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Stories for August 2015

Friday, August 28

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Mysterious Fatal Crash

Woman loses life outside her home

Authorities are still trying to find out how a Portland woman lost her life in a car accident outside her home.

Thursday, August 27

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Music Legend Portland Bound

Legendary soul vocalist Patti LaBelle is making her way to Portland for an upcoming show and there’s time for you to get tickets.

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Second Tuesday Zoo Discounts Renewed

The Walmart Foundation has renewed its sponsorship of the Oregon Zoo’s Second Tuesdays program, which offers visitors a chance to see the zoo for the reduced price of $4 per person on the second Tuesday of each month.

Wednesday, August 26

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Drive-In at Zidell Yards

The Northwest Film Center and Zidell are welcoming the community to a unique, pop-up outdoor film series.

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Anita Baker Tribute Night

Fans of soul jazz singer Anita Baker rejoice – a Neo Soul Night concert featuring Baker’s greatest hits and performed by local performers is coming to Portland.

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Celebrate Black Restaurants

A group of Portlanders are encouraging the patronage of African-American-owned restaurants this weekend as part of National Black Business Month.

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Home Listed as Historic

Rutherford house was a hub during Civil Rights era

A northeast Portland home that served as a family residence and support center for civil rights causes for more than half a century has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The house is believed to be the first historic property in Oregon listed in the National Register primarily for its association with the Civil Rights era.

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On Alberta Street

‘The Tattoed’ at Guardino

Two local artists have created works from the same model in their new exhibit entitled ‘The Tattoed,” the September show at Guardino Gallery.

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Racism and Sexism in the Progressive Movement

Black Lives Trump Politeness

Sanders’ reputation as a progressive should in no way give him a pass on racial justice issues. He voted for Bill Clinton’s Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which props up the racist prison-industrial complex. He voted to extradite Assata Shakur, an African American freedom fighter who is living in exile in Cuba. And his refusal to denounce Israel’s war against Palestinians gives tacit consent to some of the most racist repression on the planet.

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Restoring the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Making All Votes Matter

The seemingly obvious idea that a democracy functions at its best when the largest number of its citizens are afforded the opportunity to determine who will lead it—and how it will be led—is under a modern-day legislative assault.

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Sanctuary Cities have Roots with Faith Communities

The increased attacks on immigrants

Decision makers don’t use racial slurs like the 1954 "Operation Wetback" anymore; instead they say "illegal criminal aliens." The social construction of "other" relies on a system that racially profiles, targets low-income populations, and then criminalizes people of color.

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Say Her Name

Vigil points to needless killings

With 18 and counting murdered trans women, most of them black, lost across the country so far this year, activists across the country and in Portland are calling a state of emergency and asking for support in stopping more needless killing.

Wednesday, August 19

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Public Piano Hit by Vandalism

The School of Piano Technology for the Blind’s “Keys to the City” program experienced its first-ever act of vandalism Saturday evening.

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Oldest Veteran Dies at 110

‘Big Mama’ was trail blazer for generations

An African-American woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran at 110 has died, about a month after meeting President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

Tuesday, August 18

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Heir to the Throne

Hailing out of Chicago and the Midwest hip-hop scene comes Vic Mensa, a rapper who has performed with the likes of Kanye West, the Gorillaz, and J. Cole.

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In Loving Memory

Enola Taylor

Enola Taylor died Aug. 11, 2015. She was born March 27, 1953. Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda St.

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How Could a Traffic Stop Turn Into All of This?

Sandra Bland’s life mattered

We don’t yet know how Sandra Bland died in her jail cell, but the video of her arrest is cause enough for grave concern. And for those committed to reforming our nation’s broken criminal justice system, it is an urgent call for action.

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Unsolved Murder Revisited

Portland Police are coming back to the community to find answers on a murder case that’s slowly gone cold.

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Our Democracy is Increasingly Unhealthy

Where there are signs of hope

Autocrats are not only making a comeback, they are doing so with more populist support. From the racist front-runner candidacy of Donald Trump to the atavistic emergence of a caliphate in the Middle East, we see a rollback of engaged, respectful, vigorous citizen participants in politics.

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‘Compton’ No. 1 in Movie Debut

Story of rappers resonates with public

The boys from Compton smashed opening weekend expectations!

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Queen of Pop sets Portland Date

Janet Jackson’s ‘Unbreakable’ tour coming

Queen of Pop Janet Jackson just announced her latest concert dates for her new Unbreakable! World Tour and Portland is on the list.

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Life Sentence for Portland Pimp

A repeat Portland sex offender who prostituted a 15-year-old runaway last year has been sentenced to life in prison.

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Vancouver’s Wine & Jazz Festival

Weekend brings hot jazz, fabulous wines, and fine art

One of the best summer concert venues returns this weekend for the 18th annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver.

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Church Fish Fry Friday

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church invites the community to an authentic old-fashioned fish fry dinner and fundraiser this Friday.

Wednesday, August 12

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Soulful, Horn-Driven Sound

Tower of Power fronts “Groovin' on the Grass” concert

Tower of Power - the iconic 10-piece ensemble that has wowed audiences for nearly 50 years with its soulful, horn-driven sound - will headline Beaverton's annual Groovin' on the Grass concert on Saturday.

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Organic Brews at Overlook Park

Two of Portland’s beloved industries – organic beer and sustainability – come together this week at Overlook Park in north Portland.

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Forging a Path on the Court

Mike Holton Jr. signs professional contract

Mike Holton Jr. of Portland, has signed a professional contract to play basketball in Europe after turning in an extraordinary career at Saint Michael's College in Vermont.

