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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Confirms First Case of Coronavirus

Elementary school worker had no history of travel or contact with person known to be infected

PHOTOS: Elizabeth Warren Rallies in Seattle

Washington state’s primary is Tuesday, March 10; voters should have received their ballots by Thursday, Feb. 27

Support for Black Reparations Grows in Congress

The Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African-Americans Act now has 125 cosponsors

Shifting Demographics Drive GOP Nosedive on US West Coast

Political districts have flipped in population centers, from San Diego in the south to Seattle in the north

NEWS BRIEFS

Civil Rights Organization Condemns Trump’s Dangerous Call For Supreme Court Recusals

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law called the president's recent request for Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor to...

Voting Rights Advocates File Emergency Lawsuit After Georgia Officials Strike Early Voting Sites

In a similar situation in 2016, hundreds of voters were forced to wait up to four to five hours to cast their ballot ...

Washington’s March 10 Presidential Primary Ballots Mailed to Voters

Voters required to make party declaration for this election only ...

State and Federal Agencies Aid Sunken Tugboat in Columbia River

Divers plugged fuel vents this afternoon and the vessel is not actively leaking ...

Multnomah County Promotes Voter Education Project

Multnomah County is partnering with National Association of Secretary of States (NASS) to promote #TRUSTEDINFO2020 ...

New coronavirus cases of unknown origin found on West Coast

Health officials in California, Oregon and Washington state worried about the novel coronavirus spreading through West Coast communities after confirming three patients were infected by unknown means.The patients — an older Northern California woman with chronic health conditions, a high...

Mormon crickets reported early this year in northern Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Mormon crickets, the grasshopper-like insects that pose threats to crops and drivers. are hatching early this year in northern Nevada.KRVN-TV reports that the Nevada Department of Agriculture has confirmed some of the earliest hatchings of Mormon crickets in years, with the...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Key questions heading into South Carolina Democratic primary

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina primary is certain to be a fork in the road for Democrats’ 2020 presidential nominating contest. But there’s no reliable map showing where voters’ choices might lead once the state's voters — the first 2020 contest where...

Restaurants in LA's Koreatown reel amid coronavirus rumor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a Koreatown restaurant known for its beef bone broth soup, the lunchtime crowd Friday was half its normal size. The reason was a virulent rumor about a customer with coronavirus.Han Bat Shul Lung Tang was one of five restaurants that lost business after being named in...

Biden looks for first 2020 victory in South Carolina primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Democrats' 2020 nominating fight turned to South Carolina on Saturday for the first-in-the-South primary, with Joe Biden confident that his popularity with black voters will seal him a victory and help blunt some of front-runner Bernie Sanders' momentum.The primary...

ENTERTAINMENT

Ben Affleck on the pain and catharsis of 'The Way Back'

NEW YORK (AP) — Of the many stories that have stuck with Ben Affleck from his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, one has especially resonated for the actor. Recovery is often described as a process of removing a damaging habit from your life. One man articulated it in a more positive way. He...

Lady Gaga's father cites homelessness for his bar's woes

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga's father is refusing to pay 0,000 in rent and fees for his restaurant at New York City's Grand Central Terminal, saying the homeless population is hurting his business.Joe Germanotta, owner of Art Bird & Whiskey Bar, said he wants the Metropolitan Transit...

'Amazing Race' suspends filming as virus precaution

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The globe-trotting reality series “The Amazing Race” is taking a breather as a precaution due to the virus outbreak affecting several countries.CBS said in a statement Friday that it had temporarily suspended production and was sending contestants and crew...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Japan sporting events at empty stadiums amid virus outbreak

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese sporting events were held without spectators on Saturday in a move aimed at halting...

Many Venezuelans struggle to put food on the table in crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For Yeri Guerra, getting by during hard times in Venezuela means sometimes...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's viral spin on virus; Dem oversteps

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has not proved to be the bearer of reliable information when...

Prayers at fire-bombed mosques as India's riot toll grows

NEW DELHI (AP) — Muslims in a northeastern neighborhood of India's capital returned for weekly prayers at...

Malaysia's Mahathir loses bid to return as prime minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Saturday appointed seasoned politician Muhyiddin Yassin as...

Turkey, Russia talk tensions in Syria as migrants push west

REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) — The presidents of Turkey and Russia spoke by phone Friday to try to defuse tensions...

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Gregory Wallace CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A new survey shows home prices rising in metro Detroit, but the good news doesn't signal an impending renaissance for the bankrupt city. In fact, it highlights the disparity between the suburbs and the downtown.

The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index out Tuesday showed home prices there were up nearly 17% in July compared to the same time last year. The area has posted increases nearly every month since January 2012.

But home prices are still nearly 30% below where they peaked in late 2005.

And the topline numbers do not show the whole picture.

"[Greater] Detroit is a split personality, because where there's activity, it's in the suburbs," said David Blitzer, one of the study's authors. "It's not in the center city."

In the city itself, Blitzer said, the picture is very different, although the survey did not break out those numbers.

The bankrupt former auto capital has taken a beating in recent years. Its population has dropped by over a quarter in the past decade and the most recent government data showed unemployment remains over 10%.

"The center city population is down over the last several years," Blitzer said, and with it demand for housing has declined, too. While the region's numbers are up, "Not much of the comeback has been in Detroit."

The region posted the lowest home prices of the 20 major markets included in the survey.

Sandy Baruah, CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, said that the city is "really not that different from the rest of the country," which also saw tough times in the past decade.

Baruah pointed to the recent monthly home price increases.

"We're not surprised to see the continuing growth," he said.

And even though rows of empty houses stretch through some neighborhoods, some parts of downtown, like the university area, are bursting at the seams with 98% occupancy, Baruah said.

He suspected other places -- all just off of the city's downtown -- like the Boston-Edison, Corktown and Lafyette Park neighborhoods are primed for growth.

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