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Welding Equipment for PCC

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‘Safe Moms, Safe Babies’ Help Arrives

Baby supplies go to families impacted by COVID-19

Four northeast Portland organizations have received donations of over 2,000 diapers and other baby supplies for distribution to families impacted by COVID-19, the recent wildfires and other economic hardships.

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Glendoveer Parking Lot Improvements

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Dynamic Justice Activist Joins PSU

Walidah Imarisha to lead Center for Black Studies

Portland author, teacher and criminal justice activist Walidah Imarisha named Portland State University's new director of Center for Black Studies.

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COVID-19 Danger Now Rated Extreme

Any activity outside home deemed a risk

It means that Multnomah County will move into an extreme risk category and impose more restrictions to prevent the disease from spreading.

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New COVID-19 Relief for Restaurants

Multnomah County opens applications for grants

Licensed restaurants in Multnomah County were given the green light Monday to begin applying for small business grants to help them offset the cost of restrictions from COVID-19.

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Black Voters Saved Our Democracy

America owes its Black citizens so much

Tracey L. Rogers writes on how Black people proved resilient once more in fight to preserve the Union

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Dial Back Thanksgiving Plans, Officials say

Increased COVID-19 puts community, hospitals at risk

Health officials ask Portland residents to celebrate Thanksgiving responsibly — at home and with no more than six people.

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Jail Inmates Sue for Tear Gas Exposure

Claim 'cries for help' were ignored

Several people who were in a Portland jail during summer protests against police brutality have filed a civil rights lawsuit over tear gas seeping into jail cells.

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Portland NAACP Elects New Leader

Sharon Gary-Smith has long history of advancing racial justice

Sharon Gary-Smith, a long time activist for the African American community and a recognized leader for promoting equity and diversity opportunities for women has been elected the new president of the Portland NAACP.

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Second Fire Hits Reo’s Ribs

Cause unknown, authorities investigate

Authorities are investigating a fire that broke out at Reo’s Ribs early Monday morning, a Black-owned restaurant in the Hollywood District, but so far there is no word on what may have started the fire.

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SEI Enlisted for COVID Study

OHSU will screen wastewater, test volunteers

The sampling will target four specific areas of the city identified by SEI, community-based nonprofit.

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Portland Observer’s 50 Years

Anniversary renews focus on Black, diverse communities

Celebrating the past with a pledge to continue delivering solid news to our readers and viewers in the future.

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The Portland Observer: Did you Know?

Facts about Oregon's longest serving Black publication

Diverse publication celebrates 50 years of covering the African American community and other communities of color.

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COVID-19 Spreads Rapidly with Record Cases

Percent testing positive nearly doubles

Oregon tallied 1,122 new confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, shattering its previous record and blowing past more than 1,000 new daily cases for the first time as the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly statewide.

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In Loving Memory

Dr. Thomas Mason Boothe, June 1, 1938 - Nov 1, 2020

Dr. Thomas Mason Boothe was very active in the Portland community for many years.

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Joe Biden Wins Presidency

Kamala Harris becomes first Black woman vice president

Kamala Harris becomes first Black woman to become vice president

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Five Things Black Panther Taught Us

Chadwick Bozeman showed kingship on-and-off big screen

The late actor Chadwick Boseman of Black Panther fame is inducted into the Portland Chapter of Black Male Achievement.

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Post Election Protests Turn Violent

National Guard called out in Portland

Demonstrators in Portland engaged in what authorities said was widespread violence downtown Wednesday night.

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Voters Reduce Drug Offense Penalties

Measure puts Oregon in lead for decriminalization

Oregon has rejected charging drug users with criminal offenses, with voters passing a ballot measure that decriminalizes possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other hard drugs.


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