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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Set to Expand Hotline for Bias Crime Reporting

With a rise in hate crimes and bias incidents in Oregon and nationwide the two-person office just couldn’t handle the volume.

Portland Shootings Prompt DA to Spend $1M to Handle Cases

Multnomah County plans to hire four prosecutors and two investigators to help with an increasing caseload of homicide investigations

Cascadia Whole Health Honors Community Justice Leader, Fine Artist with Culture of Caring Awards

Erika Preuitt and Jeremy Okai Davis recognized for positive contributions to community.

Salem-Keizer School Boards Adopts Anti-Racism Resolution

The Salem-Keizer school board has voted to adopt a resolution outlining the board’s commitment to equity and anti-racism.

NEWS BRIEFS

Joint Center Commends Senator Whitehouse for Hiring Monalisa Dugué as Chief of Staff

Dugué is one of two Black Chiefs of Staff in the Senate ...

FBI Offers up to $25,000 for Information in Mass Shooting Event

18-year-old Makayla Maree Harris killed and six others injured in a Portland shooting on July 17, 2021 ...

Nearly 100 Animals Seized From Woofin Palooza Forfeited to MCAS

A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge has ruled that dogs and cats seized from an unlicensed facility named Woofin Palooza are now...

City of Seattle Office and Sound Transit Finalize No-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable Housing Development

Rainier Valley Homeownership Initiative will create at least 100 for-sale homes, permanently affordable to low- and moderate-income...

Sierra Club Reacts to Rep. Schrader’s Comments on Climate Change

Schrader Calls Climate Change “biggest threat to Americans” after voting against key policy in committee ...

'Lawless city?' Worry after Portland police don't stop chaos

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crowd of 100 people wreaked havoc in downtown Portland, Oregon, this week – smashing storefront windows, lighting dumpsters on fire and causing at least 0,000 in damage – but police officers didn't stop them. Portland Police Bureau officials say...

Legionnaires outbreak persists at Portland apartment complex

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials have confirmed that a North Portland apartment complex had a new case of Legionnaires’ disease in late September, the latest in an outbreak attributed to the waterborne illness since January. The Multnomah County Health Department said the...

No. 21 Texas A&M heads to Mizzou after 'Bama upset win

No. 21 Texas A&M (4-2, 1-2 SEC) at Missouri (3-3, 0-2), Saturday at noon EDT (SEC Network). Line: Texas A&M by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: Texas A&M leads 8-7. WHAT’S AT STAKE? ...

No. 21 Texas A&M tries to avoid 'Bama hangover at Mizzou

Jimbo Fisher opened his weekly news conference going through everything that Texas A&M did well the previous week, when the Aggies stunned then-No. 1 Alabama before a raucous crowd at Kyle Field. It was a long list. So it wasn't surprising that by the end...

OPINION

How Food Became the Perfect Beachhead for Gentrification

What could be the downside of fresh veggies, homemade empanadas and a pop-up restaurant specializing in banh mis? ...

Homelessness, Houselessness in the Richest Country in the World: An Uncommon Logic

When and why did the United States of America chose the wealth of a few over the health, wealth, and well-being of so many ...

American Business Leaders Step Up to Fight Inequities in the South

With COVID-19 still an omnipresent concern and the country’s recovery still very much in jeopardy, individuals, families, and communities are struggling to deal with issues that have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. ...

Waters Statement on 20th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

Twenty years ago today, our nation suffered devastating terrorist attacks on our soil and against our people that wholly and completely changed the world as we knew it. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

South Carolina awards Staley 7-year, .4 million contract

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It certainly was a big day for Dawn Staley. South Carolina's national championship coach thought it was just as important for women's basketball and gender equity. Staley and the school announced a new, seven-year contract that will pay her [scripts/homepage/home.php].9 million...

New Mexico judge denies lab workers' claim in vaccine fight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge on Friday denied a request by dozens of scientists and others at Los Alamos National Laboratory to block a vaccine mandate, meaning workers risk being fired if they don't comply with the lab's afternoon deadline. The case comes as...

New York's likely new mayor plans to preserve gifted program

NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrat who will likely become New York City's next mayor says he does not intend to get rid of the city's program for gifted and talented students, nipping plans that outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams...

ENTERTAINMENT

Film TV workers union says strike to start next week

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The union representing film and television crews says its 60,000 members will begin a nationwide strike on Monday if it does not reach a deal that satisfies demands for fair and safe working conditions. A strike would bring a halt to...

Gary Paulsen, celebrated children's author, dies at 82

NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Paulsen, the acclaimed and prolific children's author who often drew upon his rural affinities and wide-ranging adventures for tales that included “Hatchet,” “Brian's Winter” and “Dogsong,” has died at age 82. Random House Children's Books...

