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NORTHWEST NEWS

Online Events Honouring Dr Martin Luther King are Underway

 From a jazz concert and a reading challenge to an online film festival we are all invited to celebrate Dr Martin Luther King and complete his work

Interview: Portland Physician on Coronavirus Vaccine, Reaching Out to Wary Communities

Black Americans report highest levels of distrust as country distributes millions of Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

Blumenauer Calls for Resignations of Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise

Congressman Blumenauer said: "We need to ensure our Republican colleagues acknowledge and accept the consequences for their own involvement in encouraging this insurrection..."

Officials: Republican Lawmaker Let Protesters into Oregon Capitol

House Speaker Tina Kotek said during a news conference about the Capitol operations safety plan that Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, had allowed protesters into the building.

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St Andrew's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Features Marilyn Keller

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NFL Reaches More Than $95M in Contributions to Further Advance Social Justice

The Oregon Justice Resource Center will use funding from the NFL to support the Women’s Justice Project – the first and only...

Oregon State Police Warns Against Armed Takeover of Capitol

The agency also asked Oregonians to report anyone who may be planning an armed takeover to authorities. ...

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Seattle officer fired after investigation into racist remark

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s interim police chief has fired an officer for making a racist remark about a Black man last year, following an internal review into the incident.The review came after three officers reported their colleague’s comments, The Seattle Times reported Sunday...

Portland police investigate double slaying

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Music City Bowl between Iowa and Missouri canceled

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No. 17 Iowa, Missouri renew rare rivalry in Music City Bowl

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OPINION

This is America: White Privilege, Black Lives Matter, and Violence at the Capitol

The violence we witnessed in the United States Capitol on January 6 is nothing new. ...

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Insidious racism took the form of an American president openly encouraging with “love” violent extremists ...

Commentary: Exit in Disgrace

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Georgia Senate Races Will Decide the Fate of Biden’s Presidency 

Voter turnout is reportedly lagging in the more rural and conservative areas of Georgia and is higher in more traditionally Democratic areas of the state ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Biden's long political evolution leads to his biggest test

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has navigated a half-century in American politics by relentlessly positioning himself at the core of the Democratic Party.Wherever that power center shifted, there Biden has been, whether as the young senator who opposed court-ordered busing...

Portraits of US voters, assessing this moment in history

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AP Exclusive: Selena Gomez: Big Tech 'cashing in from evil’

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ENTERTAINMENT

Skylar Astin finds new notes to hit on ‘Zoey’s Playlist’

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Journalists prepare for protests where they could be targets

NEW YORK (AP) — While monitoring online chatter about protests at state capitols in advance of next week's presidential inauguration, the Seattle Times came across a chilling description for journalists: soft targets.The phrase drove home the importance of safety precautions being put in...

AP Exclusive: Selena Gomez: Big Tech 'cashing in from evil’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hours after an angry mob of Trump supporters took control of the U.S. Capitol in a violent insurrection, Selena Gomez laid much of the blame at the feet of Big Tech.“Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

'Little old West Virginia' sets pace on vaccine rollout

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — Griffith & Feil Drug has been in business since 1892, a family-owned, small-town...

National Guard sleeping in the Capitol an echo of Civil War

To most Americans, the sight of armed National Guard troops sleeping in the Capitol Rotunda this past week was...

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reaches space on 2nd try

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first...

UK aims to give 1st COVID-19 shot to all adults by September

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government plans to offer a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to every adult by...

'Extreme urgent need': Starvation haunts Ethiopia's Tigray

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest,...

Brothers jailed for attacking subway stationmaster in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two brothers, aged 17 and 15, who attacked an Athens subway stationmaster because he...

MLK Breakfast 2021 Save the Date
By The Skanner News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- In an instant, the fire in Greg Oden's eyes was gone. As he was taken from the Rose Garden floor on a stretcher, defeat was written all over the 7-foot center's face.

Oden broke his left kneecap in the Trail Blazers' game Saturday night against the Houston Rockets and is out for the season.
It is the latest injury to befall the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2007, who some have compared to Sam Bowie, the often-injured big man the Blazers selected ahead of Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft.
Brandon Roy said that Oden apologized and bowed his head as he was wheeled off the court. Once he learned his diagnosis, Oden told his teammates in the locker room he was sorry he let them down.
"He didn't do anything," forward LaMarcus Aldridge protested. "People don't understand that injuries are part of the game. We all are at risk every time we play so I think injuries are going to happen. It's unfortunate that it's happened to him."
Oden underwent surgery on his left patella Sunday, and the Blazers confirmed what they feared all along _ that Oden was done for the season.
"I'm obviously disappointed having worked so hard to get to where I was. This is a setback but I'll be back. It's in God's hands now," Oden said in a statement released by the team. "I want to thank the fans, my teammates and everyone in the Blazers family for all of their good thoughts."
Oden, drafted ahead of Kevin Durant, has been plagued by injures his entire NBA career.
He missed rookie season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee. Then last season he sat out six games after injuring his right foot in the season opener against the Lakers, before missing 14 games after the All-Star break with a bone chip in his left knee. He finished the season averaging 8.9 points and 7 rebounds.
But this season Oden lost weight and was averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks as a starter. Along with improved numbers in all the major statistical categories, Oden had a renewed confidence that was seldom evident in his delayed rookie season, when he admitted the pressure of being a top draft pick got to him.
"He did all the things he needed to do this summer to get himself ready for this year. He came back and showed the potential we felt he had," coach Nate McMillan said.
The Blazers have not historically had the best of luck with their high-profile big men.
Bowie is considered one of the biggest busts in draft history, fairly or unfairly. The Blazers took the 7-1 center with the No. 2 overall pick instead of Jordan.
While Bowie played in 76 games his rookie season, averaging 10 points and 8.6 rebounds, he appeared in just 63 games over the next four seasons because of injuries. He missed the entire 1987-88 season. In all, he had five operations on his legs.
Then there was Bill Walton, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1974 who, like Oden, was hailed as a franchise player. But his first two seasons were beset by injury, with a broken nose, leg, foot and wrist.
Walton's legacy was turned around in the 1976-77 season when the Blazers won the title in their first trip to the postseason, with Walton the MVP of the finals.
Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard said Saturday night he was just trying to get over Oden's latest injury, but added he may soon have to look for help for the Blazers.
"The challenging part for me is sometimes life's not fair, you know? I've seen this kid work his tail off. He has put in the work. He has done absolutely everything we've ever asked him to do, and more," Pritchard said.
The Blazers have been beset by injuries. Starting forward Nicolas Batum needed shoulder surgery just before the opener. Fellow forward Travis Outlaw fractured his foot in mid-November and required surgery. Rookies Patty Mills and Jeff Pendergraph have both started the season on the injured list.
Forward Rudy Fernandez was out of Saturday night's game with sciatic pain and set to undergo an MRI. It was uncertain if he would be with the team on an upcoming four-game trip starting with the Knicks on Monday night.
Even McMillan was set to undergo surgery Monday after rupturing his right Achilles' tendon during practice.
The coach was participating in practice because the team is so short-handed. He will miss the team's upcoming road trip, replaced by assistant coach Dean Demopoulos.
If Fernandez doesn't make the trip, it's likely the Blazers will only have nine healthy players.
Blazers owner Paul Allen, who himself is battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma, spoke to Oden, telling him to "hang in there."
"That's the kind of thing you certainly hope doesn't happen," Allen said. "Greg was just really starting to come into his own. Hopefully they'll be able to repair the kneecap and he'll be in good shape."



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