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NORTHWEST NEWS

Unemployed Oregonians to Lose Pandemic Benefits in September

The state will stop paying the 0 weekly unemployment bonus after Labor Day

Statue of Black Hero on Lewis & Clark Trip Toppled in Portland

A statue in Mt. Tabor Park commemorating York, an enslaved Black member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, has been toppled and damaged

Cannabis Chemical Delta-8 Gains Fans, Scrutiny

A chemical cousin of pot’s main intoxicating ingredient has rocketed to popularity over the last year. The cannabis industry and state governments are scrambling to reckon with it amid debate over whether it’s legal.

Report: SPD Stops Black People, Native Americans More

A newly-released report shows Seattle police officers continue to stop and use force against Black people far more often than white people.

NEWS BRIEFS

Mayor Declares State of Emergency Due to Extreme Heat

The City of Portland opens additional cooling centers and three outdoor misting centers ...

Obituary: Joan Brown-Kline, June 13, 1948 - July 17, 2021

A service for Joan Brown-Kline, held in Georgia, will be livestreamed starting at 11:50 a.m. PT (2:50 p.m. EDT) on Saturday, July 31 ...

Portland Bars Camping in Forested Areas During Fire Season

The move aims to protect protect individuals experiencing homelessness and people in nearby homes from potentially deadly wildfires ...

OSF Presents Free Virtual Reading of Emilia

The event streams live on Wednesday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. ...

Summer Bike Events to be Held at El Centro Milagro

This summer the streets around Milagro will host a cycle of fun activities. ...

AME Zion Church removes bishop after alleged misconduct

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church has removed a prominent bishop from office after his peers accused him of fraudulently having church property deeds transferred to a shell corporation that then secured millions of dollars in loans against those properties. Staccato...

Nez Perce stage blessing ceremony on traditional homeland

JOSEPH, Ore. (AP) — Quincy Ellenwood smiled as a pair of young Nez Perce men rode their horses across a hay field here Thursday. Their pace — slow and steady — quickened without warning. Soon the two men, one shirtless and the other wearing a beaded vest, raced across the...

Drinkwitz, Pittman back for Southeastern Conference encores

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Missouri and Arkansas both had some encouraging signs, if not great records, in their first seasons under new coaches. Now, the Tigers’ Eliah Drinkwitz and Razorbacks’ Sam Pittman are among four second-year Southeastern Conference coaches trying to...

OPINION

Services Available for Victims and Survivors of Community Violence in Multnomah County

The number of incidents of community violence — domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, person-to-person violence and gun violence — is devastating ...

Black America Needs a ‘New Normal’: Equitable Credit Access to Build Wealth

The rippling effects of a massive economic downturn has caused the nation to lose 9.5 million jobs - more losses than even those of the Great Recession ...

The President Needs to Pull Out All Stops

Majority Whip Clyburn, Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, made the observation that the filibuster currently being used in the U.S. Senate to block the Voting Rights Bill as well as the George Floyd Bill, is a matter of tradition and not...

NAACP Vancouver Letter to the Community: Police Accountability

NAACP Vancouver reacts to the descision in the case of Jonah Donald, a Black man shot and killed by a Clark County deputy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Fallout continues over alleged slurs aimed at health chief

Berkeley, Mo. (AP) — Civil rights advocates, religious leaders and others on Friday said they were outraged by St. Louis County Health Director Faisal Khan's claims that he was assaulted and bombarded with racial slurs after defending a new mask mandate. But a county councilman questioned whether...

Biden unveils picks for key religious freedom roles

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday announced his picks for four key religious freedom roles, including Khzir Khan, the Muslim-American father of a slain U.S. soldier who became an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump throughout both of his campaigns. ...

Judge allows Jussie Smollett's lawyer to stay on the case

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Friday said he would not kick one of Jussie Smollett's attorneys off the case even though he believes the attorney spoke to two men the actor allegedly hired to help him carry out a staged racist and homophobic attack. In his ruling, Cook County Judge...

ENTERTAINMENT

Director James Gunn assembles his perfect ‘Suicide Squad’

Could a scoundrel DC Comics character like Peacemaker ever be on the same level as Superman? How about Polka-Dot Man? Or Ratcatcher? The man who made Rocket Racoon, Groot and Star-Lord household names thinks so. James Gunn can’t help it: He loves an outsider. It’s the...

Harvey Weinstein: 1 sexual assault count dismissed, for now

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge on Thursday dismissed one of 11 sexual assault counts against Harvey Weinstein, giving the former movie mogul and convicted rapist a minor and possibly temporary victory. At a hearing with the 69-year-old Weinstein in the courtroom,...

'Toxic' podcast explores Britney Spears conservatorship

NEW YORK (AP) — As the fate of Britney Spears' conservatorship is in the hands of a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, two podcast hosts who have spent hours dissecting the case are hopeful change is coming for the singer to become more independent. Tess Barker and Barbara Gray...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

First evacuation flight brings 221 Afghans, many kids, to US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first flight evacuating Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan brought more...

Families paying off rent, food, debts with child tax credit

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Christina Darling finally replaced her 2006 Chevrolet Equinox after it broke down several...

Russia blames space station lab incident on software failure

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space official on Friday blamed a software problem on a newly docked science lab for...

The Latest: Louisiana gov: both vaccinations, masks needed

NEW ORLEANS -- Vaccinations and masks are both needed to slow a skyrocketing rate of new COVID-19 infections that...

Roberto Calasso, Italian publisher and literary figure, dies

ROME (AP) — Roberto Calasso, a towering figure in European publishing as the driving force behind an esteemed...

Tunisian police detain lawmaker, Islamist party officials

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities jailed an opposition lawmaker Friday and briefly detained four...

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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