07-17-2019  7:22 pm   •   PDX Weather    •   SEA weather  
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

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 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...

House blocks maverick Democrat's Trump impeachment effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily killed a maverick Democrat's effort Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for his recent racial insults against lawmakers of color , a vote that provided an early snapshot of just how divided Democrats are over ousting him as the 2020 presidential and...

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

Myths and risks in app that gives you peek into older self

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present? That concern was pushed...

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
Nigel Duara and Christina Rexrode the Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Occupy protesters want shoppers to occupy something besides door-buster sales and crowded mall parking lots on Black Friday. (More Occupy Portland news links and video here)

Some don't want people to shop at all. Others just want to divert shoppers from big chains and giant shopping malls to local mom-and-pops. And while the actions don't appear coordinated, they have similar themes: supporting small businesses while criticizing the day's dedication to conspicuous consumption and the shopping frenzy that fuels big corporations.

Nearly each one promises some kind of surprise action on the day after Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

In Seattle, protesters are carpooling to Wal-Mart stores to protest with other Occupy groups from around Washington state. Washington, D.C., is offering a "really, really free market," where people can donate items they don't want so others can go gift shopping for free.

Others plan to hit the mall, but not for shopping. The 75-person encampment in Boise, Idaho, will send "consumer zombies" to wander around in silent protest of what they view as unnecessary spending. In Chicago, protesters will serenade shoppers with revamped Christmas carols about buying local.

The Des Moines, Iowa, group plans flash mobs at three malls in an attempt to get people to think about what they're buying.

"We didn't want to guilt-trip people at a mall," said Occupy Des Moines organizer Ed Fallon. "We wanted to get at them in a playful, friendly way, to support local businesses."

Protesters say the movement shouldn't take away money and seasonal jobs from the working-class majority it purports to represent. The corporations, not the shoppers, are the focus of any protests, they say. But organizers do hope their actions drive people to reconsider shopping at national chains and direct their attention to small, locally owned stores.

That may not fly with small businesses wary of any association with the movement, which presents itself as pushing back against corporate power.

"If you ask, a lot of small business owners identify as business owners, not specifically small business," said Jean Card, spokeswoman for the National Federation of Independent Business. "I would like to believe there is a silver lining, but I don't picture a frustrated consumer that can't get into a box store turning around and going to a small business. I see that person going home."

Trying to shop exclusively local neglects economies of scale, job specialization and other benefits that big, multi-state corporations can bring, said George Mason University economist Russ Roberts.

"Don't punish yourself by not shopping where you can get the best deal; that's foolish," Roberts said.

Besides, small businesses aren't necessarily better employers in terms of wages, benefits, opportunities for advancement and other measures, said John Quinterno, principal at the public policy research firm South by North Strategies in Chapel Hill, N.C.

He calculates that small mom-and-pops, which he defines as businesses with fewer than 10 employees, account for nearly 80 percent of employer firms in the U.S., but only about 11 percent of the jobs.

"Sometimes we romanticize small business - and I say this as a small business owner myself - so that it skews some of our debates about economic and labor policy," Quinterno said. "It doesn't mean they aren't important. It just means that larger businesses tend to create a lot more value-added per job."

The protests are largely focused on shopping areas in affluent suburbs home to big chain stores. As with the entire movement, the protests bring with them a litany of causes. In addition to protests of big chains, causes include clothes made from animal fur, McDonald's, homelessness and, in Las Vegas, the low gambling taxes paid by casinos.

The formula is ideal for the Occupy protests, many of which faced evictions from large-scale encampments in recent weeks. With a large number of people in a confined space, the Black Friday protests present one of the earliest tests for the movement in its new, fragmented iteration.

Most protests plan to make a point and move on, a strategy they've implemented in some cities with targeted marches for specific causes since the camps were broken up.

"It's not about specific occupation camps anymore," said protester Peter Morales of Austin, Texas. "It's more of, you know, real awareness of what's going on in our government."

Another shop local movement, Small Business Saturday, was started last year to encourage people to shop at small businesses on the day after Black Friday. But the Occupy groups are underwhelmed, since Small Business Saturday was started by American Express.

Last year, small retailers that accept American Express saw a 28 percent increase in sales volume on Small Business Saturday from the same day the year before, AmEx says.

"It's just another example of the banks and Wall Street trying to take the very real desires of working people to have a humane economic system and twisting it to their ends," said Peter Rickman, an activist with Occupy Milwaukee.

Pam Newman, 30, of Louisville, Ky., knows well the trappings of Black Friday. A former Best Buy employee, Newman would watch troves of wild-eyed shoppers kick, claw and scrape their ways to holiday deals. She's coy with the details of the Occupy Louisville protest - "There are some plans I can't talk about" - but said the focus will be on people who haven't made up their minds.

"Look, some people have printed out the deals two weeks ago. We're not getting to them," Newman said. "While we would like to dissuade the folks camping out and `occupying' Wal-Mart, they've already made their mind up.

"We're looking for the shoppers on the fence."

---

Rexrode reported from Raleigh, N.C.

© 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Port of Seattle Workforce Dev
Metro Home Share
Calendar

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events

Carpentry Professionals