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NORTHWEST NEWS

Hundreds of Shelter Dogs, Cats Flown Across the Pacific

The rescue flight arriving in Seattle Thursday, was necessary because the coronavirus pandemic has led to overcrowding in Hawaii pet shelters.

More Than Half of Oregon Voters Have Cast Ballots

At this point during the last three presidential elections, fewer than 44% of Oregonians had returned their ballots

Portland Delays Vote to Cut $18M More From Police

Mayor Ted Wheeler said that the council needs more time to evaluate the impact of the cuts on police services.

State Reaches Out to Black Homeowners with Mortgage Relief Fund

million set aside to bring Oregonians current on house payments 

NEWS BRIEFS

COVID-Related Assistance Applications Open Friday, Oct. 30

Portlanders struggling from health or financial impacts of COVID-19 will have the opportunity to apply for 0 in household...

Providence Launches African American MS Registry

The goal is to foster better treatment for Black patients ...

SPLC Launches $25,000 Ad Campaign Supporting Mississippi’s Ballot Measure 2

Measure would change statewide elections process, replacing Jim Crow-era law ...

Confederate Flag Not Welcome in Oregon Historic Cemeteries

Oregon’s Commission on Historic Cemeteries recommends Confederate flags not be allowed in historic cemeteries, but cemeteries that...

The Last Day to Safely Mail Your Ballot is Tuesday, October 27

Ballot envelopes must be signed and ballots received by the elections office by Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 at 8:00 PM. Postmark...

On pandemic 'learning loss,' schools look forward, not back

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A complete picture has yet to emerge of how much learning was lost by students during the pandemic. That’s all right with educators like Superintendent Craig Broeren, whose top concern is figuring out where each student stands now.Wisconsin Rapids, his small school...

Reporter tear gassed at protest settles with Eugene for K

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene Weekly reporter who was hit with a tear gas canister while he filmed police breaking up a protest in late May has settled a lawsuit against the city of Eugene. Henry Houston said he and the Civil Liberties Defense Center, which filed the lawsuit on his behalf in...

Week 9: Ohio State faces its biggest test; Florida returns

The potential Big Ten game of the year lost some luster last week. No. 18 Penn State was upset by Indiana so instead of returning to Happy Valley to host No. 3 Ohio State with an unbeaten record, the Nittany Lions are trying to avoid going 0-2 for the first time since 2013.No Big Ten team has...

No. 10 Florida plays 1st game in 3 weeks, hosts hot Missouri

Missouri (2-2 SEC) at No. 10 Florida (2-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network Alternate).Line: Florida by 12 1/2.Series record: Missouri leads 5-4.WHAT’S AT STAKE?Florida returns to the field for the first time in three weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak. More than 30 players and coaches...

OPINION

Black Voters Cannot Afford Four More Years of Trump

It is more imperative than perhaps at any other period in many of our lifetimes that we vote at record numbers this year. ...

Open Letter to the Community on the Multnomah County Circuit Court Judicial Election

History has shown us that judges impact systemic change and have the opportunity to include the voices of our communities in the process. ...

Squaring Away the Cube

When I first heard that entertainer Ice Cube is supporting Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election bid, I did not believe it. ...

The Skanner News National 2020 Election Endorsements

Vote like your life depends on it. Read The Skanner News' endorsements for US President, and more ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Texas early voting exceeds total of all 2016 ballots

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texans have already cast more ballots in the presidential election than they did during all of 2016, an unprecedented surge of early voting in a state that was once the country's most reliably Republican, but may now be drifting toward battleground status. More than 9...

Poland seizes communist-era security files headed for US

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Customs officials at Warsaw airport have discovered and seized valuable historical documents and recordings from 1967-68, of Poland’s communist-era security, in two packages destined for the U.S., authorities said Friday. The files describe the situation and...

Election emerges as referendum on race relations in America

DETROIT (AP) — Every day feels like a raw wound for Omari Barksdale.His sister, Laneeka Barksdale, died of COVID-19 in late March in Detroit — and since then, so have more than 228,000 Americans. Many were Black Americans whose communities were disproportionately devastated by the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Judge Judy to move her gavel to streaming service IMDb TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone's going to streaming, including Judge Judy. The broadcast television staple's next act will be with IMDb TV, Amazon's free digital service.Judith Sheindlin, whose long-running syndicated courtroom show “Judge Judy” will end production in 2021, will...

Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost marry in private ceremony

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost have tied the knot a year after engagement. Meals on Wheels America announced Thursday on Instagram that Johansson and Jost married over the weekend in an intimate ceremony. The post said the couple’s wedding followed the COVID-19...

Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris to play CMAs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs and more are set to take the stage at the CMA Awards in November. The country music awards show promised that the genre’s biggest stars will be together in one room again for the first time since the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Scaled-back Thanksgiving plans leave turkey farmers in limbo

For the turkey industry, this Thanksgiving is a guessing game. Millions of Americans are expected to have...

After wolves rebound across US West, future up to voters

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody,...

Turkish health minister: 4 dead, 120 injured in earthquake

ISTANBUL (AP) — A strong earthquake struck Friday between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos,...

The Latest: US average daily virus cases rising to 74,000

WASHINGTON — The seven-day rolling average for daily new coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose over the past...

UK court rejects libel suit from Russian over Steele dossier

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s High Court on Friday dismissed a libel claim by a Russian businessman...

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation, anti-China tour of Asia...

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By The Skanner News

Mayor Tom Potter has named a diverse group of 25 community members to sit on the city's first Charter Review Commission since 1922.

Additionally, he has asked 11 distinguished Portlanders to serve on an Honorary Advisory Committee that will offer expertise and guidance to the commission. The group includes former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts and former Portland Mayor Vera Katz.

A resolution charging the Charter Review Commission with reviewing the city's form of government, examining the role of the quasi-independent Portland Development Commission and reforming civil service rules will be heard by the City Council on Nov. 9.

"The commission has a daunting task ahead of it, but the experience of its members, their deep roots in our community and sense of civic responsibility will ensure its success," said Potter. "The backgrounds of those who have volunteered to serve reflect the diversity of our community."

The city's charter, much like the U.S. Constitution, contains the rules and laws which describe how the city functions, organizes itself and makes the decisions that affect our daily lives. The charter determines how effective our city government is, how city employees are hired and retained, what kind of service the public receives and how tax dollars are collected and spent.

Minor changes to the charter have been made every few years, but this is the first complete review of its form of government in more than 80 years. Portland is the last major city in the country with a commission style of government.

More than 160 residents applied to sit on the commission, which has a July 1, 2006, deadline. Its recommendations then will be presented to the City Council before being forwarded to the public as a ballot measure in the November 2006 election.

The commission members are: Charles Wilhoite, chair; Bob Ball; Beau Barnes; Guy Crawford; Melanie Davis; Jillian Detweiler; Bruce Harder; Ed Hall; Joe Hertzberg; Kris Hudson; David Kelleher; LeAnn Locher; Nicole Maher; Peg Malloy; David Martinez; Susan McGee; Jim Meyer; Paul Meyer; Judy O'Connor; Robin Plance; Emily Ryan; David Wang; Harold Williams Sr.; and Loretta Young.

Honorary Advisory Committee members include: Baruti Artharee; Dan Bernstine; Sam Brooks; Gale Castillo; Sho Dozono; Vanessa Gaston; Roy Jay; Vera Katz; Jaime Lim; Mike Lindberg; and Barbara Roberts.

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