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Black Restaurant Week Comes to Portland

National event highlights Black-owned restaurants, cafes, and food trucks, creates countrywide database to support Black businesses

Portland Police Launch Team to Investigate Shootings

 The Enhanced Community Safety Team will be comprised of three sergeants, 12 officers and six detectives, and will staff a seven-member on-call unit to respond to shooting scenes, examine evidence, interview witnesses and do immediate follow-up investigations

Oregon National Guard Deploys As Power Outages Persist

The Oregon National Guard will go door-to-door in areas hardest hit by last weekend’s ice storm to make sure residents who have been without power for a week have enough food and water

Vancouver Drops Most Police Killing Protest Charges

Hundreds marched through the city from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 to protest the shooting death of Kevin Peterson Jr. by two Clark County Sheriff’s Office detectives


Seattle Black Artist To Be Featured in Amazon Prime Series

The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM), in Seattle, Washington, is launching a call for artist...

NIKE, Inc. and Goalsetter Partner to Increase Financial Literacy Among America’s Youth

Goalsetter uses digital platforms to engage youth and help them better understand financial well-being, while saving for their future ...

Six Trailblazing Black Judges to Discuss Overcoming Challenges Feb. 26

The online program panel judges include Justice Adrienne Nelson, the first Black justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and the first...

Launch of the Center for Black Entrepreneurship to Help Fuel Black Innovation

The facility is the first-ever academic center of its kind to assemble, educate and empower a new class of Black entrepreneurial...

Medical Centre to Screen Film and Hold Panel on Black Men in Medicine

Seattle-based Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has invited 100 students to take part in the virtual event, which aims to inspire Black...

Oregon Senate hit by another GOP boycott, now over COVID-19

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republicans in the Oregon Senate boycotted Thursday's session, using a tactic they have employed in the past two years to assert their will by stopping work in the Democratic-led Legislature — this time over the state's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.Senate...

Governor extends Oregon’s state of emergency due to COVID-19

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday extended Oregon’s declaration of a state of emergency until May 2 as confirmed COVID-19 cases drop but hundreds of new cases continue to be reported daily.“Throughout the pandemic, Oregonians have made smart choices that have...

Ex-Cardinals coach Wilks new defensive coordinator at Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Steve Wilks is returning to coaching as the defensive coordinator at Missouri.Wilks, who was hired by Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz on Thursday, took last year off after spending the previous 14 seasons in the NFL. The stint was highlighted by a year as the head coach of...

Music City Bowl between Iowa and Missouri canceled

The Music City Bowl between Missouri and Iowa was canceled Sunday because COVID-19 issues left the Tigers unable to play.The game scheduled for Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, is the second bowl called off since the postseason lineup was set on Dec. 20, joining the Gasparilla Bowl. Overall, 18...


Democracy and White Privilege

“White Nationalists” who believe that America only belongs to its “White” citizens, who live and have lived according to “White Privilege” are ignoring the words of the Declaration of Independence ...

The Leadership Conference Submits Letter in Support of H.R. 40

H.R. 40 finally forces the U.S. government to recognize and make amends for the decades of economic enrichment that have benefited this nation as a result of the free labor that African slaves were forced to provide ...

Letter to the Editor Re: Zenith Energy

The time is now for Portland City Council to stop Zenith Energy’s transporting fossil fuels into and out of our city. ...

The Heroes Within Us

Black History Month, as it exists today, continues the practice of “othering” Black people in America. ...


BLM launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait

NEW YORK (AP) — The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is formally expanding a million financial relief fund that it quietly launched earlier this month, to help people struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.The foundation, which grew out of the...

Chief: Police heeded Capitol attack warnings but overwhelmed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers pressed the acting U.S. Capitol Police chief Thursday to explain why the force wasn't prepared to fend off a violent mob of insurrectionists even though officials had compiled specific, compelling intelligence that extremists were likely to attack Congress and try...

US Park Police names Pamela Smith its 1st Black female chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Park Police on Thursday named Pamela Smith as its new chief, making her the first Black woman to lead the 230-year-old law enforcement agency.Smith, a 23-year veteran of the force, announced she would begin her term by establishing body-worn cameras for all Park...


'Blinding Lights' and more hits the Grammys left in the dark

NEW YORK (AP) — The wattage in The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” wasn’t strong enough to compete at the Grammys – but the song isn’t the only electrifying No. 1 hit that the Recording Academy snubbed.The Weeknd joins an exclusive club of songs that were...

