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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon BIPOC Caucus Calls for Action to Support Victims of Gun Violence

The Legislative Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus has released the following statement in response to the tragedy at Half Moon Bay, CA that left seven dead and one person wounded, all of whom were people of color

Democrats Voice Priorities for Coming Year in the Capitol

Highlights from the Democrats 2023 legislative agenda. 

Colorado Lawmakers Look to AI to Detect Wildfires Earlier

A historic drought and recent heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American West and scientists say warming weather will continue to make fires more frequent and destructive.

Justices Weigh Effort to Balance Washington State's Tax Code

Washington is one of nine states without an income tax, and its heavy reliance on sales and fuel taxes to pay for schools, roads and other public expenses falls disproportionately on low-income residents.

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Graduation Rate Rises With Gains Made In Every Student Group

Class of 2022 graduation rate is second highest In Oregon’s history ...

City Council Approves 13 to Independent District Commission

The commission will lead the effort to establish four new geographic districts for Portland’s next city council. ...

Incorporating Mindfulness Into Social Justice Classes Topic of Feb. 8 Oregon State Science Pub

The free event, which can be attended in person or viewed online, will feature a presentation by Kathryn McIntosh. She will discuss...

Exhibit "Flowers for Elders" Celebrates Living Portland Artists

Free, public, multimedia exhibit runs through Feb. 25 in SE Portland ...

The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual MLK Breakfast to Air on TV

The sold-out event will air on 5 upcoming dates and times on Comcast Xfinity channels at the start of Black History Month. ...

Fully clothed bathing burglar found in Seattle bathroom

SEATTLE (AP) — A man suspected of breaking into a Seattle home has refused to come clean about his intentions, even though police found him fully clothed in a bathtub filled with water. A woman returned to her home Friday night to find a window smashed and an unknown man inside the...

Man accused in substation vandalism is released from custody

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — One of the two men charged with vandalizing electrical substations in Washington state over the holidays to cover a burglary was ordered released from federal custody Friday to seek substance abuse help. A federal judge issued the order for Matthew Greenwood,...

Krikke scores 30, leads Valparaiso over Evansville 81-69

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Ben Krikke scored 30 points to lead Valparaiso over Evansville 81-69 on Saturday. Krikke added nine rebounds for the Beacons (10-13, 4-8 Missouri Valley Conference). Kobe King added 13 points and Connor Barrett scored nine. Gage Bobe finished...

Russell leads SE Missouri State over Eastern Illinois 79-68

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Phillip Russell scored 19 points and Southeast Missouri State beat Eastern Illinois 79-68 on Saturday. Russell added six assists for the Redhawks (12-11, 7-3 Ohio Valley Conference). Adam Larson and Israel Barnes scored 11 points apiece. Larson blocked three...

OPINION

It's Time to Irrigate the Fallow Ground of Minority Media Ownership

In 2023, one aspect of civil rights and racial justice that barely remains addressed is racial inclusion in media ownership. ...

A Letter to Residents of N. and N.E. Portland from Commissioner Susheela Jayapal

Susheela Jayapal, Multnomah County Commissioner for District 2, North and Northeast Portland, reviews her first four-year term and looks forward to her second term ...

Are Black Individuals Like Kanye West, Van Jones, and Stephen A. Smith ‘Perpetrating a Fraud,’ or is Self-Hate a Primary Motivator for Anti-Blackness

“So, you have two types of Negro. The old type and the new type. Most of you know the old type. When you read about him in history during slavery he was called ‘Uncle Tom.’ He was the House Negro.”-Malcolm X ...

We Need Not Forgive

We need not forgive racial injustices in America’s past, and we must never forget them. But as a nation, we can reconcile. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Trustees picked by DeSantis may change progressive college

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — “Your education. Your way. Be original. Be you.” That's how New College of Florida describes its approach to higher education in an admission brochure. The state school of fewer than 1,000 students nestled along Sarasota Bay has long been known for its...

State of emergency declared over Atlanta 'Cop City' protest

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Thursday, giving him the option of calling in the Georgia National Guard in response to a violent protest in downtown Atlanta over the killing by authorities of an environmental activist said to have shot a state trooper. ...

Jury rejects lawsuit filed by family of teen killed by cop

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal jury has found that a white Ohio police officer did not violate a Black teenager's civil rights when he shot and killed the boy while responding to a reported armed robbery. Jurors reached their verdict Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by Tyre King’s...

