06-21-2018  5:23 am      •     
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AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

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

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

Ex-basketball coach sentenced to 60 days for sex abuse

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Beaverton basketball coach has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of probation for sexually abusing a teenage girl he met through work.KOIN-TV reported Wednesday 34-year-old Laurence Metz was convicted of two counts of sex abuse.Metz was a coach...

Legal pot will roll out differently in Canada than in US

Mail-order weed? You betcha!With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult recreational use of the drug. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and...

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which won't say if they are reviewing those connections or whether any concerns were raised about him.Ohio...

Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.The Senate gave final passage to the bill to legalize cannabis on...


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 ...


Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley...

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so .Throughout American history,...

The Latest: Messi gets a chance to save face against Croatia

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local):12:16 a.m.Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup.Ronaldo has all of Portugal's goals, a tournament-leading four so far, and has been getting in digs at Messi...


Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock '69 concert field

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists scouring the grassy hillside famously trampled during the 1969 Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good vibes.Perhaps they would find an old peace symbol? Or a strand of hippie beads? Or Jimi...

Behind the making of Jack-Jack, the summer's breakout star

NEW YORK (AP) — The breakout star of the summer moviegoing season isn't a dinosaur, an Avenger or anyone aboard the Millennium Falcon. It's a giggling pipsqueak in diapers."The Incredibles 2," which last weekend set a new box-office record for animated films with 2.7 million in ticket...

Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson are engaged

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's true, Pete Davidson says: He and Ariana Grande are engaged.The "Saturday Night Live" cast member confirmed their rumored engagement to Jimmy Fallon on NBC's "Tonight Show."Fallon put Davidson on the spot Wednesday, telling him he didn't have to get engaged to the pop...


New Zealand leader welcomes newborn girl 'to our village'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a daughter Thursday...

Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

CHICAGO (AP) — Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an...

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio...

Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo's government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in...

Japan to scrap evacuation drills for NKorean missile threat

TOKYO (AP) — Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started last year while North Korea...

Official: Polish leader's ill health not sparking infighting

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A government official is denying rumors that the illness of Jaroslaw Kaczynski,...

Justine Hicks and her dog, Kiana float on the Wllamette River
By Helen Silvis | The Skanner News

The Northwest is having a heatwave but there are plenty of reasons to chill out this week.

We Treasure Equity

Portland's Office of Equity scored a major victory with City Commissioners voting unanimously to accept the departments new equity goals, The Oregonian's Brad Schmidt reported.

"This isn't symbolic and shouldn't be received or perceived as symbolic," said Dante James, director of Portland's Office of Equity and Human Rights. "We can't let it just be a symbol. We have to ensure that we mean what we say."...
Nkenge Harmon Johnson, chief executive of the Urban League of Portland, emphasized that the City Council must track progress for the newly approved racial equity goals.
"We measure what we treasure," she said. "If we don't count it, it doesn't count."  Find the goals here: http://bit.ly/1HTaQk0   Read the whole story here: http://bit.ly/1TrqBRc

Deep Jazzy House Beats 


Suge Knight on Trial

Rolling Stone looks at the life of hip hop mogul Suge Knight who is facing a murder charge after running over a friend as he sped away from a dispute.

"Knight's ongoing embrace of the thug life may have destroyed any remaining credibility he had as a businessman. "When it comes to the Piru shit, he should've stepped away a long time ago," says Jones.( Cash Jones, a.k.a. Wack 100, a former Death Row "foot soldier" who now manages Ray J and the Game.)
"Instead, he got neck-deep into it."

With proceeds from Dre's chart-topping hits a distant memory, and no new breakthrough artists to profit from, Knight has apparently had to find alternative sources of income. "Suge had to go back and adapt to what he knew: going around and getting money from people that he felt owed him," Wright says.

