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NORTHWEST NEWS

Don’t Shoot Portland, University of Oregon Team Up for Black Narratives, Memory

The yearly Memory Work for Black Lives Plenary shows the power of preservation.

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.

NEWS BRIEFS

Governor Kotek Announces Chief of Staff, New Office Leadership

Governor expands executive team and names new Housing and Homelessness Initiative Director ...

Governor Kotek Announces Investment in New CHIPS Child Care Fund

5 Million dollars from Oregon CHIPS Act to be allocated to new Child Care Fund ...

Bank Announces 14th Annual “I Got Bank” Contest for Youth in Celebration of National Financial Literacy Month

The nation’s largest Black-owned bank will choose ten winners and award each a $1,000 savings account ...

Literary Arts Transforms Historic Central Eastside Building Into New Headquarters

The new 14,000-square-foot literary center will serve as a community and cultural hub with a bookstore, café, classroom, and event...

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Announces New Partnership with the University of Oxford

Tony Bishop initiated the CBCF Alumni Scholarship to empower young Black scholars and dismantle financial barriers ...

Oregon lodge famously featured in 'The Shining' will reopen to guests after fire forced evacuations

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's historic Timberline Lodge, which featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film “The Shining,” will reopen to guests Sunday after a fire that prompted evacuations but caused only minimal damage. The lodge said Saturday in a Facebook post that it...

Record numbers in the US are homeless. Can cities fine them for sleeping in parks and on sidewalks?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most significant case in decades on homelessness has reached the Supreme Court as record numbers of people in America are without a permanent place to live. The justices on Monday will consider a challenge to rulings from a California-based appeals court that...

Two-time world champ J’den Cox retires at US Olympic wrestling trials; 44-year-old reaches finals

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — J’den Cox walked off the mat after dropping a 2-2 decision to Kollin Moore at the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials on Friday night, leaving his shoes behind to a standing ovation. The bronze medal winner at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 was beaten by...

University of Missouri plans 0 million renovation of Memorial Stadium

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is planning a 0 million renovation of Memorial Stadium. The Memorial Stadium Improvements Project, expected to be completed by the 2026 season, will further enclose the north end of the stadium and add a variety of new premium...

OPINION

Op-Ed: Why MAGA Policies Are Detrimental to Black Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE – MAGA proponents peddle baseless claims of widespread voter fraud to justify voter suppression tactics that disproportionately target Black voters. From restrictive voter ID laws to purging voter rolls to limiting early voting hours, these...

Loving and Embracing the Differences in Our Youngest Learners

Yet our responsibility to all parents and society at large means we must do more to share insights, especially with underserved and under-resourced communities. ...

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. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Councilwoman chosen as new Fort Wayne mayor, its 1st Black leader, in caucus to replace late mayor

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Fort Wayne city councilwoman was chosen Saturday as the new mayor of Indiana’s second most populous city, and its first Black leader, during a caucus to replace its late mayor, who died in March. Councilwoman Sharon Tucker, a Democrat, will also become...

The drug war devastated Black and other minority communities. Is marijuana legalization helping?

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — When Washington state opened some of the nation's first legal marijuana stores in 2014, Sam Ward Jr. was on electronic home detention in Spokane, where he had been indicted on federal drug charges. He would soon be off to prison to serve the lion's share of a four-year...

Lawsuits under New York's new voting rights law reveal racial disenfranchisement even in blue states

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Weihua Yan had seen dramatic demographic changes since moving to Long Island's Nassau County. Its Asian American population alone had grown by 60% since the 2010 census. Why then, he wondered, did he not see anyone who looked like him on the county's local...

ENTERTAINMENT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 21-27

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 21-27: April 21: Actor Elaine May is 92. Singer Iggy Pop is 77. Actor Patti LuPone is 75. Actor Tony Danza is 73. Actor James Morrison (“24”) is 70. Actor Andie MacDowell is 66. Singer Robert Smith of The Cure is 65. Guitarist Michael...

What to stream this weekend: Conan O’Brien travels, 'Migration' soars and Taylor Swift reigns

Zack Snyder’s “Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver” landing on Netflix and Taylor Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department” album are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you. Also among the streaming offerings worth your time as...

Music Review: Jazz pianist Fred Hersch creates subdued, lovely colors on 'Silent, Listening'

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch fully embraces the freedom that comes with improvisation on his solo album “Silent, Listening,” spontaneously composing and performing tunes that are often without melody, meter or form. Listening to them can be challenging and rewarding. The many-time...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

2 killed and 6 injured in shooting at Memphis park party, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Eight people were shot including two men who were killed at an unsanctioned public party...

