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Portland Protests Persist with Some Flashes of Violence

Tear gas was used by police on protesters Wednesday for the first time since the U.S. agents pulled back their presence

Reimagine Oregon Issues Equity Demands, Gains Legislative Support

Coalition of Black-led and Black-focused organizations takes new approach to concrete change 

Oregon Criminal Justice Commission: Initiative Petition 44 Will Nearly Eliminate Racial Disparities for Drug Arrests, Convictions

The initiative would expand access to drug addiction treatment and recovery services, and decriminalize low-level drug possession.

Inslee, Culp Advance to November Ballot in Governor's Race

In early returns, with nearly 17% of the vote, Loren Culp, the police chief of Republic, had the largest share among 35 other candidates.

NEWS BRIEFS

Vote.org Holds #GoodTroublePledge Voter Registration Drive to Commemorate the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

2020 VRA anniversary observance to honor the memory of voting rights activist and late-Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) ...

White Democrats in Congress Falling Short on Reparations Bill

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New Rule by The U.S. Department of Education Would Misdirect $11M from Oregon Public Schools

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer called a...

Barbara Bush Foundation Partners with Barbershop Books and Penguin to Provide Child-Friendly Reading Spaces in Baltimore and Detroit Barbershops

Developed in Harlem, Barbershop Books is a community-based program that leverages the cultural significance of barbershops in...

All Classical Portland Awards Grant to Support Emmanuel Henreid's 'Livin' in the Light'

Livin’ in the Light documents Onry’s experience as a Black, male, professional opera and crossover singer in Portland, Ore. ...

Crowds, illegal gear threaten Oregon's pristine Crate Lake

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The clean, clear waters of Crater Lake National Park are being threatened by contamination brought in by visitors after the coronavirus pandemic spurred sharp cutbacks in park staffing.Crater Lake Superintendent Craig Ackerman said he's concerned visitors are ignoring signs...

Black people in Portland struggle to be heard amid protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Chaotic and often violent protests against racial injustice have topped the headlines for days, but lost in the shouting are the voices of many Black Portland residents themselves — and their feelings about the unrest are nuanced and diverse. Some feel the...

LSU adds Missouri, Vanderbilt in revamped SEC schedule

Defending Southeastern Conference and national champion LSU will host Missouri and visit Vanderbilt in its expanded Southeastern Conference schedule, while Alabama will visit Mizzou and host Kentucky in league play revised by the coronavirus pandemic. The league on Friday released two additional...

Missouri's Drinkwitz takes side in mask-or-no-mask debate

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz has been the head coach at Missouri for just over seven months. He has yet to lead the Tigers onto the football field, much less win a game, yet his role in the community already has forced him to take some important stands.First, it was supporting his new...

OPINION

Da 5 Bloods and America Abroad

Even before I returned to the United States from my combat tour in Vietnam, I had decided that we were fighting an unjust war. ...

Falling Behind: COVID, Climate Change, and Chaos

Multiple Crises, Multiple Obstacles ...

Bill Deiz urges Oregonians to Defend their Constitutional Rights

Elements of federal police, sent in by our president, are nightly tormenting our citizens with tear gas, impact munitions, kidnappings and beatings, and other criminal acts, in order to suppress our rights of free speech and free assembly ...

The Power of Love

Powerful lessons for me today on forgiveness. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt

NEW YORK (AP) — As the new academic year arrives, school systems across the United States are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roman Catholic educators have an extra challenge — trying to forestall a relentless wave of closures of their schools that has no end in...

Police: 12 protesters in Louisville arrested, charged

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BBC says sorry for using racist term in news report

LONDON (AP) — The BBC apologized Sunday for broadcasting a racist slur in a news report, saying it was a mistake that has caused many people distress.The BBC included the word when reporting last month on a violent attack on a young Black man in Bristol, a city in southwest England. The...

ENTERTAINMENT

Eminent scholar of early U.S., Bernard Bailyn, dies at 97

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Bailyn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and educator of lasting influence whose “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution” transformed how many thought about the country’s formation, has died at 97.Bailyn's wife, Lotte, told The...

Lorenzo Soria, president of Golden Globes group, dies at 68

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Reimagining ‘The Secret Garden’ for a new generation

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic “ The Secret Garden ” has been adapted into several films, television series and even a Broadway musical. But it had been 27 years since Mary Lennox had last been committed to film and the time seemed ripe for another visit to...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Mauritius races to contain oil spill, protect coastline

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working...

Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt

NEW YORK (AP) — As the new academic year arrives, school systems across the United States are struggling to...

Trump orders encroach on Congress' powers, invite challenges

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump has bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the...

Masks in class? Many questions as Germans go back to school

BERLIN (AP) — Masks during class, masks only in the halls, no masks at all. Distance when possible, no...

New Zealand marks 100 days of virus elimination

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the...

Starvation looms for Morocco's horses as tourism collapses

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Pam Belli signs a petition to recall Mayor Sam Adams, Monday at the campaign office at 421 N. Broadway. Belli was one of a handful of people who came to the office to sign the petition before the closing deadline. Ray Coronado, who has been gathering signatures for the campaign, said voters should be allowed to vote on whether Adams should stay or go. "We got ripped off," he said. The mayor shouldn't be above everyone else. He should be bound by the same rules and conditions and etiquette that we are all bound to follow."

The effort to recall Mayor Sam Adams failed Monday. The campaign failed to collect 32,183 signatures – the number necessary to force a special recall election within the regulation 90-day window.
However far from giving up, organizers Jason Wurster and Theresa McGuire say they will launch a new recall attempt immediately, this time with backing from an unidentified group of business leaders.
"We will have paid signature gatherers this time around," McGuire, the campaign treasurer, told The Skanner.
"We had some very dedicated volunteers, but we also had a week of 90-degree
weather, where it was difficult for people to go out and gather signatures. We could have done with extra time.
"There is no motivation like a pay check."
To force a recall, the campaign will have to collect far more than 32,000 signatures because the city auditor's office will verify every signature and each must match information on the voters roll. Some signatures are invariably declared invalid because of errors.
Wurster, a Portland State University student, has said that the campaign came close to collecting enough signatures, and had collected upwards of 30,000. However Wurster has provided no proof of his claim, and he says he will not turn over the signatures to the city auditor's office. Instead they will be given to Portland Future PAC, the new group registered last Friday to renew the recall campaign. The signatures can't be used, but campaigners can approach signers and ask them to sign the new petition. That clock will start ticking if  a new petition is filed.
Meanwhile, Mayor Adams is paying little attention to the recall effort, instead saying he is working on city business, promoting Portland as a center for sustainable business and development.
Wurster launched the recall campaign after Adams admission that he lied before his election. As a candidate for the mayor's job Adams he denied he had a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old legislative intern in 2005. Adams confessed to the lie, and admitted to the brief relationship, in February after being confronted with witness accounts. An inquiry by Attorney General John Kroger's office found no credible evidence that Adams had broken the law.
Many Portlanders have expressed disappointment and anger with Adams. Coming on the day after President Obama's inauguration, that disappointment made a stark contrast with the jubilant mood of the city. However, although bloggers and citizens interviewed on local media said they felt let down by the mayor, many others rallied to support Adams. And few public figures, with the exception of Karin Hansen, who is married to former Mayor Tom Potter, came out publicly in favor of the recall.
Still unresolved from the Recall Sam Adams campaign is a complaint the group filed with the Secretary of State in September, alleging the mayor "intimidated" a volunteer signature gatherer near Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Who are the business leaders behind the renewed recall effort? That as yet to be disclosed.

 

 

 

 

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