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MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

CareOregon Awards $250,000 for Housing Projects

Recipients include Rogue Retreat, Bridges to Change, Luke Dorf, Transition Projects and Bridge Meadows ...

The Honorable Willie L. Brown to Receive NAACP Spingarn Medal

The award recognizes Brown’s lifelong commitment to the community, equality and civil rights ...

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

New Smithsonian exhibit looks at how Oprah Winfrey shaped American culture and vice versa ...

Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Black Pioneers Host ‘Celebrate History and Make a Difference Now!’ Event June 9

Representatives from local organizations will talk about how individuals can get involved in promoting social change ...

Grants Pass man, 39, drowns in Rogue River

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Josephine County sheriff says a Grants Pass man drowned in the Rogue River.Sheriff Dave Daniel says it happened Saturday afternoon when 39-year-old James Dawson tried to swim to shore after his watercraft quit working. He was not wearing a life jacket.Crews...

Some forest trails remain closed long after 2017 wildfire

IDAHHA, Ore. (AP) — Some trails in Oregon's Willamette National Forest remain closed due to damage from a wildfire that ripped through the area last year.The Register-Guard reports the Whitewater Trail into the Jefferson Park area remains closed. Other trails, including some in the Fall...

UW to pay 7K to settle Republicans' free-speech lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington will pay 7,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after the college billed a Republican club security fees for a rally.The UW College Republicans sued, saying the bill for ,000 to cover security costs for the campus event violated free-speech and...

Old farm warehouse may be saved as part of Hanford history

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — One of Washington state's most endangered historic places is located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland. That's according to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.The long warehouse along the Columbia River was once owned by farmers Paul and Mary...


What Happened? Assessing the Singapore Summit

For all its weaknesses, we are better off having had the summit than not ...

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties

A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied ...

5 Lessons on Peace I Learned from My Cat Soleil

Dr. Jasmine Streeter takes some cues on comfort from her cat ...

Research Suggests Suicides By Racial and Ethnic Minorities are Undercounted

Sociologist Dr. Kimya Dennis describes barriers to culturally-specific suicide research and treatment ...


Greece: 2 face racism charges over beatings of immigrants

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested one suspected extreme nationalist and are seeking a second as suspects in a pair of attacks on immigrants in Athens.A police statement issued Monday said the suspects allegedly attacked two Pakistanis on Friday, stole a mobile phone...

Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census.In most places, the state legislature and governor are...

States' redistricting plans facing challenges in court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block the use of legislative districts in Wisconsin and Maryland in separate cases that had alleged unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. Instead, the high court allowed lower courts to continue considering the claims.The cases are among several that...


Review: 'Jurassic World 2' leans on nostalgia, contrivances

Here's the good news: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom " is more fun than "Jurassic World." It's not exactly a high bar, but still a welcome surprise. In the hands of a new director, J.A. Bayona, with Chris Pratt's high-wattage charisma on full blast and a fair amount of self-aware humor intact,...

'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with 0 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a drought of family-friendly films helped "Incredibles 2" become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall.Disney estimated Sunday that the film...

AFI highlights Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney's Hollywood career spans more than three decades, with memorable roles including fighting vampires, playing Batman and drifting through space in "Gravity." But Clooney's other accomplishments, including directing, screenwriting and activism, led to him...


Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases post-Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe....

Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the...

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

GENEVA (AP) — Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health...

Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have met after...

Geraldine McCaughrean wins Carnegie children's book prize

LONDON (AP) — British writer Geraldine McCaughrean has won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's...

Greek far-right lawmaker arrested on treason-linked charges

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek anti-terrorism police arrested an extreme far-right lawmaker on treason-linked...

By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

Four Democrats and a Republican are the first to say they will run to represent Oregon's House District One in Washington DC.  Rep. David Wu, who has represented the district since 1999, resigned Wednesday Aug. 3, in the wake of  allegations that the 56-year-old Congressman  made unwanted sexual advances to the 18-year-old daughter of one of his donors. It was the final straw after a string of disclosures that painted Wu as misusing pain medications and sending bizarre texts to his staffers. Most of his staff resigned earlier this year and publicly begged him to get psychiatric help. 
Oregon's District One covers territory West of Portland and stretches all the way to the coast. It includes Oregon's Silicon Forest. home to technology leaders such as Intel and Tektronix, as well as sports clothing companies, Nike and Columbia Sportswear. It's home to several higher education research institutions, including Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland State University, Pacific University and Oregon Graduate Institute. Agriculture and wineries are also big players in the district's economy. The primary election will be held Nov. 8, with the general election set for Jan. 31.
Here are the current candidates (in alphabetical order)

Brad Avakian
Current Job: State Labor Commissioner since 2008
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Education: Aloha High School, Oregon State University, Lewis and Clark Law School
Experience: YMCA Juvenile Restitution program manager, managed his own independent law practice; has been a legislator since 2002 and in the state Senate since 2006.
Endorsements: Roy Jay; Tom Hughes; Bill Bradbury; Bev Stein; State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson; Former Attorney Gen. Jim Brown Full list at www.bradavakian.com/supporters/
Lives in: Beaverton
Website: www.bradavakian.com
Twitter: @BradAvakian
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/bradavakian

Suzanne Bonamici
Current Job: State senator since 2008 representing District 17
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Education: Lane Community College, University of Oregon and University of Oregon School of Law
Experience: An attorney, she worked as a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington DC and for a Portland law firm. She was elected as a state representative in 2006.
Endorsements: Former State Sen. Avel Gordly; Former Gov. Barbara Roberts; Attorney Gen. John Kroger, Elizabeth Furse; Jackie Dingfelder. Full List: http://www.bonamiciforcongress.com/endorsements/
Lives in: Vista Hills, Oregon
Website: http://www.bonamiciforcongress.com/
Twitter: @suzannebonamici (no tweets yet)
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/qAGe1R

Rob Cornilles
Current Job: CEO of Game Face Sports
Party Affiliation: Republican
Education: Newberg High School, Brigham Young University
Experience: Founder and CEO of Game Face Sports, a sports consulting, training and executive recruitment firm, Cornilles advises sports organizations. Ran against Wu in 2010
Endorsements:   Former Gov. Vic Atiyeh, Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden, former Sen. Bob Packwood, and Chris Dudley 
   Website: http://www.cornillesforcongress.com/
 Lives in: Tualatin
Twitter: @RobCornilles
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cornillesforcongress
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/cornillesforcongress

Brad Witt, 
Current Job: State Representative for Oregon's House District 31 since 2005
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Education: BA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and MA, University of Oregon
Experience: Secretary-Treasurer for the Oregon AFL-CIO from 1993-2005, Witt was an economist for the national organization. Currently a representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 Negotiates contracts.
Endorsements: Mike Caldwell, the No. 2 official in the Oregon Military Department and acting director of the state's Office of Emergency Management . Witt says he wanted to announce before seeking further  endorsements.
 Lives in: Clatskanie
Website: http://www.wittforcongress.com/
 Twitter: @BWitt56
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002655332306#!/pages/Brad-Witt/105557706144386  

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