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NORTHWEST NEWS

All Oregonians Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine by July 1

People who are 45 to 64 with underlying health conditions will be eligible starting March 29

City Permanently Cuts Funds to Portland Neighborhood Group

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who oversees the city’s civic life bureau, opted to remove funding from Southwest Neighborhoods Inc. after an audit found that money had been mismanaged.

Black Restaurant Week Comes to Portland

National event highlights Black-owned restaurants, cafes, and food trucks, creates countrywide database to support Black businesses

Portland Police Launch Team to Investigate Shootings

 The Enhanced Community Safety Team will be comprised of three sergeants, 12 officers and six detectives, and will staff a seven-member on-call unit to respond to shooting scenes, examine evidence, interview witnesses and do immediate follow-up investigations

NEWS BRIEFS

Senators Markey, Smith, and Booker and Rep. Jackson Lee Re-introduce Legislation to Make Juneteenth a National Holiday

“Juneteenth,” observed on June 19, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States ...

HB 1465, To Increase the Death Tax Rate in Washington State To 40%

The Washington Policy Center's Vice President for Research, Paul Guppy today released a study on the bill ...

Seattle Black Artist To Be Featured in Amazon Prime Series

The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM), in Seattle, Washington, is launching a call for artist...

NIKE, Inc. and Goalsetter Partner to Increase Financial Literacy Among America’s Youth

Goalsetter uses digital platforms to engage youth and help them better understand financial well-being, while saving for their future ...

Six Trailblazing Black Judges to Discuss Overcoming Challenges Feb. 26

The online program panel judges include Justice Adrienne Nelson, the first Black justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and the first...

Hotel fined for overcharging people during wildfire

ROSEBURG, ORe. (AP) — A hotel in Roseburg, Oregon, has been fined ,000 for overcharging dozens of area residents who sought rooms after fleeing a large wildfire in September.The News-Review reports SUBH Investment LLC, which does business as Days Inn by Wyndham in Roseburg, entered into...

Grazing rights rescinded for controversial Oregon ranchers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday rescinded a January Trump administration decision to grant grazing allotments to an Oregon ranching family whose members were convicted of arson in a court battle that triggered the takeover of a federal...

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...

OPINION

Democracy and White Privilege

“White Nationalists” who believe that America only belongs to its “White” citizens, who live and have lived according to “White Privilege” are ignoring the words of the Declaration of Independence ...

The Leadership Conference Submits Letter in Support of H.R. 40

H.R. 40 finally forces the U.S. government to recognize and make amends for the decades of economic enrichment that have benefited this nation as a result of the free labor that African slaves were forced to provide ...

Letter to the Editor Re: Zenith Energy

The time is now for Portland City Council to stop Zenith Energy’s transporting fossil fuels into and out of our city. ...

The Heroes Within Us

Black History Month, as it exists today, continues the practice of “othering” Black people in America. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

New Orleans move to vacate 22 non-unanimous jury convictions

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Prosecutors in New Orleans moved Friday to have convictions overturned for 22 people found guilty of felonies by non-unanimous juries, and to review hundreds of other such convictions obtained under a law with roots in the Jim Crow era. District Attorney Jason Williams,...

Oregon high court affirms juries can acquit in split votes

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court, ruling before the start of a murder case, has upheld that a defendant can be acquitted by a nonunanimous verdict, months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that guilty verdicts must be unanimous.The decision Thursday keeps Oregon as the only state...

WNBA approves Montgomery's role in new Dream ownership group

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery made history on Friday as part of a three-member investor group that was approved to purchase the team.The ownership change follows pressure on former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican who angered WNBA players with her opposition to...

ENTERTAINMENT

Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton lead ACM Awards nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton are the leading nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards, but only Stapleton joined the all-male ballot for the top prize of entertainer of the year. The academy announced on Friday that Morris and Stapleton both had six...

Tonywatch: Playwright Katori Hall 'reaching for humanity'

NEW YORK (AP) — Most playwrights who dip their toes into musical theater for the first time go small. Not Katori Hall: Her first assignment was to capture the life of a musical giant — Tina Turner.“I’m not really scared of much, which is probably why I felt like...

