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NORTHWEST NEWS

Vote by May 19: Oregon’s Primary Election Continues as Planned

Oregon’s vote-by-mail system keeps May Primary on schedule

A Black Woman Is Leading The Charge To Create A Vaccine For The Coronavirus

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett and her team have begun running the first human trials of the vaccine in Seattle

Make a Mask & Support a Whole Community

Cascadia will be coordinating a mask donation project for community members who are willing to get out their sewing machines and create homemade masks

Federal Coronavirus Stimulus Package Covers 7 Major Areas

Oregon State Senator James I. Manning Jr. has provided a summary of what the Federal Coronavirus Stimulus Package looks like

NEWS BRIEFS

Waterfront Blues Festival Cancelled for 2020

Organizers say the decision to cancel the popular festival was not taken lightly ...

NAACP Calls COVID-19 Stimulus Package a Necessary Step, but Calls Upon Congress to Do More

The NAACP says in providing future relief, Congress must prioritize people first, not corporations ...

CARES Act Must Prioritize Nation’s Most Vulnerable Communities

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law says the new bill puts the interests of corporations above the burdens faced by...

33 Attorneys General Warn Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Craigslist: You Aren’t Exempt from Price Gouging Laws

The letters list several examples of price gouging including a Craigslist ad selling a bottle of hand sanitizer for 0 ...

OHSU Hotline to Answer COVID-19 Questions

Patients who call the hospital will have the option to be routed directly to the new hotline ...

Trump approves major disaster declaration for Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for Oregon due to the coronavirus outbreak, the White House announced Sunday.The declaration orders federal assistance to aid state, tribal and local recovery efforts. The order is back-dated to Jan. 20...

Inslee: Washington needs more coronavirus test supplies

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday that Washington state still has a shortage of coronavirus testing kits and again suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely have to be extended to fight the disease.Inslee appeared on CNN's “State of...

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

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 ...

The Homelessness Crisis – We Are Better Than This

Julianne Malveaux says this is not just about homelessness. It is about an economic crisis that has made affordable housing, jobs and economic security difficult to obtain ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Tech boom, MLB programs helping women find jobs in baseball

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Rachel Folden figured something out early on during her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs — long before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out team activities.None of the players care all that much that one of their coaches is a woman. As for the girls she...

Counties without coronavirus are mostly rural, poor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As the coronavirus rages across the United States, mainly in large urban areas, more than a third of U.S. counties have yet to report a single positive test result for COVID-19 infections, an analysis by The Associated Press shows.Data compiled by Johns Hopkins...

Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader and MLK aide, dies at 98

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the country’s first black president and echoed the call for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” in America.For more than four decades...

ENTERTAINMENT

Oprah on coronavirus: 'Playing it as safe as I possibly can'

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says she’s playing it safe when it comes to the rapidly spreading coronavirus.The 66-year-old entertainment icon told The Associated Press on Friday that she has been quarantining and practicing social distancing at her home — even if that means...

Brooks, Trisha Yearwood to perform requests on live special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood will be taking viewer requests during a live prime-time show this week filmed at their home.CBS will air the special, “Garth and Trisha: Live!” on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern.In an announcement Sunday, CBS says the...

John Prine in critical condition with COVID-19 symptoms

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of John Prine says the singer-songwriter is critically ill and has been placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms.A message posted on Prine's Twitter page Sunday said the “Angel from Montgomery” singer has been hospitalized...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with...

In virus times, have Americans found a shared experience?

As an uneasy March unspooled, as coronavirus dread descended upon the United States, it became commonplace...

Serial killer dubbed Grim Sleeper dies in California prison

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — Lonnie Franklin, the convicted serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" who...

Polish composer, conductor Krzysztof Penderecki dies at 86

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Krzysztof Penderecki, an award-winning conductor and one of the world’s most...

In Somalia, coronavirus goes from fairy tale to nightmare

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At first, the coronavirus was just a fairy tale, a rumor along the dusty lanes of...

Off to the cafe: Sweden is outlier in virus restrictions

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The streets of Stockholm are quiet but not deserted. People still sit at outdoor cafes in...

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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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