06-22-2018  3:26 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?

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 ...

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...

Oregon woman accused of mistreating 3 children

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested an Oregon woman accused of criminally mistreating three children in her care.Lt. Henry Reimann of the Hillsboro Police Department says Merlinda Avalos limited the kids to two peanut sandwiches a day, prevented them from using the bathroom at night and...

Man charged in 1986 killing of 12-year-old Tacoma girl

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Lakewood man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl in Tacoma over three decades ago has been charged with murder and rape.The News Tribune reports Pierce County prosecutors charged 66-year-old Gary Hartman Friday in connection with Michella Welch's death in 1986. She...

Federal agency approves Idaho field burning rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved Idaho's request to loosen field burning rules.Backers say the move offers more flexibility to keep smoke away from people but health advocates counter that it will lead to breathing problems for some residents.The U.S. Environmental...

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

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...

Trial set in long-delayed post-Katrina racial shooting case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A trial date has been set for a white man accused of shooting at three black men in what federal prosecutors said was a racially motivated attack following Hurricane Katrina.The case of Roland Bourgeois Jr. has dragged on for years. He was indicted five years after the...

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Albania's national flag was at the center of Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday at the World Cup.Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.Both players put their open hands...

ENTERTAINMENT

Actress Betty Buckley wants to 'make America happy again'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's busy. And then there's Betty Buckley busy.The veteran singer and actress began the month with four nights of concerts in New York celebrating the release of her new live album, "Hope."Buckley appeared earlier this week on the season finale of The CW's "Supergirl,"...

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...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Mexican players can have beef again at the World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Mexico's mantra for this World Cup is "No Excuses," and that includes no complaining about...

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...

Ex-New England Mafia boss 'Cadillac Frank' guilty in slaying

BOSTON (AP) — Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme was convicted Friday of killing a nightclub owner to keep...

UK split by Brexit divide 2 years after vote to leave EU

LONDON (AP) — It's been two years since the shoppers and traders of London's Romford market voted by a wide...

Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy

ROME (AP) — Barely a week in office, Italy's populist interior minister lost no time in bringing home his...

Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold temporary reunions of families...

Justine Hicks and her dog, Kiana float on the Wllamette River
By Helen Silvis | The Skanner News

The Northwest is having a heatwave but there are plenty of reasons to chill out this week.

We Treasure Equity

Portland's Office of Equity scored a major victory with City Commissioners voting unanimously to accept the departments new equity goals, The Oregonian's Brad Schmidt reported.

"This isn't symbolic and shouldn't be received or perceived as symbolic," said Dante James, director of Portland's Office of Equity and Human Rights. "We can't let it just be a symbol. We have to ensure that we mean what we say."...
Nkenge Harmon Johnson, chief executive of the Urban League of Portland, emphasized that the City Council must track progress for the newly approved racial equity goals.
"We measure what we treasure," she said. "If we don't count it, it doesn't count."  Find the goals here: http://bit.ly/1HTaQk0   Read the whole story here: http://bit.ly/1TrqBRc

Deep Jazzy House Beats 

 

Suge Knight on Trial

Rolling Stone looks at the life of hip hop mogul Suge Knight who is facing a murder charge after running over a friend as he sped away from a dispute.

"Knight's ongoing embrace of the thug life may have destroyed any remaining credibility he had as a businessman. "When it comes to the Piru shit, he should've stepped away a long time ago," says Jones.( Cash Jones, a.k.a. Wack 100, a former Death Row "foot soldier" who now manages Ray J and the Game.)
"Instead, he got neck-deep into it."

With proceeds from Dre's chart-topping hits a distant memory, and no new breakthrough artists to profit from, Knight has apparently had to find alternative sources of income. "Suge had to go back and adapt to what he knew: going around and getting money from people that he felt owed him," Wright says.

