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NORTHWEST NEWS

White Woman Calls Police on Black Man Standing at His Home

“If you guys have a lease, I’d just like to see the lease,”

Oregon's Wildfire Risk Map Emerges as New Climate Flashpoint

A new map in Oregon that rated the wildfire risk of every tax lot in the state — labeling nearly 80,000 structures as high-risk — generated so much pushback from angry homeowners that officials abruptly retracted it

Seattle Ends COVID Hazard Pay for Grocery Store Workers

A policy passed in 2021 requiring grocery stores pay employees an additional per hour in hazard pay has just come to an end

Washington Voters Weigh in on Dozens of State Primary Races

Voters were deciding the top two candidates in races for the U.S. Senate, Congress and the secretary of state's office.

NEWS BRIEFS

Washington Ferries to Get $38 Million to Improve Services

Out of the 35 states and three territories receiving federal money for ferries, Washington will get the biggest allocation ...

Personal Information of Some in Jails Possibly Compromised

A statement from the county said names, dates of birth and photos — as well as medical information like diagnoses and treatments —...

Bicycle and Pedestrian Lane Reduction on Morrison Bridge Starts Next Week

The bicycle and pedestrian lanes will be reduced to seven feet to allow for painting crew and equipment. ...

King County Elections to Open Six Vote Centers for the Primary Election

Voters who need to register to vote, get a replacement ballot, or use an assistive device are encouraged to visit Vote Centers on...

Eugene Restaurant Owner Keeps All Tips Workers Earn, Uses Them to Pay Wages

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division found Ji Li, owner of Bao Bao House in Eugene, Oregon violated the Fair Labor...

Portland accuses DOJ of moving cops accountability goalposts

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland has accused the U.S. Department of Justice of stating incorrect information and misinterpreting police programs while negotiations continue about how to bring Portland back into compliance with a police use of force federal settlement agreement. ...

WA GOP House member who voted to impeach Trump concedes

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, one of two Republican members of Washington’s congressional delegation who voted to impeach Donald Trump, has conceded her reelection bid after being overtaken in late vote tallies by a GOP challenger endorsed by the former president. ...

OPINION

Betsy Johnson Fails to Condemn Confederate Flags at Her Rally

The majority of Oregonians, including our rural communities, value inclusion and unity, not racism and bigotry. ...

Monkeypox, Covid, and Your Vote

We must start a voter registration drive right here where we live. This effort must become as important to us as putting food on the table and a roof over our heads. ...

Speaking of Reparations

To many Americans, “reparations” is a dirty word when applied to Black folks. ...

Improving Healthcare for Low-Income Americans Through Better Managed Care

Many should recognize that health equity – or ensuring that disadvantaged populations get customized approaches to care and better medical outcomes – is a top priority. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Missouri family says racism led to pool party cancellation

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A Black family says racism prompted officials at a suburban Kansas City water park to cancel a private pool party for their 17-year-old son's birthday during the weekend. Chris Evans said he signed a contract with Summit Waves Aquatic Facility in Lee's...

Lutheran bishop issues public apology to Latino congregation

Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, issued a public apology Tuesday to members of a majority Latino immigrant congregation for the pain and trauma they endured after the predominantly white denomination’s first openly transgender bishop unexpectedly...

8 minority jail officers settle suit over guarding Chauvin

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eight minority corrections officers who were working at the jail where a former Minneapolis police officer was awaiting trial in the death of George Floyd were awarded nearly jumi.5 million Tuesday to settle a lawsuit. The officers filed the racial...

ENTERTAINMENT

New this week: 'Day Shift' and 'Five Days at Memorial'

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — One of the best movies of the year is finally streaming. “Belle,” Mamoru Hosoda's tour-de-force...

David McCullough, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose lovingly crafted narratives on subjects ranging from the Brooklyn Bridge to Presidents John Adams and Harry Truman made him among the most popular and influential historians of his time, has died. He was 89. ...

'P-Valley' explores Black strip club culture, gay acceptance

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Katori Hall first pitched the idea to convert her popular play about Black strip club culture into the television series “P-Valley,” the Pulitzer Prize winner was either quickly rejected after meeting with networks or denied before she could fully explain the concept. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

As Spider-Man turns 60, fans reflect on diverse appeal

NEW YORK (AP) — Spider-Man fandom is in Tyler Scott Hoover's blood — but not because he was bitten by an...

Town honors Ahmaud Arbery day after end of hate crimes case

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A crowd of dozens chanted on a sweltering street corner Tuesday as Ahmaud Arbery's...

AP PHOTOS: Serena Williams, the athlete and cultural icon

After winning 23 Grand Slam titles, Serena Williams says she is turning her focus to having another child and her...

Lawmakers in India pass energy conservation bill

BENGALURU, India (AP) — India took another step toward meeting its climate goals Tuesday when lawmakers in...

Hamas issues, then rescinds, sweeping rules on Gaza coverage

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers issued sweeping new restrictions on journalists after the...

In reversal, Brazil court reopens case of rainforest park

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After declaring the decision final, a state court backpedaled Monday and reopened a...

Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

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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