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NORTHWEST NEWS

Democrats Voice Priorities for Coming Year in the Capitol

Highlights from the Democrats 2023 legislative agenda. 

Colorado Lawmakers Look to AI to Detect Wildfires Earlier

A historic drought and recent heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American West and scientists say warming weather will continue to make fires more frequent and destructive.

Justices Weigh Effort to Balance Washington State's Tax Code

Washington is one of nine states without an income tax, and its heavy reliance on sales and fuel taxes to pay for schools, roads and other public expenses falls disproportionately on low-income residents.

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Graduation Rate Rises With Gains Made In Every Student Group

Class of 2022 graduation rate is second highest In Oregon’s history ...

City Council Approves 13 to Independent District Commission

The commission will lead the effort to establish four new geographic districts for Portland’s next city council. ...

Incorporating Mindfulness Into Social Justice Classes Topic of Feb. 8 Oregon State Science Pub

The free event, which can be attended in person or viewed online, will feature a presentation by Kathryn McIntosh. She will discuss...

Exhibit "Flowers for Elders" Celebrates Living Portland Artists

Free, public, multimedia exhibit runs through Feb. 25 in SE Portland ...

The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual MLK Breakfast to Air on TV

The sold-out event will air on 5 upcoming dates and times on Comcast Xfinity channels at the start of Black History Month. ...

White supremacists who attacked Black DJ at bar sentenced

SEATTLE (AP) — Four white men with white supremacist ties were sentenced in federal court in Seattle Friday for a 2018 assault on a Black DJ at a bar in the suburb of Lynnwood. Judge Richard Jones sentenced the men to varying prison terms, the Daily Herald reported. ...

Oregon pins hopes on mass timber to boost housing, jobs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Inside a warehouse at the industrial Port of Portland lies what some believe could be the answer to Oregon's housing crisis — a prototype of an affordable housing unit made from mass timber. Once mass-produced at the factory being planned at the port, the...

Iowa State OC Scheelhaase to coach QBs

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said Friday that offensive coordinator Nate Scheelhaase will coach the quarterbacks after position coach Joel Gordon left for South Florida. Scheelhaase, who had coached running backs and receivers since he arrived in Ames in 2018,...

Russell scores 30, SE Missouri State downs Tennessee State

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Phillip Russell recorded 30 points as Southeast Missouri State beat Tennessee State 92-75 on Thursday night. Russell added nine assists for the Redhawks (11-11, 6-3 Ohio Valley Conference). Aquan Smart scored 14 points and added six rebounds and four...

OPINION

It's Time to Irrigate the Fallow Ground of Minority Media Ownership

In 2023, one aspect of civil rights and racial justice that barely remains addressed is racial inclusion in media ownership. ...

A Letter to Residents of N. and N.E. Portland from Commissioner Susheela Jayapal

Susheela Jayapal, Multnomah County Commissioner for District 2, North and Northeast Portland, reviews her first four-year term and looks forward to her second term ...

Are Black Individuals Like Kanye West, Van Jones, and Stephen A. Smith ‘Perpetrating a Fraud,’ or is Self-Hate a Primary Motivator for Anti-Blackness

“So, you have two types of Negro. The old type and the new type. Most of you know the old type. When you read about him in history during slavery he was called ‘Uncle Tom.’ He was the House Negro.”-Malcolm X ...

We Need Not Forgive

We need not forgive racial injustices in America’s past, and we must never forget them. But as a nation, we can reconcile. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

State of emergency declared over Atlanta 'Cop City' protest

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Thursday, giving him the option of calling in the Georgia National Guard in response to a violent protest in downtown Atlanta over the killing by authorities of an environmental activist said to have shot a state trooper. ...

Jury rejects lawsuit filed by family of teen killed by cop

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal jury has found that a white Ohio police officer did not violate a Black teenager's civil rights when he shot and killed the boy while responding to a reported armed robbery. Jurors reached their verdict Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by Tyre King’s...

New US race, ethnicity standards proposed; first since '97

A Middle Eastern and North African category could be added to U.S. federal surveys and censuses, and changes could be made to how Hispanics are able to self-identify, under preliminary recommendations released Thursday by the Biden administration in what would be the first update to race and...

ENTERTAINMENT

Historically Black TSU hopes for Grammy with gospel album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Like a lot of great projects, the idea for Grammy-nominated album “The Urban Hymnal” was first sketched out on a paper restaurant napkin. Gospel songwriter and producer Sir the Baptist had come to Nashville in October 2021 to hear Tennessee State...

HarperCollins, striking workers agree to federal mediation

NEW YORK (AP) — HarperCollins Publishers and the union representing some 250 striking employees have agreed to enter into federal mediation, the first sign of a possible settlement since the work stoppage began in early November. “We are excited to have this opportunity to...

World champion says Rubik's Cube and violin go hand in hand

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan student is one of the world’s foremost “speedcubers,” a person capable of quickly solving a Rubik’s Cube. He also is an accomplished violinist. Stanley Chapel says the two fields go hand in hand. Not only does...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Live Updates | Release of video of Tyre Nichols' beating

The Latest on the release of a Memphis Police Department video showing the beating of Tyre Nichols, who later...

Green comet zooming our way, last visited 50,000 years ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A comet is streaking back our way after 50,000 years. The dirty...

Brazil police raid Bolsonaro nephew's home in uprising probe

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s federal police searched the home of a nephew of former President Jair...

Rights group: leaked El Salvador data confirm abuses

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Human Rights Watch says it has obtained a database leaked from El Salvador's...

Fatal shooting at Azerbaijan Embassy in Iran raises tensions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A gunman stormed the Azerbaijan Embassy in Iran's capital Friday, killing its...

UN food agency: Afghan malnutrition rates at record high

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Malnutrition rates in Afghanistan are at record highs with half the country enduring...

By The Skanner News | The Skanner News

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Over the weekend, President Obama, the First Lady and several other Obama administration officials delivered commencement speeches at many of the nation's historically Black colleges and universities.
The President sent off Hampton University's graduating class on Sunday while the first lady, Michelle Obama, spoke at the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff the day prior. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes, who addressed Xavier University and Virginia Union University, respectfully, as well as two lower-level administrators, who spoke at Wiley and Huston-Tillotson Universities, also spoke on Saturday.
The series of commencements are a part of the Obama Administration's strategic outreach and promotion of Americas Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). While many, such as Howard University and Spelman Collage, are considered among nation's top schools, almost all of the HBCUs are facing economic setbacks and limited-resources.
In February, the president signed a White House initiative to strengthen HBCUs and he set a goal of historically Black institutions achieving the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by the year 2020. Obama has signed legislation that will give $1 billion dollars in funding to HBCUs and other predominantly Black institutions over the next decade. He has also nearly doubled the aid available in the Pell Grant program.
More than half of the students attending HBCUs qualify for Pell Grants and other financial aid. The president, during a recent White House ceremony honoring HBCUs, spoke of the importance of these institutions to the well-being of not just the African-American community, but to the entire nation.
"We're not only doing this because these schools are a gateway to a better future for African Americans; we're doing it because their success is vital to a better future for all Americans," Obama said. President Obama's senior advisor Valerie Jarrett is scheduled to address Morgan State University in Baltimore on Saturday. On Sunday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is tasked to speak to Morehouse College in Atlanta while United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will deliver the commencement speak to Morehouse's sister school Spelman College, also in Atlanta.

MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.