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NORTHWEST NEWS

Veteran Immunologist, Dean of HBCU Medical School, on COVID Vaccines

Dr. James Hildreth is an expert on engaging the Black community to overcome healthcare disparities.

Seattle-area Hospital System Rebuked After Offering Vaccine to Donors

Governor Inslee said, "We need to give everybody a fair shot at the vaccine … We’ve got to maintain public credibility in the system"

Police Find No Bias, Terror Motive in Portland Road Rampage

Police identified the driver as Paul Rivas of Oregon City. He was booked on initial charges of second-degree murder, assault and failure to perform the duties of a driver.

Mayor Ted Wheeler Decries Ongoing Violence

At a news conference Monday, Wheeler also said he had filed a police report about an “incident” that happened to him, but he did not elaborate

NEWS BRIEFS

BLM Seattle Demands Mayor Durkan Halt Bargaining With Seattle Police Officers Guild

The demand follows a storm of condemnation against SPOG President Mike Solan, who tweeted that the Black Lives Matter movement was in...

Everybody Reads Program to Hold Event with Author Ross Gay

Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights will speak at a special event in April—free for people in financial hardship ...

The Mayor Turns 90: A Paul Knauls Celebration to be Held Friday, January 22

Albina legend Paul Knauls, Sr. will be celebrated with a virtual event featuring public officials, musicians, and community...

People For the American Way Supports Congressional Gold Medal for Officer Eugene Goodman

Goodman, a Black U.S. Capitol Hill police officer, diverted a white mob away from the unprotected Senate chambers during the violent...

St. Andrew Parish Announces 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Awards

The Community Service Award went to cameron whitten of the Black Resilience Fund ...

Lawyer pepper-sprayed by Portland mayor apologizes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer who Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler hit with pepper spray after the man aggressively confronted him on Sunday has released a statement expressing remorse. “I am remorseful for my decision to confront Mayor Wheeler on Sunday, Jan. 24, and I am sorry he felt...

Washington health officials: residents only for vaccines

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Upcoming mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be limited only to people who live or work in Washington state, the state Department of Health said Wednesday.The upcoming clinics in Ridgefield, Spokane, Kennewick, and Wenatchee have limited spots due to the scarcity of...

Ex-Cardinals coach Wilks new defensive coordinator at Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Steve Wilks is returning to coaching as the defensive coordinator at Missouri.Wilks, who was hired by Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz on Thursday, took last year off after spending the previous 14 seasons in the NFL. The stint was highlighted by a year as the head coach of...

Music City Bowl between Iowa and Missouri canceled

The Music City Bowl between Missouri and Iowa was canceled Sunday because COVID-19 issues left the Tigers unable to play.The game scheduled for Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, is the second bowl called off since the postseason lineup was set on Dec. 20, joining the Gasparilla Bowl. Overall, 18...

OPINION

Demos President K. Sabeel Rahman Issues Statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

We see painful parallels between the America in which King lived and the present day ...

This is America: White Privilege, Black Lives Matter, and Violence at the Capitol

The violence we witnessed in the United States Capitol on January 6 is nothing new. ...

SPLC Action Fund President: Attempted Coup Displays Organized, Extremist Violence Plaguing the United States

Insidious racism took the form of an American president openly encouraging with “love” violent extremists ...

Commentary: Exit in Disgrace

Will Trump leave in the middle of the night, embarrassed by his four years of crude, rude, lying, and beyond belief incompetence? Or will he be escorted out by a secret service detachment? ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Singapore mosques, worshippers react to teen’s attack plans

SINGAPORE (AP) — Two Singapore mosques that authorities said were the targets of a planned terrorist attack by a 16-year-old student stayed open Thursday as police stepped up patrols in the area.Staff at the Assyafaah Mosque and Yusof Ishak Mosque in northern Singapore said already-frequent...

Oregon puts debate over race in vaccine rollout to test

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The role that race should play in deciding who gets priority for the COVID-19 vaccine in the next phase of the rollout is being put to the test in Oregon as tensions around equity and access to the shots emerge nationwide.An advisory committee that provides...

San Francisco to strip Washington, Lincoln from school names

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The names of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and other prominent figures including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be removed from 44 San Francisco public schools, a move that stirred debate Wednesday on whether the famously liberal city has taken the national...

ENTERTAINMENT

Retiring Brokaw: Journalists should get out of power centers

NEW YORK (AP) — If Tom Brokaw has one piece of advice to leave for television journalists upon his retirement, it's to get out to more of the country —and not just to visit.The Capitol insurrection is but one example of a story that might not have seemed as much a surprise if more...

In ‘Palmer,’ Timberlake embraces stillness of a broken man

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake turns 40 this week and seemingly has the energy of a teenager, recently performing a new song for the inauguration celebration, welcoming a second son with wife Jessica Biel and starring in the new Apple TV+ film, “Palmer.” Timberlake plays...

Oscar-winning, 'irreplaceable' Cloris Leachman dies at 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cloris Leachman, an Oscar-winner for her portrayal of a lonely housewife in “The Last Picture Show” and a comedic delight as the fearsome Frau Blücher in “Young Frankenstein” and self-absorbed neighbor Phyllis on “The Mary Tyler...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

EXPLAINER: Why it's hard to make vaccines and boost supplies

With demand for COVID-19 vaccines outpacing the world’s supplies, a frustrated public and policymakers want...

Russian court rejects Navalny's appeal; allies detained

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Thursday rejected opposition leader Alexei Navalny's appeal against his...

Pakistani court: Release man accused in Daniel Pearl's death

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the release Thursday of a Pakistani-British man...

Africa secures another 400 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Another 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been secured for the African...

EXPLAINER: Why India's farmers are revolting against PM Modi

NEW DELHI (AP) — A sea of tens of thousands of farmers riding tractors and horses stormed India’s...

Vaccine factory inspected amid EU dispute with AstraZeneca

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian health authorities said Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory to...

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Read UPDATED Article on the cuts and the reaction
This just in from Mayor Charlie Hales' office:


Portland mayor Charlie Hales is again cutting his own office's budget in order to soften the blow of the City's expected $25 million general fund shortfall for 2013-14. 

Gail Shibley, Mayor Hales' chief of staff, announced today that $395,000 for summer internships and grant management contracts will not be moving forward.  Together with the $600,000 annualized salary difference from the earlier administration, Mayor Hales has reduced his office spending almost $1 million.

A local non-profit, Worksystems Inc., was to receive two separate grants from the mayor's office. One, worth $195,000, was for the SummerWorks youth employment program. A separate contract amendment worth $200,000 would have gone toward coordination of activities and support for the Summer Youth Connect program.

"Mayor Hales knows the value of summer interships, and has great respect for the good work of Worksystems Inc.," Shibley said.  These budget decisions simply reflect the tough fiscal reality we face, and the mayor is committed to leading by example as the council begins crafting next year's budget.  Every dollar of general fund saved today can go toward the $25 million hole the city faces."

Mayor Hales reiterated his commitment to education and jobs, stating "I stand ready to advocate for workforce development resources, especially in efforts for Portland-area agencies like Worksystems Inc.  The federal and state government, along with private sector industries, are essential partners in this important work."

Even before being sworn into office, Hales cut the size of his staff from 25 to 14, saving approximately $600,000 annually on staff salaries.

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