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Portland Leaders To Re-Establish Anti-Gun Violence Unit

Mayor Ted Wheeler and city commissioners have reached a deal on proposals intended to stem a spike in gun violence over the past year.

Three Black Candidates File to Run for Board Positions in Portland Schools and PCC

May 18 election presents handful of openings for four-year terms.

Clues From Unexploded Firebomb Lead To Charges in Portland

A beer growler produced key evidence that helped lead to charges against an Indiana man who authorities said had come to Portland for protests.

Black Educators, Advocates Amplify Parents’ Anxieties About Sending Kids Back into Classrooms During Pandemic

Gov. Brown says all public schools must offer some in-person teaching next month.

NEWS BRIEFS

Tishaura Jones Makes History As First Black Woman To Become Mayor of St. Louis

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COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Cases in Oregon

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VIDEO: Short Film Released on Portland Metro’s COVID-19 Response

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Hawthorne Bridge Closed for Weekend Inspection

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Announcements Coming In for 2021 Rose Festival Court

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Ex-Coquille city employee files intent to sue after firing

COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) — A former Coquille city employee has informed the city she plans to sue for whistleblower retaliation and a failure to provide due process during the course of her firing. Former city recorder Jennifer Rose filed a notice with the city March 25 after her...

Eugene police arrest 30th person in May 29 protest

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene police have now made 30 arrests of people suspected of rioting, breaking into businesses and setting fires on May 29 during a protest against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The latest arrest came this week, The Register-Guard...

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...

OPINION

An Open Letter To the Community From Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese

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Candace Avalos On The Right Track With Public Housing

Our unhoused neighbors deserve a safe and clean place to sleep ...

Providence’s Equity Pledge Should Start With Paying Workers a Living Wage

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Eugene Senator Welcomes Passage of "Critical" Covid Rescue Plan

State Sen. James I. Manning Jr. (D- North Eugene, West Eugene, Santa Clara, and Junction City) sends us a letter welcoming the passage of President Biden's "critical" jumi.9T Covid stimulus plan and praising the efforts of Democrats in Oregon's delegation to...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Georgia governor: Loss of All-Star game will hurt minorities

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's Republican governor on Saturday stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball's decision to pull this summer's All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new voting law, saying the move politicized the sport and would hurt minority-owned businesses. ...

For Black journalists, working Chauvin trial drains emotions

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of a stressful day, Sara Sidner seeks the friendly wag of a dog's tail. Shaquille Brewster turns to sports on TV, and Julia Jenae talks things out with colleagues. Each is covering one of the nation's biggest stories, the murder trial of former...

More Black Americans open to vaccines after outreach efforts

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ENTERTAINMENT

Barbara Ehrenreich among winners of PEN literary awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Ehrenreich, Ross Gay and Michael X. Wang are among the winners of prizes from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. During a virtual ceremony Thursday night, Gay's “Be Holding: A Poem” received the ,000 Jean Stein Award for a...

Review: 'Thunder Force' is forced and lacking any thunder

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Chauvin trial puts Court TV's revival in the public eye

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Ash-covered St. Vincent braces for more volcanic eruptions

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Charles: Royal family 'deeply grateful' for world's support

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Maryland lawmakers override vetoes on sweeping police reform

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Prosecutor: Salvini should not be tried for migrant policy

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Ecuador, Peru head to polls under strict virus measures

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Ecuador and Peru choose new presidents Sunday under strict public health measures prompted by...

Chadian president seeks 6th term after 30 years in power

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The Skanner News

Occupy Seattle is counter-protesting the Westboro Baptist Church's demonstration at the funeral of the two murdered boys in Washington State.

This just in from Seattle Occupy:

On Saturday, February 11th a memorial will be held at Life Center Church for the community in mourning after the brutal slayings of Charlie and Braden Powell, ages 7 and 5 by their father, Josh Powell. As the Cox and Powell families and the community as a whole expresses their grief and attempts to heal after this horrific tragedy, Westboro Baptist Church, made famous by their slogan "God Hates Fags," has decided to capitalize on these sad events by bringing their unique brand of hate to Washington.

Margie Phelps, a prominent member of the church, has informed the world via Twitter that they will be demonstrating at the funeral of these boys.

Occupiers join in the grief of this community that has been rent apart by this recent tragedy, and oppose WBC in their attempt to further their bigoted agenda. A call to action has been issued: we must shield the family from their disruption.

While the Phelps clan will arrive in order to shock and dismay funeral-goers with their slogans of hate, organizers are calling for Occupiers and all Washingtonians in the Seattle/Tacoma metropolitan area to come to the location of the service, not to disrupt it, but to protect it from Westboro's abhorrent message.

The service starts at 11AM, so counterprotesters, should they choose to attend, should arrive early, around 9:30 to 10:00AM in order to screen mourners from WBC. Things to bring:

1.    Blankets, tarps, and signs with messages of support. We will use these items to screen WBC to prevent them from traumatizing mourners already in the throes of grief.

2.    Compassion, respect, and dignity. Instead of shouting slogans as Occupiers are wont to do, we are not here to create a loud disruption, but instead prevent WBC's message to disturb the funeral. Bring the lyrics to "Amazing Grace" or other songs of comfort from other cultures and religions.

Together, Occupiers can help protect this community which has been torn by tragedy.

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