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NORTHWEST NEWS

Signs of Love on Rucker Ave: Blushing Rocks, Scrambled Eggs, A Coffee Date

Messages on display on Totem Family Diner and Pacific Stone Co. retro signs in Everett, Wash. reveal “secret crushes.”

Idaho Hospital to Stop Baby Deliveries, Partly Over Politics

A rural hospital in northern Idaho will stop delivering babies or providing other obstetrical care, citing a shifting legal climate in which recently enacted state laws could subject physicians to prosecution for providing abortions, among other reasons

Water Contamination in Oregon Could Prompt EPA to Step In

It's been three decades since state agencies first noted high levels of nitrate contamination in the groundwater in Morrow and Umatilla counties and residents have long complained that the pollution is negatively impacting their health.

North Portland Library to Undergo Renovations and Expansion

As one of the library building projects funded by the 2020 Multnomah County voter-approved bond, North Portland Library will close to the public on April 5, 2023, to begin construction processes for its renovation and expansion.

NEWS BRIEFS

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Washington moves to end child sex abuse lawsuit time limits

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Mass school shootings kill 175 from Columbine to Nashville

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Jacksonville's Armstrong: HR surge 'out-of-body experience'

Jacksonville’s Kris Armstrong could always hit for power, but never like this. Armstrong slugged six home runs over eight at-bats against Central Arkansas this past weekend, and he's gone deep eight times in 15 trips to the plate since Thursday. “It's kind of an...

Texas without star Dylan Disu for regional final vs. Miami

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Texas forward Dylan Disu, one of the bright stars of the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, was ruled out of the Longhorns' game against Miami for a spot in the Final Four on Sunday with a left foot injury. The 6-foot-9 Disu was the MVP of the Longhorns'...

OPINION

Celebrating 196 Years of The Black Press

It was on March 17, 1827, at a meeting of “Freed Negroes” in New York City, that Samuel Cornish, a Presbyterian minister, and John Russwurn, the first Negro college graduate in the United States, established the negro newspaper. ...

DEQ Announces Suspension of Oregon’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

The state’s popular incentive for drivers to switch to electric vehicles is scheduled to pause in May ...

FHA Makes Housing More Affordable for 850,000 Borrowers

Savings tied to median market home prices ...

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

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1st Black editor named to lead Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Review: Vietnam vets try to help nation they once attacked

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Landslide in Ecuador kills at least 7, with dozens missing

ALAUSI, Ecuador (AP) — A huge landslide swept over an Andean community in central Ecuador, burying dozens of...

Study says warming-fueled supercells to hit South more often

America will probably get more killer tornado- and hail-spawning supercells as the world warms, according to a new...

Unbeaten Gamecocks, Iowa's Clark star in women's Final Four

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Opposition disrupts Indian Parliament after Gandhi's ouster

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Indonesia's stance on Israel overshadows world soccer event

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Scotland to get 1st Muslim leader as SNP elects Humza Yousaf

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By Harmeet Shah Singh Mallika Kapur and Laura Smith-Spark

Police in India blasted protesters with water cannon Saturday as clashes broke out at a rally in New Delhi against rape, leaving hundreds of people drenched and angry. 

The demonstration was prompted by wide public outrage over what police said was the gang-rape and beating of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in the capital last Sunday.

 

Her injuries were so severe she spent days in intensive in a city hospital, battling for her life.

 

Dozens of police, some equipped with long batons, flanked the water cannon as it blasted out on to the thousands of protesters gathered by New Delhi's India Gate, some of whom pushed up against the barriers holding them back.

 

Footage from the scene shows other demonstrators chanting and waving banners, or punching the air in defiance as police seek to disperse them. Shouts of "We want justice" rise above the crowd.

 

Men and women of all ages took part in the rally, symbolizing a widely felt anger over attacks against women.

 

Saturday's furious protest was just the latest held across the country in the past week, where official data show that rape cases have jumped almost 875 percent over the past 40 years -- from 2,487 in 1971 to 24,206 in 2011.

 

New Delhi alone reported 572 rapes last year and more than 600 in 2012.

 

Bhavyaa Sharma, a 19-year-old student at a leading women's college in the capital, told CNN how she fears for her safety when she leaves the campus. Sexual assaults on women in the city have horrified her and her female friends.

 

"I feel vulnerable here," said Sharma, accompanied by her classmates. "I am very sure about it. Delhi is not safe for women."

 

As fury about Sunday's assault gathered pace, some Indian lawmakers even called for treating rape as a capital crime.

 

The country's human rights body shot off notices to city police and federal authorities, demanding an explanation of the latest sexual assault.

 

"The incident has raised the issue of declining public confidence in the law and order machinery in the city, especially in its capacity to ensure safety of women, as a number of such incidents have been reported in the national capital in the recent past," the National Human Rights Commission said in a statement Tuesday.

 

At least five people, including the bus driver and a minor, have been arrested in connection with Sunday's rape.

 

Meantime, some observers say anti-women acts in India stem from the country's largely patriarchal social setup.

 

Indians' preference for sons over daughters, for example, has manifested itself in a worrisome population imbalance. The 2011 census of the world's second-most populous nation recorded an alarming drop in the percentage of girls among country's preschoolers.

 

For every 1,000 boys up to 6 years old, the census counted 914 girls, a drop from 927 a decade ago. It's illegal in India to abort a child because of its sex, but such abortions happen, often aided by illegal clinics.

 

CNN's Harmeet Shah Singh and Mallika Kapur reported from New Delhi, and Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London.

MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.