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NORTHWEST NEWS

Iowa Reporter Fights Charges Connected to Covering Black Lives Matter Protest

The case of Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri who was pepper sprayed and arrested while reporting on a clash between protesters and police, highlights the First Amendment and the right to a free press

Brown Pauses Rollbacks to COVID-19 Extreme Risk Level

Counties that have moved out of the COVID-19 extreme risk level will not be moved back into it without giving them two weeks to improve their case numbers

March to Literacy Confronts the Ways We Fail Black Students

The virtual event aims to empower parents, educators of students who struggle with reading

'Falling Through Cracks': Vaccine Bypasses Some Older Adults

An untold number of older adults are getting left behind, unseen, because they are too overwhelmed, too frail or too poor to fend for themselves.

NEWS BRIEFS

Commercial Rent Relief Program to Open Applications March 8

The program targets landlords with tenant businesses with 100 or fewer employees who are behind on lease payments ...

Powell's Books Presents Richard Brown on Zoom March 5

Richard Brown, long-time Portland activist and photographer, will talk about his memoir, “This Is Not For You, An Activist’s...

Freedmen’s Bureau Among Free Classes at GFO Virtual Open House

This is one of the 18 free classes the Genealogical Forum of Oregon is offering during its 75th anniversary Genealogy Open House. ...

Oregon Worker Relief Fund Creates Fund for Small Businesses

The program received million to support small businesses owned by ITIN holders and impacted by the pandemic. ...

$500,000 Grant Funding Will Invest In Racial Equity In WA

Kaiser Permanente commits funding to grassroots organizations to dismantle practices and structures that prevent communities of color...

Girl, 9, killed after car hits 3 people in Portland suburb

PORTLAND (AP) — A 9-year-old girl has been killed and two other people injured after they were hit by a car in a Portland suburb. Police in the city of Gresham responded to the accident just before 6 pm Saturday after a report of pedestrians hit by a car on the sidewalk. The 9-year-old was...

US states look to step up wolf kills, pushed by Republicans

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Payments for dead wolves. Unlimited hunting of the animals. Shooting wolves from the air.Wolf hunting policies in some states are taking an aggressive turn, as Republican lawmakers and conservative hunting groups push to curb their numbers and propose tactics shunned...

Ex-Cardinals coach Wilks new defensive coordinator at Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Steve Wilks is returning to coaching as the defensive coordinator at Missouri.Wilks, who was hired by Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz on Thursday, took last year off after spending the previous 14 seasons in the NFL. The stint was highlighted by a year as the head coach of...

OPINION

OHA Marks 1 Year One-Year Anniversary of Oregon’s First COVID-19 Case

Director thanks Oregonians and asks state residents to maintain pandemic precautions and choose vaccination ...

Democracy and White Privilege

“White Nationalists” who believe that America only belongs to its “White” citizens, who live and have lived according to “White Privilege” are ignoring the words of the Declaration of Independence ...

The Leadership Conference Submits Letter in Support of H.R. 40

H.R. 40 finally forces the U.S. government to recognize and make amends for the decades of economic enrichment that have benefited this nation as a result of the free labor that African slaves were forced to provide ...

Letter to the Editor Re: Zenith Energy

The time is now for Portland City Council to stop Zenith Energy’s transporting fossil fuels into and out of our city. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Bloody Sunday memorial honors late civil rights giants

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Activists who gathered virtually and in person to commemorate a pivotal day in the civil rights struggle that became known as Bloody Sunday called on people to continue the fight for voting rights as they also honored giants of the civil rights movement, including the late...

From vote to virus, misinformation campaign targets Latinos

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Perez was a guest on a Spanish-language talk radio show in Las Vegas last year when a caller launched into baseless complaints about both parties, urging Latino listeners to not cast votes at all. Perez, then chairman of the Democratic Party, recognized many of the...

