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Portland Police Declare Unlawful Assembly During Protest

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty addressed event organised by NAACP focused on Black Lives Matter

Shootings Increase During Portland Protests

Between June 1 and end July 31, 2020 there were 125 reported shootings compared to a total of 59 shootings in 2019

Portland Protest Scene Relatively Calm After US Drawdown

Under the deal announced by Governor Kate Brown, the federal agents will withdraw in phases.

Portland Approves $114 M Relief Budget with Focus on Communities of Color

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty voted no, arguing for better houseless resources.

NEWS BRIEFS

New Rule by The U.S. Department of Education Would Misdirect $11M from Oregon Public Schools

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer called a...

Barbara Bush Foundation Partners with Barbershop Books and Penguin to Provide Child-Friendly Reading Spaces in Baltimore and Detroit Barbershops

Developed in Harlem, Barbershop Books is a community-based program that leverages the cultural significance of barbershops in...

All Classical Portland Awards Grant to Support Emmanuel Henreid's 'Livin' in the Light'

Livin’ in the Light documents Onry’s experience as a Black, male, professional opera and crossover singer in Portland, Ore. ...

House Approves Legislation to Stop Trump Attack on Fair Housing

Ocasio-Cortez, Blumenauer amendment would block rollback of anti-discrimination rule ...

Louis Mair Named as New Principal at Harriet Tubman Middle School

Louis comes to Harriet Tubman from Georgia, where he was a leader in building an inclusive and supportive learning community. ...

Inslee, Culp advance to November ballot in governor's race

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Loren Culp advanced Tuesday night through Washington's top-two primary to the November ballot.In early returns, Inslee had 52% of the vote. With nearly 17% of the vote, Culp, the police chief of Republic,...

Seattle mayor, police chief urge slow down of police cuts

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and police Chief Carmen Best said Tuesday they are against proposals by City Council members to reduce the police force by as many as 100 officers this year through layoffs and attrition.In a remote news conference, Durkan and Best urged the council...

Missouri's Drinkwitz takes side in mask-or-no-mask debate

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz has been the head coach at Missouri for just over seven months. He has yet to lead the Tigers onto the football field, much less win a game, yet his role in the community already has forced him to take some important stands.First, it was supporting his new...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

OPINION

Da 5 Bloods and America Abroad

Even before I returned to the United States from my combat tour in Vietnam, I had decided that we were fighting an unjust war. ...

Falling Behind: COVID, Climate Change, and Chaos

Multiple Crises, Multiple Obstacles ...

Bill Deiz urges Oregonians to Defend their Constitutional Rights

Elements of federal police, sent in by our president, are nightly tormenting our citizens with tear gas, impact munitions, kidnappings and beatings, and other criminal acts, in order to suppress our rights of free speech and free assembly ...

The Power of Love

Powerful lessons for me today on forgiveness. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

WNBA players urge people to vote against team owner, senator

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — WNBA players urged people to vote against Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, a Republican U.S. senator running to keep her seat in Georgia.Loeffler, who spoke out publicly against the league's social justice plans and sent a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy...

Virus ravages poor California county along Mexican border

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — Dr. Tien Vo's last stop of the night is the home of a 35-year-old woman who has diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and, now, the coronavirus. The virus killed her father six days earlier. The oldest of her four children, a 15-year-old boy, learned he had it that...

St. Louis prosecutor chided by Trump wins primary race

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, whose job performance has been lauded by some civil rights activists and criticized by President Donald Trump and other leading Republicans, held off a challenge from a former homicide prosecutor in Tuesday’s primary...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: More supernatural horror from ‘The Strain’ writers

“The Hollow Ones: The Blackwood Tapes Vol. 1,” by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Hachette Book Group)The writing team behind “The Strain” trilogy is back with a new evil incarnate. This time it’s more demonic than vampiric, possessing bodies and driving them...

Winfrey picks Isabel Wilkerson's 'Caste' for her book club

NEW YORK (AP) — If not for the coronavirus, Oprah Winfrey says, she would be out in the streets and marching with the Black Lives Matter protesters. She has instead found other ways to add her voice. She is working with Lionsgate on a multimedia adaptation of The New York Times' “1619...

Review: A sweet fable in Seth Rogen’s ‘An American Pickle’

The funniest part of “ An American Pickle ” isn’t even really in the movie. It’s a little scene in the middle of the credits in which Seth Rogen’s Herschel Greenbaum, a 1920s laborer who wakes up 100 years after falling into a vat of pickle juice, watches...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

US sending highest rep to Taiwan since 1979 break in ties

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is scheduled to visit Taiwan in...

Hiroshima survivors worry that world will forget

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima 75 years ago didn't just kill and...

AP PHOTOS: Terror, death, devastation in Lebanon explosion

As they watched a huge mushroom cloud rise over the seaport capital, many who felt the massive explosion in Beirut...

Powerful Colombian ex-president ordered under house arrest

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will be placed under house arrest while the...

AP Explains: Kashmir on edge 1 year after major Indian shift

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian-controlled Kashmir has remained on edge in the year since New Delhi scrapped...

Virus lockdown shuts Kashmir year after autonomy is stripped

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday enforced security restrictions in many parts of...

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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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