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Lillard, Kemba, Lebron Among Noteworthy All-NBA Picks

Lillard receives All-NBA honors for the fourth time in his career.

Workshop Teaches ‘Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs’ Curriculum

Applications open for educators’ workshop on teaching Portland Black history

Portland to Host Alzheimer’s Conference

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to hold educational conference June 11

Fitzpatrick to Retire

Longtime leader of PCRI moving on; organization interviewing candidates this week

NEWS BRIEFS

The Portland Clinic Foundation Awards $60,000 to 28 Portland-Area Nonprofits

Recipients include SEI, Coalition of Communities of Color ...

Albina Vision Trust Receives Meyer Memorial Trust Grant

Two-year grant will be used to increase Albina Vision’s capacity ...

Community Celebrates New Evelyn Crowell Center African American Exhibit at Cascade

On Monday, June 3, the PCC Cascade campus will host an official opening ceremony for the Evelyn Crowell Center for African American...

James Bible Seeks Bellevue City Council Seat

Civil rights attorney says he wants to prioritize housing, wages ...

North Clackamas School Named in Honor of Supreme Court Judge Adrienne Nelson

The Rock Creed Middle School will be converted and renamed in honor of Oregon Supreme Court Justice, Adrienne C. Nelson. ...

Owner of Bend Bulletin plans to dissolve the company

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The owner of the Bend Bulletin plans to dissolve the company and sell all seven newspapers in its Pacific Northwest chain, according to a liquidation plan filed in federal bankruptcy court Wednesday.Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that in the plan, filed in federal...

Senate approves cut to public employee retirement benefits

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate sent the House a short-term pension fix Thursday cutting public employee retirement benefits, a politically difficult vote for Democrats who say they were forced to choose between slashing benefits or letting employer interest rates rise.Ultimately, some...

Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant finds new home at Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — By the end of last season, Missouri fans were enjoying quarterback Drew Lock's final days running the Tigers' offense and wondering who would take over this fall.The answer came in a Twitter post the night of Dec. 4 when Kelly Bryant announced he was transferring to...

Missouri files brief as it seeks to overturn NCAA sanctions

Missouri submitted its appeals brief to the NCAA on Monday, taking the next step in attempting to limit or overturn what it believes are overly harsh sanctions in the case of a rogue former tutor.The school argued in the 64-page brief to the NCAA's appeals committee that the penalties handed down...

OPINION

More Bold Actions Needed to Abate the Nation’s $1.5 Trillion Debt Crisis

When a Black billionaire adopted Morehouse College’s 135th graduating class, paying their student loans, he not only impactedtheir lives, but also the lives of family members who have co-signed on these loans ...

Forget the Adversity Score, Just Dump the SAT

Forget the Adversity Score, Just Dump the SAT ...

On the History of Medical Marijuana

The recent legalization of cannabis medicinally throughout the United States of America has made Cannabis sativa L., colloquially termed marijuana, hemp, or weed, the growing topic of conversation. ...

The Skanner News Endorsements May 2019

The Skanner endorses candidates in upcoming school board, PCC races ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Jail calls: Suspect, ex laughed at Tennessee church shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors on Thursday heard jail calls in which a suspect charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church in 2017 laughs about it with his then-girlfriend.The October 2017 calls were replayed in court Thursday in the Nashville trial...

West Point to graduate record number of black female cadets

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The class of cadets preparing to jubilantly toss their caps in the air at the U.S. Military Academy's graduation ceremony Saturday includes 34 black women, a record number that's a sign of concerted efforts to diversify West Point's Long Gray Line.West Point remains...

Charlottesville drama teacher to get special Tony Award

NEW YORK (AP) — The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who has encouraged her students to explore their differences and heal rifts, especially following a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in the city.Madeline Michel...

ENTERTAINMENT

Batali accuser's attorneys: Chef must he held accountable

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for a woman who says Mario Batali forcibly kissed and groped her in a Boston restaurant in 2017 said Thursday the celebrity chef must be held accountable.Batali, who recently gave up financial stakes in all his restaurants, is to be arraigned Friday in Boston on a...

