11-21-2019  8:26 am   •   PDX Weather    •   SEA weather  
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

NORTHWEST NEWS

Merkley Announces Legislation Passed to Ban Export of Crowd Control Munitions to Hong Kong

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed Senator Merkley's bipartisan legislation, which follows reports that U.S.-made equipment has been used by Hong Kong police to violate the human rights of peaceful protesters

Why the Nation Should Screen All Students for Trauma Like California Does

Surgeon General of California, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is pushing an unprecedented plan to implement universal screenings for childhood trauma within the state’s schools

Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act Introduced

In honor of Veterans Day, Monday, Merkley, Brown, Reed, Van Hollen introduced legislation to extend financial protections for servicemembers to veterans and consumers

Home Base Keeps More Than 400 Families in Their Homes in Seattle

The United Way of King County program aims to reduce homelessness by preventing evictions

NEWS BRIEFS

New Oregon Group Is Tackling Opioid Misuse and Addiction

809 Oregonians died as a result of an opioid-related drug overdose between 2015-2017 ...

Rose Festival Opens Label Art Contest to Entire Community

Cash prize for winning submission that best depicts festival theme: 2020 Rose Vision ...

Smithsonian Magazine Announces the 2019 American Ingenuity Awards Honorees

The Annual American Ingenuity Awards honor individuals who are transforming American culture ...

Noodle Dish at Portland Public Schools One of Best School Meals in US

Food Management, a news organization dedicated to noncommercial food service, has named PPS’s yakisoba noodles the nation’s top...

Clark College names new VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Rashida Willard leads college equity work supporting students, faculty and staff ...

Lawsuit alleges neglect, abuse of child in foster system

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit filed against Oregon’s foster system alleges a 15-year-old foster child saw two state workers having sex and suffered neglect and abuse at an out-of-state facility.The Bulletin reported Thursday that the child was raised in a Bulgarian orphanage until...

Police: Hillsboro teen dead in pool after swim practice

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Police in Hillsboro say a teenager was found dead in a swimming pool after a swim practice.The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Thursday that the girl drowned at the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center on Wednesday night.Lifeguards and emergency responders tried to...

No. 4 Georgia continues playoff chase with another big test

Here are some things to watch during the 13th week of the Southeastern Conference football season.GAME OF THE WEEKNo. 24 Texas A&M (7-3, 4-2 SEC) at No. 4 Georgia (9-1, 6-1, No. 4 College Football Playoff): Georgia already has clinched a berth in the SEC championship game and is seeking to keep...

College Football Picks: Scoreboard watching for CFP hopefuls

Pac-12 powers No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Utah are on the road this weekend, trying to continue their march to a mega-meeting with huge playoff ramifications in the conference championship game next month.They should also both be keeping an eye on the Big 12, where No. 8 Oklahoma is looming. And, of...

OPINION

Illinois Prison Bans Black History Books

Officials claim the works are ‘racial’ ...

5 Ways Life Would be Better if it Were Always Daylight Saving Time

A Professor from the University of Washington says DST saves lives and energy and prevents crime ...

Importance of Educators of Color for Black and Brown Students

A new report examines the ways that school leaders of color’s experiences and perspectives influence how they build school culture ...

Atatiana Jefferson, Killed by Police Officer in Her Own Home

Atatiana Jefferson, a biology graduate who worked in the pharmaceutical industry and was contemplating becoming a doctor, lived a life of purpose that mattered ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

AP Interview: Commisso promises to keep Fiorentina ‘forever’

ROME (AP) — Less than six months into his tenure as Fiorentina owner and president, Rocco Commisso is already starting to grapple with Italy’s infamous bureaucracy as he attempts to build a new stadium for the club.First, Commisso’s plan to overhaul the existing Stadio Artemio...

Noose found in Auburn University residence hall

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University says it’s investigating after an extension cord tied into a noose was found inside a campus residence hall.Tweets sent late Wednesday by the school’s safety and security department say the noose was discovered and removed Wednesday from a...

The Latest: Buttigieg takes hits on issue of his experience

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local):11:20 p.m.In Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, Pete Buttigieg became the focus of several of his Democratic opponents for what they characterized as a lack of experience.After the South Bend, Indiana,...

ENTERTAINMENT

15 Grammy facts: Michelle Obama in, Bruce Springsteen out

Fifteen things worth noting about Wednesday’s nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards, from snubbed singers to the comeback kids._______SNUBBING SPRINGSTEENBruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars” didn’t shine bright enough for the Grammy Awards.The rock legend’s...

