Stories for April 2014

Wednesday, April 30

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Marine Guilty in Harris’ Death

Family grateful for justice in case

A military jury in Hawaii has recommended that a Marine who killed a Portland woman Ivanice 'Ivy' Harris in his Hawaii hotel room serve a life sentence. The jury's recommendation on Saturday will be reviewed by the Marines commander and the court-martial's convening authority, who will either agree with the sentence or reduce the penalty.

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Clearing the Space

Artist kicked out of studio after visit from authorities

After a recent visit from authorities that led to his subsequent eviction from his studio space, local artist/entrepreneur DeAngelo Raines is questioning not only why he was visited by the police and fire marshals , but whether the storage company was renting to him under false pretense as well.

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A Lifetime Investment in Deserving Kids

The Neil Kelly Memorial Scholarship

J. Byron Kellar, president of Albina Rotary talks about the history of Neil Kelly Scholarship and what it means moving forward.

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Health Care Reform was the Right Direction

Stop the political attacks

Judge Greg Mathis makes a case for Affordable Care Act aka "Obamacare"

Friday, April 25

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25 Years a Name

Anniversary is a reminder of challenges that remain

Portland will celebrate 25 years of having a Martin Luther King Boulevard at the Blazers Boys and Girls Club April 26th from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the commemoration brings to highlight some of the many changes that have come to the boulevard and the surrounding neighborhood since it's renaming on April 20, 1989.

Wednesday, April 23

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Light Rail Project Creates 10,000 Jobs

Record set for business with minority and other disadvantaged firms

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project has reached a new jobs milestone by creating 10,298 jobs, and providing a record $153 million in contracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms.

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Texting and Driving Crackdown

Campaign raises awareness to decrease road hazards

Texting and driving is getting more eyes with a new campaign to deter people behind the wheel from become distracted while driving. The U.S. Department of Transportation released its first-ever national advertising campaign this month to increase the awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted from cell phones, text messages and other devices. The tagline is simple: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

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Sounding off on Texting and Driving

Portland residents offer their views

Some say it's "crazier than drinking and driving" others say people should even do jail time for it, Portland residents offer their views on texting and driving.

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Going to Work

More jobs are expected to follow best job growth in nearly a decade

The largest monthly gain in jobs in Oregon a little under a decade has put a slight dent in the state’s high unemployment rate, but new long term projections expect even more of a positive jolt to the economy with a 15 percent increase in employment over 10 years.

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In Loving Memory

Christine Poole-Jones

Christine Poole-Jones, beloved wife of Samuel Jones, passed away April 10, 2014. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on May 17 at the Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 N.E. 14th St.

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Laying the Groundwork for Dynasties

Close the Paris Hilton loophole

Chuck Collins says to balance the budget, leaders should take a look at closing the "Paris Hilton Loophole" he says that's draining billions of federal tax dollars.

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Teacher and Students Earn Honors

De La Salle North Catholic High School teacher Michelle Nicola is a finalist for an award in teaching tolerance. The Southern Poverty Law Center project, “Teaching Tolerance” gives out its Award for Excellence in Teaching annually.

Tuesday, April 22

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Say Goodbye to Trader Joe’s

Specialty grocer issues final “no” to MLK and Alberta

It’s official, Trader Joes is out of a development deal that would have brought the specialty grocer to a lot on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Alberta Street.

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Vancouver Avenue’s Home Coming

Historic church to celebrate 70 years

On Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m., the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, 3138 N. Vancouver Ave., will commemorate its 70th anniversary with a diamond home-coming celebration that will capture the authentic essence of the message, the music and the memories of this historic church.

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Lincoln’s Legacy at History Museum

Rare documents and artifacts pay tribute to 16th president

Following on the heels of its successful "Windows on America" exhibit, which featured some of the nation's most treasured historical artifacts and manuscripts, the Oregon History Museum has opened an original exhibit highlighting the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, entitled, "2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy."

Wednesday, April 16

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Crash Victims Were Best Friends

Tributes pour in for Pacific University students

Two Pacific University students who were killed in a car crash are being remembered for their friendship and for starting a Black Student Union on the university’s Forest Grove campus. 18-year-old Kiden Dilla and 19-year-old Ayan Osman graduated from area high schools.

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Kidz On Da Track

Coaches look to push appeal of BMX further

Longtime BMX coach is looking to push appeal of sport to more inner-city youth and kids of color in general with a new team he's composing called "Kidz on Da Track".

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In Loving Memory

Janet Brown

Janet Ruth Brown was born Jan. 31, 1924 to Arthur and Jennie Brown of Buffalo, N.Y. She peacefully departed this life on March 19, 2014 in Portland.

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Health, Soul, and Dance

Get healthy while having fun with a new Sistahs4Life workout class called “Soulful Line Dancing.” Sistahs4Life was founded by local residents Selena Mitchell, Kimberly Turner-Willianson and Carletta Dizer-Malone.

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‘Whitelandia’ Film on Oregon Racism Needs Support

A full length documentary exploring the long history of racism and discrimination against black people in Oregon has launched a campaign for donations to help make the movie a success. The film ‘Whitelandia’ is in production for a 2015 release.

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Allow a Vote on Unemployment Benefits

Crucial support for people fallen on hard times

Judge Greg Mathis examines "whether or not America should maintain its commitment to a robust social safety net for our nation's working class families and other Americans that have fallen on hard times."

Wednesday, April 9

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Fighting Displacement

Skeptics say housing investment will not cure gentrification

A plan to increase public monies for the construction of more affordable housing units in the gentrified neighborhoods of north and northeast Portland is drawing a mixed review.

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Born For This

Rhymesayer spits purpose through the microphone

Talilo's debut album "Born for This" is highlighted by a style of rap he refers to as "chopping" and frequent moments of introspection.

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Remembering Charles Jordan

First black city commissioner inspired leadership

People from all over the city are remembering Jordan for his leadership, especially in his role as a former director of Portland Parks and Recreation.

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Report Underscores Urgency of Jobs Crisis

The racial dimensions of economic inequality

National Urban League president Marc H. Morial looks at the recent State of Black America report that shows blacks at alarming rates of unemployment and underemployment.

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Tax Credit for Mixed Income Apartments

Complex to offer below market, affordable rates

Construction has begun for a new mixed-income, multi-famly housing complex in Vancouver thanks to US Bank and the Vancouver Housing Authority which recently closed on $6.4 million of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit for the nearly $30 million 1st Street Apartments project.

Thursday, April 3

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Keeping Your Dreams Alive

Local grad excels in college and gives back

Kalauna Carter has a go-getter mentality in the world of academics that has helped her achieve. A Portland native and De La Salle graduate, Carter is attending Tuskegee University on an academic scholarship where she is majoring in Environmental Science and serving as an official community ambassador.

Wednesday, April 2

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Portland Youth Conference Rescheduled

Activist asks for help to make event successful

A winter snowstorm that postponed a youth summit during Black History Month will take place over two days, April 11 and April 12 at Portland State University with a concluding concert at the Blazers Boys and Girls Club. Portland activist Imani Muhammad is looking for help to make the annual event a success.

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Lorraine Hansberry’s Wisdom

Oregon Shakespeare Festival revives play by African American playwright

Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of the late Lorraine Hansberry play "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window".

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Jazz from the Past

Historic neighborhood flickers between the bricks

Blended into the façade of Innovative Housing’s newest housing complex are literal lenses to Portland’s African American history. Between the bricks at The Magnolia, 3250 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., are four iPod Touch units that run continuous loops of historical photos mixed with recent footage.