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Inslee: Washington Needs More Coronavirus Test Supplies

The governor suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely have to be extended to fight the disease

Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon

Gov. Brown praised the declaration, but says we still have significant requests pending, "first and foremost Oregon's request for more personal protective equipment from the national stockpile"

Vote by May 19: Oregon’s Primary Election Continues as Planned

Oregon’s vote-by-mail system keeps May Primary on schedule

A Black Woman Is Leading The Charge To Create A Vaccine For The Coronavirus

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NEWS BRIEFS

Waterfront Blues Festival Cancelled for 2020

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OHSU Hotline to Answer COVID-19 Questions

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1 dies in shooting in Portland shopping complex

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Man accused of abusing dog that had recently had puppies

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A 29-year-old Springfield man is accused of abusing a dog that had recently had puppies.Brian Domin was arrested and taken to the Springfield Municipal Jail over the weekend, The Register-Guard reported. He was arraigned Monday on charges of animal abuse and...

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10 p.m.Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday...

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

The ACA Has Never Been More Critical

Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. ...

NAACP/Black Community: A Model for Resiliency

As America enters perhaps the most uncertain period in modern history, we will all be tested in new and unpredictable ways. ...

What the Government Can Do Now to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Roger Stark says during this pandemic the administration must give states more flexibility ...

The Homelessness Crisis – We Are Better Than This

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing

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Man, 72, dies of injuries 3 months after Hanukkah stabbings

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was among the five people stabbed during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City has died three months after the attack, according to an Orthodox Jewish organization and community liaison with a local police department.Josef Neumann, 72, died Sunday night,...

Counties without coronavirus are mostly rural, poor

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ENTERTAINMENT

'Ghostbusters,' 'Morbius' postponed to 2021 due to virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures on Monday cleared out its summer calendar due to the coronavirus, postponing the releases of Jason Reitman's “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and the Marvel movie “Morbius” to 2021. Hollywood's summer season — the film industry's most...

McConaughey says stay home now, great things may lie ahead

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For new book, Alicia Keys looks to the past to find herself

NEW YORK (AP) — As a young woman growing up in the 1980s and '90s in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen — “the name was exactly accurate for what it looked like, what it felt like,” as Alicia Keys recalls it — the budding musician born Alicia Cook would...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

South Korea shoe cobbler donates for needy amid coronavirus

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Ships with people from ill-fated cruise beg Florida to dock

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AP PHOTOS: Cherry blossoms, empty stores in virus-hit Japan

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US outlines plan for Venezuela transition, sanctions relief

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How would overwhelmed hospitals decide who to treat first?

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The Latest: U.S. State Department official dies from virus

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McMenamins
By Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

Portland Police officers will now be required to hand out a business card, and introduce themselves by name when interacting with the public.
The new policy, bred out of a discussion with city commissioners during the presentation of Chief Rosie Sizer's Plan to Address Racial Profiling several weeks ago, aims to reduce tensions during police initiated stops or "conversations."
The new policy does not direct officers to hand out cards if it is to "impair safety or compromise an investigation" or if a request is an "attempt to harass, delay or manipulate" an officer. These two caveats were sticking points for Sizer when City Commissioner Randy Leonard pressed her for a policy that allowed the public to better know the identity of officers. Sizer had been concerned that safety would be compromised if officers were forced to give out cards. The past policy directed officers to hand out cards only if they were asked.
The card policy is only one of several changes that aims to reduce the problem of racial profiling, defined relying on race as a contributing factor for a police stop. Sizer is also debating whether to direct officers to issue citations or warnings for every traffic or pedestrian stop in order to reduce the number of frivolous stops. Other policy changes include better training and more community involvement.

Critics say the plan doesn't go far enough. They say there needs to be a way to hold individual officers accountable, among others. 

 


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