06-22-2018  11:30 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

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

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King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

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

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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 ...

Lawsuit seeks lawyer access to immigrants in prison

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rights group filed an emergency lawsuit in federal court Friday against top officials of U.S. immigration and homeland security departments, alleging they have unconstitutionally denied lawyers' access to immigrants in a prison in Oregon.Immigration and Customs...

Police: Oregon toddler dies after being left in hot car

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A toddler in Oregon died after being left alone in a hot car while her mother went to work as a family nurse practitioner, authorities said Friday.Nicole Engler, 38, of Roseburg told investigators she thought she had taken her 21-month-old daughter Remington to daycare...

Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people.The lawsuits were filed...

Man, 5-year-old boy hurt in electrical accident in Everett

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a man and his 5-year-old son were hospitalized after a mechanical lift they were using in Everett touched power lines.The Daily Herald reports the accident happened Friday afternoon in an alley downtown.It wasn't known why the pair was using a mechanical...

OPINION

How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

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 ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface, a form of makeup that...

AP Source: J. Cole to perform at BET Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — J. Cole is set to perform at Sunday's BET Awards.A person familiar with the awards show, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the plans publicly, tells The Associated Press on Friday that the rapper will perform at the...

The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local):1:13 a.m.Will Germany follow Brazil's lead in righting the ship after a rocky World Cup start, or will the defending champ find itself keeping company with Argentina, needing help if it hopes to advance?The World Cup could...

ENTERTAINMENT

So much TV, so little summer: Amy Adams, Kevin Hart, Dr. Pol

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Honduran girl in symbolic photo not separated from mother

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AP Source: J. Cole to perform at BET Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — J. Cole is set to perform at Sunday's BET Awards.A person familiar with the awards show, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the plans publicly, tells The Associated Press on Friday that the rapper will perform at the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Man charged in bike path killings speaks in court of 'Allah'

NEW YORK (AP) — The man charged with murdering eight people on a New York City bike path and injuring many...

Trump advises GOP: Quit wasting time on immigration.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump's backing the most — on their big...

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for...

'He cried and hugged me': Brazilian still separated from son

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Twenty-six days after being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border with his son, a...

OPEC agrees to pump more oil but crude prices jump anyway

VIENNA (AP) — The countries of the OPEC cartel agreed on Friday to pump 1 million barrels more crude oil...

US officials say girl on Time cover isn't separated from mom

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol officials said Friday that a girl who is pictured on the cover of this...

By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

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Portland's horse patrol: Gone. A needle exchange program to prevent HIV: Gone. Buckman pool: Gone. LifeWorks' support for women leaving prostitution: Gone. Each of these programs will lose city funding in Mayor Hales' proposed 2013-14 budget.

Hales unveiled the proposed budget Tuesday at City Hall, saying the budget shortfall of $21.5 million demanded tough decisions. He said the budget looked closely at overtime spending and management structures first. Hales also fixed funding for every City Commissioner's office, so they no longer are staffed with bureau funds. The budget proposes to cut 185 jobs including 55 from Portland Police Bureau and 42 from the Fire Bureau.

Water and sewer rates will rise by 3.6 percent and 5.3 percent, less than the bureau staff requested. But Hales said raising taxes just  as Portland emerges from recession, did not seem like a good idea.

The good news was that the budget protected funding for Portland Parks-operated SUN schools, and the David Douglas SUN school. The East Portland Action Plan, which was heavily supported at budget hearings also kept funding, with the warning that this is the last year it will be funded.

Safety net programs, the TriMet youth pass, Multnomah Youth Commission and the Future Connect scholarship program, also kept most of their funding.

Unlike previous years, Portland's Police and Fire bureaus will lose staff. The mayor's budget  calls for a reduction of 55 positions in the police bureau. But because Police Chief Mike Reese has kept 38 open positions vacant, fewer officers will be laid off. All but four school resource officers will be kept in public schools.

The mayor allocated $708,000 to fund 11 officers nearing retirement, in an effort to keep new hires to the bureau.

In the Fire Bureau, Hales decided not to close any fire stations, but instead to use smaller two-person teams instead of four-person teams, more of the time.

Along with cuts to every city bureau, the budget also eliminates:

Pass-through funding for Multnomah County's SUN schools

The CASH program that helps low-income people file taxes

Symphony in the Park

The pioneering Restorative Justice program in Parkrose schools

Funding for the Multnomah County Crisis center: Hales says police could not use it

Commissioner Steve Novick released a statement praising the budget for the most part.
"I am very pleased with, and frankly relieved by, many of the choices the Mayor has made in his proposed budget," Novick said. "I was thrilled to see that the Mayor preserved the safety net programs for our most vulnerable citizens…I am also glad to see the East Portland Action Plan and the David Douglas SUN school programs preserved."
Novick offered two main criticisms. He said he believes the Fire Bureau should be reorganized, and that the plan to cut five police positions from property crimes, and two from vice should be changed. The War on Drugs has not been a success, he noted, and most people want police to help with property crime.
"I would like to see fewer cuts to property crimes investigations, paid for by deeper cuts to the Drugs and Vice Unit."

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