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Anguish Over Fatal Police Shooting in Vancouver Washington

Hundreds march and shots are fired in Vancouver as grief over death of a young father, 21-year-old Kevin E. Peterson Jr., boils over into unrest

Judge Cites Trump Tweets in Restricting Feds at Protests

U.S. District Judge Mosman said he couldn’t ignore the tweets, and remarked how odd and new it is for a court to be asked to examine Twitter messages to determine the intent of the executive branch.

Father: 21-Year-Old Black Man Killed by Washington Deputies

Law enforcement remained tight-lipped about the Thursday night shooting, but Kevin E. Peterson Sr. told the media the person killed was his son, Kevin E. Peterson Jr.

Hundreds of Shelter Dogs, Cats Flown Across the Pacific

The rescue flight arriving in Seattle Thursday, was necessary because the coronavirus pandemic has led to overcrowding in Hawaii pet shelters.


Oregon Leaders Unite Against Hate & Election-Related Violence

Mayor Wheeler, Governor Kate Brown, and more than sixty other individuals and organizations signed a joint letter to, “unequivocally...

COVID-Related Assistance Applications Open Friday, Oct. 30

Portlanders struggling from health or financial impacts of COVID-19 will have the opportunity to apply for 0 in household...

Providence Launches African American MS Registry

The goal is to foster better treatment for Black patients ...

SPLC Launches $25,000 Ad Campaign Supporting Mississippi’s Ballot Measure 2

Measure would change statewide elections process, replacing Jim Crow-era law ...

Confederate Flag Not Welcome in Oregon Historic Cemeteries

Oregon’s Commission on Historic Cemeteries recommends Confederate flags not be allowed in historic cemeteries, but cemeteries that...

Oregon matches highest daily reported COVID-19 death toll

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health authorities reported Saturday that 14 more people in the state have died from COVID-19, matching the highest death toll reported in a single day as the state struggles to contain the coronavirus.The latest deaths occurred from Sept. 26, when an 80-year-old...

Judge orders Postal Service to take extraordinary measures

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including using a priority mail service.Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima,...

Week 9: Ohio State faces its biggest test; Florida returns

The potential Big Ten game of the year lost some luster last week. No. 18 Penn State was upset by Indiana so instead of returning to Happy Valley to host No. 3 Ohio State with an unbeaten record, the Nittany Lions are trying to avoid going 0-2 for the first time since 2013.No Big Ten team has...

No. 10 Florida plays 1st game in 3 weeks, hosts hot Missouri

Missouri (2-2 SEC) at No. 10 Florida (2-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network Alternate).Line: Florida by 12 1/2.Series record: Missouri leads 5-4.WHAT’S AT STAKE?Florida returns to the field for the first time in three weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak. More than 30 players and coaches...


Black Voters Cannot Afford Four More Years of Trump

It is more imperative than perhaps at any other period in many of our lifetimes that we vote at record numbers this year. ...

Open Letter to the Community on the Multnomah County Circuit Court Judicial Election

History has shown us that judges impact systemic change and have the opportunity to include the voices of our communities in the process. ...

Squaring Away the Cube

When I first heard that entertainer Ice Cube is supporting Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election bid, I did not believe it. ...

The Skanner News National 2020 Election Endorsements

Vote like your life depends on it. Read The Skanner News' endorsements for US President, and more ...


Obama: Trump failed to take pandemic, presidency seriously

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Calling Joe Biden his “brother,” Barack Obama on Saturday accused Donald Trump of failing to take the coronavirus pandemic and the presidency seriously as Democrats leaned on America's first Black president to energize Black voters in battleground Michigan...

Canfield, Stars+Stripes win Gold Cup, match racing title

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Skipper Taylor Canfield and Team Stars+Stripes have won the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing World Championship.The victory was Canfield’s third at the Bermuda Gold Cup and second Open Match Racing World Championship.“I can’t...

Noose displayed at Missouri poll covered up amid complaints

GALENA, Mo. (AP) — A replica hangman's noose on display near voting booths in a southwest Missouri county building has been covered up following complaints from Democrats that it amounted to intimidation of Black voters.The Missouri Democratic Party released a photo Friday of the display...


Sans gala or red carpet, a stylish fashion show at the Met

NEW YORK (AP) — The annual hoopla around the celebrity-studded Met Gala is so intense, it's often forgotten who the real star is: the fashion exhibit inside.This year, it's the only star. A stylish Costume Institute show at the Metropolitan Museum has opened, six months behind schedule. But...

Curious about going to a movie theater? 7 things to know

It’s been over two months since movie theaters started reopening in the U.S., but there is still a fair amount of consumer confusion about moviegoing in the COVID-19 era.Movie studios and theater owners have found themselves in the unique position of having to re-educate audiences on how to...

