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NORTHWEST NEWS

Signs of Love on Rucker Ave: Blushing Rocks, Scrambled Eggs, A Coffee Date

Messages on display on Totem Family Diner and Pacific Stone Co. retro signs in Everett, Wash. reveal “secret crushes.”

Idaho Hospital to Stop Baby Deliveries, Partly Over Politics

A rural hospital in northern Idaho will stop delivering babies or providing other obstetrical care, citing a shifting legal climate in which recently enacted state laws could subject physicians to prosecution for providing abortions, among other reasons

Water Contamination in Oregon Could Prompt EPA to Step In

It's been three decades since state agencies first noted high levels of nitrate contamination in the groundwater in Morrow and Umatilla counties and residents have long complained that the pollution is negatively impacting their health.

North Portland Library to Undergo Renovations and Expansion

As one of the library building projects funded by the 2020 Multnomah County voter-approved bond, North Portland Library will close to the public on April 5, 2023, to begin construction processes for its renovation and expansion.

NEWS BRIEFS

County Distributes $5 Million in Grants to Community-Based Organizations

Awards will help 13 community-based organizations fund capital improvements to better serve historically marginalized...

Call for Submissions: Play Scripts, Web Series, Film Shorts, Features & Documentaries

Deadline for submissions to the 2023 Pacific Northwest Multi-Cultural Readers Series & Film Festival extended to April 8 ...

Motorcycle Lane Filtering Law Passes Oregon Senate

SB 422 will allow motorcyclists to avoid dangers of stop-and-go traffic under certain conditions ...

MET Rental Assistance Now Available

The Muslim Educational Trust is extending its Rental Assistance Program to families in need living in Multnomah or Washington...

Two for One Tickets for Seven Guitars on Thursday, March 23

Taylore Mahogany Scott's performance in Seven Guitars brings to life Vera Dotson, a woman whose story arose in August Wilson's...

Judge: BNSF intentionally violated Swinomish tribe agreement

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that BNSF Railway intentionally violated the terms of an easement agreement with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington state by running 100-car trains carrying crude oil over the reservation. The ruling in the civil case...

Washington moves to end child sex abuse lawsuit time limits

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — People who were sexually abused as children in Washington state may soon be able to bring lawsuits against the state, schools or other institutions for failing to stop the abuse, no matter when it happened. House Bill 1618 would remove time limits that have...

MLB The Show breaks barrier with Negro League players

LOS ANGELES (AP) — MLB The Show has broken a video game barrier: For the first time, the franchise will insert some of the greatest Negro League players — from Satchel Paige to Jackie Robinson — into the 2023 edition of the game as playable characters. Video gamers are now able...

Jacksonville's Armstrong: HR surge 'out-of-body experience'

Jacksonville’s Kris Armstrong could always hit for power, but never like this. Armstrong slugged six home runs over eight at-bats against Central Arkansas this past weekend, and he's gone deep eight times in 15 trips to the plate since Thursday. “It's kind of an...

OPINION

Oregon Should Reject Racist Roots, Restore Voting Rights For People in Prisons

Blocking people with felony convictions from voting started in the Jim Crow era as an intentional strategy to keep Black people from voting ...

Celebrating 196 Years of The Black Press

It was on March 17, 1827, at a meeting of “Freed Negroes” in New York City, that Samuel Cornish, a Presbyterian minister, and John Russwurn, the first Negro college graduate in the United States, established the negro newspaper. ...

DEQ Announces Suspension of Oregon’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

The state’s popular incentive for drivers to switch to electric vehicles is scheduled to pause in May ...

FHA Makes Housing More Affordable for 850,000 Borrowers

Savings tied to median market home prices ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Residents of historically Black town sue to stop land sale

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — One of the first historically Black towns in the U.S. is suing the local school board to stop the sale of land that is tied up with Florida's legacy of racial segregation decades ago and the state's fast-paced growth nowadays. An association dedicated to the...

Silicon Valley Bank collapse concerns founders of color

In the hours after some of Silicon Valley Bank’s biggest customers started pulling out their money, a WhatsApp group of startup founders who are immigrants of color ballooned to more than 1,000 members. Questions flowed as the bank’s financial status worsened. Some desperately...

India expels Rahul Gandhi, Modi critic, from Parliament

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top opposition leader and fierce critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was expelled from Parliament Friday, a day after a court convicted him of defamation and sentenced him to two years in prison for mocking the surname Modi in an election speech. The...

ENTERTAINMENT

Taron Egerton slots Tetris story into place in new biopic

The origin story of the iconic computer game “Tetris” is more thrilling than you may think. It involves border crossing, authority dodging, underhand deals, putting your house on the line and — finally — trying to secure the rights for the game from behind the Iron Curtain....

'The Big Door Prize' asks deep questions about happiness

NEW YORK (AP) — Not to be rude, but are you living your best life? Are you sure? Might you be destined to be something else? Do you know what that could be? Those are some of the deep questions residents of the fictional town of Deerfield are dealing with as they confront...

Gwyneth Paltrow accuser calls Utah ski crash 'serious smack'

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The man suing Gwyneth Paltrow over a 2016 skiing collision at an upscale Utah resort told a jury Monday that the actor-turned-lifestyle influencer crashed into him from behind and sent him “absolutely flying.” “All I saw was a whole lot of snow. And I...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Pirates board oil tanker with 16 crew in Gulf of Guinea

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Pirates have boarded a Liberian-flagged oil tanker with 16 crew members in West Africa's...

Wisconsin school bans Miley, Dolly duet from class concert

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Administrators at a Wisconsin elementary school stopped a first-grade class from performing...

AP sources: No more action from Trump grand jury this week

NEW YORK (AP) — The Manhattan grand jury investigating hush money paid on Donald Trump’s behalf is not...

Why does Russia want tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus?

Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he intends to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the...

Montenegro's president: EU's neglect gave Russia a platform

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's pro-Western president criticized the European Union for allegedly...

Muslim leader for Scotland a sign of UK political diversity

LONDON (AP) — Humza Yousaf was confirmed as first minister of Scotland on Tuesday, becoming the first person of...

The Skanner News

Police say they have arrested a father and son who were growing marijuana illegally. The On Thursday Feb. 10, at around 8 p.m., the East Metro SWAT (Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Troutdale Police Department) served a search warrant at a home in the 20200 Block of Northwest Morgan Road. The bust was part of a Portland Police Bureau firearm and narcotics investigation. At about the same time, officers from the Police Bureau's gun task force served a search warrant at a residence in the 700 Block of Northeast Lombard Street, also connected with the investigation.
Two arrests were made: Dale Lee Merritt, 34, was arrested at the Morgan Road location. His son, Nico Merritt, 15, had been arrested earlier that afternoon after he left school.
Officers discovered a marijuana growing operation and recovered two handguns and a rifle at the Morgan Road address.
Dale Merritt was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Delivery of Marijuana, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
Nico Merritt was booked into the Juvenile Detention Home on a charge of Delivery of Marijuana. Both could face additional firearm charges.

PHOTO: Marijuana growing inside the Morgan Street home.

MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.