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President: Iran finds oil field
Author: AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has discovered a new oil field in the country’s south with over 50 billion barrels of crude, its president said Sunday, a find that could boost the country’s proven reserves by a third as it struggles to sell energy abroad over U.S. sanctions.

The announcement by Hassan Rouhani comes as Iran faces crushing American sanctions after the U.S. pulled out of its nuclear deal with world powers last year.

Rouhani made the announcement in a speech in the desert city of Yazd. He said the field was located in Iran’s southern Khuzestan province, home to its crucial oil industry.

Some 53 billion barrels would be added to Iran’s proven reserves of roughly 150 billion, he said.

“I am telling the White House that in the days when you sanctioned the sale of Iranian oil and pressured our nation, the country’s dear workers and engineers were able to discover 53 billion barrels of oil in a big field,” Rouhani said.

Oil reserves refer to crude that’s economically feasible to extract. Figures can vary wildly by country due to differing standards, though it remains a yardstick of comparison among oil-producing nations.

Iran currently has the world’s fourth-largest proven deposits of crude oil and the world’s second-largest deposits of natural gas. It shares a massive offshore field in the Persian Gulf with Qatar.

The new oil field could become Iran’s second-largest field after one containing 65 billion barrels in Ahvaz. The field is 2,400 square kilometers, with the deposit some 80 meters deep, Rouhani said.

Since the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal, the other countries involved — Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China — have been struggling to save it. However, they’ve offered no means by which Iran can sell its oil abroad.

Any company or government that buys Iran’s oil faces harsh U.S. sanctions, the threat of which also stopped billions of dollars in business deals and sharply depreciated Iran’s currency, the rial.

Iran has since gone beyond the deal’s stockpile and enrichment limits, as well as started using advanced centrifuges barred by the deal. It also began injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at an underground facility.

The collapse of the nuclear deal coincided with a tense summer of mysterious attacks on oil tankers and Saudi oil facilities that the U.S. blamed on Iran. Tehran denied the allegation, though it did seize oil tankers and shoot down a U.S. military surveillance drone.

Trail Blazers outlast Hawks in overtime 124-113
Author: ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press

PORTLAND — Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 124-113 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.

Kent Bazemore made back-to-back 3-pointers to open the extra period, sending the Blazers to their first win at home this season.

Trae Young had 35 points and 10 assists for Atlanta, which has lost three straight games and six of its last seven.

It was a tight game throughout, but especially heated in the final moments of regulation as both teams wrestled for the win.

With a 103-102 edge, Blazers coach Terry Stotts challenged a foul call on Hassan Whiteside with 1:09 left. It was successful and CJ McCollum’s jumper extended the lead to 105-102 with 52.5 seconds left.

Kevin Huerter’s 3-pointer for Atlanta tied it at 105 with 27.9 seconds to go. Lillard answered with a layup that gave Portland back the lead but Huerter’s layup lied it up again with 0.7 seconds on the clock, sending the game to overtime.

After Bazemore’s 3-pointers against his former team, CJ McCollum’s 3 extended the lead to 118-111 in overtime and Atlanta couldn’t catch up. McCollum finished with 23 points and Whiteside added 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Blazers were coming off a 119-115 loss to the Nets on Friday night, which marred Lillard’s personal best and franchise record 60 points.

Portland has been beset by injuries. Forward Zach Collins appeared in three games this season before surgery on his shoulder that will sideline him at least four months. Forward Rodney Hood left Friday’s game with back spasms and was unavailable against the Hawks.

But the Blazers saw the return of Skal Labissiere, who sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter against the Nets. And Whiteside, who was day-to-day with a right foot sprain, started.

The Hawks were coming off to a 121-109 loss at home to Sacramento Kings 121-109 on Friday night. Atlanta is also dealing with injuries: Evan Turner, a former Blazer, missed his sixth game with an Achilles issue while Allen Crabbe remained out after knee surgery last April. Crabbe, upgraded to questionable before the game, was dressed but did not play.

Lloyd Pierce started Huerter instead of Cam Reddish, who had started the Hawks’ previous eight games.

Whiteside’s dunk put the Blazers up 18-10 early but by the end of the first period the Hawks closed the gap and went up 21-20 after Young’s basket.

Portland reclaimed the lead, going up 40-33 on Gary Trent Jr.’s jumper. Atlanta closed to within 46-44 at the half.

McCollum put the Blazers up 57-52 in the third quarter, before Young’s free throws tied it at 59 and Jabari Parker’s layup gave the Hawks the lead again. Anthony Tolliver’s layup tied the game at 73 late in the period.

Anfernee Simons, who had 12 points in the third quarter alone, pulled Portland in front 78-75 with a driving layup and free throw in the fourth. Lillard’s step-back 3-pointer and layup gave Portland an 85-82 advantage, but Parker’s jumper narrowed the gap for the Hawks.

Parker finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.

TIP INS

Hawks: The game was the first of a five-game trip. … Vince Carter was not with the team because of personal reasons. … John Collins, who averaged 19.5 points per game for the Hawks, missed his fourth game of a 25-game suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy. … Chandler Parsons was also ruled out of the game.

