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A Reminder: Delta Park is Vanport

As extreme right-wing, white supremacist groups prepare to converge on Portland tomorrow, here is a reminder of the historical significance of the place they plan to overrun and the stories of the people that lived there.

Wildfires Taint West Coast Vineyards With Taste of Smoke

No one knows the extent of the smoke damage to the crop, and growers are trying to assess the severity.

Black Lives Matters Protestors, Organizers Keep Up Momentum

Hazardous air quality stopped protests for a week, interrupted the more-than-100 nights of demonstrations.

Seattle City Council Overrides Mayor's Veto of Policing Cuts

Seattle will reduce the police department’s budget and reallocate some money to community programs


Blumenauer Statement on Planned White Supremacist Rally in Portland

“These are evil people looking for a fight and national media attention. Let’s not give them what they want." ...

Wish Launches $2 Million Fund To Support Black-owned Businesses

The Wish Local Empowerment Program is set to impact more than 4,000 small businesses across the US ...

Black Leaders Endorse Sarah Iannarone for Portland Mayor

Iannarone seeks to unseat an embattled Mayor Ted Wheeler, who has increasingly high unfavorable approval ratings. ...

Today in History: Senate Confirms Nomination of First Female Justice to Supreme Court

On Sept. 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the...

Free Masks and Gloves Now Available for Small Businesses

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees that are headquartered in Oregon with principal operations in Oregon are eligible. ...

Judge removes Trump public lands boss for serving unlawfully

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully, blocking him from continuing in the position in the latest pushback against the administration's practice of filling key positions without U.S....

Officials report Oregon's largest daily COVID-19 case count

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 457 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, the state's largest daily total since the the start of the pandemic.Officials attributed the rise in cases to Labor Day gatherings, the return of college students to campus and the...

No. 2 Alabama visits Missouri to begin SEC-only campaign

No. 2 Alabama at Missouri, Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN).Line: Alabama by 27 1/2.Series record: Alabama leads 4-2.WHAT’S AT STAKE?The second-ranked Crimson Tide will go for their fifth straight win over Missouri when the teams open their SEC-only schedule at Faurot Field. The Tigers will be...

No. 2 Crimson Tide visit Mizzou to begin SEC-only schedule

Alabama coach Nick Saban had nothing but praise for Eli Drinkwitz when discussing his Missouri counterpart this week.Hard to find much fault when Drinkwitz has only lost one game as a head coach.Of course, the up-and-coming boss of the Tigers also only has one season under his belt. But the 12-win...


Sarah Iannarone Demands Action from Mayor Regarding Planned Right-Wing Demonstrations; Opens Safe Space for Portlanders

BIPOC, Queer, and other marginalized Portlanders will bear the brunt of these attacks simply because of their identity or the color of their skin. ...

National Bar Association Statement on Breonna Taylor Decision

Not only was justice not served, the desultory and insufficient result we received today was also unacceptably slow in manifesting. ...

All Officers Responsible for Breonna Taylor’s Murder Must Be Held Accountable

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement in response to the grand jury’s findings regarding the police who murdered Breonna Taylor ...

ACLU Statement on Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Verdict

Carl Takei, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, issued a statement about today's charges ...


As campaign heats up, Trump woos Latino, Black voters

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) — With fewer than 40 days left before the election, President Donald Trump unveiled his second policy plan in as many days as he tried to chip away at his Democratic rival’s support among Black and Hispanic voters and in key battleground states.At a “Black...

The Latest: Protesters outside Louisville church amid curfew

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT)9:30 p.m.More than 100 people have gathered outside a downtown church in Louisville, Kentucky, despite a nighttime...

Family demands release of evidence in Breonna Taylor's case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Breonna Taylor’s family demanded Friday that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings that led to no charges being brought against police officers who killed the Black woman during a...


With spy series 'Tehran,' Israelis reach out to an enemy

NEW YORK (AP) — Things are not as they seem in the new Apple TV+ series “Tehran” — as it should be in a spy thriller. The series opens with a commercial flight from Jordan to India that's suddenly diverted to Iran. A few of the passengers on board have secrets. Those...

Demi Lovato, Max Ehrich call off engagement after 2 months

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer-actors Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich have called off their engagement after two months. Lovato and her former fiance have parted ways, according to a person close to Lovato who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. The split...

J-pop stars ARASHI release English surprise before hiatus

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Japanese pop sensation ARASHI has a big surprise for fans as they near their planned hiatus at year's end: a collaboration with Bruno Mars on their first all-English single.The band told The Associated Press the multi-Grammy Award-winning musician delved into their...


Trump's 0 prescription cards won't hit mailboxes just yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re on Medicare, don’t run to the mailbox looking for a 0...

NYPD should stop making traffic stops, attorney general says

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general on Friday recommended the New York Police Department get out of...

Family demands release of evidence in Breonna Taylor's case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Breonna Taylor’s family demanded Friday that Kentucky authorities release all...

Pope to UN: Use COVID crisis to come out better, not worse

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged world leaders Friday to use the coronavirus emergency as an opportunity to...

UAE: Iran's aggressive policies made Arabs look at Israel

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Arab Emirates didn’t need peace with Israel to counter Iran, a top...

The other issues: Pandemic focus at UN pushes out key topics

At the United Nations this week, Kenya's president lamented the loss of animal species and called for measures to...

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Madison High School students led a powerful vigil for 14-year-old Shiloh Hampton, Wednesday evening outside the school.  About 150 students, family and friends gathered at dusk, many arriving by bus and on foot to mourn their classmate, who died Wednesday morning of gunshot wounds sustained Monday afternoon near Portland's Lloyd Center shopping mall.
 Cieria Davis, a sophomore, acted as host for the event. The Skanner News Video: Memorial
 "Shiloh was a real good person who was funny and he had this little pretty boy smile," she said. "He loved him some girls and some football. He loved a lot of people – he loved a lot."
"We need to tell our families we love them every single day," she said. "People fought to be where we are today, who are gone now, and we have a chance to make a difference in the world."
Davis said her cousin Taylor Rose and friend De'javonte Benton helped organize the memorial.
Shiloh was remembered as a boy who always had a smile on his face, and eye for the girls. His foster father Roy Washington said the gathering showed how much Shiloh was loved. His sister, Antoinette Preston, said Shiloh was a big kid who loved to play around and laugh. His brother, Anthony Preston, read a poem and said Shiloh would not want his friends and family to be unhappy, but instead to love one another and take care of one another. He spoke about the fun he had with his brother, especially when they headed out to flirt with girls. Shiloh had confidence, he said.
"We were just two cocky, light-skinned guys."
Cody Felker, a football player, spoke about Shiloh's determination on the field. He played for Madison's Junior Varsity team and scored.  Even when the team was losing, Shiloh gave his all till the very end.
"He never gave up," he said.  "He was one of the best guys I ever met."
Shaquita Louis, mother of missing teen Yashanee Vaughn said she had been withdrawing into private grief, because who else in the world would understand her pain. Now she offered words of love and support to Shiloh's foster mother.
"She's not going to walk through this by herself," she said. "I'm going to walk through this with you."
Teachers, staff from the Madison office, Principal Joe Malone and Pastor Matt Hennessee also spoke, calling for students to be family to one another and to look out for one another.
"Let's be strong for one another," said Sharon, who explained she had lost her own son to violence. "Because losing your life at that age is very senseless."
Cieria called for a moment of silence to remember all the good times they had experienced with Shiloh. Despite the rain and cold, students stood together for a long time, gathering close together around his family and close friends: grieving, remembering the good times and comforting one another.  

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