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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.


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...


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. ...


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...

After enrollment dips, public schools hope for fall rebound

Ashley Pearce’s daughter was set to start kindergarten last year in Maryland’s Montgomery County school system. But when it became clear that the year would begin online, Pearce found a nearby Catholic school offering in-person instruction and made the switch. Now Pearce is...


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...


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...

Experts: UK is losing race to adapt to climate change

LONDON (AP) — Britain is losing the race to adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change, including...

Germany buys Dubai asset data in fight against tax evasion

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister has ordered the purchase of data on Germans with assets in Dubai as...

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...

Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

After several hours of testimony on Feb. 4, with few detractors, Portland City Council delayed the vote on the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030.
"I think this is going to pass folks, don't worry about it," Mayor Sam Adams said.
Commissioner Dan Saltzman said he had concerns about solidifying funding mechanisms before voting on the plan. Commissioner Amanda Fritz also has some questions about concerns about safety raised by several citizens.
"There has been some commentary that we can't afford to do this, I think we can't afford not to do this," Mayor Sam Adams said.
The plan would build over 681 miles of new bikeways at an eventual cost of $613 million dollars over the next 20 years, although approval of the plan doesn't require the city to spend that much.
"Not everything in this plan is funded, that would be safe to say," said Sue Keil, director of transportation for the city.
The broader goals of the plan are to provide 80 percent of the city's residents with "fine-grained, low-stress" bikeways to ensure that trips under three miles are easier to complete on a bike than they are in an automobile.
Roger Geller, Portland's bike coordinator, says the original Bike Master Plan adopted in 1996 has helped increase cycling while decreasing crash rates, making bicycling a safe, efficient and healthy way to get around town.
Mia Birk, former director of the city's Bicycle Program,
"This is not an anti-car plan, it makes bicycling simply more irresistible than it does today," she said. "Green transportation is the way of the future."
Several detractors didn't take it as such a good plan.
One man said implementation of the plan was akin to "socialism" and "forced conformity" that was being funded on the backs drivers. Every lost driving trip, he said, was a loss for state funding.
"Providing specialized bike infrastructure is a privilege not a right," he said, calling on "hefty fines and enforcement" on bicyclists to ensure they are following the law."
William Barnes said he doesn't ride a bike, but supports the plan.
"I haven't been on a bike in 30 years, but I think this is a good plan," he said. "One of the tings I do is sit on an advisory committee for human services. The biggest increase in cost is in health care. Anything that a city can do to bring down health care costs for government and businesses, they should do."
To read the entire plan, visit here


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