Trail Blazers: In addition to Hood and Collins, the Blazers continue to play without center Pau Gasol, who is still rehabbing from foot surgery, and fellow big man Jusuf Nurkic, who won’t be back until after the first of the year. … Lillard broke the franchise record for points scored through the first 10 games of the season. … It was Portland’s fourth straight victory over the Hawks.

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The Blazers play Tuesday at Sacramento, then return home for a game the next night against Toronto.

New York City wrestles with surge of violent police clashes
Author: Associated Press

NEW YORK — A surge in violent police clashes has left a trail of bodies across New York City, stoking tensions between officers and critics who say they have been too quick to use deadly force.

Since mid-October, New York Police Department officers have shot five people, killing four of them — a torrent that left department veterans struggling to recall another time there were so many on-duty shootings in the city in such a short span.

On Oct. 23, police killed a man in Harlem after they say he fired a gunshot that hit an officer’s bullet-resistant vest. Two days later, police killed a man in Brooklyn after they say he slammed an officer’s head with a chair. That officer was placed in a medically induced coma for several days.

Adding to the chasm: bystander video that showed a white police officer punching a black teen during a brawl on a Brooklyn subway platform. Hundreds of people last weekend marched in protest and the family of one teen said it will sue.

Why the sudden uptick in confrontations between police and the public? It depends on who you ask.

In law enforcement circles, there’s a growing feeling that people are feeling emboldened to act out against police officers. In a series of attacks over the summer, several officers were soaked with water, others were hit with a milk carton and Chinese food, and another had his body camera ripped off.

Police unions say frequent criticism of police from city politicians and reform advocates is stoking anti-police sentiment.

The city’s largest police union, the Police Benevolent Association, says a lack of support from police leaders has left officers feeling isolated and abandoned, exemplified by the decision in August to fire an officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.

And the unions say reluctance by some judges and prosecutors to put suspects in jail, coupled with criminal justice reforms, such as the elimination of bail for most nonviolent felonies on Jan. 1, will make it harder for officers to keep the streets and themselves safe.

“The message is that there are no consequences for your actions,” said Joseph Giacalone, a former NYPD sergeant who now teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

“You’re a victim and you’re a victim of society and you’re a victim of racism. And the police are the enemy because they are the tool they use to oppress you. That’s basically the message that has been filtered down.”

Reform advocates see it differently.

They argue the police have been provoking some of the recent flashes of violence with aggressive tactics, such as arresting people for jumping subway turnstiles and running down people suspected of carrying guns.

Public defender and police critic Rebecca Kavanagh pointed to the Sept. 29 friendly fire death of Officer Brian Mulkeen, which she said would not have happened had officers not chased a man who ran away when they approached him.

Mulkeen, part of an anti-crime unit tasked with removing guns from the streets, was wrestling with the man, 27-year-old Antonio Williams, and could be heard on body-camera footage yelling, “He’s reaching for it! He’s reaching for it!” before his fellow officers opened fire.

Joo-Hyun Kang, the director of Communities United for Police Reform, said laws keeping disciplinary files secret and the outsized power of the NYPD and unions are enabling police officers to use deadly force with little or no consequence.

“Police violence isn’t new, but abusive and violent policing is out of control in New York City,” said Kang, the director of the watchdog group, which advocated for the firing of all officers in Garner’s death.

Police officials noted that some of the people shot by officers had criminal records or prior police interactions, but Kavanagh said those details can work to demonize a person and make it seem like shooting them was justified.

The recent string of officer-involved violence began with an Oct. 15 shooting outside a Brooklyn public housing complex that police reform advocates and the slain man’s family say happened under murky circumstances.

The police department said Nasheem Prioleau, 30, was killed after pointing a gun and possibly firing at anti-crime officers who saw him shooting at another person and had ordered him to drop the weapon.

However, Kavanagh said it was later determined that a 9mm pistol found at the scene was not fired, and the person Prioleau was purportedly shooting at has never been found.

Of the men shot by New York City police officers in recent weeks, police said three had guns.

Amid election-fraud allegations, Bolivian president resigns
Author: Associated Press

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivian President Evo Morales announced his resignation Sunday under mounting pressure from the military and the public after his re-election victory triggered weeks of fraud allegations and deadly protests.

The decision came after a day of fast-moving developments, including an offer from Morales to hold a new election. The crisis deepened dramatically when the country’s military chief went on national television to call on him to step down.

“I am sending my resignation letter to the Legislative Assembly of Bolivia,” the 60-year-old socialist leader said, portraying his departure as the culmination of a “coup d’etat.”

He added: “I ask you to stop attacking the brothers and sisters, stop burning and attacking.”

Before Morales had even finished his statement, people began honking their car horns in La Paz and other cities and took to the streets to celebrate, waving Bolivian flags and setting off fireworks.

“This is not Cuba, nor Venezuela. This is Bolivia, and Bolivia is respected,” a crowd in the capital shouted.

Large crowds formed in the main squares in the capital, with many people rejoicing and some crying tears of joy. Protesters lay down in front of the presidential palace and set a coffin on fire to symbolize the death of the Morales government.

“We are celebrating that Bolivia is free,” said one demonstrator near the presidential palace.

It was not immediately clear who would succeed Morales. His vice president also resigned, as did the Senate president, who was next in line.

Morales was the first member of Bolivia’s indigenous population to become president and was in power for 13 years and nine months, the longest span in the country’s history.

