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SneakerWeek 2024 Launches in Pioneer Courthouse Square July 26

The event brings together industry experts, BIPOC designers and sneaker enthusiasts.

Money From Washington's Landmark Climate Law Will Help Tribes Face Rising Seas, Climate Change

Tens of millions of dollars raised by a landmark climate law in Washington state will go to Native American tribes that are at risk from climate change and rising sea levels to help them move to higher ground, install solar panels, buy electric vehicles and restore wetlands. The Quinault Indian Tribe on the Olympic Peninsula is getting million to help relocate its two main villages to higher ground, away from the tsunami zone and persistent flooding.

The Top Draft Pick of the Mariners Pitches Lefty and Righty. Jurrangelo Cijntje Wants to Keep It Up

Cijntje threw right-handed to lefties more often in 2024 but said it was because of discomfort in his left side. The Mariners say they want Cijntje to decide how to proceed as a righty and/or lefty as a pro. He says he wants to continue pitching from both sides.

Wildfire Risk Rises as Western States Dry out Amid Ongoing Heat Wave Baking Most of the US

Blazes are burning in Oregon, where the governor issued an emergency authorization allowing additional firefighting resources to be deployed. More than 142 million people around the U.S. were under heat alerts Wednesday, especially across the West, where dozens of locations tied or broke heat records.

NEWS BRIEFS

Merkley, Senators Urge VA to Expand Access to Medical Cannabis for America’s Veterans

Senators’ letter follows DEA’s recommended rescheduling of cannabis from earlier this year ...

Federal Appeals Court Declines to Restore Voting Rights in Mississippi

Thousands of Mississippians Face “Especially Cruel” Disenfranchisement Scheme ...

Draft of Statewide Wildfire Hazard Map Mandated by Legislature Released

The Oregon Department of Forestry today released drafts of new statewide wildfire hazard and wildland-urban interface maps developed...

Southwest Washington's Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Named by the Greater Vancouver Chamber

Tatum Talbert was recognized for her exceptional achievement and creativity in the GVC’s 2024 Lemonade Day program. ...

Oscar Arana Selected as NAYA's Permanent CEO

The NAYA Family Center Board of Directors selected Oscar Arana (Chichimeca) as the organization's...

Biden's decision to drop out leaves Democrats across the country relieved and looking toward future

HARPER WOODS, Mich. (AP) — After weeks of uncertainty about who would be at the top of the Democratic Party’s ticket in November, many voters expressed relief over the news that President Joe Biden would drop his reelection bid and began to think about who might replace him in a dramatically...

Seattle police officer fired over ‘vile’ comments after death of Indian woman

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer has been fired for making callous remarks about the death of a graduate student from India after she was struck last year by another officer’s vehicle in a crosswalk. Seattle interim police Chief Sue Rahr fired Officer Daniel Auderer on...

Chiefs set deadline of 6 months to decide whether to renovate Arrowhead or build new — and where

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have set a deadline of six months from now to decide on a plan for the future of Arrowhead Stadium, whether that means renovating their iconic home or building an entirely new stadium in Kansas or Missouri. After a joint ballot initiative with the...

Missouri governor says new public aid plan in the works for Chiefs, Royals stadiums

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that he expects the state to put together an aid plan by the end of the year to try to keep the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals from being lured across state lines to new stadiums in Kansas. Missouri's renewed efforts...

OPINION

The 900-Page Guide to Snuffing Out American Democracy

What if there was a blueprint for a future presidential administration to unilaterally lay waste to our constitutional order and turn America from a democracy into an autocracy in one fell swoop? That is what one far-right think tank and its contributors...

SCOTUS Decision Seizes Power to Decide Federal Regulations: Hard-Fought Consumer Victories Now at Risk

For Black and Latino Americans, this power-grab by the court throws into doubt and potentially weakens current agency rules that sought to bring us closer to the nation’s promises of freedom and justice for all. In two particular areas – fair housing and...

Minding the Debate: What’s Happening to Our Brains During Election Season

The June 27 presidential debate is the real start of the election season, when more Americans start to pay attention. It’s when partisan rhetoric runs hot and emotions run high. It’s also a chance for us, as members of a democratic republic. How? By...

State of the Nation’s Housing 2024: The Cost of the American Dream Jumped 47 Percent Since 2020

Only 1 in 7 renters can afford homeownership, homelessness at an all-time high ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Harris could become first Black woman, first person of South Asian descent to be president

WASHINGTON (AP) — She's already broken barriers, and now Kamala Harris could shatter several more after President Joe Biden abruptly ended his reelection bid and endorsed her. Biden announced Sunday that he was stepping aside after a disastrous debate performance catalyzed fears...

In a California gold rush town, some Black families are fighting for land taken from their ancestors

COLOMA, Calif. (AP) — In a tiny town where the California gold rush began, Black families are seeking restitution for land that was taken from their ancestors to make way for a state park now frequented by fourth graders learning about the state's history. Their efforts in Coloma, a...

Legal fight continues with appeals over proposed immigration initiative for Arizona Nov. 5 ballot

PHOENIX (AP) — The fight to keep a proposed border initiative off Arizona’s Nov. 5 ballot is not over yet. Immigrant advocates kept the issue alive this week by filing notice to the state Supreme Court that they will appeal the judge’s ruling. A Maricopa County...

ENTERTAINMENT

On anniversary of Frida Kahlo's death, her art's spirituality keeps fans engaged around the globe

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Frida Kahlo had no religious affiliation. Why, then, did the Mexican artist depict several religious symbols in the paintings she produced until her death on July 13, 1954? “Frida conveyed the power of each individual,” said art researcher and curator Ximena...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 21-27

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 21-27: July 21: Actor Leigh Lawson (“Tess”) is 81. Singer Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) is 76. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau (“Doonesbury”) is 76. Actor Jamey Sheridan (“Homeland”) is 73. Singer-guitarist Eric Bazilian of The Hooters is 71....

Canadian officer says Alice Munro claimed her daughter was lying about being abused by stepfather

TORONTO (AP) — A retired police detective involved in the arrest 20 years ago of the husband of Canadian Nobel laureate Alice Munro, said Friday he was disturbed by the writer's reaction 20 years ago when she learned her husband would be charged for sexually assaulting her daughter. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

3,000 migrants leave southern Mexico on foot in a new caravan headed for the US border

CIUDAD HIDALGO, México (AP) — About 3,000 migrants from around a dozen countries left from Mexico’s southern...

Xander the Great! Schauffele wins the British Open for his 2nd major this year

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Xander Schauffele went from the most nerve-wracking putt of his career to the coolest...

Small businesses grapple with global tech outages created by CrowdStrike

NEW YORK (AP) — An owner of a consumer insights research firm couldn't pay her employees, make Friday's deadline...

Israel shoots down a missile fired from Yemen hours after a deadly Israeli strike on Houthi rebels

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen early Sunday, hours after...

UAE orders a trial of Bangladeshi nationals arrested for protesting their home government

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates ordered an investigation and an...

Pope Francis calls for Olympic truce for countries at war, prays for peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday voiced his hope that the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games will...

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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 [email protected].

 

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.