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Housing Advocates Push to Free Public Funds for Housing from ‘Discriminatory,’ ‘Antiquated’ State System

Currently, organizations must apply for funds through one of 18 regional agencies. Even state officials decry the system.

Blumenauer Introduces Legislation to Reinstate Superfund Taxes; End 25-Year Polluter Tax Holiday That Slowed Toxic Cleanup

President Biden identified restoring payments from polluters into the Superfund Trust Fund as a top priority as part of a major infrastructure plan.

Lents Park Scene of Police Shooting During Protests

Amid protests across Portland against police brutality a man was shot and killed in Lents Park after reports he had a gun. Some protesters described by Mayor Ted Wheeler as a small group of "violent agitators" lit dumpster fires at the ICE and Multnomah County Sheriff's buildings and smashed windows downtown including at the Nike store building and the Oregon History Centre

Lawsuit Describes Night of Fear for Wall of Moms Protester

In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Portland, Jennifer Kristiansen also accused a federal agent of groping her as he trapped her against a wall, leading her to fear she would be raped

NEWS BRIEFS

Five Lucky Oregonians Won a Second Chance at Holiday Winnings

Prizes ranged from jumi,500 to 0,000 depending on the value of the original Scratch-it top prize. ...

Girls on the Run of Portland Metro Awarded Campbell Soup Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Grant

Supporting the Campbell Soup Foundation’s focus on encouraging healthy living, Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful,...

Ageless Awards Honor Older Oregonians Who Redefine Age

Four Oregonians will be honored for their inspiring contributions later in life during a free, public, virtual celebration on April...

Legislators Introduce Bill to Create a Statue of Shirley Chisholm Inside the U.S Capitol

Rep. Yvette D. Clark introduced the bill as part of a larger effort to increase the representation of Black women within the Capitol. ...

Grants Available For Portland Area Black-Led and Serving Organizations

To become a more equitable and just organization, the Providence Portland Service Area Advisory Council seeks to fund community...

Officials: Fire at Portland textile manufacturer was arson

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A large fire that gutted a Southeast Portland textile manufacturing facility early Monday was arson, according to fire officials. Portland Fire & Rescue said in a statement that a security camera recorded someone starting the fire in a nearby...

Guilty verdicts in Floyd's death bring joy — and wariness

London Williams stood in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., moments before the verdict was read in George Floyd's murder trial Tuesday, wondering how he would cope if the white police officer who killed the Black man was acquitted. “I feel very nervous. It’s...

OPINION

Letter to the Editor: Portland Police Union Response to Chauvin Trial Verdict

The Portland Police Association union says in the coming days, their officers will work hard to preserve our community’s right to peacefully protest ...

Portland Commissioners Release Statement on Recent Protests

The murder of Daunte Wright is a reminder that the call for justice for Black lives, accountability, and systemic community safety reform never stops. ...

An Open Letter To the Community From Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese

Sheriff Reese outlines Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office's strategic plan and goals to reinforce equity now and in the future. ...

Candace Avalos On The Right Track With Public Housing

Our unhoused neighbors deserve a safe and clean place to sleep ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Faith leaders hope Chauvin verdict lifts racial justice work

Faith leaders in Minnesota and across the United States expressed hope that their advocacy work for racial justice will gain momentum from the guilty verdict rendered against Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of killing George Floyd. “It’s very encouraging...

'Sliver of hope.' Relief, caution as America absorbs verdict

NEW YORK (AP) — When the verdicts came in — Guilty, Guilty, Guilty — Lucia Edmonds let out the breath she hadn't even realized she'd been holding. The relief that the 91-year-old Black woman felt flooding over her when white former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin...

Jury's swift verdict for Chauvin in Floyd death: Guilty

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After three weeks of testimony, the trial of the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd ended swiftly: barely over a day of jury deliberations, then just minutes for the verdicts to be read — guilty, guilty and guilty — and Derek Chauvin was handcuffed and...

ENTERTAINMENT

Scott Rudin says he will 'step back' from film projects also

NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Rudin says he's “stepping back” from film and streaming projects, along with his Broadway productions, as the fallout continued for one of the entertainment industry's most powerful and prolific producers following renewed accusations of bullying. In...

Jim Steinman, hitmaker for Meat Loaf and Celine Dion, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Steinman, the Grammy-winning composer who wrote Meat Loaf's best-selling “Bat Out Of Hell" debut album as well as hits for Celine Dion, Air Supply and Bonnie Tyler, has died, his brother said. He was 73. Bill Steinman told The Associated Press that his...

Updated field guides, other titles lure readers outdoors

The new season of spring shows has begun, and viewership is way up by all accounts. We’re not talking about screens, which we’ve all been glued to during the pandemic. Less noticed is another trend: people tuning in to nature for quieter, real-life, high-stakes drama. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Seoul court rejects sexual slavery claim against Tokyo

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Wednesday rejected a claim by victims of Japanese wartime...

Putin warns of 'quick and tough' Russian response for foes

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sternly warned the West against encroaching further on...

US Sikh community traumatized by yet another mass shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ajeet Singh had to steel himself for a return to work at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis...

