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July 8, 2015
Session Ends with Progressive Victories
Bills expand
fight racial
On Monday the Oregon Legis-
lature drew its current session to
an end, a year highlighted by sev-
eral progressive victories, includ-
ing bills to make voting easier, im-
proving access to birth control and
fighting racial profiling by police.
The law banning the practice
of profiling as a law enforcement
tactic is on its way to Gov. Kate
Brown’s desk for her signature.
The bill offers residents a formal
complaint process and creates a
new work group tasked with iden-
Gov. Kate Brown signs a bill expanding access to contraception during a June 11 ceremony. The bill
tifying patterns or practices of
makes Oregon the first state to require insurers to pay for up to 12 months of birth control at a time.
profiling, along with identifying
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Confederate Flag Voted Down
The South Carolina senate voted 36
to 3 to remove to the confederate
flag from the state capitol grounds
on Monday following protests of
the symbol’s historic connection
with slavery and in light of the
recent white supremacist shoot-
ing that took the lives of nine Af-
rican-Americans attending bible
study. A two-thirds majority vote is Women’s World Cup Victory
also needed in the state House in or- The United States has won its third
der for the bill to reach the governor. Women’s World Cup title and first
since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over
Officer Shoots Stabbing Suspect Japan on Sunday behind a first-half
A 55-year old man was released
hat trick by Carli Lloyd. The Amer-
from the hospital Monday after
icans became the first country with
having been shot by a police of-
three women’s titles and got a mea-
ficer after allegedly stabbing the
sure of revenge for their loss in the
officer’s partner on Sunday morn-
2011 final against Japan.
ing. The suspect, David James
Ellis, was promptly transported to Fireworks Spread to Homes
the Multnomah County Detention Authorities say illegal fireworks
Center, where he faces numerous started a brush fire between two
charges, including attempted ag- southeast Portland homes on
gravated murder.
Monday morning and then flames
methods to correct it.
The bill received bipartisan
support in both chambers and had
the backing of the Center for Inter-
cultural Organizing, the NAACP,
Basic Rights Oregon, the Oregon
Association Chiefs of Police, and
the Oregon Sheriff’s Association.
“Profiling corrodes the rela-
tionship between law enforcement
and the community they serve,”
said House Speaker Tina Kotek.
“To eliminate profiling, we need
to face it head on, recognize it
and provide the means to report
and address the problem when it
Brown signed the birth control
law on Monday, giving Oregon
women access to contraception
without having to first schedule
a doctor’s visit. Pharmacists can
C ontinued on P age 4
spread to the exterior of both
buildings. Portland firefighters
were able to put the fire out. A
damage estimate was not immedi-
ately available.
Cosby Admits to Drugging
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby
admitted in a 2005 deposition that
he obtained the sedative Quaa-
ludes with the intent of giving
them to a young women he want-
ed to have sex with. The docu-
ments were released Monday on a
court order against the objections
of Cosby’s attorneys.
Woman Struck by Vehicle
A 60-year-old woman who was
struck by a vehicle in southeast
Portland on Saturday is being
treated for life-threatening inju-
ries at a local hospital according
to police. The woman was struck
just before 10 p.m. near Southeast
60th Avenue and Holgate.