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Stories for December 2015

Thursday, December 31

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Cosby Forms a Defense

Legal team fires back after star is charged

Prosecutors accuse him of plying former Temple University employee with pills and wine before sexual assault 12 years ago.

Wednesday, December 30

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Testing the Waters

‘Elephant Lands’ Ushers in New Era at the Oregon Zoo

The New Year ushers in a new era at the Oregon Zoo as the most ambitious project in zoo history is now complete.

Tuesday, December 29

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HIV’s Hold in Communities of Color

We must all do our part to stop this disease

To win the war on HIV/AIDS; to achieve the three zeroes; we cannot approach the epidemic as a standalone public health crisis. Our nation must develop a multi-pronged approach to HIV/AIDS that also addresses equal access to health care and civil rights.

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Wedding Dates to Fill Calendar

Trying to get married in a Portland park in 2016? Time to reserve the date and space!

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Meadowlark Lemon Dies

‘Clown Prince’ of basketball was 83

Meadowlark Lemon, the "clown prince" of basketball's barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions of fans around the world, died Sunday.

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Changing the Conversation on Childhood Development

Experiences shape our biology

Americans are fond of saying that our children are our nation’s most valuable resource. But if our actions are the measure, do we really mean it?

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Hands On Portland

Signups taken for MLK weekend of service

The Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service sponsored by the United Way’s Hands On Greater Portland program is calling on volunteers to help with public service projects during upcoming holiday weekend of Jan. 15-18.

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Transitioning into Lili

Film tackles gender identity with wisdom, empathy

Learn why Judge Ortega simply loved "The Danish Girl."

Wednesday, December 23

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Hunger Carries into New Year

Impact worsened by low wages, high costs

One in five Oregonians faces a New Year in which he or she will rely on food from a food pantry or soup kitchen, according to a new survey of people who receive food assistance.

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College Athletes in Holiday Spirit

Track and field and cross country athletes at Clackamas Community College found a reason to get into the spirit of the holidays by giving 65 Christmas trees to needy families in southeast Portland.

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A Bleak and Similar Path to Polarize the Public

Instead, let us build bridges

At times of increased tension, both ISIL and racists in the west are taking a similar path to polarize the public. I’d propose an alternative approach to avoid a bleak future with limited civil liberties.

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Fear-Mongering Holds America Back

The bogus claims about Muslims

Imagine where we’d be if the majority of Americans still thought Irish people were thugs, wife-beaters, or lazy drunkards. Imagine if the United States had continued to ban intermarriage between people of different races. Imagine if we still interned Japanese Americans in camps. Imagine if American children were taught that all Jews have horns and are money-grabbers. Fear only sets us back.

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Do We Need a City-Wide Rent Strike?

Priced out of housing

Because of skyrocketing rents, lack of foresight and planning by public officials, and a mainstream media which sees housing as just an "amenity" of some sort, many folks in Oregon and throughout the country are finding themselves as tenants who are priced out.

Tuesday, December 22

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United for Peace

Humanity wins out to anti-Muslim rhetoric

Religious and political leaders in Portland have come together during the holiday season to promote a message of peace over the anti-Muslim rhetoric that has erupted across the country.

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Mission to Serve Christmas Day

Union Gospel Mission, downtown, will be providing 650 meals on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal is free and open to anyone in need.

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‘Hateful Eight’ on Big Screen

70mm film opens Christmas Eve at Hollywood

The Hollywood Theatre has announced showtimes for its highly anticipated screenings of Quentin Tarantino’s new film “The Hateful Eight” in Ultra Panavision 70mm, starting Christmas Eve.

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Kwanzaa at North Portland Library

The community is invited to celebrate Kwanzaa, the holiday that honors African heritage and celebrates family, community and culture, during a special holiday event on Sunday.

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Mass Casualty Mystery

Driver in Las Vegas tragedy from Portland

It wasn't long ago that a Portland woman arrested in a deadly Las Vegas Strip sidewalk crash seemed to be doing well for herself.

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ZooLights Bigger Than Ever

Transit option will discount tickets

There’s still time to see ZooLights, the festival holiday celebration at the Oregon Zoo runs through Jan. 3

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Must See Holiday Tradition

Since 1988, The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights has become a must-see holiday tradition celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

Friday, December 18

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Voices of a Thousand Angels

Interfaith Service to show solidarity with Muslim refugees

Tonight a group of religious leaders plans to come together at the Celebration Tabernacle on North Denver Avenue to support local Muslim families.

Thursday, December 17

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Buffalo Soldiers Give Back

A great community service event occurred Saturday at the Walmart on Hayden Meadows when members of the Buffalo Soldiers took four families from King Elementary School shopping for winter clothes and holiday presents for the children.

