Rittenhouse protest in Portland, Oregon, declared a riot
Portland police Friday night declared as a riot a demonstration downtown against the acquittal of a teen who killed two people and injured another during a protest in Wisconsin. The protest of about 200 people was declared a riot after protesters started breaking windows, throwing objects at police and talked about burning down the Justice Center, KOIN TV reported. The protesters gathered following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.news.yahoo.com
Construction temporarily halted on $1B transmission line
The developer of a $1 billion electric transmission line is suspending construction at the request of Maine’s governor after she certified election results Friday in which residents firmly opposed the project. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills had urged New England Clean Energy Connect Transmission LLC to stop construction on the 145-mile (233-kilometer) project until legal challenges are resolved. Thorn Dickinson, president and CEO of NECEC, said work will be temporarily halted until a judge rules on a request for a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit contending the referendum was unconstitutional.news.yahoo.com
Oregon middle school closes over safety concerns, student 'socialization' issues from year of virtual learning
A middle school outside of Portland, Oregon is abruptly transitioning back to virtual learning for the next three weeks to implement new "safety protocols" as many children are lacking "socialization skills" necessary in a classroom setting after the coronavirus pandemic kept instruction at-home for a year.news.yahoo.com
Rain, floods prompt Coast Guard rescues in Pacific Northwest
The U.S. Coast Guard used two helicopters to rescue campers from rising waters at an RV park on the Oregon Coast Friday, mudslides shut down roads and a woman was plucked from a swollen river as a second day of heavy rains and flooding pummeled the Pacific Northwest. Authorities issued flood watches along Oregon's coast and warned of the possibility of dangerous mudslides in areas that burned in last summer's devastating wildfires. At the RV park about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of Portland, Coast Guard teams said they had rescued 12 people and three dogs and were continuing their efforts with a rescue swimmer to reach a total of about 50 people.news.yahoo.com
Early look at Kalamazoo-area 2021 Round 3 playoff football matchups
KALAMAZOO, MI – Michigan high school football teams claimed their first piece of playoff hardware in last week’s 11-player district finals and 8-player regional championships, but there are bigger things at stake for those still putting on the pads. Follow along for an early look at what’s ahead for the Kalamazoo area’s five remaining playoff teams. Senior Frank Roseman (6) tuns the ball at the district championship football game between Portage Central and Battle Creek Lakeview at Portage Central on Friday, November 5, 2021. 2, Portage Central No. Here’s what Michigan high school coaches are looking forSee how Kalamazoo-area teams fared in Round 2 of 2021 high school football playoffsMichigan high school football scores from district final playoff gamesFinal Associated Press high school football state rankings for 2021 in Michiganmlive.com
Body donated to science dissected in front of paying audience at Oregon hotel
The body of a 98-year-old man who died of COVID-19 was dissected in front of a paying audience inside a downtown Portland hotel last month — after his wife thought she donated his body to science. Seventy people gathered inside a meeting room at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront — some paying up to $500 a ticket — to watch the autopsy of David Saunders, who lived in Louisiana with his 92-year-old wife until he died from the coronavirus.mlive.com
Climate change reshaped Earth with extreme weather this year
Temperatures soared. World leaders are gathering in Scotland to try to accelerate the fight to curb climate change. Heat waves proved deadly and unprecedented, pushing temperatures in the Northwest and even reaching 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 degrees Celsius) in Portland, Oregon, a city known for its mild climate.news.yahoo.com
'Bringing nature in': Japanese gardens speak to the moment
Japanese-style gardens first caught the public imagination in the U.S. at an 1893 world exposition in Chicago, became a sought-after feature in Gilded Age estates, and were later adapted to open-plan modernist homes. Today they have evolved, and continue to inspire garden design at a time when many people are trying to forge a closer connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Japanese garden design in this country has moved well beyond stereotypical features like lanterns and imported Japanese cherries and maples, says Sadafumi Uchiyama, chief curator of the Portland, Oregon, Japanese Garden and director of the International Japanese Garden Training Center there.news.yahoo.com
Endangered whale population sinks close to 20-year low
A type of whale that is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world lost nearly 10% of its population last year, a group of scientists and ocean life advocates said on Monday. The North Atlantic right whale numbered only 366 in 2019, and its population fell to 336 in 2020, the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium said. Right whales were once abundant in the waters off New England, but were decimated during the commercial whaling era due to their high concentrations of oil.news.yahoo.com
'A dangerous time': Portland, Oregon, sees record homicides
