Stories for February 2015

Wednesday, February 25

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Running for President and Against the Mainstream

Women at the fringes no longer

Most people don’t know about the first woman to run for our highest office. Victoria Woodhull gave it a shot, way back in 1872 — nearly 50 years before women even got the vote.

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A Cruel and Unjust Juvenile Justice System

Why are so many girls in detention?

Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation’s detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it?

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Praying for a Miracle

Dynamic church leader faces terminal diagnosis

Despite the removal of a kidney and five weeks of recovery, doctors have told Pastor Hardy he’s nearing the end of his life. How will this community handle such a loss?

Thursday, February 19

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Memorial for Jerome Kersey

Public ceremony planned for beloved Blazer

A beloved figure and one of the most prolific Portland Trail Blazers, Jerome Kersey, died Feb. 18 at age 52.

Wednesday, February 18

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Brown Takes Oath of Governor

Makes pledge to restore public trust

Kate Brown was sworn in Wednesday as Oregon's governor following an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the resignation of fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber.

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A Community on the Move

Exhibit produced by Oregon Black Pioneers

The Oregon Historical Society has opened the third exhibition in a series produced by the Oregon Black Pioneers.

Tuesday, February 17

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Counterpoint to the Oscars

My top 10 films of 2014

Judge Darleen Ortega eschews the whitest Oscar's in recent history and chooses her own top 10 of year.

Friday, February 13

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Governor Kitzhaber Resigns

Says no laws broken, but scandal turned to liability

Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself.

Wednesday, February 11

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In Loving Memory

Jacob "Lee" Jackson

Jacob "Lee" Jackson

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In Loving Memory

Louis Garner

Louis Garner was born Nov. 20, 1941 and died Feb. 1, 2015.

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In Memory of a Loving Mother

Elouise James Streeter Russell

Elouise James Streeter Russell was born April 9, 1926 and died Feb. 4, 2015.

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Cozing Up to the Anti-Immigrant Forces

Friends and allies of the GOP

When I was growing up, my older Mexican-American relatives had an expression: “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

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Selma puts Lens to our Past, Present and Future

Depicting a shared legacy

The movie Selma is a story about the power of people.

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World in Focus

My best to worst favorites at PIFF

Judge Darleen Ortega goes through what's hot and what's not at the 38th Portland International Film Festival.

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King Visits Portland

Meeting of the Reverends a Black History moment

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter, Rev. Bernice A. King, comes to Portland this Sunday.

Wednesday, February 4

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Big Media’s Enhanced Misinformation Techniques

Torture supporters dominate TV news shows

When the Senate released its shocking report on CIA torture late last year, it renewed a debate from the Bush years about the merits of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

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Reversing the History of Illness

Sobering picture for residents of color

People of color in Multnomah County face “extremely sobering’’ disparities that lead to more illness, fewer opportunities and shorter lives.

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It’s Time for Hollywood to Act Like Diversity Matters

Losing a seat at the Oscar table

For the first time since 1998, the stage has been set for our nation to celebrate its least diverse Oscars.

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Savoring Cultures and Perspectives

International Film Festival an opening to the world

Every February, I travel the world--and so can you, or virtually so, because the Portland International Film Festival offers the most culturally diverse film event of the year, beginning this week.

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Lessons in Conflict

African films tackle violence, prejudice and cultural identity

Portland Community College's Cascade Festival of African Films is going local.