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NORTHWEST NEWS

Lottery Misses Mark on Minorities’ Fair Share

The Oregon Lottery’s most recent advertising slogan is “Together, we do good things”. But when we look at where the profits are coming from and where any potential benefit from lottery profits flow to, is this really true? 

Court Sides With Governor Kate Brown Over Early Prison Releases

Two attorneys took particular issue with Brown’s decision to allow 73 people convicted of murder, assault, rape and manslaughter while they were younger than 18 to apply for early release.

Ballot Measure to Overhaul City Government Promises Minority Representation While Facing Controversy

The Portland Charter Commission aims to bring city in line with how other major U.S. cities do local governance. 

White Woman Calls Police on Black Man Standing at His Home

“If you guys have a lease, I’d just like to see the lease,”

NEWS BRIEFS

Seattle Hospital to Refuse Some Patients Due to Capacity

The hospital is caring for some 560 inpatients, more than 130% of its licensed capacity of 413 patients. ...

West Seattle Bridge to Reopen After Yearslong Closure

The 40-year-old bridge is among the city’s most important, previously allowing 100,000 drivers and 20,000 transit users to move...

Jefferson Alumni Invites Community to Block Party

This inaugural event is open to the public and will have tons of entertainment in tow, including a live DJ and music, a rib contest,...

Oregon Approved to Issue an Additional $46 Million in Pandemic EBT Food Assistance to 80,000 Young Children

The additional food benefits will be issued to families’ existing EBT cards in Fall 2022, with the exact dates yet to be...

Free Vaccination Events Provide Required Back-to-School Immunizations

On or before the first day of instruction, all K-12 students in Washington state must be up to date on vaccinations required for...

Coast Guard responds to small oil spill near San Juan Island

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a diesel spill off the west coast of Washington state's San Juan Island after a 49-foot (15-meter) fishing vessel sank with an estimated 2,600 gallons (9,854 liters) of fuel on board. A Good Samaritan rescued all five crew members...

Police: Woman dies in Seattle light rail station accident

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a woman has died after being struck by a Seattle light rail train at a station on Sunday. KIRO-TV reports that firefighters worked to extricate the woman from between the train and a platform at the Mount Baker Station. She was evaluated by paramedics...

OPINION

No One Ever Told You About Black August?

Black America lives in a series of deserts. Many of us live in food deserts, financial deserts, employment deserts, and most of us live in information deserts. ...

Betsy Johnson Fails to Condemn Confederate Flags at Her Rally

The majority of Oregonians, including our rural communities, value inclusion and unity, not racism and bigotry. ...

Monkeypox, Covid, and Your Vote

We must start a voter registration drive right here where we live. This effort must become as important to us as putting food on the table and a roof over our heads. ...

Speaking of Reparations

To many Americans, “reparations” is a dirty word when applied to Black folks. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Developer finds human remains near Nashville Civil War fort

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A developer has unearthed human remains that could be two centuries old while digging to lay the foundation of a new Nashville project not far from a Civil War fort and a cemetery dating back to 1822. For Nashville, the discovery marks the latest intersection...

Kansas district rejects strategic plan urging diversity

DERBY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district's board rejected a proposed strategic plan after some members questioned its emphasis on diversity and students' mental health. The Derby Board of Education voted 4-3 this week to reject a plan presented after months of work by parents,...

Two years on, foundations stand by issuing bonds in pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — When the Ford Foundation took the unprecedented step in June 2020 of issuing jumi billion in debt to help stabilize other nonprofits, it delighted investors and inspired several other large foundations to follow suit. Two years later, the foundations all stand by...

ENTERTAINMENT

Jon Batiste leaves Stephen Colbert's 'The Late Show'

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Batiste, his career soaring after winning multiple Grammys this year, is leaving his perch as bandleader of “The Late Show” after a seven-year run backing up host Stephen Colbert. “We’ve been so lucky to have a front row seat to Jon’s incredible talent...

