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NORTHWEST NEWS

Blumenauer Announces Expected Vote on Federal Restaurant Relief Legislation

Under the terms of the legislation, grants would provide restaurants assistance for operating costs such as payroll and benefits, food, utilities, rent, and more.

Governor Seeks Review of Police Protest Response in Oregon

Videos from the demonstration in downtown Portland showed police grabbing a news photographer and pushing him to ground as he was trying to document them tackling and detaining a person on a sidewalk.

Portland Braces as Right-Wing Extremists Rally

Gov. Kate Brown warned violence would not be tolerated as right wing extremists converge on Portland "looking for a fight"

A Reminder: Delta Park is Vanport

As extreme right-wing, white supremacist groups prepare to converge on Portland tomorrow, here is a reminder of the historical significance of the place they plan to overrun and the stories of the people that lived there.

NEWS BRIEFS

Free COVID-19 Testing Tuesday, Sept 29

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center will be offering free screening for all ages. ...

Oregon Reports 181 New COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths

Although the curve is not flat, the number of cases is fluctuateing slightly less, with 21 new cases in Multnomah County. ...

Teletha Aldridge Benjamin Named as Recipient of the Gladys McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award

Benjamin says, “I learned about supporting my community from the examples of the adults in my neighborhood, and no one ever thought...

Blumenauer Statement on Planned White Supremacist Rally in Portland

“These are evil people looking for a fight and national media attention. Let’s not give them what they want." ...

Wish Launches $2 Million Fund To Support Black-owned Businesses

The Wish Local Empowerment Program is set to impact more than 4,000 small businesses across the US ...

Police: Man dies after cliff fall at Oregon coast

TILLAMOOK, Ore. (AP) — A 43-year-old man died after plunging off a cliff into the surf Sunday at the Oregon coast, Oregon State Police said. Steven Gastelum of Seaside, Oregon, climbed a tree on the cliff’s edge along the Devil’s Cauldron Overlook Trail in Oswald West State...

Crews searching for teen hiker near Mount St. Helens

MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. (AP) — Search and rescue crews are searching for a 16-year-old hiker near Mount St. Helen’s Spirit Lake trail. The boy had been hiking with his family early Sunday and vanished after leaving the trail to use a restroom, KATU-TV reported. He had no phone or...

No. 2 Alabama's electric WR Waddle taking on bigger role

Jaylen Waddle has been one of the nation's most dangerous return men, and a big-play receiver since first stepping on the football field for Alabama.The only thing holding him back: Four star receivers, one ball. There's still only one ball for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, but Waddle is higher...

No. 2 Crimson Tide rolls on offense to 38-19 win over Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Nick Saban has never lost a season opener while coaching Alabama.Then again, he'd never had one like this.Yet despite an offseason largely scrapped by the coronavirus pandemic, and a delayed start to the season, Saban's second-ranked Crimson Tide looked just fine as they...

OPINION

Civil Rights Leaders Endorse Sarah Iannarone for Portland Mayor

The list of new endorsements include National Black Lives Matter activist and Campaign Zero Founder Deray Mckesson, civil rights attorney Bobbin Singh and others. ...

When Black Women's Lives Matter All Lives Will Matter

Brazen disregard for the lives and safety of Black women goes back over 400 years in U.S. history with the definition of Black women’s bodies as property at the complete disposal of white slave-owners ...

Sarah Iannarone Demands Action from Mayor Regarding Planned Right-Wing Demonstrations; Opens Safe Space for Portlanders

BIPOC, Queer, and other marginalized Portlanders will bear the brunt of these attacks simply because of their identity or the color of their skin. ...

National Bar Association Statement on Breonna Taylor Decision

Not only was justice not served, the desultory and insufficient result we received today was also unacceptably slow in manifesting. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Jury finds white nationalist guilty of rape threat

CONCORD, N.H (AP) — A self-proclaimed white nationalist who rose to prominence during a deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was found guilty Monday by a federal jury of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying...

Healthy US economy failed to narrow racial gaps in 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid growth that the United States enjoyed before the viral pandemic paralyzed the economy this spring failed to reduce racial disparities in Americans' income and wealth from 2016 through 2019, according to a Federal Reserve report Monday.Though Black and Hispanic...

Judge upholds GOP law making absentee voting harder in Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge refused to block a new Republican-backed Iowa law that makes it harder for county officials to process absentee ballot applications and more likely that incomplete requests won't be fulfilled.In an opinion dated Friday and released Monday, Judge Lars Anderson...

ENTERTAINMENT

Nearly a year after sudden exit, Shepard Smith returns to TV

NEW YORK (AP) — Two weeks shy of a year after abruptly quitting Fox News Channel with a declaration that “truth will always matter,” Shepard Smith returns to television this week at his unexpected new home.He begins a general interest nightly newscast Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the...

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine to be honored by PEN America

NEW YORK (AP) — Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine who was forced out of her job last year by the Trump administration, is being honored by PEN America.The literary and human rights organization announced Monday that Yovanovitch has won the PEN/Benenson Courage Award,...

New this week: Mariah Carey, Gloria Steinem & 'South Park'

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.MOVIES— "The Glorias ": Julie Taymor's film, based on Gloria Steinem's 2015 book “My Life on the Road,”...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Malta seeks shark tooth fossil presented to Prince George

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta says it will seek to retrieve a shark tooth that was presented to...

