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NEWS BRIEFS

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Family Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

Oregon State study says it's OK to eat placenta after all

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — First experts said eggs are bad for you, then they say it's OK to eat them. Is red wine good for your heart or will it give you breast cancer?Should you eat your placenta?Conflicting research about diets is nothing new, but applying the question to whether new mothers...

US arrest, raids in Seattle pot probe with China ties

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities have arrested a Seattle woman, conducted raids and seized thousands of marijuana plants in an investigation into what they say is an international black market marijuana operation financed by Chinese money, a newspaper reported Saturday.Authorities are still...

State sees need to reduce elk damage in the Skagit Valley

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Elk are easy to spot against the green backdrop of the Skagit Valley, where much of the resident North Cascades elk herd that has grown to an estimated 1,600 is found.For farmers in the area — especially those who grow grass for their cattle or to sell to...

Famed mini sub's control room to become future exhibit

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport has a new addition to its archives — the salvaged control room of the legendary, one-of-a-kind Cold War-era miniature submersible NR-1.Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear Navy, conceived the idea for the...

OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

Dr. Jasmine Streeter says CBD-derived products show beneficial therapeutic benefits for pets ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Guess who's coming to Windsor? Royal ceremony weds cultures

BURLINGTON, New Jersey (AP) — With a gospel choir, black cellist and bishop, Oprah, Serena and Idris Elba in the audience and an African-American mother-of-the-bride, Saturday's wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle was a blend of the solemn and the soulful.Guess who's...

A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

WINDSOR, England (AP) — The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry's royal heritage, Meghan Markle's biracial roots and the pair's shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern face on the monarchy.British...

First class for Mississippi school after desegregation deal

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — A small Mississippi Delta town whose rival high schools were combined last year under a desegregation settlement has held its first graduation ceremony.No longer Trojans and Wildcats, they're all Wolves now at Cleveland Central High School, whose seniors collected...

ENTERTAINMENT

Reggie Lucas, who worked with Miles Davis and Madonna, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Reggie Lucas, the Grammy-winning musician who played with Miles Davis in the 1970s and produced the bulk of Madonna's debut album, has died. He was 65.The performer's daughter, Lisa Lucas, told The Associated Press that her father died from complications with his heart early...

Broadcast networks go for milk-and-cookies comfort this fall

NEW YORK (AP) — If provocative, psyche-jangling shows like "The Handmaid's Tale" are your taste, head directly to streaming or cable. But if you're feeling the urge for milk-and-cookies comfort, broadcast television wants to help.The upcoming TV season will bring more sitcom nostalgia in the...

Met says it has evidence Levine abused or harassed 7 people

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera said in court documents Friday that it found credible evidence that conductor James Levine engaged in sexually abusive or harassing conduct with seven people that included inappropriate touching and demands for sex acts over a 25-year period.The Met...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Small clubs cross fingers for World Cup windfalls

TORCY, France (AP) — The ideal scenario for the club where Paul Pogba played football as a kid might go...

On time, on target: LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics in Game 3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside...

US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China have agreed to take measures to "substantially reduce"...

Insect ambassadors: Honeybees buzz on Berlin cathedral

BERLIN (AP) — On the roof of Berlin's cathedral, bees are buzzing.Beekeeper Uwe Marth pulls out a honeycomb...

Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address

WINDSOR, England (AP) — And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and...

Episcopal bishop Curry gives royal wedding an American flair

WINDSOR, England (AP) — Nothing quite captured the trans-Atlantic nature of Saturday's royal wedding as...

Helen Silvis of The Skanner News


NEW: Read story and watch video of sentencing hearing with family's reaction

Parrish Bennette, 17,  accused of killing 14-year-old Yashanee Vaughn on  March 19, 2011, is expected to appear in court 11 a.m. Thursday and take a plea deal. Vaughn's family members have told press they met with the District Attorney's office Tuesday afternoon and were told about the possible plea deal.

 Under the deal Bennette will plead guilty to a yet-unnamed charge and agree to serve a fixed term of  18 years with no chance of early release.  If he was convicted of murder he would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years.

Family members expressed disappointment, sadness and anger at the arrangement. "I'm so disappointed but the sentencing hearing will be Thursday and we hope everyone will come out to have a voice for Yashanee," said Reynelda Hayes, Yashanee's grandmother.

"It's my time to mourn; I've held my family together for two years and now my heart is filled with tears and regrets we could not save my granddaughter from this monster and the others that took Yashanee from us."

And on her facebook page, Vaughn's mother Shaquita Louis posts her "tears and disbelief"  that while she will never see her daughter again, Bennette will have the chance to see his own daughter. Bennette's girlfriend gave birth the day after Vaughn is believed to have died.

Bennette at first denied involvement in the killing, even after his father Parish Bennette Sr. turned him in to authorities, saying his son had told him he shot Vaughn accidentally and hid her body.  But police found Vaughn's blood in the boy's bedroom, and on his  tee-shirt.  Investigators later traced a gun that witnesses said was handed to them by Bennette, with an admission he had used it against someone.

Defense lawyers contested some of the evidence, but eventually proposed the fixed term 18-year sentence, that would take into account the time Bennette already has served. District Attorney Rod Underhill told The Oregonian, that Bennette's youth, (he was 16 in March 2011) the fact he had eventually led investigators to Vaughn's body, and other difficulties prosecuting the case, were factors in the plea agreement.  

A Helensview High School student, Yashanee Vaughn was pretty, outgoing, bright and sociable. Her family and friends say her smile lit up the room. She had many friends. Story: Remembering Yashanee Vaughn

The family searched for her body for four months, before Bennette eventually decided to show them where she was buried ---  three feet into the hillside on Rocky Butte, a park near his home.  The discovery allowed the family to finally lay her body to rest July 30.

How many questions will be answered at the hearing is unclear. Her family has always believed that other people were involved, possibly in Vaughn's death, but at the least in moving her body. They say Bennette could not have acted alone.

A number of people who knew Bennette before Vaughn's disappearance told The Skanner News, he was an abused child who was let down by the adults around him.
CORRECTION: This article originally misstated Parrish Bennette's age. He will be 18 on Jan. 23.

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