Todd Haynes: Finding the frequency of the Velvet Underground

The most often-repeated thing said about the Velvet Underground is Brian Eno’s quip that the band didn’t sell many records, but everyone who bought one started a band. You won’t hear that line in Todd Haynes’ documentary “The Velvet Underground,” nor will you see a...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Jill Biden travels to Virginia, New Jersey to help Democrats

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden campaigned Friday for Democrats in governors' races in Virginia and...

Authorities call fatal stabbing of UK lawmaker terrorist act

LEIGH-ON-SEA, England (AP) — A long-serving member of Parliament was stabbed to death Friday during a meeting...

US vows to pay relatives of Afghans killed in drone strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department said Friday that it is committed to offering condolence payments...

At least 46 killed in Taiwanese apartment building inferno

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 46 people were killed and another 41 injured after a fire broke out early...

Lebanon buries 7 killed amid street battles over port probe

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon on Friday mourned seven people killed in gunbattles on the streets of Beirut the previous...

Moderate earthquake rocks Bali, killing at least 3

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia’s resort island of...

Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

Carter, Markgraf and Sizemore are in, Novick is out.
Hundreds of candidates for state electoral offices tossed their hats into the ring by the filing deadline Tuesday at 5 p.m., and dozens more filed for county office at the last minute – spurred by unforeseen circumstances.
Secretary of State spokesman Don Hamilton reported nearly two dozen state office candidates filed at the end of the six-month filing period March 9, bringing the total to 310 candidates who will appear on the May 18 primary election ballot.
In Multnomah County, a flurry of filings was sparked by the death of Oregon State Treasurer Ben Westlund this past weekend.
"I think it's interesting in that if he had died two days later, after the 5 o'clock deadline for filing, the parties would simply have used their internal procedures to appoint a replacement," Hamilton said. "Instead, his passing caused a real domino effect."
Monday, Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler as interim treasurer. Tuesday Wheeler filed for election to the post, creating an opening at the county.
That opportunity sparked more than a dozen last-minute filings Tuesday for two separate seats on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners that would not have been up for grabs except for Westlund's unfortunate death from cancer.
On the ballot for Multnomah County Chair are former state Sen. Margaret Carter, Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen, insurance agent Mike Darger and retired merchant marine Wes Soderback.
Political consultant Steve Novick built a Facebook page with hundreds of fans and conducted media interviews about his campaign for county chair, but decided against filing.
For Cogen's seat, contenders include Cogen staffer Karol Collymore; Rev. Chuck Currie; former county commissioner and state Rep. Gary Hansen; city noise control officer Paul Van Orden; Loretta Smith, field representative for Sen. Ron Wyden; film producer Enrique Arias; Tom Markgraf, former staffer to Rep. Earl Blumenauer; county policy advisor Roberta Phillip; county mental health consultant Irma Linda Castillo; and Maria Caballero Rubio, former policy director for ex-Mayor Tom Potter.
Across state and local races, a quick count turned up a total of just five African American candidates, including Carter, Collymore, Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) running for a full term in District 43, former state treasurer Jim Hill running again for that office, and Muhammad Ra'oof running for Multnomah County Sheriff.
Currently Frederick and Portland Community College board member Harold Williams are the only African Americans statewide who hold elected offices, although Frederick was not actually elected.
Rather he was appointed to his seat last year to replace Chip Shields, who in turn was appointed to Margaret Carter's state senate seat when she stepped down to take a position with the Department of Human Services.
In City of Portland races, incumbent Commissioner Nick Fish faces off against community activist Jason Barbour, bookkeeper Walt Nichols, and Timothy O. Youker, "AKA Timothy Turtle," as his filings say.
Commissioner Dan Saltzman's field of challengers is eight deep, and includes stonemason Spencer Burton; former Blumenauer staffer Jesse Cornett; Gunderson equipment designer Michael J. Courtney; community activists Ed Garren and Martha Perez; mental health advocate Jason Renaud; Oregon National Guardsman Rudy Soto; and longtime city bureau spokeswoman Mary Volm.
City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade is running for re-election unopposed.
On the state level, races are kicking off for: one U.S. Senate seat (with 10 candidates), five U.S. House seats, governor (13 candidates), treasurer (four candidates), superintendent of public instruction, 15 Oregon Senate seats, 60 Oregon House seats, two Supreme Court seats, three seats on the Oregon Court of Appeals, a dozen district attorney seats, and many county judgeships.
Controversial conservative activist Bill Sizemore, who was arrested in November for tax evasion, is again in the running for governor. The Republican primary has nine contenders, including Pixelworks Board Chairman Allen Alley; corporate restructuring executive Clark Colvin; Ames Research Laboratories owner William Ames Curtright; former NBA player and Trail Blazer Chris Dudley; perennial candidate and Jefferson High School graduate Rob Forthan; small business owner Darren Karr; longtime state lawmaker John Lim; and real estate management executive Rex O. Watkins.
The Democratic primary for governor includes former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, former Gov. John Kitzhaber and retiree Roger Obrist.

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