But his claim to have won a fourth term last month set off unrest that left three people dead and over 100 injured in clashes between his supporters and opponents.

Earlier Sunday, the Organization of American States said in a preliminary report that it had found a “heap of observed irregularities” in the Oct. 20 election and that a new vote should be held.

Morales agreed to that. But within hours, the military chief, Gen. Williams Kaliman, made it clear that would not be sufficient.

“After analyzing the situation of internal conflict, we ask the president to resign, allowing peace to be restored and stability to be maintained for the good of our Bolivia,” Kaliman said.

The leadership crisis escalated in the hours leading up Morales’ resignation. Two government ministers in charge of mines and hydrocarbons, the Chamber of Deputies president and three other pro-government legislators announced their resignations. Some said opposition supporters had threatened their families.

In addition, the head of Bolivia’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Maria Eugenia Choque, stepped down after the release of the OAS findings.

FBI: Cybercrimes up due to sophisticated scams
Author: Associated Press

PORTLAND — On Dec. 14, Aaron Cole was about to buy a new house and received an email that he thought was from his title company, directing him to make a $123,000 deposit.

Cole complied, not realizing that a sophisticated hacker network had likely been spying on his communications with the title company and that although the email looked like others he had received from the title company, this time, the email address was slightly different.

A week later, the title company called, advising him it was time to send money. The Oregon man suddenly realized he had given away his family’s life savings to criminals. The money was from the sale of their former house.

“It was the worst feeling,” Cole said Friday. “And then having to go home and tell my wife that I just gave away all the money. She could tell right when I walked in the house and just sat down, and I just couldn’t come up with the words to tell her.”

In 2015, $220 million was lost to wire fraud in the United States. In 2019, losses will surpass $1.5 billion, according to WFG National Title Insurance Company.

In the past, attempts to trick people were often clumsy, FBI agents told journalists on Friday. Now they can be sophisticated. If people are asked via email to transfer money under a deadline, they should not rush and instead call a known number of the person the email is purportedly from and confirm the request, the agents said.

“The emails have gotten well-crafted and quite detailed. They’re highly tailored to that particular victim,” said Gabriel Gundersen, an FBI supervisory special agent with the Oregon Cyber Task Force. “It’s a social engineering piece, where they’re coercing a victim to do something based on an artificial agenda or an artificial timeline.”

In one of the largest cases of its kind in U.S. history, federal authorities in Los Angeles announced an indictment in August charging 80 people, most of them Nigerians, with stealing $6 million in an email scam and money laundering network. George Chamberlin, assistant special FBI agent in charge of the Portland division, said such cases can take years to develop.

Partnerships between victims, local law enforcement, the FBI and its field offices overseas, and law enforcement in other countries is critical to combatting this transnational crime, said Loren Cannon, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the Portland office.

In Oregon, losses surpassed $24 million from computer-related crimes from Jan. 1 through Sept. 30 of this year. For all of last year, $23.5 million was stolen, the FBI said.

Most of the money has been lost in so-called business email compromise scams, in which organized crime groups trick victims into making wire transfers to bank accounts controlled by the criminals.

Cole from the Portland suburb of Oregon City was lucky. His title firm, WFG National Title Insurance Company, hired him — for the same amount of money he lost — to be a spokesman to warn others about cyberscams.

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows
Author: Associated Press

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life.

But on the ground, there’s a different scene: plastic, pollution and death.

With virtually no predators, Midway is a haven for many species of seabirds and is home to the largest colony of albatross in the world.

But Midway is also at the center of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a vast area of floating plastic collected by circulating oceanic currents. The Hawaiian Islands act like a comb that gathers debris as it floats across the Pacific. A recent analysis found that the patch is accumulating debris at a faster rate than scientists previously thought.

Midway is littered with bird skeletons that have brightly colored plastic protruding from their decomposing bellies. Bottle caps, toothbrushes and cigarette lighters sit in the centers of their feathery carcasses.

“There isn’t a bird that doesn’t have some (plastic),” said Athline Clark, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s superintendent for Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which Midway is part of. They “fill their bellies up with plastics instead of food and eventually either choke or just don’t have enough room for actual nourishment and perish.”

Sharp plastic pieces can also perforate their intestines and esophagus.

Papahanaumokuakea, which quadrupled in size under President Barack Obama in 2016, is the world’s largest marine conservation area and was inscribed in 2010 as a UNESCO mixed World Heritage site.

“Papahanaumokuakea is both a biologically rich and culturally sacred place,” Clark said. “The Hawaiians call it a place of abundance, or aina momona.”

But circulating currents now bring an abundance of plastic and other trash from all around the Pacific Rim to Hawaii’s beaches. The debris ranges from tiny microplastics that nearly every animal in this marine ecosystem ingests to huge fishing nets that gather plants, animals and other debris while bulldozing across fragile coral reefs.

“The estimates are that there’s about 57,000 pounds of marine debris that washes ashore within this part of the archipelago annually,” Clark said.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Kelly Goodale lives and works on Midway, the site of a decisive World War II battle, and said the plastic that washes ashore there each year is just part of the problem.

“Not only are our beaches getting it, but also our albatross will bring it and feed it to their chicks,” Goodale said.

