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Anguish Over Fatal Police Shooting in Vancouver Washington

Hundreds march and shots are fired in Vancouver as grief over death of a young father, 21-year-old Kevin E. Peterson Jr., boils over into unrest

Judge Cites Trump Tweets in Restricting Feds at Protests

U.S. District Judge Mosman said he couldn’t ignore the tweets, and remarked how odd and new it is for a court to be asked to examine Twitter messages to determine the intent of the executive branch.

Father: 21-Year-Old Black Man Killed by Washington Deputies

Law enforcement remained tight-lipped about the Thursday night shooting, but Kevin E. Peterson Sr. told the media the person killed was his son, Kevin E. Peterson Jr.

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.


Oregon Leaders Unite Against Hate & Election-Related Violence

Mayor Wheeler, Governor Kate Brown, and more than sixty other individuals and organizations signed a joint letter to, “unequivocally...

COVID-Related Assistance Applications Open Friday, Oct. 30

Portlanders struggling from health or financial impacts of COVID-19 will have the opportunity to apply for 0 in household...

Providence Launches African American MS Registry

The goal is to foster better treatment for Black patients ...

SPLC Launches $25,000 Ad Campaign Supporting Mississippi’s Ballot Measure 2

Measure would change statewide elections process, replacing Jim Crow-era law ...

Confederate Flag Not Welcome in Oregon Historic Cemeteries

Oregon’s Commission on Historic Cemeteries recommends Confederate flags not be allowed in historic cemeteries, but cemeteries that...

Oregon matches highest daily reported COVID-19 death toll

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health authorities reported Saturday that 14 more people in the state have died from COVID-19, matching the highest death toll reported in a single day as the state struggles to contain the coronavirus.The latest deaths occurred from Sept. 26, when an 80-year-old...

Judge orders Postal Service to take extraordinary measures

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including using a priority mail service.Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima,...

Week 9: Ohio State faces its biggest test; Florida returns

The potential Big Ten game of the year lost some luster last week. No. 18 Penn State was upset by Indiana so instead of returning to Happy Valley to host No. 3 Ohio State with an unbeaten record, the Nittany Lions are trying to avoid going 0-2 for the first time since 2013.No Big Ten team has...

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...


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 ...


Obama: Trump failed to take pandemic, presidency seriously

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Calling Joe Biden his “brother,” Barack Obama on Saturday accused Donald Trump of failing to take the coronavirus pandemic and the presidency seriously as Democrats leaned on America's first Black president to energize Black voters in battleground Michigan...

Canfield, Stars+Stripes win Gold Cup, match racing title

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Skipper Taylor Canfield and Team Stars+Stripes have won the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing World Championship.The victory was Canfield’s third at the Bermuda Gold Cup and second Open Match Racing World Championship.“I can’t...

Noose displayed at Missouri poll covered up amid complaints

GALENA, Mo. (AP) — A replica hangman's noose on display near voting booths in a southwest Missouri county building has been covered up following complaints from Democrats that it amounted to intimidation of Black voters.The Missouri Democratic Party released a photo Friday of the display...


Sans gala or red carpet, a stylish fashion show at the Met

NEW YORK (AP) — The annual hoopla around the celebrity-studded Met Gala is so intense, it's often forgotten who the real star is: the fashion exhibit inside.This year, it's the only star. A stylish Costume Institute show at the Metropolitan Museum has opened, six months behind schedule. But...

Curious about going to a movie theater? 7 things to know

It’s been over two months since movie theaters started reopening in the U.S., but there is still a fair amount of consumer confusion about moviegoing in the COVID-19 era.Movie studios and theater owners have found themselves in the unique position of having to re-educate audiences on how to...

Actor Lori Loughlin reports to prison in college scam

BOSTON (AP) — “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin has reported to a federal prison in California to begin serving her two-month sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal, authorities said Friday.The U.S. Attorney's office in Boston said Loughlin was being...


Mystery surrounds former Marine's imprisonment in Venezuela

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — “Don’t WORRY!,” reads the cryptic note scribbled on a scrap...

Orthodox priest shot at church in France, motive unknown

LYON, France (AP) — A Greek Orthodox priest was shot Saturday while he was closing his church in the French...

QB Uiagalelei rallies No. 1 Clemson to 34-28 win over BC

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Freshman DJ Uiagalelei already made Clemson history by leading the biggest comeback in...

Sudan says deal with US blocks further compensation claims

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan says it has signed an agreement with the U.S. that could effectively stop any future...

Tanzania, once envy of the region, watches democracy slide

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Vote-counting was far from over when Tanzanian opposition leader Seif Sharif Hamad...

AP Explains: Why France incites such anger in Muslim world

PARIS (AP) — Many countries, especially in the democratic West, champion freedom of expression and allow...

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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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