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NORTHWEST NEWS

Future of Lloyd Center Includes Teardown, But Keeping the Ice Rink

New owners submit plans for mixed-use and open spaces, residences and promenades, to city.

Atmospheric River Brings Heavy Rain, Flooding and Warm Winter Temperatures to the Pacific Northwest

The National Weather Service reported that rainfall records were shattered in some areas of the Olympic Peninsula. Washington and Oregon officials have urged drivers to use caution as standing water and flooding affect roadways. 

Oldest Black Church in Oregon Will Tear Down, Rebuild To Better Serve Community

As physical attendance dwindles, First African Methodist Episcopal Zion is joining the growing trend of churches that are re-imagining how best to use their facilities.

Cities Crack Down on Homeless Encampments. Advocates Say That’s Not the Answer

Homeless people and their advocates say encampment sweeps are cruel and costly, and there aren't enough shelter beds or treatment for everyone. But government officials say it's unacceptable to let encampments fester and people need to accept offers of shelter or treatment, if they have a severe mental illness or addiction.

NEWS BRIEFS

Letitia Carson Traveling Exhibit at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute

Letitia Carson was one of the first Black women to settle in Oregon. ...

OHCS Announces Homeowner Assistance Fund Application Portal to Close on December 20

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is closing the Oregon Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) program to most new applicants to...

2024 Rose Festival Court Applications Are Open

Applications for the 2024 Rose Festival Court Program presented by Unitus Community Credit Union are now available on the Rose...

Talk A Mile Event Connects Young Black Leaders with Portland Police Bureau Trainees

Talk A Mile operates on the idea that conversation bridges gaps and builds empathy, which can promote understanding between Black...

Turkey Rules the Table. But an AP-NORC Poll Finds Disagreement Over Other Thanksgiving Classics

Thanksgiving may be a time for Americans to come together, but opinion is divided over what's on the crowded dinner table. We mostly...

Centenarian survivors of Pearl Harbor attack return to honor those who perished 82 years ago

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Ira “Ike” Schab had just showered, put on a clean sailor's uniform and closed his locker aboard the USS Dobbin when he heard a call for a fire rescue party. He went topside to see the USS Utah capsizing and Japanese planes in the air. He scurried...

Ex-Alaska Airlines pilot who tried to cut plane’s engines is released from jail; must avoid aircraft

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An ex-Alaska Airlines pilot accused of trying to cut the engines of a passenger flight while off-duty and riding in an extra seat in the cockpit was released from jail pending trial Thursday, after an Oregon judge approved it with conditions that include keeping away from...

Missouri visits No. 2 Kansas after McCullar's 25-point game

Missouri Tigers (7-2) at Kansas Jayhawks (8-1) Lawrence, Kansas; Saturday, 5:15 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: No. 2 Kansas hosts the Missouri Tigers after Kevin McCullar scored 25 points in Kansas' 88-69 victory against the UMKC Kangaroos. The Jayhawks have gone...

Missouri RB Cody Schrader wins Burlsworth Trophy

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Missouri running back Cody Schrader has won the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation's best player who started his Division I career as a a walk-on. Schrader, who walked on two years ago after transferring from Division II Truman State, leads Division I...

OPINION

Why Are Bullies So Mean? A Youth Psychology Expert Explains What’s Behind Their Harmful Behavior

Bullied children and teens are at risk for anxiety, depression, dropping out of school, peer rejection, social isolation and self-harm. ...

Federal Agencies Issue $23 Million Fine Against TransUnion and Subsidiary

FTC and CFPB say actions harmed renters and violated fair credit laws ...

First One to Commit to Nonviolence Wins

Every time gains towards nonviolence looked promising, someone from the most aggrieved and trauma-warped groups made sure to be spoilers by committing some atrocity and resetting the hate and violence. ...

Boxes

What is patently obvious to all Americans right now is the adolescent dysfunction of Congress. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Man fires shotgun outside Jewish temple in upstate New York as Hanukkah begins, no one injured

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A man fired a shotgun twice outside a Jewish temple in upstate New York, hours before the start of Hanukkah on Thursday, then said “Free Palestine” as he was taken into custody, police said. No one was injured. The episode in the state capital of Albany took...

Maternal mortality rate is much higher for Black women than white women in Mississippi, study says

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Black people make up about 38% of Mississippi's population, but a new study shows that Black women were four times more likely to die of causes directly related to pregnancy than white women in the state in 2020. “It is imperative that this racial inequity is...

Last of 3 Palestinian college students shot in Vermont leaves hospital

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The last of the three college students of Palestinian descent who were shot and seriously injured in Vermont during their Thanksgiving break has been released from a Burlington hospital and will undergo rehabilitation. Hisham Awartani, who is paralyzed from...

ENTERTAINMENT

Brit Marling has created 'A Murder at the End of the World,' a whodunit only Emma Corrin can solve

From the “Knives Out” films to TV's “Only Murders in the Building," and even season four of Netflix's “You,” closed-circle murder mysteries are alive and thriving. And now, there's FX's “ A Murder at the End of the World" to solve, a new Agatha Christie-inspired series...

