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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland Police Officer Indicted Over August 2020 Use of Force Incident

Officer Corey Budworth has been charged with one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree for alleged criminal conduct that occurred during a protest.

MacKenzie Scott, Citing Wealth Gap, Donates $2.7 Billion

This is the third round of major philanthropic gifts Scott has made, which together rival the charitable contributions made by the largest foundations

Oregon GOP Legislator Ousted Over State Capitol Breach

Republican lawmakers voted with majority Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to expel an unapologetic Rep. Mike Nearman with a 59-1 vote.

Senator Lew Frederick: Juneteenth Senate Floor Speech

Sen. Frederick carried HB 2168 in the Oregon Senate, and gave a moving floor speech, illustrated with treasured family photos, prior to the Senate vote on June 1.

NEWS BRIEFS

Severe Blood Shortage: Donors Needed Now to Address Delays in Patient Care

New effects of pandemic leading to significant drop in nation’s blood supply ...

Employment Department’s Domain Registration Expires

The Oregon Employment Department’s website for posting economic data went away over the weekend, apparently because the state...

Student-led Nonprofit is Seeking High Schoolers to Join its 'Summer Action Team'

Formed in 2020 in response to COVID-19, the Portland Student Pandemic Response provides space for students to make a lasting impact...

Oregon DOJ’s 2021 “Community Conversations” Series Underway

Listening sessions seek input on improvements to victim services ...

Christopher R. Upperman Joins Advocacy Organization Law Champs

Upperman, formally in the Obama administration as well as on the Biden Harris transition team and currently Manager, is currently...

Oregon Gov. Brown signs human composting bill

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill passed by the Legislature legalizing human composting. Brown signed House Bill 2574 on Tuesday, which will legalize what’s also known as natural organic reduction, KOIN-TV reported. It also clarifies rules...

Climate change threat: Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes listing a bird found in the North Cascades as threatened under the Endangered Species Act due to the likelihood that climate change will shrink its high-elevation habitat throughout the state. The Mount...

OPINION

Rx Upper Payment Limit Bill Will Worsen Chronic Disease for Oregonians Most at Risk

A measure being considered by Oregon state legislature will perpetuate a harmful trend for Oregon’s communities of color. ...

COMMENTARY: 100 Days of Biden-Harris

I see the trillion price tag on the Biden legislation as more of an investment than simple spending. ...

Power and Pride to the People!

Happy Pride month to Black LGBTQ readers and to all of us who love LGBTQ people! ...

You Are Not an Imposter

felt I didn’t belong and secretly, I was waiting for the program to tell me that they made a mistake in my admission. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

German platoon ordered from Lithuania amid misconduct probe

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Defense Ministry said Wednesday it has ordered a platoon stationed in Lithuania as part of a NATO mission to return home immediately amid allegations of serious misconduct. The ministry said the allegations include sexual harassment, insults with...

South Africa marks anniversary of Soweto student protests

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's high rate of unemployment has cast a pall over Youth Day, the holiday honoring the 45th anniversary of the Soweto student protests which played a key role in ending apartheid, the previous regime of racist, minority rule. On June 16, 1976,...

Video shows man apologized before Honolulu police shot him

HONOLULU (AP) — Doorbell camera video obtained and made public by lawyers representing the family of a man fatally shot two months ago by Honolulu police provides more information about the events that unfolded before the deadly encounter with officers. The footage shows that...

ENTERTAINMENT

New York Philharmonic to resume performances Sept. 17

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic will resume subscription performances in September following a historic 18-month gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic, presenting a shortened schedule of 78 concerts in a season shifted from Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall while the orchestra’s...

Winfrey, Hearst have Black journalists tell elders' stories

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and Hearst Magazines are teaming up for interviews that pair young Black journalists with elders who include civil rights activists, celebrities and others sharing some lessons learned in life. The project, “Lift Every Voice,” will be featured...

Winfrey's new book pick is novel 'The Sweetness of Water'

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey's next book club pick is a debut novel set in Georgia at the end of the Civil War: Nathan Harris' “The Sweetness of Water.” “One of my great joys is finding a new author whose work I can share and support,” Winfrey said Tuesday in a...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Durant's sensational performance sends Nets to 3-2 lead

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant has always been one of the NBA's most unstoppable scorers. The...

British lawyer Karim Khan sworn in as ICC's chief prosecutor

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — British lawyer Karim Khan was sworn in Wednesday as the new chief prosecutor for...

China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — The three members of the first crew to be sent to China's space station say they're eager...

Let the recovery begin: EU chief OKs some virus plans

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union moved a step closer Wednesday to deploying the bloc’s massive...

France ditches masks outdoors; will end nightly virus curfew

PARIS (AP) — France is lifting mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and will halt an eight-month nightly coronavirus...

Spanish prize honors group empowering African girls, women

MADRID (AP) — A consortium of non-profit groups that aims to reduce poverty in Africa through educating more...

Special to the NNPA from the Afro American Newspapers

(NNPA) - A woman accused of threatening to "blow away" first lady Michelle Obama landed in federal court on Dec. 22 as the Obamas prepared to travel to Hawaii for the Christmas holiday, the Associated Press reported.
Kristy Lee Roshia, a 35-year-old woman who has a history of sending threats and violent messages to the Secret Service, was charged with making threats against a member of the president's family and assaulting a federal agent. Police arrested Roshia less than two miles from the Kailua home where the Obamas are spending the holidays.
According to the AP, Roshia called the Secret Service's office in Boston, telling a receptionist she would "kill Michelle Obama" and "kill Marines."
According to the report, Roshia first sent a message to the Secret Service in 2004 when she said her mission was to assassinate the president, although she did not wish to hurt him. She has also sent rambling messages, love letters, poems and photographs of herself to various Secret Service offices, according to police affidavits reviewed by the Associated Press.
A photo provided to the Associated Press by the U.S. Secret Service, shows Kristy Lee Roshia. An authority says Roshia, accused of threatening to kill first lady Michelle Obama, was in federal custody in Honolulu as the Obama family spent their holidays in Hawaii. Agents arrested Roshia on Saturday, Dec. 19, after she told them she knew where President Obama and his wife would be staying during their visit to the islands.

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