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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

Hungary FM: Sweden should 'act differently' to join NATO

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Sweden's government should “act differently” if it wants to clinch Turkish support for its bid to join NATO, Hungary's foreign minister said Tuesday, adding that a recent Quran-burning protest outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm was “unacceptable." ...

Nordic unions leaving international media body over Russia

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A group of Nordic journalists' unions said Tuesday they have left the International Federation of Journalists, which the Norwegian association accused of failing to react to the existence of a Russian media union in occupied areas of Ukraine. For years,...

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. ...

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

President Biden to end COVID-19 emergencies on May 11

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the twin national emergencies...

China accuses Washington of wanting 'technological hegemony'

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government accused Washington on Tuesday of pursuing “technology hegemony”...

Europe scrapes out economic growth by dodging gas disaster

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe’s economy scraped out meager gains at the end of last year as galloping...

Hungary FM: Sweden should 'act differently' to join NATO

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Sweden's government should “act differently” if it wants to clinch Turkish support...

What's behind the Pakistani Taliban's insurgency?

ISLAMABAD (AP) — When a suicide bomber struck a mosque inside a police compound in the northwestern city of...

Cyprus picks new president amid economic doubt, ethnic split

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriots are voting Sunday for a new president who they’ll expect to decisively steer...

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (3) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers had a couple of hurdles to overcome Friday night.

They'd lost the first two meetings with the Phoenix Suns this season by double digits. The Blazers also had struggled recently in close road games.

The Blazers made sure Friday's game wouldn't go down to the wire — and they ended their recent history of frustration against Phoenix in the process. They went on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter and benefited from clutch shooting and solid defense in a 106-96 victory over the Suns.

C.J. McCollum scored 26 points and made five 3-pointers, Damian Lillard added 18 points and the Blazers held the Suns to 14 fourth-quarter points, their defense forcing two shot-clock violations in the quarter.

McCollum and Lillard, one of the highest-scoring guard duos in the NBA, hit 3-pointers during the 13-0 stretch.

"We've been through this before many games where we've been up or been close at the end and squandered leads," McCollum said. "So I think it was really important for us to really focus on the defensive end and then offensively get good shots, run some clock."

Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 31 points. Bledsoe has four of his eight career 30-point games against the Blazers.

The two teams combined to make 25 of 69 3-point attempts in what was an up-and-down affair until midway through the fourth. There were seven lead changes and eight ties.

"Our team defense was not there," Bledsoe said.

The Blazers avoided a season sweep at the hands of the Suns in the final meeting between the two teams.

"They pretty much dominated us here and at our place," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "They closed out the fourth quarter better than we did. Those two games, certainly back to back, were in the back of our mind."

Suns guard Brandon Knight, the team's second-leading scorer at 21.4 points per game, didn't score until making a free throw with 7:34 left in the game. Knight didn't make a basket in 12 attempts. He had 10 assists.

"We were trying to get him to stay aggressive at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but he was just kind of dribbling around and not looking for the shot," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Portland used a 16-6 run early in the third quarter to build a 73-67 advantage. But the Suns reclaimed the lead 82-78 after three quarters following Bledsoe's 3-pointer with 59 seconds left.

The Blazers didn't score a point for more than three minutes to start the game but finished the first quarter with a 33-26 lead, thanks in large part to 3-point shooting. McCollum hit two 3-pointers and Allen Crabbe had two more off the bench, with Crabbe scoring 10 points in less than four minutes.
Crabbe finished with 18 points, tying a career high. Al-Farouq Aminu had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Portland.

The Suns rallied to tie the score at 35 in the second quarter with Devin Booker and Mirza Teletovic hitting two 3-pointers each. Booker, a rookie guard from Kentucky, is 17 of 23 from 3-point range this season.

Teletovic had 15 points and six rebounds. He shot 4 of 10 on 3-point attempts.
Phoenix went up 61-57 with 31 seconds left in the first half when Bledsoe banked in a wild shot while being fouled and made a free throw.

TIP-INS
Trail Blazers: Portland made 12 3-pointers on Friday. The Blazers have connected on at least 10 3-pointers in five of their last six games and in 10 games overall this season. ... Crabbe has scored in double figures in six straight games and has made a 3-pointer in 15 games in a row.

Suns: Markieff Morris was active but didn't play. Morris was returning from a sinus infection that forced him out of the team's last game. ... C Tyson Chandler missed his eighth straight game with a hamstring strain. He's been out since Nov. 29. ... The Suns observed a moment of silence before the game to honor 12-time NBA All-Star Dolph Schayes, who died Thursday. The team also issued a statement in remembrance of former center John "Hot Rod" Williams, who died Friday in Louisiana. Williams played for Phoenix from 1995-98.

STAR WARS AND 50 CENT
The Suns did a special tribute to "Star Wars" on Friday night, with costumed "Star Wars" characters on the court for lineup introductions while sound effects from the movie played. Rapper 50 Cent announced the Suns' starting lineup.

UP NEXT
Trail Blazers: Host New York on Saturday.
Suns: Host Minnesota on Sunday.

MLK Breakfast 2023

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