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Hall of Famer Visit Saturday

NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott will be welcomed to Beaverton for an athletic leadership clinic for foster youth and students from the St. Mary’s Home for Boys on Saturday.

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Spectacular Act of Nonviolent Civil Resistance

I don’t know any of the 13 activists who lowered themselves from the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, but I know that the activists participated in our democracy—they were nonviolent and far more civil than many members of Congress.

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To Fight Racism, Protect the Right to Vote

Repairing the damage done by the Supreme Court

What will it take to bring real racial justice to our country? For starters, protecting the right to vote!

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Making Jails and Prisons Work for the Better

Enter the social justice startups

As the long-overdue movement for broad criminal justice reform continues, we cannot forget the importance of what happens, or does not happen, inside jails and prisons. We need to improve our inside game as well as our outside game to ensure jails and prisons work, and these justice tech startups can help make that future come faster.

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NAACP leader says police used excessive force on sister

Eugene incident under investigation

The president of an NAACP chapter contends Eugene police used excessive force on his sister after she tried to stop an officer from deploying a Taser on her 19-year-old son.

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Faith Leader Open to Change

Welcomes women into Baptist leaders group

The Rev. J. Walter Hills II of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church will lead a group of historically black churches in Portland.

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Town Hall on Marijuana Policy

Commissioner Amanda Fritz is hosting a series of community gatherings to get the public’s input on the licensing and regulating of marijuana businesses that operate within the city limits.

Tuesday, August 11

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Summer Season Highlights

If you haven't gotten a chance to head down to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this summer, Judge Ortega points out what you shouldn't miss on your next trip down.

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Free Vaccines for Clark County Students

Youth under the age of 19 are able to get free immunizations to keep themselves up to date and healthy for the approaching school year.

Thursday, August 6

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Voting Rights Act Turns 50

Secretary of State issues proclamation

Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins invited Oregonians to join her Thursday to commemorate the Voting Rights Act. 50 years to the day it was signed into law by President Johnson .

Wednesday, August 5

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NAACP leader says police used excessive force on sister

Eugene incident under investigation

The president of an NAACP chapter contends Eugene police used excessive force on his sister after she tried to stop an officer from deploying a Taser on her 19-year-old son.

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Women of Color Reading

Unchaste Readers, a womanist and feminist reading group that seeks to feature women writers in Portland and the Pacific Northwest, is hosting a woman of color reading to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions.

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Critical Summer Blood Drive

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help prevent a blood shortage.

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Library Closes for Renovations

The Hollywood Library in northeast Portland will close starting Monday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 30, for renovations.

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Worst Seem Deranged and Best Appear Fearful

What’s happened to Republicans?

At long last Republican presidential hopefuls crept out of their foxholes, where they’d been cowering and maintaining radio silence, to attack Donald Trump.

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Protecting the Lives of our Young People

God did not make two classes of people

Justice cannot breathe when black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people—all of them.

Tuesday, August 4

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Scholarship Writing Help Offered

The Black United Fund of Oregon is hosting scholarship writing workshops for college-age and adult students to help them better apply for grants and fellowships to avoid the heavy costs of higher education through loans.

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Meeting First Lady Michelle Obama

Portland student gets an experience of a lifetime

Growing up in Portland, I never in my life thought I would have an opportunity like this. Meeting the First Lady of the United States of America was one of the most humbling experiences of my life and forever life changing.

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Renewed Efforts in Cold Case

Portland Police are asking for the public’s renewed efforts in trying to solve a murder that occurred 10 years ago.

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Mural Debut Celebration

Honoring women of color, past and present

The Black United Fund of Oregon invites the community to a Saturday celebration and opening of its new mural project on Northeast Alberta Street.

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Tilikum Opens for Bridge Pedal

Portlanders will have the opportunity to be among the first to cross Portland’s newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing, as it becomes part of Providence’s 20th annual Bridge Pedal, taking place Sunday.

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Protest Puts Portland on World Map

Environmental activists from Greenpeace unfurl colored banners while hanging from the St. Johns Bridge and kayakers join them below in an effort to stop an icebreaker ship in Portland for repairs from departing to the arctic to help Royal Dutch Shell drill for oil.

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Trombone and Shells Virtuoso

Steve Turre, a preeminent jazz innovator, trombonist and pioneering seashell virtuoso, and member of the “Saturday Night Live” cast since 1985, performs at 8 p.m. on Monday Aug. 10.

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Symphony Hosts Free Concert

The Vancouver Symphony kicks off its new season by returning to the famed band shell at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver for a family-friendly free outdoor concert on Thursday, Aug. 6.

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We are People of Distinction - Not Extinction

We are the American society

Personal honor was a fundamental value in my upbringing. However, honor was not about arrogance or conceit; it was about humility, honesty, and respect for oneself and others. We were to avoid boasting, yet there was no question that we were to be proud of our family heritage and ancestry.

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Soul Singer on Come Back Tour

Grammy Award-winning soul singer and songwriter D’Angelo is coming to Portland on his “The Second Coming Tour.”

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Bringing Back the Drive-in

Expo Center hosts August movie series

The Portland Expo Center is pairing two of America’s great passions this summer – the automobile and the silver screen.

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Stage Set for Alberta Street Fair

The 18th annual Alberta Street Fair brings its eclectic mix of vendors, activities, food, music, and events to the popular northeast Portland thoroughfare this Saturday.

Monday, August 3

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Free Tickets to Secret Show

Janelle Monáe is coming to Portland and free tickets to her super secret show could be yours if you enter this raffle.