WHO, partners roll out faster COVID tests for poorer nations

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization announced Monday that it and leading partners have agreed to a...

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Hulu, the popular website with TV shows, now comes as a subscription-based application for iPhones and iPads. Although it isn't perfect, it works well enough that it may make you wonder if the TV's reign as the center of family life is coming to an end.
Instead of gathering to turn our faces to the blue glow of the living-room set, maybe we'll curl up, each in our own little world, with a phone or tablet in our lap. They don't look as good as HDTVs, but we won't have to fight over remotes any more. An iPhone held 7.5 inches from my eye looks just as big as a 46-inch TV, 10 feet away.
This comes just as many of us have invested in a humungous flat-panel TV, so it doesn't sound like good news (TV manufacturers, of course, are trying to convince you that your TV isn't 3-D, it's already obsolete). As a consolation, consider that Hulu and a few other online video services are now also available for Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. It's coming to game consoles as well, starting with the PlayStation 3 later this year.
Hulu's website is free and gathers shows from ABC, Fox and NBC, including ``Glee,'' ``The Office,'' and ``House.'' Generally, shows are available starting the day after they air, and for a few weeks after that.
With Hulu Plus, you get:
- The ability to play the shows on iPhone models 3GS and 4, iPads, iPod Touches from September or later, and some high-end Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players.
- Entire seasons of shows, current and past.
- Some shows in high definition, if you're watching on a TV or computer screen.
Hulu Plus is still in ``preview,'' and you can't just sign up like that. You supply your e-mail address to Hulu.com, and they send you an invite, but that can take weeks.
The bigger catch is that Hulu Plus costs $9.99 per month and still shows the same amount of ads as the free version. This is not going down well with people - the user reviews in Apple's App Store are scathing. Yet these are, presumably, the same people who pay for cable TV channels that also show ads.
I'm not morally outraged that Hulu Plus costs money. But a fair question is whether it's worth it. Streaming movies from Netflix are now available for all the Hulu Plus gadgets except the iPhone and iPod Touch. It's already available on more TVs and game consoles, plus standalone devices such as the Roku Player. Netflix costs a dollar less at $8.99 a month and doesn't carry any ads. You get DVDs by mail in the bargain.
Another option is MobiTV, which has been providing live TV to cell phones for years. They came out with an iPhone app in April. It costs $9.99 per month and will be the obvious pick for sports fans and news junkies, though the video quality is far below that of Hulu and the selection of ``on demand'' content is small.
I'd argue that Netflix is the best deal, if all you have to spend on Internet video is $10 per month. That's because you get vastly more to watch. Hulu has few movies, and you probably haven't heard of them.
Another catch with Hulu Plus is that not all of the programming available on the Hulu site is available through the apps. If you search the site for ``The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,'' it will take you to Comedy Central's Web page, where the shows will play. But because they're not really on Hulu, they're not available at all through the apps.
However, if you want to keep up with watercooler chat, Hulu is the only option, because Netflix gets TV shows about the time they come out on DVD. Also, there is no iPhone app for Netflix.
And Hulu's iPhone app is cool. Viewing TV on cell phones has been possible for a while, but it hasn't exactly caught fire. The iPhone app might change that. It works not just over Wi-Fi, but also over AT&T's 3G network. The quality will vary with the connection, but I got watchable quality every time on an iPhone 4 in New York. It looked as if I would get about four hours of viewing on one battery charge.
There were some minor problems with the iPhone app; it sometimes refused to acknowledge that I had turned the phone to the horizontal orientation, and there was occasionally a loss of synchronization between audio and video.
The iPad is a more enjoyable platform, because of the comfortable size of the screen - 9.7 inches diagonally. Over Wi-Fi, the picture is sharp and pleasing. My only complaints are the iPad's glossy screen, which easily picks up reflections, and the placement of the speaker at one edge of the unit.
If you do watch over 3G, be sure you know which data plan you're on. An hour of watching consumed 270 megabytes in my test, enough to blow past the 200 megabyte monthly allotment on the $15-per-month data plan. You'll want at least the $25-per-month, 2 gigabyte plan (2,000 megabytes) or even better, the old $30 unlimited data plan. AT&T doesn't offer the unlimited plan to new customers, but you can keep it if you have it, even if you're getting a new phone.
I also tried the app on a $3,000, 55-inch TV from Samsung, a UN55C8000. Here, the difference in quality between the high-definition shows on Hulu and the roughly DVD-quality movies on Netflix is quite apparent. Dark areas of the image still show some loss of nuance, so there is no mistaking Hulu for a Blu-ray disc, but it's quite watchable even on a big screen. Finding shows is harder with a remote than with a keyboard, but users of digital video recorders will be familiar with this problem already.
Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players are the only ones that will play Hulu Plus for now, but other brands will get on the bandwagon this fall. Of course, this will only apply to ``Internet connected'' TVs. Others can get Hulu through game consoles and Blu-ray players.
Hulu on the go is the real revelation. If AT&T's network can keep up with the traffic, Hulu Plus will be a good companion on trips and end the time-consuming process of buying shows on iTunes, then syncing them with the iPhone. Less work, more instant gratification - isn't that what TV is all about?

 


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