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Washington State Ecology Director Objects to EPA’s Proposed Clean Water Act Rule

Ecology Director Maia Bellon submitted formal objections in which she calls the proposal ill-advised and illegal

Washington State to Vote on Affirmative Action Referendum

More than two decades after voters banned affirmative action, the question of whether one's minority status should be considered in state employment, contracting, colleges admissions is back on the ballot

Merkley Introduces Legislation that Protects Access to Health Care for Those Who Cannot Afford Bail

Under current law, individuals in custody who have not been convicted of a crime are denied Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans’ benefits

New County Hire Aims to Build Trust, Transparency Between Community and Public Safety Officials

Leneice Rice will serve as a liaison focused on documenting and reporting feedback from a community whose faith in law enforcement has been tested

NEWS BRIEFS

U.S. Census Bureau Hosts Job Recruitment Events in Portland

There are several opportunities to ‘Meet the Employer’ today through Saturday for more information or to apply for 2020 census...

GFO Offers African Americans Help in Solving Family Mysteries

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is holding an African American Special Interest Group Saturday, Oct. 19 ...

Third Annual NAMC-WA Gala Features Leader on Minority Business Development

The topic of the Washington Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors' event was 'Community and Collaboration' ...

Building Bridges Event Aims to Strengthen Trust Between Communities

The 4th Annual Building Bridges of Understanding in Our Communities: Confronting Hate will be held in Tigard on...

The Black Man Project Kicks Off National Tour in Seattle

The first in a series of interactive conversations focused on Black men and vulnerability takes place in Seattle on October 25 ...

Woman sues Oregon clinic over claims of past abuse by doctor

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who says she was repeatedly sexually abused by her pediatrician has filed a jumi million lawsuit against the doctor's former medical clinic in Oregon.The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday that the woman says the abuse occurred in the 1980s and early 1990s at...

Police: Body found is missing university student

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say a body found near the St. Johns Bridge in Northwest Portland is a missing University of Portland freshman.Police on Tuesday evening said that the medical examiner's office had conducted an autopsy and positively identified the body as Owen...

AP Top 25: Ohio State jumps Clemson to 3rd; Wisconsin falls

Ohio State edged past Clemson to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll and Wisconsin dropped to 13th after being upset ahead of its showdown with the Buckeyes.Alabama remained No. 1 on Sunday in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, receiving 24 first-place votes. No. 2 LSU held...

Vaughn scores twice, Vandy upsets No. 22 Missouri 21-14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derek Mason wants it known he's the best coach for the Vanderbilt Commodores.Riley Neal came off the bench and threw a 21-yard touchdown to Cam Johnson with 8:57 left, and Vanderbilt upset No. 22 Missouri 21-14 on Saturday with a stifling defensive...

OPINION

Atatiana Jefferson, Killed by Police Officer in Her Own Home

Atatiana Jefferson, a biology graduate who worked in the pharmaceutical industry and was contemplating becoming a doctor, lived a life of purpose that mattered ...

“Hell No!” That Is My Message to Those Who Would Divide Us 

Upon release from the South African jail, Nelson Mandela told UAW Local 600 members “It is you who have made the United States of America a superpower, a leader of the world" ...

Rep. Janelle Bynum Issues Response to the Latest Statement from Clackamas Town Center

State legislator questions official response after daughter questioned for ‘loitering’ in parking lot ...

Why Would HUD Gut Its Own Disparate Impact Rule?

"You can’t expand housing rights by limiting civil protections. The ’D’ in HUD doesn’t stand for ‘Discrimination’" ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Farewells to US Rep. Elijah Cummings to begin in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — Constituents, friends and other mourners are set to gather at a historically black college in Baltimore to honor the life of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings in the first of a series of planned services.The Maryland congressman and civil rights champion died Thursday of...

Trump claim brings new pain to relatives of lynching victims

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Willie Edwards Jr., a black truck driver, was killed by Ku Klux Klansmen who forced him to jump off a bridge in Alabama in 1957. Two years earlier, white men had bludgeoned black teenager Emmett Till to death in Mississippi. No one went to prison for either...

Trump 2020 targeting Hispanic vote in nontraditional places

YORK, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is making contrarian appeals in the most unusual places, trying to win over Hispanic voters in states not known for them, like Pennsylvania.His second campaign, far better financed and organized than his first, is pressing every...

ENTERTAINMENT

Liam Gallagher talks solo rise, family feud and rock music

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spend a few minutes with Liam Gallagher and it's clear the rocker hasn't lost any of his bravado, right down to counting himself among the greats in rock history.But Gallagher does acknowledge that one band breakup — not, Oasis, but rather the demise of Beady Eye in...

Lori Loughlin, other parents charged again in college scheme

BOSTON (AP) — "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband and nine other parents faced new federal charges Tuesday in a scandal involving dozens of wealthy parents accused of bribing their children's way into elite universities or cheating on college entrance exams.A...

Celebrities to get drag makeovers in RuPaul's new VH1 series

LOS ANGELES (AP) — RuPaul is giving a dozen celebrities the chance to get drag makeovers for charity and bragging rights.VH1 said Tuesday that "RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Race" will air as a limited series next year.Each of the four episodes will feature a trio of stars competing for best drag...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Zuckerberg appears in Congress as Facebook faces scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is again appearing before Congress to face questions about...

Russia, Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with new accord

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Russia and Turkey reached an agreement Tuesday that would cement their power in...

Pennsylvania's gas politics churn as Trump embraces industry

EXTON, Pa. (AP) — For a second time in three months, President Donald Trump is headed to Pennsylvania to...

Boris Johnson inches toward securing Brexit but delay likely

LONDON (AP) — For a brief moment Tuesday, Brexit was within a British prime minister's grasp.Boris Johnson...

Canada's Trudeau wins reelection but faces a divided nation

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begins his second term facing an increasingly divided...

Trump finds no simple fix in Syria, other world hotspots

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to reverse America's involvement in "endless wars" has run...

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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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