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Two De La Salle North Grads Forge Thrilling Paths

A med student and a Fulbright scholar reflect on their time at the school.

OHSU Resident Uses TikTok, Student Outreach, to Show Representation in Medicine

A group of high school students weighing careers in health care were recently greeted on Google Meet by a physician whose social media star is on the rise.

More Protests in Portland, Mayor Signs Police Reform Pledge

More than 10,000 people demonstrated peacefully in Portland in one of the largest U.S. protests Tuesday

Black Leaders Call For Change in Policing, Change in Media Coverage of Demonstrations

The Albina Ministerial Alliance of Portland’s Coalition for Justice and Police Reform has a long history of working on a deep policy level to effect change in local law enforcement practices, often in response to police killings

NEWS BRIEFS

Business Donates Profits

On Sunday, June 7, the owners of Pine State Biscuits are donating all of their profits to the NAACP and ACLU from all five of their...

NAMC-Oregon Statement on Racism, Inequity & Violence Against Black People

All of us at NAMC-Oregon are angered and deeply saddened by the police murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the...

Civil Rights and Social Justice Organizations Call for a National Day of Mourning Today

At 12:45 p.m. PT today, the NAACP is asking for everyone to take a moment of silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. ...

ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Minneapolis Police for Attacking Journalists at Protests

The lawsuit’s lead plaintiff, Jared Goyette, a journalist covering the demonstrations, was shot in the face with a rubber bullet ...

Statement by AG Rosenblum on People of Color Caucus Recommendations

People of Color Caucus released policy recommendations yesterday pertaining to police accountability ...

Thousands gather in ongoing peaceful Portland protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of protesters who gathered for the sixth consecutive night of protests in Portland, Oregon remained peaceful.The Portland Police Bureau said Thursday that a crowd estimated at 10,000 or more dispersed by 2 a.m. and there were no major issues.Gov. Kate Brown on...

Police chief: Badge numbers will be 'prominently displayed'

SEATTLE (AP) — Police officers' badge numbers will be “prominently displayed” following complaints by people protesting the death of George Floyd that black bands obscured the digits, Seattle’s police chief said Thursday. Chief Carmen Best said officers sometimes wear...

Kansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football after the former Big 12 rivals agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but...

OPINION

Responding to Challenging Questions in a Nation Still in Upheaval

Nate McCoy attempts to answer tough questions in a letter to his sons ...

Mayor Ted Wheeler: Portland and the Path Forward

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler invites Portlanders, as public servants, to join him "in insisting that we never return to business as usual." ...

Local Business Leaders Share Messages of Hope

President, CEO of SAIF says each of us must move forward in "our understanding of the problem, in holding ourselves accountable for our own attitudes and biases, and in coming together, not apart." ...

Time to Stop Messing Around and Strike at the Root of Police Violence

Thomas Knapp says the root of police violence is the creation of "police forces" as state institutions separate from the populace and dedicated to suppressing that populace on command ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Most California curfews lifted as peace replaces unrest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After days of raucous protests accompanied by sporadic violence and scattered looting that led to deployment of the National Guard, Los Angeles, San Francisco and most other cities in California anxiously lifted curfews Thursday amid more peaceful...

New York Times says senator’s op-ed didn’t meet standards

NEW YORK (AP) — In an embarrassing about-face, the New York Times said Thursday that an opinion piece it ran by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton advocating the use of federal troops to quell nationwide protests about police mistreatment of black Americans did not meet its standards.Cotton's op-ed,...

Testimony: Shooter used racist slur as Arbery lay dying

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A state investigator testified Thursday that a white man was heard saying a racist slur as he stood over Ahmaud Arbery's body, moments after fatally shooting the black man with a pump-action shotgun. The inflammatory revelation came amid a week of angry nationwide...

ENTERTAINMENT

Lin Miranda doc postponed out of solidarity with protesters

NEW YORK (AP) — Just two days before it was to begin streaming, “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme," a documentary about the hip-hop improv group with Lin-Manuel Miranda and friends, has postponed its release out of solidarity with protesters. The group announced the postponement...

Senate confirms Trump's pick to lead Voice of America

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Senate voted along party lines Thursday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Voice of America and other U.S. government-funded international broadcasters that have been the subject of harsh criticism from the White House. Despite...

New York Times says senator’s op-ed didn’t meet standards

NEW YORK (AP) — In an embarrassing about-face, the New York Times said Thursday that an opinion piece it ran by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton advocating the use of federal troops to quell nationwide protests about police mistreatment of black Americans did not meet its standards.Cotton's op-ed,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Pandemic and racial unrest test black clergy on dual fronts

For black clergy across the United States, the past 10 days have been a tumultuous test of their stamina and their...

UK vaccine summit calls for freely available virus vaccine

LONDON (AP) — A vaccine summit hosted by Britain on Thursday raised billions of dollars to immunize...

Emotions run high as anti-lynching bill stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate impasse over a widely backed bill to designate lynching as a federal hate crime...

Prince Charles misses hugging his family amid virus lockdown

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles says he has missed giving his family members a hug during the long weeks of...

Landslide in Arctic Norway sweeps away 8 homes

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Jan Egil Bakkedal had just prepared himself a sandwich when he heard a huge...

Coronavirus strands merchant ship crews at sea for months

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — For nearly four months, Capt. Andrei Kogankov and his oil tanker crew haven’t...

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Andrew Taylor Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Confronting a partisan stalemate, President Barack Obama bluntly challenged Republicans Monday to make compromises on raising the nation's borrowing limit to avert a potentially disastrous economic crisis.

"What I've said to them is, `Let's go,'" the president said, as the clock ticked down to an Aug. 2 deadline. The administration says there must be a deal by then or the nation will face an unprecedented default on its obligations that could throw the uncertain economic recovery into greater doubt and reverberate around the globe.

"It is possible for us to construct a package that is balanced, shares sacrifice, would involve both parties taking on sacred cows," the president said, mentioning Medicare and Social Security as well as the tax increases the Republicans oppose.

Obama spoke at a White House news conference a day after high-level negotiations with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders ended in a partisan standoff. The president has called the lawmakers back to the White House Monday afternoon and has said he'll call meetings daily until the deadlock is broken.

Besides the economic impact, the political fortunes of Obama himself as well as the lawmakers will be affected heading into next year's elections. Obama's demand for higher taxes for the wealthy and some big corporations has run into conservatives' refusal to entertain that approach, leaving the outcome uncertain with less than a month left.

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