Stories for May 2014

Wednesday, May 28

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Keyboardist Janice Scroggins Remembered

2013 Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Janice Scroggins passed away May 27; the Grammy nominee was a prominent musician in the Portland scene.

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God’s Prophet in Non-Violence

Local pastor writes book on Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King

Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes Jr., a Portland minister who has been on the front lines of injustice issues nearly his entire life has explored Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life in his new book “God’s Prophet in Non-Violence.” The pastor of Allen Temple CME Church and the chair of the Albina Ministerial Alliance’s Justice and Police Reform committee, Haynes hopes his book drives home the story of King’s own radical methodologies to refresh or enlighten readers in a society still dealing with systematic racism.

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Cultural Connections

Effort underway to document African-American historic sites

An effort is underway to document historic places in Oregon associated with African Americans. The Oregon Black Pioneers, in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office, has announced a property survey project to protect and preserve Oregon's African American historic sites and places from the time period of 1844 to 1984.

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Street Fee Proposed

Portland city leaders announced plans Thursday for a new fee to fund street maintenance and traffic safety improvements. The proposal is scheduled to come before the full City Council for a vote this week.

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In Loving Memory

Ester Mae Denton

Ester Mae Wilder Denton was born on Feb. 28, 1927 and went to be with her Lord on May 12, 2014. Funeral Services were held on May 21 at Caldwell’s, Hennessey, Goetsch and McGee Funeral Home. Interment followed at Willamette National Cemetery.

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Recreation Director Remembered

George A. Bingham Sr.

George A. Bingham Sr. passed quietly away at his home on April 21, 2014, 9 days after his 80th birthday. Mr. Bingham was well loved by many and was active in the community. For 29 years he was employed by the city of Portland as a recreation director, starting as boxing director of the Knott Street Community Center (now the Matt Dishman Community Center), and concluding as Summer Park Manager at Alberta Park and the University Park Community Center (now the Charles Jordan Community Center ).

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Abolish the Unfair Death Penalty

An assault on human rights and racial equality

Judge Greg Mathis calls the death penalty unfair and an assault on human rights as well as racial equity.

Wednesday, May 21

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Backsliding on Education Equality

‘I feel compelled to respond’

Brianna Montague calls Michigan's repeal of affirmative action a "backslide for education equality".

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#BringBackOurGirls: Why We Should Care

A real war on women

Marc H. Morial calls the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls a "real war on women. Read Morial take on the #BringBackOurGirls here.

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Startup Biz Grant Challenge

Building diversity into the economy

Startup businesses looking to grow their business may want to apply for the Portland Development Commission’s Startup PDX Challenge competition this year. Up to six startup ventures will receive a $15,000 working capital grant, a full year of rent-free office space.

Wednesday, May 14

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Common Core Rollout

Schools implementing new standards, tests

Oregon is set to begin implementing the new Common State Standard testing, mandatory for all public schools in the district; but how will the new more vigorous standards effect students.

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Ballerina Aspirations

‘Aspire Project’ makes the arts accessible

It is not everyday that a 5th grader has the opportunity to dance in front of 400 plus people, a performance most adults would shy away from in a heartbeat. But there is no doubt this 5th grader, Anna, is excited. And she says the best way to achieve her aspiration to be ballerina someday is “to take a lot of classes and do the best you can.”

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Beyond an Ugly Past

Portland woman’s memoir of a hard life and hope

A long time Portland woman has written an inspirational and dramatic story about how she escaped poverty and life-and-death challenges as a child to build a better life. “I Thought I Wouldn’t Tell It,” by Deloris Dallas is a memoir of a hard life and hope.

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Supremely Mistaken About Affirmative Action

A strike against truly equal access

Marc H. Morial calls Michigan's strikedown of Affirmative Action a loss for true equality.

Thursday, May 8

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46 Million Rides

MAX Yellow Line turns 10 years old

TriMet is taking note of the 10 year anniversary of the opening of the MAX Yellow Line with a report on the impact of the line serving north and northeast Portland. Since the light-rail extension opened on May 1, 2004, nearly 46 million trips have been taken on the line.

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In Loving Memory

Timothy “T” Johnson

On May 2, 2014 we lost a loving father, son, brother and friend. A public viewing to say your goodbyes to Timothy “T” Johnson will be held on Friday May 9, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Garden, 1101 N.E. 112th Ave., in Vancouver, WA.

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A 'Sterling' Example of Our Confusion

Let our money do the talking

Ron Busby Sr., president of U.S. Black Chambers Inc. says the widespread disdain shown at Donald Sterling highlights the confusion many blacks have in the greater context of racism and plight.

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Memorial Service at Bethel

Charles Jordan

A public memorial service for former Portland City Commissioner and Parks Bureau Director Charles Jordan will take place Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at Bethel AME Church, 5828 N.E. Eighth Ave.

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Appreciation Service for Rev. Smith

Rev. Smith is currently experiencing medical challenges, according to the organizers of the services, scheduled at Powerhouse Temple, 4525 N. Williams Ave., for Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7

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Fighting for the Innocent

Oregon Innocence Project a lifeline to the wrongly convicted

Oregon is the last of the 50 states to adopt a project solely focused on reversing mishandled convictions.

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Good and Bad News in the Diabetes Fight

Even as the epidemic skyrockets, the rate of diabetes-related complications drops

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Blood Sugar Swings—Handled!

Staying away from the wrong foods can help folks with type 2 diabetes gain better blood sugar control.