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NORTHWEST NEWS

‘Wake of Vanport’ to Be Screened August 28

Register for this free event to be held at Open Signal in Northeast Portland

Heat Returns to Pacific Northwest Wednesday, Thursday

Multnomah County, which includes Portland, will offer people places to stay cool Wednesday as temperatures potentially reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit

Basic Guaranteed Income Program to Launch for Black Portlanders

Brown Hope’s Black Resilience Fund argues the impact of direct cash payments. 

Oregon Justice Fires Panel Due to Lack of Public Defenders

Criminal defendants in Oregon who have gone without legal representation due to a shortage of public defenders filed a lawsuit in May that alleges the state is violating their constitutional right to legal counsel and a speedy trial.

NEWS BRIEFS

Measure on Portland Government to Appear as-Is on Ballot

Politicians, business leaders and civic activists have called for reshaping Portland’s form of government, which they say...

The Regional Arts & Culture Council Rolls Out New Grant Program

The Arts3C grant program is designed to be fully responsive to what artists and art makers in the community need funding to support ...

OHA Introduces New Monkeypox (hMPXV) Website

As of Aug. 10, 95 people have tested positive for monkeypox in Oregon ...

Wyden, Colleagues Renew Request for FDA to Address Concerns about Dangerous Pulse Oximeter Inaccuracies Affecting Communities of Color

“There are decades of research showing inaccurate results when pulse oximeters are used to monitor people of color” ...

Inslee Issues Directive Outlining Monkeypox Virus Response

As of Friday, Washington state had confirmed 265 monkeypox cases. ...

Russian brought to Oregon, faces trial in ransomware attacks

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Russian who allegedly laundered more than 0,000 from ransomware attacks in the United States and abroad was extradited from the Netherlands to face trial in federal court in Portland, authorities said Wednesday. Denis Dubnikov, 29, pleaded not guilty on...

2 shot at Oregon casino in gunfight between man, police

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Two people were shot as a man and police exchanged gunfire at an Oregon casino, tribal officials said. Police stopped a man with a gun at the door of Wildhorse Casino and Resort in Pendleton after he tried to rob the casino in the small northeastern Oregon...

Mizzou full of optimism with new QB, defensive coordinator

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz is on his third defensive coordinator in three years at Missouri, and the Tigers are about to start their fifth different quarterback in the season opener in the last five years. Sounds like a program that should be on shaky ground. ...

Hoosiers looking for a turnaround after dismal 2021 season

Indiana linebacker Cam Jones and quarterback Jack Tuttle took matters into their own hands this offseason. They called their teammates together to discuss the goals and aspirations of the program, the need to always play with an edge and to break down precisely why things went wrong...

OPINION

No One Ever Told You About Black August?

Black America lives in a series of deserts. Many of us live in food deserts, financial deserts, employment deserts, and most of us live in information deserts. ...

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. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

UN investigator: Contemporary slavery extensive and in China

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. investigator says contemporary forms of slavery are widely practiced around the world, including forced labor for China’s Uyghur minority, bonded labor for the lowest caste Dalits in South Asia, and domestic servitude in Gulf countries, Brazil and Colombia. ...

Wisconsin school board votes in favor of pride flag ban

WALES, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school board voted in favor of a policy that prohibits teachers and staff from displaying gay pride flags and other items that district officials consider political in nature. The Kettle Moraine School Board voted Tuesday to keep a code of conduct in...

Concerns over segregation display led to post office closure

MONTPELIER STATION, VA (AP) — The United States Postal Service has closed a small Virginia post office over agency management's concerns about its location inside a historic train depot that also serves as a museum about racial segregation. In a statement this week addressing the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Rapper A$AP Rocky charged with felony assault with a firearm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper A$AP Rocky was charged with two felonies Monday for pulling a gun on a former friend and firing in Hollywood last year, prosecutors said. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged the 33-year-old New York native, whose legal name is Rakim...

Review: ‘Slenderman’ chronicles a harrowing childhood crime

“Slenderman: Online Obsession, Mental Illness, and the Violent Crime of Two Midwestern Girls,” by Kathleen Hale (Grove Press) The seemingly senseless stabbing of a young girl by two of her school friends in the Waukesha, Wisconsin, woods in 2014 made international headlines when...

