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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Extends COVID Workplace Mask Rule Indefinitely

State officials say the rule, which garnered thousands of public comments, will be in place until it is “no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace.”

As Reparations Hit Roadblock, Oregon Lawmakers Look to U.S. Congress and Cities

Sen. Frederick pushed for eligible Black Oregonians to receive a lifetime annuity as remedy for slavery, systemic racism.

Landmark Gun Safety Bill Clears Final Vote

The Oregon Senate repassed Senate Bill 554 – approving modifications made in the House to add storage and safety requirements among the bill’s components.

Shooting Highlights Lack of Body Cams Among Portland Police

Two police officers raised their weapons while sheltering behind a tree in a Portland park. They yelled at a homeless man to put up his hands. Moments later, two shots rang out.

NEWS BRIEFS

Unemployment Fix Passes Oregon Senate, Helps Get More Oregonians Back to Work

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Concrete Wall Around Seattle Police Precinct Comes Down

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Peloton Recalls Treadmills, Halts Sales, After a Child Dies

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Free Online Classes Promote Sustainable Living

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Burgerville Introduces a New Plant Based Ice Cream Sandwich

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WA Democratic lawmakers decry pause of Pierce County

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Teen faces federal charge over police union building fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman accused of setting the Portland police union building on fire faces a federal arson charge. Alma Yessenia Raven-Guido made her first appearance on the one-count indictment in U.S. District Court in Portland Thursday, The...

OPINION

OP-ED: The Supreme Court Can Protect Black Lives by Ending Qualified Immunity

The three officers responsible for the murder of Breonna Taylor are not the first to walk free after killing an unarmed Black person, and unfortunately, especially if things continue as they are, they will not be the last. ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trade Arron Rodgers

Give Aaron Rodgers a break, Green Bay. Just like Bart Starr & Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers has been a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Packers for 16 years. ...

Editorial From the Publisher - Council: Police Reform Needed Now

Through years of ceaseless protest, activists have tried to hold Portland Police to account. ...

After the Verdicts

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum shares her thoughts after the verdicts ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Medical student Natty Jumreornvong has a vaccine and protective gear to shield her from the coronavirus. But she couldn't avoid exposure to the anti-Asian bigotry that pulsed to the surface after the pathogen was first identified in China. Psychiatry patients...

With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test

President Joe Biden is facing a fresh challenge to his oft-repeated commitment to diversity in his administration: assembling a diplomatic corps that gives a nod to key political allies and donors while staying true to a campaign pledge to appoint ambassadors who look like America. ...

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms not seeking reelection

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that marks a sharp turnabout for the city’s second Black woman executive who months ago was among those President Joe Biden considered for his running mate. ...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: A Black teen on trial in Netflix drama ‘Monster’

“ Monster,” a courtroom drama starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Ehle that's premiering Friday on Netflix isn’t actually new at all. Yes, it’s adapted from an acclaimed book by the trailblazing author Walter Dean Myers about a...

Josh Duggar released as he awaits trial on child pornography

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar was released from an Arkansas jail Thursday as he awaits trial on federal charges that he possessed and downloaded child pornography. Duggar, 33, did not speak to reporters as he walked out of the Washington County...

Getting up Close with Glenn and Ted Nash, new duo in jazz

NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Close recently made music-related headlines for her playful performance of “Da Butt” at the Academy Awards, but the revered actor has some real music news: she’s releasing an album with Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist-composer Ted Nash on Friday. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

National Teacher of Year focuses on individual student needs

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With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test

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Some Republicans worry voting limits will hurt the GOP, too

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Netflix series signals racial breakthrough in Italian TV

MILAN (AP) — The Netflix series “Zero,” which premiered globally last month, is the first Italian TV...

An online post helps both the hungry and a chef in Ramadan

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In major move, South Africa to end captive lion industry

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UPDATE: Parrish Bennette appeared in court Friday afternoon and was remanded in custody on a charge of manslaughter. Prosecutors attempted to bring a charge of murder against the teen, but after reviewing the evidence in a closed session, the judge ruled they did not have enough evidence to make the charge.
Police are searching on Rocky Butte for evidence connected to the disappearance of 14-year-old Yashawnee Vaughn, who has been missing since March 19.  Police have said they believe the Helensview student was killed March 19. Meanwhile family, friends and volunteers are conducting their own search based from Powell Park at Southeast 26th and Powell. The Skanner News Video: A memorial for Yashawnee

From the original Portland Police Bureau press release:

"On Thursday, March 31, 2011, Portland Police Detectives arrested 16-year-old Parrish Bennette in connection with the disappearance of 14-year-old Yashawnee Vaughn, who was reported missing on March 21, 2011. Bennette has been charged with One Count of Murder and is currently lodged in the Multnomah County Juvenile Detention Center.  Preliminary evidence suggests Yashawnee was killed on March 19, 2011. 

On Monday, March 21, 2011, at 10:17 p.m., Shaquita Louis called police to report her daughter, Yashawnee Vaughn, was missing.  Ms. Louis said she hadn't had contact with her daughter since Friday, March 18, 2011.  An officer took the report and entered information into LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System) and NCIC (National Crime Information Center) as a Missing Juvenile.  The officer also sent an alert to all working officers that he had taken a Missing Report on Yashawnee Vaughn. 
 On March 23, 2011, at 8:28 a.m., Ms. Louis called again to report her daughter was still missing.  The responding officer spoke to Ms. Louis and contacted Detective Dran of the Missing Persons' Unit to make sure the previously filed missing report had been reviewed. Two Detectives began working the case that morning and contacted Ms Louis for additional information.  Ms. Louis also contacted Gang Enforcement Team officers who contacted Missing Persons to ensure they were aware of the situation. 
As with any missing person case, Detectives must begin an investigation to determine the specifics of the situation, including if the person left on their own free will. This includes talking to family members, associates, friends and pursuing various leads. Detectives had no indication to believe that Yashawnee had been abducted or foul play was involved until they received information on Sunday evening, March 27, 2011. Subsequent search warrants and additional information has brought new information to light. Detectives have informed the family about these new developments in the investigation.
 "I share the community's concern with the disappearance and now subsequent murder investigation of a young Portland woman," said Chief Michael Reese.  "Our Detectives are actively involved in investigating this case and the Police Bureau will release additional details as soon as possible when it doesn't jeopardize the investigation.  As Police Chief, I've been briefed throughout the investigation and Detectives have worked diligently over the course of the last week to pursue all leads in this case."
 The Police Bureau is releasing a timeline of events to clarify what has occurred in regard to this case.  Detectives would like to appeal to the community to call police if they have any information about this investigation.  Detective Mark Slater can be reached at (503) 823-9319 or Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762."
According to Parrish's Facebook page he was a student at Madison High School. The family have told the Oregonian he was Yashawnee Vaughn's friend/boyfriend. Students at several high schools who knew Yashawnee Vaughn posted Facebook comments expressing their deep grief and condolences for the teen's family and friends. Students who know Parrish, posted comments expressing shock and disbelief at his arrest. 

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