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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 ...

University of Oregon sorry for statement on student death

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon has apologized for a statement it put out after a student was found dead during a trip to Shasta Lake in Northern California.The 21-year-old student, identified as business administration major Dylan Pietrs, was found dead at a boat-in campground...

US Marshals, police arrest Vermont fugitive in Oregon

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says a missing sex offender from Vermont has been arrested in Oregon.The Marshals say 55-year-old James Rivers was arrested May 16 in Cottage Grove, Oregon, by deputy marshals and local police. It's unclear if he has an attorney.Authorities...

Responders searching for missing vessel find oil sheen

OCEAN PARK, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says crews searching for a missing vessel in Willapa Bay have found an oil sheen and debris where they believe the 43-foot boat went down.Authorities say the wife of a man who took the fishing boat Kelli J out reported him overdue on Saturday....

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle.They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and...

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

Principal apologizes for 'insensitive' prom tickets language

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The principal of a New Jersey high school has apologized for what he called "insensitive" language on tickets for the upcoming senior prom.The Courier Post reported the Cherry Hill High School East senior prom tickets urged students to "party like it's 1776" during...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump.The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo.And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted...

ENTERTAINMENT

'13 Reasons Why' premiere canceled after Texas shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix canceled the premiere party for its second season of the teen drama "13 Reasons Why" because of a school shooting near Houston.The streaming service announced the cancellation hours before the scheduled premiere and red carpet event, citing the Friday morning...

'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or, grand prize to Spike Lee

A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival concluded Saturday with the Palme d'Or awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Shoplifters," a tender portrait of a poor, impoverished family, while Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento vowed justice will come to all sexual predators.At the closing...

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb.Horner,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion...

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering...

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's...

Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies

HAVANA (AP) — At morgues and in church services, tearful Cubans on Sunday mourned loved ones who died in...

Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic...

By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

 Friends and family of Ivanice Harris, found dead in Oahu May 20, are holding a march in Portland August 17, to push for justice in the case.

Marchers will leave the East side of the Hawthorne Bridge at noon, and head across the river to the Justice Center and City Hall. They are distributing flyers asking for public support. Friends in Las Vegas and Hawaii are also planning actions, says Andre Miller a longtime friend of Harris.

Hawaii police are investigating Harris' death as a murder. In June, police arrested Marine Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby, the last known person to have seen her. But 48 hours later, on June 5, Cosby was released.  Police said they did not have enough evidence to charge him.

"We want to show support to Ivy's family and make sure the military don't shove this under the rug," Miller said. "What's really bad is that this man is a marine, someone who is supposed to protect us."

Harris was in Hawaii to celebrate her 29th birthday with her boyfriend, Mark Miles, the Portland-based rapper also known as Meezilini, and a woman friend. But she also worked as an escort and disappeared from Waikiki May 16 after meeting a client. Her naked body was found four days later next to the Farrington Highway near Yokohama Bay, about 40 miles north of where she was last seen.


Ivanice Harris body was found next to the highway on Yokaham Bay, toward the top left of the map.


Miller says that Harris was an independent person who chose to work as an escort for a short time, so she could make some money. She had plans to quit and go to school.

"She was signed up for classes in September at Mt. Hood Community College," Miller said. "Now, it's been three months since her murder, and we want the investigators to know people are watching and we care. No matter what Ivy was doing, she was a good person and a lot of people cared about her."

The Navy Criminal Investigative Service, known as NCIS, took the lead in the investigation in late June and plans to prosecute the case through military courts. Chuck Little, deputy director of public affairs for the Marine Corps base in Hawaii, said the investigation is continuing and Cosby remains a suspect.  Little said the next step is an Article 32 hearing.  "An article 32 hearing is roughly the equivalent of a grand jury," Little told The Skanner News.   "The purpose is to determine if there is enough evidence to move forward with a court martial."

Cosby, 38, has admitted spending the night with Harris in a hotel, but denies he killed her. Police identified Cosby as a suspect after seeing surveillance camera footage of him with Harris the night she disappeared. The cameras also caught him the next morning struggling to carry a heavy suitcase. The suitcase was investigated for DNA. At that time, according to Hawaii News Now, Cosby refused to take a lie detector test.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner could not identify a cause of death for Harris, saying her body was too decomposed. Her family say she had just discovered she was pregnant.

Hawaii News Now reports that Cosby is a bomb technician, based in Japan. He has served since 1998, with deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. His last combat tour was in 2011. Cosby currently is on the Marine base. He is temporarily assigned to an aircraft unit in Hawaii.

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