Board to begin search for permanent Capitol Police chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The board that oversees the U.S. Capitol Police is beginning a search for a permanent police chief, a person familiar with the matter said, as the fallout from the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol continues.Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has faced scrutiny from Capitol Hill...

ENTERTAINMENT

Grammys to partner with Berklee, ASU for study on women

NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy is partnering with Berklee College of Music and Arizona State University to complete a study focused on women's representation in the music industry.The academy, which puts on the annual Grammy Awards, said the lack of female creators in music is...

New York cinemas reopen, brightening outlook for theaters

NEW YORK (AP) — After growing cobwebs for nearly a year, movie theaters in New York City reopen Friday, returning film titles to Manhattan marquees that had for the last 12 months instead read messages like “Wear a mask” and “We’ll be back soon.”Shortly...

Hotly anticipated Meghan and Harry interview to air at last

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The time has finally come for audiences to hear Meghan and Harry describe the backstory and effects of their tumultuous split from royal life.Sunday night’s airing of a two-hour special hosted by Oprah Winfrey will provide the first, and unprecedented, peek into the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Carla Wallenda, member of famed high-wire act, dies at 85

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Carla Wallenda, a member of “The Flying Wallendas” high-wire act...

At least 20 dead, 600 wounded in Equatorial Guinea blasts

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A series of explosions at a military barracks in Equatorial Guinea killed...

Embiid, Simmons to miss All-Star Game; Zion to start instead

Philadelphia 76ers teammates Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were ruled out of Sunday's NBA All-Star Game after being...

UN says fire in Yemeni migrant detention center kills 8

CAIRO (AP) — A fire broke out Sunday in a detention center for migrants in Yemen’s capital, killing...

Greek police, protesters clash in Athens suburb

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police clashed with more than 500 protesters in an Athens suburb on Sunday...

3,000 at Romania anti-vaccination protest amid COVID-19 rise

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Around 3,000 anti-vaccination protesters from across Romania converged outside...

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By The Skanner News

Detroit Executive Director Heaster Wheeler

DETROIT (AP) -- Officials with Detroit's NAACP branch and Wayne County are discussing a plan to allow the civil rights organization to pay off back taxes and avoid losing its headquarters to foreclosure.

Detroit's National Association for the Advancement of Colored People branch is one of the oldest and largest in the country, but it owes about $47,450 in taxes from 2008 and nearly $39,000 for 2009, The Detroit News reported Saturday.

Its tax troubles are the latest sign of financial problems for the branch, which last month said it was behind $46,000 in dues to the national NAACP office.

The dues are now caught up, Detroit Executive Director Heaster Wheeler told the newspaper.

Wheeler said the branch believes the office it moved into three years ago should be tax-exempt, like its former headquarters. The branch is appealing the issue before a state tax tribunal.

The back taxes will be paid if the tribunal rules against the NAACP, Wheeler said.

``We will pay. Losing the building is not negotiable,'' he said.

Wheeler said in an e-mail Saturday to The Associated Press that a letter to members and supporters addressing the branch's finances was posted on its website.

As of Nov. 23, the Detroit branch had submitted more than $175,000 in dues payments in 2010, it said, noting that dues are submitted throughout the year and never in a single ``lump sum."

The branch also reported that charitable contributions are down about 30 percent this year.

``We remain a viable and fully functional organization that continues to advocate and work on behalf of our members and in concert with those who support our ideals,'' the letter said.

Branch employees have taken 10- to 15-percent pay cuts and hours have been cut, Wheeler told The Detroit News.

Each year, the 45,000-member Detroit branch hosts its Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner at Cobo Center. It's the branch's largest fundraiser. Keynote speakers included Barack Obama when he was a U.S. senator from Illinois and former President Bill Clinton.

Talks on the 2008 tax bill are under way. That plan could require the branch to come up with 20 percent of what's owed in March, said Terrance Keith, Wayne County deputy treasurer.

Installments of 20 percent also would be due in May and July, with 40 percent due next December.

That plan would be consistent with others offered by the county, Keith told the newspaper.

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