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NEWS BRIEFS

Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Mark Christopher Lawrence to Perform at Harvey’s Comedy Club July 13-15

Former Big Mike of “Chuck” will perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 Sunday ...

Dragon Fest 2018

Lions, dragons and breakdancers descend on Seattle’s Chinatown-International District for the Pacific Northwest’s largest...

Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that killed a California firefighter grew quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park as crews contended with sweltering conditions Sunday, authorities said.The so-called Ferguson Fire that broke out Friday scorched nearly 7...

Vancouver dog parks at risk of closing over safety issues

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An organization that builds and maintains off-leash dog parks in southwestern Washington state says it could be forced to close the parks unless safety concerns are addressed.KATU-TV reports the nonprofit Dogpaw might close down its four Vancouver-area parks after at...

Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. Shoppers will have plenty of sales to choose from as other retailers offer promotions to try to take a share of the spending.This...

AP Analysis: Billionaires fuel powerful state charter groups

SEATTLE (AP) — Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums....

OPINION

A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

10 Indoor Plants Every Pet Lover Must Have

Dr. Jasmine Streeter shares her tips on stress-busting plants ...

NAACP Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

NAACP opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

South African white enclave tests e-currency to stand apart

ORANIA, South Africa (AP) — The white Afrikaner community that famously sprang up in a sparsely populated corner of South Africa at the end of apartheid is now testing a digital currency that could reinforce its sense of independence.Some residents of the town of Orania, population 1,600,...

Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too

MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese descent.Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea.Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian.Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together...

DC Police: Author of anti-Semitic flyers won't be charged

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say they've identified the person leaving anti-Semitic flyers around Washington, but will not pursue a criminal investigation.Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Karimah Bilal tells The Washington Post that the flyers are protected by the First Amendment and...

ENTERTAINMENT

Rapper buys every seat in house, takes strangers to movies

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie.Rory Ferreira, who goes by the stage name Milo, bought all 129 seats to the 4:20 p.m. showing of the movie "Sorry to Bother You" at the Nickelodeon in Portland, Maine, on Saturday. The...

Review: Sacha Baron Cohen back with old style, same results

NEW YORK (AP) — The provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen has rebooted his ambush chat show and before any judgment is made about the wisdom of that decision, you have to admire the sheer perseverance of not only the host but also his so-called guests.Fifteen years after the British comedian leapt...

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died. She was 101.Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., tweeted that her mother died Friday and a posting on her web page said she died...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

In TV interview, Trump says queen called Brexit 'complex'

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump has told a British TV interviewer that Queen Elizabeth II told him...

Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that killed a California firefighter grew quickly and forced the closure...

Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to...

What Trump and Putin hope to achieve at Helsinki summit

HELSINKI (AP) — The outcome of the first summit between the unpredictable first-term American president and...

Cease-fire holds after day of intense Israel-Hamas fighting

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military lifted its restrictions along the Gaza border Sunday, indicating it...

Russia on a high as World Cup wraps; Putin's problems remain

MOSCOW (AP) — Despite a national wave of elation from the World Cup that bathed Russia in a rosy light,...

By The Skanner News

USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, has selected Damon Miller of the Portland Police Athletic League to attend the 2010 NFL/USA Football Youth Football Summit in Canton, Ohio, from July 21-22.
Miller is PAL's community programs director and the commissioner of Portland PAL's Youth Football League, which includes 800 youth football players living in Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale and Portland.
"Learning strategies from the best can only improve my effectiveness as the PAL Youth Football Commissioner," Miller said. "The strength of our league resides in our coaches' dedication and commitment to everything the NFL and USA Football stand for."
Miller and youth football leaders from throughout the region attended USA Football's Oregon State Leadership Forum on March 6. Miller was selected at the event to represent the area at the youth football summit in Canton. USA Football's Oregon State Leadership Forum is among dozens of meetings that the non-profit holds across the country to share best practices within the youth football community.
USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association.
USA Football's 2010 State Leadership Forum schedule will reach hundreds of league commissioners nationwide to support approximately 20,000 coaches and 500,000 youngsters.
Miller himself participated in PAL football as a youth during his years as a student at Grant High School.
"I plan to learn from the past and present greatness of the NFL and, by doing so, inspire the youth coaches, players and community who will one day contribute to the NFL's legacy," Miller said. "My participation will inspire me to make strides toward our mission of improving the game of football and how it will affect the lives of our youth participants."
"Since 2006, dedicated volunteers who power youth football leagues continue to enjoy sharing their knowledge and ideas at our state forums," USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. "We're pleased to have Damon contribute to this discussion on a national level at this summer's youth football summit in Canton, thanks to the support of the NFL and the NFL Players Association."
The NFL/USA Football Youth Summit, funded by the NFL and NFL Players Association, assembles nearly 200 youth and high school coaches from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., along with grassroots football leaders, including former NFL players now coaching at the high school level.
Among the topics discussed at the NFL/USA Football Youth Summit are:
— Inspiring youngsters to reach their potential as people and athletes;
— USA Football's CDC-approved concussion awareness and management information; — The NFL's ATLAS & ATHENA Anti-Steroid Education Program; and
— Role-playing demonstrations regarding coach-player-parent relationships
Established in 1998 by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the NFL YFF seeks to use football as a catalyst to promote positive youth development, support youth and high school football needs nationwide and also ensure the health of grassroots football in future generations.

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