Albatross spend much of their lives at sea feeding and flying thousands of miles across the oceans before returning to Midway each year to lay eggs and raise their young.

“So we estimate about 5 tons of plastic being brought to Midway every year just by adult albatross feeding it to their chicks,” Goodale said.

The albatross tend to seek out squid eggs that attach themselves to floating pieces of plastic, which is why so many birds are eating the material, Clark said.

And it’s not just the seabirds that are harmed by ocean plastic. Endangered Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles can die while entangled in plastic nets. Sharks and other apex predators eat smaller fish that feed on microplastic. Whales drag fishing line and buoys behind them during their long migrations.

Day of the Dead event at Vancouver library a ‘celebration of life’
Author: Jack Heffernan

Soledad Iniguez, of Vancouver, narrated a demonstration of a Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, ceremony in front of a ceremonial altar containing photos of deceased loved ones. As children lined up to present gifts, she explained how many levels altars typically contain (seven), the traditional colors used and the symbolism behind each gift.

The ceremony — along with performances preceding and following it — was a reminder of how celebrants view the traditional Mexican holiday: an opportunity to festively connect with the souls of loved ones and pray for their well-being.

“The altar represents the union and the pass-through of the spirit that comes to see us on the Day of the Dead,” Iniguez said.

The demonstration took place at the Vancouver Community Library’s Columbia Room, which was packed with people Sunday. Paper-cut decorations, the altar and a mock gravesite surrounded performers during their various displays of Mexican culture.

Ismael Jaramillo and Anna Cruz performed jarabe tapatío, the national dance of Mexico that is often called the Mexican hat dance. The dance incorporates several elements of Mexican culture. Cruz, the organizer of Sunday’s event, wore a china poblana dress, while Jaramillo dressed as a charro, a traditional horseman.

Jaramillo belongs to Escuela Charra Los Mendoza, an organization in Ridgefield that teaches charrería, a competitive event similar to rodeo. Several students performed trick ropes during Sunday’s celebration — including Jair Guitron, 14, of Ridgefield.

“I don’t want to see my heritage go to waste. Someone needs to teach these guys that knowledge,” Jaramillo said while gesturing toward Guitron. “We’re part of this community. They know what they represent as Mexicans but also as Americans.”

The china poblana dress that Cruz, of Vancouver, wore was particularly fitting for the holiday. It was designed by Martha Hermosillo-Muchow, a Hazel Dell resident who died in May at 79 years old.

Hermosillo-Muchow was active in local Mexican cultural groups. Her large portrait was situated in a prominent spot on the altar.

“She was like a mom and a friend,” Cruz said.

Hermosillo-Muchow’s friendliness was evident in her smile and a reminder that, as Iniguez put it, “The Day of the Dead is a celebration of life.”

How Clark County College Football Players Fared, Nov. 9
Author: Micah Rice

Jordan Suell is on a blistering touchdown streak for Southern Oregon.

The senior from Fort Vancouver had two touchdown catches for the third game in a row on Saturday, a 27-19 win over Montana State Northern.

Suell has now seven TD catches in his last four games, 11 on the season and 26 in his career. That ranks fourth-highest total in Southern Oregon history.

His 160 yards on nine catches was his highest yardage total at SOU. He snagged touchdown catches for 48 and 1 yards to give the Raiders a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Suell, whose 6-foot-6 frame makes him a hard matchup, ranks third in the NAIA Frontier Conference with 754 receiving yards (75.4 per game). He leads the conference with 11 touchdown catches and is second in overall touchdowns.

Southern Oregon (4-6, 4-5) concludes its season next Saturday at Montana Western

As always, email updates to Sports Editor Micah Rice at micah.rice@columbian.com.

Here’s how Clark County players fared on the college gridiron this weekend:

* — has used redshirt year

Air Force

Last game: Game vs. New Mexico postponed until Nov. 23

Next game: at Colorado State, Nov. 16, 4 p.m.

Christopher Mitchell, Mountain View, Sr., OL

 

Carroll College

Last game: Beat Montana Tech 30-19 to improve to 6-3 overall and in the NAIA Frontier Conference.

Next game: at Eastern Oregon, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

William Noce-Sheldon, Seton Catholic, Sr.*, WR — Did not play.

Case Western Reserve

Last game: Beat Waynesburg University 27-24 to improve to 9-0 overall and 8-0 in the in the Division-III President’s Athletic Conference.

Next game: at Carnegie Mellon , Nov. 16, 11 a.m.

Jonathan Salo, Heritage, Fr., LB — Did not play.

 

Central Washington

Last game: Beat Southwest Baptist 72-17 to improve to 6-4 overall.

Next game: at Simon Fraser, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Drake Owen, Camas, So. WR — Had four catches for 54 yards with a long of 30.

Rey Green, Union, Jr. RB — Did not play.

Will Ortner, Hockinson, Jr.*, OL — Started at left tackle for an offense that gained 552 total yards.

Isaiah Carbajal, Mountain View, So.*, DL — Started at defensive end. Had three tackles, including two solo and 1.5 for a loss. Also had one quarterback hit.

Kai Gamble, Union, So.*, LB — Did not play.

Max Randle, Battle Ground, So.*, LB/DB — Started at inside linebacker. Had one tackle.

