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NEWS BRIEFS

Colson Whitehead to Receive Stone Award at Oregon State

Pulitzer Prize winner to visit OSU campus April 1 to receive Stone Literary Award ...

AG Rosenblum Asks Oregon Legislature to Strengthen Hate Crime Laws

The proposed legislation would require law enforcement to refer all complaints of hate-motivated conduct that they do not investigate...

AG Rosenblum Announces Large Settlement with Pfizer for Misleading Drug Pricing Coupons

Oregon has recouped over million in civil settlements from Pfizer since 2003 ...

Portland Parks Foundation Hosts Series of March Events

‘Green Dreams: Seeding Portland's Next Parks Movement’ to take place at Portland Center Stage at The Armory ...

Wheeler Announces Departure of Senior Policy Advisor

Berk Nelson leaving office for private sector ...

Oregon wants to make it easier to build affordable housing

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Democrats want to design their way out of Oregon's housing crisis and are considering a proposal clearing the path for developers to build more apartments and townhouses.The move comes on the heels of a landmark rent control measure and is meant to be part of a...

Case dropped against Oregon man who drove through protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has dismissed charges against an Oregon man who was accused of hurting a protester when he slowly drove his car through a demonstration.The Oregonian/Oregon Live reports that 55-year-old Mark Alan Dickerson was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving and...

Missouri appeals NCAA sanctions levied against 3 sports

Missouri filed a notice of appeal with the NCAA's committee on infractions Thursday, beginning what could be a lengthy fight of what it considers overly harsh sanctions levied against three of its programs for academic misconduct involving a former tutor.The NCAA banned the football, baseball and...

Indiana St gives Mallory contract extension through 2023

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State coach Curt Mallory has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will run through 2023.Athletic department officials made the announcement Tuesday.Last season Mallory led the Sycamores to a 7-4 mark, a No. 22 ranking and a third-place finish in the...

OPINION

Backyard Birding in Portland-A Lesson in Flight

A few minutes from our homes in North Portland, Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is a 2000 acre natural wetland known to host over 100 species of birds. Armed with a single pair of binoculars and our eyes, we set off for adventure. ...

House Chair Waters Leads Charge to Return Consumer Protection to CFPB

Although Director Kraninger announced a plan to suspend the payday rule, changes in how the Bureau operated with regard to these lenders began under Mulvaney. While at CFPB, he urged Congress to repeal the rule and joined a lawsuit brought by a payday lender...

The Skanner Editorial: Consumers Need Transparency in Medication Pricing

Prescription drug prices have been rising so fast that people who depend on them to stay alive and healthy can't afford them ...

Memphis-Area Student to School District: Students Need Representation on School Board

According to the Shelby County Schools’ website, the district serves more than 100,000 students in 200 schools. However, there is no collective representation of these 100,000 students. A student board member would be able to close the gap left through the...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

The Latest: Spy agency says no threats ahead of massacre

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local):11:45 a.m.New Zealand's international spy agency has confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of last week's deadly mass shooting on two mosques.The...

Supreme Court struggles with Virginia redistricting case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed to struggle Monday with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats.The justices heard arguments in a case about the map Virginia has used to choose House delegates, a map a lower court ruled...

R. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo

NEW YORK (AP) — The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar of comforting objects: A string of Christmas lights,...

ENTERTAINMENT

Country star Kane Brown countersues producer over contract

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Kane Brown and Atlanta-based producer Polow Da Don are embroiled in a contract dispute that has both sides claiming they are owed money.The Grammy-nominated producer, whose real name is Jamal Jones, sued Brown in February claiming breach of contract,...

Oregon Blockbuster outlasts others to become last on Earth

BEND, Ore. (AP) — There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet.The computer system must be rebooted using floppy disks that only the general manager — a solid member of Gen X — knows how to use. The dot-matrix printer broke, so employees...

R. Kelly case poses challenge: Separating artist from anthem

DETROIT (AP) — When the recordings of the basic track arrived in Detroit from Chicago, Paul Riser Sr. knew it was time to get to work. But the orchestral arranger also knew he had something special to work with."It hit me the same way like everyone else in the world: The lyrics are so...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Opening day intrigue: Ichiro keeps 'em guessing about future

TOKYO (AP) — This is the Ichiro effect.Richard Snitzer had never been to Japan. What finally drove the...

Putin visits Crimea to mark 5th anniversary of annexation

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin led thousands to chant "Russia!" on a visit Monday to Crimea marking...

Gunman kills 3 on Dutch tram; mayor fears terrorism

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — A gunman killed three people and wounded five during a mid-morning tram ride...

UK speaker stymies PM May's bid for 3rd vote on Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — The speaker of Britain's House of Commons dealt a potentially fatal blow to Prime Minister...

The Latest: Turkey condemns Dutch tram attack

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a shooting in a tram in the Netherlands (all times local):8...

Stories of the victims of the New Zealand mosque attack

Fifty people were killed in a terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. Some...

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Amy Teibel, Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM – Israel agreed Thursday to ease its three-year-old land blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, hoping to quell international outrage over its deadly raid on a flotilla bound for the Palestinian territory.
In one of the major changes, Israel will allow in more desperately needed construction materials for civilian projects, provided those projects are carried out under international supervision, government and military officials said. Israel has barely allowed in goods such as cement and steel, fearing Hamas militants could use them to build weapons and fortifications. The policy has prevented rebuilding thousands of homes and other buildings damaged in Israel's war with Hamas last year.
An Israeli military official told The Associated Press all foods would be allowed in to the impoverished territory, effective immediately. Authorities had previously allowed a short and constantly changing list of foods in, but the list has been growing incrementally in recent months.
Israel is maintaining its naval blockade intended to keep weapons shipments out of the hands of Hamas.
"This is a step in the right direction," said Cristina Galach, spokeswoman for the European Union presidency.
However, Hamas was not satisfied.
"We want a real lifting of the siege, not window-dressing," said Hamas lawmaker Salah Bardawil.
The easing is evidence of the intense pressure Israeli leaders felt after an international outcry over the raid on a blockade-busting flotilla on May 31. Israeli commandos killed nine pro-Palestinian activists and both sides claimed they acted in self-defense.
Israel imposed the blockade in 2007 after Hamas, which calls for Israel's destruction, violently seized control of Gaza. For the most part, only basic humanitarian goods have been allowed in for a population of 1.5 million. Egypt has cooperated by blockading its land border with Gaza, but it opened it days after the flotilla raid to allow thousands of Palestinians to leave.
Israel's shift came just one week after President Barack Obama, the country's most important ally, said the blockade was unsustainable and called for scaling it back dramatically. Israel made the decision after extensive consultations with European and American officials.
"This morning, the government of Israel took decisions to liberalize the system under which civilian goods may enter the Gaza Strip, to expand materials for projects inside Gaza which are under international supervision," government spokesman Mark Regev said.
"But of course we must remain with the security procedures that prevent the import into Gaza of weapons and war materials that strengthen the Hamas military machine," he said, indicating the naval blockade would remain in force.

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