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Grazing rights rescinded for controversial Oregon ranchers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 (AP) — A senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday rescinded a January Trump administration decision to grant grazing allotments to an Oregon ranching family whose members were convicted of arson in a court battle that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

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The Seattle Seahawks donned their new bright neon green jerseys for Sunday's game but lost to the Chicago Bears 25-19 at Qwest Field in front of a sellout crowd of 67,938 fans.
After Sunday's game, Seahawks coach Jim Mora was clearly upset and expressed displeasure at kicker Olindo Mare's two missed field goals inside 45 yards, "you've got to make those kicks…not acceptable, absolutely unacceptable."
"We'll look at making a change everywhere. We're not going to fight our asses off and have a field goal kicker go out there and miss two field goals and lose a game."
Mora backpedaled during Monday's press conference saying he would stick with Mare for this Sunday's upcoming game.
"I think I let the emotions of the game get to me…there are times maybe you set the bar a little too high sometimes."
Mare did make four field goals yet if he had made one more he would have been kicking to send the game into overtime after backup quarterback Seneca Wallace threw incomplete on fourth-and-2 at the Bears 39 with only 30 seconds left in the game. Wallace finished the game throwing for 261 yards on 26-of-44 passing and a touchdown with one interception.
"I put the team in a bad spot and made it difficult on Seneca at the end to score a touchdown," Mare said after the game. "I blame myself for that and I feel bad for all the guys in here who worked so hard all week to let it come down to one guy and screw it up for everybody. It's a tough pill to swallow but I'll be back."
With seven starters out, the Seahawks struggled, their only touchdown came in the first quarter when Wallace connected to running back Julius Jones on a 39-yard pass. Jones ran for 98 yards on 19 carries.
Seattle led the game 13-0 at the beginning of the second quarter and appeared to have things in tune when Chicago started their attack with a 1-yard touchdown to tight end Greg Olsen and another 7-yard touchdown pass to receiver Johnny Knox and a 37-yard field goal putting them up 17-16.
Mare answered with a 39-yard field goal at the beginning of the fourth quarter putting Seattle within reach of a victory.
With only 1:52 left, Bears receiver Devin Hester caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears successful two-point conversion sealed the win for Chicago.
Seems like the same story from last year with more injuries to report early in the season; left guard Rob Sims has a strained oblique and is questionable to play this Sunday and Brandon Frye, replacing Walter Jones at left tackle, played through a strained groin and is hopeful to play against the undefeated Colts when the team travels to Indianapolis. Fullback Justin Griffith has a sprained knee and cornerback Ken Lucas had to leave the game early with a groin strain but is expected to practice this week.
"We will not use injuries as an excuse," Lucas said. "We felt like we played good enough to win this game but we just made too many mistakes during crucial times of the game and that was the difference between us winning and losing today. We're gonna keep fighting till we get this thing turned around, we're gonna learn from this game and get ready to face the Colts."
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck who sat out with a fractured rib, status' remains unclear this week and Mora said Monday he didn't expect him to practice Wednesday, three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu is expected to return after a hamstring injury. Linebacker David Hawthorne, making his first NFL start, stepped up big in Tatupu's place with 16 tackles, an interception and forced fumble.

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