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    Juneteenth is a Sacred American Holiday

    Today, when our history is threatened by erasure, our communities are being dismantled by systemic disinvestment, Juneteenth can serve as a rallying cry for communal healing and collective action. Read More
  • Dancer Prescylia Mae, of Houston, performs during a dedication ceremony for the massive mural

    Juneteenth Explained: What Is the Holiday, Why Was It Created and How Should It Be Celebrated?

    Many Americans are celebrating Juneteenth, marking the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in the U.S. learned they were free. For generations, Black Americans have recognized the end of one of history’s darkest chapters with joy, in the form of parades, street festivals, musical performances or cookouts. There’s a push today for people to see beyond the revelry and learn about Juneteenth’s history. Read More
  • Adrian Perkins in his office in Chicago, Thursday, June 13, 2024. During his 2022 reelection campaign for mayor of Shreveport, La., a video, paid for by a rival political action committee, used artificial intelligence to superimpose Perkins’ face onto the body of an actor playing him. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    AI is Making Controversial Changes to State and Local Elections

    Text, photos, videos and audio created using artificial intelligence are increasingly making their way into campaigns for state and local office. AI deepfakes that misrepresent candidates can do more damage in those races because campaigns have fewer staffers and less money. Yet some local candidates see AI as an equalizer against more powerful or well-financed candidates. They can use it for the practical aspects running a campaign, which frees them up Read More
  • Charles McMillan, a witness to George Floyd’s murder, speaks at the site where Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

    Americans Used to Unite Over Tragic Events − and Now Are Divided by Them

    "Public tragedies have contributed to the increasing political polarization and the sectarian tone of political rhetoric today. One question I sought to answer in my book is why?" Read More
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NORTHWEST NEWS

‘Feeling Our Age’: Oregon Artist Explores Aging Through Portraiture

64 women were painted and asked to reflect on lives well lived.

Off-Duty Guard Charged With Killing Seattle-Area Teen After Mistaking Toy for Gun, Authorities Say

Prosecutors charged 51-year-old Aaron Brown Myers on Monday in connection with the death of Hazrat Ali Rohani. Myers was also charged with assault after authorities say he held another teen at gunpoint. His attorney says Myers sincerely believed he was stopping a violent crime.

James Beard Finalists Include an East African Restaurant in Detroit and Seattle Pho Shops

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Ranked-Choice Voting Expert Grace Ramsey on What Portland Voters Can Expect in November

Ramsey has worked in several other states and cities to educate voters on new system of voting. 

NEWS BRIEFS

Word is Bond, Portland Art Museum, Portland Sneaker Week Announce Juneteenth Celebration Event, June 20

This Juneteenth program uses the shoe as a medium to amplify the creative voices and visions of Black men and their communities ...

Southeast Portland Natural Area Improvements Coming, Funded by Development Fees

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Montavilla Pool to Reopen in July After Mandatory Maintenance

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Coalition of 43 AGs Reach $700 Million Nationwide Settlement With Johnson and Johnson Over Deceptive Marketing; Oregon to Receive $15 Million

Today, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 42 other attorneys general announced they have reached a 0 million nationwide...

Juneteenth 2024 Events in Portland and Seattle

View events celebrating Juneteenth in the Portland and Seattle area ...

With pardons in Maryland, 2.5 million Americans will have marijuana convictions cleared or forgiven

Maryland this week became the latest state to announce mass pardons for people convicted of marijuana-related crimes as the nation wrestles with how to make amends for the lives disrupted in the decadeslong war on drugs. Under Gov. Wes Moore's plan, more than 175,000 convictions for...

US acknowledges Northwest dams have devastated the region's Native tribes

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government on Tuesday acknowledged, for the first time, the harmful role it has played over the past century in building and operating dams in the Pacific Northwest — dams that devastated Native American tribes by inundating their villages and decimating salmon runs...

Kansas lawmakers to debate whether wooing the Chiefs with new stadium is worth the cost

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators trying to lure the Kansas City Chiefs to their state argue that helping the Super Bowl champions build a new stadium could bring Kansas millions of dollars in income taxes from players and coaches, which are currently going to Missouri. Some...

Kansas lawmakers poised to lure Kansas City Chiefs from Missouri, despite economists' concerns

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OPINION

Juneteenth is a Sacred American Holiday

Today, when our history is threatened by erasure, our communities are being dismantled by systemic disinvestment, Juneteenth can serve as a rallying cry for communal healing and collective action. ...

Supreme Court Says 'Yes” to Consumer Protection, "No" to Payday Lenders 7-2 Decision Upholds CFPB’s Funding

A recent 7-2 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court gave consumers a long-sought victory that ended more than a decade of challenges over the constitutionality of the agency created to be the nation’s financial cop on the beat. ...

The Skanner News May 2024 Primary Endorsements

Read The Skanner News endorsements and vote today. Candidates for mayor and city council will appear on the November general election ballot. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Willie Mays Appreciation: The 'Say Hey Kid' inspired generations until his death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Long after “The Catch” and his 660 home runs, and the daring sprints around the bases with his hat falling off, Willie Mays could still command a room like no other. Mays was a frequent visitor to the downtown ballpark in San Francisco at 24 Willie Mays...

A journalist traces his family tree back to ancestor who served in Black regiment in Civil War

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the middle of the night in the summer of 2021 when I finally found the missing piece of my family history. My great-great-great-great grandfather Hewlett Sands, born into slavery in Oyster Bay, New York in 1820, was one of the more than 200,000 names listed...

Rickwood Field, a time capsule of opportunity and oppression, welcomes MLB for Negro Leagues tribute

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Gerald Watkins watched Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and other New York Yankees wade through stalks of corn onto an Iowa field in 2021, near the filming site for the 1989 baseball movie “Field of Dreams.” Watkins thought about Rickwood Field, the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Book Review: 'Margo’s Got Money Troubles’ tells a tale of modern love and success

The cover art and title of “Margo’s Got Money Troubles” don’t quite convey the wild ride readers who crack open this new fiction from Rufi Thorpe will take. There’s a reason Apple TV optioned it as a series starring Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning before it was even published. This is a...

Music Review: Paul McCartney and Wings' oft bootlegged 1974 'One Hand Clapping' deserves applause

The sound of Paul McCartney and Wings' “One Hand Clapping” used to only be heard on bootlegs, or in snippets available on archival releases over the years. But it's new (mostly) complete official release deserves two-handed applause. As aging rockers empty their...

Book Review: 'Swole' explores what masculinity could be in a hyperconnected, TikTok-imaged world

Author Michael Brodeur takes the gym too seriously, and not seriously at all at the same time, in his book “Swole: The Making of Men and the Meaning of Muscles” in an effort to show the readers that the overly online world of hypermasculinity is an illusion and what a man can be is what you...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

US soldier convicted of theft in Russia and sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Russia’s far eastern city of Vladivostok on Wednesday convicted a visiting American...

How did North Korean soldiers wander across the world's most heavily guarded border?

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Caitlin Clark and the WNBA are getting a lot of attention. It's about far more than basketball

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For Trump it's MAGA, but Hungary's Orbán is going MEGA at the European Union's helm for six months

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Norway tightens controls over adoptions from abroad but won't ban practice as investigation unfolds

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway has tightened controls over adoptions from abroad but will allow them to...

Britain's rollercoaster-riding Liberal Democrat leader embraces stunts to gain election attention

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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

The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast