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NORTHWEST NEWS

Online Events Honouring Dr Martin Luther King are Underway

 From a jazz concert and a reading challenge to an online film festival we are all invited to celebrate Dr Martin Luther King and complete his work

Interview: Portland Physician on Coronavirus Vaccine, Reaching Out to Wary Communities

Black Americans report highest levels of distrust as country distributes millions of Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

Blumenauer Calls for Resignations of Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise

Congressman Blumenauer said: "We need to ensure our Republican colleagues acknowledge and accept the consequences for their own involvement in encouraging this insurrection..."

Officials: Republican Lawmaker Let Protesters into Oregon Capitol

House Speaker Tina Kotek said during a news conference about the Capitol operations safety plan that Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, had allowed protesters into the building.

NEWS BRIEFS

St Andrew's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Features Marilyn Keller

On Sunday, Jan. 17, the St. Andrew community will celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 9:30...

VA Portland Ramping Up COVID-19 Vaccinations for Portland, Vancouver-area Veterans

Portland and Vancouver-area veterans 75 years of age and older to receive a phone call to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination. ...

NFL Reaches More Than $95M in Contributions to Further Advance Social Justice

The Oregon Justice Resource Center will use funding from the NFL to support the Women’s Justice Project – the first and only...

Oregon State Police Warns Against Armed Takeover of Capitol

The agency also asked Oregonians to report anyone who may be planning an armed takeover to authorities. ...

Oregon Marijuana Sales Soared in 2020, Topping $1B

Oregonians began buying a lot more recreational cannabis in March when Gov. Kate Brown instituted a stay-at-home order ...

Seattle officer fired after investigation into racist remark

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s interim police chief has fired an officer for making a racist remark about a Black man last year, following an internal review into the incident.The review came after three officers reported their colleague’s comments, The Seattle Times reported Sunday...

Portland police investigate double slaying

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland Police were investigating an early morning double homicide on Sunday in the city’s Centennial neighborhood.The victims' bodies were found when officers responded to the area at about 3:30 a.m. after a caller reported a shooting.Homicide Division detectives...

Music City Bowl between Iowa and Missouri canceled

The Music City Bowl between Missouri and Iowa was canceled Sunday because COVID-19 issues left the Tigers unable to play.The game scheduled for Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, is the second bowl called off since the postseason lineup was set on Dec. 20, joining the Gasparilla Bowl. Overall, 18...

No. 17 Iowa, Missouri renew rare rivalry in Music City Bowl

Missouri (5-5, SEC) vs. No. 17 Iowa (6-2, Big Ten), Dec. 30, 4 p.m. ESTLOCATION: Nashville, TennesseeTOP PLAYERSMissouri: RB Larry Rountree III has rushed for 972 yards and 14 touchdowns on 209 carries and ranks fourth in the SEC. He’s the 23rd SEC player to surpass 3,500 career yards...

OPINION

This is America: White Privilege, Black Lives Matter, and Violence at the Capitol

The violence we witnessed in the United States Capitol on January 6 is nothing new. ...

SPLC Action Fund President: Attempted Coup Displays Organized, Extremist Violence Plaguing the United States

Insidious racism took the form of an American president openly encouraging with “love” violent extremists ...

Commentary: Exit in Disgrace

Will Trump leave in the middle of the night, embarrassed by his four years of crude, rude, lying, and beyond belief incompetence? Or will he be escorted out by a secret service detachment? ...

Georgia Senate Races Will Decide the Fate of Biden’s Presidency 

Voter turnout is reportedly lagging in the more rural and conservative areas of Georgia and is higher in more traditionally Democratic areas of the state ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Biden's long political evolution leads to his biggest test

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has navigated a half-century in American politics by relentlessly positioning himself at the core of the Democratic Party.Wherever that power center shifted, there Biden has been, whether as the young senator who opposed court-ordered busing...

Portraits of US voters, assessing this moment in history

After more than 1,400 days of Donald Trump’s presidency -- after two bitter elections, two impeachments, more than 26,000 presidential tweets and four years of near-constant upheaval -- it is left to American voters to tally it all up.Where they are. How they got here. Regrets and rage,...

AP Exclusive: Selena Gomez: Big Tech 'cashing in from evil’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hours after an angry mob of Trump supporters took control of the U.S. Capitol in a violent insurrection, Selena Gomez laid much of the blame at the feet of Big Tech.“Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be...

ENTERTAINMENT

Skylar Astin finds new notes to hit on ‘Zoey’s Playlist’

NEW YORK (AP) — By page two of the pilot script for NBC's “ Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist,” Skylar Astin knew he wanted the role of Max Richman.The NBC musical series, now airing season two on Tuesdays, stars Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke, a woman who realizes people's inner-most...

Journalists prepare for protests where they could be targets

NEW YORK (AP) — While monitoring online chatter about protests at state capitols in advance of next week's presidential inauguration, the Seattle Times came across a chilling description for journalists: soft targets.The phrase drove home the importance of safety precautions being put in...

AP Exclusive: Selena Gomez: Big Tech 'cashing in from evil’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hours after an angry mob of Trump supporters took control of the U.S. Capitol in a violent insurrection, Selena Gomez laid much of the blame at the feet of Big Tech.“Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

'Little old West Virginia' sets pace on vaccine rollout

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — Griffith & Feil Drug has been in business since 1892, a family-owned, small-town...

National Guard sleeping in the Capitol an echo of Civil War

To most Americans, the sight of armed National Guard troops sleeping in the Capitol Rotunda this past week was...

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reaches space on 2nd try

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first...

UK aims to give 1st COVID-19 shot to all adults by September

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government plans to offer a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to every adult by...

'Extreme urgent need': Starvation haunts Ethiopia's Tigray

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest,...

Brothers jailed for attacking subway stationmaster in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two brothers, aged 17 and 15, who attacked an Athens subway stationmaster because he...

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Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

The Portland Trail Blazers and Winterhawks released their official concept for the redevelopment of the Rose Quarter and Memorial Coliseum on Friday.

The Trail Blazers have been pushing the concept for "Jumptown" – a 365 days a year entertainment, shopping and cultural district in the Rose Quarter – for months now. The final concept includes a plan for a renovated Coliseum; a community athletic center; a meeting space designated specifically for veterans' groups; and a mixed-use development that would include restaurants, office, retail, housing and more.
It is unclear how much the Trail Blazer proposal will cost the team or city. According to spokesperson Bill Evans, the next phase of the project will include financial considerations, once the Rose Quarter stakeholder advisors committee has heard all proposals for the district.
In addition, sketches of the proposal include long term plans to turn the property currently occupied by the Portland Public Schools' administrative building into residential housing.
The Trail Blazers have joined with the Cordish Companies to help design the concept. Cordish are responsible for bringing mixed use development to at least 7 similar sports arena districts.
The Coliseum proposal includes a modified bowl to create a more intimate viewing experience and allow more natural light; a new NHL regulation ice rink; the aforementioned athletic facility that will be open to accommodate low-income people; and other upgrades.
Project developers propose using existing LEED environmental building standards, electrical vehicle charging stations, transit oriented design and a potential farmer's market.

 


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