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At Least 13 Arrested During Far-Right Protests

Police said there were about 1,200 on the streets, but that number fell throughout the day. Six people suffered minor injuries

Six Arrests Send Message Ahead of Demonstrations

The Oath Keepers pull out but Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson says: “we don't bend the knee; we show up ten-fold, one hundred-fold...Force them to arrest you for being peaceful."

Portland Mayor Decries Violence, Hatred Ahead of Rally

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, said Wednesday that people planning violence or espousing hatred at a weekend protest by right-wing groups in the liberal city "are not welcome here"

ACLU of Oregon to Sue ICE

Group sues after US citizen detained outside courthouse

NEWS BRIEFS

Study Finds Lack of Racial Diversity in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

New research published this week in JAMA Oncology has found a lack of racial and ethnic diversity in clinical trials for cancer drugs ...

Portland Parks, Partners Host Charles Jordan Birthday Celebration

A celebration of the life of one of Portland’s most influential leaders, held at his namesake community center ...

Matt Dishman Community Center Annual Block Party

The event will feature free food, arts and crafts, family fun, live music and more ...

Sara Boone Sworn in as Fire Chief

Boone will be the first African American fire chief in the city’s history ...

Portland Holocaust and Genocide Curriculum Symposium

Oregon State University’s College of Education will host a symposium for educators who will soon be required to teach about the...

Portland 'ground zero' for protests between right, left-wing

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday for a long-hyped rally that attracted President Donald Trump's attention and resulted in at least 13 arrests.Police seized metal poles, bear spray and...

The Latest: 'Long and arduous' protests in Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a right-wing rally and counter protests in Portland, Oregon (all times local):6:58 p.m.More than a dozen people were arrested for things like disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon in Portland, Oregon, during what the police chief described as a...

Ex-Clemson star Kelly Bryant takes over at QB for Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Barry Odom never seems stressed about the future, whether the Missouri coach is pondering tough sanctions handed down by the NCAA over a recruiting scandal or the fact that one of the most prolific passers in school history is now in the NFL.When it comes to the...

Missouri DE Williams pleads to misdemeanor, put on probation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri defensive end Tre Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after prosecutors dropped a felony domestic assault charge.The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Williams pleaded guilty to peace disturbance and was...

OPINION

Avel Gordly's Statement in Advance of Aug. 17 Rally

'All we have on this planet is one another' ...

A National Crisis: Surging Hate Crimes and White Supremacists

Our history chronicles the range of hate crimes that have taken the lives of Latinos as well as Native Americans, Blacks, Jews, and the LGBTQ community ...

Calling Out Racism, White Supremacy and White Nationalism is More Vital Than Ever

Telling the truth, in its entirety, is the most objective stance any journalist can take on any subject ...

A Dog for Every Kind of Hunting: The Hound

The hound, in particular, is considered an all-purpose dog for every kind of hunting, on all types of terrain. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Warren, Sanders get personal with young, black Christians

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren framed their Democratic presidential bids in personal, faith-based terms Saturday before black millennial Christians who could help determine which candidate becomes the leading progressive alternative to former Vice President Joe...

Phoenix looks to be next big city with citizen police review

PHOENIX (AP) — Dozens of people, mostly African Americans, huddled around tables scattered across a church gymnasium on a recent evening, discussing past run-ins with Phoenix police officers and ways to hold them accountable.In a city still stinging from a video of officers pointing guns and...

The Latest: HK riot police deployed to chase down protesters

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local):7:45 p.m.Hong Kong riot police have been deployed to chase down a group of pro-democracy protesters they say were assembling illegally after the end of a sanctioned protest march.The protesters had gathered outside a...

ENTERTAINMENT

Paule Marshall, novelist of diverse influences, dead at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in fiction such as "Daughters" and "Brown Girl, Brownstones" drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations to narrate the divides between blacks and whites, men and women and...

