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NEWS BRIEFS

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 ...

The Honorable Willie L. Brown to Receive NAACP Spingarn Medal

The award recognizes Brown’s lifelong commitment to the community, equality and civil rights ...

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

New Smithsonian exhibit looks at how Oprah Winfrey shaped American culture and vice versa ...

Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Black Pioneers Host ‘Celebrate History and Make a Difference Now!’ Event June 9

Representatives from local organizations will talk about how individuals can get involved in promoting social change ...

Grants Pass man, 39, drowns in Rogue River

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Josephine County sheriff says a Grants Pass man drowned in the Rogue River.Sheriff Dave Daniel says it happened Saturday afternoon when 39-year-old James Dawson tried to swim to shore after his watercraft quit working. He was not wearing a life jacket.Crews...

Some forest trails remain closed long after 2017 wildfire

IDAHHA, Ore. (AP) — Some trails in Oregon's Willamette National Forest remain closed due to damage from a wildfire that ripped through the area last year.The Register-Guard reports the Whitewater Trail into the Jefferson Park area remains closed. Other trails, including some in the Fall...

UW to pay 7K to settle Republicans' free-speech lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington will pay 7,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after the college billed a Republican club security fees for a rally.The UW College Republicans sued, saying the bill for ,000 to cover security costs for the campus event violated free-speech and...

Old farm warehouse may be saved as part of Hanford history

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — One of Washington state's most endangered historic places is located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland. That's according to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.The long warehouse along the Columbia River was once owned by farmers Paul and Mary...

OPINION

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 ...

Research Suggests Suicides By Racial and Ethnic Minorities are Undercounted

Sociologist Dr. Kimya Dennis describes barriers to culturally-specific suicide research and treatment ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Greece: 2 face racism charges over beatings of immigrants

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested one suspected extreme nationalist and are seeking a second as suspects in a pair of attacks on immigrants in Athens.A police statement issued Monday said the suspects allegedly attacked two Pakistanis on Friday, stole a mobile phone...

Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census.In most places, the state legislature and governor are...

States' redistricting plans facing challenges in court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block the use of legislative districts in Wisconsin and Maryland in separate cases that had alleged unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. Instead, the high court allowed lower courts to continue considering the claims.The cases are among several that...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: 'Jurassic World 2' leans on nostalgia, contrivances

Here's the good news: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom " is more fun than "Jurassic World." It's not exactly a high bar, but still a welcome surprise. In the hands of a new director, J.A. Bayona, with Chris Pratt's high-wattage charisma on full blast and a fair amount of self-aware humor intact,...

'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with 0 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a drought of family-friendly films helped "Incredibles 2" become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall.Disney estimated Sunday that the film...

AFI highlights Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney's Hollywood career spans more than three decades, with memorable roles including fighting vampires, playing Batman and drifting through space in "Gravity." But Clooney's other accomplishments, including directing, screenwriting and activism, led to him...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases post-Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe....

Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the...

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

GENEVA (AP) — Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health...

Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have met after...

Geraldine McCaughrean wins Carnegie children's book prize

LONDON (AP) — British writer Geraldine McCaughrean has won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's...

Greek far-right lawmaker arrested on treason-linked charges

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek anti-terrorism police arrested an extreme far-right lawmaker on treason-linked...

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Monica Foster

The Seattle Seahawks ended their regular season losing to the St. Louis Rams 23-17 on Sunday, falling to 9-6 and even though they've already clinched a playoff birth, they struggled for the first time in 25 games as they failed to rush for 100-plus yards. 

The Rams hadn't won in the Emerald City since 2004, and ended the Hawks five-game winning streak and sweeping the series having won in overtime 34-31 in Week One. Striking considering the Rams had a decade filled ten straight losses at CenturyLink prior to Sunday's game.

St. Louis (7-8) struck early in the game with a 10-0 lead in the opening quarter and entered halftime with a 16-3 lead at CenturyLink Field. The Rams held the Hawks running backs to just 21 rushing yards the entire game.

St. Louis came away with two crucial fumble recoveries in the fourth quarter, the latter resulting in a touchdown three plays later. Rams quarterback Case Keenum played his third straight start, competing 14 of 23 passes for 103 yards and a 28-yard touchdown pass.

The Rams defensive line dominated the Hawks and caused problems for Wilson sacking him four times forcing three turnovers including a interception in the first half, Wilson's first interception in 168 pass attempts. This was the first time in 64 games that the Seahawks had never held a lead and the Rams scored three touchdowns in the game, one on a fumble recovery by Akeem Ayers, his career first, returning the ball 45 yards in the first quarter.

"We've gotta work on the mistakes we made, I think overall the team will make adjustments and be ready for the upcoming playoffs," Coach Pete Carroll said. "I think we came out a little flat but the Rams defense did a good job today against a good team."

Wilson finished 24 of 41 for 289 yards and two touchdowns, including an 25-yard touchdown pass to Baldwin in the third quarter and an18-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse with only 17 seconds left in the game before the Rams were able to recover the onside kick and run out the clock. Baldwin finished with eight receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown. The Hawks turned the ball over three times on a wet, rainy day in Seattle.

"We gotta continue to strive hard, take a look at what we need to improve on and get better for the playoffs," Wilson said. "We made some mistakes today but we'll need to stay focused and improve for the playoffs. "

When the Rams Benny Cunningham fumbled on a third-and-1 at the Seattle 40, it looked like safety Earl Thomas had failed on the ball and recovered it to the delight of the cheering 12s but the officials ruled later that it was recovered by St. Louis and Cunningham was down by contact. St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley, two plays later, was hit by Thomas and fumbled the ball but the Rams recovered and and it Rams were up by 13.

Gurley, who rushed 85 yards on 19 carries, sealed the deal for the Rams win in Seattle when he scored on a two-yard TD run with a little over 10 min left. "Ultimately we had multiple chances of winning this game. We can't really make any excuses," defensive end Michael Bennet said. "We came up short in the end and we're disappointed but we have to regroup focus on what's next."
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