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NORTHWEST NEWS

Grants Pass Anti-Camping Laws Head to Supreme Court

Grants Pass in southern Oregon has become the unlikely face of the nation’s homelessness crisis as its case over anti-camping laws goes to the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled for April 22. The case has broad implications for cities, including whether they can fine or jail people for camping in public. Since 2020, court orders have barred Grants Pass from enforcing its anti-camping laws. Now, the city is asking the justices to review lower court rulings it says has prevented it from addressing the city's homelessness crisis. Rights groups say people shouldn’t be punished for lacking housing.

Four Ballot Measures for Portland Voters to Consider

Proposals from the city, PPS, Metro and Urban Flood Safety & Water Quality District.

Washington Gun Store Sold Hundreds of High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines in 90 Minutes Without Ban

KGW-TV reports Wally Wentz, owner of Gator’s Custom Guns in Kelso, described Monday as “magazine day” at his store. Wentz is behind the court challenge to Washington’s high-capacity magazine ban, with the help of the Silent Majority Foundation in eastern Washington.

Five Running to Represent Northeast Portland at County Level Include Former Mayor, Social Worker, Hotelier (Part 2)

Five candidates are vying for the spot previously held by Susheela Jayapal, who resigned from office in November to focus on running for Oregon's 3rd Congressional District. Jesse Beason is currently serving as interim commissioner in Jayapal’s place. (Part 2)

NEWS BRIEFS

Americans Willing to Pay More to Eliminate the Racial Wealth Gap, Creating a New Opportunity for Black Business Owners

National research released today provides encouraging news that most Americans are willing to pay a premium price for products and...

Vibrant Communities Commissioner Dan Ryan Directs Development Funding to Complete Next Phase of Gateway Green Project

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is beginning a new phase of accessibility and park improvements to Gateway Green, the...

Application Opens for Preschool for All 2024-25 School Year

Multnomah County children who will be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 2024 are eligible to apply now for free preschool...

PCC and LAIKA Partner to Foster Diversity in Animation

LAIKA is contributing ,000 to support student scholarships and a new animation and graphics degree. ...

Mt. Hood Community College Hosts Spring Career Fair Featuring Top Portland Employers

The event will be held April 24 at Mt. Hood Community College. ...

Can homeless people be fined for sleeping outside? A rural Oregon city asks the US Supreme Court

GRANTS PASS, Oregon (AP) — A pickleball game in this leafy Oregon community was suddenly interrupted one rainy weekend morning by the arrival of an ambulance. Paramedics rushed through the park toward a tent, one of dozens illegally erected by the town's hundreds of homeless people, then play...

Authorities say 4 people are dead after a train collided with a pickup in rural Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four people are dead after the vehicle they were traveling in was struck by a train in rural Idaho Saturday, authorities said. Idaho State Police said the pickup was carrying a 38-year-old man, 36-year-old woman and two children, who were all from Nampa. The...

Caleb Williams among 13 confirmed prospects for opening night of the NFL draft

NEW YORK (AP) — Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams, the popular pick to be the No. 1 selection overall, will be among 13 prospects attending the first round of the NFL draft in Detroit on April 25. The NFL announced the 13 prospects confirmed as of Thursday night, and...

Georgia ends game on 12-0 run to beat Missouri 64-59 in first round of SEC tourney

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Blue Cain had 19 points, Justin Hill scored 17 off the bench and 11th-seeded Georgia finished the game on a 12-0 run to beat No. 14 seed Missouri 64-59 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Cain hit 6 of 12 shots,...

OPINION

Gallup Finds Black Generational Divide on Affirmative Action

Each spring, many aspiring students and their families begin receiving college acceptance letters and offers of financial aid packages. This year’s college decisions will add yet another consideration: the effects of a 2023 Supreme Court, 6-3 ruling that...

OP-ED: Embracing Black Men’s Voices: Rebuilding Trust and Unity in the Democratic Party

The decision of many Black men to disengage from the Democratic Party is rooted in a complex interplay of historical disenchantment, unmet promises, and a sense of disillusionment with the political establishment. ...