ENTERTAINMENT

Smokey Robinson, 'King of Motown,' to release new solo album

NEW YORK (AP) — It's been nearly a decade since Smokey Robinson's last album, but new music from the King of Motown is on the horizon. Robinson will release the nine-track album “Gasms” on April 28, the music legend behind hits like “My Girl” and “The Way You Do the Things...

Jesmyn Ward novel 'Let Us Descend' to be published Oct. 3

NEW YORK (AP) — The next novel by Jesmyn Ward, the two-time National Book Award winner, is the story of an enslaved teenage girl that the publisher is calling a blend of magical realism, historical narrative and Dante's “Inferno.” Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,...

Jay Leno breaks bones in motorcycle wreck months after fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after undergoing surgery for serious burns, Jay Leno is now contending with a number of broken bones after being knocked off a motorcycle. The comedian and former “Tonight Show” host told a Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Thursday that he broke...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Pastor prays for peace after brutal beating of Tyre Nichols

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The pastor at the Memphis church where Tyre Nichols ' family spoke from the pulpit urging...

Gregory Allen Howard, who wrote 'Remember the Titans,' dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard, who skillfully adapted stories of historical Black figures in...

Biden, McCarthy to discuss debt limit in talks on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Sunday he is looking forward to discussing with President...

Iran says drone attack targets defense facility in Isfahan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bomb-carrying drones targeted an Iranian defense factory in the central city...

Australia mining company sorry for losing radioactive device

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A mining corporation on Sunday apologized for losing a highly radioactive capsule over a...

Pope clarifies homosexuality and sin comments in note

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has clarified his recent comments about homosexuality and sin, saying he was merely...

Steve Szkotak the Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The city of Fredericksburg opposes the latest proposal by planners of the U.S. National Slavery Museum to dig out from $7 million debt, arguing it lacks specifics and is overly optimistic.

The city's objections take aim at a third reorganization plan filed by an attorney for the proposed museum. The museum's debt plan outlines an ambitious fund-raising schedule and proposes the sale of a portion of the Fredericksburg land where the museum was to be built overlooking the Rappahannock River.

Fredericksburg's treasurer's office, which is owed back taxes totaling nearly $300,000, said the proposed reorganization plan ``is highly speculative'' and hinges on factors beyond the control of museum backers.

``Given the history of the debtor and the current climate for development of its project, the proposed plan does not appear to be feasible or realistic,'' Jeffrey Scharf, an attorney for the city, said in a filing Tuesday with U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Douglas O. Tice Jr. will consider the plan's feasibility when he is asked to confirm it. A hearing is scheduled Aug. 15 to discuss the plan and other matters.

Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder began publicly advocating for the museum a decade ago and began lining up backers and donations. By 2007, however, giving to the proposed museum began to dry up, and construction never began.

Wilder and an attorney representing the museum's board, Sandra R. Robinson, have repeatedly declined to comment on the bankruptcy filings outside of court.

Wilder, the grandson of slaves and the nation's first elected black governor, has said he was inspired to create a museum to tell of the nation's lucrative commerce in human enslavement after he visited Africa 20 years ago. He assembled a board that included distinguished African Americans and enlisted the financial support of entertainer Bill Cosby, but could not sustain fundraising.

Robinson filed for Chapter 11 protection last September, hoping to keep creditors at bay while she worked on a plan to get the museum back on track.

In her latest filing earlier this month, Robinson continued to pitch a plan that anticipates annual fund-raising of nearly $1 million to repay creditors. She also proposed the sale of more than half of 38 acres in Fredericksburg where the museum was to rise.

Scharf has scoffed at the fundraising plan, arguing the down economy and other planned museums in Washington, D.C., and Richmond would keep donations down.

``The debtor's entire reorganization plan depends on the munificence of the general public, or perhaps a few well-heeled philanthropists and their willingness to contribute to an organization that has struggled to raise funds, has failed to commence work on its mission, and is now trying to emerge from the shadow of bankruptcy,'' Scharf wrote.

He adds that the museum had never exceeded annual fundraising of $500,000 in its most active years.

The museum also faces opposition to its plan to sell a portion of the Fredericksburg land, which is assessed at $7.6 million.

Attorneys for Celebrate Virginia South, a development company that donated the land to the museum, are seeking to convert the case to Chapter 7.

Scharf also questioned that proposal, saying there are ``a whole host of questions about the ability of the museum to actually sell the land.''

The museum's largest creditor, Pei Partnership Architects, is owed approximately $5.2 million. An attorney for the company has said Pei is willing to consider a reorganization plan rather than a liquidation.

 

MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.