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Election Day-Ballots Need to be Dropped Off or Postmarked Before 8 P.M.

Today, May 17, 2022, is the last day to vote in the Primary Election. Voted ballots must be received at any county elections office in Oregon or Official Ballot Drop Site location tonight by 8 p.m., or mailed and postmarked by May 17, 2022 to be counted.

2022 Midterms: What to Watch as 5 States Hold Primaries

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 is the last day for voters to return ballots. Ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by election day. Ballots deposited in an official drop box must be received by 8 p.m. on election day.

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Controversies sink reelection bid of GOP Rep. Cawthorn

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s unexpected 2020 win made him the youngest member of Congress and a rising Republican star. Then the scandals started to pile up. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old conservative North Carolina firebrand left his election night party early,...


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The Skanner News Endorsements: May Primary 2022

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Men’s Voices Urgently Needed to Defend Reproductive Rights

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Burying Black Cemeteries: Off the Record

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Sri Lankan protesters include Tamil victims in war memorial

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan protesters lit flames and offered prayers Wednesday remembering thousands — including ethnic Tamil civilians — killed in the final stages of the country’s decadeslong civil war, in the first-ever event where mostly majority ethnic Sinhalese openly...

Buffalo shooting leaves neighborhood without a grocery store

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tops Friendly Market was more than a place to buy groceries. As the only supermarket for miles, it became a sort of community hub on Buffalo's East Side — where you chatted with neighbors and caught up on people's lives. “It’s where we go to buy bread and...

Lawsuit: Students taunted Black student, threatened lynching

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Wesley Morgan wins Colby award for 'The Hardest Place'

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Review: Actress Selma Blair bares soul in captivating memoir

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Analysis: Condolence calls from elite show UAE ruler's power

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Bad Kitty: German town grounds cats to save rare birds

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UN envoy warns that Iraq's `streets are about to boil over'

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Barrington M. Salmon Washington Informer

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Aware that jurors in Sanford, Fla., were deliberating in the George Zimmerman murder trial on July 13, Washington radio talk show host Newman asked poet Nikki Giovanni what she thought about the case.

"There's no question in my mind that Mr. Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin," she said soberly during a talk about her forthcoming volume, Chasing Utopia, held at D.C.'s Busboys and Poets bookstore and cafe. "If it hadn't been for the outcry, the state of Florida would not have even charged him. America was a good idea but I don't think it's there yet. We're so far in the other direction -- I try not to be discouraged."

One person she's disillusioned and extremely disenchanted with is President Barack Obama.

"I'm really disappointed in the president," she said. "I don't think that the President of the United States is there as a clerk. You're supposed to change the conversation. His election hasn't proven anything. We're still running around killing people. Bad language is drones, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize and then sending 30,000 people to war."

"If you go around Northwest, all you see is barbed wire to protect people. Money is something I don't understand; I'm a poet. We're spending so much money killing people and we don't have a domestic policy."

Giovanni said that when she supported and voted for Obama, she didn't think she was getting Bush IV.

"… I'm not a politician, just a writer. I don't think I have to say I agree with what's going on. I'm disenchanted with this administration. My expectations were different. It's very unfortunate that we haven't had change. The color of one's skin doesn't make a difference."

Track from Spirituals to Hip-Hop

Giovanni, who turned 70 last month, is an avid supporter of hip-hop and has talked and written a lot about the art form and its relevance particularly to those who produce the music.

"There's a railroad track between spirituals and hip-hop," said Giovanni, who has been bestowed with more than 20 honorary degrees. "Spirituals are the vernacular which is incredibly important to people. The enslaved were great people who found a way to tell a story. We have tried to silence these good men and women. They are using us to find their voice."

"What they want to do is separate us, say what's good and bad. They have not just the right but the responsibility to develop their craft. NWA was important."

She spoke lovingly of Tupac Shakur.

"I was distressed when Tupac died," she said. "When he was shot the first time I thought, 'This will come to a bad end.' He was incredibly talented and committed, and committed black men tend to get killed. Then there was the shooting in Vegas. I was so depressed and needed to do something."

So Giovanni went to a tattoo parlor and had the person there ink "Thug Life" on her inner forearm.

"I talked to my mother, trying to make sense of it and I heard other people saying bad things about him. They needed to shut up," she said.

The New York Times heard that she had a tattoo and visited her to write a story. Shakur's mother, Afeni, found out what Giovanni had done and sent her a letter saying how much she appreciated Giovanni's support of her son.

What thrills her most, Giovanni said, is that young black musicians and rappers have wrested their destiny from the hands of other people.

She explained, "We gave selflessly, but they are now entrepreneurs, have wealth and know how to handle their money. Bing Crosby buried Louis Armstrong. That won't be happening with them."

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