Former Israeli PM Netanyahu has memoir coming in November

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a memoir coming out this fall. “Bibi: My Story” will be published Nov. 22, three weeks after parliamentary elections are to be held in Israel. “Born a year after the founding of the Jewish state, I have...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Bank of America's overdraft fees down 90% under new policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America says the revenue it gets from overdrafts has dropped 90% from a year ago, after...

Attorney: Don't accept portrayal of R. Kelly as `monster'

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly kept an ugly side of his life hidden as he escaped poverty in Chicago and rose to pop...

Judge: Pharmacies owe 2 Ohio counties 0M in opioids suit

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge in Cleveland awarded 0 million in damages Wednesday to two Ohio counties...

South Korean leader: Seoul won't seek own nuclear deterrent

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president said Wednesday his government has no plans to pursue its own...

EXPLAINER: Dueling views remain a year after Afghan pullout

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after America's tumultuous and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, assessments of its...

Dubai sees air travel surge, expects FIFA World Cup boost

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai International Airport saw a surge in passengers over the first half of...

William Mccall Associated Press Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Black leaders in Portland and the mayor on Friday said they welcomed a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into the shooting of an unarmed Black man by a White police officer.
Black leaders also said the inquiry should look into what they said is a pattern of inequality in Oregon's largest city.
``We want to be very clear. We want this investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division,'' said Joyce Harris, co-chair of the African American Alliance in Portland.
``We do not want any local investigation because historically, local investigations -- I don't care who they were conducted by -- have never, never rendered a decision that held anyone accountable for the death of Black people in this community,'' Harris said.
City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Police Bureau, said that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer sent a letter Friday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to personally review the investigation.
``So it's going to the top of the top of the U.S. Department of Justice,'' Saltzman said.
U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton said Thursday that his office in Oregon and the FBI had launched a preliminary inquiry into the Jan. 29 shooting death of Aaron Campbell.
Mayor Sam Adams said Friday at the news conference that he understands many Black residents of Portland fear police and it was a problem long before the shooting death.
``That's why I thought it was particularly significant when the chief of police of this city, and rare for any chief of police for any city, came before the city council and said we are all vulnerable to profiling, stereotyping, prejudging -- based on race and a whole host of other factors,'' Adams said.
The mayor also said Portland suffers from economic disparity between White and minority residents, and he pledged to find ways to overcome that gap as the city prepares its 25-year plan.
``The conversation about the disparate quality of life in our city is decades overdue,'' Adams said. ``There is a distinction about the access to that quality of life based on race,'' adding ``we can deal with this, we can make progress.''
Adams and Saltzman said the city is carefully reviewing police policy and procedure, including communications and equipment, involving mental health professionals at the scene, and deployment of the AR-15 rifle.
Officer Ron Frashour shot Campbell in the back with a rifle after police responded to calls from relatives that he was upset and suicidal after the death of his younger brother, Timothy Douglass, following a long illness.
Police Chief Rosie Sizer on Tuesday released a 631-page report on the shooting filled with police interviews of officers and witnesses.
On Thursday, transcripts of testimony before a Multnomah County grand jury that cleared Frashour of any wrongdoing were released after District Attorney Michael Schrunk asked a judge to make them public.
The reports -- and an unusual letter from the grand jury to Schrunk that was highly critical of police -- suggest a breakdown in police communication at the apartment building where Campbell, 25, had been drinking and had threatened suicide to his girlfriend, even taking out a .22-caliber pistol and pointing it at his head.
The girlfriend and her three children, including two of Campbell's, had been safely removed from the scene and a police officer had been negotiating with Campbell by cell phone and texting, hoping to end the standoff without incident.
But Campbell emerged from the apartment with his hands on his head while the police sergeant in command was briefing her superiors around the corner of the building. One officer reacted by firing beanbag rounds, another released a police dog and a third -- Frashour -- fired the fatal shot as Campbell appeared to be running away or back to the apartment.
Campbell was unarmed but police left him lying on the ground for more than 30 minutes before a special weapons unit arrived to confirm it. The state medical examiner's office said it was unlikely Campbell would have survived even if he gotten immediate attention.

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