Autoworkers union celebrates breakthrough win in Tennessee and takes aim at more plants in the South

DALLAS (AP) — The United Auto Workers' overwhelming election victory at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee is...

Marijuana grow busted in Maine as feds investigate trend in 20 states

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The high electricity consumption of a home, its cardboard-covered windows and odor of...

At least 20 dead after a ferry sinks in Central African Republic, witnesses say

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — At least 20 people have drowned in Central African Republic after a...

Pakistani province issues a flood alert and warns of a heavy loss of life from glacial melting

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani province has issued a flood alert because of glacial melting and warned of...

The US military will begin plans to withdraw troops from Niger

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United States will begin plans to withdraw troops from Niger, U.S. officials said...

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (3) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers had a couple of hurdles to overcome Friday night.

They'd lost the first two meetings with the Phoenix Suns this season by double digits. The Blazers also had struggled recently in close road games.

The Blazers made sure Friday's game wouldn't go down to the wire — and they ended their recent history of frustration against Phoenix in the process. They went on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter and benefited from clutch shooting and solid defense in a 106-96 victory over the Suns.

C.J. McCollum scored 26 points and made five 3-pointers, Damian Lillard added 18 points and the Blazers held the Suns to 14 fourth-quarter points, their defense forcing two shot-clock violations in the quarter.

McCollum and Lillard, one of the highest-scoring guard duos in the NBA, hit 3-pointers during the 13-0 stretch.

"We've been through this before many games where we've been up or been close at the end and squandered leads," McCollum said. "So I think it was really important for us to really focus on the defensive end and then offensively get good shots, run some clock."

Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 31 points. Bledsoe has four of his eight career 30-point games against the Blazers.

The two teams combined to make 25 of 69 3-point attempts in what was an up-and-down affair until midway through the fourth. There were seven lead changes and eight ties.

"Our team defense was not there," Bledsoe said.

The Blazers avoided a season sweep at the hands of the Suns in the final meeting between the two teams.

"They pretty much dominated us here and at our place," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "They closed out the fourth quarter better than we did. Those two games, certainly back to back, were in the back of our mind."

Suns guard Brandon Knight, the team's second-leading scorer at 21.4 points per game, didn't score until making a free throw with 7:34 left in the game. Knight didn't make a basket in 12 attempts. He had 10 assists.

"We were trying to get him to stay aggressive at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but he was just kind of dribbling around and not looking for the shot," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Portland used a 16-6 run early in the third quarter to build a 73-67 advantage. But the Suns reclaimed the lead 82-78 after three quarters following Bledsoe's 3-pointer with 59 seconds left.

The Blazers didn't score a point for more than three minutes to start the game but finished the first quarter with a 33-26 lead, thanks in large part to 3-point shooting. McCollum hit two 3-pointers and Allen Crabbe had two more off the bench, with Crabbe scoring 10 points in less than four minutes.
Crabbe finished with 18 points, tying a career high. Al-Farouq Aminu had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Portland.

The Suns rallied to tie the score at 35 in the second quarter with Devin Booker and Mirza Teletovic hitting two 3-pointers each. Booker, a rookie guard from Kentucky, is 17 of 23 from 3-point range this season.

Teletovic had 15 points and six rebounds. He shot 4 of 10 on 3-point attempts.
Phoenix went up 61-57 with 31 seconds left in the first half when Bledsoe banked in a wild shot while being fouled and made a free throw.

TIP-INS
Trail Blazers: Portland made 12 3-pointers on Friday. The Blazers have connected on at least 10 3-pointers in five of their last six games and in 10 games overall this season. ... Crabbe has scored in double figures in six straight games and has made a 3-pointer in 15 games in a row.

Suns: Markieff Morris was active but didn't play. Morris was returning from a sinus infection that forced him out of the team's last game. ... C Tyson Chandler missed his eighth straight game with a hamstring strain. He's been out since Nov. 29. ... The Suns observed a moment of silence before the game to honor 12-time NBA All-Star Dolph Schayes, who died Thursday. The team also issued a statement in remembrance of former center John "Hot Rod" Williams, who died Friday in Louisiana. Williams played for Phoenix from 1995-98.

STAR WARS AND 50 CENT
The Suns did a special tribute to "Star Wars" on Friday night, with costumed "Star Wars" characters on the court for lineup introductions while sound effects from the movie played. Rapper 50 Cent announced the Suns' starting lineup.

UP NEXT
Trail Blazers: Host New York on Saturday.
Suns: Host Minnesota on Sunday.

The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast