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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon BIPOC Caucus Calls for Action to Support Victims of Gun Violence

The Legislative Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus has released the following statement in response to the tragedy at Half Moon Bay, CA that left seven dead and one person wounded, all of whom were people of color

Democrats Voice Priorities for Coming Year in the Capitol

Highlights from the Democrats 2023 legislative agenda. 

Colorado Lawmakers Look to AI to Detect Wildfires Earlier

A historic drought and recent heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American West and scientists say warming weather will continue to make fires more frequent and destructive.

Justices Weigh Effort to Balance Washington State's Tax Code

Washington is one of nine states without an income tax, and its heavy reliance on sales and fuel taxes to pay for schools, roads and other public expenses falls disproportionately on low-income residents.

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon State Celebrates Black History Month With a Series of Events

Free events highlight the achievements and perseverance of Black and African American communities from the past to the present. ...

Word is Bond Announces Second Annual In My Shoes Walking-tour Project for Black History Month

Tours run February 4 through February 25, 2023 in King, New Columbia, Vancouver, Woodlawn, Goose Hollow, Montavilla, Parkrose, and...

Oregon Graduation Rate Rises With Gains Made In Every Student Group

Class of 2022 graduation rate is second highest In Oregon’s history ...

City Council Approves 13 to Independent District Commission

The commission will lead the effort to establish four new geographic districts for Portland’s next city council. ...

Incorporating Mindfulness Into Social Justice Classes Topic of Feb. 8 Oregon State Science Pub

The free event, which can be attended in person or viewed online, will feature a presentation by Kathryn McIntosh. She will discuss...

Child welfare algorithm faces Justice Department scrutiny

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Justice Department has been scrutinizing a controversial artificial intelligence tool used by a Pittsburgh-area child protective services agency following concerns that it could result in discrimination against families with disabilities, The Associated Press has learned. ...

Kidnap suspect released day he arrived at Nevada prison

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man at the center of an intense police search in Oregon after a violent kidnapping last week was released from custody in October 2021 by Nevada prison officials on the same day he was transferred to the state’s custody to serve a kidnapping sentence, authorities said...

Knight, Illinois State take down Southern Illinois 72-66

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Seneca Knight scored 24 points and Kendall Lewis secured the victory with a jump shot with 37 seconds remaining as Illinois State took down Southern Illinois 72-66 on Sunday. Knight shot 6 for 8, including 3 for 4 from 3-point range, and 9 of 10 from the free...

Deen scores 21 to lead Bradley to 83-76 victory over UIC

CHICAGO (AP) — Duke Deen had 21 points to lead Bradley to an 83-76 win over Illinois-Chicago on Sunday. Deen shot 5 for 10 from the floor (4 for 6 from 3-point range) and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line for the Braves (15-8, 8-4 Missouri Valley Conference). Malevy Leons added 19...

OPINION

It's Time to Irrigate the Fallow Ground of Minority Media Ownership

In 2023, one aspect of civil rights and racial justice that barely remains addressed is racial inclusion in media ownership. ...

A Letter to Residents of N. and N.E. Portland from Commissioner Susheela Jayapal

Susheela Jayapal, Multnomah County Commissioner for District 2, North and Northeast Portland, reviews her first four-year term and looks forward to her second term ...

Are Black Individuals Like Kanye West, Van Jones, and Stephen A. Smith ‘Perpetrating a Fraud,’ or is Self-Hate a Primary Motivator for Anti-Blackness

“So, you have two types of Negro. The old type and the new type. Most of you know the old type. When you read about him in history during slavery he was called ‘Uncle Tom.’ He was the House Negro.”-Malcolm X ...

We Need Not Forgive

We need not forgive racial injustices in America’s past, and we must never forget them. But as a nation, we can reconcile. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Child welfare algorithm faces Justice Department scrutiny

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Justice Department has been scrutinizing a controversial artificial intelligence tool used by a Pittsburgh-area child protective services agency following concerns that it could result in discrimination against families with disabilities, The Associated Press has learned. ...

Police ask court to ban protest at Cardinal's Sydney funeral

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police plan to ask a judge to ban gay rights protesters from demonstrating outside the funeral of Cardinal George Pell in Sydney on Thursday due to public safety concerns. Pell, who was once considered the third-highest ranking cleric in the...

Trustees picked by DeSantis may change progressive college

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — “Your education. Your way. Be original. Be you.” That's how New College of Florida describes its approach to higher education in an admission brochure. The state school of fewer than 1,000 students nestled along Sarasota Bay has long been known for its...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: Making of 'The Way We Were' is a rich, gossipy tale

“The Way They Were: How Epic Battles and Bruised Egos Brought a Classic Hollywood Love Story to the Screen” by Robert Hofler (Citadel) Most people seem to like their screen romances a little on the sad side. When the American Film Institute listed its top romantic...

Amina Luqman-Dawson’s 'Freewater' wins John Newbery Medal

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Amina Luqman-Dawson made time to write a children's book she calls her "little quiet project," a historical adventure about a community of escaped slaves that she completed while raising a son and working as a policy consultant and researcher on education and domestic...

