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NORTHWEST NEWS

Report Faults WA Sheriff Over Confrontation With Black Man

An investigation has found a sheriff in Washington state violated policies against bias-free policing and other standards during a controversial encounter with a Black newspaper carrier.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Gets COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and encouraged other eligible Oregonians to discuss booster shots with doctors.

King County's Proof of COVID Vaccine Policy Starts Monday

Beginning Monday proof of vaccination or a negative test for COVID-19 will be required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters or entertainment venues in Washington state's most populous county.

N.E. Portland Glass Recycler Reaches Deal with DEQ to Curb Pollution

A glass recycling plant in northeast Portland has consented to either shut down or install pollution control technology, according to an agreement announced between the plant’s operators and the state of Oregon

NEWS BRIEFS

Ex-NYT Columnist Kristof Announces Run for Oregon Governor

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Join Portland Parks & Recreation at a Family-Friendly Tree Planting Kickoff Event and Arbor Day Celebration

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Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General to Speak About Cyber Trends and National Security

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Power Outages Continue in Northwest Following Wind Storm

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US park service, tourism group partner to highlight tribes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service has partnered with a tourism association to ensure the contributions, cultures and traditions of Native Americans are incorporated into exhibits and programming at sites across the country. The park service says it highlights...

Ex-NYT columnist Kristof announces run for Oregon governor

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof announced his candidacy Wednesday for Oregon governor, saying the state needs a political newbie to solve problems like homelessness and rural despair. “I've never run for political office in my life,”...

No. 21 Texas A&M runs over Missouri, 35-14

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher warned his team all week that it couldn’t afford a letdown after its upset of top-ranked Alabama. His message got through, as the 21st-ranked Aggies buried Missouri early in a 35-14 victory Saturday. “We preached it,...

No. 21 Texas A&M heads to Mizzou after 'Bama upset win

No. 21 Texas A&M (4-2, 1-2 SEC) at Missouri (3-3, 0-2), Saturday at noon EDT (SEC Network). Line: Texas A&M by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: Texas A&M leads 8-7. WHAT’S AT STAKE? ...

OPINION

Letter to the Editor: About the UN Climate Change Conference

Global leaders have failed to take the action necessary to avert climate disaster and Oregon leadership is scant better. ...

How Food Became the Perfect Beachhead for Gentrification

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Homelessness, Houselessness in the Richest Country in the World: An Uncommon Logic

When and why did the United States of America chose the wealth of a few over the health, wealth, and well-being of so many ...

American Business Leaders Step Up to Fight Inequities in the South

With COVID-19 still an omnipresent concern and the country’s recovery still very much in jeopardy, individuals, families, and communities are struggling to deal with issues that have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

South Africa's de Kock apologizes, will take knee in future

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African cricket player Quinton de Kock will take a knee after all. De Kock apologized Thursday to teammates and supporters for refusing to play in a T20 World Cup game, but said he felt his rights were “taken away” when players were...

Larson out front as face of Hendrick charitable initiatives

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India Walton beat Buffalo's mayor once. Can she do it again?

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — When India Walton beat Buffalo’s four-term mayor in a Democratic primary last June, New York’s second largest city looked like it was about to get a leader like no other in its history. She’d be its first female mayor and the first to identify as a...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Dune' to get sequel, with theater-only release set for 2023

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Potential legal woes mount after 'Rust' shooting tragedy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alec Baldwin the actor, who pulled the trigger on a prop gun while filming “Rust” in New Mexico and unwittingly killed a cinematographer and injured a director, likely won’t be held criminally or civilly liable for the tragedy. But Alec Baldwin the...

Mort Sahl, comedian who satirized politics, dies at 94

NEW YORK (AP) — Satirist Mort Sahl, who helped revolutionize stand-up comedy during the Cold War with his running commentary on politicians and current events and became a favorite of a new, restive generation of Americans, died Tuesday. He was 94. His friend Lucy Mercer said...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Exacerbated by pandemic, child care crisis hampers economy

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America 'on fire': Facebook watched as Trump ignited hate

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Minneapolis mayor faces voters with policing on their minds

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EU court tells Poland to pay jumi.2M a day in judicial dispute

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La Palma island braces for more quakes as volcano roars on

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — Residents on Spain’s La Palma island braced Wednesday for the...

France threatens to block British fishing boats from ports

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Ken Ritter the Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A lawyer planned to ask a federal judge on Friday to reject a call for almost three years of prison time and instead give probation to a Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to siphoning $650,000 over eight years from his northwest Las Vegas parish gift shop, votive candle collection and prayer funds to support his gambling habit.

In documents filed in advance of sentencing, Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe's attorney asks U.S. District Court Judge James Mahan to let McAuliffe, 59, continue getting counseling for a gambling addiction, keep practicing as a priest and pay restitution to his parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Summerlin.

As an ordained priest, McAuliffe will "continue to atone for his wrongdoing as he carries on with his life-long obligations and service" to the church, attorney Margaret Stanish said in Jan. 6 documents. She quoted excerpts from some of about 100 letters of support from supporters and parishioners at one of the largest church congregations in Nevada.

"I pray you to be as lenient as you can," wrote the Rev. John Kovalcin, a Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas priest who teaches theology at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. "What he did was wrong. He is paying for his actions. He has lost all he personally worked for.

"He must repair the damage he has caused and heal the people he has hurt. He cannot do that from a prison confinement," Kovalcin said.

McAuliffe could face up to 60 years in federal prison and a $750,000 fine. Deputy U.S. Attorney Christina Brown said in a sentencing memorandum there was no reason Mahan shouldn't follow a federal probation department recommendation that McAuliffe serve 33 months.

"Although the defendant had comforted and counseled others, he also enjoyed benefits, privileges and expertise not shared by others," she said, adding that McAuliffe was familiar with gambling addiction programs, "having been called upon through his position to make counseling arrangements for other priests."

McAuliffe had complete control from to 2002 to 2010 of church activities and finances, the prosecutor said, and was able to hide his embezzlement because he was a signatory to financial statements to the Las Vegas Diocese and Catholic Archdiocese in San Francisco.

When confronted by the FBI last May, "the defendant for two hours offered various explanations as to how his earnings supported his gambling," Brown said. "When these explanations failed, agents asked the defendant if he stole money from the church, which the defendant denied."

McAuliffe pleaded guilty in October, before an indictment or criminal complaint was filed, to three counts of federal mail fraud for falsifying documents sent in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to the archdiocese.

McAuliffe was removed as pastor of the northwest Las Vegas congregation of more than 8,000 families and relieved of diocese duties. A month before, the Rev. James Jankowski, interim pastor of the church, pleaded in the church newsletter for parishioners to be patient.

Bishop Joseph Pepe, head of the regional church administration since 2001, issued a statement saying the diocese and parish were cooperating with federal authorities, and that church administrators were handling the matter internally.

Stanish told the judge that McAuliffe began paying restitution to the church in May, and that to date, he had paid $13,420.

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