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Latest COVID-19 Projections Encouraging With Social Distancing

Latest COVID-19 projections show social distancing can cut coronavirus infections if Oregonians keep current measures in place into May

Five Metro Council Candidates Discuss Equity

District 5 candidates compete for open seat

Inslee: Washington Needs More Coronavirus Test Supplies

The governor suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely have to be extended to fight the disease

Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon

Gov. Brown praised the declaration, but says we still have significant requests pending, "first and foremost Oregon's request for more personal protective equipment from the national stockpile"

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Senators Demand Expanded Internet Access for Low-Income Oregonians Throughout COVID-19 Crisis

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U.S. Census Bureau Statement on 2020 Census Call Centers

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Oregon Medicaid Program Gains Flexibility to Better Serve Low-income Oregonians During Pandemic

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Washington Elementary School Offers Food-Bearing Container Gardens During Meal Distribution

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Waterfront Blues Festival Cancelled for 2020

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Man arrested in murder of Portland pawn shop manager

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested a 22-year-old man Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting of a pawn shop manager earlier this week in Portland. Joseph Schneider was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery, according to the...

Man sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for child porn

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison and five years supervised release for transporting and having child pornography. The Oregon U.S. Attorney’s Office says Jonathan Murphy was sentenced Thursday. Court documents say in 2017,...

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10 p.m.Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

You're Pretty... For a Dark-Skinned Girl

Cloé Luv, an "unapologetically" dark-skinned Black woman tells her story ...

The ACA Has Never Been More Critical

Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. ...

NAACP/Black Community: A Model for Resiliency

As America enters perhaps the most uncertain period in modern history, we will all be tested in new and unpredictable ways. ...

What the Government Can Do Now to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Roger Stark says during this pandemic the administration must give states more flexibility ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Study: Gonzaga, Michigan top academics-based NCAA brackets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gonzaga and Michigan stood out in a study that seeded men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets based on graduation rates, academic success and diversity in the head-coaching ranks.The Zags were a No. 1 seed in both brackets released Thursday by The...

Study: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men's NCAA teams

A diversity report for graduation rates among potential NCAA Tournament teams found a larger gap between white and black men’s players from the previous year, while male players continue to lag behind their female counterparts overall.The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES)...

Judge: Man linked to white supremacist group to stay in jail

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man linked by the FBI to a white supremacist group and arrested ahead of a gun rights rally in Virginia must remain in federal custody while he awaits trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Boardman refused to set bond for Brian Mark...

ENTERTAINMENT

The Cuomo show, Andrew and Chris, enliven coronavirus TV

NEW YORK (AP) — With all their familial love and drama, the Cuomo brothers — Andrew during the daytime, Chris at night — have become compelling figures in the plague-driven landscape of American television.Andrew, New York's governor, holds a near daily televised briefing on...

Local newspapers are facing their own coronavirus crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — Just when Americans need it most, a U.S. newspaper industry already under stress is facing an unprecedented new challenge.Readers desperate for information are more reliant than ever on local media as the coronavirus spreads across the U.S. They want to know about cases in...

Tribeca Film Festival to proceed, in part, online

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tribeca Film Festival, postponed by the pandemic, is moving some elements of its annual New York event online.Tribeca organizers said Friday that much of its programming will be available either to the public or to the film industry over roughly the same days that the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

'Modern Family' promises satisfying end to its 11-season run

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd were mulling ideas for the 2009 TV...

Feeding the front lines, one duck confit at a time

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On a break from the front lines, nurse practitioner Gabe Westhemier tucked into a...

Democrats elevate health care as virus-era campaign argument

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are zeroing in on health care as one of the few issues that might resonate...

Agonizing decisions being made in Spain's virus hot spots

ZARZA DE TAJO, Spain (AP) — Raquel Fernández watched as cemetery workers lowered her grandmother's...

Russia detains activists trying to help hospital amid virus

MOSCOW (AP) — An activist doctor who had criticized Russia's response to the coronavirus outbreak was...

Chinese struggle to return to work as virus controls ease

WUHAN, China (AP) — After two months in locked-down Wuhan, Wei Lei was eager to get back to work on a...

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By Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

Metro Councilor Robert Liberty will be resigning his position on the Metro Council to become executive director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon.

Effective Jan. 15, Liberty will leave the council to lead The Sustainable Cities Initiative, one of the University of Oregon's "Big Ideas" that will help shape the school's academic priorities and develop national solutions to various problems. The program, at Liberty's alma mater, "aims to transform higher education with community engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration and sustainability study to influence public policy."

Liberty told The Skanner News that it wasn't a job that he sought out, but after beginning the interview process, realized it was a good fit for his talents and interests. Liberty says he's long been interested in social justice and equity in city planning. The new position will allow him to formulate and test new models of sustainability.

He said he feels he's done a good job bringing these issues to the forefront during his term in office.

"I feel Metro has been paying attention to these issues much more than before I arrived 6 years ago," he said.

This year, the Sustainable Cities Initiative will focus their efforts on Salem, with the help of more than 60 students. Liberty says his new position is not an ivory tower, nor the director of merely a think-tank. He says they will be looking to find applicable solutions to problems rooted in the real world.

With less than two years left on Liberty's term, the vacant seat will be filled with an appointment by the Metro Council. All interested persons are encouraged apply and the council will be advertising the vacancy for at least four weeks, with one week of public comment, before making the appointment.

Liberty is the second commissioner to leave Metro in the last year. David Bragdon, former Metro Council president, left in September 2010 for a position in New York City as Mayor Michael Bloomberg's director of Long Term Planning and Sustainability.

"Robert Liberty, like the Oregon planning system, has a national reputation for leadership in livability. As a former colleague of Robert's on the Metro Council I know he will boost the University of Oregon's ability to help cities across the nation become more sustainable and equitable," Bragdon said in a statement.

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