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Report: Oregon Has Too Few Public Defenders

Oregon has only roughly one-third of the public defense attorneys it needs to provide reasonably effective assistance to low-income defendants

Blumenauer Boosts Efforts to Put Three Black History Landmarks on National List

Congressman makes case for Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Dean’s Beauty Salon and Barber Shop, and the Golden West Hotel’s importance to city history and heritage.

Lawsuit Says New Majority Latino District in WA a 'Facade'

A Latino civil rights organization and others filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that says new political maps in Washington state approved by a bipartisan redistricting panel intentionally dilute Hispanic voters' influence.

Washington Students' Test Scores Drop Significantly

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Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU to Present 'To Survive on This Shore

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Five Schools Return to In-person Instruction on Jan. 24

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COVID cases decline in Seattle area, surge moves east

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Oregon Legislature: Will Dems, GOP be able to get along?

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As Oregon lawmakers prepare to return to the state Capitol next week for the 35-day legislative session, Republicans and Democrats have differing opinions on what that time should be used for. While Republicans say traditionally the short legislative session...

UNLV promotes interim AD Harper to full-time job

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV has promoted interim athletic director Erick Harper to serve in the job full time. Harper's hiring, announced on Monday, was effective Jan. 1. He had served as interim athletic director since Desiree Reed-Francois left UNLV for Missouri in August. ...

Army stuns Missouri in Armed Forces Bowl on last-second FG

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Cole Talley kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired and Army rallied to beat Missouri 24-22 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night. After the Tigers took a 22-21 lead on a touchdown with 1:11 to play, third-string quarterback Jabari Laws led Army...


OP-ED: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

January 6th, Voting Rights and the Tyranny Threatening America ...

Support Nikole Hannah-Jones and The 1619 Project

This important and ambitious project pulled back the curtain of euphemistic rhetoric composing American historiography that points only to the good in our history and sweeps under the rug the evil deeds perpetrated against people of color ...

In 2021, Organized Labor is Again Flexing its Muscles

We have seen dramatic change in the makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under President Biden. ...

Study Reveals Racial Pay Gap for Social Media Influencers

The racial pay gap has long presented issues for African Americans in Corporate America and other industries. It’s now filtered to social media. ...


Biden nominating 6 lawyers for federal prosecutor posts

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India's Republic Day parade curtailed amid COVID-19

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Prosecution witnesses say they feared for Floyd's life

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors at the federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights are trying to show that even bystanders knew the Black man needed help, while the officers failed to act as former Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on...


At Sundance, documentaries resurrect lost eras of music

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a music scene still develop the way grunge did in 1990's Seattle or hip-hop did in the Bronx in the 1970s? Or has the digital makeover of music made such geographical-based explosions obsolete? It's a question that hovers over the Sundance Film Festival...

‘Aftershock’ puts human face to maternal health crisis in US

It was 2017 when filmmaker Paula Eiselt started seeing articles about rising maternal mortality rates in the United States. She’d had traumatic experiences giving birth to her four children, but didn’t realize that the problems were widespread and disproportionately affecting Black women. ...

Howie Mandel urges pal Jay Leno to air 'Late Night' laundry

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Picasso heirs launch digital art piece to ride 'crypto' wave

GENEVA (AP) — Pablo, meet Crypto. Heirs of Pablo Picasso, the famed 20th-century Spanish artist,...

Meet Methuselah, the oldest living aquarium fish

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Meet Methuselah, the fish that likes to eat fresh figs, get belly rubs and is believed to...

Indigenous town in Mexico survives on remittances from US

COMACHUEN, Mexico (AP) — In Comachuen, a Purepecha Indigenous community of about 10,000 inhabitants nestled high...

Pope's right knee ligament inflamed, curbing mobility

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday he is suffering from an inflamed ligament in his right knee that makes...

Australia navy ship with infected crew offloads aid to Tonga

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian navy's largest ship docked at disaster-stricken Tonga on Wednesday and...

WHO: Record weekly COVID cases last week but deaths stable

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said there were 21 million new coronavirus cases...

Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

With temperatures expected to drop in the low-20s in the Portland area, with snow and ice accumulation likely, those without a roof over their heads are most vulnerable to the elements. The Skanner News Video: Who to call to get or give help for homelessness.

Luckily, there are a number of day and overnight shelters available – but space is extremely limited. Many of the privately run shelters are already at capacity. In response, several shelters are being opened to accommodate the need. It is important to dial the helpline, 2-1-1, in order to ensure shelter availability at any given shelter.

Transitions Projects: Women's Winter Warming Center at 475 NW Glisan St. has about 40 shelter beds available (as of 12:30 p.m.) for single women and can be reserved from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are also 70 beds available for women at the YMCA building at 10th and Main in downtown Portland.

For men, the Salvation Army Harbor Light shelter is available with about 70 to 80 beds. Men start lining up at 30 SW 2nd Ave. at about 7 p.m. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

For men and women, the Union Gospel Mission, 3 NW Third Ave., will be converting their dining area into a shelter, with 70 to 80 spaces available. Normally, Union Gospel doesn't have a temporary shelter, but due to the weather, will be opening their doors and providing mats and blankets. The dining area will be converted into a shelter after their 7:15 p.m. meal service concludes.

For families with children under age 18, there will be a limited number of beds available at the Family Winter Warming Shelter at 12505 NE Halsey St. in Portland (on Halsey near 126th Avenue). At noon, there were 33 beds available.

In addition, the Red Cross' Severe Weather Emergency Warming Center, at the Imago Dei Church, 1302 SE Ankeny St. will have 150 beds available, with accommodation for 40 pets. It is the only shelter in Portland to accept pets.

"We enthusiastically support the expansion of this service to accommodate the entire family, including their pets." says Mike Oswald, Director at Multnomah County Animal Services. "Even in the most severe weather conditions, including Hurricane Katrina, pet owners would not abandon their pets to enter warming centers unable to accept them. By accommodating pets, we are not only saving animal lives, but human lives."

The Red Cross shelter opens its doors at 9 p.m.

For day use, the Downtown Chapel Roman Catholic Parish, 601 W. Burnside Street, provides hot beverages, some snacks and movies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a complete listing of up-to-date availability in shelters across the county, visit this website or call 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 website and hotline is a free resource for social services in the area and they will have up-to-date information regarding available shelter beds.

In King County:
County Administrative Building (Nightly; ongoing), 500 4th Ave., Seattle. Hours of operation: 9:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.; Capacity: 50; Serves men only

Crossroads Community Center (Nov 20 – 22), 16000 NE 10th St. Bellevue; Hours of operation: 8:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.; Capacity: 50; Serves men, women and families;

City Hall (Nov 18 – 23); Located on 4th Avenue between James and Cherry Streets in Seattle; Doors open at 9 p.m.;
Capacity: 75; Serves men, women and families;

Frye Hotel (Nov 18 – 23), located on 3rd and Yesler in Seattle; Doors open at 7 p.m.; Capacity: 25; Serves only women.

Kent Lutheran Church, 336 2nd Ave. S. in  Kent; 9 P.M. – Check-in and registration, 7 A.M. – shelter closes, clients must vacate; Priority is given to homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicles, but the SWS will also be available for single women and men.  The SWS will be operated by Catholic Community Services staff, with volunteers from Kent Lutheran Church and the Kent community.

The Skanner Foundation's Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

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