06-18-2018  12:33 pm      •     
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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...

We are the Red Line
By The Skanner News

Fifth annual Seattle Stand Down Connects At-Risk Veterans with Vital Support

On Thursday, Dec. 17 and Friday, Dec. 18, Seattle Central College will host the fifth-annual Seattle Stand Down, an event that connects as many as 400 at-risk veterans in our community with vital support and services like housing, healthcare and job assistance.

The event will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, and from from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 at Seattle Central College's Mitchell Activity Center, 1718 Broadway, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Free parking will be available in the garage at the corner of E. Pine Street and Harvard Avenue.

 

City of Tacoma Opens Cold Weather Young Adult Shelter

The City of Tacoma, in partnership with Pierce County Community Youth Services opened a Cold Weather Young Adult Shelter Monday.

The shelter will operate seven days a week from 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. through March 31, 2016 at the Beacon Senior Center to provide young adult men and women who are experiencing homelessness a safer alternative to urban camping.

To open the temporary shelter, the City has set aside $150,000 for the shelter with the intent to provide up to 50 beds per night, Chandler-Hardy said.

The City is investing an additional $84,600 in cold weather homeless services, which will allow both the Salvation Army and the Tacoma Rescue Mission to expand shelter services to families with children and adult women and men from Dec. 1 through March 31 with the intent to not turn away anyone seeking shelter.

The young adult shelter, which will operate after the Beacon Senior Center closes and before it opens, will provide participants with meals prepared and delivered by the Tacoma Rescue Mission as well as provide access to resources, case managers and social services.

The City, Pierce County Community Connections, and Community Youth Services, are hoping to have a permanent youth and young adult day center and young adult emergency overnight shelter location identified before March 31 to be able to provide a seamless transition of services when the temporary cold weather shelter closes.

The City and Pierce County are in the site selection process for the permanent facility.

For more information about the cold weather young adult shelter call Pierce County Community Youth Services at (253) 256-3087.

 

Fourth Flood Event in Six Weeks a Reminder to Stay Prepared Despite El Nino Forecast

The warm, dry predictions from the fall have been washed away by the reality of heavy rains and swollen rivers. The region is in the midst of its fourth flood event in just six weeks and the Chair of the King County Flood Control District says the wet weather is a reminder of being prepared to protect your family and property from the rising waters.

With today’s opening, the King County Flood Warning Center has opened for more than 100 hours to monitor rivers and provide flood information. Since October, the center has been activated on Oct. 30, Nov. 13, and Nov. 17 On Nov. 17, the South Fork Skykomish River rose to the highest levels recorded since 2006.

“This fourth flooding event in so short a period of time is a serious reminder about the value of being aware of any chance of flooding in your area,” said Flood District Chair Reagan Dunn. “Regardless of the forecast, it always pays to be prepared to protect your family and property.”

For information on preparing, responding and recovering from a flood, go to www.kingcounty.gov. The Flood Warning Center is open 24-hours a day during a flood event and residents can speak with King County staff with their flooding concerns and questions by calling (206) 296-8200 or 1-800-945-9263.

 

Federal Meal Assistance Funds Available

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Child Nutrition Services section encourages eligible nonresidential licensed child-care centers, family day-care homes, emergency shelters, at-risk centers and some adult day care centers in Washington to participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP reimburses some costs associated with serving meals to children and qualified adults. In Washington State, the CACFP has been administered by OSPI’s Child Nutrition Services since 1989.

The following care centers and institutions may participate in the CACFP:

  • Nonresidential licensed public or private nonprofit child-care centers or family day-care homes.
  • For-profit child-care institutions in which at least 25 percent of children served are low income based on the center’s licensed capacity or enrolled capacity, whichever is less.
  • Child-care centers that serve at-risk children.
  • Nonprofit emergency shelters that provide temporary residential facilities to children.
  • Qualifying public or nonprofit adult centers, or for-profit adult centers that receive compensation under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for at least 25 percent of their enrolled adults.

The federal food program reimburses meals at established rates based on the family income of the children and adults served. Meals served to eligible homeless and at-risk children are reimbursed at the free rate. The federal funds help institutions offset some of the costs of providing well-balanced, nutritious meals and snacks to enrolled participants.

Meals will be made available to enrolled participants at no separate charge.

The following monthly income eligibility guidelines determine reimbursement rates:

  • HOUSEHOLD FAMILY SIZE: 1, Free Lunch: $1,276 Reduced-Price Lunch: $1,815
  • HOUSEHOLD FAMILY SIZE: 2, Free Lunch: 1726 Reduced-Price Lunch: 2,456
  • HOUSEHOLD FAMILY SIZE: 3, Free Lunch: 2,177 Reduced-Price Lunch: 3,098
  • HOUSEHOLD FAMILY SIZE: 4, Free Lunch: 2,628Reduced-Price Lunch:  3,739
  • HOUSEHOLD FAMILY SIZE: 5, Free Lunch: 3,078 Reduced-Price Lunch: 4,380
  • HOUSEHOLD FAMILY SIZE: 6, Free Lunch: 3,529 Reduced-Price Lunch: 5,022
  • HOUSEHOLD FAMILY SIZE: 7, Free Lunch: 3,980 Reduced-Price Lunch: 5,663
  • HOUSEHOLD FAMILY SIZE: 8, Free Lunch: 4,430 Reduced-Price Lunch: 6,304
  • HOUSEHOLD FAMILY SIZE: ea add’l, Free Lunch: +451 Reduced-Price Lunch: +642

Institutions may apply for the program by contacting Adele Roberts, Child Nutrition Services, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, Washington 98504-7200.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: 202-690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

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