Canon Racanelli, Hockinson, Fr.*, QB — Played in a backup role. Completed 1 of 2 passes for 9 yards.

Angel Terry, Hudson’s Bay, Fr.*, DL — Had one tackle, which was solo. Also recovered a fumble and had a quarterback hit.

Tyler Flanagan, Woodland, Fr., RB — Did not play.

Riley O’Rourke, Skyview, Fr., OL — Did not play.

Makai Anderson, Mountain View, Fr., DB — Did not play.

Tyler Dejong, Skyview, Fr., LB — Did not play.

 

Chapman

Last game: Beat Claremont-M-S 41-17 to improve to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the Division-III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Next  game: at La Verne, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

David Aarhus, Camas, Jr. LB — Started at linebacker. Had one tackle, which was solo.

 

College of Idaho

Last game: Beat Montana Western 38-27 to improve to 9-0 both overall and in the NAIA Frontier Conference.

Next  game: Montana State Northern, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.

Isaiah Abdul, Camas, So., DB — Started at cornerback. Had five tackles, all solo.

Eastern Oregon

Last game: Beat Rocky Mountain 27-17 to improve to 3-7 overall and 3-6 in the NAIA Frontier Conference.

Next game: Carroll College, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Cole Schultz, Ridgefield, Fr., DL — Did not play.

Eastern Washington

Last game: Beat Idaho State 48-5 to improve to 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the Big Sky Conference.

Next game: at Cal Poly, Nov. 16, 5 p.m.

Kedrick Johnson, Hockinson, Jr.*, DB — Started at rover defensive back. Had one tackle, which was solo.

Dylan Ingram, Camas, So.*, TE — Played in a backup role.

Gunner Talkington, Battle Ground, So.*, QB — Played in a backup role. Completed 2 of 5 passes for 21 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal.

Aiden Nellor, Union, Fr.*, TE — Did not play.

Rudolph Mataia Jr., Evergreen, Jr.*, DL — Did not play.

Zion Fa’aopega, Union, Fr.*, DL — Had one tackle.

Michael Taras, Heritage, Fr*., WR — Did not play.

Brock Harrison, Ridgefield, Fr., DL — Did not play.

Dawson Ingram, Camas, Fr., TE — Did not play.

James Durr, Union, Fr., LS — Did not play.

 

George Fox

Last game: Beat Lewis and Clark 42-7 to improve to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Division-III Northwest Conference.

Next game: at Linfield, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Abe Smith, Union, Jr., S — Started at safety. Had five tackles, including three solo.

Josiah Tully, King’s Way Christian, Sr., WR — Did not play.

K.J. Santos, Seton Catholic, Sr., FB — Did not play.

Matt Henry, Hockinson, So., LB — Did not play.

Kyle Brabec, Hockinson, So., LB — Played in a backup role.

Noho Lidstone, Columbia River, Jr., LB — Did not play.

Nick Charles, Columbia River, Fr., K/P — Did not play.

 

Hawaii

Last game: Beat San Jose State 42-40 to improve to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Mountain West Conference.

Next game: at UNLV, Nov. 16, 2 p.m.

Lincoln Victor, Union, Fr., WR – Had three kickoff returns for 70 yards, including a long of 24 yards.

Michael Boyle, Camas, Fr.*, PK – Did not play.

 

Idaho State

Last game: Lost to Eastern Washington 48-5 to fall to 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the Big Sky Conference.

Next game: at BYU, Nov. 16, 12 p.m.

Caleb Eldred, Camas, So.*, OL – Did not play.

 

Linfield

Last game: Beat Whitworth 38-31 in OT to improve to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the Division-III Northwest Conference. The win clinched the conference title and a playoff berth.

Next  game: George Fox, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Tyler Bergeron, Battle Ground, So., LB – Started at safety. Had five tackles, including four solo. Also had an interception, which he returned for 19 yards.

Nolan Mickenham, Prairie, Fr, WR – Did not play.

Dawson Lieurance, Columbia River, Fr, QB – Did not play.

Isaac Hoidal, Stevenson, Fr, WR – Did not play.

Des Phillips, Stevenson, Fr, CB – Did not play.

Preston Lowery, Stevenson, Fr, LB – Did not play.

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Last game: Beat Norwich University 34-21 to improve to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the Division-III New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference.

Next game: at Springfield College, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.

Keithen Shepard, Union, Jr., WR — Had four catches for a team-high 84 yards, including touchdown catches of 28 and 7 yards.

 

Montana

Last game: Beat Idaho 42-17 to improve to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the Big Sky Conference.

Next game: Weber State, Nov. 16, 12 p.m.

Kobey Eaton, Evergreen, Sr.*, DB — Did not play.

Michael Matthews, Camas, So.*, LB — Did not play.

Skyler Martin, Skyview, So.*, OL — Played in a backup role for an offense that gained 392 yards.

Cole Grossman, Skyview, Fr.*, LB — Did not play.

Dumitru Salagor, Union, Fr., OL — Did not play.

 

Montana Tech

Last game: Lost to Carroll College 30-19 to fall to 6-3 both overall and in the NAIA Frontier Conference.

Next game: Rocky Mountain, Nov. 16, 12 a.m.

Zeek Fromel, Mountain View, So., OL/DL — Did not play.