It was nearly last call on a Friday when Jacob Eli Knight Vasquez went to get a drink across the street from the tavern where he worked in northwest Portland — an area with a thriving dining scene, where citygoers enjoy laid-back eateries, international cuisines and cozy cafés. Nationally, homicides increased by nearly 30% from 2019 to 2020, based on FBI data. However, in Portland, deadly violence is increasing at a faster rate than nearly all major cities, with an 83% increase in homicides in 2020. Portland has seen more homicides in 2021 than some larger cities, including San Francisco, and it's had twice as many slayings as its larger Pacific Northwest neighbor, Seattle.news.yahoo.com
Greta Thunberg says COP26 unlikely to lead to 'big changes'
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg says upcoming climate talks in Glasgow, billed as humanity's last chance to avoid catastrophic global warming, were unlikely to "lead to big changes". Thunberg, whose Fridays For Future movement has inspired massive street protests around the world, said activists need to keep on "pushing" for real change.news.yahoo.com
Democrats struggle to reduce President Biden’s spending plan
Infighting among congressional Democrats and the White House has not only stalled President Biden’s trillion-dollar infrastructure bill — it has also forced revisions on other initiatives. Debra Alfarone reports from the White House.news.yahoo.com
President Biden promotes his social spending plan while it hangs in limbo in Congress
President Biden hit the road on Friday to promote his social spending plan in Connecticut. CBS News' Natalie Brand explains how the president says the plan will help families with child care. Then CBSN anchor Lana Zak and Politico White House correspondent Daniel Lippman discuss where negotiations on the price tag of the bill stand.news.yahoo.com
'Lawless city?' Worry after Portland police don't stop chaos
A crowd of 100 people wreaked havoc in downtown Portland, Oregon, this week – smashing storefront windows, lighting dumpsters on fire and causing at least $500,000 in damage – but police officers didn't stop them. Portland Police Bureau officials say that's because of legislation passed by Oregon lawmakers this year, which restricts the tools they can use to confront people vandalizing buildings and causing mayhem. “The reason that we did not intervene goes back to what we talked about last month with House Bill 2928 and the restrictions placed on us in a crowd control environment,” KOIN reports that Portland Police Lt. Jake Jensen said in a neighborhood meeting Thursday.news.yahoo.com
A man threw paint on a sculpture of George Floyd. It’s the second time the statue has been vandalized.
The George Floyd bust was on display in New York City’s Union Square for just two days before a vandal splattered paint as he skateboarded away. Volunteers immediately helped clean it up.washingtonpost.com
Oregon school board adopts stricter political symbols ban
An Oregon school board that acted last month to ban educators from displaying Black Lives Matter and gay pride symbols has broadened the policy to prohibit district employees from displaying all types of political symbols. The move by the Newberg School Board last month to keep staff from displaying BLM or gay pride flags prompted strong criticism and threats to boycott the town of about 25,000 people southwest of Portland and its businesses. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported the board rescinded that rule Tuesday night and enacted a more sweeping policy banning any kind of political symbols, including those that support BLM or LGBTQ issues.news.yahoo.com
Portland mayor: Keeping police away from protest a mistake
Nearly three weeks after armed far-right and far-left protesters violently clashed in the streets of a diverse neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, the city's mayor said Wednesday the lack of police intervention was “not the right strategy." Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Chuck Lovell have been criticized by residents, activists and state officials for the police bureau's hands-off approach, when Proud Boys and antifascists brawled in streets, business parking lots and school grounds Aug. 22. State lawmakers representing northeast Portland said they were confused and frustrated by the decision for police not to intervene, while residents said they felt “terrorized and abandoned” as they watched fireworks explode in busy streets and people — in helmets and gas masks and armed with baseball bats, paintball guns and chemical spray — confronting each other.news.yahoo.com
How to Watch the Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers (8/29/21) - MLS | Channel, Stream, Time
The rivalry between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers dates back to the 1970s, and their contests are always must-watch, especially since the record between the two is oh-so-close. Heading into Sunday night, the Sounders hold a three-point lead over KC with a 12-3-6 record. Watch the MLS on FuboTV (7-day free trial)Portland is on the other end of the spectrum, fighting for the last playoff spot in the West. The Sounders have won the first two meetings this season, including a 6-2 drubbing in Portland two weeks ago. What: MLS SoccerWho: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers FCWhen: Friday, August 29Time: 10:30 p.m.mlive.com
Portland residents felt 'abandoned' by police during clash
For nearly 30 minutes, armed protesters from opposing groups — the far-right Proud Boys and far-left antifascists — clashed last weekend in the streets, business parking lots and school grounds of a diverse neighborhood in northeast Portland, Oregon. Noticeably missing was the Portland Police Bureau. “As soon as the fighting began and spilled out into the neighborhood, the police should have come in and stopped it,” said state Sen. Michael Dembrow, a Democrat who represents a large swath of the Parkrose community where the confrontation took place.news.yahoo.com
Portland gunfight fuels alarm over growing use of weapons at rallies
Far-right Proud Boys regularly carry handguns and other groups have adopted less lethal weapons A Proud Boys rally descended into violence on Sunday in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/AFP/Getty Images A gunfight in Portland, Oregon, last week is intensifying concerns over escalating violence during contentious rallies in the city, as far-right demonstrators and anti-fascist counter-protesters have repeatedly faced off. The Portland police bureau charged a 65-year-old man fromnews.yahoo.com
