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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

Former president Obama, NAACP issue condolences

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer.

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Parents Want Counselors Not Cops

Sheila Warren, a long time African-American activist who started the Portland Parent Union in 2009, told the Portland Observer that the rise of cops in schools has lead to an increase in referrals to the juvenile justice system.

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Obo Addy Legacy Project Farewell

Celebration to honor 32 years of outreach

A celebration to honor the work of the late African musician and his wife Susan Addy, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lagunitas Community Room, 237 N.E. Broadway, Suite 300.

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Cadet Program Takes Applications

The program is designed to encourage and promote accountability, being safe, communication, teamwork, fitness and develop leadership skills.

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A Career Owning and Driving Trucks

Finding good work without a college degree

After five years of steady work and savings, the North Carolina resident had amassed enough money in his 401(k) retirement plan – with the help of his employer, who matched his contributions – to buy his first truck. He put down $3,000 on a W900 Kenworth for $110,000.

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Red vs. Black Charity Game

NBA legends to team up with local celebrities

The fun event led by retired NBA star and former Trail Blazer Brian Gant and David Lucas, son of the late NBA great Maurice Lucas of Portland Trail Blazers fame, will feature local celebrities; other former Blazers and professional players, and college players and coaches.

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Surviving an Intolerant World

ased on the novel by Emily M. Danforth, the film tells the story of a young woman who is sent to gay conversion therapy camp.

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Using Violence Wrong Way to Make a Point

Protests were far from peaceful

Through his peaceful approach, Dr. King made his point and the world followed.

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Pastor Back at AME Zion

The Rev. Joyce M. Smith has returned to her role as the leader of Community A.M.E. Zion Church in Vancouver after serving as presiding elder of the wider Oregon and Washington Conference for a year.

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In Loving Memory

Opal Strong

A homegoing service for Opal Strong will be held Thursday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at Life Change Church, 3635 N, Williams Ave.

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Apprenticeships to Strengthen Middle Class

Learning a trade key to honest, blue-collar life

The world is changing, it’s true, and the workplace along with it.

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Contractor Grows with TriMet

Raimore on track for biggest job ever

Raimore will help bring faster, more efficient and reliable bus service to the east side with its pre-construction work for bringing high-capacity bus service to a 15-mile corridor between Gresham and downtown Portland.

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Our Coarse Culture and Resurgent Racism

A downward slide for democracy

He scorns democratic dissent even as his alt-right brown shirt followers claim “free speech” as their right to scream hate at gays, Muslims, and those who don’t toe the Trumpline.

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Fighting Displacement

Zoning plan to protect affordable Mobile Home Parks

The city’s 56 mobile home parks are some the most affordable residential areas left in Portland and many of the residents of these parks cannot financially afford to move.

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Rap Giants Front Block Party

Dead Prez to celebrate Green Hop dispensary, jobs

Dead Prez, composed of rappers stic.man and M-1, are considered to be one of the most influential hip-hop groups of the 21st Century.

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Betting on Diversity

Filmmaker creates jobs incubator for blacks, females

The fellowship is the brainchild of Ifanyi Bell, an accomplished and Emmy-nominated African American filmmaker who grew up a mile and a half north of the original 35-year-old Portland Community Media building in northeast Portland.

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Fabricator’s Death Goes Unsolved

A cash reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for any information about the case, for which homicide detectives have not determined any suspects.

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In Loving Memory

William ‘Ronnie’ Turner

A memorial service for William “Ronnie” Turner will be held Saturday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at the University Park Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4007 N. Alaska.


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