Jack Hiller, La Center, Fr.*, OL — Did not play.

 

Nebraska

Last game: Bye week.

Next game: Wisconsin, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.

Darien Chase, Union, Fr., WR

 

Notre Dame

Last game: Beat Duke 38-7 to improve to 7-2.

Next game: Navy, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m.

Nolan Henry, Union, Sr.*, QB — Did not play.

 

Northern Arizona

Last game: Lost to Sacramento State 38-34 to fall to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the Big Sky Conference.

Next game: at Southern Utah, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Alishawuan Taylor, Union, Fr., TE — Did not play.

 

Oregon State

Last game: Lost to Washington 19-7 to fall to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-12 Conference.

Next game: Washington, Nov. 16, 4:30 p.m.

Jack Colletto, Camas, Jr., QB/LB — Will redshirt the remainder of the year.

Dakota Napierkowski, Camas, So.*, OL — Will sit out this year after transferring from Abeline Christian.

Caleb Lightbourn, Camas, Sr., P — Will sit out this year after transferring from Nebraska.

 

Pacific University

Last game: Beat Pacific Lutheran 44-31 to improve to 4-5 overall and 4-2 in the Division-III Northwest Conference.

Next game: Whitworth, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Myles Artis, Hudson’s Bay, So., DE —Had two tackles, both solo.

Jake Clark, Prairie, Fr., RB — Did not play.

 

Pacific Lutheran

Last game: Lost to Pacific 44-31 to fall to 1-7 overall and 0-6 in the Division-III Northwest Conference.

Next game: at Willamette, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Logan Black, Ridgefield, Sr., OL — Started at center for an offense that gained 468 yards.

Tristan Thomas, Woodland, Jr., LB — Started at linebacker. Had nine tackles, including four solo, 2.5 tackles for loss and one-half of a sack.

Liam Nabors, King’s Way Christian, Jr., QB — Handled placeholding duties on a field goal unit that went 1 for 2.

Zac Shomler, Skyview, Jr., QB — Did not play.

 

Portland State

Next game: Lost to UC Davis 45-28 to fall to 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the Big Sky Conference.

Next game: at Eastern Washington, Nov. 23, 1 p.m.

Brady Brick, Battle Ground, So.*, OL — Did not play.

Jacob Bystry, Columbia River, Sr., WR — Had  one forced fumble on the punt coverage team.

Cade Koons, Washougal, Fr., RB — Had one tackle on the kickoff coverage team.

Jojo Siofele, Union, Fr., RB — Saw his first collegiate game action in a backup role.

 

University of Redlands

Last game: Beat Whittier 45-10 to improve to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the Division-III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Next game: at Occidental, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Blake Roy, Camas, Sr. TE — Started at tight end. Had four catches for 29 yards, including a 7 yard touchdown.

 

University of Rochester

Last game: Lost to Saint Lawrence 51-19 to fall to 0-9 overall and 0-5 in the Division-III Liberty League

Next game: Hobart College, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.

Nile Jones, Union, Fr. RB — Did not play.

 

Rocky Mountain

Last game: Lost to Eastern Oregon 27-17 to fall to 2-8 overall and 1-8 in the NAIA Frontier Conference.

Next game: at Montana Tech, 12 p.m.

Joey Roberts, Mountain View, So. OL — Did not play.

Matt Asplund, Columbia River, Fr. QB — Did not play.

 

San Diego

Last game: Beat Stetson 51-7 to improve to 7-2 overall and 6-0 in the FCS Pioneer Football League.

Next game: Morehead State, Nov. 16, 2 p.m.

Bryan Kelly, Camas, Sr.*, DB — Had a team-high nine tackles, including three solo.

Shane Jamison, Camas, Fr., LB — Did not play.

 

Shasta College

Last game: Lost to American River 44-27 to fall to 7-2.

Next game: at Butte, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Marvin Barber, Union, Fr., RB — Did not play.

Tarek Jabakhanji, Union, Fr., DE — Did not play.

 

Simon Fraser

Next game: Bye week

Next game: Central Washington, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Robert Meadors, Heritage, So., WR

 

Southern Oregon

Last  game: Beat Montana State Northern  30-13 to improve to 4-6 overall and 4-5 in the NAIA Frontier Conference.

Next  game: at Montana Western, Nov. 16, 12 p.m.

Jordan Suell, Fort Vancouver, Sr., WR — Started at wide receiver. Had nine catches for 160 yards, including touchdowns of 48 and 1 yards.

Parker Randle, Battle Ground, Jr.*, WR — Did not play.

Nate Kuratli, Union, So.*, LB/DB — Started at linebacker. Had five tackles including three solo.

David McDonald, Union, Fr., DB — Did not play.

 

Southwest Minnesota State

Last game: Lost to Concordia-St. Paul 24-14 to fall to 3-7 overall and in the Division-II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Next game: at Augustana, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.

Aidan Mallory, Hockinson, Fr., WR — Did not play.

 

Utah State

Last game: Beat Fresno State 37-35 to improve to 5-4 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain West Conference.

Next game: Wyoming, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Kanen Eaton, Columbia River, Fr., WR — Did not play.

 

Washington

Last game: Beat Oregon State 19-7 to improve to 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the Pac-12 Conference.

