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Housing Advocates Push to Free Public Funds for Housing from ‘Discriminatory,’ ‘Antiquated’ State System

Currently, organizations must apply for funds through one of 18 regional agencies. Even state officials decry the system.

Blumenauer Introduces Legislation to Reinstate Superfund Taxes; End 25-Year Polluter Tax Holiday That Slowed Toxic Cleanup

President Biden identified restoring payments from polluters into the Superfund Trust Fund as a top priority as part of a major infrastructure plan.

Lents Park Scene of Police Shooting During Protests

Amid protests across Portland against police brutality a man was shot and killed in Lents Park after reports he had a gun. Some protesters described by Mayor Ted Wheeler as a small group of "violent agitators" lit dumpster fires at the ICE and Multnomah County Sheriff's buildings and smashed windows downtown including at the Nike store building and the Oregon History Centre

Lawsuit Describes Night of Fear for Wall of Moms Protester

In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Portland, Jennifer Kristiansen also accused a federal agent of groping her as he trapped her against a wall, leading her to fear she would be raped

NEWS BRIEFS

Five Lucky Oregonians Won a Second Chance at Holiday Winnings

Prizes ranged from jumi,500 to 0,000 depending on the value of the original Scratch-it top prize. ...

Girls on the Run of Portland Metro Awarded Campbell Soup Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Grant

Supporting the Campbell Soup Foundation’s focus on encouraging healthy living, Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful,...

Ageless Awards Honor Older Oregonians Who Redefine Age

Four Oregonians will be honored for their inspiring contributions later in life during a free, public, virtual celebration on April...

Legislators Introduce Bill to Create a Statue of Shirley Chisholm Inside the U.S Capitol

Rep. Yvette D. Clark introduced the bill as part of a larger effort to increase the representation of Black women within the Capitol. ...

Grants Available For Portland Area Black-Led and Serving Organizations

To become a more equitable and just organization, the Providence Portland Service Area Advisory Council seeks to fund community...

Guilty verdicts in Floyd's death bring joy — and wariness

London Williams stood in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., moments before the verdict was read in George Floyd's murder trial Tuesday, wondering how he would cope if the white police officer who killed the Black man was acquitted. “I feel very nervous. It’s...

Fire, ammonia release at creamery prompts evacuations

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — A fire and related ammonia in the air at the Organic Valley Creamery in McMinnville Tuesday prompted an evacuation order for everyone within a half mile of the business. McMinnville Police announced the evacuation at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday because of...

OPINION

Letter to the Editor: Portland Police Union Response to Chauvin Trial Verdict

The Portland Police Association union says in the coming days, their officers will work hard to preserve our community’s right to peacefully protest ...

Portland Commissioners Release Statement on Recent Protests

The murder of Daunte Wright is a reminder that the call for justice for Black lives, accountability, and systemic community safety reform never stops. ...

An Open Letter To the Community From Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese

Sheriff Reese outlines Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office's strategic plan and goals to reinforce equity now and in the future. ...

Candace Avalos On The Right Track With Public Housing

Our unhoused neighbors deserve a safe and clean place to sleep ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

'Sliver of hope.' Relief, caution as Floyd verdict absorbed

NEW YORK (AP) — When the verdicts came in — guilty, guilty and guilty — Lucia Edmonds let out the breath she hadn't even realized she'd been holding. The relief that the 91-year-old Black woman felt flooding over her when white former Minneapolis police Officer Derek...

Biden to America after Floyd verdict: 'We can't stop here'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared that "it's not enough.” Biden...

Floyd verdict gives hope, if only fleeting, to Black America

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Relief, even if fleeting and momentary, is a feeling that Black Americans have rarely known in America: From slavery to Jim Crow segregation to enduring punishments for living while Black, a breath of fresh air untainted by oppression has long been hard to come by. ...

ENTERTAINMENT

Chicken Soup for the Soul will soon be served to kids

NEW YORK (AP) — The multimillion-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise is reaching for a younger demographic. Chicken Soup for the Soul has reached a partnership with the children's publisher Charlesbridge for two new series of books, the two publishers announced...

Rejected Broadway posters on sale to help theater community

NEW YORK (AP) — Letting the world see your failures is usually something most people try to avoid. Not for theatrical poster designer Frank Verlizzo — he hopes you'll put his on your wall. Verlizzo is selling prints of his rejected posters for such shows as “Cabaret,”...

Webby Award nominations for LeBron, Corden and Garner

NEW YORK (AP) — An eclectic group of people — including LeBron James, James Corden, Jennifer Garner and Sir David Attenborough — have nabbed nominations for this year's Webby Awards, recognizing the best internet content and creators. The International Academy of Digital...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Oscar predictions: Can anything beat 'Nomadland'?

