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BREAKING: Loretta Smith Announces Run for Oregon’s New Congressional Seat

Former county commissioner and two-time Portland City Council candidate wants to keep focus on education, police reform.

At 35, Felix Makes a Comeback and Lands Her 5th Olympics

The 35-year-old mom rallied from fifth at the start of the homestretch to the second-place finish at U.S. track trials.

11 U.S. Mayors Commit to Develop Reparations Pilot Projects

Eleven U.S. mayors — from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Oklahoma — have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program could work

Judge Dismisses Governor Inslee Recall Petition

The governor's office said Wednesday that a judge ruled to dismiss the petition filed in May by five residents in a citizen group known as Washingtonians to Recall Inslee


Oregon Lawmakers Pass Amendment to 'Pause' Evictions

With the state and federal eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of June, Oregon lawmakers passed an added safety net for...

Burn Ban in Effect in Multnomah County

Due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall, and ongoing dry conditions, the outdoor burn ban is for all areas of Multnomah...

PCC Won't Requires Students, Staff to Be Vaccinated This Fall

Behind this decision are several factors: ...

Vancouver Housing Authority Seeks Hotels and Motels to Turn Into Affordable Housing

Vancouver Housing Authority is on the hunt for hotels and motels to purchase for conversion to affordable housing. ...

Seniors Need Fans to Keep Cool in Hot Weather

Meals on Wheels People is again asking for donations of new or gently-used fans to help keep homebound seniors cool and healthy ...

Biden pushes effort to combat rising tide of violent crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to lay out new steps to stem a rising national tide of violent crime, with a particular focus on gun violence, as administration officials brace for what they fear could be an especially turbulent summer. The worry over crime is real...

Portland police halt minor traffic stops, citing disparity

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Oregon's largest city are being advised to no longer pursue low-level traffic infractions — including expired plates and broken headlights — unless related to an immediate safety threat, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Tuesday. In...


Rx Upper Payment Limit Bill Will Worsen Chronic Disease for Oregonians Most at Risk

A measure being considered by Oregon state legislature will perpetuate a harmful trend for Oregon’s communities of color. ...

COMMENTARY: 100 Days of Biden-Harris

I see the trillion price tag on the Biden legislation as more of an investment than simple spending. ...

Power and Pride to the People!

Happy Pride month to Black LGBTQ readers and to all of us who love LGBTQ people! ...

You Are Not an Imposter

felt I didn’t belong and secretly, I was waiting for the program to tell me that they made a mistake in my admission. ...


Opera singer says Paris police detained, strip searched her

PARIS (AP) — South African opera star Pretty Yende said she was detained by French authorities, strip searched and held in a dark room at Paris’ main airport after arriving this week for a starring role at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. “Police brutality is real for...

Virginia hopes to remove time capsule along with Lee statue

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If a court clears the way, the state of Virginia expects to remove not just a soaring statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue but also a little-known piece of history tucked inside the massive sculpture’s base: a 134-year-old time...

Judge tosses most claims over clearing protesters in DC park

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to a church near the White House...


Florida beach town writes Amazon TV series to lure tourists

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Remember that longing you felt after an episode of “Sex and the City” to shop at the characters' favorite New York haunts and drink cosmopolitans at the same bars? Or that sense of wanderlust for the seaside cliffs of Ireland after watching “Game of Thrones?” ...

Review: 'A Distant Grave' is a complex and lyrical thriller

“A Distant Grave,” by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Minotaur) Homicide detective Maggie D’arcy has been hoping to heat up a cross-Atlantic romance with her sweetheart, Conor Kearney, but after a body turns up on Long Island beach, her trip to Ireland appears to be off. ...

Special Tony Awards given to 2 shows, 1 advocacy nonprofit

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Awards may be months away, but three groups can already celebrate: The Broadway Advocacy Coalition, “David Byrne’s American Utopia” and Lin-Manuel Miranda's ”Freestyle Love Supreme" are getting special awards. The American Theatre Wing and the...


