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City Leaders Ask for Rent Forgiveness

Plea is made amidst economic impacts from COVID-19

The local elected officials say unless rent and mortgage payments are waived for people “substantially impacted by COVID-19,” many residents will face severe insurmountable debt while deferring rent or mortgage payments

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Coronavirus Claims Life of Jazz Great

Ellis Marsalis was patriarch of New Orleans musical family

Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday from pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy.

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Gresham Helps Most Vulnerable During Crisis

City contacts 3,000 elderly and disadvantaged residents

“During this time of isolation, it’s more important than ever to stay connected and keep our community strong,” said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis.

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Social Distancing Appears to Slow Virus

Seattle modeling shows need to double down on policies, authorities say

Social distancing appears to be helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Seattle area, but Gov. Inslee says measures will need to be extended.

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Hero Coach Earns Congressional Medal

Keanon Lowe awarded nation’s highest civilian award

Keanon Lowe, the former Parkrose High School coach and security guard who disarmed a distraught student at the school last May to avert a school shooting has been awarded the Citizen Award honor from he Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

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Corrections Fees Suspended because of Pandemic

Move taken to reduce strain during health crisis

In the face of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice has temporarily suspended monthly supervision fees for adults on parole and probation.

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Heathcare Workers Fall Ill Amid Crisis

Lack of protective equipment a major concern

Twelve staffers at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland have tested positive for COVID-19

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Don’t Weaponize Virus Name

Speaking out against ethnic labeling during crisis

The rhetoric which labels the COVID-19 pandemic as a “Chinese virus” echoes those historical lessons of the past which place blame on a particular ethnic group rather than on the true cause.

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Remembering Civil Rights Icon Joseph Lowery

Beloved promoter of justice dies at age 98

Dr. Lowery had assumed and executed a broad and diverse series of roles over the span of his nine decades: Leader, pastor, servant, father, husband, freedom fighter and advocate.

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Governor Responds to Disaster Declaration

Says state is far from having its needs met

Brown praised the federal declaration, but said it was “far from everything Oregon needs from the federal government to actively and effectively combat this crisis.

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Help for Minority Businesses in Crisis

Prosper Portland to manage $1 million relief fund

The first phase of a Small Business Relief Fund to help minority and women-owned firms and other disadvantaged businesses struggling to survive economically because of the coronavirus public health crisis will be launched Monday by Prosper Portland.

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Scammers May Target COVID-19 Relief Checks

Oregon Attorney General issues warning

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Thursday issued a warning about scammers who might target COVID-19 relief checks.

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Mission Outreach Expands with COVID-19

Volunteers say basic needs are still number 1 priority

Many people seem to be aware of the virus, but their main concerns are still getting enough food and staying safe day to day.

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Good in the Hood Canceled

Festival and parade sidelined by public health crisis

“It is with heavy hearts that the Good in the Hood Board has decided to cancel this year's festival scheduled on June 26-28."

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Coping with anxiety during COVID-19

Mental health director has some tips

Multnomah County is reaching out to the local community with helpful information on coping with anxiety in the face of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

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Coronavirus Fight Tests Black Community

Our resiliency is model to embrace

Existential threats are nothing new to the black community.

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World Dance and Jazz Great Dies

Coronavirus claims life of African rhythms and funk master

Manu Dibango, who fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music, died Tuesday with the Coronavirus. He was 86.

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Take Transit Only If Necessary, TriMet says

Police hope to gain voluntary compliance during crisis

As residents are ordered to stay home and minimize travel in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, TriMet Monday asked people to take transit only if necessary, while Portland police said they hope to gain voluntary compliance with Gov. Kate Brown’s latest order for residents to stay at home.

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Governor Expands Stay at Home Order

New restrictions include hair and nail salons; playgrounds

Gov. Kate Brown ordered Oregonians to stay home Monday and banned all non-essential gatherings and travel to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus after crowds of people descended on the state’s beach towns and hiking trails over the weekend despite pleas to stay home.

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Cases of Stolen Respirator Masks Recovered

Life saving items are urgently needed for coronavirus response

Thousands of respirator masks that were stolen from the nonprofit Rebuilding Center in north Portland are now on their way to hospital supplies after a multi-agency theft investigation.

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