Apple cancels premiere of ‘The Banker’ over ‘concerns’

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has canceled the premiere of one of the tech company’s first original films, “The Banker” the day before it was to debut at Los Angeles’ AFI Film Festival.In a statement Wednesday, Apple said that last week it learned of “some...

Review: ‘Dark Waters’ plunges into ‘forever chemicals’

Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters,” about the prolonged (and ongoing) legal fight to uncover the environmental damage of cancer-inducing “forever chemicals” and hold their corporate makers accountable, is a sober and ominous docudrama. On its surface, it’s an...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Where parents feel like chauffeurs, companies step in

NEW YORK (AP) — When Deb Fink heard about a company that could drive her 9-year-old son to his after-school...

Chinese state media deny torture of ex-UK consulate staff

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party’s newspaper published surveillance videos...

Prince Andrew faces new pressure to talk to US about Epstein

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s disgraced Prince Andrew is facing mounting calls to provide information to...

Serbian minister faces calls to resign after plagiarism row

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s finance minister faced calls to resign Thursday after a university...

Nothing to C: Climate activists prank Merkel’s CDU party

BERLIN (AP) — Environmental activists brazenly marched off with a giant letter “C” from the...

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and...

McMenamins
Darlene Superville the Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama is telling the nation's students in a back-to-school speech that hard work, discipline and drive are critical to their success.
Said the president: "Nobody gets to write your destiny but you."
Obama delivered his second back-to-school speech Tuesday in Philadelphia, but this time without the controversy that surrounded the first one. Last year some conservatives accused Obama of trying to foist a political agenda on children and some parents threatened to pull their children from class.
Delivering a tough-love message, Obama told students that their job was to show up on time, pay attention in class, do their homework, study and stay out of trouble.
He spoke at the Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking to the nation's airwaves once again, this time to tell America's schoolchildren that nothing is beyond their reach as long as they dream big, work hard and focus on learning.
Obama will make that point Tuesday at a Philadelphia school when he delivers his second back-to-school pep talk.
"Nobody gets to write your destiny but you," Obama says in the speech, which the White House released a day early Monday so people could read the remarks beforehand and judge the contents for themselves.
"Your future is in your hands. Your life is what you make of it. And nothing — absolutely nothing — is beyond your reach. So long as you're willing to dream big. So long as you're willing to work hard. So long as you're willing to stay focused on your education," he says.
After the White House announced last year's speech, some conservatives accused Obama of trying to foist a political agenda on children. Some parents threatened to pull their children from class rather than have them hear directly from the president.
A similar outcry is largely missing this year.
In his speech the president urges students to stay in school, study hard and take responsibility for their education. Obama long has said an educated work force will help the U.S. compete globally in the 21st century.
He'll hit that note again, telling students that nothing will affect their success in life as much as their education.
"The kinds of opportunities that are open to you will be determined by how far you go in school," Obama says. "In other words, the farther you go in school, the farther you'll go in life."
Raised by a single mother who often rose before dawn to tutor him before they went to work and school, Obama said government, educators and parents have a responsibility to prepare students for classroom success. But students have responsibilities too, he says.
"Here's your job: Showing up to school on time. Paying attention in class. Doing your homework. Studying for exams. Staying out of trouble," Obama says. "That kind of discipline and drive — the kind of hard work — is absolutely essential for success."
Obama says he knows that's true because he didn't always have the drive. He uses his earlier-in-life slacking-off as a motivating example.
In the speech, he recalls a conversation with his mother about his slipping grades, how he hadn't started filling out college applications and how he was being "casual" about his future. He started to tell her he didn't need to hear that, but Obama says she cut him off, gave him a hard stare and asked if he remembered what it was like to put in a little effort. Obama says hearing that from his mother jolted him.
"But eventually, her words had their intended effect," he says. "I got serious about my studies. I made an effort. And I began to see my grades — and my prospects — improve. And I know that if hard work could make the difference for me, it can make the difference for you too."
Obama went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Harvard University, two of the nation's best schools. He served in the Illinois state Senate and the U.S. Senate before being elected president in 2008.
In the speech, Obama is also announcing the second Commencement Challenge, a nationwide contest in which schools compete to land him as their graduation speaker. He spoke at Kalamazoo Central High School's graduation in Kalamazoo, Mich., last June.
___
Associated Press writer Kathy Matheson in Philadelphia contributed to this report.

mlkbreakfast2020 tickets 300x180

AARP Rx
Calendar

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events