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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland Grocery Launches an Innovative Solution for Dog-Owning Customers

Customers can use the app-connected houses as a safer and smarter solution when shopping with their dogs, rather than leaving them in the car or tied up on the street.

Oregon State Workers Could Get up to 15% Raises

Public employee unions representing Oregon state workers have negotiated new contracts that would provide pay increases of up to 15% over the next two-year budget period.

Oregon Fossil of Bone-Crushing Mammal a First in the US Northwest

A fossil jaw bone misidentified for 50 years turns out to belong to a bone-crushing mammal and is the first to be found in the Northwest, scientists said.

Tobacco in Oregon: Cheap, Sweet, Plentiful and Sold at Kids’ Eye Level

New report shines light on tobacco industry marketing across Oregon

NEWS BRIEFS

Alberta Commons Hosts Public Grand Opening Celebration July 20

Dream Street Community Market event will feature food, drinks, art and music ...

Living Room Realty Announces Scholarship Opportunity

The scholarship will help facilitate a path toward a real estate career for underrepresented communities ...

U.S. Bank Invests $1 Million with the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“Through this support of the National Museum, we hope these historical stories and rich cultural experiences will continue to...

Police Evacuate City Hall, Close Terry Schrunk Plaza

City Hall closed due to suspicious package ...

Oregon Settles with Health Insurer Premera Over Data Breach

Oregon to receive jumi.3 million from settlement ...

Judge limits Hammond Ranches cattle grazing as case proceeds

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge will allow eastern Oregon ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land to graze cattle on parts of a federal allotment this season on a limited basis.U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon issued a 58-page written ruling...

Earthquake recorded off Oregon coast

BANDON, Ore. (AP) — A magnitude 5.4 earthquake was recorded about 150 miles off the Oregon coast.The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake at 8 a.m. Wednesday was about 152 miles west-northwest of Bandon. It had a depth of more than 8.5 miles.Authorities say the temblor was likely too far...

Missouri DE Williams pleads to misdemeanor, put on probation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri defensive end Tre Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after prosecutors dropped a felony domestic assault charge.The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Williams pleaded guilty to peace disturbance and was...

Florida's Mullen hoping for sizable leap in 2nd season

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Dan Mullen made a big leap in his second season at Mississippi State, but his Florida team doesn't have quite so much room to grow.Unless, of course, the Gators can jump to national contender status. That's what another four-win improvement would mean.The Bulldogs won...

OPINION

Hearing on H.R. 40 Puts Reparations Debate in National Spotlight

“These are the vestiges of enslavement that people don't want to deal with,” said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the former President of Bennett College. ...

Perfecting the Cat Nap: Lessons on Sleep From a Cat

Watching Soleil's languorous lifestyle has inspired me to establish better sleeping habits which have led to increased happiness and productivity. ...

Happy Independence Day!

The Skanner would like to wish all of our readers a relaxing and safe 4th of July. Wondering about the history and science of fireworks? ...

Plastics Are Strangling the Planet

You have probably heard about islands of plastic (and other garbage) inhabiting our oceans. The impact of this is the dying off of entire segments of oceans. In addition, many countries in the global North, including but not limited to the USA, look at the...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Pumpsie Green, 1st black player on Boston Red Sox, dies

BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah "Pumpsie" Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was 85.The Red Sox said Green, who lived in California most of his life, died Wednesday at in a hospital in San Leandro, near Oakland; no...

Trump slams congresswomen; crowd roars, 'Send her back!'

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally Wednesday into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting...

Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns.In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: "racists" vs. "socialists."Trump's aggressive condemnation of...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Lion King' composer Hans Zimmer finds circle of life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Composer Hans Zimmer can't seem to get away from "The Lion King."The emotional score has gotten him jobs, his only Oscar and secured him a place in the hearts of children and adults. But he wasn't sure he wanted to come back when Jon Favreau approached him to revisit the...

Stats show how AOC dominating social media attention

NEW YORK (AP) — Judging by the social media metrics, it was a big week for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.Oh, wait.She's not running for president. But the Democratic representative from Queens dwarfed the Democrats who are actually seeking President Donald Trump's job in...

Janet, Chris Brown, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of because of human rights concerns.The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Fans descend on San Diego for the 50th Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dust off your Captain Marvel cosplay, San Diego Comic-Con is here.The four-and-a-half day...

Netflix's 2Q dud rattles investors as competition heats up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's video streaming service suffered a dramatic slowdown in growth during its...

Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades,...

Relatives of victims mark 5th anniversary of MH17 downing

VIJFHUIZEN, Netherlands (AP) — With songs, speeches and solemn silence, relatives and friends on Wednesday...

US sets tight travel limitations for Iran's UN diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. is tightly limiting travel by Iranian officials visiting or assigned to the...

Top diplomat: Iran must build missiles for defense

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to...

McMenamins
Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

Joining in a nationwide day of coordinated demonstrations against the banking industry, close to 1,000 Occupy Portland protestors marched in the rain alongside Oregon labor unions for an unprecedented political action starting Thursday morning before dawn.

By mid-afternoon, there were no reports of violence by demonstrators, who roamed across the downtown area.

At 8 a.m. a coalition of labor unions, coordinated by the activist group We Are Oregon, attempted to march over the Steel Bridge to join other marches headed towards Waterfront park for a rally against corruption in the banking industry.

However Portland Police and TriMet closed the bridge to pedestrian, bicycle and auto traffic just after 4 a.m., leaving the knot of several hundred sign-waving demonstrators chanting at the foot of the bridge near the bus mall.

Young men from the Rumorz Café made famous in the Occupy Portland encampment served gallons of free coffee to the crowd from thermoses arrayed on a child's Radio Flyer wagon.






Union officials and entire staffs of nonprofit groups were seen in the early morning crowd, most of which was grey-haired and wearing organized labor t-shirts, shirts and ball caps.

A small line of protestors sat down in front of the chanting crowd and were arrested without incident, as dozens of Portland Police massed on the bridge itself and a short line of officers in riot gear blocked the unionists from marching over.

The arrestees were loaded into a TriMet bus at around 9:30 a.m., then the rest of the crowd turned and walked over the river using the pedestrian bridge underneath.

By late-morning, several marches joined together near Pioneer Square despite a significant police presence.

Within hours, the protestors – estimated to be 500-600 strong – had shut down the Chase bank branch on SW Yamhill, staged a sit-in at Wells Fargo Bank in which several were arrested, and headed on to US Bank.

At times, reporters themselves appeared to get as emotional as the demonstrators, with television news personalities tweeting challenges and objections to what their crews showed on livecams.

At the Bank of America, the Occupy Portland live cam showed a spontaneous sit-in including the discussion of who wanted to stay and risk arrest and who wanted to get up and move on to the next bank ripe for sitting-in.

After bank employees reportedly posted signs that said, "Weird isn't working," the protestors – who socked in the bank's front entrance – responded with deafening cries of "Keep Portland weird!"

Throughout the day, "bike swarms" and groups of marchers made spur-of-the-moment action plans, while the rain and wind blew. As The Skanner News went to press, activists waving signs that  said "We Are Unified" and "Eat the Rich" debated whether to set up camp again – and whether the doorway of the Bank of America would be a good place.

Meanwhile, loud disco music played there and scores of demonstrators danced, sang, and whistled at passing bike swarms.













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