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Oregon Schools Closed Through Academic Year Due to Virus

Oregon has had more than 1,200 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 38 deaths, according to the Oregon Health Authority

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

NEWS BRIEFS

Portland Parks & Recreation Urges Social Distancing, Other Health Directives to be Followed

Achieving 6 feet of social distancing is extremely challenging at playgrounds, skate parks, and sports courts and fields, and those...

Texas Governor Unlawfully Exceeded Authority With Executive Order Limiting Jail Releases, Argues New Lawsuit

Lawsuit says governor’s order restricting releases exceeds his constitutional authority; public health experts agree reducing...

ACLU Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging Georgia Poll Tax

Requiring voters to pay postage to mail ballot is an unconstitutional barrier to voting ...

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...

Human remains found are that of woman with brown hair

SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) — Human remains that were found near Sweet Home are that of a woman with short brown hair, authorities said. Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm said Wednesday that detectives and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office have been investigating since his office got a...

Oregon schools closed through academic year due to virus

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday that Oregon's K-12 schools will remain closed though the end of the academic year due to the coronavirus outbreak, placing the state's more than 550,000 students and their teachers in uncharted territory as districts with vastly different...

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...

OPINION

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 ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Outcry over racial data grows as virus slams black Americans

As the coronavirus tightens its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an already vulnerable population — black Americans.Democratic lawmakers and community leaders in cities hard-hit by the pandemic have been sounding the alarm over what they see as...

Countries start thinking about easing up on restrictions

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as coronavirus deaths mount across Europe and New York, the U.S. and other countries are starting to contemplate an exit strategy and thinking about a staggered and carefully calibrated easing of restrictions designed to curb the scourge.“To end the confinement,...

BET plans all-star coronavirus special; Broadway stays dark

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: The Strokes triumph on their 1st album in 7 years

The Strokes, “The New Abnormal” (RCA/Cult)On their first album in seven years, The Strokes seem to have known they’d be returning at a crazy time. “We are trying hard to get your attention,” singer Julian Casablancas sings on the first song, “The Adults Are...

Celeb chefs unite to feed hungry, help bleeding restaurants

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — When Jose Andres first came to New York City, the wide-eyed sailor in the Spanish navy docked on West 30th Street full of ambition. Decades later, the award-winning chef has an upscale food hall on that very street and will serve 40,000 meals this week across the...

Bocelli: It's not a concert for coronavirus, it's a prayer

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrea Bocelli will sing at the Duomo of Milan on Easter Sunday sending a message of love and hope to the world during the coronavirus pandemic, but the Italian tenor says it’s not a concert. Instead, he calls it a “prayer.”“I received this...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Dubai allows alcohol home delivery as virus shuts down bars

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Champagne corks no longer pop at Dubai's infamous alcohol-soaked...

103-year-old Italian says 'courage, faith' helped beat virus

ROME (AP) — To recover from the coronavirus, as she did, Ada Zanusso recommends courage and faith, the same...

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that are being talked about today:1. STAGE...

Khamenei: Mass Ramadan events in Iran may stop over virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader suggested Thursday that mass gatherings may...

Italy, Spain ICU pressures decline, but emotional toll rises

ROME (AP) — Maddalena Ferrari lets herself cry when she takes off the surgical mask she wears even at home...

US-Russian crew blasts off for International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) — A U.S.-Russian space crew blasted off Thursday to the International Space Station following a...

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Mayor Sam Adams and Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman this afternoon announced they'll be joining with Black leaders to call for a U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights investigation into the fatal police shooting of Aaron Campbell.
Saltzman staffer Shannon Callahan confirmed the coalition of elected and community leaders will request a federal investigation into the shooting "and the larger issue of the Portland Police Bureau."
"It's a highly fluid situation," Callahan told The Skanner News.
The official announcement is set for Friday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 at the Northeast Precinct, while at noon another protest march is set for 3 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square to urge Oregon Attorney General John Kroger to launch an investigation into the police shooting of Aaron Campbell.
For his part, Kroger had already scheduled a special event Friday Feb. 19 at Portland state University to flesh out his priorities for the state's new Civil Rights Unit, and introduce its new chief, Assistant Attorney General Diane Schwartz.
That event starts at 3:30 p.m., at the Urban Center, Room 250, at Southwest Fifth and Mill Streets.
Also today the Multnomah County District Attorney released a 454-page transcript of the Grand Jury proceedings into the Campbell shooting, plus a transcript of the 9-1-1 call that triggered the police response and the Medical Examiner's report.
The medical document failed to specify a time of death for Campbell, 25, who did not receive medical attention after being beanbag-gunned, attacked by a German shepherd and shot in the back with an AR-15 rifle.
The police report released Tuesday indicated Campbell was handcuffed by a SERT team that approached him using a shield, about 20 minutes after he was shot.
He was left lying face down on the wet pavement of a parking lot until he was confirmed dead, the police report showed. The Medical Examiner's report confirmed he died from a single gunshot to the back.

Rev. Jesse Jackson – who spoke to Portlanders Wednesday night at Marantha Church – inspired a hundreds-strong rally Wednesday at noon, protesting Frashour's return to duty. The group stormed City Hall, demanding to speak with Mayor Sam Adams, who met with Campbell family members after a tense confrontation.
Also this week, Officer Ronald Frashour, who pulled the AR-15 trigger that killed Campbell, was revealed to be the subject of two lawsuits that arose from one domestic violence dispute in 2007, according to the Oregonian newspaper.
A Citizens Review Committee hearing Wednesday on a third complaint against Frashour saw the panel take the unusual step of voting to change the findings of Chief Rosie Sizer's ruling that Frashour used undue force in Tasering a man videotaping a police search for a jaywalker in a junkyard. Frashour had claimed he thought the man might use the camera as a weapon.

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