Trevor Noah returns as Grammy host with comfort, nervousness

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trevor Noah feels more comfortable hosting the Grammy Awards for a third-straight year, but the former “The Daily Show” host still has some nervousness about leading the ceremony with big-time acts like Beyoncé, Adele and Harry Styles looking on. “The...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Pakistan blames 'security lapse' for mosque blast; 100 dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bombing that struck inside a mosque at a police and government compound in...

Adani [scripts/homepage/home.php].5B share sale pushes through amid fraud claims

NEW DELHI (AP) — The closely watched [scripts/homepage/home.php].5 billion share sale launched by Asia’s richest man, Gautam Adani, was...

Blinken in Mideast renews appeal for Israel-Palestinian calm

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is wrapping up a two-day visit to Israel and the...

NATO chief urges closer ties with Japan to defend democracy

TOKYO (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sharply criticized China on Tuesday for “bullying its...

Nigeria sees cash shortage amid push for redesigned currency

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's push to replace its paper money with newly designed currency notes has created a...

Indian billionaire Adani at center of B stock market rout

NEW DELHI (AP) — Asia’s richest man, Gautam Adani, saw his companies shed billion in market value after...

Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao
The Associated Press

The most-anticipated fight in decades. The best-known horse race. A resumption of one of the premier baseball rivalries. The NFL draft. Playoff games, too.

And those are just the highlights.

Super Saturday awaits.
Stock the refrigerator, replace the remote batteries, get the weekend errands done early, invite your friends, fire up that grill and if you're very fortunate, confirm those flights. For the sports consumer, an amazing number of options will be available.
From the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight that could generate $400 million, to the 141st edition of the Kentucky Derby, to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox colliding for the 2,142nd time to the NFL draft's finishing rounds and so much more, it's a sports enthusiast's dream.
"I don't plan on being there," said Masters champion Jordan Spieth, speaking of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, "but I may be."
Here's the translation. Spieth is playing in the Match Play Championship at San Francisco. If he's ousted before Saturday, his consolation prize is the fight.
"I've never seen anything like this in my life," said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer.
He meant the spectacle surrounding the fight.
He could have just as easily been talking about the worldwide hubbub of what awaits on Super Saturday.
"It's time to fight now ... the biggest fight in boxing history," Mayweather said.

THE FIGHT
The pay-per-view in the U.S. for Mayweather-Pacquiao will cost around $100 to watch in your home, although at least one company is offering to comp the purchase for new subscribers to their service.
There are plenty of other options.
Pacquiao fans will be paying $34 apiece for a seat at Skinny Mike's Sports Bar in Manila — on Sunday morning there, remember.
Front-row seats to watch from a casino are online for about $200, though that casino is actually in Hammond, Indiana, and not Las Vegas.
And in New York, you and 10 of your friends can watch at a club for $3,000, a steep price but one that includes six bottles of champagne, three bottles of liquor and platters of nachos, sliders, chicken fingers and pizza.

THE DERBY
A field of 20 will run for the roses at Churchill Downs, and while the Kentucky Derby might not be the best race of the year, it is certainly the most anticipated, unless a Triple Crown hopeful emerges.
About $125 million was bet on the Derby last year, more than 160,000 fans are expected at Churchill and it's not implausible to think - based on recent years - that 15 million or so will watch on television in the U.S. alone.
"It has become such an event," Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher said.
And to think, it's just part of the show on Saturday.

MORE CHOICES
NASCAR has qualifying at Talladega on Saturday. There's an LPGA tournament, plus Detroit and Kansas City are squaring off in a matchup of two of baseball's best teams early this season, along with that Yankees-Red Sox clash.
Yes, those will appeal to auto racing, golf and baseball fans.
But to those who love the magnitude of over-the-top events, they won't compare to the big show in Vegas.
"They may not follow sports much but they like the big events," said Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager for Showtime Sports. "And this is a big event."

THE PLAYOFFS
LeBron James will have Saturday off, he and the Cleveland Cavaliers won't be playing again until Monday, so he may be watching this fight someplace.
The NHL playoffs will be going on, with Washington and the New York Rangers playing Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Depending on what happens in other games, the NBA might have nothing scheduled that day, which would only give fans and players more time to enjoy everything else.
There's also a chance the NBA could see one or two Game 7s to end the first round.

THE NFL DRAFT
Finally, there's the big event of the NFL offseason — the draft, with the final four rounds coming on Saturday. It starts Thursday night, then resumes with rounds two and three on Friday.
This weekend the mighty NFL feels like an appetizer.
The last pick in the draft gets the title of "Mr. Irrelevant."
Given all going on in the sports world on Saturday, that may never be more appropriate.

AROUND THE WORLD
The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will be broadcast in at least 52 countries, and who knows how many will be able to access it online globally.
But there's some other big events around the globe Saturday as well, although again, they'll all likely pale in comparison.
The European Rugby Champions Cup Final between a pair of French clubs will be going on, Real Madrid will face Sevilla in a potentially very big Spanish soccer match, and the women's singles and men's doubles world champions in table tennis will be crowned in China.

MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.