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The family of a man fatally shot by Portland State University campus police is demanding the university immediately disarm its campus officers.

Jason Erik Washington, who was black, was shot by PSU campus officers June 29. It's the first officer-involved shooting at Portland State.

"What this community experienced on the morning of June 29, 2018 is not uncommon in this city and around the country," said Andre Washington, Jason's brother, at a press conference Friday. "Black men being gunned down by white police officers is an affliction in America."

Cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Northfield, MN already offer municipal ID cards to their residents. According to its website, the city of Minneapolis hopes to implement a similar program by early next year.

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We get opinions and analysis on some of the big stories this week from Barbara Dudley, Doug Badger and Ryan Haas.


Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has reached a deal with union and business officials to keep one controversial tax-related initiative off the state ballot in November. Meanwhile, a measure to overturn Oregon's so-called "sanctuary state" law could make the ballot. 

With a Friday deadline looming for submitting initiatives for the fall election, union officials announced they would back off an initiative that would require large, publicly held corporations to reveal more about their operations in Oregon and how much they pay in state and local taxes.

When Jo Ann Hardesty knocks on doors, she dresses like she’s going to church.

She would rather people confuse her with a Jehovah's Witness than as someone who wants to cause harm, the former lawmaker and current Portland City Council candidate said.

State Rep. Diego Hernandez also considers his attire before canvassing: nice tennis shoes, bright colors, no hoodie, no hat.

“I’m a grown male, a brown male, roaming the streets. So I’m hyper aware of … what the consequences could be,” Hernandez said.

The Magic Of Musician Richard Swift

Jul 5, 2018

If you have even a passing interest in indie rock, it’s almost guaranteed you’ve heard several things Richard Swift left his mark on musically.

A consummate producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Cottage Grove, he played and toured with the Black Keys, the Shins, Wilco, the Pretenders, Marco Benevento and many others.

At his home studio, National Freedom, he recorded and produced Northwest stars like Damien Jurado, Foxygen, the Fruit Bats and dozens more.

Backers of an initiative to fund clean energy projects in Portland with a new business tax say they have gathered enough signatures to put it on the ballot in November.

The Portland Clean Energy Fund would pay for programs like home weatherization, energy efficiency upgrades and job training in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. Many of the programs would be earmarked for low-income Portlanders and communities of color.

It’s less than an hour until showtime and director Andrew Whyment is perched in a chair, giving final notes to the cast of the play “Wherever I Lay My Head.”

The 18 young actors stand around a small, makeshift stage in an auditorium in London’s City Hall. Behind them, a wall of glass windows rises several stories high, opening out towards the Thames and London’s skyscrapers.

A new report finds significant air quality problems at a middle school building slated to open this fall in North Portland.

Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is black, said a constituent called the police on her Tuesday while she was canvassing in her district this week.

Bynum represents parts of East Portland, Gresham and Happy Valley, and is running for her second term in Oregon's House of Representatives.

She had just finished talking to a constituent and was typing notes into her phone when a Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy pulled up.

More than a decade ago, the founding members of A2VT, an Afropop band based in Burlington, Vermont, arrived in the United States as refugees. And when it came time to choose a group name, they wanted it to reflect their journey: from Africa to Vermont. 

Lead singer Said Bulle goes by the moniker "Jilib." He grew up in Somalia and moved with his family to a Kenyan refugee camp at age 10. Five years later, a family in Burlington, Vermont, offered to sponsor him. 

The director of the Oregon Health Authority, Patrick Allen, just finished a 2,000 mile trip around the state to 10 cities and two tribes, to talk about how to make Coordinated Care Organizations better.

A CCO is a health care provider network that serves people under the Oregon Health Plan, or Medicaid. 

The state’s five year contract with the 15 CCOs it works with is ending and is in need of renegotiation.

Investigators are looking into the cause of a nearly 400-acre fire burning on private industrial timber land north of Gold Beach where a large group of adults and juveniles were camping.

Curry County Sheriff John Ward said in a statement that campers associated with the the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp — hosted by the Civil Liberties Defense Center — have declined to provide answers about how the fire started at the advice of an attorney. As of Thursday, investigators say the campers have still not cooperated with the investigation.

While New Yorkers were organizing a weekend protest across the Brooklyn Bridge against family separations at the southern border, about 160 congregants of East End Temple in Gramercy Park, Lower Manhattan, gathered on Wednesday, June 27, to hear about a different style of activism.

