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NORTHWEST NEWS

Lottery Misses Mark on Minorities’ Fair Share

The Oregon Lottery’s most recent advertising slogan is “Together, we do good things”. But when we look at where the profits are coming from and where any potential benefit from lottery profits flow to, is this really true? 

Court Sides With Governor Kate Brown Over Early Prison Releases

Two attorneys took particular issue with Brown’s decision to allow 73 people convicted of murder, assault, rape and manslaughter while they were younger than 18 to apply for early release.

Ballot Measure to Overhaul City Government Promises Minority Representation While Facing Controversy

The Portland Charter Commission aims to bring city in line with how other major U.S. cities do local governance. 

White Woman Calls Police on Black Man Standing at His Home

“If you guys have a lease, I’d just like to see the lease,”

NEWS BRIEFS

Seattle Hospital to Refuse Some Patients Due to Capacity

The hospital is caring for some 560 inpatients, more than 130% of its licensed capacity of 413 patients. ...

West Seattle Bridge to Reopen After Yearslong Closure

The 40-year-old bridge is among the city’s most important, previously allowing 100,000 drivers and 20,000 transit users to move...

Jefferson Alumni Invites Community to Block Party

This inaugural event is open to the public and will have tons of entertainment in tow, including a live DJ and music, a rib contest,...

Oregon Approved to Issue an Additional $46 Million in Pandemic EBT Food Assistance to 80,000 Young Children

The additional food benefits will be issued to families’ existing EBT cards in Fall 2022, with the exact dates yet to be...

Free Vaccination Events Provide Required Back-to-School Immunizations

On or before the first day of instruction, all K-12 students in Washington state must be up to date on vaccinations required for...

Coast Guard responds to small oil spill near San Juan Island

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a diesel spill off the west coast of Washington state's San Juan Island after a 49-foot (15-meter) fishing vessel sank with an estimated 2,600 gallons (9,854 liters) of fuel on board. A Good Samaritan rescued all five crew members...

Police: Woman dies in Seattle light rail station accident

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a woman has died after being struck by a Seattle light rail train at a station on Sunday. KIRO-TV reports that firefighters worked to extricate the woman from between the train and a platform at the Mount Baker Station. She was evaluated by paramedics...

OPINION

No One Ever Told You About Black August?

Black America lives in a series of deserts. Many of us live in food deserts, financial deserts, employment deserts, and most of us live in information deserts. ...

Betsy Johnson Fails to Condemn Confederate Flags at Her Rally

The majority of Oregonians, including our rural communities, value inclusion and unity, not racism and bigotry. ...

Monkeypox, Covid, and Your Vote

We must start a voter registration drive right here where we live. This effort must become as important to us as putting food on the table and a roof over our heads. ...

Speaking of Reparations

To many Americans, “reparations” is a dirty word when applied to Black folks. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Developer finds human remains near Nashville Civil War fort

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A developer has unearthed human remains that could be two centuries old while digging to lay the foundation of a new Nashville project not far from a Civil War fort and a cemetery dating back to 1822. For Nashville, the discovery marks the latest intersection...

Kansas district rejects strategic plan urging diversity

DERBY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district's board rejected a proposed strategic plan after some members questioned its emphasis on diversity and students' mental health. The Derby Board of Education voted 4-3 this week to reject a plan presented after months of work by parents,...

Two years on, foundations stand by issuing bonds in pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — When the Ford Foundation took the unprecedented step in June 2020 of issuing jumi billion in debt to help stabilize other nonprofits, it delighted investors and inspired several other large foundations to follow suit. Two years later, the foundations all stand by...

ENTERTAINMENT

Jon Batiste leaves Stephen Colbert's 'The Late Show'

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Batiste, his career soaring after winning multiple Grammys this year, is leaving his perch as bandleader of “The Late Show” after a seven-year run backing up host Stephen Colbert. “We’ve been so lucky to have a front row seat to Jon’s incredible talent...

In ‘The Princess,’ a documentary on Diana flips the focus

The last thing the world needs, you might think, is another Princess Diana documentary. It’s a fair thought considering that almost 25 years after her death, her life and impact is still media fodder. Whether it’s a magazine cover or a book claiming to have new revelations or just...

'South Park' enjoys a silver anniversary of satire

NEW YORK (AP) — Reaching the age of 25 is usually a sign of hitting adulthood, a signal to put away all childish things. Not for “South Park” and stars Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman. The Comedy Central staple about four bratty, perpetually bundled-up youngsters in an unhinged...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Hit-and-run on Chicago street leaves 3 dead, 1 injured

CHICAGO (AP) — Three people were killed and another injured when they were struck by a car during a hit-and-run...

Police: Man drives into fundraiser crowd, then kills mother

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state police say a man upset about an argument with his mother drove into a...

More US lawmakers visit Taiwan 12 days after Pelosi trip

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A delegation of American lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, just 12 days after a visit...

Norway puts down Freya the walrus that drew Oslo crowds

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Norway have euthanized a walrus that had drawn crowds of spectators in the Oslo...

German minister decries ecological catastrophe in Oder River

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Germany's environment minister said the mass die-off of fish in the Oder River is an...

'China threat' emerges in elections from UK to Australia

LONDON (AP) — It's not just the economy. While inflation and recession fears weigh heavily on the minds of...

The Skanner News Staff

Breaking news stories this week over lawmakers' votes on extending unemployment payments – set to expire as part of the federal stimulus package – have set records for reader comments posted on The Skanner News website.
Almost every single comment expresses hostility towards Republican representatives and senators who voted three times to kill the extension.
An estimated 1.3 million Americans will be observing July 4th without any source of financial support, as lawmakers return home to their constituents for apple pie and barbeque.
Here is a sample of the comments. Read the original stories and all comments here (Republican Radicals Reject Unemployment Fund Extension) and here (House Rejects Extention of Unemployment Benefits)
I only hope you can sleep at night...after your mortgage has been paid and your family fed..others can not...the stress is great and then to have your expected money suddenly stopped without notice is beyond belief....How can you do this to the average American...we need this money to live...the jobs out there are awful, if you can get one... please Rebublicans...extend the unemployment emergency fund... it is needed by thousands. And then you can sleep at night.

