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NORTHWEST NEWS

Automatic Recount Initiated for the Gresham Mayoral Contest

Gresham mayoral race currently falls within margin for automatic recount, House District 52 race does not

Portland’s Black Business Owners Struggle to Find Relief

Targeted funding could address disparities in federal aid.

California, Oregon, Washington Issue Virus Travel Advisories

Governors urge people entering their states or returning from outside the states to self-quarantine 

Democrats Won't Reach 2/3rd Supermajority in Legislature

Oregon’s Democratic lawmakers will fall short of winning enough state legislative seats to prevent Republicans from staging walkouts

NEWS BRIEFS

D’artagnan Bernard Caliman Named Meyer Memorial Trust’s New Director of Justice Oregon for Black Lives

Raised in NE Portland's Historic Albina, Caliman is currently the executive director at Building Changes in Seattle ...

Oregon Safeway and Albertsons Shoppers Register Support for Schools and Hunger

$450,000 in emergency grant funding is supporting 159 local schools ...

Oregon Employment Department Begins Issuing 'Waiting Week' Benefits

246,300 Oregonians to receive a combined total of $176 million in benefits in the initial payment run ...

Officials Suggest a Visit to Oregonhealthcare.gov This Thanksgiving Holiday

As gatherings go virtual, families and friends can help each other access health insurance ...

Meyer Memorial Trust Awards $21 Million for Equitable Work in Oregon

The 150 grants will support organizations that work with and grow communities that have long experienced disparities. ...

Oregon DOJ lawyer reprimanded for 'inappropriate' treatment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A high-ranking lawyer at the Oregon Department of Justice has been reprimanded and will work with an executive coach after an outside investigation found he violated state policy in an interaction with another lawyer.The investigator found sufficient evidence to support...

Oregon health officials warn of consequences of Thanksgiving

Health officials in the Portland metro-area issued a final plea to Oregonians Tuesday asking them to celebrate Thanksgiving responsibly — at home and with no more than six people. Following previous holidays, COVID-19 cases in Oregon have increased. Health officials say they are worried if...

Missouri, Bazelak start fast to beat South Carolina 17-10

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz was proud his team wouldn't let the obstacles they've faced this season keep them from success. And he happily congratulated them, COVID-19 worries and all, after the Tigers' 17-10 victory over South Carolina on Saturday night. “Can...

Missouri's Drinkwitz seeking more success vs South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz has some good memories of playing at South Carolina. He hopes to make a few more this week. It was a year ago that Drinkwitz, then the coach at Appalachian State, brought the highly overmatched Mountaineers into Williams-Brice Stadium in...

OPINION

Thanksgiving 2020: Grateful for New Hope and New Direction in Our Nation

This hasn’t been a normal year, and it isn’t going to be a normal Thanksgiving. ...

No Time to Rest

After four years under a Trump administration, we see there is a lot of work to be done. ...

Could America Learn a COVID-19 Lesson from Rwanda?

As of October 28, in a country of just over twelve million people, they have experienced only 35 deaths from the coronavirus ...

Trump’s Game

Trump’s strategy is clear: maintain control of the Republican Party as the Trump Party, install “acting” officials who will not cooperate with the Biden transition team ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Michigan professor placed on leave after racist remarks

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A science professor at a Michigan university has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated after denying the severity of the coronavirus and using racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs on Twitter.David Eisler, president of Ferris State...

New York City's first Black mayor, David Dinkins, dies at 93

NEW YORK (AP) — Few American leaders have faced the battery of urban ills that confronted David Dinkins when he became New York City's first Black mayor in 1990.AIDS. Crack cocaine. A soaring murder rate. Rampant homelessness. Racial discord.Dinkins was elected with high hopes of turning...

2 detained for speaking Spanish settle border patrol lawsuit

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two women who were detained in northern Montana by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents for speaking Spanish while shopping at a convenience store have reached an undisclosed monetary settlement in their lawsuit against the agency, the ACLU of Montana announced...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: A breezy, lighthearted rom-com in ‘Happiest Season’

Who we are with our parents and who we are in a romantic relationship can seem like different people.For Harper (Mackenzie Davis), a newspaper reporter living a nice adult life in Pittsburgh with her art student girlfriend Abby (Kristen Stewart), the gap is more dramatic than most: She has yet to...

BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa react to Grammy noms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reactions from some of the nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards: “What??? Who me? Oh my God.” — Megan Thee Stallion, during a livestream after the Recording Academy president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. told the Houston-based rapper about her...

Review: 'Ma Rainey' is Boseman's final, perhaps finest gift

Chadwick Boseman surges onto the screen as fast-talking trumpeter Levee in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” like a man on an electrified tightrope -- balancing precariously between hope and cynicism, humor and sadness, joy and pain, and love and hate.Unlike with some of...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Trump skips turkey jokes, gives thanks for COVID-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nostalgia was in and jokes were out Tuesday as President Donald Trump offered a reprieve...

California OK'd aid in name of Scott Peterson, other killers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's system for paying unemployment benefits is so dysfunctional that the...

Punishing hurricanes to spur more Central American migration

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — At a shelter in this northern Honduran city, Lilian Gabriela Santos...

The Latest: Tennessee won't mandate vaccines in its schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s governor says that once coronavirus vaccines become available, they...

Paris police under fire for forcing migrants from tent camp

PARIS (AP) — France’s interior minister ordered an internal police investigation Tuesday after...

Vatican butler convicted in Benedict XVI leaks case dies

ROME (AP) — Paolo Gabriele, the Vatican butler who was convicted of stealing and leaking Pope Benedict...

ODOT Open House
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Moammar Gadhafi

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP) -- Africa's heads of state spent the day behind closed doors on Friday, trying to reach a consensus on what to do with Libya's defiant leader Moammar Gadhafi, whose ouster would be a source of discomfort for the continent's other entrenched rulers.

Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure said the leaders had made progress as he emerged for a break from the confidential session after hours of discussion. "But we are not yet done," he said.

Denis Sassou-Nguesso, the president of the Republic of Congo and on of five members of the African Union's high level ad hoc committee on Libya, said the group would find a solution. The leaders are meeting in Equatorial Guinea's capital for this week's African Union summit, whose theme of youth empowerment has been hijacked by the widening crisis in Libya.

Only several months ago, Gadhafi was thought to be one of the most secure of the continent's dictators, his 40-year grip on Libya still iron strong.

Among the sticking points for the presidents meeting here is what to do with Gadhafi, with some members wanting him to step down and others insisting he should be part of the solution.

Gadhafi's fall could have a domino effect, emboldening populations to rise up against other autocratic regimes, including the one in this tiny nation on Africa's western coast where critics of the regime are systematically tortured and where allegiance to the ruling party is so absolute that citizens are afraid of being seen reading the nation's only opposition newspaper.

Backers of Gadhafi are believed to include the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who was recently elected as the African Union's rotating chairman.

The ad hoc committee on Libya has already proposed a road map, which calls for a cease-fire followed by negotiations between the warring sides leading to the creation of a transitional authority. Initially the committee was pushing for Gadhafi to be part of the negotiations, a proposal the rebels rejected. On Sunday in what appeared to be a concession, the group announced that Gadhafi had agreed not to be part of the negotiations, and in a statement the committee said they had welcomed his decision to step aside.

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