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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...

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...

All Oregonians eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by July 1

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — All Oregonians who are 16 and older will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations no later than July 1, Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday. The governor presented her new vaccine eligibility timeline for the state during a news conference Friday — outlining...

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...

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday,...

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...

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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 Matt Hasselbeck

 Nate Burleson

 T.J. Houshmandzadeh

The Seattle Seahawks got their second shutout this season with a 41-0 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qwest Field Sunday improving their record to 2-3. Seattle is now within a game of San Francisco for the division lead.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck returned to the starting lineup after suffering a fractured rib in week two's loss in San Francisco and threw four touchdown passes, two each to receivers Nate Burleson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Hasselbeck completed the game 18 of 30 throws for 241 yards.
"The energy, enthusiasm and confidence he showed made a huge impact on our team today, a huge impact, and that signifies the importance of starting quarterbacks in the NFL, it's a good win for us." Coach Jim Mora said. "Good teams have strong locker rooms and good leaders."
Seattle scored early on with two field goals of 47 and 27-yards by Olindo Mare then in midway through the second quarter Hasselbeck completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Houshmandzadeh and a 44-yard pass to Burleson putting the Seattle up 20-0 at the end of the half.
"It was good to get in the end zone and more importantly, to look up at the scoreboard and know that we're winning," Burleson said. "T.J. brings a lot of momentum to our offense… we have others players we gotta get going, I can only imagine what's gonna happen when you see myself, T. J., Deion Branch and John Carlson out there catching a ton of balls every game, just to think about it is scary so I'm really looking forward to that day."
Early in the third quarter Hasselbeck completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Houshmandzadeh and then later connected with Burleson for a 5-yard touchdown pass.
"It was just a great throw by Matt, he put it up in the right place, all I had to do was catch it, " Houshmandzadeh said of his second touchdown pass, joking that is was such a great thrown pass a reporter could of caught it.
"It was a big game," Houshmandzadeh said. "It's one game, I'm happy we won, we're gonna enjoy it but we gotta long way to go, we've gotta get ready for Arizona next week, their one of the team at the top of our division and I look forward to playing them."
Seattle's defense sacked Jaguars quarterback David Garrard four times and Jacksonville finished with just 199 total net yards. On Seattle's final scoring play in the fourth quarter, defensive end Lawrence Jackson forced a fumble, rookie Nick Reed scooped it up and returned it 79 yards as Qwest Field was shaking from the thunderous noise culminating from Reed's touchdown. Reed also had a sack, two QB hit and three tackles.
After the game Hasselbeck talked about his excitement and the importance of the 12th Man.
"The home field advantage that we've established here really matters to me," he said. "We haven't played our best football yet and last year I really felt like we lost that home advantage. That Chicago game lit a fire in me a little bit, seeing all the orange in the stadium, that should never happen here. I was excited, our crowd was there, we matched their intensity today which is something we gotta do, we cannot lose that home advantage."
Mora is expecting the same intensity and toughness when the Seahawks face Arizona and said during Monday's press conference he didn't want mistakes.
"I want to do things right," Mora said. "I didn't want it to be 41-7. I wanted it to be 41 to nothing."
The Seahawks face the NFC West division rival Cardinals (2-2) Sunday at Qwest Field and then will head into their Bye week.

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