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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


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...

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, according to Gov. Kate Brown's office. In addition, health officials said Friday people who are 45 to 64 with underlying health conditions will be eligible...

City permanently cuts funds to Portland neighborhood group

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland commissioner has decided to permanently cut funding from a neighborhood group after an audit found that money had been mismanaged.Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who oversees the city’s civic life bureau, opted to...

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...


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. ...


Missouri AG : No charges in 2017 death of Black jail inmate

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Friday that no charges will be filed in the 2017 death of Tory Sanders, a Black inmate at a rural jail who died under similar circumstances to George Floyd — after a white law enforcement officer's knee was pressed...

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 legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:___Biden didn’t reinstate funding for a Wuhan virus labCLAIM:...

WNBA approves sale of Dream following pressure on Loeffler

ATLANTA (AP) — Real estate investor Larry Gottesdiener was approved Friday as the lead owner of the Atlanta Dream following pressure on former Sen. Kelly Loeffler to sell her share of the WNBA team.The three-member investor group also includes former Dream guard Renee Montgomery and Suzanne...


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...


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...

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,...

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,...

Police: Infamous gang leader killed after prison breakout

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — One of Haiti's most powerful gang leaders, Arnel Joseph, was killed on Friday,...

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,...

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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