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NORTHWEST NEWS

Blurry Ballot Barcodes Delay Oregon House Primary Results

Election officials in Oregon's third-largest county scrambled to tally tens of thousands of ballots with blurry barcodes that were being rejected by vote-counting machines.

Oregon Primaries Set Up Competitive Governor's Race

Former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek won the Democratic nomination for Oregon governor Tuesday.

Multnomah County Elects First Female Sheriff

Current Undersheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell, a 26-year veteran of the agency, handily won the top job with two-thirds of the vote

Election Day-Ballots Need to be Dropped Off or Postmarked Before 8 P.M.

Today, May 17, 2022, is the last day to vote in the Primary Election. Voted ballots must be received at any county elections office in Oregon or Official Ballot Drop Site location tonight by 8 p.m., or mailed and postmarked by May 17, 2022 to be counted.

NEWS BRIEFS

Local Podcast Wins Awards at Home and Abroad

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Multnomah County Planning Commission Seeks New Member

Multnomah County’s Land Use Planning Division is looking for a Multnomah County resident to serve as a volunteer member on the...

2 Pleasure Boats Catch Fire on Columbia River

Two pleasure boats caught fire on the Columbia River between Vancouver and Caterpillar Island Sunday afternoon. One boat sank,...

WA Childhood Immunization Rates Decline During Pandemic

Immunization rates have decreased by 13% in 2021 when compared to pre-pandemic level ...

Attorney General Rosenblum Warns Against Price Gouging of Baby Formula

This declaration will allow the Oregon Attorney General to take action against any business, or online vendor, who upsells the price...

Oregon primaries set up competitive governor's race

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gubernatorial elections in Oregon usually result in victories for the Democrats, but this November's contest is setting up to be a competitive and contentious three-way race. Former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek won the Democratic nomination for Oregon...

Blurry ballot barcodes delay Oregon House primary results

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fate of seven-term incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader hung in the balance Wednesday as elections officials in Oregon's third-largest county scrambled to tally tens of thousands of ballots with blurry barcodes that were being rejected by vote-counting machines. ...

OPINION

Can Federal Lynching Law Help Heal America?

Despite decades of senseless delays, this new law pushes America to finally acknowledge that racism often correlates to a level of violence and terror woven into the very fabric of this country. ...

The Skanner News Endorsements: May Primary 2022

Primary election day is May 17, 2022. Read The Skanner's endorsements for this important election. ...

Men’s Voices Urgently Needed to Defend Reproductive Rights

For decades, men in increasing numbers have followed women’s lead in challenging gender-based violence and promoting gender equality, so why are we stuck when it comes to abortion? ...

Burying Black Cemeteries: Off the Record

It is a tragedy when we lose a loved one. That tragedy is compounded when are unable to visit their final resting place to honor and remember them. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

House passes domestic terrorism bill after Buffalo attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Wednesday night that would devote more federal resources to preventing domestic terrorism in response to the racist mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The 222-203, nearly party-line vote was an answer to the growing pressure Congress...

Sri Lankan protesters include Tamil victims in war memorial

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan protesters lit flames and offered prayers Wednesday remembering thousands — including ethnic Tamil civilians — killed in the final stages of the country’s decadeslong civil war, in the first-ever event where mostly majority ethnic Sinhalese openly...

Ex-Minneapolis officer pleads guilty in George Floyd killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, admitting that he intentionally helped restrain the Black man in a way that created an unreasonable risk and caused...

ENTERTAINMENT

Big dreams for new Warner Bros. Discovery in ad presentation

In what was essentially a public debut on Wednesday, leaders of the new Warner Bros. Discovery portrayed the media giant as effectively a fifth U.S. broadcast television network, with even bigger aspirations. “Our goal is to build the most dynamic media and entertainment company in...

'The Real Love Boat' dating show to sail on CBS' fall lineup

NEW YORK (AP) — Network TV’s fondness for reality fare and reboots combine in “The Real Love Boat,” a sea-going dating show that’s part of the CBS fall schedule announced Wednesday. Described as a “romance adventure competition,” the series credits as its inspiration the...

Eric Clapton cancels shows after testing positive for COVID

Eric Clapton, a critic of coronavirus vaccines and pandemic restrictions, has tested positive for COVID-19 and canceled two upcoming European gigs. Clapton’s upcoming shows in Zurich on Tuesday and Milan on Wednesday will be rescheduled, he announced on his Facebook page and...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

NATO talks with Finland, Sweden falter but will continue

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO envoys failed to reach a consensus Wednesday on whether to start membership talks with...

Doctor who fought church gunman remembered as kind protector

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — He was known by all as simply Dr. John, the quiet, calm physician who mentored kids...

Oops! Jubilant Eritrean cyclist out after wine cork hits eye

JESI, Italy (AP) — An Eritrean cyclist who was celebrating a victory at the Giro d’Italia cycling competition...

4 EU nations to harness North Sea wind for green transition

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four European Union countries plan to speed up the continent’s green transition and...

UN floats plan to boost renewables as climate worries mount

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations chief on Wednesday launched a five-point plan to jump-start broader use of...

Live updates | Brink confirmed as US ambassador to Ukraine.

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Bridget Brink late Wednesday as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, filling the post...

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The 16th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films, held in honor of both Black History Month and Women's History Month at Portland Community College Cascade Campus, will run from Feb. 3 through March 4.


The campus is at 705 N. Killingsworth St.


The festival offers five weeks of films from the African continent and the African Diaspora. All films and related events are offered to the public free of charge. Most of the films will be followed with discussions led by visiting film directors and local individuals from the film's featured country.


The festival will open Friday, Feb. 3, with the acclaimed Angolan film, The Hero/O Heroi, directed by Zézé Gamboa, at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Screenings are planned at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. The Hero won the grand prize in World Dramatic Competition at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.


A special festival highlight of this year's festival will be films on the African legacy in Mexico. On Thursday, Feb. 9, Mexican director Rafael Rebollar Corona will present and discuss his film, The Forgotten Root, which focuses on the rarely noted history of the African presence in Mexico. Corona's Afro-Mexican trilogy, The Forgotten Root, From Florida to Coahuila and his work in progress, Incursions into the Hills, will be shown at a symposium and community conversation on the African legacy in Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 11. Following the films, Sagrario Cruz, Ph.D., professor of history in the Africa en México program at the University of Veracruz, will speak on the Afro-Mexican identity, followed by a panel discussion with local community activists.


Family Film Day takes place on Saturday, Feb. 18, at McMenamins Kennedy School Theatre, with two films by local directors set in Mali — Welcome to Mali and Kofalen/The Gift Exchange — and a third film, Coming to England, a BBC adaptation of Floella Benjamin's popular children's book about her journey as a young girl from Trinidad to Britain in the 1960s.


A forum on HIV/AIDS in Africa with films and discussion will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the PCC Cascade Campus.
Women Filmmakers Week will be held from March 2 through March 4. Film director Sara Rachad will introduce and discuss her film Tahara on Friday, March 3. The festival will close on Saturday, March 4, with a second remarkable new film from Angola, Hollow City, directed by Maria João Ganga.


For complete information about the festival and descriptions of the films, visit www.africanfilmfestival.org or call 503-244-6111 ext. 3630 for a brochure. Festival locations can be found on the venue page of the Web site.

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