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NORTHWEST NEWS

Push to Condemn Seattle Park With Large Homeless Population

A local lawmaker wants to condemn a city-owned park in Seattle with a large homeless encampment next to a courthouse and declare the area a public safety hazard or nuisance property.

Oregon House Passes Expungement Reform, Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Senate Bill 397 would provide a more efficient and equitable path to a better future for thousands of Oregonians with a criminal record

Portland Police Halt Minor Traffic Stops, Citing Disparity

Police in Oregon's largest city are being advised to no longer pursue low-level traffic infractions

Loretta Smith Announces Run for Oregon’s New Congressional Seat

EXCLUSIVE with former county commissioner and two-time Portland City Council candidate who wants to keep focus on education, police reform.

NEWS BRIEFS

County Expands Cooling Centers, Hours Ahead of Dangerous Weekend Heat

Multnomah County officials especially concerned for people living in high-rise apartments without AC ...

Oregon Lawmakers Pass Amendment to 'Pause' Evictions

With the federal eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of July, Oregon lawmakers passed an added safety net for struggling...

Burn Ban in Effect in Multnomah County

Due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall, and ongoing dry conditions, the outdoor burn ban is for all areas of Multnomah...

PCC Won't Require Students, Staff to Be Vaccinated This Fall

Behind this decision are several factors: ...

Vancouver Housing Authority Seeks Hotels and Motels to Turn Into Affordable Housing

Vancouver Housing Authority is on the hunt for hotels and motels to purchase for conversion to affordable housing. ...

US seeks ways to recruit, retain wildland firefighters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. wildfire managers are considering shifting from seasonal to full-time firefighting crews to deal with what has become a year-round wildfire season and making the jobs more attractive by increasing pay and benefits. There’s a push in Congress to...

Family of Black man to sue county over fatal traffic stop

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Family members of a Black motorist fatally shot by a southwestern Washington deputy in February after a traffic stop say they intend to sue Clark County over his death. The family of Jenoah Donald is alleging wrongful death in the claim announced...

OPINION

Black America Needs a ‘New Normal’: Equitable Credit Access to Build Wealth

In Black America especially, the ‘old normal’ never delivered equitable access to wealth-building opportunities as those that well-served served much of White America. ...

Rx Upper Payment Limit Bill Will Worsen Chronic Disease for Oregonians Most at Risk

A measure being considered by Oregon state legislature will perpetuate a harmful trend for Oregon’s communities of color. ...

COMMENTARY: 100 Days of Biden-Harris

I see the trillion price tag on the Biden legislation as more of an investment than simple spending. ...

Power and Pride to the People!

Happy Pride month to Black LGBTQ readers and to all of us who love LGBTQ people! ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Taliban gains drive Afghan government to recruit militias

KOH DAMAN, Afghanistan (AP) — For two days the fighting was blistering. Rockets and heavy machine gun fire pounded Imam Sahib, a key district on Afghanistan’s northern border with Tajikistan. When the explosions died down and Syed Akram finally emerged from his home earlier...

NYC Pride ban on uniformed police reflects a deeper tension

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, when LGBTQ people have gathered to take part in New York City’s annual Pride march, they’ve made their presence known with every color and type of clothing imaginable. But soon, there's going to be something off-limits: police uniforms. ...

Facebook arrest video leads to protests in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Demonstrators converged outside a South Carolina police station for a second day Thursday, protesting the arrest of two men by officers in Rock Hill who were recorded on a Facebook video wrestling and throwing punches with the two. Eleven people were...

ENTERTAINMENT

Anne Rice's 'Interview with the Vampire' set for AMC in 2022

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Rice's “Interview with the Vampire” is rising again on screen, this time for TV. The bestselling novel, which was adapted for the 1994 Brad Pitt-Tom Cruise film, will be the basis for a new AMC and AMC+ series set for 2022, AMC Networks said...

EXPLAINER: How conservatorships like Britney Spears’ work

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears told a judge at a dramatic hearing Wednesday she wants an end to the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 13 years. Here's a look at how conservatorships operate, what's unusual about hers, and why she and so many fans...

Britney Spears tells judge: 'I want my life back'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After 13 years of near silence in the conservatorship that controls her life and money, Britney Spears passionately told a judge Wednesday that she wants to end the “abusive” case that has made her feel demoralized and enslaved. Speaking in open court...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Security chief named Hong Kong No. 2 official amid clampdown

HONG KONG (AP) — China on Friday promoted Hong Kong’s top security official to the territory’s No. 2 spot as...

Conan O'Brien ends TBS late-night show with snark, gratitude

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conan O'Brien stayed true to form as he wrapped his TBS show “Conan” after nearly 11...

Riviera campaign is key to hopes of France's far-right party

PARIS (AP) — The best chance of victory for Marine Le Pen’s far-right party in this weekend’s French...

Biden vows to evacuate thousands of Afghans who helped US

President Joe Biden vowed on Thursday that Afghans who helped the U.S. military “are not going to be left...

'Horrible:' 64 dead in Ethiopian airstrike on Tigray

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s military on Thursday said it was responsible for a deadly airstrike on...

EU members bordering Russia reject plan to meet with Putin

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries bordering Russia rejected a Franco-German plan to resume official...

By The Skanner News

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The attorney for a Black teenager fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain says the boy was talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone when the confrontation began.

Attorney Benjamin Crump said Tuesday that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was talking to the teenage girl as he walked through a central Florida neighborhood on the night of Feb. 26 when he was confronted by George Zimmerman. Crump says Martin told the girl Zimmerman was following him. She heard the beginning of the altercation but not the shooting.

Martin was returning to his father's fiancee's house after buying candy for his younger brother and an iced tea for himself. Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense and hasn't been charged. Martin was unarmed. The FBI, state investigators and Sanford police are investigating.

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