06-19-2018  3:20 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

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 ...

CareOregon Awards $250,000 for Housing Projects

Recipients include Rogue Retreat, Bridges to Change, Luke Dorf, Transition Projects and Bridge Meadows ...

Colorado to adopt California's stricter car pollution rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Tuesday ordered his state to adopt California's vehicle pollution rules, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration's plans to ease up on emission standards.Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told state regulators begin writing rules that...

Protesters on round-the-clock vigil at Oregon ICE facility

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A small group of protesters has set up camp outside the Portland, Oregon headquarters of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating families after illegal border crossings.About two dozen protesters gathered...

Woman shot to death in Snohomish-area home, man arrested

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say 45-year-old woman was shot to death northeast of Seattle in her Snohomish-area home and a man believed to be her husband has been arrested.The Seattle Times reports a man called 911 around 9 p.m. Monday and reported that someone had been hurt in his...

Colorado to adopt California's stricter car pollution rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Tuesday ordered his state to adopt California's vehicle pollution rules, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration's plans to ease up on emission standards.Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told state regulators begin writing rules that...

OPINION

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 ...

What Happened? Assessing the Singapore Summit

For all its weaknesses, we are better off having had the summit than not ...

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties

A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied ...

5 Lessons on Peace I Learned from My Cat Soleil

Dr. Jasmine Streeter takes some cues on comfort from her cat ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Lawsuit: Chicago police falsely ID thousands as gang members

CHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights group filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang.Many people were erroneously listed in the database simply...

Bucks' Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sued the city of Milwaukee and its police department Tuesday, saying officers' use of a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation constitutes excessive force and that they targeted him because he is black.Brown's attorney Mark...

Lawsuit claims Kansas official exposed private voter data

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach challenging a multi-state voter registration database it claims exposed sensitive information including partial Social Security numbers from nearly a thousand state...

ENTERTAINMENT

CBS' '60 Minutes' gathers audience week by week

NEW YORK (AP) — The newsmagazine "60 Minutes" was not television's most popular program this year, but for the 11th consecutive season it had more people who watched at least once during the year than any other non-sports show on TV.The Nielsen company's cumulative measurement of programs...

Film Review: 'The King' is guilty of an Elvis crime- excess

It's usually a bad sign when critics start questioning your film before it's even finished. But director Eugene Jarecki had to endure worse. While making the documentary "The King," he actually got gruff from a member of his own film crew.After a car breaks down, Jarecki takes the opportunity to...

Birthplace of singer, activist Nina Simone to be preserved

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.The trust said in a news release Tuesday that it will develop and find a new use...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Lawyer: Police think slaying of XXXTentacion was random

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer for slain rapper XXXTentacion said Tuesday that detectives believe...

Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China edged closer Tuesday to triggering the riskiest trade war in...

Meat 2.0? Clean meat? Spat shows the power of food wording

NEW YORK (AP) — If meat is grown in a lab without slaughtering animals, what should it be called?That...

Merkel says climate change is 'a fact,' laments US stance

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel took aim Tuesday at U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to...

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

AL-BAB, Syria (AP) — A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Elbeyli to the Syrian town of al-Bab,...

London police say short circuit caused minor subway blast

LONDON (AP) — A battery short circuit caused a small explosion at a London Underground station that injured...

Yao Ming at Hood to Coast China
Dan Floyd, Hood to Coast Racing Series, Special the The Skanner

SHANGHAI, China – October 28th, 2015 – Starz Sports International Management Co., Ltd (Starz Sports) announced in Shanghai, its development strategy for running as it announced the use of “Yao Pao Run Together” as its slogan, and dedication to the realm of running aiming at mid to high-level runners by providing them with high quality, professional running events and service platforms. This mission will be highlighted by Hood To Coast China, as Starz Sports and “The Mother of All Relays” have partnered to bring Hood To Coast to China in 2016.

Government officials, business leaders, national media and runners gathered together at the Shanghai press conference to collaborate for this groundbreaking running project. Leaders included Mr. Yong Liang ZHANG, the Chief of Marathon Office of the General Administration of Sports of China; Mr. Wei Min SUN, the deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Sports Bureau, Ms. Yu Min XIE, Deputy Governor of Pudong New Area, and Yao Ming, internationally known sports figure and All-Star NBA basketball player.

Starz Sports set foot in the running realm in 2014, with the “Yao Pao 24-Hour” City Relay Match. As the founder of the “Yao Pao” brand, Yao Ming introduced the idea of “Yao Pao, Run Together”, promoting the concept that running can also be a team sport, providing participants a sense of honor in the team’s commitment, and providing a chance to contribute to public welfare through helping the local communities in which in the events run through.

After the success of hosting two “Yao Pao 24-Hour”events, Starz Sports took its experience to reach an agreement with Hood To Coast, and confirmed that this ever popular relay race, with 34 years’ experience, will be introduced into China for the first time. The Hood to Coast organizing committee authorized Starz Sports as its only event organizer to fully operate the implementation and development of this soon to be prominent event in China.

During the press conference, the President and Race Director of the Hood To Coast / Portland To Coast Relays, Felicia Hubber, gave a detailed introduction of the event. Hood To Coast is the most popular relay race in the world, and was founded by Robert Foote in 1982. Teams participating in the event are each made up of 8-12 people, the race course traverses 198 miles from the top of Mount Hood in Oregon, to the sandy beach of the Pacific Ocean. Participating teams come from 37 countries, and the total number of participants is capped at over 19,000 people.

“Hood to Coast has a passionate following that many say is a “must experience” at least once in each person’s lifetime,” said Felicia Hubber. The wait list for participation reaches over 40,000 people, and the relay has sold out on Opening Day of Registration for 25 straight years.

Hood To Coast hosts the largest finish party on the U.S. West Coast, all while introducing people from around the world to one another in this epic event. It is worth pointing out that every year, Hood to Coast works with many local fundraisers and calls upon participants to get involved. Hood To Coast helps raise over $550,000 annually for cancer research, treatment and support services at the Providence Cancer Center.

During the press conference, Felicia Hubber and the general manager of Starz Sports Lucia Li, represented both sides to exchange race bibs for the 2016 Hood To Coast and Hood To Coast China Relay, signifying the formal cooperation between the two sides.

In the future, Starz Sport will adhere to its development in running, as it plans to hold nearly 40 events that reach 2 million people in the next 3 years.

“It could be love or because of our belief that keep us participating in a sport for a period of time, this sport gradually become our life style, and this life style is also going to become part of our character, and our character is going to lead us to where we want to be” said Yao Ming.

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