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Blumenauer Announces Expected Vote on Federal Restaurant Relief Legislation

Under the terms of the legislation, grants would provide restaurants assistance for operating costs such as payroll and benefits, food, utilities, rent, and more.

Governor Seeks Review of Police Protest Response in Oregon

Videos from the demonstration in downtown Portland showed police grabbing a news photographer and pushing him to ground as he was trying to document them tackling and detaining a person on a sidewalk.

Portland Braces as Right-Wing Extremists Rally

Gov. Kate Brown warned violence would not be tolerated as right wing extremists converge on Portland "looking for a fight"

A Reminder: Delta Park is Vanport

As extreme right-wing, white supremacist groups prepare to converge on Portland tomorrow, here is a reminder of the historical significance of the place they plan to overrun and the stories of the people that lived there.

NEWS BRIEFS

Free COVID-19 Testing Tuesday, Sept 29

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center will be offering free screening for all ages. ...

Oregon Reports 181 New COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths

Although the curve is not flat, the number of cases is fluctuateing slightly less, with 21 new cases in Multnomah County. ...

Teletha Aldridge Benjamin Named as Recipient of the Gladys McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award

Benjamin says, “I learned about supporting my community from the examples of the adults in my neighborhood, and no one ever thought...

Blumenauer Statement on Planned White Supremacist Rally in Portland

“These are evil people looking for a fight and national media attention. Let’s not give them what they want." ...

Wish Launches $2 Million Fund To Support Black-owned Businesses

The Wish Local Empowerment Program is set to impact more than 4,000 small businesses across the US ...

Oregon names new public health director amid virus pandemic

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday announced Rachael Banks as its new public health director.She's held the same position in Oregon’s most populous county since 2017, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.Banks will be tasked with leading the state’s...

3 dead, 1 hurt in Salem hostage incident, police shooting

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Three people are dead and one was seriously injured in a hostage incident in a Salem, Oregon, home, in which a deputy fired gunshots, police said. Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a “hostage situation” at about 12:30 p.m....

No. 2 Alabama's electric WR Waddle taking on bigger role

Jaylen Waddle has been one of the nation's most dangerous return men, and a big-play receiver since first stepping on the football field for Alabama.The only thing holding him back: Four star receivers, one ball. There's still only one ball for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, but Waddle is higher...

No. 2 Crimson Tide rolls on offense to 38-19 win over Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Nick Saban has never lost a season opener while coaching Alabama.Then again, he'd never had one like this.Yet despite an offseason largely scrapped by the coronavirus pandemic, and a delayed start to the season, Saban's second-ranked Crimson Tide looked just fine as they...

OPINION

In Washington Post, Gupta Shows How Massive Voter Turnout Can Protect Our Democracy

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights president and CEO says, “Trump is far better at the art of distraction than understanding the powers — and limits — of the presidency." ...

Civil Rights Leaders Endorse Sarah Iannarone for Portland Mayor

The list of new endorsements include National Black Lives Matter activist and Campaign Zero Founder Deray Mckesson, civil rights attorney Bobbin Singh and others. ...

When Black Women's Lives Matter All Lives Will Matter

Brazen disregard for the lives and safety of Black women goes back over 400 years in U.S. history with the definition of Black women’s bodies as property at the complete disposal of white slave-owners ...

Sarah Iannarone Demands Action from Mayor Regarding Planned Right-Wing Demonstrations; Opens Safe Space for Portlanders

BIPOC, Queer, and other marginalized Portlanders will bear the brunt of these attacks simply because of their identity or the color of their skin. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

California prosecutor: Driver tried to kill Trump protesters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organizer of a Southern California rally against racism was charged with attempted murder Tuesday for driving her car into a crowd of counterprotesters.Orange County prosecutors said Tatiana Turner deliberately drove into a crowd of President Donald Trump's supporters...

Black Appalachians find hope in national reckoning on race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dayjha Hogg has known racism her entire life, but until recently she thought she and her family had to face it on their own.Hogg, 19, lives in Whitesburg, Kentucky, a town of 2,000 people in the heart of Appalachia. She is biracial — born to a Black father and a...

Prosecutor: Huawei defense turning US extradition into trial

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian prosecutor says by requesting the inclusion of additional evidence the defense team for a Chinese executive wanted in the United States is coming close to turning an extradition hearing into a trial. Canada arrested the chief financial officer of...

ENTERTAINMENT

Gabrielle Union, NBC settle dispute over racism allegations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabrielle Union and NBC said Tuesday that they have settled their differences in their dispute over her firing as a judge on “America's Got Talent,” which she said was retaliation for her complaints that the show tolerated racism on the set. ...

Barry Jenkins to direct 'Lion King' follow-up

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. will make a follow-up to the 2019 live-action “The Lion King,” with Barry Jenkins, the director of the Oscar-winning “Moonlight” and the James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk,” set to direct.Disney...

Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods

NEW YORK (AP) — At last year’s Latin Grammy Awards, popular reggaeton and Latin trap musicians such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were dismissed in the show’s top categories. This year, they dominate.Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations for the 2020 Latin Grammys,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Unfriendly skies: Airline workers brace for mass layoffs

DETROIT (AP) — The worries are growing for United Airlines flight attendant Jordy Comeaux. In a few days,...

Titans have NFL's first COVID-19 outbreak: 8 positive tests

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL...

Justice Ginsburg buried at Arlington in private ceremony

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was buried Tuesday in a private ceremony at...

France to ban use of wild animals in circuses, marine parks

PARIS (AP) — France's environment minister has announced a gradual ban on using wild animals in traveling...

Myanmar says militants hampering return of Rohingya refugees

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A top Myanmar official on Tuesday accused a militant group and its supporters of...

Women's issues at UN: Still 'too low down on the agenda'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh...

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(CNN) -- Honduras, the country with the world's highest murder rate, is backing proposed talks between its two most violent gangs in search of a truce.

The Mara Salvatrucha and Calle 18 gangs already reached a truce in neighboring El Salvador, and officials there claim the murder rate has dropped dramatically.

Honduran leaders hope for the same.

The two gangs were slated to give separate statements from a prison in San Pedro Sula on Tuesday, announcing the talks and asking forgiveness from the public for the violence.

The bishop of San Pedro Sula, Romulo Emiliani, first revealed the upcoming talks a week ago, and on Monday, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo gave the government's backing.

Lobo said he called Emiliani to "express my congratulations and my appreciation in name of the people of Honduras."

"They want a type of reconciliation with society, trying to change their way of life," Emiliani said, according to the newspaper La Prensa. "Then there is a possibility of a truce -- not today, because nothing is being signed today. They are talking about further ahead, depending on certain factors there may be a truce between the two gangs."

The Organization of American States, through Secretary for Multidimensional Security Adam Blackwell, will also participate in the process.

According to the United Nations, in 2011, Honduras had the highest murder rate in the world, at 91.6 killings per 100,000 people. That same year, El Salvador registered the second-highest murder rate, at 69.2 killings per 100,000. These most recent statistics from the United Nations do not reflect the impact of the gang truce in El Salvador, but officials there say it is significant.

According the Salvadoran government, the number of murders have fallen by 52% since the truce was signed 14 months ago. The average number of killings fell from 13 per day to 6 per day. According to a U.S. State Department travel warning, however, the truce has had little impact on robbery, assaults and other violent crime.

Journalists Elvin Sandoval in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Merlin Delcid in San Salvador, El Salvador, contributed to this report.

 

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