Quotes from Stephen King interview with The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King spoke recently to The Associated Press recently about his new novel, “Later,” but he also covered topics ranging from the famous people who have turned up at his readings to what happens when he looks up his own name on the Internet. And he think he...

Stephen King talks about crime, creativity and new novel

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King doesn't think of himself as a horror writer. “My view has always been you can call me whatever you want as long as the checks don't bounce,” King told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. “My idea is to tell a good story,...


Medical oxygen scarce in Africa, Latin America amid virus

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A crisis over the supply of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients has struck...

Brazil death toll tops 250,000, virus still running rampant

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll, which surpassed 250,000 on Thursday, is the...

Amnesty report describes Axum massacre in Ethiopia's Tigray

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Soldiers from Eritrea systematically killed “many hundreds” of people,...

New US envoy starts challenge to restore US on world stage

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Linda Thomas-Greenfield presented her credentials as U.S. ambassador to the United...

8 dead, including prison director, after Haiti jail break

CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (AP) — A prison director was among at least eight people killed on Thursday after...

EXPLAINER: Why is Facebook banning Myanmar military pages?

Facebook announced Thursday that it is removing all remaining Myanmar military and military-controlled pages from...

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Rakeisha Burns, 18, (top) and Selena Harris, 38, are the sister and mother of Andre Dupree Payton, whose 2010 murder remains unsolved.

The sisters and mother of 19-year-old murder victim Andre Dupree Payton were arrested Jan. 12, in connection with a Dec. 26 assault on a Portland MAX train. Rakeshia Shamone Burns, 18, her 16-year-old half-sister, and that girl's 13-year-old sister have been charged with assault in the third degree, riot, disorderly conduct, harassment, and interfering with public transportation.

Selena Estelle Harris, 38, Payton's mother and the mother of Burns and her 16-year-old half-sister, was also arrested for two counts of hindering prosecution. Harris is accused of lying to police officers about her daughters location and hiding them from police.

Karley Buckland, 14, a Centennial Middle School student, was assaulted by three girls as she rode the Green Line MAX train. Buckland and her family say she did not know the girls. A poor- quality video, briefly posted on You Tube and now posted at The Oregonian website, shows three girls berating Buckland and raining blows on her, while other teens laugh and cheer. Buckland sustained some "bumps" to her head, according to the family. Other videos of the incident reportedly were confiscated by staff at Buckland's school.

Burns and Harris were booked into the Multnomah County Jail, while the two juvenile girls were sent to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home.

Burns spoke at her brother's funeral in October 2010. Payton was shot dead outside a downtown nightclub Sept. 19, 2010. His  murder remains unsolved.

Tina Duckett and Daughter Markishia Arrested For Bus Assault

Tina Duckett (below) and Markishia Duckett (top)  are Accused of Assault on TriMet Bus

Police arrested a mother and daughter suspected of an assault on a TriMet bus, Jan. 12. Tina Renee Duckett, 36, and her daughter Markishia Welikea Duckett, 19, were charged with interfering with public transportation, felony assault and misdemeanor assault. Tina Duckett was also charged with theft of services.
The assaults took place on a bus at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Division Street. The Ducketts boarded the bus and allegedly attempted to ride with invalid transfers. Police say, the bus driver drove to the next stop and told the girls they needed to leave the bus at which point the girls became verbally abusive to the driver.
When Michael Cooke, 23, asked the girls to leave the bus so it could get moving, Markishia Duckett allegedly punched him in the face.
Natasha Van Warmer, 23, traveling with a small child, asked the women to stop acting out in front of her child. The Ducketts then are alleged to have attacked her, with Tina Duckett grabbing her by the hair while Markishia punched her.
Both women were booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Benson High School Student Assaulted Near Max Line
A Benson High School student was assaulted Wednesday evening, Jan. 11, crossing  Interstate Avenue on his way to the Yellow Line Max train. The teen had just left a wrestling tournament at the school and was on his way home.
While crossing North Interstate Avenue to get to the northbound Yellow Line, the driver of a silver Toyota Avalon yelled at the victim as he crossed the street. He was wearing ear buds, so he pulled them out and asked what was said. At that point, the driver of the Avalon got out and punched him in the head. When he stumbled and fell down on to the MAX tracks, the suspect kicked him in the head, then got back in the Avalon and drove away northbound on North Interstate Avenue.
The suspect is described as a black male in his 30s, 5'10" tall, 200 pounds, possibly wearing a black coat over a gray or silver hoodie or sweater.
Several witnesses have described the assault and the perpetrator.
The teen was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Transit Police Division officers will be reviewing surveillance video to further the investigation.

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