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Merkley Introduces Bill to Ban Private Equity Firms from Predatory Housing Practices

End Hedge Fund Control of American Homes Act seeks to return single-family housing stock to families.

US Judge Gives Initial Victory to Oregon's Tough New Gun Law

A federal judge delivered an initial victory to proponents of a sweeping gun-control measure to take effect this week while giving law enforcement more time to set up a system for permits

Tough Oregon Gun Law Faces Legal Challenge, Could Be Delayed

Midterm voters narrowly passed one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, but the new permit-to-purchase mandate and ban on high-capacity magazines faces a lawsuit that could put it on ice just days before it's set to take effect.

Portland Approves $27M for New Homeless Camps

Public opposition to the measure and the money that will fund it has been heated, with critics saying it will criminalize homelessness and fail to address its root causes.


Volunteers of America Oregon Receives Agility Grant From the National Council on Problem Gambling

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Commissioner Jayapal Invites Community Members for Coffee

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GFO African-American Special Interest Group Meeting to Feature Southern Claims Commission

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Charter Commission Concludes Study, Issues Report

The Portland Charter Commission have concluded their two-year term referring nine proposals to the November 2024 election and...

PBS Genealogy Show Seeks Viewers’ Brick Walls

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Idaho police seek car seen near site where 4 students killed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police are asking for help finding the occupant of a car that was seen near where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death last month, saying that person could have “critical information" about the case. The Moscow Police Department issued a...

Hawaii remembrance draws handful of Pearl Harbor survivors

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — A handful of centenarian survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor joined about 2,500 members of the public at the scene of the Japanese bombing on Wednesday to commemorate those who perished 81 years ago. The audience sat quietly during a moment of silence...

UNLV hires former Missouri coach Barry Odom to head program

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV hired former Missouri football coach Barry Odom on Tuesday for the same position. He coached the Tigers from 2016-19, going 25-25 with two bowl appearances. Odom was Arkansas' defensive coordinator and associate head coach the past three...

Wake Forest, Missouri meet for first time in Gasparilla Bowl

Wake Forest (7-5, ACC) vs. Missouri (6-6, SEC), Dec. 23, 6:30 p.m. EST LOCATION: Tampa, Florida TOP PLAYERS Wake Forest: QB Sam Hartman ranked second among ACC passers with 3,421 yards and tied for first with 35 touchdowns despite missing a game because of...


‘I Unreservedly Apologize’

The Oregonian commissioned a study of its history of racism, and published the report on Oct. 24, 2022. The Skanner is pleased to republish the apology written by the editor, Therese Bottomly. We hope other institutions will follow this example of looking...

City Officials Should Take Listening Lessons

Sisters of the Road share personal reflections of their staff after a town hall meeting at which people with lived experience of homelessness spoke ...

When Student Loan Repayments Resume, Will Problems Return Too?

HBCU borrowers question little loan forgiveness, delays to financial security ...

Tell the Supreme Court: We Still Need Affirmative Action

Opponents of affirmative action have been trying to destroy it for years. And now it looks like they just might get their chance. ...


Family sues over police killing of Black Michigan motorist

DETROIT (AP) — A white Grand Rapids police officer who shot and killed a Black motorist during a traffic stop last spring had no reason to pull him over, attorneys for the motorist's family said after filing a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday. Christopher Schurr, who was fired...

Friction over LGBTQ issues worsens in global Anglican church

Friction has long-simmered within the global Anglican Communion over its 42 provinces’ sharp differences on whether to recognize same-sex marriage and ordain LGBTQ clergy. The divisions widened this year as conservative bishops affirmed their opposition to LGBTQ inclusion and demanded...

Friction over LGBTQ issues worsens in global Anglican church

Friction has been simmering within the global Anglican Communion for many years over its 42 provinces’ sharp differences on whether to recognize same-sex marriage and ordain LGBTQ clergy. This year, the divisions have widened, as conservative bishops – notably from Africa and Asia – affirmed...


Will Smith's 'Emancipation' role taught him lesson post-slap

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While filming “Emancipation,” Will Smith routinely drew inspiration from the words “sacred motivation” that were written on the front page of a script. But the Oscar winner heavily leaned on the phrase even more in recent months, as he tried to overcome the backlash to...

Apple Music offers a chance to sing with your favorites

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Music wants to help you and your friends sing along to your favorite songs with a new feature it's rolling out just as people gather for end-of-year parties. Apple Music Sing gives the user the ability to adjust a song's vocals and an enhanced beat-by-beat...

