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Stories for July 2015

Wednesday, July 29

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Non-violent Drug Offenders Belong at Home

Second chances are as American as baseball

3,278 Americans are serving life sentences without parole for nonviolent crimes that can be remarkably petty — including stealing a jacket or serving as the middleman in a $10 marijuana transaction. Don’t they deserve a second chance?

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Summer Party at Augustana

Augustana Lutheran Church, located on the corner of Northeast 15th and Knott Street, is hosting its annual Summer in the City neighborhood party on Sunday.

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Marijuana Sales to Begin Early

Oregon will allow marijuana sales to adults beginning Oct. 1, nearly a year sooner than originally planned.

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Mayor Meets Pope

Mayor Hales joined 60 mayors from around the world in Italy last week, attending Pope Francis' international summit on Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of Cities.

Tuesday, July 28

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Voices from Vanport

Play recounts family histories, experiences

A new stage production commemorating the history of Vanport, a city located next door to Portland that was heavily populated by African-Americans before floodwaters wiped it off the map, comes to the Jefferson High School Auditorium this week.

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MLK Dream Run is Back

Race and weekend of events celebrate Soul of Portland

Northeast Portland celebrates the fourth annual MLK Dream Run this weekend.

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Bringing Men Together to Stop Gangs

The Portland Office of Youth and Violence Prevention is bringing men together for a new program aimed at stopping gang violence, Enough is Enough, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand.

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Obama Gets Real About Criminal Justice Reform

A historic moment and turning point

Fifteen years ago, when I first started working on drug policy and criminal justice reform issues, I never would have imagined these words coming out of the mouth of a sitting U.S. president. But then again, I would never have imagined Barack Obama.

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In Loving Memory

Rev. Merrill E. Richardson, Jr.

Rev. Merrill E. Richardson Jr. was born Nov. 2, 1946 in Portland, and passed away July 17, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Historical Civil Rights Victories

Special marks 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's signing of the Voting Rights Act, PBS is presenting a special documentary “JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness” airing nationally, Tuesday, Aug. from 9-10 p.m

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It’s Vital to Keep Our Youth Actively Engaged

What parents must do this summer

Black parents cannot allow their child to lose three months every year. Black parents cannot say they cannot afford the library. It's free! Most museums have discounted days.

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Honoring Liberty, Equality and Justice

Actor-activist to front anniversary celebration

Oregon Nikkei Endowment is proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial.

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River Revival Festival Sunday

Cathedral Park in St. Johns will host the Willamette River Revival Festival this Sunday.

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Vintage and Classic Cars

The Columbia River Concours d'Elegance, returns to Vancouver, Sunday, Aug. 2, bringing over 150 restored, classic vehicles to the lawns along Officers Row on the Fort Vancouver site.

Wednesday, July 22

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Companies like Uber Could Do More for Workers

Supporting the information-age workforce

I have a love-hate relationship with ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. I love the convenience and level of service that traditional taxis don’t offer. But I hate what they portend for the future of work with their rapidly expanding business model that pretends regular workers are franchisees.

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County Justice Employees Honored

Four parole and probation workers with Multnomah County have gone above and beyond in the line of duty and are being recognized for their exceptional commitment.

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Reaching Mothers in Custody

A local organization is helping mothers in custody stay active in their children’s lives.

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Cultural Festival in Beaverton

Music, dance and exhibits from cultural groups from around the world will draw folks to the Celebrate Beaverton Cultural Festival.

Tuesday, July 21

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Battlegrounds in the War on Women’s Bodies

Public health standards take a hit

As Americans, we strive for safety -- the safest medicines, cars and toys. But when it comes to women's reproductive health, state legislatures have passed about 250 laws since 2011 that put women's health at risk.

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Tribute to Fallen Heroes

The half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. is coming to Milwaukie this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

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Politically Charged Comedy

Hari Kondabolu brings his politically and socially charged comedy to Portland’s Helium Comedy Club for three nights of laughs.