‘We’re peons to them’: Nabisco factory workers on why they’re striking
While the CEO of Nabisco’s parent company is paid nearly $17m a year, plants are closing, jobs outsourced to Mexico, and older workers are unable to retire on weakened pension benefits The Nabisco plant in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, shut down after 63 years, leaving 600 workers without a job. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP The pandemic drove many people to the cookie jar and helped Nabisco, maker of Oreos, Chips Ahoy!, Fig Newtons and other sweet treats weather the worst of the outbreak. But as the conews.yahoo.com
Portland protests descend into violence as opposing groups clash with paintballs, weapons, chemical spray
At 2:30 p.m., hundreds had gathered near a water splash pad in Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, according to police. They were left-wing protesters, some of whom identified as antifa, or anti-fascists. They had gathered to express opposition to a right-wing rally attended by, among others, members of Proud Boys that was scheduled in Portland that same day, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. Later in the afternoon, video footage posted online shows at least two individuals firing shots at each other in front of a pizza place nearby.washingtonpost.com
Hundreds clash in Portland as Proud Boys rally descends into violence
Running street battle ends in gunfight after ‘Summer of love’ protest in a parking lot of a former Kmart store Far-right extremists and anti-fascist counter protesters clashed on Sunday in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Nathan Howard/Getty Images A rightwing protest in Portland on Sunday has culminated in a gunfight, when antifascist demonstrators returned fire at a man who shot at them with a handgun in a downtown street. The firefight took place in the heart of downtown Portland, soon after 6pmnews.yahoo.com
‘I can’t do it’: Portland residents battle grueling heat in unprecedented summer
Streets go quiet and shops close early as temperatures pass 100F in latest Pacific north-west heatwave First responders tend to a heat-related emergency call outside the Right 2 Dream Too encampment in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters “No, no, no,” Linda Longoria cried as she heard the weather forecast for Portland, Oregon on Friday: 100F (38C). “I can’t do it. Even in the shade it’s so humid.” Longoria, 65, and her son are homeless and stay in hotels when they can butnews.yahoo.com
COVID-stricken Oregon deploys National Guard to hospitals
Oregon’s governor said Friday she will send up to 1,500 National Guard troops to hospitals around the state to assist healthcare workers who are being pushed to the brink by a surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said the first group of 500 Guard members will be deployed next Friday to serve as material and equipment runners in the most stricken hospitals and to help with COVID-19 testing, among other things. Troops will be sent to 20 hospitals around Oregon.news.yahoo.com
COVID: Oregon issues mask mandate, warns of hospital surge
Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday announced a statewide indoor mask requirement in Oregon as coronavirus hospitalizations and cases reach record high numbers in the state and health care systems are overwhelmed. Beginning Friday, everyone who is 5 years or older in Oregon — regardless of vaccination status — will be required to wear masks in indoor public spaces. The newest coronavirus health and safety measure in Oregon applies to all indoor public spaces, including businesses, grocery stores, indoor entertainment venues and gyms.news.yahoo.com
Oregon among blue states slow at lifting COVID restrictions
Even as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved earlier this month to ease indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, some blue states like Oregon and Washington are still holding on to certain longtime coronavirus restrictions.
Lawyer: FBI enlisted Proud Boys leader to inform on antifa
In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, Proud Boys including Joseph Biggs, front left, walks toward the U.S. Capitol in Washington, in support of President Donald Trump. The Proud Boys even have counted some law enforcement officers among their ranks, including a Connecticut police officer and a Louisiana sheriff's deputy. AdThe FBI would not comment on why agents were meeting with Biggs or why the bureau was trying to solicit information about antifa through the Proud Boys. Biggs, 37, of Ormond Beach, Florida, wouldn't be the first Proud Boys informant. Proud Boys members describe themselves as a politically incorrect men’s club for “Western chauvinists.” Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, who founded the Proud Boys in 2016, sued the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling it as a hate group.
New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana
New York has failed in recent years to pass marijuana legalization, but a state senator said lawmakers have reached an agreement to legalize marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21. The agreement reached Saturday would expand the state's existing medical marijuana program and set up a a licensing and taxation system for recreational sales. It has taken years for the state's lawmakers to come to a consensus on how to legalize recreational marijuana in New York. Some other states that have legalized recreational marijuana have struggled to address the inequities that the drug wars have wrought. AdCalifornia voters legalized recreational marijuana sales in 2016 as well and invited people to petition to have old marijuana convictions expunged or reduced.