Next game: at Colorado, Nov. 23, TBD

Noah Hellyer, Skyview, Fr.*, DB — Did not play.

 

Washington State

Last game: Lost to California 33-20 to fall to 4-5 overall and 1-5 in the Pac-12 Conference.

Next game: Stanford, Nov. 16, 1:30 p.m.

Beau Braden, Columbia River, Fr.*, DL — Did not play.

Mitchell Delmage, Mountain View, Fr.*, LB — Did not play.

Austin Martin, Battle Ground, Fr.*, OL — Did not play.

Andrew Boyle, Camas, Fr., K/P — Did not play.

 

Western Oregon

Last game: Beat Azusa Pacific  23-21 to improve to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the Division-II Great Northwest Athletic Conference, clinching a share of the conference title for the first time in school history.

Next game: Eastern New Mexico, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Nathan Hockhalter, Columbia River, So.*, DL — Did not play.

Justice Murphy, Evergreen, Sr., WR — Started at wide receiver. Had two catches for 33 yards.

Aksel Fredrickson, Battle Ground, So., DL — Did not play.

Wyatt Harsh, Woodland, So., QB — Did not play.

Did I miss anyone? If so, email micah.rice@columbian.com.

Still unknown? Many have yet to form opinions on Warren
Author: Associated Press

RALIEGH, N.C. — Ron Wen knew Elizabeth Warren was running for president, but not much else.

“We hear one or two things about ‘Medicare for All,'” the 52-year-old technical marketing professional said about Warren’s universal health care plan as he waited for a town hall with the Massachusetts senator to begin inside a packed high school gym in North Carolina’s capital. “You always get the sound bites. You need to just go deeper.”

Warren has risen in the polls for months, among the front-runners now in the 2020 Democratic primary and finding herself portrayed by comedian Kate McKinnon on “Saturday Night Live.”

For many people, however, Warren is still a relative unknown, even among those who have begun paying closer attention with voting beginning in under three months.

Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they don’t know enough about Warren to have an opinion, according to a recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The same poll shows that just about 1 in 10 Americans say they don’t know enough about rivals Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders.

Biden was a two-term vice president and Vermont Sen. Sanders sought the White House four years ago, when he climbed from a virtual national unknown to credible challenger to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Still, even among Democrats, more say they don’t know enough about Warren, 16% versus 9% for Biden and 8% for Sanders, according to the poll.

An October Quinnipiac University poll showed 23% of Americans saying they hadn’t heard enough about Warren, including 18% of Democrats. That was down from 31% of all Americans and 28% of Democrats in Quinnipiac’s December 2018 poll, but still shows she has work to do to boost her name recognition.

It’s both a challenge and an opportunity for Warren. She must still introduce herself to voters, but, perhaps unlike some of her competitors, there’s also room to increase her support.

It’s a counterintuitive situation for someone who has become known lately for attracting giant crowds in places like Seattle, St. Paul , Minnesota and Manhattan . Warren’s campaign acknowledges that she trails Biden and Sanders in name recognition. But Warren says that’s why North Carolina is the 28th state she’s visited as she tries to build a grassroots movement nationwide. That often means staying behind at events for hours and taking 75,000 “selfies” with attendees.

Warren drew around 3,500 people in Raleigh, a raucous crowd that thunderously stomped its feet on the wooden bleachers. Still, she was in the Research Triangle, where many people are college-educated, relatively affluent and more likely to be Democratic leaning — a key center of support for progressive Democrats such as Warren.

“She has amazing policies, but I think what happens with a lot of people is they aren’t looking at the specifics of policy and they vote based on emotion,” said Premi Singh, a 40-year-old high school English teacher from Morrisville, outside Raleigh. Singh said that, like Clinton in 2016, Warren may face a tougher climb to make a personal connection with voters because she’s a woman who might be easily dismissed as overly professorial.

“We’ve gotten so used to reality television, not just with Donald Trump but with everything,” Singh said. “Everything has to be exciting and everything has to be so filled with drama that our capacity to handle substantive discussions is more difficult.”

On “SNL,” McKinnon plays up Warren’s wonkish tendencies but also uses physical comedy to spoof the candidate’s high-energy approach to town halls, where she runs on stage and implores the audience to stay positive.

“I am in my natural habitat, a public school on the weekend,” McKinnon’s Elizabeth Warren crowed with kicks and air punches to open a recent episode.

The real-life Warren used parts of a McKinnon sketch spliced with actual footage of the candidate calling to thank small donors in an online ad she tweeted to her 3.5 million followers.

Name recognition could be especially important in North Carolina, which holds its 2020 primary on Super Tuesday in March, three days after South Carolina hosts the South’s first primary. It’s also an important general election battleground state. It went for Barack Obama in 2008 but voted Republican during the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns.

Some people acknowledged knowing about Warren, but not for reasons she’d favor.

At an Exxon station across the street from Warren’s rally, a man gassing up his pickup mumbled something about “the Pocahontas lady,” referring to the slur that President Donald Trump has used to scoff at the controversy over Warren’s past claims of Native American heritage. Inside a nearby McDonald’s, some diners nodded when asked if they knew who Warren was but couldn’t name her home state.