Ahead of Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards, Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their...

'No place for you': Indian hospitals buckle amid virus surge

NEW DELHI (AP) — Seema Gandotra, sick with the coronavirus, gasped for breath in an ambulance for 10 hours as it...

Top Navalny associates detained ahead of protests

MOSCOW (AP) — Two close associates of Alexei Navalny were detained Wednesday ahead of protests planned to...

US-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed, as Taliban balk

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An upcoming international peace conference that was meant to move Afghanistan's...

UK court rules in 'unhappy' Russian family divorce saga

LONDON (AP) — Britain's high court ruled Wednesday that the son of a Russian billionaire conspired with his...

In annual address, Putin warns Russia's foes will be sorry

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sternly warned the West against further encroachment on...

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RG3 runs from 49ers
Omar Tyree

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III running against the Minnesota Vikings. (AP Photo) 

For the record, I’m still a Robert Griffin III fan. I still like the guy and hope that he can pull his young football career back together sometime in the near future. I just don’t think it’ll be in Washington, unless he’s ready to accept a back-up quarterback salary while still trying to reclaim his lost skills.

Or did Robert ever have authentic NFL skills to begin with? After listening to weeks of professional football talk about RG3 learning how to become a so-called “pocket passer” with less running and more throwing, I keep wondering if the awesomeness of his rookie season two years ago was only a mirage. Did he really win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, while taking his team on a 7-0 winning streak and sweeping his hometown Dallas Cowboys in the regular season before jumping out to a 14-0 lead in a home playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks?

I don’t remember there being an issue with Robert throwing the ball from the pocket as a rookie. With a 65 percent completion rate, the guy was one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the league that year. He also had 20 touchdowns with only five interceptions, while throwing for 3,200 yards. Was all of that success only because of his threat to run the ball every play? I beg to differ.

Whether a guy can run effectively or not has nothing to do with his ability to throw a football on a straight line to his open receivers. If running and throwing were connected at the hip as many apologetic analysts seem to be suggesting, then a bunch a track stars would be deadly at the quarterback position. However, that is not the case. So I hate to be overly harsh here, but I’m a little tired of hearing the “athletic quarterback” excuse for black men who continue to have problems with delivering the football.

I don’t care if a guy runs around in circles, picks up first downs with his legs, slides to the turf, runs out of bounds, or uses the bootleg, the read option, the pistol formation, or whatever. When it’s time to throw the football to the open man, I expect for a guy who gets paid millions of dollars to be able to put the ball on the money, on time. And we have not witnessed Robert Griffin III be able to do so on a consistent basis since his ruthless rookie leg injury.

Are you now telling me that his two-year old healing process has been that Kryptonotic—to create a word here—to his ability to throw a football? If that’s the case, then I guess he has a legitimate excuse. Or, maybe he simply hasn’t dedicated himself enough to re-learn the basic footwork and execution of the position.

One, two, three, plant, step up, find the open man and throw. Now repeat. And repeat it again. But from what Washington’s Head Coach Jay Gruden said after his team’s ugly 27-7 loss to Tampa Bay in week 11, Robert is no longer able to execute the basics. And I’m sorry, folks, but if you watched that game like I did, on the very first play from scrimmage a wide open tight end cut across the middle of the field, right in Robert’s eyesight, only for the celebrated, Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the academic institution of Baylor to refuse to throw the easy pass, while sprinting to his left and tossing a much harder pass to a second tight-end’s knees, who tried in earnest to bend low enough to catch the poorly thrown ball, only to pop it up in the air for an interception.

And I asked myself, “Are you kidding me?” on the first play of the game. I knew from that moment on that the magic of RG3 was not coming back to Washington.

So excuse me for sounding like a man who has given up hope on the kid, but I remember like yesterday when the long-time Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Donovan McNabb, made a very public offering to advise the young man on how to conduct himself and prepare for a long and stable career in the NFL; particularly as an African-American quarterback with a world of hype and expectations on his shoulders, and Robert flat-out turned him down.

Maybe now he can humble himself to find enough time to spend a whole week with Donovan and find out how he transitioned from running for his life in Philadelphia, to becoming the Eagles all-time passing leader in attempts, yards, completions and touchdowns, while leading his teams to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. And may Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, E.J. Manuel and even Jameis Winston at Florida State be next in line for his tutoring.

But it looks like Russell Wilson and Teddy Bridgewater already have the point. It doesn’t matter how “athletic” you are if you can’t pass the football effectively to your receivers. And us true fans of the game can’t stress that point enough.

Omar Tyree is a New York Times bestselling author, an NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Fiction and a professional journalist @ www.OmarTyree.com

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