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NORTHWEST NEWS

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

Inslee: Washington Needs More Coronavirus Test Supplies

The governor suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely have to be extended to fight the disease

NEWS BRIEFS

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...

Senators Demand Expanded Internet Access for Low-Income Oregonians Throughout COVID-19 Crisis

Wyden, Merkley urge Lifeline internet service providers to expand service to ensure Oregonians can work and learn remotely, access...

California to lend 500 ventilators to national stockpile

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday the state would lend 500 ventilators to the national stockpile for use by New York and other states experiencing a crush of coronavirus-related hospitalizations, even as he said the nation's most populous state needs to...

2 more deaths, 64 new coronavirus infections in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported two more deaths from the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 29. Health authorities also announced 64 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number to 1,132 statewide. The state's 28th...

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

Rate of deaths, illness among black residents alarms cities

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor pledged an aggressive public health campaign aimed at the city's black and brown communities Monday amid alarm that an overwhelming number of African American residents were among the people to die of COVID-19 in early data. Black residents accounted for 72% of...

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 today1. U.S. LABELS WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP A TERROR ORGANIZATION The action by the Trump administration was the first time the U.S. has used the designation on a white supremacist group. The Russian...

Supreme Court won't hear case of 'Texas Seven' inmate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case of a Texas death row inmate who argued he should get a new trial because the judge who presided over his case was biased against Jews.The justices said they would not hear the case of Randy Halprin, one of the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Gaga raises M for virus fight, curates all-star TV event

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga and advocacy organization Global Citizen have raised million to fight the coronavirus and will launch a TV special featuring Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Billie Eilish to combat the growing virus.Gaga said on Monday that the money was raised in seven days...

Say hello to 'Trolls,' farewell to 'Modern Family' this week

This week's entertainment offerings have a decidedly familial feel to them, and not the Force Family Fun kind. On television, viewers have the chance to say goodbye to the Roses of “Schitt's Creek” and visit one last time with the “Modern Family” crew....

O'Hara says 'Schitt's Creek' went beyond her expectations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In Moira Rose, Catherine O’Hara has created a character that will arguably go down as one of the best in TV history. Even though Moira lost her fortune and lives in a roadside motel in a town called Schitt’s Creek, the former soap opera star is always dressed...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Sportsbooks are dark and odds are long in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nobody would have given odds on this.Inside the glittering casinos that line the Las Vegas...

Rate of deaths, illness among black residents alarms cities

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor pledged an aggressive public health campaign aimed at the city's black and...

The Last Responder: A day with an NYC funeral director

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Cheeseman's phone rang at 3 a.m. Friday, soon after returning home from one of the...

Virus pain easing in Spain, Italy; UK braces for bleak days

MADRID (AP) — A week ago, emergency rooms and intensive care wards in Spain and Italy were overflowing with...

Catch this week's supermoon, biggest and brightest of year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A supermoon rises in the sky this week, looking to be the biggest and brightest...

Desperate hunt for food by Peru's poor amid virus quarantine

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pushing a shopping cart with two children, César Alegre emerges from the large,...

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is being urged by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer to personally look into the Portland Police shooting of Aaron Campbell.
The FBI and U.S. Department of Justice started their preliminary investigation last Tuesday at the request of Chief Rosie Sizer, and the results will be forwarded to the Civil Rights division within three weeks, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney Dwight Holden.
Mayor Sam Adams and Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman stood together with Joyce Harris and Lolenzo Poe of the African American Alliance, Rev. T. Allen Bethel of the Albina Ministerial Alliance and Urban League of Portland President Marcus Mundy at a press conference Friday to announce they are all standing together in support of the federal investigation.
"We do not want any local investigation because historically, local investigations – I don't care who they were conducted by – have not led to justice for anyone in the Black community," Harris told a full room of radio, television and newspaper reporters.
"I do not believe this investigation will find any civil rights violations, but I believe it must occur, it is part of what we need to heal," Saltzman said.
He confirmed that Officer Ronald Frashour, who pulled the trigger on the AR-15 rifle that killed Campbell with one shot to the back, is in a "sort of a desk job," and has not yet returned to patrol duty. It is unclear when a decision will be made on Frashour's future, Saltzman said, as officials are still sifting through hundreds of pages of documents on the Jan. 28 shooting.
Adams consistently linked the Campbell tragedy to the larger issue of economic inequality facing communities of color in Portland, and vowed to invest more city resources into what he called the underlying issues leading to the 25-year-old man's death.
"Why we are dealing with this present situation differently is because we do want to get at the issues that have been raised over and over again by communities of color and the African American community," he said.
"We raised the issue of quality of life before this incident," Adams said. "That is where I will continue to take the lead but it is also a council-wide issue."
Saltzman reiterated his new policy requiring that mental health professionals accompany police called to any scene involving subjects in mental crisis.
"It is an outrage that our police and our jails have become the front line for our mental health system," he said.
Saltzman also said he has begun an immediate "top to bottom" review of the chain of events that led to Campbell's death. He said not providing medical assistance in a timely manner was "clearly a mistake."
Harris said the decision of the African American Alliance to reach out to city leadership to support an outside investigation of Campbell's shooting was an outgrowth of the organization's Community Unity Breakfast, held Thursday morning.
Saltzman, Chief Sizer, members of the AMA and Portland Police Union President Scott Westerman all attended.
Attendees had a frank exchange of views with Westerman, Harris said, but ultimately "agreed to disagree."
"He responded to some very hard questions by the individuals who were there," she said. "We are still looking at some very different vantage points."

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