06-23-2018  7:05 am      •     
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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?

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 ...

State Supreme Court won't hear Sweet Cakes by Melissa appeal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has declined to consider the case of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the now-defunct bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013 based on the bakers' religious objections.The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Friday the Supreme...

No longer behind a mask, Eugene umpire is being recognized

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — After 31 years behind the plate as an MLB umpire, Dale Scott knows how to recognize a strike.Throwing one is, uh, another matter.When the Los Angeles Dodgers asked Scott to throw a ceremonial first pitch earlier this month, he was honored of course, but also a little...

Online sellers consider how to comply with sales tax ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — While a Supreme Court ruling on sales taxes will create more obligations and expenses for many small online retailers, owners are already thinking about how they'll comply.They expect to sign up for software and services to help collect the tax and send it to state tax...

Evacuation orders lifted in wildfire near Vantage

VANTAGE, Wash. (AP) — Evacuation notices have been lifted for residents in about 30 homes as a wildfire burning in central Washington reaches 50 percent containment.The Yakima Herald-Republic reports fire crews were hoping to fully contain the fire near Vantage and the Columbia River by...

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

Chaos on the border inflames GOP's split with Latinos

When more than 1,000 Latino officials __ a crop of up-and-coming representatives from a fast-growing demographic __ gathered in Phoenix last week, no one from the Trump administration was there to greet them.It marked the first time a presidential administration skipped the annual conference of the...

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...

ENTERTAINMENT

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fall television season is months away but that's no reason to stare moodily at a blank screen. In this era of peak TV, there are so many outlets and shows clamoring for your summertime attention that it can be as daunting as choosing between a mojito and a frozen...

Honduran girl in symbolic photo not separated from mother

NEW YORK (AP) — A crying Honduran girl depicted in a widely-seen photograph that became a symbol for many of President Donald Trump's immigration policies was not actually separated from her mother, U.S. government officials said on Friday.Time magazine used an image of the girl, by Getty...

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

Beyond World Cup: Advocates call attention to Russian abuses

MOSCOW (AP) — Wrapped in national flags, jubilant fans dance at midnight in the streets of Moscow, smiling,...

Ex-S. Korean premier Kim Jong-pil, spy agency founder, dies

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jong-pil, the founder of South Korea's spy agency whose political skills...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's skewed claims on immigration, economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is distorting the truth when it comes to the impact of his...

The Latest: Malta tells aid boat with migrants to go away

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on immigration issues in Europe (all times local):3:45 p.m.Malta's premier is...

Vatican convicts ex-diplomat of child porn distribution

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican tribunal on Saturday convicted a former Holy See diplomat and sentenced him...

Trump pushes back against border separation uproar

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to cast doubt Friday on wrenching tales of migrant children...

Painting by Francesco Sisquero
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PHOTO: "Premonition of the Past, Hope of the Future" Acrylic Painting by Francesco Sisqueros situated in the Broadway Edison building on the Seattle Central Community College Campus. The college is holding an open house May 20. 

Great Wheel Turns Purple May 17 to Celebrate Lupus Awareness

The public is invited at 6:30 pm on Put on Purple Day, May 17, when the lights on  Pier 57’s Great Wheel will turn purple to support people living with Lupus in WashingtonState.

The event, by the Lupus Foundation of America, Pacific Northwest Chapter, is Friday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Great Wheel, Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle.

The foundation is also holding “The Many Shades of Lupus,” a multicultural celebration and community gathering to honor those who are surviving and thriving with this devastating disease. “The Many Shades of Lupus,” is at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 1-4 p.m., part of a month-long slate of activities planned by the LFA, PNW to gain public attention of lupus during May, which Governor Inslee has proclaimed Lupus Awareness Month. 

Lupus is a debilitating, painful and incurable autoimmune disease that can greatly impair quality of life, as well as lead to premature death.  Approximately 40,000 people suffer from lupus in WashingtonState.  For unknown reasons, the disease mainly attacks women, with 90 percent of patients being female.  Though men and children get lupus too, 90 percent of all lupus patients are women, with the disease most frequently presenting during child-bearing years.  Again for unknown reasons, Women of Color are 2-3 times more likely to get lupus than Caucasian women.

For more information go to www.lupuspnw.org

 

Open House for Seattle Central’s College Transfer, Career Programs

People in the community will have an opportunity to learn about Seattle Central College’s many degree and certificate programs during its annual open house on May 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the main floor of the Broadway Edison Building at 1701 Broadway.

Campus tours, light refreshments, prizes, live jazz and more. Free parking is available at the Seattle Central garage at 1609 Harvard Ave.

Representatives from admissions and financial aid will be on hand to answer questions and help individuals begin the application process. Staff from the college transfer and professional-technical programs will also be available to provide information. Specific programs include culinary arts, maritime, information technology, creative arts and more.

For more information go to www.seattlecentral.edu/springintocentral.

 

Local Students Read from Their Writing May 21-22 at Seattle Public Library

The Seattle Public Library will host two nights of readings from local students participating in the Writers in the Schools program from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at the Central Library, Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1.

The programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m.

The May 21 program will feature readings from elementary school students, and the May 22 program will feature readings from teens.

Writers in the Schools, a program sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures, works with public school students at elementary, middle, and high schools in Seattle and the Puget Sound region. Through the mentorship and innovative instruction of professional creative writers, students develop their voices, tell their stories, and turn imagination into ink.

For more information about the programs, call the Library at 206-386-4636.

 

Film Festival Opens in Renton

The Seattle International Film Festival returns to Renton for a fourth year, with a special opening night screening Thursday, May 22, and gala reception following at the Renton Pavilion Event Center.

SIFF in Renton is sponsored by the Renton Community Marketing Campaign, a partnership that includes the City of Renton, Renton School District, Renton Technical College, Valley Medical Center, Renton Chamber of Commerce, and Renton Visitor's Connection. These entities have been working together for 12 years to promote Renton as a great place to live, work, play, learn, shop, visit, and, now, see world class cinema.

For tickets and more information, visit www.siff.net

 

Jake Rosenfeld Talks About ‘What Unions No Longer Do’ at Seattle Public Library

Jake Rosenfeld will talk about his new book, “What Unions No Longer Do,” from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at The Seattle Public Library, Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E.

Library programs and events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

 “What Unions No Longer Do” looks at historical and contemporary influences on wage rates and pay equity.

Rosenfeld is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington and co-director of the Scholars Strategy Network and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, the West CoastPovertyCenter and the HarryBridgesCenter for Labor Studies.

For more information about the programs, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more events in the Seattle and Portland-metro areas check out The Skanner News community calendar.

 

 

 

 

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