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Paying it Forward

Community fundraiser set for beloved pastor

Despite a dire cancer diagnosis for their beloved spiritual leader, members of the Highland Christian Center and their ailing church pastor, Rev. Dr. W.G. Hardy Jr., are not ready to give up.

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Free Summer Activities Expand

Effort aimed at enhancing lives and reducing violence

The city of Portland launched a pilot program to provide fun, safe summer activities, free of charge, to youth throughout the community.

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Best Selling Jazz Vocalist

It's safe to say Catherine Russell came from a musical family and she continues that musical lineage as one of the best-selling female jazz vocalists.

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Get Ready for Beervana

Tom McCall Waterfront Park turns into Beervana for the Oregon Brewers Festival this week!

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Between the Lines

Youth theater tackles racial tensions

Youth from a culturally diverse performing arts program get into the real-life consequences and cases surrounding racial tension, gentrification, and other painful coming of age issues in an encore performance of their new show, Between the Lines.

Wednesday, July 15

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‘You Matter’ Basketball Clinic

Portland’s Self Enhancement, Inc., recently hosted and sponsored the "You Matter" basketball clinic presented by Playmakers 4.0, a basketball program founded by Portland natives Aaron Miles and Michael Lee that uses sports to encourage "positive plays in life and on the court".

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Tribute to Tuskegee Airmen

Rise Above exhibit at Oregin Air Show

The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is bringing its Rise Above mobile theater and World War II P-51C Mustang aircraft to the Oregon International Air Show this weekend.

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NAYA Youth Experience DC

The Native American Youth and Family Center of northeast Portland sent five youth to the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering last week.

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All-star Lillard Sigs as Franchise Player

Inks contract extension worth $120 million

Damian Lillard believes he's ready to lead the Portland Trail Blazers through a rebuilding project, and the franchise is hoping he can help speed up the process.

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Chokehold Death Settlement

New York awards Garner family $5.9 million

The family of a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer’s chokehold reached a $5.9 million settlement with the city on Monday, days before the anniversary of his death.

Tuesday, July 14

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City Adopts Racial Equity Goals

Aim is to end disparities in services, employment

The Portland City Council has adopted three new racial equity goals along with six strategies aimed to achieve them.

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World at War: A State Transformed

Exhibit tells of shipyards, internment and other impacts

“World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed,” a new major exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society featuring rare documents and artifacts from the world and military leaders and the impact of the war on Oregonians.

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A Musty Artifact of a Defeated Insurrection

Taking down the rebel flag

What the Confederate flag represents is the attempted perpetual dominion of one group of human beings over another group. In other words, the cry of the secessionist southern states preceded George Wallace’s “Segregation now, segregation forever.” Instead, the rallying cry of the boys in grey was Slavery Now. Slavery Forever.’

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River Otter Finds Home

A boisterous, squeaky river otter pup, orphaned last month near Cottage Grove, has just taken up residence at the Oregon Zoo.

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The Amazing Grace of the Mother Emanuel Nine

Taking action against racism and guns

Today, we should all be asking ourselves what happens now; what comes next? Do we, as a nation, take up the charge to tackle the ills of racism and gun violence, or will we cast these issues aside once again and wait until the next tragedy jolts us from our complacency?

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Young Rapper’s Mixtape

A voice to Portland’s cultural climate

Swiggle Mandela is more than a just a Portland rapper.

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The Genius Who Powered the Beach Boys

‘Love and Mercy’ shows singer’s darker side

What I loved best about "Love and Mercy," the new film about Brian Wilson, the man whose genius powered the Beach Boys, is that it felt true -- deeply, complexly true, whether or not it is factually accurate -- yet also left me convinced that I don't and can't know the whole story of Brian Wilson's life.

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New York Rapper Tour

New York rapper Himanshu Suri, better known by his stage name Heems, will be playing the Star Theater.

