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Veteran Immunologist, Dean of HBCU Medical School, on Covid Vaccines

Dr. James Hildreth is an expert on engaging the Black community to overcome healthcare disparities.

Seattle-area Hospital System Rebuked After Offering Vaccine to Donors

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Police Find No Bias, Terror Motive in Portland Road Rampage

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Mayor Ted Wheeler Decries Ongoing Violence

At a news conference Monday, Wheeler also said he had filed a police report about an “incident” that happened to him, but he did not elaborate

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BLM Seattle Demands Mayor Durkan Halt Bargaining With Seattle Police Officers Guild

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People For the American Way Supports Congressional Gold Medal for Officer Eugene Goodman

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Oregon puts debate over race in vaccine rollout to test

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Driver accused in Oregon road rampage pleads not guilty

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A motorist accused of hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and killing a 77-year-old woman Monday in Portland, Oregon, has pleaded not guilty to murder and has given detectives bizarre explanations about the incident, according to court documents.Paul Rivas, 64, through a...

Ex-Cardinals coach Wilks new defensive coordinator at Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Steve Wilks is returning to coaching as the defensive coordinator at Missouri.Wilks, who was hired by Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz on Thursday, took last year off after spending the previous 14 seasons in the NFL. The stint was highlighted by a year as the head coach of...

Music City Bowl between Iowa and Missouri canceled

The Music City Bowl between Missouri and Iowa was canceled Sunday because COVID-19 issues left the Tigers unable to play.The game scheduled for Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, is the second bowl called off since the postseason lineup was set on Dec. 20, joining the Gasparilla Bowl. Overall, 18...

OPINION

Demos President K. Sabeel Rahman Issues Statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

We see painful parallels between the America in which King lived and the present day ...

This is America: White Privilege, Black Lives Matter, and Violence at the Capitol

The violence we witnessed in the United States Capitol on January 6 is nothing new. ...

SPLC Action Fund President: Attempted Coup Displays Organized, Extremist Violence Plaguing the United States

Insidious racism took the form of an American president openly encouraging with “love” violent extremists ...

Commentary: Exit in Disgrace

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

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San Francisco to strip Washington, Lincoln from school names

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Maryland Episcopal church commits 0,000 to reparations

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NFL picks 3 honorary captains, Amanda Gorman for coin toss

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In ‘Palmer,’ Timberlake embraces stillness of a broken man

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

At Sundance, pandemic dramas unfold on screen and off

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The Hammer makes one last trip to spot where he hit No. 715

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Facebook Q4 results soar; Zuckerberg hits Apple over privacy

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'We owe this to them': Shoah survivors in vaccine spotlight

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Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic

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New protests as Polish court seals divisive abortion ruling

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The Pac-12 Conference is moving its league championship game to the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara for the next three years.

The NFL already has awarded the site the 50th Super Bowl to be played in February 2016. The stadium will open with a Major League Soccer game on Aug. 2 between San Jose and Seattle.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, 49ers owner Jed York and team President Paraag Marathe announced the plans Thursday outside Levi's Stadium. The first three conference championships had been held at the home of the division champion with the best conference record — Oregon in 2011, Stanford in 2012 and Arizona State last year.

The $1.2 billion stadium, which is located about 45 miles south of San Francisco, is opening this fall. Scott cited the 68,500-seat venue's central location in the conference, the luxurious amenities and the corporate dollars in Silicon Valley as reasons to take the championship game to the neutral site.

As part of the conference's previously outlined television agreement with FOX and ESPN, the game will alternate being played on Friday night and Saturday. FOX will broadcast the game this season on Dec. 5, ESPN will show it on a Saturday next year and FOX will televise the game on a Friday night again in 2016.

The winner will be in line for a Rose Bowl berth or a spot in the new four-team College Football Playoff.

"The importance of this game continues to increase. And with this new agreement, we're going to be playing on one of the most exciting stages in all of football," Scott told reporters in Santa Clara.

The conference, which expanded with the addition of Colorado and Utah three years ago, is following a model similar to that of other major leagues that hold championship games. The SEC, Big Ten and ACC stage their title games at neutral sites. The Big 12 no longer has a championship game.

Attendance has been good at two of the three Pac-12 title games, with Stanford being the exception — partly due to rain and a 5 p.m. Friday kickoff that gridlocked traffic in the Bay Area. Marathe said he is not concerned about traffic for the Friday night games, though the Santa Clara site has not been tested with a big crowd yet.

In previous years, Scott had noted the challenges in staging the championship game at a host school when the site — not to mention the teams — often isn't known until a week before the game.

He also has acknowledged concern from school presidents about the travel demands that fans would face if teams in the far-flung conference — which stretches from Washington to Arizona — would have to travel to Santa Clara, which is about 15 miles from the Stanford campus and just across the bay from Berkeley.

But having a neutral location also has its benefits, Scott said, notably giving the conference time to plan logistics and sell tickets locally. Scott also has talked about the "wow" factor of the Santa Clara site, comparing the stadium's opening to the high level of attention the opulent Dallas Cowboys stadium received.

For the 49ers and the city, it's a major victory as they have been trying to fill dates at the new stadium.

The NFL already has awarded the site the 50th Super Bowl to be played in February 2016. The stadium will open with a Major League Soccer game on Aug. 2 between San Jose and Seattle.

It also will serve as the new home for the upgraded Fight Hunger Bowl, which had been played at AT&T Park in San Francisco, home of Major League Baseball's Giants. And Cal will host Oregon in a regular-season game at the stadium Oct. 24.

York said about 80 percent of the 49ers' ticket base has some Pac-12 connection, and he expects the conference championship game to be a sellout.

"When we were selling suites, when we were selling seats," York said, "this was hands down the No. 1 event people were asking about."

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