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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

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

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King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

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MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

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On the hunt in Oregon for a rare Sierra Nevada red fox

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Lawsuits allege racial profiling in Portland-area businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses in...

Abuse survivor finds new life, success in Pacific Northwest

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Jonathan Dutson long dreamed of moving to the Pacific Northwest, where its lush greenery offered a respite from the scorching Arizona sun he grew up beneath. But Dutson was looking as much for a new home as he was looking for an escape.Dutson was one of 700 who walked...

Alaska city honors Guardsmen killed in crash after '64 quake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A month after the second most powerful earthquake ever was recorded, the Alaska port community of Valdez remained in ruins.A hulking Alaska National Guard cargo plane's mission April 25, 1964, was to deliver Gov. William Egan to oversee efforts to rebuild the town on...

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

Lawsuits allege racial profiling in Portland-area businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses in...

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.Criticism was swift on...

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...

ENTERTAINMENT

Han Solo's Blaster from 'Return of the Jedi' tops auction

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Ornate NYC theater, used for years as a gym, to be restored

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Long Island University's basketball team played in a French Baroque movie palace in downtown Brooklyn.The gilded wall fountains, plastered statuettes and towering, one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ pipes of the historic Paramount Theater were preserved by the...

Vinnie Paul, co-founder, drummer of Pantera, dies at 54

Vinnie Paul, co-founder and drummer of metal band Pantera, has died at 54.Pantera's official Facebook page posted a statement early Saturday announcing his death. The label of Hellyeah, his most recent group, confirmed the death but neither statement mentioned Paul's cause of death.His real name...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

In about-face, Iraq's maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's...

US moves 100 coffins to N. Korean border for war remains

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. military said it moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to...

New Zealand leader names daughter Neve, leaves hospital

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford...

AP PHOTOS: Germany salvages campaign on Day 10 of World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Germany midfielder Toni Kroos scored a dramatic late winner to come from behind and beat...

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,...

In about-face, Iraq's maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran

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KRISTENA HANSEN, Associated Press

SALEM, Ore.— Forging ahead with momentum from two wins in the past week, Bernie Sanders zeroed in on Oregon's May 17 primary with a rally in the state's capital city of Salem Tuesday evening before about 4,000 devoted supporters.

It marked Sanders' fourth Oregon rally — and the seventh stop by a presidential campaign across the state since March — and this time he arrived to another lively crowd that was enthusiastic over his win in West Virginia earlier that day, which followed another surprise win in Indiana a week prior. In Salem, he roused the crowd by predicting another big win next Tuesday in Oregon, which is self-proclaimed Bernie Sanders country.

"We are in this campaign to win. And we are going to fight for every last vote in Oregon, Kentucky, California, the Dakotas," Sanders said. "Now we fully acknowledge_we are good at arithmetic_that we have an uphill climb ahead of us. But we're used to fighting uphill climbs. We have been fighting uphill from the first day of this campaign when people considered us a fringe candidacy."

Bernie Sanders Rally May 10, 2016

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In his speech, Sanders hit Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump hard from the get-go, saying he must be defeated.

"At the end of the day, love always trumps hatred," he said.

Sanders also said as he's said previously that he is in the best position to defeat Trump in the general election.

Sanders spoke to differences between him and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, but for only a short time late into his hour-long speech.

Despite trailing almost insurmountably behind Clinton in delegates, Sanders has refused to give up after walking away with the recent wins. He's now looking to Oregon and the nine other remaining Democratic state primaries to help him achieve the near-impossible: a brokered national convention in Philadelphia this summer.

Sanders has won 19 states to Clinton's 23, but she is 94 percent of the way to winning the nomination with just 145 delegates short of the 2,383 required.

That means she could lose all the states left to vote and still become the nominee, as long as her vast support among party insiders known as superdelegates continues. Superdelegates are free to vote as they please at the national convention.

That makes Oregon's 13 democratic superdelegates — a handful of which have already endorsed Clinton —up for grabs next week a drop in the bucket. Still, Oregon has one of the strongest Sanders-leaning electorates of the few states with remaining primaries, which could bode well for him considering the state's 61 bound delegates will be doled out proportionally based on next week's results.

Alfonso Barrera, 34, pledged his unwavering support for Sanders at the rally.

"Some might go vote for Hillary Clinton to try and beat Donald Trump, but I'm still for Bernie," said Barrera, who traveled to the rally from Albany. "It's like, I've been a 49er fan my entire life whether we're winning or losing. I'm a Bernie fan. I like what he stands for."

Bernie Foster, publisher of The Skanner News, also spoke at the event.

“There is change coming,” Foster said. “There is a revolution coming and for the young people here today, I say showing up at a rally is good but it’s not enough. You need to get involved in government. Go to city council meetings and speak up. Run for office, stand up and speak your values. This is what will bring real change in America.”

Sanders also gave a shout-out to Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, the only member of the U.S Senate to endorse him.

Clinton has not yet visited Oregon, but her husband has been in the state twice in recent weeks.

 

The Skanner News staff contributed to this story.

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