01-27-2020  11:36 pm   •   PDX Weather    •   SEA weather  
MLK Breakfast 2020 Thank You
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4


PCC Cascade Expands its Food Pantry for Students

The majority of PCC students are food insecure, with up to 15% homeless

Controversial Washington Lawmaker Spreads Views Across West

Republican Rep. Matt Shea was suspended from the Republican caucus in the wake of a December report that found he was involved in anti-government activities and several lawmakers have called on him to resign, something he says he will not do

2020 Census Begins in Remote Toksook Bay, Alaska

Census takers begin counting remainder of 220 remote Alaska villages as part of national headcount

St. Andrew Parish Presents 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards

The awards are given to people whose service embodies the values of Dr. King, who used nonviolence, civil disobedience, and Christian teaching to advance the cause of civil rights in America


Labor Commissioner, Senator Announce Bill to Fully Enforce Housing Discrimination

A survey found that more than one in four prospective Portland renters were discriminated against because of race, national origin or...

Washington State Bill to Increase School Staff is Introduced in the Legislature

The bill includes recommendations from a workgroup of K–12 education stakeholders ...

Giant Sea-life Sculptures Wash Ashore at Oregon Zoo

Traveling art exhibit aims to raise plastics awareness for healthy oceans ...

States Sue Trump Administration Over New 3D-Printed Gun Rule

The administration’s latest rule allows 3D-printed gun files to be released on the internet ...

Shari's Restaurants Celebrate National Pie Day

Receive a free slice of pie with any entrée purchase at participating Shari's locations from 4 p.m. till 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan....

Grand jury: Officer acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing in the Portland police fatal police shooting of 51-year-old Koben Henriksen who was seen waving knives at passing cars in early December.The grand jury determined that Officer Justin Raphael lawfully acted...

Man who stabbed ex-girlfriend sentenced to 15 years

WALTON, Ore. (AP) — A man who stabbed an ex-girlfriend west of Eugene was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.David Lucius pleaded guilty in court last week to first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and stalking, KEZI-TV reported.He will also complete three years of post-prison...

New Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz predicts success

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz was saying all the right things after being introduced as the new football coach at Missouri, laying out his vision for the once-proud program with unwavering confidence and bold proclamations.Then the former Appalachian State coach made a minor...

LSU's Burrow, Auburn's Brown named AP SEC players of year

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is a unanimous selection as the offensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.The top-ranked Tigers also have the SEC’s coach of the year in Ed Orgeron and the newcomer of the year in freshman cornerback Derek...


Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

How Putting Purpose Into Your New Year’s Resolutions Can Bring Meaning and Results

Only 4% of people report following through on all of the resolutions they personally set ...

I Was Just Thinking… Mama in the Classroom

I wrote my first column in 1988 for a local newspaper about a beloved Dallas guidance counselor and teacher that most students called “Mama” ...


New Zealand's Ardern seeking reelection in Sept. 19 vote

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may be lauded around the world as a liberal icon but whether she can translate that into a reelection victory in September remains uncertain.Ardern on Tuesday announced the general elections would be held on Sept. 19. She is...

Photo cropping mistake leads to AP soul-searching on race

NEW YORK (AP) — A “terrible mistake” in cropping an African climate activist out of a photo sent to customers of The Associated Press prompted soul-searching and some tense staff conversations over issues of racism and inclusion Monday at the news organization.The AP...

Racist graffiti on college campus; group wants investigation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Name tags for three students at the University of Richmond students were defaced, and a Muslim advocacy group on Monday called for a hate crime investigation into one of the instances.The Council on American Islamic Relations said in an email that it asked the school to...


At Sundance, Clinton warns of voter suppression in election

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Since losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has released a memoir about that defeat, launched a political action committee and penned another book about “gutsy women” with her daughter, Chelsea. But Clinton’s most prominent...

Billie Eilish, a voice of the youth, tops the Grammy Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Billie Eilish, who gave voice to young people struggling with depression on a do-it-yourself album she made at home with her older brother, is atop the music world.The 18-year-old made history at the Grammy Awards Sunday. Not only did she become the youngest person to...

DiCaprio, Zellweger and more Oscar hopefuls attend luncheon

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Renée Zellweger, Al Pacino and dozens of other Academy Award nominees bowed their heads in a moment of silence Monday for Kobe Bryant to open the annual Oscars luncheon, a somber moment in an otherwise sunny annual affair that serves as a meet-and-greet, celebration...


'I'm being raped': Weinstein accuser details alleged assault

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein accuser Mimi Haleyi testified Monday that weeks after arriving in New York...

What to know for year two of the Trump tax plan

It’s that time again. The IRS began accepting and processing tax returns for individuals on Monday. Last...

Bloomberg creates a parallel presidential race. Can he win?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — When the leading Democratic presidential candidates marked Martin Luther King Jr....

Turkish rescuers find last quake victims; death toll hits 41

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish emergency teams on Monday recovered the bodies of the last two missing quake...