Laying out data, Netflix touts its record on inclusivity

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix on Friday released a study it commissioned from top academic researchers that shows the streaming giant is outpacing much of the film industry in the inclusivity of its original films and television series.For years, academic studies have sought to capture...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are...

Some local GOP leaders fire up base with conspiracies, lies

A faction of local, county and state Republican officials is pushing lies, misinformation and conspiracy theories...

Highlights of the COVID-19 relief bill advancing in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is expected to pass a jumi.9 trillion pandemic relief package late Friday that...

Pandemic leaves many Romanian patients without critical care

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Andrei, a 32-year-old Romanian man who has been HIV positive since he was a baby,...

Officials: 400 escape, 25 dead after Haiti prison breakout

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian authorities announced Friday that more than 400 inmates escaped and 25...

Vaccination 'passports' may open society, but inequity looms

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violet light bathed the club stage as 300 people, masked and socially distanced,...

I-5 Rose Quarter Project Open House 2
By The Skanner News

SEATTLE (AP) _ Two interceptions on his first nine passes were a bit too much like 2008 for Matt Hasselbeck. The Seattle Seahawks hope their quarterback's response is a sign of things to come in 2009.
Hasselbeck, hampered last season by nagging back injuries, recovered from his early picks to throw for 279 yards and three touchdowns Sunday and Seattle romped past the St. Louis Rams 29-0.
The Seahawks beat their division rivals for the ninth straight time and had their biggest win to open a season since a 38-0 victory over Philadelphia in 1998.
"Nothing but greatness," new Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole said. "Great games will come for this team."
That's something never uttered last season as Seattle flopped to a 4-12 record.
St. Louis looked like the same old Rams, who went 2-14 last year before giving former New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo his first head coaching job.
About the only highlight was the debut of rookie middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, who had 14 tackles.
"I'm obviously disappointed in the result," Spagnuolo said. "But I'm not disappointed in the effort. ... If we turn that passion into productive play, we'll be OK."
Mora's revived Seahawks took advantage of a rare use of instant replay to cruise past the sloppy, undisciplined Rams, who pushed and shoved their way to 10 penalties. Two of them were personal fouls after plays by volatile offensive lineman Richie Incognito.
Running back Steven Jackson was more active while scuffling with Seattle's rookie fourth overall draft choice Aaron Curry after plays than he was rushing 16 times for 67 inconsequential yards.
"Would you rather us just get our tail kicked and walk back (to the huddle)?" Jackson said. "You saw some fight in this team."
Yet St. Louis gained just 247 yards in a result similar to a 38-3 loss against Philadelphia that opened last season.
Hasselbeck, playing his first game since Thanksgiving Day, overcame the rough start to connect with John Carlson for two touchdowns. The three-time Pro Bowler, who missed nine games last season with a bad back, finished 25 of 36 and had his most passing yards for an opener.
Mora got presented with the game ball by owner Paul Allen in the locker room after the game.
The former visiting locker room attendant for the Seahawks at the old Kingdome returned to his hometown for a day he said he'd thought of "for a long, long time." Yet he showed little emotion on the field. He looked almost stoic jogging off of it following his first win since the end of the 2006 season in Atlanta _ before the Falcons fired him.
"It was especially emotional for me, because there is some significance to it. I'd be lying if I told you there wasn't," the 47-year-old Mora said. "It was kind of a surreal experience."
The game's decisive _ and weirdest _ play came late in the first half. Seattle's Olindo Mare struck a 49-yard field goal try low. C.J. Ah You blocked it, and three other Rams could have. Quincy Butler scooped the ball and ran 49 yards for an apparent touchdown.
As the Rams were about to snap for the tying extra point, referee Pete Morelli announced the booth officials had called for a review _ for whether St. Louis had 12 men on the field.
They did. The Rams' sideline had almost no reaction to the unusual reversal. Three plays later, Hasselbeck found Nate Burleson for a 12-yard touchdown. Instead of 7-7 at halftime, Seattle led 14-0.
"Gigantic play," Mora said.
The Rams never recovered. They managed just 13 first downs against the new, attacking schemes of first-year defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Marc Bulger, playing with tape on the knuckle of his broken right pinkie, was 17 of 36 for 191 yards. He was sacked three times.
Yet Spagnuolo sounded encouraged.
"We feel we are better than that," the new coach said. "And that's a good thing."

 


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