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Oregon Inmates Sue Over COVID-19 Response

The suit asks a judge to mandate a social distance of 6 feet or more between inmates

Oregon Health Officer: Spike in Virus Cases Can Be Averted

Modeling shows the state won't see a huge rise in cases as long as stay-at-home orders are heeded

Latest COVID-19 Projections Encouraging With Social Distancing

Latest COVID-19 projections show social distancing can cut coronavirus infections if Oregonians keep current measures in place into May

Five Metro Council Candidates Discuss Equity

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OnPoint Community Credit Union Donates $100,000 to De La Salle North Catholic High School

OnPoint’s contribution comes at a critical time for school’s expansion project ...

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Oregon Zoo Launches Live Video and Learning Activities Resource

The new project provides educational and entertaining activities for kids and animal lovers ...

National Civil Rights Group Responds to Repeal of Discriminatory Tennessee Voter Registration Law

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Cryptosporidium Found in Portland Water

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Police: Person on the run after shooting 2 in carjacking

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Gov.'s dine-in ban extended; COVID-19 advisory panel meets

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown extended an order Tuesday prohibiting dine-in service at restaurants and bars as state officials reported four more deaths from the coronavirus. Oregon’s State Emergency Coordination Center said the total number of deaths had reached 33 as...

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...


You're Pretty... For a Dark-Skinned Girl

Cloé Luv, an "unapologetically" dark-skinned Black woman tells her story ...

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 Latest: Japan's Abe: Stay home, obey state of emergency

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.TOP OF THE HOUR:— Japan PM Abe urges cooperation with state of...

Black voters weigh history, health as they vote in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin voters forced to choose between health, democracy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — If Wisconsin was a test case for voting in the age of coronavirus, it did not go well for many voters.Thousands were forced to congregate for hours in long lines on Tuesday with no protective gear. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health and unable to...


Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli connect with music

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With no theaters, film fans find ways to gather virtually

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Stuck at home, Alesso and Liam Payne still film music video

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AP PHOTOS: Wuhan a city in slumber before the lockdown's end

WUHAN, China (AP) — Wuhan was released from coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday, and it’s as if the...

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday...

The Latest: Japan's Abe: Stay home, obey state of emergency

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Bleaching on Great Barrier Reef more widespread than ever

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China investigates party member critical of Xi over outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — A prominent Communist party member who criticized Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s...

By The Skanner News

As Multnomah County officials gather tomorrow to announce their appointment for Oregon House District 43, The Skanner News expects that they will choose the most experienced, most knowledgeable and best-connected candidate for the seat representing North and Northeast Portland: Lew Frederick.
While we believe all three candidates would make wonderful lawmakers, there's no question that Lew Frederick has earned his stripes.
As a television reporter in his youth, Frederick was in a position to dig into local stories, issues and policy decisions, while giving a voice to communities that had none.
In his many years as spokesperson for the Portland Public Schools, Frederick took on the difficult task of making sense of educational policy for the city at large. He also learned painful lessons about troubleshooting in government services during dismal economic times – a key lesson for state lawmakers today.
On many occasions we have vehemently disagreed with Frederick when he was at the school district, but in every case he was a master communicator – and isn't that what the legislature is all about?
More recently Frederick's policy consulting enterprise completed a public survey of inner North and Northeast residents regarding area development. Commissioned by the Portland Development Commission, Frederick's report required input from an array of diverse local residents, and compared and contrasted the needs and expectations of neighbors across barriers of race and class. It should be required reading for all policymakers in the state. (Read it at http://www.pdc.us/pdf/future-of-urban-renewal/nnestudy/cac/2009/N-NE-Stakeholder-Interviews-Report-2009-09-16.pdf )
Eddie Lincoln, president of the faculty union at Portland Community College, is a fine man doing important community-building work but so far has no political policy experience.
Karol Collymore is bright and capable, yet has fewer years of actual public policy experience than Frederick. She has worked on many political campaigns, but one clear concern we have is that she is currently on the staff of Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogan, who helps appoint the individual who will fill the house seat. Is this a conflict of interest?
Nevertheless, almost certainly we expect to support Collymore as a candidate in the future should she choose to run for elected office, which we urge her strongly to do. Oregon and Multnomah County need the energies of this bright rising star.
The Skanner News stands firmly behind Lew Frederick for House Seat 43, and we expect Multnomah County Commissioners to appoint this clear choice for experience, knowledge, and dedication.

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