Kim Kardashian West locks arms with prison reform warriors

NEW YORK (AP) — Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission: freeing drug offenders serving life in a federal system the lawyers are working to reform.When it comes to the cause, their energy is boundless, Barnett through her Buried Alive Project and Cody as...

Netflix isn't absent at Cannes. It's everywhere.

CANNES, France (AP) — If you're going to earnestly shout "Vive le cinema!" the Cannes Film Festival is the place to do it.That's what Quentin Tarantino declared from atop Cannes' red-carpet stairs on his way into the premiere of "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," his affectionate ode to...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Illegal killings, political opposition hobble wolf recovery

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two...

Far from border, US cities feel effect of migrant releases

MIAMI (AP) — A surge of asylum-seeking families has been straining cities along the southern U.S. border...

Woman who helped put away serial killer awaits his execution

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — At 17, Lisa Noland was fighting for her life. A killer on a rampage that would leave 10...

'War is ugly': For French vet, D-Day's lessons are timeless

OUISTREHAM, France (AP) — There were countless times on D-Day and in the fighting in Normandy that followed...

For Gaza grooms, crippling debt overshadows marital bliss

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two years ago, Gaza resident Saleh Abu Serdanah took out a small loan in order...

Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

BERLIN (AP) — A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the...

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By The Skanner News

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ridiculed lingering opposition to his 10-month-old health care law Friday and vowed to oppose efforts to repeal it, underscoring his commitment to his signature legislative achievement despite the new reality of a divided Congress.

Days after delivering a State of the Union message in which he called on Democrats and Republicans to work together, Obama made clear in a speech to supporters that he's open to compromise on the issue only on the margins — a "tweak" here or there, but not major changes.

"I am not willing to just refight the battles of the last two years," said the president, who saw his popularity plummet and some in his own party distance themselves amid the scalding, partisan debates over the health care law. "I'm not open to efforts that will take this law apart without considering the lives and the livelihoods that hang in the balance."

The House of Representatives, with Republicans newly in control, voted to repeal the health care law last week. Republicans have vowed to seek a similar vote in the Senate, but are unlikely to prevail as Democrats still control that chamber. The White House has dismissed the effort as an empty gesture.

Yet, the president is not ignoring the congressional challenge. He stood up for the bill in his State of the Union earlier this week and reiterated his support with a mocking rebuttal to the GOP on Friday in a speech to the consumer group Families USA, which advocated for the health law.

"You may have heard once or twice that this is a job-crushing, granny-threatening, budget-busting monstrosity. That's about how it's been portrayed by opponents. And that just doesn't match up to the reality," said the president.

He argued that since he signed the bill 10 months to extend coverage to 30 million uninsured, the economy has grown and small businesses are offering health care to employees, many for the first time, because of tax credits offered in the law. He said that repealing the law would add to the deficit — though if that happened it would be only because the many taxes, fees and Medicare cuts in the law would be lost. And the president said the elderly are benefiting from a stronger Medicare, and those who fell into a gap in Medicare's prescription drug program are receiving relief.

"I can report that Granny is safe," he said.

Obama reiterated his support for changing a small business tax reporting provision that both parties agree is onerous, and he said he'd also consider ideas dealing with medical malpractice reform. However, the president has never endorsed the caps on lawsuit payouts that would generate the biggest savings in the medical malpractice area, and are favored by Republicans.

"I believe that anything can be improved," he said.

As the president spoke, the Health and Human Services Department issued a report saying that a combination of new competitive insurance markets and government subsidies could bring costs down significantly for people who purchase their coverage individually once the law fully takes effect in 2014.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed the findings.

"More promises of lower premiums for some people at some point in the future is little comfort to the millions who are already seeing higher premiums or won't be able to keep the coverage they have as the president promised," McConnell said. "We need to repeal this bill and replace it with commonsense reforms."

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