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NORTHWEST NEWS

Huge Washington Unemployment Fraud Warning to Other States

Officials hint that hundreds of millions of dollars have been paid out in fake unemployment claims.

Spike in Coronavirus Cases in Oregon Traced to Gatherings

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Oregon Supreme Court Gives Judge Deadline on Virus Ruling

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NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Health Authority Investigating COVID-19 Increase at Unnamed Business

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Federal Court Rules Florida Law That Undermined Voting Rights Restoration Is Unconstitutional

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Fourth child in Washington has coronavirus-related illness

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Washington issues new guidelines for religious services

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that churches, mosques and synagogues can resume in-person services, with those in counties in the second stage of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan allowed to have smaller in-building services and the remainder...

Kansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football set

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OPINION

Ballot Measure 26-210 is Needed Now

Though this measure was referred to the ballot by Metro, it was written by the HereTogether coalition ...

The Skanner News May Primary 2020 Endorsements

Read The Skanner News' midterm election endorsements for Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland, and ballot measures ...

A New Earth Day

Happy Earth Day. If we actually mean it, we will elect representatives who will force the military to clean up their pollution ...

Covid-19 Financial Warning: Consumers and Banks Should Stay Away From Payday Loans

When living costs exceed available financial resources, tough times lead to tough decisions ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Trump preparing order targeting social media protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order Thursday aimed at curbing liability protections for social media companies, two days after he lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets.Trump had threatened social media companies with...

Mayor: Officer who put knee on man's neck should be charged

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges against the white police officer seen on video kneeling against the neck of a handcuffed black man who complained that he could not breathe and died in police custody.Based on the video, Mayor Jacob Frey said...

Protesters stop LA freeway traffic, smash patrol car windows

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Review: 'The Vast of Night' is a cunning lo-fi sci-fi noir

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Failed Maduro coup leader flew on pro-govt magnate's plane

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Lawmakers ejected in Hong Kong debate on Chinese anthem bill

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Germany summons Russian ambassador over alleged cyberattack

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McMenamins
By Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

In a time when parents and students can access information about prospective colleges and universities on the web, what good anymore is the old-fashioned college fair?

For one, says the Black United Fund's Adrienne Livingston, you don't have the opportunity to interview with admissions officers from local schools when you're visiting their website.

This Saturday, Dec. 11, the Black United Fund will be holding a college fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at Warner Pacific College's McGuire Auditorium, 2219 SE 68th Ave. in Portland. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m.

The free event welcomes students from middle school to high school, each with specialized areas of interest available to their age level, presented by a diverse group of college representatives and alumni. For middle school students, the BUF will be offering a campus tour of Warner Pacific and a "College 101" information class. Freshman and sophomores will receive information on how to build a "well-rounded" package that will appeal to admissions officers, as well as information on testing and accreditation. Juniors and seniors will be able to meet with representatives from a number of different schools and receive financial aid and scholarship information.

Livingston says the fair is an excellent opportunity to ask questions about school offerings, but what college life is all about on different campuses.

"A lot of students have questions about what it's like? What's it like being away from home?" she said. "When you get to a university, you are going to a different culture."

Although official representatives won't be there, many alumni from some of the nation's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities will be there, including Spelman, Tuskegee, and Langston.

With about $800,000 in scholarships available from the Black United Fund – many available to the area's many private institutions -- students will be able to scope out prospective schools before the Jan. 13 scholarship application deadline. Check out their website for a list of scholarships.

In addition to the many local schools represented at the fair – including Lewis & Clark, Oregon State, Reed, University of Portland, Willamette and others – the Black United Fund will be providing a college directory of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which will also have a list of all scholarships available by school, geographic location, ethnicity and other requirements.

Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. Visit www.bufor.org for more information.

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