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Wednesday, November 27

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King Neighborhood Firehouse Demolished

Historic resource not protected

1924 building was of Colonial style with a portico and Tuscan columns.

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Free Land Deal

PDC defends controversial project

Does a Trader Joe's on MLK Blvd. foster gentrification?

Wednesday, November 20

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Honoring History

Dawson Park renovations begin

Members of the Portland community gathered at Dawson Park on Thursday to celebrate the start of construction to restore the park as a key community gathering space while honoring its rich African-American history. The $2.6 million renovation project will make the park more welcoming and attractive, with an improved playground, interactive water play feature, barbeques, picnic tables and benches, and better lighting and accessibility.

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Improving Lives

Dress for Success expands with career center debut

Dress for Success, a northeast Portland program designed to help disadvantaged women break into the corporate world with style, celebrated the debut of their brand new Patricia Whiting Career Center on Thursday.

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Driving a Social Agenda at the Bus Project

New executive for youth advocacy group

There’s a new driver at the Bus, well at least a new leader. The social justice and activist group, the Bus Project, recently named Tara Sulzen as their new executive director.

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‘All Hands on Deck’ for Veterans

Local governments pledge to help with jobs and services

Oregon’s top veterans official says that it will take a broad community effort to meet the needs of four generations of military veterans who've served in five major wars. On Thursday, Multnomah County pledged to lead the way.

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Basketball Standouts Pick Schools

Two local student athletes who have played together since the second grade decided to sign their “National Letter of Intent” together in a special ceremony dedicated to their accomplishments.

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In Loving Memory

Carla Moore-Wade

Carla Moore-Wade was born Feb. 20, 1962 to Ivan “Tex” and Arilena Scott Moore. She died Nov. 14, 2013 at the age of 51.

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Supporting this Bill is the Right Thing to Do

Job protections for all of our brothers, sisters

" ...in most states you can still be fired for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). In Nevada, where I live, we protect LGBT people from employment discrimination. But too many other states have yet to take that simple step. There are no state laws protecting LGBT Americans against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation in 29 states and no state law protections for gender identity in 33 states." --Rev. Leonard B. Jackson

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Many Elderly Close to Poverty’s Edge

Social Security cuts could push them over the brink

"Following the government shutdown drama, politicians in Washington appear hopelessly divided, according to conventional wisdom. Fair enough. But there’s at least one area where many politicians from both of the major parties agree — and many of the TV talking heads and newspaper pontificators are with them, too. Social Security, they insist, “needs” to be cut." Peter Hart

Thursday, November 14

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Police Power Run Amuck

Documentary “Let the Fire Burn’ painful and riveting

"Sometimes it seems the most appalling episodes in history are the ones most destined to fade into obscurity. Only if we are lucky does some skillful writer or filmmaker find the means to bring such neglected stories to our attention," says our Opinionated Judge on the film 'Let the Fire Burn'

Wednesday, November 13

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Surviving Hell

Tuskegee Airman recalls horrors of World War II

“War is hell,” that was the constant reframe from Alexander Jefferson, one of the last living members of the historic all-black military air-squad, the Tuskegee Airmen. During a veterans forum at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus in north Portland, Jefferson shared his World War II accounts of seeing heaps of human bodies set aflame, friends being torn away by gunfire before his eyes, and even becoming a prison of war where worms and sawdust were not an uncommon part of his diet.

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Decorated Veteran

Michelle Watson excels as career military leader

It’s been a long and rewarding journey from Harriet Tubman School in Portland to a distinguished career in the U.S. Coast Guard for Michelle Watson. The former Portland and Vancouver area resident has just finished a year in which she met President Obama and the First Lady; was promoted as the first African-American woman commander of a Coast Guard security unit in Virginia; and served as a deputy commander in security for the president’s second inauguration in Washington, D.C., last January.

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From Service to the Classroom

Portland State opens Veterans Resource Center

With a growing number of men and women in the military returning to civilian life after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Portland State University is looking to accommodate them with educational services and resources. Home to over 30,000 students, PSU boasts the highest number of military veterans of any other school in the state.

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The Power of a Shared Vision and Partnership

Our stronger, more inclusive America

"Two decades ago, as a young organizer in Mississippi, I learned that there are only two types of temporal power: organized people and organized money. I also learned that in a democracy, the people can win every time - but only if we are organized. Today, when I reflect back on my half-decade at the helm of the NAACP, I am deeply proud of what we have accomplished together as we organized our communities." --Benjamin Todd Jealous

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Callous Behavior toward the Most Vulnerable

Heartless for the holidays

" Scrooge has come early this year. He’s already kicking our Tiny Tims. This holiday season, kids in America’s poorest families will have less to eat."--Sam Pizzigati

Wednesday, November 6

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Model School

SEI Academy earns high score on state report card

Self Enhancement Academy is taking its bows after the middle school serving local African American kids was named a “model school” by the Oregon Board of Education.

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‘12 years a Slave’

Focused and realistic film enriches a neglected truth

" It's hard to imagine a film that the world needs more profoundly than "12 Years a Slave." For the first time --150 years after the abolition of American slavery -- a major motion picture devotes focused and realistic attention to an American slave narrative, without mitigating the story with a white hero or cheapening it with overly easy, dramatic resolutions of the problems served up by that story. It’s the most important film to be released this year and a master class in how film can enrich and deepen understanding of a neglected subject." --Opinionated Judge, Darleen Ortega

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In Loving Memory

Larry Gibson

Funeral services for Larry Gibson will be held Friday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 4009 N. Missouri Ave., with committal to follow at Rose City Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rose City Cemetery.

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Portland Activist Dead at 53

Fred Bryant Jr.

Frederick “Fred” Nelson Bryant Jr., a police accountability activist and beloved member of the Portland community, passed away on Oct. 29, 2013 at the age of 53, after suffering a stroke.

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Gun Violence Epidemic is Not Inevitable

It’s Not Rocket Science

Marian Wright Edelman tackles the issue of gun violence in America.

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MLK Site Needs Volunteer Drivers

Meals on Wheels People Martin Luther King Jr. Center seeks volunteers to assist with delivering meals to homebound seniors.