In ‘The Princess,’ a documentary on Diana flips the focus

The last thing the world needs, you might think, is another Princess Diana documentary. It’s a fair thought considering that almost 25 years after her death, her life and impact is still media fodder. Whether it’s a magazine cover or a book claiming to have new revelations or just...

'South Park' enjoys a silver anniversary of satire

NEW YORK (AP) — Reaching the age of 25 is usually a sign of hitting adulthood, a signal to put away all childish things. Not for “South Park” and stars Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman. The Comedy Central staple about four bratty, perpetually bundled-up youngsters in an unhinged...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Police: Man killed himself after ramming US Capitol barrier

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man drove his car into a barricade near the U.S. Capitol early Sunday and then began firing...

Whanganui River 'always makes things better for me'

WHANGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — Five years ago, the Whanganui River was recognized as a living person in a...

Salman Rushdie 'on the road to recovery,' agent says

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie is “on the road to recovery,” his agent confirmed Sunday, two days...

A year on, ex-Afghan leader defends role in Taliban takeover

ISLAMABAD (AP) — On the eve of the anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan's former president...

Ship carrying grain for hungry Ethiopia leaves Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A United Nations-chartered ship loaded with 23,000 metric tons of Ukrainian grain destined...

Malaysia ex-PM begins final bid to toss out graft conviction

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court Monday began hearing a final appeal by former Prime Minister...

Katie Lobosco CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Al Jazeera Media Network will launch a new channel in the U.S. on Tuesday, Al Jazeera America.

The network will be the first U.S.-based channel for the Arab broadcaster.

For Tuesday's launch the channel will be available to 40 million American households through major providers including DirectTV, Comcast, DISH Network, Verizon and AT&T, according to an Al Jazeera America spokeswoman.

Time Warner Cable is the only major provider that will not carry the network, but a spokeswoman for the carrier said they are in active discussions with Al Jazeera America.

Al Jazeera America, which is financially backed by the government of Qatar, will feature 14 hours of live news and discussion a day, as well as news updates at the top of every hour.

Al Jazeera is a major news channel in the Middle East, where it was launched in 1996. Over the past decade, the network has launched additional international channels like Al Jazeera English.

It has long tried to break into the U.S. market but had little luck getting American broadcasters to carry its channels. It has drawn criticism and allegations of bias after the Bush administration vilified the network for broadcasting Osama bin Laden videos.

Al Jazeera English has been available in the U.S. online, but has only been picked up by a handful of cable providers, like Buckeye Cable in Toledo, OH. That international channel won't be available on TV or the Internet in the U.S. once Al Jazeera America launches Tuesday.

The network announced the launch of its new channel in January when it bought Current TV, the channel co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore.

Al Jazeera paid for Current TV's infrastructure, but that does not mean it automatically picked up its carriage agreements with American broadcasters, said Eric Nisbet, a professor of communications at The Ohio State University.

In fact, Time Warner Cable immediately dropped Current TV following the acquisition announcement in January.

Al Jazeera America's beta site allows customers to find out if their broadcaster with carry the channel -- and an easy way to petition those that are not immediately carrying the channel to do so.

Although the company may be lacking in revenue from carriage agreements at the start, that may not be a huge financial problem.

"It has deep pockets from the royal family of Qatar and doesn't have to worry about making a profit right away," said Nisbet.

Revenue will not be pouring in from advertisers either. The network will only have six minutes of commercials per hour. The network is touting its lack of ads saying that its coverage will be less cluttered.

"Al Jazeera America will be financially sustainable but doesn't have to sacrifice quality, in-depth coverage to maximize revenue," said a spokeswoman.

The network now has 12 bureaus in the U.S., and an additional 70 international bureaus, which it says is more than any other news organization.

It has plucked a number of journalists from American news networks, including former CNN anchors Joie Chen and Ali Velshi. (CNN and CNNMoney are owned by the same parent company, Time Warner.) John Seigenthaler, who spent nine years as the anchor for NBC Nightly News Weekend Edition, will take on the role of Al Jazeera America's prime-time news anchor.

 

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