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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon's Wildfire Risk Map Emerges as New Climate Flashpoint

A new map in Oregon that rated the wildfire risk of every tax lot in the state — labeling nearly 80,000 structures as high-risk — generated so much pushback from angry homeowners that officials abruptly retracted it

Seattle Ends COVID Hazard Pay for Grocery Store Workers

A policy passed in 2021 requiring grocery stores pay employees an additional per hour in hazard pay has just come to an end

Washington Voters Weigh in on Dozens of State Primary Races

Voters were deciding the top two candidates in races for the U.S. Senate, Congress and the secretary of state's office.

Court Filing Cites Inmates' Abuse at Sheridan Federal Prison

A growing number of people incarcerated at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution have complained about guards from other federal facilities coming in to toss their cells and indiscriminately beat people

NEWS BRIEFS

Bicycle and Pedestrian Lane Reduction on Morrison Bridge Starts Next Week

The bicycle and pedestrian lanes will be reduced to seven feet to allow for painting crew and equipment. ...

King County Elections to Open Six Vote Centers for the Primary Election

Voters who need to register to vote, get a replacement ballot, or use an assistive device are encouraged to visit Vote Centers on...

Eugene Restaurant Owner Keeps All Tips Workers Earn, Uses Them to Pay Wages

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division found Ji Li, owner of Bao Bao House in Eugene, Oregon violated the Fair Labor...

Prosper Portland Awards More Than $1.8 Million in Community Livability Grants

Two projects in Gateway Regional Center, four projects in Central Eastside, five in Lents Town Center, eight in Interstate Corridor,...

Black Swimming Initiative and Metro Host Free Eco-Swim Camp at Broughton Beach on July 30

All ages are welcome to learn water safety, ecology and have fun in the water ...

Tribe: California wildfire near Oregon causes fish deaths

A wildfire burning in a remote area just south of the Oregon border appears to have caused the deaths of tens of thousands of Klamath River fish, the Karuk Tribe said Saturday. The tribe said in a statement that the dead fish of all species were found Friday near Happy Camp,...

Yet another heat wave grips parts of US West

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Pacific Northwest braced for yet another heat wave Saturday and the temperature in Denver hit 101 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday, breaking a record set in 1877. Meteorologists on Saturday issued a heat advisory in Portland, Oregon, through Monday and also...

OPINION

Betsy Johnson Fails to Condemn Confederate Flags at Her Rally

The majority of Oregonians, including our rural communities, value inclusion and unity, not racism and bigotry. ...

Monkeypox, Covid, and Your Vote

We must start a voter registration drive right here where we live. This effort must become as important to us as putting food on the table and a roof over our heads. ...

Speaking of Reparations

To many Americans, “reparations” is a dirty word when applied to Black folks. ...

Improving Healthcare for Low-Income Americans Through Better Managed Care

Many should recognize that health equity – or ensuring that disadvantaged populations get customized approaches to care and better medical outcomes – is a top priority. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

US Secretary of State Blinken in South Africa on Africa tour

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken began his three-nation tour of Africa Sunday by visiting a museum in South Africa commemorating how the country's Black youths helped to end white racist rule. Blinken’s visit to Africa is seen as part of a competition...

Janice Longone, chronicler of US culinary history, dies

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Janice Bluestein Longone, who is credited with collecting thousands of items chronicling the culinary history of the United States, including cookbooks, menus, advertisements and diaries, has died at age 89. Longone died Wednesday, according to Nie Family...

Dems rally around abortion. Are they reaching Black voters?

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Facing critical races for governor and U.S. Senate, Democratic hopefuls in Wisconsin are hoping that their support for abortion rights in the face of a Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade can overcome the headwinds of a midterm election long expected to favor...

ENTERTAINMENT

Lady A postpones tour as Charles Kelley focuses on sobriety

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Grammy-winning country trio Lady A has announced that its upcoming tour is being postponed to allow band member Charles Kelley time to focus on his sobriety. The group was set to start the tour on Aug. 13 in Nashville, but in a social media post, the...

Review: ‘Easter Sunday' is a loving ode to Filipino culture

A boisterous extended clan gathers for a family holiday, launching the requisite arguments, hurt feelings, grudges, inside jokes, laughter, love, reconciliation and lots of eating, plus maybe a car chase. So far, so familiar. What’s different about “ Easter...

Jo Koy's 'Easter Sunday' puts Filipinos front and center

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a comedy, Jo Koy's new movie “Easter Sunday” had a lot of waterworks. The film was no ordinary job for the comedian and the rest of the cast. The magnitude of being on a mostly Filipino set led to happy cry-fests, Koy said. Emotions really hit when...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Anne Heche in hospital, 'stable' after fiery car crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Anne Heche was in the hospital Saturday following an accident in which her car smashed...

Alex Jones’ .3M verdict and the future of misinformation

Alex Jones is facing a hefty price tag for his lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre — .3...

In wake of floods, typical barbs at Kentucky political event

FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — While Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear was consoling families displaced by historic flooding in...

Ukraine grain shipments offer hope, not fix to food crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — A ship bringing corn to Lebanon’s northern port of Tripoli normally would not cause a stir. But...