Britain's EU Journey: When Brexit won the battle of Europe

LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Friday after a debilitating political period...

Irish leader says EU to have stronger hand in UK trade talks

LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s prime minister warned Britain on Monday that Brexit is far from finished --...

CNN Wire Staff

CAIRO (CNN) -- Protesters marching on Egypt's presidential palace Tuesday night broke through barbed wire keeping them away from the building and tossed chairs and rocks at retreating police in the nation's latest episode of unrest.

Police lobbed tear gas in return.

No injuries were immediately reported but the Health Ministry said at least 50 ambulances had been dispatched to locations around Cairo, including 20 to the presidential palace. Hospitals were placed on high alert in anticipation of injured protesters, the ministry said.

President Mohadmed Morsy was out of the palace meeting with government leaders to discuss the upcoming referendum on the draft of a new constitution, his office said.

The protest caps a day of silent protest by media organizations opposing the country's new draft constitution and an edict Morsy issued nearly two weeks ago to expand his powers.

Article 48 of the draft constitution ties media freedom to the framework of society and national security, which many Egyptian journalists see as vague terminology.

State news agency Egynews confirmed the media strike, sourcing the head of Egypt's Journalists' Syndicate. State-owned outlets remained open, said Gamal Fahmi.

There was one exception, when journalists at state-owned news website Al-Ahram joined in the protest, Fahmi said.

Four privately owned television stations will go off the air Wednesday in solidarity, according to a statement by broadcaster ONTV, which is participating in the strike.

The protests come as Egyptians are counting down to a public referendum on the draft constitution to be held in less than two weeks.

Some newspapers disappeared from news stands Tuesday. Others printed the same protest picture of the press symbolically behind bars with the headline, "No to Dictatorship."

The English-language online daily Egypt Independent grayed out its home page and posted a message on a black slate, stating that it "objects to continued restrictions on media liberties."

The paper believes the government has intimidated Egyptian journalists by hitting them with investigations, said deputy editor Amira Ahmed.

State TV journalists Hala Fahmy and Bothaina Kamel are being investigated for "professional errors" committed on air, according to state news agency MENA and have been suspended pending investigation results.

Morsy decreed nearly two weeks ago that all decisions he has made since taking office are exempt from judicial review, saying it was necessary to block judges trying to thwart gains made in the revolution.

Egypt's judiciary contains many holdover loyalists from the government of deposed autocratic President Hosni Mubarak. Some judges had threatened to shut down the Islamist dominated Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting a new constitution.

A court is to hear lawsuits Wednesday calling for the annulment of Morsy's decree, according to a lawyer representing organizations challenging its validity. Islamist lawyers are trying to block the suits, Ahmed Hossam said.

About 1,000 judges from around the country agreed Sunday that they would not supervise the December 15 national referendum on the constitution, members of the Egyptian Judges Club said. The club's unanimous decision means court officials who would normally sort out any irregularities in voting will abstain from the process in protest.

But on Monday, members of the Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council -- the nation's highest judicial body -- agreed to supervise the referendum, Judge Abdel Rahman Behloul said. This group's members had initially criticized Morsy's edict, but they softened their stance after a meeting with him last week.

"We have been conducting a survey and, despite the position of the Judges Club to boycott the review of the referendum, we have received feedback from many prominent judges who are willing to oversee the vote," Behloul said. An estimated 11,000 judges will be needed to oversee the vote.

Al Zind, from the judges club, said 90% of judges are refusing to participate "but there are also Muslim Brotherhood judges" and others supportive of Morsy's stance. He claimed the Supreme Judicial Council "has no real power, they are heads of courts that deal with administrative matters."

Boisterous protests have filled streets of Cairo and other cities for over a week, at times turning violent, as the opposition accused Morsy of usurping dictatorial powers with his edict.

In the heat of the public outrage, the Constituent Assembly, its members strongly allied with Morsy, rushed to complete the draft and hand it off to the president, who put it to a public referendum.

He has promised his controversial edict will dissolve as soon as the referendum is over, but the rush to finish the draft has only fanned the flames of protest from all sides of his opposition among the judiciary, liberals, Christians, leftists and now the press.

Some members of the assembly walked out and were replaced by more Islamists, tilting the balance even farther in Morsy's favor and fueling accusations of a power grab.

The document that voters will consider has itself become a source of significant controversy.

Prime Minister Hesham Kandil insisted Monday that opposition views -- including that there would be protections for women and to prevent Egypt from becoming a theocracy -- were taken into consideration when the final draft was pushed through Friday.

"It is impossible to have a perfect text that everybody agreed to," the prime minister said. "... I think there is a majority consensus to move forward with the referendum. In two weeks, we'll find out what Egyptians think of this constitution."

Egypt effectively has been without a constitution since the early 2011 popular uprising that led to Mubarak's ouster.

Journalist Sarah Sirgany in Cairo and CNN's Ben Brumfield in Atlanta contributed to this report.

™ & © 2012 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.



Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events

Delta Founders Day 2020