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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

District 5 candidates compete for open seat


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 ...

Civil Rights Group, Medical Professionals Call on Trump Administration and States to Release Racial Data for COVID-19 Tests, Cases and Outcomes

This call to action is driven by concern that the lack of transparency by federal and state officials is preventing public health...

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

The provisions included in a 2019 law sought to impose criminal penalties and fines on groups and...

Cryptosporidium Found in Portland Water

People who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed are advised to ask their doctor about...

Police: Fleeing man shoots at officer prompting return fire

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A man is believed to have fired at a Vancouver, Washington, police officer who was chasing him, prompting the officer to return fire, authorities said. The officer came upon an apparent shooting about 1 a.m. Tuesday, in which a driver appeared to have shot at another...

Oregon inmates sue over COVID-19 response

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A group of inmates concerned about contracting COVID-19 filed a lawsuit Monday against Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and the leaders at the Department of Corrections.The civil rights lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by the Oregon Justice Resource Center on behalf of the...

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 ...


Earl Graves Sr., founder of Black Enterprise magazine, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Earl Graves Sr., who championed black businesses as the founder of the first African American-owned magazine focusing on black entrepreneurs, has died. He was 85. Graves died Monday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his son, Earl “Butch”...

Tasked with schoolwork help, many US parents lack English

Since her daughters' school closed for the coronavirus outbreak, Mariana Luna has been thrust into the role of their primary educator, like millions of parents across the U.S. But each day, before she can go over their schoolwork, her 9-year-old first has to help her understand what the assignments...

John Lewis, once Trump target, backs Joe Biden for president

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis is backing Joe Biden for president, giving the prospective Democratic nominee perhaps his biggest symbolic endorsement among the many veteran black lawmakers who back his candidacy. “We need his voice,” the...


'Modern Family' cast shares memories as series finale nears

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The group crying began after the final scene of the last episode of ABC’s “Modern Family” was taped — with the notable exception of Ed O’Neill, who plays patriarch Jay Pritchett.“I said, ‘No tears?’” recalled...

Beloved 'Schitt's Creek' ending at its peak

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After five years on TV, it seemed like “Schitt’s Creek” was just starting to hit its stride.The critically acclaimed comedy — about a shallow, filthy rich family who lose their fortune and are forced to live in a small town they bought as a joke...

Review: Country's Maddie & Tae burn bright on superb album

Maddie & Tae, “The Way It Feels” (Mercury Nashville)Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye, who record under the name Maddie & Tae, are more than collaborators. In the liner notes of their new album, each calls the other her “soul sister.” As great as their friendship is,...


With no theaters, film fans find ways to gather virtually

There are 44 people in the Social Distance Movie Club's Slack channel, where co-workers at Crooked Media have had...

Trump shakes up press team as White House deals with virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump shook up his communications team on Tuesday, replacing his press...

With prime minister in ICU, Britain asks: Who's in charge?

LONDON (AP) — As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fights the coronavirus in the intensive care unit of...

Europe's nursing homes in spotlight for uncounted virus dead

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities said Tuesday they were investigating the country’s biggest nursing...

Rwandans mark genocide anniversary under nationwide lockdown

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — For Augustine Ngabonziza, a survivor of Rwanda’s genocide, it’s...

66 at South African hospital have coronavirus, mostly staff

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Sixty-six people at a single hospital in South Africa have tested positive for the...

Lisa Loving of The Skanner

After repeated complaints from Multnomah County Commissioners about the difficulty of choosing from among its three candidates for appointment to Oregon House Seat 43, commissioners Thursday morning voted 3 to 2 for Lew Frederick, who edged out Karol Collymore in a tie-breaking vote cast by Chair Ted Wheeler.
A former TV reporter, Portland Public Schools spokesperson, currently a state Board of Education member and political consultant who has lived in District 43 since the 1970s, Frederick fought back tears after the final vote.
Commissioners Jeff Cogen, who currently employs Collymore on his staff, and Deborah Kafoury, who herself held the District 43 seat for three terms, cited Collymore's youthful energy and vision – as well as the fact that the legislature needs more women – in casting their votes for her.
In voting for Frederick, Wheeler and Commissioners Judy Shiprack and Diane McKeel listed his decades of local experience in educational issues, his plan for job creation and small business development, and his deep roots in the district, which is widely considered to be the most racially and economically diverse house district in the state.
The third candidate, Portland Community College faculty union president Eddie Lincoln, reaped kudos for his dedication in earning the support of Portland Democrats who were charged with recruiting the slate of contenders for consideration.
While the vote was split, there was not a trace of ill feeling, as Cogan made the motion to officially appoint Frederick and Kafoury seconded it.
Frederick will now serve out the term of office formerly held by now-Sen. Chip Shields, who was appointed by the Multnomah County Commissioners through a similar process after Sen. Margaret Carter retired this past summer.
The Commissioners' public questioning of the three candidates and their voting deliberations during Thursday's regular county commission meeting highlighted a few of the grave issues facing Oregon in general, and North and Northeast Portland in particular, including poverty, as well as disparities in economic development, education and health care.

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