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The Goonies! and More

Portland Parks and Recreation presents the classic movie ‘The Goonies!’ along with live music from Portland School of Rock and the Portland Teen Idols.

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We Are Called in Aftermath of Charleston

Honoring our dream of equality for all

Until the United States sees and cures its profoundly evil birth defects of slavery, Native American genocide, and the exclusion of all women and non-propertied men of all colors from our electoral process, these birth defects will continue to flare up in multiple guises to threaten our black community’s and everyone’s safety, our nation’s future, and render hollow our professed but still inadequate commitment to ensuring equality for all.

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Gresham Arts Festival Saturday

The 14th annual Gresham Arts Festival, the city's most popular annual event, returns Saturday.

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In Loving Memory

Eleanor Pittman

Eleanor Pittman, 75, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend -- passed away on July 3, 2015. She was born July 1, 1940.

Tuesday, July 7

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New Dean Brings Diverse Experience

Warner Pacific names new administrator

Warner Pacific College has welcomed Rev. Dr. Reginald Nichol as its new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty.

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British Comedian Comes To Town

British comedian Russell Howard will be performing at the Alberta Rose Theatre in northeast Portland on Friday.

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Movie at King School Park

The Summer Movies in the Park series sponsored by Portland Parks and Recreation comes to the King Neighborhood on Thursday, July 16 for an evening of family activities and a screening of the original Karate Kid.

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Minority Entrepreneurs Rank High for Loans

The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs was recently recognized by the Small Business Administration as the No. 1 micro lender of the Western U.S. and No. 2 nationally among 178 micro lenders in the country.

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Tiny Dances Celebrate Diversity

A diversity of ethnic dance forms, including Aztec, Native American, breakdance, traditional lion dance, contemporary, and more, highlight “Ten Tiny Dances,” on Saturday.

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Street Fair Lines Up

The annual Mississippi Street Fair hits north Portland this Saturday, July 11. The festival will include over 200 local vendors and craft makers, six stages, and over 40 bands.

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Sweet Cakes Fine Made Final

The owners of a Gresham-based bakery that refused service to a lesbian couple have been issued a final order to pay $135,000 in damages.

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Session Ends with Progressive Victories

Bills expand contraception; fight racial profiling

On Monday the Oregon Legislature drew its current session to an end, a year highlighted by several progressive victories, including bills to make voting easier, improving access to birth control and fighting racial profiling by police.

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Black Lives and a $15 Minimum Wage

Proposal confronts poverty and racism

Racist violence is not just the work of bigoted individuals. Racism and its violent enforcers were created to justify the horrific --yet profitable -- economic system of slavery that the United States enshrined in its constitution.

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A Black Man who happened to be President

Obama’s Amazing Grace

If Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech is the 20th century equivalent of Abraham Lincoln’s magnificent Second Inaugural — and I think it is — then what President Barack Obama gave us in Charleston, South Carolina is our century’s Gettysburg Address.

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Tribute to Stevie Wonder

Free Music on Main Street Concert

This Wednesday Music on Main street's free outdoor concert series will feature a tribute to Stevie Wonder.

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On Alberta Street

Featured artists for July

Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St., gives marquee treatment to three artists during July.

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Taiko Drumming Showcase

Portland’s newest professional taiko company, Unit Souzou, will be the featured noontime showcase at Summer Arts on Main Street on Wednesday, July 15.

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Ghost of Osama Rises with US Militarism

Since Osama bin Laden’s death in 2011, the official account of the Navy Seals’ raid has been challenged, most recently by journalist Seymour Hersh, alleging that “Washington's official account of the hunt for Bin Laden and the raid that led to his death was a lie.”

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Aldridge to Sign with San Antonio

Power forward latest Blazer saying goodbye

LaMarcus Aldridge announced Saturday that he will sign with San Antonio in a move that will align him with Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard to form what would figure to be among the league's most-formidable frontcourts.