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NORTHWEST NEWS

Four Candidates Run for Rare Open Bench on Multnomah County Circuit Court

Judge Gregory F. Silver will retire before the end of his term. 

Oregon Schools Closed Through Academic Year Due to Virus

Oregon has had more than 1,200 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 38 deaths, according to the Oregon Health Authority

Oregon Inmates Sue Over COVID-19 Response

The suit asks a judge to mandate a social distance of 6 feet or more between inmates

Oregon Health Officer: Spike in Virus Cases Can Be Averted

Modeling shows the state won't see a huge rise in cases as long as stay-at-home orders are heeded

NEWS BRIEFS

New Tool to “Check Your Risk for COVID-19’’ Live in Portland Region

The tool offers an online checklist to help people decide if their symptoms and health conditions are serious enough that they should...

CDC’s Recommends Face Covering — Even in Parks, Outdoors

World Health Organization has switched from “social distancing" to the more accurate “physical distancing” ...

Portland Parks & Recreation Urges Social Distancing, Other Health Directives to be Followed

Achieving 6 feet of social distancing is extremely challenging at playgrounds, skate parks, and sports courts and fields, and those...

Texas Governor Unlawfully Exceeded Authority With Executive Order Limiting Jail Releases, Argues New Lawsuit

Lawsuit says governor’s order restricting releases exceeds his constitutional authority; public health experts agree reducing...

ACLU Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging Georgia Poll Tax

Requiring voters to pay postage to mail ballot is an unconstitutional barrier to voting ...

Oregon rural hospitals losing revenue, laying off workers

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Rural community hospitals in Oregon are seeing revenue plunge and resorting to laying off and firing employees to cope with a ban on elective surgeries while health officials battle the coronavirus outbreak. Some hospitals have seen revenue decline as much as 60% in a...

West Linn police chief on leave pending investigation

WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) — The West Linn Police Chief was placed on administrative leave Wednesday after the City Council voted to hire an outside firm to investigate how the city handled a Portland resident's wrongful arrest and discrimination allegations against the police.Terry Kruger became...

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10 p.m.Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

You're Pretty... For a Dark-Skinned Girl

Cloé Luv, an "unapologetically" dark-skinned Black woman tells her story ...

The ACA Has Never Been More Critical

Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. ...

NAACP/Black Community: A Model for Resiliency

As America enters perhaps the most uncertain period in modern history, we will all be tested in new and unpredictable ways. ...

What the Government Can Do Now to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Roger Stark says during this pandemic the administration must give states more flexibility ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

A staggering 16.8 million Americans have been thrown onto the unemployment rolls in just three weeks, underscoring the terrifying speed with which the coronavirus outbreak has brought world economies to a near standstill.Meanwhile, a spike in deaths in Britain and New York and surges of reported...

Outcry over racial data grows as virus slams black Americans

As the coronavirus tightens its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an already vulnerable population — black Americans.Democratic lawmakers and community leaders in cities hard-hit by the pandemic have been sounding the alarm over what they see as...

Countries start thinking about easing up on restrictions

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as coronavirus deaths mount across Europe and New York, the U.S. and other countries are starting to contemplate an exit strategy and thinking about a staggered and carefully calibrated easing of restrictions designed to curb the scourge.“To end the confinement,...

ENTERTAINMENT

Mad magazine illustrator Mort Drucker dies at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — Mort Drucker, the Mad Magazine cartoonist who for decades lovingly spoofed politicians, celebrities and popular culture, died Thursday at 91. Drucker's daughter, Laurie Bachner, told The Associated Press that he fell ill last week, having difficulty walking and developing...

'Saturday Night Live' to air show, observe social distancing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” will be back on the air this weekend with a show that abides by social distancing rules.The comedy sketch show will include include a “Weekend Update” news segment and original content from “SNL” cast members,...

Toy manufacturers look to reduce carbon footprint

NEW YORK (AP) — Taking a toy out of the box can make a mess.Hardly eco-friendly, the process can yield more clutter from plastic and cardboard than the actual toy.But there are moves to change that as some toy manufacturers say they’re going green with a series of environmentally...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Mad magazine illustrator Mort Drucker dies at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — Mort Drucker, the Mad Magazine cartoonist who for decades lovingly spoofed politicians,...

5-year-old Alaska girl is serious about keeping people safe

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nova Knight is 5, and very serious about keeping others safe during the...

Some churches confront virus restrictions on Easter services

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — At the holiest time of year for Christians, churches are wrestling with how to...

Germany flies in seasonal farm workers amid virus measures

BERLIN (AP) — Two planes carrying Eastern European farmhands arrived Thursday in Germany as an ambitious...

UK's Johnson out of intensive care as his condition improves

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved out of intensive care Thursday at the London...

Dubai allows alcohol home delivery as virus shuts down bars

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Champagne corks no longer pop at Dubai's infamous alcohol-soaked...

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By The Skanner News

LONDON (AP) -- President Barack Obama sought to reassure the world Wednesday that American and European influence remains as dominant as ever even as rising powers like China and India assert themselves. To the British Parliament seated at majestic Westminster Hall, Obama declared: "The time for our leadership is now."

"Even as more nations take on the responsibilities of global leadership," Obama said, "our alliance will remain indispensible to the goal of a century that is more peaceful, more prosperous and more just." "After a difficult decade that began with war and ended in recession, our nations have arrived at a pivotal moment once more," he said.

Obama was granted the honor of being the first U.S. president to speak from the grand setting of Westminster Hall, and he received a deeply friendly welcome. He recounted a history between two countries an ocean apart that began in war but has become an indispensible global force for economic growth, security, democracy and peace.

His speech came not long after Obama joined Prime Minister David Cameron in promising jointly to continue a relentless and punishing campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya, saying there "will not be a let-up" in pressure to force Gadhafi out.

In his appearance before Parliament, Obama talked about a strong partnership with Great Britain.

"The path has never been perfect," he said. "But through the struggles of slaves and immigrants; women and ethnic minorities; former colonies and persecuted religions, we have learned better than most that the longing for freedom and human dignity is not English or American or Western - it is universal."

Obama spoke to both houses of Parliament and British leaders present and past who were gathered in the cavernous 11th century hall where generations of rulers have held coronation banquets and where many others lay in state while awaiting burial.

His address came midway through a four-country European tour during which he's connected with his unlikely Irish roots and enjoyed the hospitality of Queen Elizabeth II even while keeping an eye on events at home where casualties mount from a monster tornado in Missouri.

Wednesday's speech was billed as the centerpiece of the president's tour, and he addressed grave questions of war, peace and economic strain, calling on Britain and the U.S. to meet the challenges together, and more broadly on the world to move toward democracy and universal rights.

"Our idealism is rooted in the realities of history - that repression offers only the false promise of stability; that societies are more successful when their citizens are free; and that democracies are the closest allies we have," the president said.

On foreign soil, Obama also sprinkled his speech with promotions for his political agenda at home. He called for spending on education and science even during austere times; for more international progress on reducing the carbon emissions that cause global warming; and for a government assurance that people can get health care.

Here, too, he said the United States and Britain can serve as model for emerging giants such as China, India, Brazil and others.

"The successes and failures of our own past can serve as an example for emerging economies - that it's possible to grow without polluting; that lasting prosperity comes not from what a nation consumes, but from what it produces, and from the investments it makes in its people and infrastructure," he said.

 

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