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NORTHWEST NEWS

Hundreds of Shelter Dogs, Cats Flown Across the Pacific

The rescue flight arriving in Seattle Thursday, was necessary because the coronavirus pandemic has led to overcrowding in Hawaii pet shelters.

More Than Half of Oregon Voters Have Cast Ballots

At this point during the last three presidential elections, fewer than 44% of Oregonians had returned their ballots

Portland Delays Vote to Cut $18M More From Police

Mayor Ted Wheeler said that the council needs more time to evaluate the impact of the cuts on police services.

State Reaches Out to Black Homeowners with Mortgage Relief Fund

million set aside to bring Oregonians current on house payments 

NEWS BRIEFS

COVID-Related Assistance Applications Open Friday, Oct. 30

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Confederate Flag Not Welcome in Oregon Historic Cemeteries

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The Last Day to Safely Mail Your Ballot is Tuesday, October 27

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Portland, Oregon, delays vote to cut M more from police

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Hundreds of shelter dogs, cats flown across the Pacific

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 600 dogs and cats flew across the Pacific Ocean from crowded Hawaii shelters to Washington state, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, where there's more space for them to await adoption — a charity operation that organizers said is the largest pet rescue flight. The...

No. 10 Florida plays 1st game in 3 weeks, hosts hot Missouri

Missouri (2-2 SEC) at No. 10 Florida (2-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network Alternate).Line: Florida by 12 1/2.Series record: Missouri leads 5-4.WHAT’S AT STAKE?Florida returns to the field for the first time in three weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak. More than 30 players and coaches...

No. 5 Georgia seeks 11th straight series win over Kentucky

No. 5 Georgia (3-1 SEC) at Kentucky (2-3), Saturday at noon ET (SEC).Line: Bulldogs by 16 1/2.Series record: Georgia leads 59-12-2.WHAT’S AT STAKEThe Bulldogs return from a bye looking to bounce back from a 41-24 loss at No. 2 Alabama after leading 24-20 at halftime. Kentucky also seeks a...

OPINION

Black Voters Cannot Afford Four More Years of Trump

It is more imperative than perhaps at any other period in many of our lifetimes that we vote at record numbers this year. ...

Open Letter to the Community on the Multnomah County Circuit Court Judicial Election

History has shown us that judges impact systemic change and have the opportunity to include the voices of our communities in the process. ...

Squaring Away the Cube

When I first heard that entertainer Ice Cube is supporting Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election bid, I did not believe it. ...

The Skanner News National 2020 Election Endorsements

Vote like your life depends on it. Read The Skanner News' endorsements for US President, and more ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Harris target of more misinformation than Pence, data shows

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The Latest: Trump meets troops involved in al-Baghdadi raid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):9:30 p.m.President Donald Trump quietly met with U.S. Special Forces troops involved in last year’s raid to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Trump flew into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on...

Walmart removes guns, ammunition on display at U.S. stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at its U.S. stores, citing “civil unrest" in some areas. The nation's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, sells firearms in about half of its 4,700 stores. “We have seen some...

ENTERTAINMENT

New channel offers fare for women in the LGBTQ community

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An online channel devoted to women in the LGBTQ community is launching with shows including a pandemic-set romantic comedy and a paranormal drama.The channel debuts Thursday as part of Revry, a digital platform that offers free, queer-focused programming, including the...

Judge Judy to move her gavel to streaming service IMDb TV

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Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost marry in private ceremony

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost have tied the knot a year after engagement. Meals on Wheels America announced Thursday on Instagram that Johansson and Jost married over the weekend in an intimate ceremony. The post said the couple’s wedding followed the COVID-19...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Paris Jackson mines her heartache for solo debut album

NEW YORK (AP) — It started in her bedroom with just a guitar, but Paris Jackson has turned coping with the...

San Francisco curbs virus but once-vibrant downtown is empty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Before the pandemic, Señor Sisig food trucks were a common sight in downtown San...

AP PHOTOS: Teachers improvise to make hybrid learning work

NEW YORK (AP) — When New York schools reopened in September it was anything but business as usual. With...

Tanzania's opposition says vote 'spit in face of democracy'

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Whatever happened on Wednesday wasn't an election and was like “spitting in...

Australia's pandemic travel ban brings family heartbreak

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Astrid Magenau wasn’t able to keep a promise to hold her father’s...

New Zealand votes to legalize euthanasia but not marijuana

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David Bauder AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- A television show about members of a Muslim community in Michigan is focusing what may be its second-to-last episode almost entirely on the conflicted feelings that its featured participants have about marking anniversaries of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The episode of TLC's "All-American Muslim" airs Sunday (10 p.m. EST). The series attracted attention earlier this month when a conservative Christian group called on advertisers to boycott the series, calling it "propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda's clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values."

Two companies, the Lowe's home improvement chain and travel planning website Kayak.com, announced they were pulling ads. TLC hasn't said how many companies responded to the Florida Family Association's call to stop sponsoring the show. The controversy prompted a backlash of people protesting against Lowe's. Some new advertisers have signed on since then, TLC General Manager Amy Winter said Thursday.

Filming for the reality TV series took place during commemorations for the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Both TLC and the show's characters, Muslims living in and around Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit at the heart of one of the largest Arab-American populations outside the Middle East, wanted to address the topic, Winter said.

"I'm very proud of it," she said. "What you'll see in there is a community with a range of emotions that they express over what was probably one of the most pivotal moments in our nation's history."

Mike Jaafar, a deputy sheriff who participated in a Sept. 11 memorial service at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, helped law enforcement prepare for any problems related to the anniversary. He choked up when recalling how police officers in New York City were killed as they tried to rescue people at the World Trade Center.

"You think about your guys who work for you, going into a building and not coming home," he said.

Nawal Auode was a high school sophomore on Sept. 11, 2001, when her mother called to say she was picking her up at school. Her mother found out about the attacks as she was passing out flyers to advertise a day care center and a man spit at her and ordered her off his porch.

"It was the first time I realized that people looked at me as less American," said Suehaila Amen. "As a person who was born and raised in this country, it was very difficult."

Auode said she dreads the anniversary of the attacks because of a sense that members of her community have to defend themselves for something they had nothing to do with.

That's at the root of the biggest conflict in Sunday's episode. One woman talks about how important it was to attend a Sept. 11 commemoration, but her adult-age children didn't want to go.

One man, Bilal Amen, traveled to New York City to visit the Sept. 11 memorial because, he said, "I want to see the place that changed my life."

Another woman, Nina Bazzy, spoke angrily about the Sept. 11 terrorists and said they weren't real Muslims because "a real Muslim would not do anything like that." She said Osama bin Laden made life difficult for many Muslims in the United States.

"He ruined it for us," Bazzy said. "He ruined it for our kids. He made us scared in our own homes."

"All-American Muslim" ends its eight-episode first season on Jan. 8. Its ratings are considered disappointing for TLC, and the attention caused by this month's controversy didn't improve them. Based on ratings alone, a second season would be considered unlikely. Working in its favor is TLC's pride in a series that spotlights communities that many viewers aren't familiar with.

TLC hasn't made a decision on the show's future and its executives will meet soon to consider it, Winter said.

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