Wednesday, December 16

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Portland’s Christmas Street

Each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas since 1929. On Peacock Lane, between Southeast Belmont and Stark, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty.

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On Alberta Street

Little Things Show at Guardino

Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St., presents its 15th annual “Little Things Show,” one of the gallery’s more popular monthly exhibits which is held each December.

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‘The Wiz’ Encore Saturday

All-black cast follows the yellow-brick road

A live musical production of the musical “The Wiz” which was a big hit when it aired earlier this month on NBC will get a repeat showing during an encore presentation on the TV network on Saturday.

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Spike Lee Film ‘Chiraq’ Opens

“Chiraq, the new film by Spike Lee, opened nationally this month and at the Hollywood Theater in northeast Portland.

Thursday, December 10

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Missing Teen

Gresham police need help locating lost girl

Authorities are asking for the public's help located a missing 14-year-old girl in need of medication. Her name is Ky'Riyanna Brown.

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Ali and Abdul-Jabbar Speak Out on Trump

Lengendary athletes respond to proposal to ban Muslims from entering U.S.

Legends criticize Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

Wednesday, December 9

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Best in Major League Soccer

Timbers find perfection in post season

The Portland Timbers had a plan to attack early in their first MLS Cup appearance. They didn't expect it to work to perfection so quickly.

Tuesday, December 8

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Black Nativity Holiday Classic

A gorgeous holiday classic that celebrates gospel music and African-American history comes to Portland.

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Latino Traditions and Culture

Portland’s premiere Latino theater Milagro invites the whole family to celebrate the magic of Christmas with a community celebration filled with Latin American traditions and culture.

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The Call for Good People in Teaching

PCC offers accessible, affordable start to esteemed profession

Few things in our society convey a sense of status and success as much as one’s choice of profession. Right now, we need teachers. And they need us.

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In Loving Memory

Ricky Clark

Ricky Van Clark was born on July 27, 1957 in Portland, to Hilary Thomas Clark and Doshie Lee Clark. He was the ninth and last child born into this blended family that included four brothers and four sisters.

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In Loving Memory

Noble L. Vaughn

Noble L. Vaughn died Nov. 26, 2015 in Vancouver. He was born Oct. 29, 1947 in Pickings, Miss. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.

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Worst One Day Rainfall

A torrential downpour caused major flooding in the Portland area Monday after more than 3.3 inches of rain fell on Portland over a 24-hour period, breaking a record for the most rain in one day.

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Harold Williams Court

Portland Community College dedicated the basketball court at the Cascade Campus in north Portland on Dec. 2.

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Promoting Economic Justice

Civil Rights icon coming to Portland

Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement who helped secure the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, will bring a message about economic justice to Portland.

Thursday, December 3

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Heart and Soul of Flamenco

White Bird presents the return of Soledad Barrio and her Noche Flamenco dance company, one of the most authentic flamenco touring groups in the field today.

Wednesday, December 2

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Poverty a Constant, Heart-Breaking Burden

Shaking my head in tears

Poverty is a constant struggle and heart-breaking burden for individuals, families and communities in our country and around the world. In 2014, 14.8 percent of people in the United States lived in poverty — a whopping 46.7 million people!

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50 Years of Making College Achievable

Building future opportunities and success

As we usher greater numbers of high school graduates into the workforce, are we prepared to ensure that—for those who want it, but cannot afford it—their journey in education does not end on a high school graduation stage?

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Proving Cities Can Lead on Climate Change

Portland acts before it’s too late

Mayor Charlie Hales recently took a step no other mayor in our country — and perhaps the world — has yet taken: He submitted a resolution to the City Council calling for an end to all new fossil fuel infrastructure in the city.

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Ugly Truths It’s Way Past Time for America to Face

The scars left on college campuses

Our American University system has blood on its hands that it is just coming to terms with. How will the country proceed in recognizing the number of black slaves killed and injured to build its liberal education system?

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Winter Camps Connect Kids to Wildlife

Winter break is a great time for kids to connect with nature and explore the wild realms of the Oregon Zoo.

Tuesday, December 1

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Kobe Bryant to Retire at Season’s End

Kobe Bryant has decided to retire after this season, ending his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Timbers Advance to Championship Game

Play for MLS Cup Sunday in Ohio

The Portland Timbers are Western Division champions of Major League Soccer and will play for the MLS Cup in a league championship game Sunday against the Columbus Crew Soccer Club in Columbus, Ohio.

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Survivor Wins Makeover

A group of business owners from the African American community have come together to recognize the harm of domestic violence and provide something positive to a survivor of abuse.