AP PHOTOS: India being overrun by its massive virus surge

India has been overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of new coronavirus cases daily, bringing pain, fear and agony...

UK leader denies breaking lobbying rules with texts to Dyson

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that he did nothing wrong when he exchanged...

Putin warns of 'quick and tough' Russian response for foes

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sternly warned the West against encroaching further on...

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UPDATE: The Dutch website WebWereld reports a 16-year-old has been arrested in connection with pro-WikiLeaks denial-of-service attacks on Visa and Mastercard. He'll appear in court in Rotterdam on Friday. Police said they were investigating a much larger group and that more arrests could be on the way.

The Skanner News Video: Assange in Jail 
LONDON (AP) — Some of the WikiLeaks critics who cheered founder Julian Assange's arrest may want to think again.
 The prospect of Assange being sent to Sweden in a sex-crimes inquiry may make it less likely that he'll wind up before an American judge, something politicians and pundits including Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut have called for.
 That's because Britain has one of the most U.S.-friendly extradition regimes in Europe. Sweden, with its tough media-protection laws, may not be so quick to hand the 39-year-old Australian over.
 "(U.S. officials) might be well advised, if they think they have a basis, to try to extradite him while he's still here," said Peter Sommer, a cybercrime expert at the London School of Economics.
 Assange faces allegations of rape and molestation in Sweden by two women, though he has not been charged. U.S. officials are investigating whether he could be charged in U.S. court under the Espionage Act or other crimes — such as theft of government property or receipt of stolen government property — for publishing troves of secret U.S. diplomatic cables and military documents.
 But if they want to try him on those charges, they'll have to get their hands on the elusive ex-hacker first.
 Britain and the United States signed a fast-track extradition treaty in 2003, a pact aimed at ensuring that terrorists and money launderers could more easily be taken from one country to stand trial in another. Karen Todner, a lawyer who has been involved in several high-profile extradition cases, said from a U.S. prosecutors' point of view, Britain would be the best place in Europe to seek a suspect.
 "Nowhere is more favorable to the U.S.," she said.
 Sweden has a long history of neutrality and its press freedom laws were recently rated as the best in the world, according to Reporters Without Borders. Extraditing Assange for what many in the Nordic country consider an act of journalism would be tricky.
 That said, extraditions from the United Kingdom are not always straightforward either — a point illustrated by the case of self-confessed computer hacker Gary McKinnon, one of Todner's best-known clients.
 McKinnon admits that he broke into U.S. military computers in the months after Sept. 11, 2001, but his extradition has dragged on for more than eight years following arguments over McKinnon's human rights and whether he is fit to stand trial because he has Asperger syndrome, a type of autism.
 Although the McKinnon case is exceptional, yearslong extradition delays aren't unusual. And there's no guarantee that, in Assange's case, WikiLeaks would stop publishing secret U.S. government documents while Washington sought his extradition.
 "It can take a very long time," Sommer said. "Periods of 18 months to two years might not be unusual."
 Then there are legal arguments. The United States would have to show that what it considers a crime is also considered a crime in Britain before any extradition can go ahead, something Sommer said was not easy.
 "Maybe the U.S. Espionage Act is similar to the U.K. Official Secrets Act," he said. "Maybe it isn't."
 Sommer also said Assange's lawyers would probably argue he would not receive a fair trial in the United States, where prominent pundits have called for him to be indicted, hunted down or even put to death.
 Sarah Palin, the former U.S. vice presidential candidate, called Assange "an anti-American operative with blood on his hands" and questioned why he wasn't "pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaida and Taliban leaders." Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky described Assange as "a high-tech terrorist," while Lieberman, another former vice presidential candidate, characterized Assange's actions as the "most serious violation of the Espionage Act in our history."

Those statements may end up backfiring, Sommer said.

"Lieberman, in his desire to get headlines, may be impeding efforts to bring Assange into the United States," he noted.
 It also isn't clear whether British prosecutors have much appetite to pursue Assange.
 British authorities have generally condemned the disclosures, but unlike Australia, whose attorney general has pledged to investigate Assange, officials here don't seem to be in any hurry to put him or his network of activists under the legal microscope.
 Justice Secretary Ken Clarke told Britain's Channel 4 News he didn't know much about WikiLeaks and hadn't had any contact with U.S. officials about it. While he condemned the WikiLeaks disclosures, he also struck a sympathetic note.
 "I disagree with what WikiLeaks has done," Clarke said, citing the damage it had dealt to international diplomacy. But he added: "some of the things it's revealed — let's be fair — are of genuine public interest."
 "On balance it's done a great deal of harm, but that's not a criminal offense," Clarke said.
 Some WikiLeaks supporters fear that Assange is being sent to Sweden so he can then be extradited to the United States — but Swedish officials say that would be impossible without British approval.
 The Swedish Prosecution Authority has issued a statement saying Sweden does not simply hand people over. That's particularly true if the country requesting extradition lies outside the European Union.
 Non-EU countries seeking a suspect who has been extradited to Sweden under a European arrest warrant would have to seek the permission of the EU nation that made the arrest in the first place — Britain, in Assange's case.

Louise Nordstrom in Stockholm and Juergen Baetz in Berlin contributed to this report.

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