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NORTHWEST NEWS

Don’t Shoot Portland, University of Oregon Team Up for Black Narratives, Memory

The yearly Memory Work for Black Lives Plenary shows the power of preservation.

Grants Pass Anti-Camping Laws Head to Supreme Court

Grants Pass in southern Oregon has become the unlikely face of the nation’s homelessness crisis as its case over anti-camping laws goes to the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled for April 22. The case has broad implications for cities, including whether they can fine or jail people for camping in public. Since 2020, court orders have barred Grants Pass from enforcing its anti-camping laws. Now, the city is asking the justices to review lower court rulings it says has prevented it from addressing the city's homelessness crisis. Rights groups say people shouldn’t be punished for lacking housing.

Four Ballot Measures for Portland Voters to Consider

Proposals from the city, PPS, Metro and Urban Flood Safety & Water Quality District.

Washington Gun Store Sold Hundreds of High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines in 90 Minutes Without Ban

KGW-TV reports Wally Wentz, owner of Gator’s Custom Guns in Kelso, described Monday as “magazine day” at his store. Wentz is behind the court challenge to Washington’s high-capacity magazine ban, with the help of the Silent Majority Foundation in eastern Washington.

NEWS BRIEFS

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Literary Arts Transforms Historic Central Eastside Building Into New Headquarters

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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Announces New Partnership with the University of Oxford

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Two-time world champ J’den Cox retires at US Olympic wrestling trials; 44-year-old reaches finals

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — J’den Cox walked off the mat after dropping a 2-2 decision to Kollin Moore at the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials on Friday night, leaving his shoes behind to a standing ovation. The bronze medal winner at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 was beaten by...

University of Missouri plans 0 million renovation of Memorial Stadium

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is planning a 0 million renovation of Memorial Stadium. The Memorial Stadium Improvements Project, expected to be completed by the 2026 season, will further enclose the north end of the stadium and add a variety of new premium...

OPINION

Op-Ed: Why MAGA Policies Are Detrimental to Black Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE – MAGA proponents peddle baseless claims of widespread voter fraud to justify voter suppression tactics that disproportionately target Black voters. From restrictive voter ID laws to purging voter rolls to limiting early voting hours, these...

Loving and Embracing the Differences in Our Youngest Learners

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OP-ED: Embracing Black Men’s Voices: Rebuilding Trust and Unity in the Democratic Party

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

2nd former Arkansas officer pleads guilty to civil rights charge from violent arrest caught on video

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Councilwoman chosen as new Fort Wayne mayor, its 1st Black leader, in caucus to replace late mayor

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The drug war devastated Black and other minority communities. Is marijuana legalization helping?

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Music Review: Jazz pianist Fred Hersch creates subdued, lovely colors on 'Silent, Listening'

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Nikola Jokic leads NBA champ Denver Nuggets past LeBron James and Lakers 114-103 in playoff opener

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Residents of four Serb-majority municipalities boycott vote on removing ethnic Albanian mayors

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Alan Duke CNN

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- The 15 people injured when a motorist sped down the Venice Beach boardwalk over the weekend are out of the hospital, a Los Angeles police spokesman said Monday.


Public information officer Gregory Baek also confirmed the death of a woman, killed during the mayhem on Saturday night.

A Los Angeles County coroner's office spokeswoman identified the dead woman as Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy. Her husband told police they were on their honeymoon, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Police charged Nathan Campbell with murder after he turned himself in to police hours after the incident. The 38-year-old, described by police as a transient, is being held on a $1 million bond.

A witness said the suspect looked like he wanted "to create mayhem and massacre a lot of people,"

"There no indication that he knew anybody that he hit," LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said. "It looks like this guy wanted to run over a bunch of people. One guy bent on doing evil."

The driver eventually stopped the car and ran away.

"It was horrible. I mean it was like something out of a movie, something you would never expect to see," witness Katherine Blackburn told CNN affiliate KABC.

It was two hours before sunset on a beautiful Saturday evening -- one of the busiest times of the week at the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

"This guy had an intent to create mayhem and massacre a lot of people," Dave Blackburn told CNN affiliate KCAL.

The Blackburn family was dining on the sidewalk patio of the Candle Cafe & Grill when they saw a man get into a parked car and drive it around a corner onto the crowded boardwalk.

"The boardwalk was packed with people, and he sped up and purposefully -- it looked like purposefully -- was just swerving back and forth to run over as many people as he could," said Laura Blackburn.

Los Angeles police robbery-homicide detectives are leading the investigation.

"There were people flying, laying on the ground, tents flying everywhere. If he wanted to kill people, he came on a perfect time, 5 p.m. on a Saturday in the summer in Venice Beach," Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Numerous victims were hauled away on stretchers, their legs covered with blood, KCAL reported.

The crash took place on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, a popular tourist attraction on the west side of Los Angeles lined with hundreds of street vendors and performers.

This isn't the first time someone drove into a crowd of pedestrians in Southern California.

In 2003, an elderly man accidentally plowed his car through a busy farmer's market in nearby Santa Monica, killing 10 people and injuring 69.

CNN's Janet DiGiacomo and Cheri Mossburg contributed to this report.

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