Role of race contested in killing of Nigerian man in Italy

CIVITANOVA MARCHE, Italy (AP) — Two marches Saturday in a well-to-do Italian Adriatic beach town both sought...

Venezuela, Colombia border areas hopeful as reopening looms

SAN JUAN DE COLON, Venezuela (AP) — The freight company owned by Alfredo Rosales and his brothers was hustling,...

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Pioneer Square Rally for Justice, Police Accountability

 

A broad cross section of Portland groups are calling for public involvement in police union talks and other reforms at an 11 a.m. rally on Sept. 25 in Pioneer Square.

The Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform is sponsoring the rally and march that will feature a variety of speakers.
In less than a year, Portland police have been involved in several high profile cases involving the use of excessive force. These include the shooting deaths of three men and a 12-year-old girl was tasered and shot with a bean bag gun at a MAX station. The AMA Coalition has taken a strong stand for scrutiny of the police bureau's use of excessive force, the need for more public involvement in the Independent Police Review Committee, and opening police union contract talks to the public.
"The main goal of the rally on September 25th is to continue mobilizing the community for justice and police reform," said Reverend Dr. LeRoy Haynes, of the AMA Coalition. "Our work is not done. We need to restore a respectful relationship between Portland's police force and the community."

 

Urban League Election Debate, Maternal Health Discussion


The Urban League, along with the African American Alliance, is hosting an election debate from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Emanuel Temple Church, 1033 N. Sumner St.
The debate will be moderated by Lolenzo Poe, Sharon Gary-Smith and KOIN News Anchor Ken Boddie. It will feature candidates for the Metro Council, governor, treasurer and county commissioner district 2. Although gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber will be there, Republican challenger Chris Dudley will not.
The moderators will present their own questions, as well as questions from the audience and social media. The public is welcome to attend and portions will be broadcast on KOIN News 6.
The Urban League of Portland will also convene a Policy Makers Roundtable on Reproductive Health, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Ave, 2nd floor in Conference Room C. The focus will be on maternal and fetal health outcomes in the African-American community.
The goals for the Roundtable include:
• Explore model programs and policies from across the country that improve maternal and fetal health outcomes in the African-American community and which could be implemented in Portland
• Highlight local and state wide statistics on maternal and fetal health in the African-American community
• Focus on action that policy makers can take to support improved infant and maternal outcomes
The Urban League has organized a very rich and diverse advisory committee for the Policy Makers Roundtable that represents a very broad and deep analysis around reproductive health and reproductive justice.

 

'Grassharper' Celebrity Golf Tourney This Weekend


The second annual Grassharper Invitational Celebrity Gala and Golf Tournament – presented by former Portland Trail Blazer, Michael Harper – will be held Monday, Sept. 27 with a long list of celebrity attendees. This year, the event supports Park Academy School, People of Purpose and Associates (POPA), and Minority Information Outreach (MIO). Each organization's mission is to promote character development, confidence, and teamwork through education, volunteerism and community outreach.
More than 30 celebrity golfers, including Trail Blazer Alumni, former NFL players, TV and Radio personalities, and actors are expected to play on Monday, Sept. 27 at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Course.  Plus, more than 300 supporters, sponsors and advocates from across Oregon will be in attendance at a special gala dinner on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Embassy Suites, Washington Square, which will kick-off the weekend event featuring an oral and silent auction.
The Gala and Golf is open to the public. The gala will have an oral and silent auction while enjoying live music, dinner and other supporters of education, family and community. Visit http://grassharper.org/Events.htm for more information.
To attend one or both events, please call Alethea at 503-267-7020 or email ALETHEA@CAPTIVUSONLINE.COM.

 

Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inducts New Members


The 4th annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert will be held Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Roseland Theater and will feature performances from four legendary Oregon artists, including reunions by the original members of Black n' Blue, Shock, The Kingsmen and a reunion of Le Bon. This year's master of ceremonies will be the ever-colorful comedian and performer, Tony Starlight.
OMHOF will induct 7 artists and 3 industry people. A new category, Artist of the Year, was also added to this year's event.    Artists are Black 'N Blue, Denny Bixby, Kevin Burke, Peter Dammann, Tim Hardin, Linda Hornbuckle, and Rebecca Kilgore. Industry inductees are Andy Gilbert, Mike Quinn, and Les Sarnoff. The artist of the year is Pink Martini.
Tickets are available at all Ticketwest (Fred Meyer, Music Millennium) outlets. The show is 21 and over. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP ticket packages are available at $90 in advance and $100 at the door. VIP ticket packages include premium reserved seats, a signed collectable event poster by Gary Houston, plus admission to an after-event reception with the inductees and performers.

 

Malian Mango Madness  Dance Party

 

On the 50th anniversary of Mali's inde­pendence, the Ko-Falen Cultural Center holds their annual Mango Madness Dance Party Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Springbox Gallery at 2234 NW 24th Ave. in Portland at 8 p.m. The event benefits the Ko-Falen Cultural Center in Bamako, Mali. For more information, visit www.ko-falen.org. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $15 for students with ID.


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