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NORTHWEST NEWS

Inslee, Culp Advance to November Ballot in Governor's Race

In early returns, with nearly 17% of the vote, Loren Culp, the police chief of Republic, had the largest share among 35 other candidates.

Portland Police Declare Unlawful Assembly During Protest

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty addressed event organised by NAACP focused on Black Lives Matter

Shootings Increase During Portland Protests

Between June 1 and end July 31, 2020 there were 125 reported shootings compared to a total of 59 shootings in 2019

Portland Protest Scene Relatively Calm After US Drawdown

Under the deal announced by Governor Kate Brown, the federal agents will withdraw in phases.

NEWS BRIEFS

New Rule by The U.S. Department of Education Would Misdirect $11M from Oregon Public Schools

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer called a...

Barbara Bush Foundation Partners with Barbershop Books and Penguin to Provide Child-Friendly Reading Spaces in Baltimore and Detroit Barbershops

Developed in Harlem, Barbershop Books is a community-based program that leverages the cultural significance of barbershops in...

All Classical Portland Awards Grant to Support Emmanuel Henreid's 'Livin' in the Light'

Livin’ in the Light documents Onry’s experience as a Black, male, professional opera and crossover singer in Portland, Ore. ...

House Approves Legislation to Stop Trump Attack on Fair Housing

Ocasio-Cortez, Blumenauer amendment would block rollback of anti-discrimination rule ...

Louis Mair Named as New Principal at Harriet Tubman Middle School

Louis comes to Harriet Tubman from Georgia, where he was a leader in building an inclusive and supportive learning community. ...

Police declare riot in Portland as unruly protests continue

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A riot was declared early Wednesday during demonstrations in Portland after authorities said people set fires and barricaded public roadways.Unruly protest have happened in Oregon's largest city every night for more than two months since George Floyd was killed in...

Inslee, Culp advance to November ballot in governor's race

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Loren Culp advanced Tuesday night through Washington's top-two primary to the November ballot.In early returns, Inslee had 52% of the vote. With nearly 17% of the vote, Culp, the police chief of Republic,...

Missouri's Drinkwitz takes side in mask-or-no-mask debate

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz has been the head coach at Missouri for just over seven months. He has yet to lead the Tigers onto the football field, much less win a game, yet his role in the community already has forced him to take some important stands.First, it was supporting his new...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

OPINION

Da 5 Bloods and America Abroad

Even before I returned to the United States from my combat tour in Vietnam, I had decided that we were fighting an unjust war. ...

Falling Behind: COVID, Climate Change, and Chaos

Multiple Crises, Multiple Obstacles ...

Bill Deiz urges Oregonians to Defend their Constitutional Rights

Elements of federal police, sent in by our president, are nightly tormenting our citizens with tear gas, impact munitions, kidnappings and beatings, and other criminal acts, in order to suppress our rights of free speech and free assembly ...

The Power of Love

Powerful lessons for me today on forgiveness. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

The Latest: Florida surpasses 500,000 coronavirus cases

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — State officials say Florida has surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, testing is ramping up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias. A long line of cars waited outside Hark Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens for a coronavirus...

Creavalle makes a statement with Black Lives Matter design

Those Black Lives Matter T-shirts that have featured so prominently throughout the MLS is Back tournament were designed by one of the league's players, Philadelphia Union midfielder Warren Creavalle. Passionate about design, Creavalle created the distinctive shirts — with bold text on the...

Maloney, Torres win after delayed count in NY House primary

NEW YORK (AP) — After six weeks of delays and fights over disputed ballots, New York City Council member Ritchie Torres and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney have been certified as the winners of Democratic congressional primaries in New York City. Vote tabulation in the June 23 primary stretched...

ENTERTAINMENT

Book Review: Deceit and desire await in White's new novel

“A Saint from Texas,” Edmund White (Bloomsbury Publishing)There is a lot to appreciate in Edmund White’s “A Saint from Texas:” the artful prose, the vivid storytelling, the darkly whimsical tone. It is the story of twins Yvonne and Yvette, two young heiresses...

Disney to release 'Mulan' on streaming service, for a price

“Mulan” is no longer headed for a major theatrical release. The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will debut its live-action blockbuster on its subscription streaming service, Disney+, on Sept. 4. But this is no “Hamilton”: Customers will have to pay an additional...

Review: A superb Rylance lifts up languorous 'Barbarians'

Watching Mark Rylance play a man of basic decency getting swallowed up by an evil world — and a sadistic Johnny Depp — in “Waiting for the Barbarians," I absent-mindedly jotted down in my notes: “Nobody does basic decency like Mark Rylance.”Then I remembered:...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Wall Street rallies again; S&P 500 pulls within 2% of record

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising again on Wall Street Wednesday, and the S&P 500 is ticking closer to...

AP PHOTOS: Beirut images show shattered, dust-covered city

The aftermath of a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut shows a shattered city covered in dust and...

Tribe, economy, even cemeteries hurt as virus hits Choctaws

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — When Sharon Taylor died of coronavirus, her family — standing apart,...

Colombia's long virus lockdown fuels anxiety and depression

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Like much of the world, Colombia shut down in March as coronavirus cases surged in...

US sending highest official to Taiwan since ties cut in 1979

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services is scheduled to visit Taiwan in...

The Latest: Florida surpasses 500,000 coronavirus cases

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — State officials say Florida has surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases. Meanwhile,...

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(CNN) -- Colombian authorities have captured the leader of a criminal group that once worked for Pablo Escobar, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

The arrest of John Ericson Vargas Cardona was announced by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who called it a "big blow against criminality."

Vargas Cardona, alias "Sebastian," is the leader of a group called the Oficina de Envigado, once affiliated with the kingpin Escobar and now a drug trafficking organization in its own right.

He was captured Wednesday morning by an elite group of police in the department of Antioquia, in northwest Colombia, police said.

Santos' official Twitter account proclaimed it a "triple jump against this criminal organization and gold medal for the police."

According to InSight Crime, a Colombia- and U.S.-based research and investigation outfit that monitors criminal groups, the Oficina de Envigado, named after a small city in the Medellin metropolitan area, are the inheritors of Escobar's drug trafficking empire.

Today, the group is "a hodgepodge of smaller organizations that seeks alliances with street gangs to keep control of their territory and businesses," according to an InSight Crime profile of the group. "It is in near constant flux."

It is one of two rival groups fighting a turf war in Medellin that has seen violence in the area rise.

In 2011, when a U.S. investigation led to charges against 20 people linked to the cartel, a U.S. attorney referred to the Oficina de Envigado as "one of the largest and most dangerous drug cartels in Colombia."

In July, a man who served as security chief for former President Alvaro Uribe turned himself in to U.S. agents in Colombia to face drug trafficking charges in the United States.

Mauricio Santoyo Velascois accused of accepting bribes from a paramilitary group, as well as the Oficina de Envigado.

Journalist Toby Muse contributed to this report.

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