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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.

More Than Half of Oregon Voters Have Cast Ballots

At this point during the last three presidential elections, fewer than 44% of Oregonians had returned their ballots

Portland Delays Vote to Cut $18M More From Police

Mayor Ted Wheeler said that the council needs more time to evaluate the impact of the cuts on police services.

State Reaches Out to Black Homeowners with Mortgage Relief Fund

million set aside to bring Oregonians current on house payments 

NEWS BRIEFS

COVID-Related Assistance Applications Open Friday, Oct. 30

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On pandemic 'learning loss,' schools look forward, not back

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Reporter tear gassed at protest settles with Eugene for K

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene Weekly reporter who was hit with a tear gas canister while he filmed police breaking up a protest in late May has settled a lawsuit against the city of Eugene. Henry Houston said he and the Civil Liberties Defense Center, which filed the lawsuit on his behalf in...

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...

OPINION

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 ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Texas early voting exceeds total of all 2016 ballots

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Poland seizes communist-era security files headed for US

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Customs officials at Warsaw airport have discovered and seized valuable historical documents and recordings from 1967-68, of Poland’s communist-era security, in two packages destined for the U.S., authorities said Friday. The files describe the situation and...

Election emerges as referendum on race relations in America

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ENTERTAINMENT

New channel offers fare for women in the LGBTQ community

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An online channel devoted to women in the LGBTQ community is launching with shows including a pandemic-set romantic comedy and a paranormal drama.The channel debuts Thursday as part of Revry, a digital platform that offers free, queer-focused programming, including the...

Judge Judy to move her gavel to streaming service IMDb TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone's going to streaming, including Judge Judy. The broadcast television staple's next act will be with IMDb TV, Amazon's free digital service.Judith Sheindlin, whose long-running syndicated courtroom show “Judge Judy” will end production in 2021, will...

Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost marry in private ceremony

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost have tied the knot a year after engagement. Meals on Wheels America announced Thursday on Instagram that Johansson and Jost married over the weekend in an intimate ceremony. The post said the couple’s wedding followed the COVID-19...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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After wolves rebound across US West, future up to voters

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody,...

Turkish health minister: 4 dead, 120 injured in earthquake

ISTANBUL (AP) — A strong earthquake struck Friday between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos,...

The Latest: US average daily virus cases rising to 74,000

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UK court rejects libel suit from Russian over Steele dossier

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s High Court on Friday dismissed a libel claim by a Russian businessman...

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

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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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