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Stories for September 2013

Wednesday, September 25

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A Sense of Belonging

Moorish Science embraces African roots

Temple teaches people of African descent their history through ancient tradition and knowledge.

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Black Portlanders

Woman’s shoots documents life in the city

Memphis native documents black life in the city with her blog, theblackportlanders.com

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The Roaring Twenties Are Back

Economy is reverting to the bad old days.

"Many of us who have reached Social Security age had a pretty good run. We lived through those heady days that followed the Great Depression and World War II, a delightful — though brief — moment in U.S. history when the rich were losing the class war. The middle class gained the high ground and nearly everyone had a shot at a decent income and reasonable retirement. "--William A. Collins

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Miss You Dearly

Larry Walker Allen Jr.

Services were held Saturday for Larry Walker Allen Jr. who died Aug. 31, 2013. He was born in Portland on June 8, 1951 to Luvenia Walker and Lavon Allen. He attended Eliot Elementary School and graduated from Washington High School.

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Lessons of ‘The Butler’ Still Relevant Today

An American story that never gets old

" We tend to think of politicians, pundits and school books as the great troubadours of history and shapers of public opinion. But when a movie like “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” comes along, we are reminded that nothing moves the spirit or traces time like simple storytelling."-- Marc H. Morial

Tuesday, September 24

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Marine Charged with Murder

Victim’s family looks for justice in Hawaii

A Marine has been charged with murder and other charges, including patronizing a prostitute, in the death of a Portland woman who was on vacation in Hawaii, the Marine Corps said Monday.

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Historic Home Saved from Demolition

Victorian bungalow home saved from demolition in north Portland.

Wednesday, September 18

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Mystery Test Scores

King Elementary is under the microscope. The former principal, Kim Patterson, who was responsible for many reforms at the K-8 school, stepped down just before the school year to begin a new job at the Oregon Department of Education; Eryn Berg has been chosen to succeed Patterson who held the post since 2010. This all comes amid extensive investigations into plummeting test scores at the northeast Portland school.

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Seniors on the Move

New program focuses on healthy habits

Seniors in Portland are getting active with a new program keep get elder citizens moving called Walk With Ease. The program, which was launched by Meals on Wheels People, aims to take a group of 10 to 12 walkers aged 60+ on two to three trips weekly. It debuted in seven other locations in April. The goal is to have participants work up to 45 minute walks. Each participant is provided with a journal to log their walking habits.

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History Can Move in Two Directions at Once

My grandma’s words have guided me

" In my time as an organizer, I have been guided by the words of many people - activists and authors, colleagues and friends. But the most powerful lesson I ever received about the struggle for civil and human rights came in 1993, when my grandmother taught me that history could move in two directions at once." -Benjamin Todd Jealous

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In Loving Memory

Charles Ruben Parks

A memorial service for Charles Ruben Parks will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at Grace Covenant Fellowship Church.

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Memories Forever

Betty Jo Green's funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at Love Temple, 8660 N. Willamette Blvd.

Tuesday, September 17

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Lesson in Mindfulness

Our Opinionated Judge on the poetic film ‘Museum Hours’

I despair of conveying just how rich and profound an experience watching "Museum Hours" can be.

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Big Job Maker

Daimler Trucks to expand in north Portland

Daimler Trucks North America announced Friday it will expand its north Portland headquarters, bringing 400 high-paying jobs to the local economy. The economic boost comes with about $20 million in incentives from local and state government agencies.

Wednesday, September 11

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Tragedy to Awareness

Family’s grief raises profile of sickle cell anemia

Pastor Marcia's family has been stricken with tragedy through the years due to the disease sickle cell anemia. Through the years she was worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the blood disorder which affects 1 in 12 African-Americans.

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Gatewood’s Farewell and Thanks

Algie Gatewood, president of the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College, was honored during a public farewell party Thursday and then thanked by the Portland Public School Board during its meeting Monday.

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Haskins Proposes Return to PIL

Portland Public Schools’ newly named athletic director Marshall Haskins held a news conference Friday to announce a formal proposal to have all of the district’s high schools to compete at the 6A level, the highest sports ranking in the state as part of “re-establishing” the Portland Interscholastic League.

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Political Side Effects of Tolerating Legal Pot

Ticking time bomb on the GOP’s doorstep

"Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent announcement that the federal government wouldn’t challenge Colorado and Washington state’s ability to implement a legal regulatory system for adult recreational marijuana use marked a tremendous political victory for reform if not a definitive legal victory. Technically, pot remains illegal across the nation. But Holder went as far as he could under our system of checks and balances." -Sanho Tree

Tuesday, September 10

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Restoring ‘Lost’ History

Marker to mention first black visitor to Oregon

Oregonian Gwen Carr worked fervently to include a crucial part of the state's black history on a historical marker near Tilamook.

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Painful Truths

Oregon Shakespeare Festival wades in where angels fear to tread

"It's hard to imagine a setting for a play more challenging and complex than the slave trade. It's a history that we as a culture carry in our collective DNA; our very economic system was built, quite literally, on the backs of human beings who had been kidnapped and transported under unimaginable conditions into lives that explicitly denied their status as human beings. We have barely begun to scratch the surface in our collective consciousness about the implications of this past for our present. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has waded in where angels fear to tread with a new play this season, "The Liquid Plain."

Wednesday, September 4

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Shaking Up Sports

Haskins looks to re-energize school programs

Portland Public Schools recently named community fixture Marshall Haskins the new athletic director of the district and he has already come through the door shaking things up. Less than a month into his post he put forth some radical proposals that however unofficial and unlikely to be put into play, create the thing Haskins desires most at the moment; dialogue.

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Gender Oppression Confronted

Our Opinionated Judge examines 'The Tenth Muse'

The play centers on three young women who find themselves taking refuge in the convent: Jesusa, a Mestiza (half-Spanish and half Amerindian) who has come to care for an ailing nun; Tomasita, a timid Nahua Indian who has come to serve in the kitchen; and Manuela, a noblewoman whose arrival is occasioned by circumstances that are not immediately explained. The three are relegated to the basement storage room and are instructed not to open a locked armoire that sits in the corner. Oppression and class fuel the story.

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Soleful Family

Relay teams shine at Portland to Coast

Soleful Strutters, Soleful Brothers and Soleful Masters were all part of a “Soleful Family” scoring big victories in the Portland to Coast Walk Relay.

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We Have Come Far; Still Much Has Stayed the Same

Rededicating ourselves to the fight

"I joined over 150,000 people at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. It was a powerful moment that showed us how Dr. King's dream is still alive, yet reminded us how far we still have to go to see it fulfilled. The simple backdrop of last month's event reminded us how much has changed in 50 years. "-Benjamin Todd Jealous

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Hefty Fine for ‘P Club’ Discrimination

Enforcement a first under 2007 civil rights law

Last year, investigators with the Bureau of Labor and Industries found substantial evidence of unlawful discrimination, including phone messages from P Club bar owner Chris Penner asking a group of transgender patrons to stop visiting his establishment because he didn’t want the venue to become known as a “tranny bar” or “gay bar”.