Before appearing in Raleigh, Warren visited North Carolina A&T State in Greensboro, the nation’s largest historically black university. Though she filled most of a campus auditorium, Brandon Rucker, a junior studying journalism who hails from nearby Winston-Salem, said he was surprised the crowd wasn’t larger.

“I think people know who she is but I think they still have questions,” Rucker said.

Kenon Lattimore, a senior political science major with a “Black Lives Matter” pin, didn’t wait for a selfie with Warren afterward because he said he prefers Sanders, for now.

“A lot of times, I feel like her platform points are coming from Bernie Sanders and it’s basically just being presented in a different way,” Lattimore said.

Nicole Ward Quick, Democratic Party chairwoman in Guilford County, which includes Greensboro, agreed that name recognition isn’t the biggest problem Warren faces.

“Our progressives know her. I would say that she’s going to be a tough sell for North Carolina overall,” she said. “I’m a fan of hers, but I have concerns. I don’t know if the rest of the state will elect a progressive. I don’t know if they’d even vote to elect a woman.”

Justices take up high-profile case over young immigrants
Author: Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is taking up the Trump administration’s plan to end legal protections that shield 660,000 immigrants from deportation, a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign.

All eyes will be on Chief Justice John Roberts when the court hears arguments Tuesday. Roberts is the conservative justice closest to the court’s center who also is keenly aware of public perceptions of an ideologically divided court.

It’s the third time in three years that the administration is asking the justices to rescue a controversial policy that has been blocked by several lower courts.

The court sided with President Donald Trump in allowing him to enforce the travel ban on visitors from some majority Muslim countries, but it blocked the administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Roberts was the only member of the court in the majority both times, siding with four conservatives on the travel ban and four liberals in the census case. His vote could be decisive a third time, as well.

The program before the court is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that aimed to bring out of the shadows people who have been in the United States since they were children and are in the country illegally. In some cases, they have no memory of any home other than the U.S.

With Congress at an impasse over a comprehensive immigration bill, President Barack Obama decided to formally protect people from deportation while also allowing them to work legally in the U.S.

But Trump made tough talk on immigration a central part of his campaign and less than eight months after taking office, he announced in September 2017 that he would end DACA.

Immigrants, civil rights groups, universities and Democratic-led states quickly sued, and courts put the administration’s plan on hold.

There are two questions before the Supreme Court: whether federal judges can even review the decision to end the program and, if they can, whether the way the administration has gone about winding down DACA is legal.

In that sense, the case resembles the dispute over the census citizenship question, which focused on the process the administration used in trying to add the question to the 2020 census. In the end, Roberts wrote that the reason the administration gave for wanting the question “seems to have been contrived.”

There also are similarities to the travel ban case, in which the administration argued that courts had no role to play and that the executive branch has vast discretion over immigration, certainly enough to justify Trump’s ban. In the Supreme Court decision, Roberts wrote that immigration law gives the president “broad discretion to suspend the entry of aliens into the United States. The President lawfully exercised that discretion.”

The Supreme Court fight over DACA has played out in a kind of legal slow motion. The administration first wanted the justices to hear and decide the case by June 2018. The justices said no. The justice Department returned to the court a year ago, but the justices did nothing for more than seven months before agreeing to hear arguments.

The delay has bought DACA recipients at least two extra years because a decision now isn’t expected until June 2020, which also could thrust the issue into the presidential campaign.

In part the court’s slow pace can be explained by a preference to have Congress legislate a lasting resolution of the issue. But Trump and Congress failed to strike a deal on DACA.

Janet Napolitano, the University of California president who served as Obama’s homeland security secretary when DACA was created, said the administration seems to recognize that ending DACA protections would be unpopular.

“And so perhaps they think it better that they be ordered by the court to do it as opposed to doing it correctly on their own,” Napolitano said in an interview with The Associated Press. She is a named plaintiff in the litigation.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who is arguing the administration’s case at the Supreme Court, pushed back against that criticism.

“We think the way we did it is entirely appropriate and lawful. If we did it in a different way, it would be subject to challenge,” Francisco said at a Smithsonian Institution event exploring the current Supreme Court term.

The Trump administration has said it moved to cut off the program under the threat of a lawsuit from Texas and other states, raising the prospect of a chaotic end.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions determined DACA to be unlawful because Obama did not have the authority to adopt it in the first place. Sessions cited an expansion of the DACA program and a similar effort to protect undocumented immigrants who are parents of American children that were struck down by federal courts. A 4-4 Supreme Court tie in 2016 affirmed the lower court rulings.

Texas and other Republican-led states eventually did sue and won a partial victory in a federal court in Texas.

The administration’s best argument is a simple one, said Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston: “The Supreme Court should allow the Trump Administration to wind down a policy it found to be unlawful, even if reasonable judges disagree about DACA’s legality.”

Trump has said he favors legislation on DACA, but that it will take a Supreme Court ruling for the administration to spur Congress to act.

On at least one point, Trump and his DACA critics agree.

“Only legislation can bring a permanent sense of stability for all of these people,” said Microsoft president Brad Smith. Microsoft joined the challenge to the administration because, Smith said, 66 employees are protected by DACA.

The Department of Homeland Security is continuing to process two-year DACA renewals so that in June 2020, hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients will have protections stretching beyond the election and even into 2022.

If the high court rules for the administration, it is unclear how quickly the program would end or Congress might act.

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