moore. Moore says he's been offered a few scholarships already, but being able to play all his games this season could mean more opportunities and more options.

"It's very important because after college I want to start my career," Moore said.

He and his mother, Khem Davis, said that without a scholarship, college would be out of reach.

"It is a must-have. Otherwise it would be impossible for us to afford for him to go to a college that's worthy," Davis said.This week, Moore is helping spearhead player-led practices because coaching staff are not permitted to work with students in any way during a strike.

According to the by-laws of the Illinois High School Association, schools may not "participate in an interscholastic contest or activity during the time the member school is not in session due to a strike by teachers or other school personnel."

The Chicago Public Schools requested a waiver be granted that would allow schools to continue their athletic contests, but it was denied.

When high school athletes are being scrutinized by college recruiters, missing just one or two games -- especially for players on the verge of a particular division - can be the difference, said former NFL linebacker Mickey Pruitt.

"It's a big impact on students just because you have borderline student athletes who are trying to get a scholarship in Division I that could affect him from not playing football," said Pruitt, who is now a football coordinator with Chicago Public schools.

And unlike other sports, it's nearly impossible to make up a missed football game.

"It's hard to fix football just because we usually play one game a week and I know the teams probably lose a game this week if they are still on strike," Pruitt added.

One more thing to consider, Pruitt and Culbreath point out: Any school days lost to the strike have to be made up at the end of the school year, which, if it extends well into the summer, could overlap with the summer training often required at the college level.

Culbreath offered a plea to both sides of the strike.

"I just hope they get it together, get us in school so these young men can go to school for free."

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