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NORTHWEST NEWS

After a Rocky Start Oregon Drug Decriminalization Eyes Progress

When voters passed the state's pioneering Drug Addiction Treatment andRecovery Act in 2020, the emphasis was on treatment as much as on decriminalizing possession of personal-use amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs. But progress has been slow and Oregon still has among the highest addiction rates in the country yet over half of addiction treatment programs in the state don't have enough staffing and funding to help those who want help

Portland, Oregon, to Use Microphones to Track Gunshots

The decision to advance a pilot program with ShotSpotter was made after Wheeler met with Police Chief Chuck Lovell.

Oregon Students' Math, Reading Skills Plummet Post-Pandemic

The tests administered last spring were the first reliable comparison to pre-pandemic testing done in 2019.

Faith Community, Activists Introduce ‘Evidence-Based’ Gun Control Measure to Ballot

Proposed law would require permits to purchase, limit magazine rounds.

NEWS BRIEFS

Rep. Janelle Bynum Champions Oregon Business and Sets Sights on Strengthening Key Industries

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PPS Renames Headquarters

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Merkley, Wyden: Over $3.2 Million in Federal Funds to Address Domestic Violence and Expand Services for Survivors 

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces Partnership to Advance Genomics Research at the Nation's Four Historically Black Medical Colleges

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Police: Man dead in shooting outside Portland hotel

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After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two years after Oregon residents voted to decriminalize hard drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment, few people have requested the services and the state has been slow to channel the funds. When voters passed the state's pioneering Drug...

LSU survives Daniels' injury scare in romp over New Mexico

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU defense held New Mexico to 88 total yards and the Tigers survived an injury scare to starting quarterback Jayden Daniels in a 38-0 victory Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. “Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is a habit,” LSU...

Bridges' OT fumble recovery seals Auburn's win over Missouri

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Cayden Bridges recovered a fumble in the end zone to give Auburn a 17-14 overtime victory over Missouri in an SEC opener on Saturday. Missouri (2-2) running back Nathaniel Peat dropped the football before a potential game-winning touchdown, and Bridges landed on...

OPINION

The Cruelty of Exploiting Vulnerable People for Political Advantage

There is always a new low for Trump Republicans. And that is pretty frightening. ...

The Military to American Youth: You Belong to Me

The U.S. military needs more than just money in its annual budget. It needs access to America’s young people as well — their wallets, their bodies, and their minds. ...

Financial Fairness at Risk With Proposed TD Bank-First Horizon Merger

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Democrats in Florida seek to win over Latinos on gun control

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Biden administration launches environmental justice office

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Ex-Nevada deputy attorney general indicted on murder charge

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii grand jury on Friday indicted a former deputy Nevada attorney general on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the 50-year-old cold case of a Honolulu woman killed in 1972. Tudor Chirila, 77, is in custody in Reno, Nevada, where he is fighting...

ENTERTAINMENT

New Mexico allows funds for prosecutions in 'Rust' shooting

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has granted funds to pay for possible prosecutions connected to last year's fatal film-set shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Thursday. The state Board of Finance greenlit more than 7,000 to...

Ari Lennox's 'age/sex/location' revels in infatuation

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Early Streisand nightclub recording remastered for release

NEW YORK (AP) — A series of 1962 performances by Barbra Streisand at a Manhattan nightclub before she became a superstar have been remastered and will be released this fall. “Barbra Streisand — Live at the Bon Soir” features songs from a three night stint at the Bon Soir...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Analysis: Backups, be ready. NFL's QB carousel is spinning

The NFL’s quarterback carousel may start spinning a bit faster. Mac Jones, Tua Tagovailoa and Josh...

Powerful typhoon leaves 5 rescuers dead in north Philippines

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Politics impede long-advocated growth of UN Security Council

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Cardinal Zen, 5 others stand trial in Hong Kong over fund

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New Zealand marks queen's death with holiday, church service

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Seoul says North Korea, China reopen freight train traffic

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By Chelsea Carter CNN



The Army psychiatrist defending himself against charges that he killed 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, rested his case Wednesday without calling a single witness.

Maj. Nidal Hasan faces a possible death sentence, if convicted on 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in connection with the November 5, 2009, attack at a deployment processing center for soldiers heading to Afghanistan and Iraq.

The judge granted a prosecution request to recess the jury for the rest of the day so it can deal with the jury instructions and the reading of the charges.

Closing statements are expected to begin at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. ET) Thursday, with Hasan set to make a statement to the military jury of 13 officers who will decide his fate.

After the closing statements, the case will be handed to the jury.

If the jury finds Hasan guilty, the judge will then convene the sentencing phase of the court-martial -- essentially a mini-trial -- where a jury will determine whether Hasan should be put to death.

During the sentencing phase, the prosecution and the defense can call witnesses, meaning Hasan can also take the stand to testify.

Witnesses paint a horrific picture

Military prosecutors called 89 witnesses and submitted more than 700 pieces of evidence before resting their case, hoping to show that the American-born Muslim had undergone what they described as a progressive radicalization.

They have argued to the jury that Hasan, who was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan, did not want to fight against other Muslims and believed he had a jihad duty to kill as many soldiers as possible.

Over the course of 11 days, prosecution witnesses painted a horrific picture of the shooting rampage that began inside the deployment center, with a number recounting how the gunman rose from a chair, shouted "Allahu Akbar" -- Arabic for "God is the greatest" -- and fired more than 146 rounds in the room.

Prosecution witnesses called Tuesday described the final minutes of the attack, and a police shootout that ended with the gunman shooting a police officer before he was shot. Hasan was paralyzed for the chest down.

The final witness called by the prosecution, Dr. Tonya Kozminski, testified about what Hasan told her would happen to the Army if he were deployed.

"The last thing he said ... 'They will pay," Kozminski said.

"I was the shooter"

There is no question about whether Hasan carried out the shooting rampage, as he took credit for it at the outset of the trial, telling the military jury of 13 officers during opening statements that the evidence will show "I was the shooter."

The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, refused to allow Hasan to argue "defense of others," a claim that he carried out the shootings to protect the Afghan Taliban and its leaders from U.S. soldiers.

The judge barred Hasan from pleading guilty at the start of the court-martial. Under military law, defendants cannot enter guilty pleas in capital punishment cases.

But in recent weeks, he has leaked documents through his civilian attorney to The New York Times and Fox News that appear to offer a glimpse of Hasan's purported justification for carrying out the attack.

Among the documents was a mental health evaluation conducted by a military panel to determine whether Hasan was fit to stand trial.

"I don't think what I did was wrong because it was for the greater cause of helping my Muslim brothers," he told the panel, according to pages of the report published by The New York Times.

Hasan's defense strategy

Witness after witness pointed to the wheelchair-bound Hasan, identifying him as the gunman.

Throughout most of the testimony, Hasan has sat impassively and declined to question or challenge witness statements.

Much has been made of Hasan's defense or, as his stand-by attorneys have said, the lack of it. The judge declined a request by Hasan's attorneys to drop out of the case. The attorneys argued that Hasan was helping the prosecution put him to death.

There may be something to that claim.

In the mental health evaluation that Hasan released to The Times, he told the military panel: "I'm paraplegic and could be in jail for the rest of my life. However, if I died by lethal injection I would still be a martyr."

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