COMMENTARY: Is a Cultural Shift on the Horizon?

As with all traditions in all cultures, it is up to the elders to pass down the rituals, food, language, and customs that identify a group. So, if your auntie, uncle, mom, and so on didn’t teach you how to play Spades, well, that’s a recipe lost. But...

A Full Court Press to Get the Lead Out

With a “goal of identifying and remediating lead hazards in at least 2,800 Lancaster County homes,” LG Health is setting an example for the private sector. And the Biden-Harris administration’s focus on environmental justice and access to clean and safe...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Gene Herrick, AP photographer who covered the Korean War and civil rights, dies at 97

RICH CREEK, Va. (AP) — Gene Herrick, a retired Associated Press photographer who covered the Korean War and is known for his iconic images of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and the trial of the killers of Emmett Till in the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, died Friday. He was 97. ...

A Pittsburgh congressional race could test Democrats who have criticized Israel's handling of war

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An election this month in Pittsburgh and some of its suburbs is emerging as an early test of whether Israel’s war with Hamas poses political threats to progressive Democrats in Congress who have criticized how the conflict has been handled. U.S. Rep. Summer...

AI-generated fashion models could bring more diversity to the industry - or leave it with less

CHICAGO (AP) — London-based model Alexsandrah has a twin, but not in the way you’d expect: Her counterpart is made of pixels instead of flesh and blood. The virtual twin was generated by artificial intelligence and has already appeared as a stand-in for the real-life Alexsandrah...

ENTERTAINMENT

Book Review: Jen Silverman’s gripping second novel explores the long afterlife of political violence

Earlier this year a former member of the far-left Baader-Meinhof gang who spent decades in hiding was arrested by German police in connection with a string of crimes. It was just another example of the long afterlife of the anti-war movement of the late 1960s, which Jen Silverman explores in a...

What to stream this week: Billy Joel sings, Dora explores and 'Food, Inc. 2' chows down

A Billy Joel concert special celebrating his residency at Madison Square Garden and Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal playing cowboys and former lovers in Pedro Almodóvar’s “Strange Way of Life” are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you. ...

Movie Review: ‘Food, Inc. 2’ revisits food system, sees reason for frustration and (a little) hope

The makers of the influential 2008 documentary “Food, Inc.” never planned to make a sequel. They figured they’d said it all in their harrowing look at a broken, unsustainable food system — a system led, they argued, by a few multinational corporations whose monopoly squeezes out local...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

The shadow war between Iran and Israel has been exposed. What happens next?

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel early Sunday marked a change in approach for Tehran, which...

World paid little attention to Sudan's war for a year. Now aid groups warn of mass death from hunger

CAIRO (AP) — On a clear night a year ago, a dozen heavily armed fighters broke into Omaima Farouq’s house in...

AI-generated fashion models could bring more diversity to the industry - or leave it with less

CHICAGO (AP) — London-based model Alexsandrah has a twin, but not in the way you’d expect: Her counterpart is...

West Bank sees biggest settler rampage since war in Gaza began as Israeli teen's body is found

Al-MUGHAYYIR, West Bank (AP) — Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank went on the largest rampage against...

The Latest | Israel says 99% of drones and missiles launched by Iran were intercepted

Israel on Sunday praised the success of its defenses in the face of an attack by Iran involving hundreds of...

US judge tosses out lawsuits against Libyan commander accused of war crimes

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A U.S. judge has tossed out a series of civil lawsuits against a Libyan military...

Roger M. Groves, Professor of Law Florida Coastal School of Law



Notre Dame's Michael Floyd (left) during the
2010 Sun Bowl

One of the problems with NCAA enforcement is that there are too many causes to simply punish players, coaches and schools and then assume the issue will be solved. We have a system that asks teenagers to voluntarily comply with a very complex set of rules, but we simultaneously tacitly allow them to grow up as heroes to whom the rules do not apply.

