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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Gov. Candidate Kotek Tests Positive for COVID-19

Kotek said on Twitter she was resting and taking it easy for a few days and that she’s grateful to be vaccinated and boosted

Obama Nominee In As New Oregon Community Foundation CEO

Lisa Mensah returns to her home state.

Eugene Woman Attacked With Acid for Third Time Since March

A Eugene, Oregon, woman who had acid thrown on her while walking her dog in March has been the target of two additional acid attacks at her home

Minimum Wage Increase Initiative Qualifies in WA City

An initiative to increase the minimum hourly wage in Tukwila, Washington, by more than has qualified for the November ballot.

NEWS BRIEFS

Sharon Nickleberry Rogers Appointed to the Oregon Housing Stability Council

The council establishes OHCS’ mission to meet the housing and services needs of low- and moderate-income Oregonians, and reviews and...

State Partnership Announces New Foreclosure Prevention Campaign to Support Homeowners

State partnership announces new foreclosure prevention campaign to support homeowners ...

Man Punches Father, Child in Suspected Anti-Asian Bias Crime

A man punched a father and his 5-year-old daughter riding bikes on Portland's Eastbank Esplanade near the Hawthorne Bridge in an...

On View This Weekend: Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt

A History Spotlight from Boyle Family Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk ...

State Continues Paying Out Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program Applications to Renters and Landlords Across Oregon

More than 60,000 Oregon households facing pandemic hardship receive over 6 million in rental assistance relief ...

Yellowstone flooding reveals forecast flaws as climate warms

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Yellowstone National Park area's weather forecast the morning of June 12 seemed fairly tame: warmer temperatures and rain showers would accelerate mountain snow melt and could produce “minor flooding." A National Weather Service bulletin recommended moving livestock...

14-year-old girl shot, killed while riding in car in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl was shot and killed Wednesday while riding in a car in Tacoma, Washington, police said. The Tacoma Police Department said on Twitter at about 1 p.m. Wednesday that juveniles were inside a car near 19th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the...

OPINION

The Lost Conversation

Because I find loyalty to the ex-President or to gun rights so mysterious, I would have welcomed some sort of dialogue with opposing views, though we all sensed it was a bridge too far. ...

Choice Without Shackles

The constitutional originalists do what they must to keep ignorance viable, to keep us anchored to the certainties of the old days ...

Biden’s Menthol Ban Follows the ‘Racist Law’ Playbook

The ban on menthol threatens to do more harm than good for the Black people these activists purport to want to protect ...

Black Women Will Suffer the Harshest Consequences After the Overturn of Roe

Black women are nearly three times more likely to die during childbirth than white women and are more likely to face maternal health issues. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Ex-cop Chauvin to get federal sentence for Floyd's killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin will learn his sentence Thursday for violating George Floyd's civil rights, with a deal in place that would extend the former Minneapolis police officer's time behind bars while shifting him to possibly more favorable conditions in a federal prison. ...

Ex-Texas chief deputy pleads guilty to using excessive force

TYLER, Texas (AP) — A former East Texas chief deputy pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating a prisoner’s civil rights by using excessive force on him, according to court documents. Steven Craig Shelton was the second-ranked official in the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office when...

School system enters settlement in desegregation case

MADISON, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has approved an agreement to settle a long-running desegregation case with a north Alabama school system, prosecutors said Wednesday. The school system agreed to take steps to ensure equal educational opportunities for Black students, including...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: 'Bull Durham' fans, rejoice at 'Church of Baseball'

“The Church of Baseball: The Making of ‘Bull Durham’: Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings and a Hit” by Ron Shelton (Knopf) Former minor-league ballplayer Ron Shelton has written and directed a host of sports-themed movies, but it’s doubtful anyone has told him...

New this week: 'The Sea Beast,' early Elton John, 'Maggie'

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Netflix’s “The Sea Beast” brings a “Moby Dick”-like tale down to kid size. The rollicking...

Jacqueline Stewart to lead Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Film scholar Jacqueline Stewart has been named the next director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. The organization’s board of trustees said Wednesday that Stewart, who previously served as the museum’s chief artistic and programming officer,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Iranian TV: Revolutionary Guard accuses diplomats of spying

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV said Wednesday that the country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has...

Appeals arguments heard on immigrants brought to US as kids

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys hoping to save an Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of thousands of...

Police: Parade shooting suspect contemplated 2nd shooting

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — The man charged with killing seven people at an Independence Day parade confessed to...

Ahead of G-20 ministers' meeting, China slams US, NATO

BEIJING (AP) — China launched a scathing attack on the U.S. and NATO on Wednesday, days before a meeting between...

EU lawmakers back gas, nuclear energy as sustainable

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers voted Wednesday to include natural gas and nuclear in the bloc's list...

Cairo's historic Nile River houseboats removed in govt push

CAIRO (AP) — With verdant gardens on one side and water on the other, they were an anomaly in a city bordered on...

By Shernay Williams for the NNPA from Afro-American Newspapers

A week before Maryland state legislators were set to consider whether medical marijuana should be legal in Maryland, television personality Montel Williams came to Annapolis to voice his support.
"[Marijuana] is the only thing that has kept me a contributing member of this society for the last 10 years," he told reporters at a press conference Jan. 24th.
Williams, a Baltimore native, suffers from multiple sclerosis. He says marijuana is the only drug that eases his daily neuropathic pain, noting that traditional painkillers have stopped working. Others suffering from chronic illnesses shouldn't be labeled as criminals for attempting to manage their pain, he added.
The 54-year-old said he is willing to return to Maryland to help administer regulations, if lawmakers legalize the drug for patient use.
"I will help you put together the regulations that you are going to need to put together to stop making the mistakes that other states have made, and help you form a system that patients can get off the battlefield and start living a life like everybody else," Williams said, holding back tears.
"This is about relieving suffering and doing it in a responsible way," Delegate Dan Morhaim, of Baltimore County, a supporter of the bill, told the AFRO.
Morhaim, the General Assembly's only physician, said Williams' situation is common. "There are conditions that for some patients, responsible, careful doses [of the drug] work," he said.
He and several other lawmakers will introduce legislation legalizing medical marijuana next week. The proposal, which has bipartisan support, allows doctors to prescribe the drug to patients suffering from a narrow list of conditions only if the effectiveness of other medicines have been exhausted. The patient may then register with the state and obtain the drug from an authorized grower. A similar measure passed the state Senate last year but stalled in the House of Delegates.
Under current state law, residents found using marijuana for medicinal purposes are still charged with a criminal offense, but may receive a reduced penalty.
"In the war on drugs, let's at least get the sick and dying off the battlefield," Morhaim said.
After leaving Maryland, Williams reportedly stopped in Delaware to urge that state's lawmakers to also legalize the drug, according to media outlets. Medical marijuana is legal in fifteen states and the District of Columbia.
The talk show host and Navy veteran lives in New York and is a "card-carrying member" in two states that allow medical marijuana, according to the Associated Press.

Jan. 6 Committe Hearings - Day 7

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack will hold its seventh public hearing Tuesday, July 12, scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. ET).

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