 

The community of people wants you to pass the employment extension before the millions lose their ability to even look for a job because their too busy putting up tents. Pass the bill already, you are only making things worse, did you see the stock market drop because people are scared!

I'm wondering how those unemployed republican voters feel about those republicans they put in office. How does it feel to have your needs ignored and refused? It will be a sad 4th of July huh?

I was barly hanging on... my mortgage was due today but no unemployment money came. So next it will be my house that is taken. I am sure I am not the only one that has been relying on this way of life that is sickning, but now hundreds of thousands will default on their mortgages.

Once again the Republicans show they are the party of big business and nothing for the common working men and women. Billions for the banking industry but nothing for unemployed workers.

To the republicans who voted against it, enjoy your occupations now because we will take a vested interest to see that you are NOT RE-ELECTED. Maybe that will bring you down to the "real world" with the rest of us. How do your own children and families look at you in the eyes. They must be heartless too. I think pepole should start robbing banks.

ATTENTION UNEMPLOYEED ALABAMA PEOPLE, JEFF SESSIONS, VOTED NO, HE THINKS HE HAS A LIFT TIME JOB AS A SENATOR, LETS VOTE THE SCUM OUT IN NOVEMBER

As a recent ender of unemployment benefits I would like to tell a tale of looking for a job for three years but....I have a masters degree, I'm white, jewish, and 61 years old. I really hate the republicans who think they are better than everyone. I have always loved this country but I deplore the way it is heading. No one cares about anyone. No one bothers to talk. Make a mistake and go to jail for years... when a did we become as puritan as our forefathers.. haven't we learned that we need each other. doing it alone is not good. I really hate being on food stamps but living off of $600 a month is easy. Oh, I also don't have heath insurance for the first time in my life.. not by choice. Chaya
I have been unemployed since 07/2008 i have tried to find a job filled out applications on line and in person and did the call backs to companies and sent out resumes and went on interviews and still no job. I'm 55 years old and its hard for us to find a job i'm two months behind on my bills and i don't have any money since may 9th. this isn't a resession its a depression. were is our bailouts the banks and aig and fanny may freddy mac and etc were bailed out we need help now

Republicans are against adding to the federal deficit? Then let's stop giving other countries free money, starting with Israel. Let's keep the billions earmarked for assistance to other countries here. When this country gets back on it's feet, then think about giving taxpayer dollars overseas again

I have no money to buy food or take care of my kids and know one is hiring

These banks knew they were writing bad loans. They also knew that the government could not let them fail. Like clockwork the banks were bailed out at a huge cost to the taxpayer. The banks caused a major job layoff. Where is the bailout for the little guy who was screwed by the bank? I can completely understand these tea party people who want to tar and feather the washington politician and ride him out of town on a rail

We have enough money for two pointless wars. I have two sons there. We have enough money for the criminals on wall street. We have enough money for drug tests on the needy but not enough for the criminals on wall street. Its obvious that we have bought politions. The white wing of the republican party is showing what it really is.........tea crackers.

LINKED STORIES

Senate GOP Again Kills Jobless Aid Extension: 7-1-10

1.3 Million Unemployed Won't Get Benefits Restored: 7-1-10

House Rejects Extension of Unemployment Benefits: 6-30-10

Republican Radicals Reject Unemployment Fund Extension: 6-29-10

I am a registered Republican for years, but I am changing my party status. I think it is awful that they have taken away unemployment compensation. Do they think we are getting rich off of this; fat chance!

TO REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED NO NO NO I have been out of a job for one and a half years,since the business closed. i also have a problem getting a job because of my age. i apply daily in person for a position, with no results for employment. i have excellent credit, but that is about to change. i will be facing mortgage forclosure, and be defaulting on 40,000 dollors worth of credit card dept. without going on and on, my message to republicans is that i will be changing my party vote. for whatever their reason, you should be taking care of the people who put you in office. take care of americans first then other countries where there is rampant fraud going on. HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH YOUR LAVISH BARBICUES. UNEMPLOYED PITTSBURGH, PENNA.

yeah dont worry about the people that are goin to loose every thing just worry about bailimg out wall street . my twin sister is going to end up on the streets because she cant find a job in adalanto calif she is all ready i month behind on her rent because she chose to buy grocerys. shes been living on potatoes and hot dogs . so she bought food instead . she has put applications in every fast food every store now some one creepy mechanic ripped her off for the new motor her mom bought for her car and put a wrong one in her car now she wont even have a car to live in. this is un real all these fat cats only care about them selves and now there taking a nice break for this week end to go on their lavished vacation . my sister is going to be on the streets again she just got her place a year ago after living in her motor home in fields all where she could park which she sold to get that apartment . she can come here but she has no car to get here and mine broke down this is wrong and i want every body to vote against all these creeps that are stopping this . there is no change no promises kept my this is my sisters last check she has a bad heart this is killing her no insurance so now what happens to all these people ???? sure all these rep. and dems have money go on nice vacations and have 3 meals a day im sick to death of all of them deals deals thats all they care about give me this and ill pass the unemployment thats just blackmail its wrong . so some body tell me what? are these people like my sister suppose to do thank you for this chance to tell her story she cant get food stamps no medical for her heart or her slipped disks i want e-mails addresses to these congress and senaters so i can tell them what i think of every one of them sighned lorin diaz yes you can use my name thank you again

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