Background checks blocked a record high 300,000 gun sales

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The number of people stopped from buying guns through the U.S. background check system hit...

Some used vehicles now cost more than original sticker price

DETROIT (AP) — When it was new, the window sticker price on a typical 2019 Toyota Tacoma SR double cab pickup...

Pelosi signals new panel to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is signaling that she is poised to create a new committee to...

Cyberbullying trial tests French tools to fight online abuse

PARIS (AP) — A landmark cyberbullying trial in Paris, involving thousands of threats against a teenager who...

Palestinians, settlers clash in tense Jerusalem neighborhood

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians and Jewish settlers hurled stones, chairs and fireworks at each other overnight in...

AP PHOTOS: Indian police train villagers for border security

KATHUA, India (AP) — For nearly three months, from dusk to dawn, Rita Devi has followed a similar drill. ...

Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

Few details have been released about the third officer-involved fatal shooting of the year, and reporters futilely grilled newly-appointed Portland Police Chief Mike Reese on the case during a press conference Friday morning.
Police identified 25-year-old Keaton Dupree Otis as the man killed in Wednesday night's officer involved shooting, but they have no photo of him, adding to the mystery of how the Hotspot Enforcement Action Team came to shoot an armed Black man with no ties to gang activity and no arrest record.
Police say Otis pulled a gun on officers during a traffic stop and shot Officer Chris Burley in the groin before dying in a shower of bullets from Officers James Defrain, Cody Berne and Andrew Polas.
Bureau spokeswoman Lt. Mary Wheat said the full report on the events would be made available "soon."
Meanwhile, The Oregonian newspaper fleshed out Otis' almost-spotless record – which shows he had only a traffic violation three years ago rather than the gang involvement assumed by many observers.
The medical examiner determined Otis was killed by multiple gunshots, but police have so far not disclosed how many rounds were fired.
Commander Jim Ferraris, at the Gang Violence Task Force meeting Friday morning, said Officer Christopher Burley, who received gunshot wounds in both legs, has been released from the hospital.
"He's doing very well ... He is happy to be alive," Ferraris said.

Holladay Park Hot Spot

Throughout this year, gang-related violence and drug dealing centered on the Lloyd Center MAX stop -- and even a shooting inside the Lloyd Center Mall -- have drawn the attention of law enforcement.
Police, city officials, gang outreach workers, Portland Public Schools officials, Lloyd Center management and the Multnomah County District Attorney's office have drawn a tightening net around the Holladay Park area, blocks from where Otis was shot Wednesday night.
The area is seen as perhaps the worst hot spot for gang-related crime in the city, in part because it is a critical hub of traffic – students from Benson High School pass through, as do local office workers, transit riders and shoppers.
Outreach workers have reported at GVTF meetings that much of the violence – including fights and beatings – comes from gang initiations.
Drug dealing by known gang affiliates is facilitated by the transit stops themselves, witnesses say, because dealers can easily see when police cruisers are coming and can simply step onto buses or MAX trains and double back when the police presence is gone.
Earlier this year Lloyd Center management set up a vast network of security cameras on the south side of the mall pointing toward the park; county DA representatives actively stake out the park and take pictures of the young people there.
Even Aaron Campbell, who was killed by police during a standoff last January, had posted on his Myspace page a video of a fight at the Lloyd Center transit stop.

Ferraris confirmed Friday that he will remain as North Precinct commander in charge of HEAT.
Reese says he intends to build a new leadership team for the bureau, and announced Friday promotions for Assistant Chief Larry O'Dea, who will be replacing Assistant Chief Brian Martinek, who is leaving the bureau July 1.
Captain Eric Hendricks moves from the Traffic Division, up to Assistant Chief of Investigations, taking over from Assistant Chief John Eckhart, who retires July 2
Director Leslie Stevens of the office of Police Professional Standards Sees her position eliminated as of June 30 as part of citywide budget cuts.

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