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Inslee: Washington Needs More Coronavirus Test Supplies

The governor suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely have to be extended to fight the disease

Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon

Gov. Brown praised the declaration, but says we still have significant requests pending, "first and foremost Oregon's request for more personal protective equipment from the national stockpile"

Vote by May 19: Oregon’s Primary Election Continues as Planned

Oregon’s vote-by-mail system keeps May Primary on schedule

A Black Woman Is Leading The Charge To Create A Vaccine For The Coronavirus

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NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Medicaid Program Gains Flexibility to Better Serve Low-income Oregonians During Pandemic

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Washington Elementary School Offers Food-Bearing Container Gardens During Meal Distribution

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Waterfront Blues Festival Cancelled for 2020

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NAACP Calls COVID-19 Stimulus Package a Necessary Step, but Calls Upon Congress to Do More

The NAACP says in providing future relief, Congress must prioritize people first, not corporations ...

CARES Act Must Prioritize Nation’s Most Vulnerable Communities

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law says the new bill puts the interests of corporations above the burdens faced by...

Law firm criticized by USSF asks to withdraw from lawsuit

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Man pleads no contest to sex abuse involving minors

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A man pleaded no contest to sex crime charges involving minors this week.Joshua Taylor Moore, 24, was convicted in Linn County Circuit Court of attempting to commit first-degree sex abuse and third-degree sex abuse, the Albany Democrat-Herald reported. A first-degree sex...

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10 p.m.Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

The ACA Has Never Been More Critical

Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. ...

NAACP/Black Community: A Model for Resiliency

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What the Government Can Do Now to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Roger Stark says during this pandemic the administration must give states more flexibility ...

The Homelessness Crisis – We Are Better Than This

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Study: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men's NCAA teams

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Judge: Man linked to white supremacist group to stay in jail

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man linked by the FBI to a white supremacist group and arrested ahead of a gun rights rally in Virginia must remain in federal custody while he awaits trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Boardman refused to set bond for Brian Mark...

Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing

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ENTERTAINMENT

Caylee Hammack's band went from concerts to mowing lawns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Caylee Hammack and her band are facing months without income after the concert industry came to a halt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. So they put down their guitars and started pushing lawnmowers.Hammack and her band were touring in Europe...

'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' star Rachel Bloom has first baby

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Oprah on rap song 'Oprah's Bank Account': LOVEEEEEEEE IT!

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Music never dies: "Bolero" busts out of coronavirus lockdown

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Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought virus

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Residents snitch on businesses, neighbors amid shutdowns

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UK's Johnson under fire for low number of COVID-19 tests

LONDON (AP) — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson developed a cough and fever, he got a test for the new...

Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani...

Israel's health minister has virus, top officials to isolate

JERUSALEM (AP) — The new coronavirus is forcing more top Israeli officials into isolation after the...

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By The Skanner News

LONDON (CNN) -- British police have decided not to press any charges against the elderly couple who had been unknowingly cultivating a huge cannabis plant in their garden.


The plant was seized Monday. The police later posted a picture on Twitter with comments: "Elderly couple bought shrub at car boot sale," adding that it was the "biggest cannabis plant we had seen!!"


The police picture posted on Twitter shows a fully grown shrub with thick foliage in the front garden.


A police spokeswoman told CNN: "The plant was mistakenly bought by the elderly couple. We will not be pressing any charges. We have seized it and will dispose it." She also said that unlike what has been reported in some newspapers there was no "raid."' "The property was not raided," she said.


The police tweet, however, led to many comical reactions including on newspapers sites that carried the story. A Mail Online reader commented: "Don't buy 'pot' plants at car boot sales! Simples."


Cannabis is classified as a Class B drug in Britain under the Misuse of Drugs Act. The maximum penalty for supplying or producing cannabis is 14 years imprisonment and/or unlimited fine.


The cannabis plant has psychoactive compounds with mood and behavior-altering properties. The plant is used both for making recreational drugs and medicine. Organized crime gangs have often used in-house cannabis farms to produce the high-strength "skunk" version of the drug.


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