In 2007, when a reporter for The Washington Post asked Knight how he still had money, he preferred to evade the answer rather than lie. "I don't lie," said Knight. "The only people I lie to are the police."  Read the full story: http://rol.st/1LXlg1Y

 

Portland's Mic Capes at Holocene

 

Senators Try to Legalise Marijuana Money

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkeley are sponsoring a bill that could legalise banking for marijuana businesses:

"The legislation would put limits on federal bank regulators on four fronts:

  • Regulators would not be allowed to prohibit, penalize or discourage a bank from providing financial services to a state-sanctioned, state-regulated marijuana business;
  • Regulators would be forbidden from terminating or limiting a bank's federal deposit insurance if it does business with state-sanctioned marijuana growers or retailers;
  • Regulators would be prohibited from recommending or incentivizing a bank to halt or downgrade its business with state-sanctioned marijuana growers or retailers;
  • Regulators would not be allowed to take action on a loan to a marijuana business that is legal under state law.

Read the whole story in the Seattle PI: http://bit.ly/1NVOTiz

 

Find out why Bernie Foster is calling for 'Opportunities in Oregon's New Marijuana Industry': http://bit.ly/1CwFhdA

 

Good Riddance to The Confederate Flag 

Watch it come down in PBS Newshour's video of South Carolina lowering the Confederate Flag for good.

 

Baltimore: A City in Trouble

Reuters reports in depth about the impact of Freddie Gray's death on Baltimore: 

"One consequence of the riots was that hundreds of thousands of doses of hard drugs are on the streets after an uncountable number of drug stores — 27 is the accepted figure — and two methadone clinics were looted. Baltimore already had a drug problem.

Before he was replaced, Batts said there were enough illegal drugs on the streets to keep the city high for a year."  Read the story here: http://reut.rs/1IQWXSz

Scroll to foot of page for inspiration from Baltimore writer Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

The Grind

Prince Harvey's 'Sometimes' tells of life working by day dreaming at night.

Find more Prince Harvey on his website: http://princeharvey.com/

 

Trying to Be a Father

The Atlantic reports on a father's struggle to keep his daughter. If Emanuel's sister had not pushed him to sign South Carolina's Responsible Father Registry he would have lost his rights to his child.

"Today, 33 states have putative-father registries. Some require mail-in forms. Others, including South Carolina, allow men to register online... From a birth father's perspective, however, there's a significant problem: Hardly anyone knows that these registries exist." Read the story: http://theatln.tc/1TrvXfj

 

Muslims Raise $$$$ for Black Churches

ColorLines is just one of the publications reporting that American Muslims have raised more than $50,000 to help repair Black Churches.

"As Muslims we know the importance of protecting the vulnerable and respecting people who call on God in their various tongues. We want for others what we want for ourselves: the right to worship without intimidation, the right to safety, and the right to property." http://bit.ly/1D7rIvZ

 

Rihanna's Blood-Soaked Video: Is it Powerful or Just Poor?

Rihanna's new video "Bitch better have my money" has caused controversy because of its explicit violence. The Guardian took a look at the objections and concluded it's because it puts a Black woman in control.

"To be sure, the video is vividly violent – an unabashed revenge fantasy – but here's what didn't occur to me: is it anti-feminist? Feminist? Misogynistic? Why would it? Rihanna is a grown woman who makes life and career choices for herself with the expectation and understanding that she is as free to do that as her male peers are. How is that not feminist?"
http://bit.ly/1O0KNGN

Here's the video, but take warning. It's not for under-18s.

 

Wanda Sykes Gives Jimmy Kimmel the Mama Look 

 

Marshawn Lynch Photoshoot

 

Mighty's VCTRY with Aaron O'Bryan Smith

 

Be Inspired by: Ta-Nehisi Coates

NPR has an interview with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates about his first book, 'Between the World and Me'.

"This book is personal, written as a letter to his teenage son Samori. In it, we see glimpses of the hard West Baltimore streets where Coates grew up, his curiosity at work on the campus of Howard University and his early struggles as a journalist."
Read the story: http://n.pr/1GdFhdp

Listen to the interview here: 

 

Best of the Web is on vacation now until August. See you then!

 

 

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