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Friday, August 30

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Let Portland Ring!

Bells toll for justice and freedom

Bells ring in Portland to commemorate 50 years since Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech.

Wednesday, August 28

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Down Home Cooking

Everything made from scratch and fresh at the Miracles Café

Soul food eatery, 'Miracle's Cafe' on Martin Luther King Boulevard is quickly becoming a go-to spot for many people across the city.

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The Mountaintop

A final evening with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

How did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spend his last night on Earth? Portland Center Stage’s production of The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, previews Saturday, Aug. 31, opens Friday, Sept. 6 and runs through Oct. 27.

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Homegoing Celebration

William James Noble Sr.

A Homegoing Celebration for William James Noble Sr., who passed away quietly in his sleep on Aug. 22, 2013, will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Bethel AME Church, 5828 N.E. Eighth Ave.

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Health Industry Giants Geared to Profits

When the focus is on making as much money as possible

"As the Obama administration struggles to keep rolling out its landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amid partisan squabbling, the shortcomings of American health care are more evident than ever," says William A. Collins.

Tuesday, August 27

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A Legacy of Activism

Tribute speaks to civil rights issues of yesterday and today

Portlanders marched through downtown to commemorate the historic 'March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom'

Wednesday, August 21

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Remembrances Pour in for Lee Perlman

Neighborhood stalwart was a community champion

Accolades and remembrances are pouring in for Lee Perlman, a longtime Portland community journalist and activist who died this month at the age of 64.

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50 Years Later

Local leaders say there’s still work to do for civil rights

Local civil rights leaders prepare for commemoration march taking place Saturday in honor of the 50 year anniversary of the 'March on Washington'.

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Thoughts on The Dream

Portland recalls King’s historic speech

Portlanders recall Martin Luther King's 'dream' 50 years later

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Justice March for Ivy

Friends and family keep vigil on woman’s death

Things got off to a late start at the ‘Justice March for Ivy’ rally in downtown Portland Saturday, but the small legion of supporters were certainly seen and heard once things got going.

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50 Years after Martin Luther King Jr. made History

Another march, another dream

In the 50 years that have followed that march, Dr. King's words have echoed everywhere and inspired multitudes. Today, senior citizens who came to the march still remember. One retired octogenarian now living in Florida insists: "It was one of the most important experiences of my life."

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Let’s Do Something Before It’s Too Late

Global response to climate change is in tatters

"...nearly a year’s worth of global economic output we’ll all have to spend coping with the extreme weather and other climate-changing impacts triggered by the now unfrozen methane hovering in the atmosphere," says William A. Collins

Wednesday, August 14

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Fighting for History

Memorabilia from decades past cause friction at Matt Dishman

The historic Matt Dishman Community Center in north Portland is the focal point of a battle that essentially questions the relevance of the celebrated relics of decades-past to the 63-year-old site’s immediate future.

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Arson Suspected in Aftermath of Inferno

Reward leading to arrest offered up to $2,500

The Portland Fire Bureau search for answers following Aug. 8's massive fire on MLK Boulevard.

Tuesday, August 13

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‘Moda Health’ Wins Arena Naming Rights

Rose Garden name goes away for sponsorship deal

The Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Health have unveiled a community partnership that changes the name of the Rose Garden to “the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter,” effective immediately.

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Portland Journalist Dead at 64

Longtime reporter Lee Perlman found dead at the age of 64.

Wednesday, August 7

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A Lasting Impact

Algie Gatewood’s charm and success will be missed

Portland Community College is losing one of its longtime leaders. Cascade Campus President Algie Gatewood is returning to his roots to become the next president of Alamance Community College in North Carolina. Gatewood completes a nine-year tenure as leader of PCC’s urban north Portland campus.

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Making Political Impacts

Minority advocates count up legislative successes

Oregon is one of the least racially diverse states in the union, but that has not stopped minorities from making significant changes in the state Legislature this year.

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Home Repairs for Senior Homeowners

Non-profit holds 24th paint and repair-a-thon

REACH Community Development, a local nonprofit affordable housing developer, joined nearly 300 community volunteers on Saturday for their 24th annual paint and repair-a-thon.

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In Loving Memory

Charles Edward Lawrence

In memory of Charles Edward Lawrence (Ed).

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Justice for Trayvon is About Justice for all

America continues to devalue young black men

National Urban League president Marc H. Morial, examines the affects of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case further.

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Fuss over Iran: Just Follow the Oil

Concerns have a lot to with its natural gas and oil reserves

"There are plenty of environmental and safety reasons to oppose the construction and operation of nuclear reactors. Key among them is the fact that there’s no proven safe system to dispose of or store the highly radioactive waste they generate."

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Funk and Fusion CD Release

Bassist, Erick Lews, a fixture in the Portland jazz, soul, and funk scene for years now joins special guest Joey Williams for a celebration of his new solo album at Jimmy Mak's.

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Workers Exploited by Your Tax Dollars

McDonalds not the only low wage player

Did the golden arches deserve the ridicule that ensued after its employees staged a mass protest?

Thursday, August 1

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Parkrose to host first Jim Pepper Music Festival

Tribute to great jazz and Native culture

Celebrating Jim Pepper’s Native ethnic heritage and a broader multi culturalism for the Portland area