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Photos: Oregon Welcomes Shakespeare Festival’s Newly Appointed Artistic Director

On Wednesday, June 12, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival hosted a reception at the Froelick Gallery to welcome newly appointed artistic director Nataki Garret.

Juneteenth Celebrations Expand Across Metro Area, State

Gresham, Vancouver events join decades-old Portland celebration of the effective end of slavery

Portland Black Pride in June

Midway through Pride Month, there are still a number of events throughout Portland that celebrate LGBTQ community members of color.

Family, Police Seek Answers in Death of Black, Queer Portlander

Otis/Titi Gulley was found hanging from a tree on Rocky Butte May 27

NEWS BRIEFS

Must-See Shows Open in OSF Outdoor Theatre

New shows are Alice in Wonderland, Macbeth and All’s Well That Ends Well. ...

Roosevelt High School Students Earn National Recognition for Resiliency

Students from Roosevelt High School who recently started a storytelling and resiliency-building initiative have been invited to...

Seattle Art Museum Appoints Amada Cruz as New Director and CEO

The Board of Trustees of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) announced today that Amada Cruz has been chosen as the museum’s new Illsley...

The Oregon Historical Society Presents a Lecture on Oregon’s Enigmatic Black History

Join the Oregon Historical Society for an evening exploring Oregon’s enigmatic history in relation to Blacks ...

Lisa Loving ‘Street Journalist’ Reading

On June, 2, Lisa Loving, former news editor of The Skanner News, read from her new book at Powell’s Books on Burnside ...

Oregon city stops jailing poor who can't pay court debts

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The eastern Oregon city of Pendleton has stopped jailing people unable to pay fines, a city official said, following the settlement of a federal lawsuit contending city officials were running a debtors' prison.The East Oregonian reports in a story on Saturday that city...

North Entrance Road Opens at Crater Lake National Park

CRATER LAKE, Ore. (AP) — The North Entrance Road and West Rim Drive in Crater Lake National Park will open for travel Saturday morning.Superintendent Craig Ackerman says visitors now can drive to and from the park using the popular route and access spectacular views of the lake from West Rim...

OPINION

U.S. Attempt to Erase Harriet Tubman

Traitors like Jefferson Davis and other Confederates are memorialized while a woman who risked her life time and again to free enslaved people is simply dismissed. ...

Watching a Father and Son

You must have seen this video of a father speaking with his pre-verbal son about the season finale of Empire. ...

The Congressional Black Caucus Must Oppose HR 246

If every tactic that was used by African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement and/or in the fight against apartheid South Africa was either criminalized or attacked by the US Congress, how would you respond? ...

Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience

We are now able to actualize the healing and collective unity so many generations have worked to achieve in ways which bring power to our communities in America, Africa and throughout our Diaspora. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election.Appearing on stage...

Cross-sports push at World Cup for gender pay equality

PARIS (AP) — Venus Williams joined retired soccer star Julie Foudy and ice hockey player Hilary Knight in the Eiffel Tower to highlight the push for pay equality for women athletes.The trio gathered Saturday night for a forum sponsored by LUNA bar and moderated by Catt Sadler, who quit E! in...

Protesters demand firing of Utah cop who pulled gun on child

WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) — About 100 protesters gathered outside a police agency in northern Utah to demand an officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old child last week be fired.The crowd carried Black Lives Matter signs Friday evening and others protesting the incident, including one that...

ENTERTAINMENT

Aniston to Sandler before kissing scenes: 'Oil up the beard'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it came to their kissing scenes in Netflix's "Murder Mystery ," Jennifer Aniston had one requirement of co-star Adam Sandler."I did have him learn to oil the beard up a little bit," the actress said in a joint interview this week. "Conditioned."Sandler said kissing...

Democratic contenders bash Fox News on Fox News

NEW YORK (AP) — Julian Castro is the latest Democratic presidential contender to follow the trend of criticizing Fox News Channel while appearing on the network for a town hall.The former Housing secretary's scolding of Fox on Thursday for its coverage of Hillary Clinton was mild compared to...

'Gosh!' Cult comedy 'Napoleon Dynamite' turns 15

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The cult comedy Napoleon Dynamite turns 15 years old this month, a milestone for a movie that became an early breakaway hit in today's era of pop-culture geek celebration.The movie created the "Vote for Pedro" T-shirt and made Napoleon's disgusted version of "gosh!"...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Plane landing at Newark airport blows tires, skids on runway

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a plane blew tires while landing at Newark Liberty International...

Babe Ruth road jersey sells at auction for .64 million

NEW YORK (AP) — A Babe Ruth road jersey dating to 1928-30 has sold at auction for .64 million.Hunt...

Activists push Sunday protest despite Hong Kong bill delay

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are planning a mass protest Sunday even after the...

Guam Catholic group protests recruitment of abortion doctors

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Catholic group has protested the governor of Guam's plan to recruit abortion...

Versace to Emporio: Men's looks shine, literally, in Milan

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week for spring/summer menswear previews has started with a slightly different...

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela's...

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By Paul Gittings CNN

Arsonists attacked the administrative offices of leading Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem on Friday, police said. The attack occurred just days after the club signed two Muslim players.

No one was injured in the fire, which was discovered around 5 a.m., police said. But the blaze damaged the club's trophy room.

Last Thursday, four club supporters were arrested on charges of making racist chants, apparently directed at the Beitar's newest players, Zaur Sadaev and Dzhabrail Kadaev. They came from Russian League club Terek Grozny, based in Chechnya.

On the same day they were signed, January 26, fans at a Beitar match waved a banner reading "Beitar -- pure forever" and chanted anti-Arab slogans. Four were arrested.

The Israeli Football Association later fined Beitar $15,000 and ordered the club to close the area at the Teddy Kollek Stadium where the club's hardcore supporters usually gather.

Meanwhile, investigators continue to figure out who is behind the arson attack.

"A thorough investigation has been opened by a Special Investigations Unit searching for suspects that fled the scene," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the "shameful" arson attack in a statement issued Friday.

"We cannot accept such racist behavior," he said.

Beitar's general manager, Itzik Kornfein, issued a defiant message, saying the club would stand by its signing of Sadaev and Kadaev.

He said bringing them on was the "right decision," despite the subsequent controversy.

"We will keep strong," he told CNN.

"The club won't change it's mind because of these criminals," he said. "But I want to emphasize that a minority of people have been causing these actions. Beitar and most of its fans are not racist."

Rosenfeld said security will be stepped up ahead of Beitar's home match Sunday in the Israeli League against Bnei Sachnin, an Arab-Israeli team.

Beitar, owned by Russian-Israeli Arkady Gaydamak, was founded in 1948.

The club's crest features the menorah, which is also embedded in the emblem of the state of Israel.

Throughout the club's history many of their fans have remained implacably opposed to the signing of Arab or Muslim players.

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