Illinois appeals court affirms actor Jussie Smollett's convictions and jail sentence

An appeals court upheld the disorderly conduct convictions Friday of actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself in 2019 and lying about it to Chicago police. Smollett, who appeared in the TV show “Empire,” challenged the role of a...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 10-16

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 10-16: Dec. 10: Actor Fionnula Flanagan (“Waking Ned Devine”) is 82. Actor-singer Gloria Loring is 77. Drummer Walter “Clyde” Orange of The Commodores is 77. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 72. Actor Susan Dey is 71. Musician Paul...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

LeBron James scores 30 points, Lakers rout Pelicans 133-89 to reach tournament final

LAS VEGAS (AP) — LeBron James scored 30 points in less than three quarters and the Los Angeles Lakers...

Negotiations at COP28 climate talks ramp up as summit enters second and final week

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Nations climate conference on Friday began its final week with...

Chronic fatigue syndrome is more common than some past studies suggest, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials on Friday released the first nationally representative estimate of how many...

Hong Kong's new election law thins the candidate pool, giving voters little option in Sunday's polls

HONG KONG (AP) — One of the Hong Kong's longest-serving pro-democracy council members is organizing a farewell...

Denmark's parliament adopts a law making it illegal to burn the Quran or other religious texts

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A new law was passed in Denmark's parliament on Thursday that makes it illegal to...

Putin moves a step closer to a fifth term as president after Russia sets 2024 election date

Lawmakers in Russia set the country’s 2024 presidential election for March 17, moving Vladimir Putin a step...

Mike Baker, Scott Bauer and Emily Wagster Pettus the Associated Press

Washington voters have approved a plan to privatize liquor sales, siding with Costco in the costliest initiative campaign in state history.

Unofficial results Tuesday night showed the measure passing with widespread support. Costco Wholesale Corp. committed $22 million to supporting the measure, which will dismantle controls that have been in place since Prohibition.

Wholesalers provided much of the opposition funding, as retailers will now be able to bypass them and buy product directly from producers. About 1,000 people who currently operate the state's system will lose their jobs.

Costco had backed another privatization measure that failed last year. The latest one includes more revenue for state and local governments, as well as stricter controls on what stores can sell

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Abortion opponents say they're still pursuing life-at-fertilization ballot initiatives in six other states even though voters in the Bible Belt state of Mississippi rejected the conservative measure.

Abortion rights supporters praised the vote, saying the measure went too far because it would have made common forms of birth control illegal and would have forced women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.

The White House called it a victory for women and families.

"The president believes that extreme amendments like this would do real damage to a woman's constitutional right to make her own health care decisions, including some very personal decisions on contraception and family planning," President Barack Obama's spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

If it had passed, the "personhood" proposal was intended to prompt a legal challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a legal right to abortion. A Colorado-based group, Personhood USA, is trying to get the measure on 2012 ballots in Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Nevada and California.

Voters in Colorado have already rejected similar proposals in 2008 and 2010. Keith Mason, a co-founder of the group, said they might try again in Mississippi, too.

"It's not because the people are not pro-life," Mason said of the failed ballot measure. "It's because Planned Parenthood put a lot of misconceptions and lies in front of folks and created a lot of confusion."

Planned Parenthood Federation of America said in a statement that Mississippi voters rejected the amendment because they understood it was government going too far.

The measure "would have allowed government to have control over personal decisions that should be left up to a woman, her family, her doctor and her faith, including keeping a woman with a life-threatening pregnancy from getting the care she needs, and criminalizing everything from abortion to common forms of birth control such as the pill and the IUD (the intrauterine device)."

The so-called personhood initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of Mississippi voters, falling far short of the threshold needed for it to be enacted.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrats and union officials encouraged by voters' rejection Tuesday of an anti-union law in Ohio hope to channel that momentum and money into the next big fight - the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

The drive to recall Walker, a Republican, just a year into his term stems from legislation he backed that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers in Wisconsin. Walker opponents plan to begin next week collecting the more than 540,000 signatures needed to trigger a recall election.

Unlike Ohio, Wisconsin law does not provide for a referendum vote on rejecting the collective bargaining law. Opponents initially targeted state senators who supported the measure and now will turn to Walker.

The recall campaign will be broader than the Ohio effort and encompass other actions Walker pushed, including passage of a budget that made deep cuts to public education.

Labor organizers who helped mobilize the Ohio vote are already on the ground in Wisconsin. The Ohio election shows that the public is ready to reject conservative policies that weakened unions and cut public programs, said Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin state AFL-CIO, which represents 250,000 workers in the state.

"It shows that if people come together and work in solidarity and work in unity, they can overcome big money spent against them," Neuenfeldt said Wednesday. "I think we started to show that this summer in the Senate recalls and this is further proof this is the model to be used."