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Thousands of demonstrators across US say ‘Not My President’

Thousands of demonstrators across the U.S. have turned out to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents’ Day protest dubbed Not My President’s Day.

The numbers weren’t close to the million-plus who thronged the streets following Trump’s inauguration a month earlier, but the message on Monday was similar.

Thousands of flag-waving protesters lined up outside Central Park in Manhattan.

In Chicago, several hundred rallied across the river from the Trump Tower, shouting “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go.”

More than 100 demonstrated in Washington, D.C. Dozens gathered around the fountain in Dupont Circle chanting “Dump Trump” and “Love, not hate: That’s what makes America great.”

Dozens marched through midtown Atlanta for a rally named with a Georgia flavor: “ImPEACH NOW! (Not My) President’s Day March.”


Walker reported from New York City. Associated Press writers Jeff Martin in Atlanta, Tammy Webber in Chicago and Alanna Durkin Richer in Richmond contributed to this story.


Protesters in Portland face off with police

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive,

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A small but unruly group of “Not My Presidents Day” protesters faced off with police in downtown Portland.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the police confronted the crowd in front of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building on Monday. Police took some people into custody.

The crowd of several dozen, some wearing masks, were gathering for a “Not My Presidents Day” rally in protest of Donald Trump.

Police lined up facing the protesters on Southwest Third Avenue. The incident partially blocked the road.

At noon, a larger crowd gathered at Director Park under the canopy in the rain.

After listening to speeches, some started marching. Portland police say the march had permits from the city.



Police seek new leads in toppling of Oregon rock formation

(Information from: Statesman Journal,

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Nearly six months after video captured a group of people toppling a popular sandstone rock formation at an Oregon beach, state police say they’ve been unable to track down the perpetrators.

The Statesman Journal reported Friday that Lt. Mark Duncan says the investigation into the vandalism remains open but is inactive until police receive new information.

The sandstone pedestal, known as the “Duckbill,” was knocked over at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

Cellphone video captured by a Hillsboro resident shows a group of visitors pushing the structure until it crumbled to the ground on Aug. 29.

Duncan says the leads investigators followed in the case didn’t pan out.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.



Tribes lay remains of Kennewick Man to rest

(Information from: Tri-City Herald,

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground.

The Tri-City Herald reports that early Saturday, more than 200 members of five Columbia Plateau tribes and bands gathered at an undisclosed location to lay the remains of the man they call the Ancient One to rest. That’s according to an announcement Sunday by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Umatilla board member Aaron Ashley says they always knew the Ancient One was Indian. But tribes waited more than 20 years to rebury the bones.

Tribal representatives met at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum in Seattle on Friday to claim the remains.

Former President Obama signed legislation in December requiring the 8,400-year-old skeleton to be given to the tribes within 90 days.



Cottage Grove fined for discharging sewage wastewater

(Information from: The Register-Guard,

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (AP) — State environmental regulators have slapped Cottage Grove with $4,500 in fines.

The Register-Guard reports the city was fined for discharging contaminated sewage wastewater onto city-owned parkland and into the Coast Fork of the Willamette River.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says wastewater samples collected in June contained bacteria from human waste slightly above allowable levels.

Five times in July, samples of treated wastewater the city used to irrigate parkland contained too much bacteria.

The department classified the river discharge violation as “minor,” carrying a $1,500 fine, and the land watering violation as “moderate,” with a $3,000 fine.

City officials blame heat waves and a brief equipment failure last summer for raising temperatures of the water treated at its plant.



Missing Portland toddler now in protective custody

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive,

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say the toddler who went missing from a Portland home this weekend is now in protective custody.

Police say the 2-year-old is in custody out of concern for the boy’s “welfare and safety at home,” according to The Oregonian/OregonLive .

Authorities launched a major search for the toddler after his mother reported the boy missing at about 6 a.m. Saturday.

A K9 team discovered the boy in blackberry bushes about two blocks from his home at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

The boy was treated at a local hospital for injuries and exposure to cold weather.

A court hearing regarding the boy’s custody is scheduled Tuesday. Oregon’s Department of Human Services is involved.



Hundreds march at Oregon State Capitol for immigration

(Information from: Statesman Journal,

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On the heels of nationwide protests, hundreds of people gathered at the Oregon State Capitol in support of immigration and immigration rights.

The Statesman Journal reports that Sunday’s forecast of downpours didn’t deter the crowd. Event organizers estimated more than 1,000 people attended.

Winds whipped the signs of protesters crowded on the Capitol Mall as Yesica Navarro spoke about growing up as an immigrant.

Her family came to the U.S. when she was a child, looking for a better life. Learning a new culture and language was difficult for many others like her.

Navarro told the crowd that against all odds, they persisted. She says they love this country and want to be accepted.

The event, part of the Immigrants’ March Presidents Day 2017, was a grassroots efforts.



Oregon wants to host Outdoor Retailer show

(Information from: Statesman Journal,

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon tourism officials are courting a trade show for outdoor retailers that left Utah after the state’s stance on public lands sparked some brands to boycott the biannual event.

The Statesman Journal reports Outdoor Retailer organizers made the decision after Utah Gov. Gary Herbert refused to rescind his call for the reversal of a new national monument designation.

Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said the industry is all about defending public lands and cannot stand by this decision.

The shows attracted almost 45,000 people to Salt Lake City last year.

These visitors spent an estimated $45 million annually in the state.

Linea Gagliano of Travel Oregon says Portland would make the perfect location for the event.

News reports say Montana and Colorado officials are also interested in hosting the show.



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