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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...

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...

Name of Seattle officer in crash that killed woman released

SEATTLE (AP) — Police have released the name of a Seattle police officer who was responding to a medical call when his patrol SUV hit and killed 23-year-old Jaahnavi Kandula last week in a city crosswalk. Seattle Police Department Detective and spokesperson Judinna Gulpan confirmed...

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

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...

State of emergency declared over Atlanta 'Cop City' protest

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Thursday, giving him the option of calling in the Georgia National Guard in response to a violent protest in downtown Atlanta over the killing by authorities of an environmental activist said to have shot a state trooper. ...

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

IMF upgrades outlook for the global economy in 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for the global economy is growing slightly brighter as China eases its zero-COVID...

Global report highlights link between corruption, violence

BERLIN (AP) — Most of the world continues to fail to fight corruption with 95 % of countries having made little...

US futures slide as corporate earnings pour in

Wall Street pared some steeper losses but markets were still down in premarket trading Tuesday as a deluge of...

Recent extremist attacks kill 32 people in Burkina Faso

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Multiple jihadi attacks across Burkina Faso over several days have resulted in the death...

Former Shanghai bookseller's wife hit with 'exit ban'

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese police have prevented a woman from returning to her home in Florida in an effort to...

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...

Seattle Seahawks helmet
Monica Foster

The Seattle Seahawks ended their regular season losing to the St. Louis Rams 23-17 on Sunday, falling to 9-6 and even though they've already clinched a playoff birth, they struggled for the first time in 25 games as they failed to rush for 100-plus yards. 

The Rams hadn't won in the Emerald City since 2004, and ended the Hawks five-game winning streak and sweeping the series having won in overtime 34-31 in Week One. Striking considering the Rams had a decade filled ten straight losses at CenturyLink prior to Sunday's game.

St. Louis (7-8) struck early in the game with a 10-0 lead in the opening quarter and entered halftime with a 16-3 lead at CenturyLink Field. The Rams held the Hawks running backs to just 21 rushing yards the entire game.

St. Louis came away with two crucial fumble recoveries in the fourth quarter, the latter resulting in a touchdown three plays later. Rams quarterback Case Keenum played his third straight start, competing 14 of 23 passes for 103 yards and a 28-yard touchdown pass.

The Rams defensive line dominated the Hawks and caused problems for Wilson sacking him four times forcing three turnovers including a interception in the first half, Wilson's first interception in 168 pass attempts. This was the first time in 64 games that the Seahawks had never held a lead and the Rams scored three touchdowns in the game, one on a fumble recovery by Akeem Ayers, his career first, returning the ball 45 yards in the first quarter.

"We've gotta work on the mistakes we made, I think overall the team will make adjustments and be ready for the upcoming playoffs," Coach Pete Carroll said. "I think we came out a little flat but the Rams defense did a good job today against a good team."

Wilson finished 24 of 41 for 289 yards and two touchdowns, including an 25-yard touchdown pass to Baldwin in the third quarter and an18-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse with only 17 seconds left in the game before the Rams were able to recover the onside kick and run out the clock. Baldwin finished with eight receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown. The Hawks turned the ball over three times on a wet, rainy day in Seattle.

"We gotta continue to strive hard, take a look at what we need to improve on and get better for the playoffs," Wilson said. "We made some mistakes today but we'll need to stay focused and improve for the playoffs. "

When the Rams Benny Cunningham fumbled on a third-and-1 at the Seattle 40, it looked like safety Earl Thomas had failed on the ball and recovered it to the delight of the cheering 12s but the officials ruled later that it was recovered by St. Louis and Cunningham was down by contact. St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley, two plays later, was hit by Thomas and fumbled the ball but the Rams recovered and and it Rams were up by 13.

Gurley, who rushed 85 yards on 19 carries, sealed the deal for the Rams win in Seattle when he scored on a two-yard TD run with a little over 10 min left. "Ultimately we had multiple chances of winning this game. We can't really make any excuses," defensive end Michael Bennet said. "We came up short in the end and we're disappointed but we have to regroup focus on what's next."
Playoffs.

MLK Breakfast 2023

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