Portland leaders condemn ongoing violence by 'anarchists'
Oregon's largest city has seen a series of often violent protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Portland Police Department via AP, File)PORTLAND, Ore. – Leaders and elected officials in Portland, Oregon, came together Monday to demand an end to violence, criminal destruction and intimidation by “anarchists” as destructive protests continue in the city. For nearly nine months protesters have called for police reform and an end to systemic racism in Portland, which has become a key city in the country's racial reckoning. “The misguided and miseducated anarchists reject civility and instead intentionally create mayhem through criminally destructive behavior tearing up our city. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.
Portland police: Detained protesters had bear spray, hammers
(Portland Police Department via AP)PORTLAND, Ore. – Officers found a crowbar, hammers, bear spray and firearms after they corralled a group of about 100 protesters, Portland police said Saturday. Some of the protesters also confronted the police, throwing rocks and full cans of beer, the department said. Officers used pepper spray. AdAmong the items left behind by the protesters were crowbar, hammers, bear spray, knives and what the department described as a “slugging weapon with rocks.”Thirteen people are facing charges from the protest, including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and interfering with police. On Saturday, three civil rights groups called for U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the Portland Police Bureau in light of Friday's arrests.
Netflix tests out a possible password-sharing crackdown
FILE - This Aug. 13, 2020, file photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix is testing a way to crack down on password sharing. The streaming service has been asking some users of the popular streaming site to verify that they live with the holder of the account. The popular streaming service has been using popups to ask some users to verify their account via email or text, or to “verify later." “This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so," the company said in a statement. The most popular plan, which is now $14 monthly, allows two simultaneous streams; the $18 premium plan allows 3.
Devin Booker scores 35 points, Suns beat Blazers 127-121
(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Devin Booker returned from the knee injury that kept him out of the All-Star Game to score 35 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers 127-121 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory. Chris Paul added 19 points for Phoenix, and Mikal Bridges scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half. Second in the NBA behind the Utah Jazz, the Suns have won 14 of their last 16 games. Damian Lillard had 30 points for Portland, and Enes Kanter added 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Blazers won 127-117.
Portland mayor seeks $2 million to stem rampant gun violence
(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)PORTLAND, Ore. – The mayor of Portland, Oregon, announced Thursday he would seek $2 million in one-time funding for police, other agencies and outreach programs to try to stem rampant gun violence in the city. The move by Mayor Ted Wheeler represents an about-face after city leaders in June voted to cut nearly $16 million from the police budget, reductions that included the elimination of a gun violence reduction unit. During an hour-long news conference Thursday, Wheeler, activists, faith leaders and community members reiterated that in order to solve the problem of gun violence, the community must work together. Wheeler said the tactic is not the same as the now-eliminated Gun Violence Reduction Team and would be more transparent. Wheeler said he supports the ideas, beginning with asking City Council to appropriate $2 million in one-time fiuds from the city’s reserve stability contingency account created last fall, to address gun violence.
International evangelical pastor Luis Palau dies at 86
(AP Photo/Marianne Armshaw, File)PORTLAND, Ore. – Luis Palau, an evangelical pastor who was born in Argentina and went on to work with Billy Graham before establishing his own powerhouse international ministry, died Thursday. The Luis Palau Association said he died at his home in Portland, Oregon. “This is hard news, but Luis is experiencing the beauty of the Lord face to face.”Born to an affluent family in Buenos Aires, Palau rose from obscurity to become one of the most well-known international Christian evangelists. How many people we’ve reached with the Gospel.”His radio programs, including the international Spanish-language “Luis Palau Responde,” are broadcast on 3,500 stations in 48 countries, and his Portland-based Luis Palau Association organizes dozens of events each year on five continents. “Luis Palau was the Apostle Paul to the Spanish-speaking world.
As violence surges, some question Portland axing police unit
Critics say the squad unfairly targeted Black people, but gun violence and homicides have since spiked in Oregon's largest city, and some say disbanding the 35-officer unit was a mistake. It’s really just that simple.”Stockton, California, began disbanding and defunding police units dedicated to gun violence in 2010. While policing has been refocused in Portland, experts and officials say it's unlikely those changes caused spikes in gun violence. Last month, police launched a squad of 15 officers and six detectives focusing on gun violence investigations. Yarborough, Penney's uncle, was a gang member in the 1990s and had been arrested by officers with Portland's gun violence team.
Lillard's late 3 gives Blazers 108-106 win over Warriors
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots a 3-point basket over Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. – Played tough by the Warriors all game, Damian Lillard needed to make something happen. Lillard hit a deep 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a hard-fought 108-106 victory over Golden State on Wednesday night. His 3-pointer gave Golden State a 101-96 lead with 3:57 remaining. He took a charge from Green, which prompted an unsuccessful challenge by Golden State, and Portland won its second straight after a four-game losing streak.