In 2007, when a reporter for The Washington Post asked Knight how he still had money, he preferred to evade the answer rather than lie. "I don't lie," said Knight. "The only people I lie to are the police."  Read the full story: http://rol.st/1LXlg1Y


Portland's Mic Capes at Holocene


Senators Try to Legalise Marijuana Money

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkeley are sponsoring a bill that could legalise banking for marijuana businesses:

"The legislation would put limits on federal bank regulators on four fronts:

  • Regulators would not be allowed to prohibit, penalize or discourage a bank from providing financial services to a state-sanctioned, state-regulated marijuana business;
  • Regulators would be forbidden from terminating or limiting a bank's federal deposit insurance if it does business with state-sanctioned marijuana growers or retailers;
  • Regulators would be prohibited from recommending or incentivizing a bank to halt or downgrade its business with state-sanctioned marijuana growers or retailers;
  • Regulators would not be allowed to take action on a loan to a marijuana business that is legal under state law.

Read the whole story in the Seattle PI: http://bit.ly/1NVOTiz


Find out why Bernie Foster is calling for 'Opportunities in Oregon's New Marijuana Industry': http://bit.ly/1CwFhdA


Good Riddance to The Confederate Flag 

Watch it come down in PBS Newshour's video of South Carolina lowering the Confederate Flag for good.


Baltimore: A City in Trouble

Reuters reports in depth about the impact of Freddie Gray's death on Baltimore: 

"One consequence of the riots was that hundreds of thousands of doses of hard drugs are on the streets after an uncountable number of drug stores — 27 is the accepted figure — and two methadone clinics were looted. Baltimore already had a drug problem.

Before he was replaced, Batts said there were enough illegal drugs on the streets to keep the city high for a year."  Read the story here: http://reut.rs/1IQWXSz

Scroll to foot of page for inspiration from Baltimore writer Ta-Nehisi Coates


The Grind

Prince Harvey's 'Sometimes' tells of life working by day dreaming at night.

Find more Prince Harvey on his website: http://princeharvey.com/


Trying to Be a Father

The Atlantic reports on a father's struggle to keep his daughter. If Emanuel's sister had not pushed him to sign South Carolina's Responsible Father Registry he would have lost his rights to his child.

"Today, 33 states have putative-father registries. Some require mail-in forms. Others, including South Carolina, allow men to register online... From a birth father's perspective, however, there's a significant problem: Hardly anyone knows that these registries exist." Read the story: http://theatln.tc/1TrvXfj


Muslims Raise $$$$ for Black Churches

ColorLines is just one of the publications reporting that American Muslims have raised more than $50,000 to help repair Black Churches.

"As Muslims we know the importance of protecting the vulnerable and respecting people who call on God in their various tongues. We want for others what we want for ourselves: the right to worship without intimidation, the right to safety, and the right to property." http://bit.ly/1D7rIvZ


Rihanna's Blood-Soaked Video: Is it Powerful or Just Poor?

Rihanna's new video "Bitch better have my money" has caused controversy because of its explicit violence. The Guardian took a look at the objections and concluded it's because it puts a Black woman in control.

"To be sure, the video is vividly violent – an unabashed revenge fantasy – but here's what didn't occur to me: is it anti-feminist? Feminist? Misogynistic? Why would it? Rihanna is a grown woman who makes life and career choices for herself with the expectation and understanding that she is as free to do that as her male peers are. How is that not feminist?"

Here's the video, but take warning. It's not for under-18s.


Wanda Sykes Gives Jimmy Kimmel the Mama Look 


Marshawn Lynch Photoshoot


Mighty's VCTRY with Aaron O'Bryan Smith


Be Inspired by: Ta-Nehisi Coates

NPR has an interview with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates about his first book, 'Between the World and Me'.

"This book is personal, written as a letter to his teenage son Samori. In it, we see glimpses of the hard West Baltimore streets where Coates grew up, his curiosity at work on the campus of Howard University and his early struggles as a journalist."
Read the story: http://n.pr/1GdFhdp

Listen to the interview here: 


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