04-06-2020  8:24 am   •   PDX Weather    •   SEA weather  
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Health Officer: Spike in Virus Cases Can Be Averted

Modeling shows the state won't see a huge rise in cases as long as stay-at-home orders are heeded

Latest COVID-19 Projections Encouraging With Social Distancing

Latest COVID-19 projections show social distancing can cut coronavirus infections if Oregonians keep current measures in place into May

Five Metro Council Candidates Discuss Equity

District 5 candidates compete for open seat

Inslee: Washington Needs More Coronavirus Test Supplies

The governor suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely have to be extended to fight the disease

NEWS BRIEFS

Cryptosporidium Found in Portland Water

People who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed are advised to ask their doctor about...

Senators Demand Expanded Internet Access for Low-Income Oregonians Throughout COVID-19 Crisis

Wyden, Merkley urge Lifeline internet service providers to expand service to ensure Oregonians can work and learn remotely, access...

U.S. Census Bureau Statement on 2020 Census Call Centers

The phones may be busy at some call centers, but the public can respond to the Census online anytime ...

Oregon Medicaid Program Gains Flexibility to Better Serve Low-income Oregonians During Pandemic

Nearly one in four Oregonians currently receives health coverage through OHP. ...

Washington Elementary School Offers Food-Bearing Container Gardens During Meal Distribution

Large pots with food-bearing plants will be available for families to take home on Wednesday, April 1, from Catlin Elementary in...

Governors plead for food stamp flexibility amid pandemic

PHOENIX (AP) — Yvonne Knight, who has respiratory problems that make her especially vulnerable in the coronavirus pandemic, can't buy groceries online with her food stamps — even though each trip to the store is now a risky endeavor.Going out to buy food terrifies the 38-year-old...

Arlene Schnitzer, philanthropist and arts lover, dies at 91

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Arlene Schnitzer, a philanthropist who gave away more than 0 million to thousands of civic projects in Portland and helped bring arts in the city to another level, has died. She was 91.Her son, Jordan Schnitzer, said she died on Saturday after having some intestinal...

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10 p.m.Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

You're Pretty... For a Dark-Skinned Girl

Cloé Luv, an "unapologetically" dark-skinned Black woman tells her story ...

The ACA Has Never Been More Critical

Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. ...

NAACP/Black Community: A Model for Resiliency

As America enters perhaps the most uncertain period in modern history, we will all be tested in new and unpredictable ways. ...

What the Government Can Do Now to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Roger Stark says during this pandemic the administration must give states more flexibility ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

High Court declines case of 60s black militant H. Rap Brown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is declining to take the case of a 1960s black militant formerly known as H. Rap Brown who is in prison for killing a Georgia sheriff’s deputy in 2000.As is usual, the justices didn't comment Monday in turning away Brown's case. Brown had argued his...

Dancing alone: A senior center keeps clients up and moving

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dance instructor Lola Jaramillo switches the radio to an uplifting salsa song.“My students love this one,” says Jaramillo, dancing to the rhythm of “Life is a Carnival” and encouraging her class to follow her steps. But her students -- mostly...

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell dies at 84

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bobby Mitchell, the speedy Hall of Famer who became the Washington Redskins' first black player, has died. He was 84.Mitchell split his career with the Cleveland Browns and Redskins and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983. The Hall of Fame said Sunday...

ENTERTAINMENT

Actress-author Patricia Bosworth dies from coronavirus at 86

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patricia Bosworth, an actress who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies on several stars including Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, has died due to the coronavirus. She was 86.Bosworth’s stepdaughter, Fia Hatsav, told The New York...

Review: Novelist Don Winslow goes small and succeeds wildly

“Broken” by Don Winslow (William Morrow)Don Winslow, whose work includes a dozen of the finest crime novels written in the last 20 years, displays all of his strengths, including propulsive narration, compelling characters and a tight, staccato writing style, in...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18April 12: Actress Jane Withers is 94. Musician Herbie Hancock is 80. Musician John Kay of Steppenwolf is 76. Actor Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family,” ″Married...With Children”) is 74. Actor Dan Lauria (“The Wonder...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Dancing alone: A senior center keeps clients up and moving

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dance instructor Lola Jaramillo switches the radio to an uplifting salsa song.“My...

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WHERE A...

AP PHOTOS: Virus outbreak hurts Italian fishermen's business

FIUMICINO, Italy (AP) — Italy’s fishermen still go out to sea at night, but not as frequently in...

Ukraine continues to battle forest fire near Chernobyl

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency teams in Ukraine on Monday continued battling a forest fire in the...

Japan to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, other areas

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo...

After virus, how will Americans' view of the world change?

As the coronavirus spread across the world and began its reach into the United States, an assortment of Americans...

McMenamins
Larry Margasak the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An internal audit of the scholarship program of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation was under way Tuesday, sparked by the admission by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson that she had steered scholarships to her relatives and the children of a staff member.
The foundation's chairman, Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., said that neither the foundation nor the Congressional Black Caucus ``will allow unethical behavior in the awarding of scholarships or any programs that are designed to benefit the community.''
The foundation is a tax-exempt organization that is run by its own staff, but with strong ties to the caucus of African-American lawmakers.
The Dallas Morning News first reported that 23 scholarships Johnson, D-Texas, handed out since 2005 violated eligibility rules.
Johnson said Monday that her actions were unintentional, but foundation attorney Amy Goldson pointed out that the students, the lawmaker awarding the foundation scholarships or the lawmaker's designee must certify that the recipients are not related to the lawmaker.
Payne said that despite a system of checks and balances in philanthropic organizations, ``there are weaknesses and there are people who find a way around the system.'' He said the next scholarship programs will be delayed for four months to ensure that new measures are in place to prevent any self-dealing or nepotism.
Goldson, the organization's longtime lawyer who is not a staff member, said, ``I never dreamed such a thing would have occurred.''
``Rest assured they are not just sitting idly by,'' Goldson said of the foundation's staff. ``They are looking at this very seriously. They are going to do everything they can to see if this has occurred in the past and put in place additional guidelines to make sure it doesn't occur again.''
The Morning News reported that Johnson had arranged scholarships between 2005 and 2008 for two grandsons and two grandnephews and the son and daughter of a Dallas-based aide.
The foundation said it awarded $716,000 in scholarships to 556 students in 2009.
In addition to violating the ban on awards to relatives of lawmakers, the scholarships from Johnson apparently violated a foundation rule that recipients live or study in the member's congressional district.
The foundation aims to develop future African-American leaders, research issues important to African-Americans and promote good health. It has numerous corporate sponsors. Of its 32 officers and board members, 11 are House members.
The foundation has an annual golf and tennis event, a prayer breakfast and a legislative conference.
Goldson said the foundation was formed in 1976 when there were few African-American members of Congress and congressional staff members. There was an occasional secretary and others had jobs such as elevator operators.
The foundation was formed to allow African-Americans to learn about Congress and develop leadership skills.
``In all these years the CBC Foundation has really done a lot of good and it is very sad that an infraction by a member can undo all the good work the foundation has done,'' Goldson said.
AP-ES-08-31-10 1851EDT


image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Prosper Portland Relief
Calendar

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events

The Skanner Photo Archives