Many players can make the instant transition from high school hero to highly regulated college player in part because they have the support system from home or otherwise. But a few are game changers that make millions for the school, and NCAA rules violations can easily cost millions in lost profits. I have previously suggested pro players as institutionalized mentors. I also recommended that opportunities for sports-related jobs be afforded to those players as incentives and a reward for staying infraction-free.

Now if those remedies are ineffective, and a player has already been suspended but with a chance to return, or has repeatedly violated team rules or otherwise appears headed down the wrong road, it seems a self-fulfilling strategy of doom to wait until you have yet another infraction that could sink the program, and the staff. I have a suggestion that will be confirmation that I am crazy, or at least desperate for solutions. 

We have too long used excuses for lax player accountability. We know there are not enough NCAA investigators to monitor every program.  Of course, coaches and staff cannot monitor 24-7. But technology can.

Nongovernmental organizations traced over 600,000 people in Haiti who were survivors of an earthquake and cholera. They wanted to better target where to send supplies. They tracked mobile phone usage to satellite and tower locations. If we can track over a half million people with phones, I think we can also track a few hundred players. We know they have phones. We know they would rather travel without underwear than without their mobile devices. The university can have a computer tech student sitting in a cubical tracking the player and plotting for an interception before the bouncer asks for the player's ID. There would be no need to ask and guess "where were you last night?"  You notice I am only proposing this for the already risk-laden. It is a better catch the person early as oppose to waiting for on an iPhone video showing the player stomping someone in the face.

Say a star quarterback has a suspended license. If a player loves his car, and loves the bars more, a web cam and GPS is the perfect gift.  You can't even start the car in some technology-savvy probationary circles unless permission is granted.  Google Maps can swoop down and video-tackle a teenager on the loose at the driveway of a Ponzi-schemer. Then before the violations can occur, the search and seizure is executed.

There is an understandable concern about a stigma of criminality. But players already have to sign a waiver giving away many legal rights when agreeing to be a scholarship student-athlete. This is just one more. There is no unconstitutional invasion of privacy under the Fourth Amendment if there is un-coerced consent. And the frenzy created by presumed guilt already seen any time a player is alleged to have broken the law is more vexing to the player than the suspended license he received. There are constitutional issues that typically involve balancing the individual's interests against governmental/educational interests. NCAA infractions of one player affect many other innocents and the institution's reputation, revenues that subsidize other sports and jobs.  There is a plausible governmental justification for these individual restraints, especially if narrowly confined to repeat offenders.  Tethering is not out of the question. Let Nike start making fashionable ankle bracelets. Why not use a fraction of EA Sports video profits or ESPN's TV contracts that bombard youth with "Fly with the Ank" commercials as the newest star dunks or snags a pass. I've seen worse become all the rage. I am only half-joking.

Notre Dame is playing by the old rules. Star receiver Michael Floyd could have turned pro last year and become an instant millionaire. He decided instead to return for his senior year. Bored without homework in late spring, he had a little alcohol to pass the time – and then took a spin. After police took exception to the order of his actions, the university remedy was to suspend, reinstate and suggest or require that he move back into a dorm this fall for monitoring. That may be sufficient for an isolated lapse of judgment. But this was Floyd's third alcohol-related offense in two years. Notre Dame would know better than I, but if I had someone who has caught more footballs than anyone in Notre Dame history on my team, I would rather quietly over-monitor than risk being undermanned at receiver and lose about the only major proven playmaker on the squad.

Where would the money come from for an aggressive state-of-the-art monitoring program? Between the schools, the conference, the NCAA, corporate sponsors and all those companies that profit off those players, there is plenty of cash. Private, for-profit companies ought to voluntarily or involuntarily give back part of their considerable earnings they make from the sport to help the sport.

This is a remedy of last resort. Before this should be attempted, schools must deal with the bad behavior of dangerous individuals who buzz around major sports programs. There are adults that provide the incentives for players to come to the schools and stay at the schools that violate NCAA rules. They are closer to the root cause of the problem. But that is the topic of another article. Stay tuned.

The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast