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Wednesday, July 31

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Dream in the Making

Bike Skills Park opens in New Columbia

Residents of the New Columbia neighborhood are celebrating the grand opening of a new Bike Skills Park.

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More than a Paycheck

Summer jobs program builds life skills

A group of Portland area students just returned from Washington D.C., where they joined hundreds of other student leaders from around the country to gain a deeper understanding of how community service creates positive change.

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In Loving Memory

Larry ‘Fatter’ Hickman Jr.

Services for Larry ‘Fatter’ Hickman Jr. will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 4009 N. Missouri Ave.

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Forever Loved and Missed

Stevie ‘Shogun’ Hoggans

Memorial services for Stevie 'Shogun' Hoggans will be held Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at Highland Christian Center.

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Let’s Not Shut the Door on Our Neighbors

Stop the massive militarization of our southern border

"Seal the Border!" is a mantra often repeated by those concerned about unlawful immigration, but the walls at borders may be only an illusion of safety.

Wednesday, July 24

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Tracking License Plates

Scanner technology gathers huge database

Portland Police are responding to an American Civil Liberties Union investigation on the use of high-tech police license plate scanners to record and monitor the movement or motor vehicles from across the city.

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Provocation on Transit

Film strikes a chord in African-American experience

The story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant who was killed lying face down by Oakland police in 2009 is the star of the film "Fruitvale Station". The movie will be released this week to a country knee deep in the conversation of racism; how will it affect the debate?

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‘Black Man 101’ Curriculum Revised Again

‘The talk’ just got even harder to deliver

Are you familiar with "Black Man 101"?

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Student Images on Display

North Portland Library has opened a public exhibit featuring black-and-white images of first and second graders from King Elementary School and their neighbors.

Tuesday, July 23

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Rattled Drivers

TriMet operators shaken up after violent attacks

Some TriMet drivers are questioning their day-to-day safety after several violent episodes.

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‘Justice for Trayvon’ Rally in Portland

Residents join call for action

Portlanders joins the nationwide protest for 'justice' following George Zimmerman's acquittal.

Wednesday, July 17

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Proud Father Needs a Transplant

Portland family reaches out for gift of life donations

After the loss of one parent just two years ago, Larry Gibson's children and grandchildren say they don't want to lose their "big daddy!" too.

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Fighting for Relevancy

McCoy Academy steps up in historic King district

The 25-year-old resource center fights to maintain its longstanding community support in Portland's minority communities.

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We Needed This Verdict

A new call for action in the fight for justice

Verdict in the George Zimmerman trial stirs unrest. But will it stir change?

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Cascade Campus Building Rises

New building is part of PCC campus expansion fund from 2008

Tuesday, July 16

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We the Jury…

Verdict stirs conversations and protests

Verdict in Florida's George Zimmerman murder case with strong racial undertones prompts protests nationwide.

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Justice for Trayvon – It’s Not Over Yet

"The 21st century civil rights struggle has never before confronted us so boldly and clearly," says National Urban League president and CEO, Marc H. Morial.

Wednesday, July 10

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Community Luminary

Paul Knauls celebrates 50 years of Portland memories

The unofficial "Mayor of North and Northeast Portland" celebrates half-a-century of continued success in The Rose City.

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Foreclosure to Opportunity

Building a foundation for new beginnings

Non-profit partnership with Multnomah County turns foreclosure into hope for new family.

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Relegated to Background

Film shines light on singers between obscurity and fame

Our Opinionated Judge covers "20 Feet from Stardom"

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Synthetic Turf for Delta Park

Timbers and Thorns support soccer upgrades

Portland City Council okays upgrades to soccer fields at Delta Park in north Portland.

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Win Sends Peninsula to State

Peninsula little league team advances to State.

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Progress and Gaps in Workforce Diversity

A new report from Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries shows some promising numbers for minority participation but also highlights significant gaps.

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NBA: What Happens to the Undrafted?

Getting college athletes prepared for victory in life

Less than 1% of NCAA basketball players get drafted by NBA teams, what happens to the legions of undrafted young people?

Wednesday, July 3

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Ruling Sparks a Conversation

Gay marriage goes to states in wake of court action

People voice their opinions on the Supreme Courts gay marriage ruling.

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Good in the Hood Celebration

The annual celebration of North and Northeast Portland goes on without a hitch

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Hockey Draft Breaks Color Barrier

Portland’s Seth Jones part of changing face of sport

The 18-year-old Portlander takes part in historic NHL moment

Tuesday, July 2

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Mayor’s Aide Suspended One Week

Disciplined for violating city's harrasment policy

A controversy sparked by suggestive comments towards Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith

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Our Opinionated Judge on 'The Invisible War'

Outrageous Military Conduct

Why you should care about this documentary