06-24-2018  1:39 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

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 ...

On the hunt in Oregon for a rare Sierra Nevada red fox

BEND, Ore. (AP) — In a dense forest at the base of Mount Bachelor, two wildlife biologists slowly walked toward a small cage trap they hoped would contain a rare red fox species. Jamie Bowles, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife technician in Bend, and Tim Hiller, founder of the...

Lawsuits allege racial profiling in Portland-area businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses in...

Abuse survivor finds new life, success in Pacific Northwest

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Jonathan Dutson long dreamed of moving to the Pacific Northwest, where its lush greenery offered a respite from the scorching Arizona sun he grew up beneath. But Dutson was looking as much for a new home as he was looking for an escape.Dutson was one of 700 who walked...

Alaska city honors Guardsmen killed in crash after '64 quake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A month after the second most powerful earthquake ever was recorded, the Alaska port community of Valdez remained in ruins.A hulking Alaska National Guard cargo plane's mission April 25, 1964, was to deliver Gov. William Egan to oversee efforts to rebuild the town on...

OPINION

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 ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Lawsuits allege racial profiling in Portland-area businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses in...

Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface.Criticism was swift on...

Chaos on the border inflames GOP's split with Latinos

When more than 1,000 Latino officials __ a crop of up-and-coming representatives from a fast-growing demographic __ gathered in Phoenix last week, no one from the Trump administration was there to greet them.It marked the first time a presidential administration skipped the annual conference of the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Han Solo's Blaster from 'Return of the Jedi' tops auction

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Han Solo's Blaster from the "Return of the Jedi" has sold for 0,000 at a Las Vegas auction.Julien's Auctions says Ripley's Believe It or Not bought the item Saturday.The sci-fi weapon was the top-selling item at the Hollywood Legends auction.The blaster was part of a...

Ornate NYC theater, used for years as a gym, to be restored

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Long Island University's basketball team played in a French Baroque movie palace in downtown Brooklyn.The gilded wall fountains, plastered statuettes and towering, one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ pipes of the historic Paramount Theater were preserved by the...

Vinnie Paul, co-founder, drummer of Pantera, dies at 54

Vinnie Paul, co-founder and drummer of metal band Pantera, has died at 54.Pantera's official Facebook page posted a statement early Saturday announcing his death. The label of Hellyeah, his most recent group, confirmed the death but neither statement mentioned Paul's cause of death.His real name...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

France, Belgium seek UNESCO recognition for WWI memorials

BRUSSELS (AP) — France and Belgium are urging UNESCO to designate scores of their World War I memorials and...

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant...

New Zealand leader names daughter Neve, leaves hospital

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford...

Beyond World Cup: Advocates call attention to Russian abuses

MOSCOW (AP) — Wrapped in national flags, jubilant fans dance at midnight in the streets of Moscow, smiling,...

In about-face, Iraq's maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's...

Mattis to visit China as Taiwan, S. China Sea tensions rise

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in...

Still from the movie Naz & Maalik
By Kam Williams | The Skanner News

The 5th Wave (PG-13 for violence, destruction, profanity, mature themes and brief teen partying) Post-apocalyptic, sci-fi thriller set on a planet already overrun by aliens and revolving around a teenager's (Chloe Grace Moretz) desperate attempt to save herself and her little brother Zackary Arthur) with the help of a stranger (Evan Roe). Ensemble includes Liev Schreiber, Ron Livingston, Gabriela Lopez, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe and Matthew Zuk.

The Boy (PG-13 for violence, terror and mature themes) Supernatural thriller about an American nanny (Lauren Cohan) who arrives in England to find that she's been hired to care for a life-sized porcelain doll by a couple (Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle) grieving the loss of a young son. Supporting cast includes Ben Robson, James Russell and Rupert Evans.

Dirty Grandpa (R for profanity, drug use, frontal nudity and pervasive crude humor and sexual content) Robert De Niro plays the title character in this unlikely-buddies comedy about a retired Army general who embarks on a raunchy road trip to Florida with his grandson (Zac Efron) for Spring Break. With Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch and Dermot Mulroney.

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Exposed (R for profanity, violence and rape) Supernatural thriller about an attractive Latina (Ana de Armas) who witnesses a miracle before being befriended by a cop (Keanu Reeves) investigating his partner's mysterious death. With Big Daddy Kane, Mira Sorvino and Christopher McDonald.

Get Happy! (Unrated) Romantic comedy about a hopelessly miserable misanthrope (Chris Riggi) who gets a new lease on life when he starts dating a free-spirited bon vivant (Lauren Sweetser). Cast includes Adam LaVorgna, Rebecca Blumhagen and Jordan Lane Price.

Ip Man 3 (Unrated) Donnie Yen reprises the title role in a high attrition-rate sequel which finds the legendary martial arts master taking on a gang doing the bidding of a ruthless real estate tycoon (Mike Tyson). With Lynn Hung, Jin Zhang and Patrick Tan. (In Cantonese and English with subtitles)

Jeruzalem (R for violence, sexuality, nudity, brief drug use and pervasive profanity) Horror flick about a couple of young Americans (Danie Jadelyn) whose vacation in Israel is ruined by the arrival of an apocalypse of Biblical proportions. Support cast includes Dibi Ben-Yosef, Odo Di Capua and Geri Gendel.

Mojave (R for profanity and violence) Cat-and-mouse thriller about a suicidal artist (Garrett Hedlund) who ventures into the desert to die only to encounter a homicidal drifter (Oscar Isaac). Featuring Walter Goggins, Mark Wahlberg and Dania Ramirez.

Monster Hunt (Unrated) Martial arts comedy, set in medieval China, revolving around the efforts of a half-human/half-monster baby's parents to protect him from both the humans and monsters who want him dead. Starring Boran jing, Baihe Bai, Wu Jiang and Elaine Jin. (In Mandarin with subtitles)

Naz & Maalik (Unrated) Out-of-the-closet dramedy, set in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, about a couple of gay, African-American lovers (Curtis Cook, Jr. and Kerwin Johnson, Jr.) whose secretive relationship leads an FBI Agent (Annie Grier) to suspect them of terrorism. With Ashleigh Awusie, Anderson Footman and Bradley Brian Custer.

Prescription Thugs (Unrated) Healthcare expose examining Big Pharma's role in the abuse of prescription drugs.

Synchronicity (R for profanity and sexual references) Sci-fi thriller about the creator (Chad McKnight) of a time machine who must travel to the past in order thwart a temptress' (Brianne Davis) attempt to steal his invention for a unscrupulous venture capitalist (Michael Ironside). With AJ Bowen, and real-life husband and wife Scott Poythress and Claire Bronson.

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