04-03-2020  5:14 pm   •   PDX Weather    •   SEA weather  
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Health Officer: Spike in Virus Cases Can Be Averted

Modeling shows the state won't see a huge rise in cases as long as stay-at-home orders are heeded

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

NEWS BRIEFS

Cryptosporidium Found in Portland Water

People who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed are advised to ask their doctor about...

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

Wyden, Merkley urge Lifeline internet service providers to expand service to ensure Oregonians can work and learn remotely, access...

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

The phones may be busy at some call centers, but the public can respond to the Census online anytime ...

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

Nearly one in four Oregonians currently receives health coverage through OHP. ...

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

Large pots with food-bearing plants will be available for families to take home on Wednesday, April 1, from Catlin Elementary in...

Oregon residents assemble 11k masks for health-care workers

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Hospital workers in Oregon are astounded at the community response to an effort to provide those on the front lines of the coronavirus fight with protective masks.Oregon officials have been disappointed in the response by the federal government to its requests for...

COVID-19 woes: Fargo medical marijuana dispensary shut down

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A medical marijuana dispensary that opened in North Dakota's largest city a year ago was shut down Friday because of slow sales and regulatory delays due to the coronavirus, the facility's operators said in a statement.New York-based Acreage Holdings said it's temporarily...

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

Chicago's new top cop guided by Dallas tenure, son's death

CHICAGO (AP) — As daunting as the challenges that await him as the new chief of a Chicago Police Department under pressure to implement sweeping court-ordered reforms may seem, they pale compared to what David Brown Sr. had to overcome 10 years ago following an afternoon phone call on...

HBO documentary sheds new light on 'Atlanta Child Murders'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Terrell believes an imprisoned man currently serving two life sentences may not have been the person who murdered his brother as part of a killing spree that rocked Atlanta four decades ago.Terrell hopes new light can be shed nationwide on the murders that...

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...

ENTERTAINMENT

HBO documentary sheds new light on 'Atlanta Child Murders'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Terrell believes an imprisoned man currently serving two life sentences may not have been the person who murdered his brother as part of a killing spree that rocked Atlanta four decades ago.Terrell hopes new light can be shed nationwide on the murders that...

Marvel remakes release calendar; 'Mulan' moves to late July

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. on Friday overhauled its release schedule by moving the dates of half a dozen Marvel movies, announcing a new one for the live-action adaption of “Mulan” and pushing one movie, “Artemis Fowl,” to Disney Plus, in response to the...

‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

VIRUS DIARY: Fantasy baseball, when real ball is the fantasy

CINCINNATI (AP) — "People ask me what I do in winter when there is no baseball. I’ll tell you what I...

Anick Jesdanun, longtime AP technology writer, dies at 51

He ran marathons on every continent, including Antarctica — 83 of them in all, many followed by a visit to...

NOT REAL NEWS: False coronavirus claims and phony remedies

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are...

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...

At Madrid field hospital, staff seeks to provide human touch

MADRID (AP) — There's a bookshelf filled with donated novels. Hotel toiletries rest on cardboard boxes...

McMenamins
Greg Bluestein and Dorie Turner the Associated Press

Georgia State Conference NAACP President Edward DuBose



ATLANTA (AP) -- A decision by two Georgia counties to use the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to make up a snow day has infuriated civil rights leaders , who say the districts are insulting the civil rights icon in his home state.

Fannin and Gilmer counties in north Georgia are calling students to class on the federal holiday after school was wiped out for the week because of the epic snowstorm that paralyzed the state.

The superintendents from the districts said they had little choice to start making up for nine days missed because of the foul winter weather this school year. But civil rights leaders said the decision was an insult to King and shows disrespect for the holiday in his name.

``It's an opportunity for people, black and white, to reflect on what King's dream meant for blacks and whites,'' said Georgia State Conference NAACP President Edward DuBose. ``And it's humiliating to hear that school districts want to take a snow day rather than to honor Dr. King's legacy.''

The snowstorm forced school officials throughout the state to make tough decisions. Ice as thick as an inch-and-a-half that coated north Georgia roads forced many school administrators to cancel classes for the entire week, as they worried buses would slide on hilly roads.

Gilmer County schools superintendent Bryan Dorsey said his administrative team will ``be sensitive'' to the fact that his district's 4,000 students will be returning to class on Monday, though he said he wasn't sure yet whether teachers would give lessons on King.

``It's not our intention to try to remove holidays, but unfortunately, in these circumstances, we have very limited options,'' said Dorsey, who added that the district hasn't received any complaints about the move.

``Mostly what we have gotten is 'Thank goodness you're taking our children back.' Cabin fever has set in,'' Dorsey said.

Fannin County schools superintendent Mark Henson said the wintry weather has wreaked havoc on the district's calendar.

``Changing our school calendar is never easy for us, and we regret that we have had to make this decision,'' he said in an e-mail. ``But we believe that it is in the best interest of our students to be in school as much as possible so that they can be successful in life.''

The two counties are both in extreme north Georgia and both have populations that are more than 90 percent white.

And while the vast majority of Georgia school districts are not holding classes on Monday, the issue has cropped up in other states as well. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decided to also hold classes on Monday, prompting criticism from the local NAACP chapter and a city councilman.

But the counties' decision struck a particular nerve in Georgia, the state where King was born and later the launching pad for the civil rights movement.

``Am I surprised? Probably not. But I'm disappointed,'' said state Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta Democrat and a leader of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. ``It's supposed to be a day of service, a day of reflection. And this sends a message that the home state of Dr. King may not fully value him.''

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Prosper Portland Relief
Calendar

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events

The Skanner Photo Archives