Sharpton says film debuts at 'critical point' in US politics

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton has been called a lot of names in his public life: a hustler, a racist, an opportunist, a fraud, a rat, a jester. He embraces at least one of the intended insults, a name often hurled by his critics on the right and the left: “Loudmouth.”...


Polygamous 'prophet' leader had child brides, documents say

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The leader of a small polygamous group on the Arizona-Utah border had taken at least 20...

Emboldened athletes push back on old-school coaching methods

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some of Geoff Bond’s rowers loved and appreciated his demanding style. They thrived on...

Watchdog finds prison failures before Whitey Bulger killing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The beating death of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger at the hands of fellow...

Italy's La Scala opens season to Ukrainian protests

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s most treasured opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the...

Greece slams Turkey's 'repeated threats of war'

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s foreign ministry has slammed what it called Turkish threats of war, after the...

Zelenskyy and 'spirit of Ukraine' named Time person of year

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By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News


With a national championship and a bowl visit to play for, the ESPN network delivered even more excitement to Saturday's football match between Oregon State and the University of Oregon, by broadcasting College Game Day live from the OSU campus in Corvallis: for the first time ever. The Skanner News Video
Hundreds of fans turned out before dawn to show their team spirit, and to watch the celebrity presenters in action. Hosting the popular pre-game show were storied coach and sports analyst Lee Corso; award-winning sports journalist, Chris Fowler; former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreet; and College Football Hall of Famer, Desmond Howard. Did I mention the show also features Erin Andrews, named 'America's Sexiest Sportscaster' by Playboy magazine in 2007 and 2008?  When  Ms. Andrews picked up the yellow pompoms and waved them in the air, the Ducks crowd went wild.
Oregon State fans arrived in force early, making sure it would be a more than usually orange dawn. But it wasn't long before the Ducks fans claimed their half of the field in front of Memorial Student Union. There was plenty of beer flowing on both sides but if the crowd seemed to be drunk on anything it was on high spirits and good-humor.
If you've ever wondered how they get those sweeping crowd shots– the answer is cameras that roll along an overhead wire.
Grant High School student Aidan Silvis spoke to College Game Day presenter Desmond Howard, one of just four football players ever to have won the Heisman trophy and also the title of MVP in a Super Bowl. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Howard works with youth through the Boys and Girls Clubs organization.  So what advice does he have for aspiring young athletes? "Well I think you have to be resilient," Howard said. You can't be deterred by anyone else's opinions or what they say to you. You've got to work hard….Go for your goals; set goals and go for it."  The Skanner News Video: Desmond Howard

As the sun came up, the sky was a kaleidoscope of colors, illuminating the grand dome and pillars of the student union building. Afterward  Chris Fowler told reporters he would remember this show.
"We know it's a rivalry game and we knew a lot of people would turn out to hate on the ducks, but it was pretty amazing for us to walk out there in the dark hours before dawn and see that crowd and all that enthusiasm. We look forward to coming back, you know, I'd like to come back here when the story is more Oregon State…"

When the College Game Day hosts emerged from their trailer, wrapped up in overcoats, gloves and scarves, it was against that backdrop, and the raucous chants of fans, that Lee, Chris, Kirk, Desmond and Erin gave their run down of the day's games, discussed the strengths of the key players, and predicted the outcomes.

A security team guarded the set and made sure the crowd didn't break the rules: No signs on poles in the pit area and no offensive signs. Guess Chip Kelly doesn't mind being called a 'mad hatter'.

It takes a crew of 75 people five hours to construct and deconstruct the Game Day set. Once packed up, the crew pile into 9 trucks and buses and set off for their next venue. Usually they don't know exactly where they are going until noon on the Sunday after the show. After the college season ends they cover 33 of the 35 bowl games.

"Perhaps we have a choice between two places so we'll head south in that vague direction," said Mike Humes, a spokesperson for the show. "Then once we know exactly where the next set will be, we chart a more precise route. We clock thousands of miles on the road."
When the team predicted a win for the Ducks, the usual ceremony occurred. That's right. Somebody put on a giant rubber Lee Corso head and danced with Mr Corso himself wearing the duck mascot head. Later that giant Lee Corso head disappeared. According to Twitter, it was taken by a U of O fan, but  has now been returned.
Keri Potts, ESPN senior public relations representative, had invited The Skanner News to observe the show from behind the stage. Potts, who played volleyball for Syracuse University in New York, winning several athletic and academic awards, before joining ESPN, had been up at 2 am, just like the rest of the crew. Not a problem, she said, because she was still running on east coast time. Potts feet may have been freezing, but her warmth made us feel welcome.
In fact, the standout quality of the ESPN team was their generosity with fans. After the show all five of the hosts signed autographs, joked with fans and posed for photographs.

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