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Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

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 ...

Colorado to adopt California's stricter car pollution rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Tuesday ordered his state to adopt California's vehicle pollution rules, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration's plans to ease up on emission standards.Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told state regulators begin writing rules that...

Protesters on round-the-clock vigil at Oregon ICE facility

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A small group of protesters has set up camp outside the Portland, Oregon headquarters of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating families after illegal border crossings.About two dozen protesters gathered...

Woman shot to death in Snohomish-area home, man arrested

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say 45-year-old woman was shot to death northeast of Seattle in her Snohomish-area home and a man believed to be her husband has been arrested.The Seattle Times reports a man called 911 around 9 p.m. Monday and reported that someone had been hurt in his...

Colorado to adopt California's stricter car pollution rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Tuesday ordered his state to adopt California's vehicle pollution rules, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration's plans to ease up on emission standards.Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told state regulators begin writing rules that...


Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

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 ...


Lawsuit: Chicago police falsely ID thousands as gang members

CHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights group filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang.Many people were erroneously listed in the database simply...

Bucks' Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sued the city of Milwaukee and its police department Tuesday, saying officers' use of a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation constitutes excessive force and that they targeted him because he is black.Brown's attorney Mark...

Lawsuit claims Kansas official exposed private voter data

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach challenging a multi-state voter registration database it claims exposed sensitive information including partial Social Security numbers from nearly a thousand state...


CBS' '60 Minutes' gathers audience week by week

NEW YORK (AP) — The newsmagazine "60 Minutes" was not television's most popular program this year, but for the 11th consecutive season it had more people who watched at least once during the year than any other non-sports show on TV.The Nielsen company's cumulative measurement of programs...

Film Review: 'The King' is guilty of an Elvis crime- excess

It's usually a bad sign when critics start questioning your film before it's even finished. But director Eugene Jarecki had to endure worse. While making the documentary "The King," he actually got gruff from a member of his own film crew.After a car breaks down, Jarecki takes the opportunity to...

Birthplace of singer, activist Nina Simone to be preserved

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.The trust said in a news release Tuesday that it will develop and find a new use...


Lawyer: Police think slaying of XXXTentacion was random

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer for slain rapper XXXTentacion said Tuesday that detectives believe...

Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China edged closer Tuesday to triggering the riskiest trade war in...

Meat 2.0? Clean meat? Spat shows the power of food wording

NEW YORK (AP) — If meat is grown in a lab without slaughtering animals, what should it be called?That...

Merkel says climate change is 'a fact,' laments US stance

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel took aim Tuesday at U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to...

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

AL-BAB, Syria (AP) — A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Elbeyli to the Syrian town of al-Bab,...

London police say short circuit caused minor subway blast

LONDON (AP) — A battery short circuit caused a small explosion at a London Underground station that injured...

Bruce Poinsette Special to The Skanner News

After growing up in Oakland, Ca., it has taken actor Russell Hornsby some time to adjust to life in Portland.

"The dampness and the gray can get to you," he says. "But after you've been here for a while it becomes endearing. I love the food and the people. The proximity is nice in comparison to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and New York."

Hornsby has considered Portland a "wonderful rest spot" since he came to the city in March of last year to shoot scenes for the show "Grimm." But he says he found himself isolated for the first few months of his time in Portland, partly due to the lack of people of color in the city.

"You go out and there are not many people that look like you," he says. "However, having lived in major cities like L.A. and New York, you pretty much expect not as much diversity in the smaller cities."

Hornsby says that also played a part in his decisions to fly back to Los Angeles on a regular basis.

In fact, he says he flies home to L.A. every other weekend, depending on when his wife comes up to visit. He says his wife, who is also from L.A., enjoys the change of pace of life in Portland.

The 2005-2009 American Community Survey conducted by the US Census Bureau estimates that L.A.'s population is 3,796,840 people with a 9.8 percent Black population and a 29.4 percent non-Hispanic White population. In comparison, Portland has a population of 583,776. Its Black population is 7.8 percent and the non-Hispanic whites make up 73.9 percent.

The lack of diversity in the city has also played a role in the casting of extras on "Grimm."

Hornsby says there is a need for diversity amongst extras and guest stars on the show.

"Diversity is necessary," he says. "We need more Black extras. More Black guest stars. More Hispanic guest stars. More Asian guest stars."

He notes that Portland has a smaller pool of people to pull from, which contributes to the lack of diversity, but he hopes more people of color will come out to work as extras on the show.

The NBC drama is set in Portland and is inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales. It revolves around a homicide detective who "is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as 'Grimms,' charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world."

Hornsby plays the main detective's partner Hank Griffin.

"He's a veteran detective," he says. "He's cynical and has been married and divorced four times."

Griffin is just the latest of Hornsby's credits, which include roles in films like "Meet the Parents" and "Get Rich or Die Trying," and television programs such as "Playmakers," "Lincoln Heights" and "In Treatment."

Hornsby says that "Grimm's" producers chose Portland as the setting because of its ideal backdrop.

"There are so many forests and so much lush green," he says. "There is incessant gray and rain."

Hornsby says he's often on set for 15 to 16 hours a day shooting "Grimm," which has limited his interaction with the city.

When he is not on the set, Hornsby enjoys rock climbing and spending time in Powell's bookstore.

"I'm a big fan of Walter Mosley," he says. "I enjoy stories about the black Every Man and how he navigates through society."

Hornsby says mysteries are his guilty pleasure.

Recently he has been buried in "Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur," by Michael Eric Dyson, which he says is especially interesting because 2pac was a big part of his life growing up in Oakland.

Besides Powell's, Hornsby has endeared himself to a few other local spots including Lovejoy's Bakery, where he gets breakfast and pastries, and Irving Street Kitchen. When he's in town he gets his hair cut at Terrell Brandon's Barbershop on Alberta Street.

Currently, Hornsby is back in L.A. waiting for the word on whether Grimm will be brought back for a second season.

"We'll start shooting sometime in the summer if and when we get the green light," says Hornsby.

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