Hundreds of Yemenis fleeing the war and humanitarian crisis back home have made their way to an unlikely destination in northeast Asia. The popular tourist destination of Jeju Island sits off the southern coast of South Korea. It’s more than 5,000 miles from the Arabian peninsula, but a combination of factors have led these war refugees to seek safety there. Se-woong Koo has been following the story from the South Korean capital, Seoul.

On July 4, millions of Americans celebrate Independence Day by watching fireworks synced to patriotic and bombastic music. But this year, a favorite from the fireworks soundtrack may have ironic overtones.

Tchaikovsky’s "1812 Overture" tells a very specific story about Russia’s defeat of Napoleon’s invading army.

Outside of a maternity ward, a young man and woman are bent over a phone. A few minutes ago, a nurse beckoned them over and ushered them in through a closed door. They came back out smiling. On the phone is the photo of a newborn baby girl. She’s in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; these are her parents in the waiting area, and her birth mother, or gestational carrier, is in the ward, getting some much-needed sleep.

Following a stinging legal fight over public records with The Oregonian/OregonLive, and facing potentially steep ethics fines, Cylvia Hayes has filed for bankruptcy.

Hayes, the fiancee of former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, submitted the filing Tuesday, after revealing in a Facebook post in June that she would do so.

“In order to protect my home from the Oregonian, I will be filing for bankruptcy,” Hayes wrote at the time.

Oregon’s top attorney is considering whether to investigate if a crime was committed during the process of putting one of the more controversial initiatives on the November ballot.

No Signs Of Protesters Leaving As Portland ICE Building Reopens

Jul 3, 2018

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resumed activity in its southwest Portland building after protesters forced its closure for more than a week, and there's nothing to indicate protesters intend to leave.

"We're extremely disappointed (that the building reopened)," said a 28-year-old protester named Jet, who declined to give his full name.

Editor's note: At 1 p.m. ET on July 5, 2018, after this report was filed, Homeland Security announced that it will be extending Temporary Protected Status for people from Yemen. Those immigrants will now be allowed to stay until March 3, 2020.

Until recently, Samuel Romain would say he wasn’t the most politically engaged person. In fact, the 16-year-old student says if he had things his way, he would be spending his summer days doing the things that most French teenagers are probably doing — lounging in a park with friends, sharing an ice cream, maybe working at a summer job.

But this summer isn’t like that. Romain and thousands of other graduating high school students have been heading out to protest.

“I need to come and scream to say I’m angry,” Romain says.

José González keeps his phone, Bluetooth earpiece, a notepad and a pencil on his nightstand. He never silences his phone because it could mean a missed call in the middle of the night from a child or a caseworker at a government shelter near the border.

But he’s not a lawyer or health care worker. He’s often called at his home in Florida to interpret from his native language, Q'anjob'al.

One night, he interpreted for a 9-year-old girl who had been separated from her older brother at the border. Another night it was an 8-year-old girl taken from her father.

Ben Torpey is kneeling in the dirt, planting one bright green seedling after another to grow his first batch of organic lettuce. Customers in nearby Providence, R.I., are already waiting for his harvest.

The local food movement in Rhode Island is thriving, and Torpey — a guy who grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey — is typical of a new generation of farmers.

"I've been fortunate enough to be able to find my way to having this be my job," says Torpey, who has been working the land for six years. "I feel really lucky."

Musician and producer Richard Swift has died.

He was a mainstay on the national touring roster, supporting bands like The Black Keys, Wilco and The Shins onstage, while maintaining an Oregon presence at his Cottage Grove recording studio, National Freedom.

Multiple Agencies Battle Fire In Warm Springs

Jul 3, 2018

Multiple agencies are battling a fire in Warm Springs that began burning Monday.

What fire crews are calling the Mecca Fire is burning an estimated 900 acres, according to Trey Leonard, fire management officer at Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

Officers with the tribe's public safety division went door-to-door to issue mandatory evacuation orders to at least 40 homes Monday in the Greeley Heights Subdivision of the reservation.

No historic sites or cultural landmarks are currently threatened by the fire.

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What does it mean to live in the United States instead of China?

For China’s most prominent political cartoonist, Rebel Pepper, a dissident with a gentle smile and a wicked brush, it’s the difference between life as a wild pig and a domesticated one.

Kept pigs “think they live a carefree life because people feed them. But one day, they will be slaughtered,” Rebel, whose real name is Wang Liming, said in a May interview in Washington, DC, where he now lives.

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Immigration attorneys told a federal judge at a hearing Monday that visiting immigrant detainees at a federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon, is still a challenge.