Actor Lori Loughlin reports to prison in college scam

BOSTON (AP) — “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin has reported to a federal prison in California to begin serving her two-month sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal, authorities said Friday.The U.S. Attorney's office in Boston said Loughlin was being...


Exorcism: Increasingly frequent, including after US protests

In popular culture, exorcism often serves as a plot device in chilling films about demonic possession. This month,...

AP Explains: Why France incites such anger in Muslim world

PARIS (AP) — Many countries, especially in the democratic West, champion freedom of expression and allow...

Orthodox priest shot at church in France, motive unknown

LYON, France (AP) — A Greek Orthodox priest was shot Saturday while he was closing his church in the French...

Sudan says deal with US blocks further compensation claims

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan says it has signed an agreement with the U.S. that could effectively stop any future...

Tanzania, once envy of the region, watches democracy slide

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Vote-counting was far from over when Tanzanian opposition leader Seif Sharif Hamad...

AP Explains: Why France incites such anger in Muslim world

PARIS (AP) — Many countries, especially in the democratic West, champion freedom of expression and allow...

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By The Skanner News

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Vernon Davis remembers it all too well, the San Francisco 49ers' game with Seattle last October at Candlestick Park. Mike Singletary's crazy coaching debut.
"That's the game I went to the locker room, huh?" Davis said with a grin. "I'm sure they're going to do something to try to get me fired up and try to get me to go back to the locker room, but it ain't happening. ... They will not get to me. There's not anything they can do to get me fired up. I'm going to go out and just be me and just play, play football."
Yes, Singletary made quite a statement that fall day against the Seahawks, entertaining on so many fronts. He pulled down his pants in the locker room at halftime to make a point, benched struggling quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan in favor of Shaun Hill, and sent Davis to the showers early for what he deemed inappropriate behavior following a personal foul penalty.
Singletary was practically destined to lose that one, too, after the Niners fired Mike Nolan six days before the game instead of waiting until their bye the following week.
Seattle left with a 34-14 victory. Singletary called out his team afterward, saying "I want winners."
But Singletary made up for it Sunday, boasting a 23-10 victory over the Seahawks.
Jim Mora's Seahawks came off an impressive 28-0 shutout of St. Louis, while San Francisco won 20-16 at Arizona in its opener. Yet both coaches found plenty of faults in their performances.
The 49ers managed only 21 yards rushing, a franchise low in a victory -- and not a good sign for a team that wants to be defined by a power-run offense. Frank Gore's line: 30 yards on 22 carries.
"Not many teams are going to be able to hold us to 21 yards rushing, that's for sure," said Hill, who threw on 13 of the 15 plays during a decisive fourth-quarter scoring drive against the Cardinals.
Singletary said his offensive line must do all the basic things better so San Francisco can produce more effectively on the ground.
Can the Seahawks game plan, based on what worked for Arizona, hold Gore and Co. in check? It's not quite that easy.
"Frank Gore's an outstanding running back," Mora said. "He's a guy who can make big plays. That's where we spend the majority of our focus. ... They (Cardinals) did a nice job of attacking and penetrating. Our guys understand the challenge. They've played Frank Gore many times."
And Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is no secret to the Niners, either. Seattle put up 446 yards of total offense last week, with Hasselbeck completing 25 of 36 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns, but also throwing two interceptions.
Hasselbeck, whose Seahawks are coming off their worst season in 16 years at 4-12, missed last year's game in San Francisco because of back problems.
After that loss, Singletary let his team have it.
"I'd rather play with 10 people and just get penalized all the way until we have to do something else rather than play with 11 when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team," Singletary said. "It is more about them than it is about the team. Cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them. Can't do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win."
Now, "We want winners" is featured on a billboard alongside Singletary's picture along the freeway not far from team headquarters.
Mora's been around long enough to know every coach does things he regrets. This is his first season in charge in Seattle after replacing the departed Mike Holmgren.
Mora endured a messy ending when he was fired in Atlanta three years ago. He was a coach in waiting last year with the Seahawks.
"You just kind of chuckle," Mora said. "Guys that have coached in this league, we've all done things that we wish we hadn't. But it's a passionate and emotional game. Sometimes you get caught up in it and you're just trying to make a point. Certainly he did a nice job with that team when he took over."
Davis didn't think he deserved the questionable personal foul penalty when he tapped Seattle's Brian Russell on the facemask after a third-quarter catch. But Singletary was steamed after Davis feigned indifference at the coach when he was yanked off the field.
"I didn't know what to say or what to think. He just sent me to the locker room," said Davis, who still gets baited by opponents about it. "We had to learn each other, me and Singletary, had to get to know each other. We didn't know how to deal with each other, but now we do. We've talked numerous times since we've been together. We definitely have each other's back."


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