Latino actors, writers pen 'letter of solidarity' amid fears

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Actresses America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are leading a group of more than 150 writers, artists and leaders who have written a public "letter of solidarity" to U.S. Latinos after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, and an immigration raid in Mississippi.The letter,...

Eataly severs ties with Mario Batali amid misconduct scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — Chef Mario Batali, whose career crumbled amid sexual misconduct allegations, no longer owns a stake in Eataly, the Italian marketplaces he once heavily promoted.Chris Giglio, a spokesman for Eataly USA, told The Associated Press on Friday the company has purchased Batali's...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Miocic stops Cormier, reclaims heavyweight belt at UFC 241

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Stipe Miocic waited over a year to face Daniel Cormier again, and his plan for the...

Mexico City assesses monument damage after anti-rape march

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Workers erected a wooden wall around Mexico City's iconic Angel of Independence monument...

Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has been America's canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the...

Activist emerges as new leader of Moscow election protests

MOSCOW (AP) — After a monthlong hunger strike, it's a struggle for Lyubov Sobol to even raise her hands....

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the...

Italy's Salvini agrees to let 27 minors off migrant ship

ROME (AP) — Italy's hard-line interior minister buckled under pressure Saturday and agreed to let 27...

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Donna Gordon Blankenship Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE (AP) -- Fewer Washington schools are failing to help students make adequate yearly progress, but statewide test results show many students continue to struggle to meet state learning goals in reading, writing, math and science.
Results released Tuesday showed fewer fifth graders passed the tests last year, and 10th graders showed a drop in passage rates in every subject except science. Both seventh and eighth graders, however, posted improved pass rates in all subjects.
State schools Superintendent Randy Dorn notes that some of the results are mixed because Washington recently introduced new math standards. He also says state budget cuts eliminated some after school and summer programs so some kids are not getting the help they need to meet state learning requirements.
``We are facing a serious budget crisis in this state, but if we continue to cut education, the progress we've previously made will disappear,'' Dorn said. ``The state's paramount constitutional duty is to fund education, and as long as I'm in this job, I'll remind the governor and the Legislature of that every day.''
Preliminary results show 968 schools did not make adequate yearly progress in 2010 -- 332 fewer schools than were on the list in 2009.
The federal standard is measured by state tests and graduation rates. Schools that do not meet improvement goals by subject, grade level and ethnic group are placed on this list, even if they miss only one out of 37 possible goals.
Every state that receives federal education money is required to release this list each August, because of requirements in the federal No Child Left Behind law. Schools and districts on the list are required to notify parents of their status at the start of the school year, which is this week or next in most Washington districts.
Schools and districts that fail to make adequate yearly progress two years in a row are put on the state's ``needs improvement'' list. The longer a school or district is on this list, the more stringent the requirements become.
A total of 1,129 schools are on the improvement list and so are 110 districts.
This past school year was the first time a new, shorter test was given and the first time some middle school students took the test on a computer.
Education officials said they learned a lot from giving the new tests, and at least one lesson was a negative one. The reading test is still too long to give in one testing period and some students struggled to finish it in the time allocated, Dorn said.
Some of the improvement in math and science scores was attributed to the shorter tests, because instead of four days of math and science testing, students are now finishing the two tests in two days. That may prevent burnout and encourage more students to finish, Dorn said.
Dorn again stressed his concern that students won't be ready to meet the new graduation requirements three years from now, when state law requires students to pass both the science and math tests to graduate from high school. Last year, only 42 percent of 10th graders passed math and 45 percent passed science.
Starting next year, high school students will take end-of-course exams in math instead of one math exam in 10th grade. If Dorn gets the Legislature to sign on, starting with the 2014-15 school year, the state will also adopt new national standards and could start working with a new national achievement test.
Dorn said Washington's math standards are similar to the new national math standards and it's about time to rewrite the state's language arts standards so adopting the national ones could actually save time and money.

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