Stories for June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

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Academic Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Faubion PreK-8 School graduate Chinemerem Amadi as a 2015 recipient of the Presidential Academic Excellence Award.

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Good in the Hood

Celebrating local neighborhoods

Highlight's from this year's Good in the Hood Parade.

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Waterfront Blues Weekend

Extravaganza fighting hunger begins Thursday

The annual Waterfront Blues Festival comes back to Portland this weekend.

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Remembering Janice and Linda

Dawson Park concert to honor late music legends

A community musical legacy concert at Dawson Park on Wednesday

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Summer Concerts and Movies

The City of Vancouver presents another year of free concerts and movies in the parks from Wednesday, July 8 to Aug. 14.

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Special Tribute to B.B. King

Sylvester to open festival honoring Blues great

On Thursday, on the opening day of this year's Waterfront Blues Festival, Norman "Boogie Cat" Sylvester will play a special set to honor his greatest Blues influence, the late BB King.

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The Mental Trap

‘Escape Rooms’ to unleash your inner sleuth

A family owned adventures facility in Beaverton has a new team-building, mind-bending activity for friends, families or company excursions.

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Remembering My History and Who I Am

An act of terrorism and nothing less

I am the great grandson of a slave. The conversations about race, racism, bigotry, the confederate flag, historic oppression; these conversations are not abstract discussions for me, nor for many others who can trace their immediate lineage to slavery.

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When Claiming an Identity as Transgender

Some thoughts for folks with questions

Gender variance is a hot topic right now - so it might be valuable to familiarize with some terms and histories.

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In Loving Memory

Henry Earl Dizer

A life celebration to remember Henry Earl Dizer will be held on Thursday, July 2 at 1 p.m. at Morningstar Church.

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July 4th at Fort Vancouver

Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America takes place Saturday, July 4 at the Fort Vancouver National Site.

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‘Finding your Roots’ on Hold

PBS has temporary put its "Finding Your Roots" series on hold after determining an episode that omitted references to Ben Affleck's ancestor as a slave owner violated its standards.

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Summer Theater Production

The Clackamas Repertory Theatre production of Tennessee Williams' classic play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opened Friday on the campus of Clackamas Community College.

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A Crime Against Humanity Sent Me to Harvard

Slavery still shapes our society

It’s a profoundly shameful history. But if we don’t face that history squarely — and acknowledge the ways it still distorts the structure of our society today — we’ll be incapable of undoing its legacy.

Monday, June 29

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Amazing Grace

Rousing eulogy touches on racial past and present

President Barack Obama used his eulogy for a slain pastor to deliver an unvarnished lecture on America's racial history Friday, and then boldly sang "Amazing Grace," a spiritual meant to summon hope in the darkest of times.

Thursday, June 25

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Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra Date Postponed

Cancellation due to heat advisory

Essentially Ellington winners will perform at later late and at other festivals

Wednesday, June 24

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Rejoice: Diaspora Dance Theater

A lively new dance performance group that draws from the work of famous black feminists and artists comes to Portland this weekend.

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Summer Concerts at The Round

Free Last Tuesday summer concert are coming to the Round in Beaverton, sponsored by the city of Beaverton and the Beaverton Arts Commission.

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County Budget Fights Disparities

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith is applauding passage of a new county budget that increases support for families in crisis and fights economic disparities.

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Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Exhibit delves into world of the unexpected

What's more amazing that Robert Ripley's legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats? The science that underlies them!

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First Job Brings More than a Paycheck

Summer jobs for youth pay future dividends

The unemployment rates for black teens is a staggering 30.1% - Latino teens, 19.2%. But these kids aren't just looking for a first job to fill their resumes. These are the teens most in desperate need of a paycheck to support their families, themselves, and even younger siblings.

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Tepid Response to Stop a Cooking Planet

World leaders fall short on climate change

After a quarter-century of buzz over global warming, the climate talkers are at it again, doing whatever it is they do.

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Good in the Hood

Multicultural festival kicks off Friday

The Good in the Hood annual celebration of multicultural music and food is coming to Lillis Albina Park this weekend.

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Historic Black Golfers Tournament

This week, the association’s affiliated club members, representing 34 clubs in six states, will be in Portland to participate in its annual championship tournament.

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Free Fishing Event for Kids

Young fish enthusiasts are invited to come fish for free at the 25th annual Junior Fishing Clinic.

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Minority Contracting Bill Signed

Oregon has two new laws to protect the integrity of programs that provide access to public contracts for minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses.

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Vancouver BookFest Weekend

Kick off summer by stocking up on reading material for those long, lazy days ahead.

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Portland Airport Jobs Online

Interested in working at Portland International Airport, but don’t know where to start? The new Jobs@PDX website can help.

Tuesday, June 23

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Summer Reading for Kids

Free program invites youth to explore and learn

Kids of all ages can sign up at any neighborhood library of the Multnomah County Library system for a free summer reading program that entices kids to read for pleasure and maintain the skills they learned during the school year, while also encouraging lifelong library use.

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In Loving Memory

Rosalie Davis Allen was born Dec. 10, 1937 and died June 12, 2015.

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Being Black; Rachel Dolezal; and Charleston

This is my current situation. The white people in my life just don’t care. But what exactly do I expect? More, that's what.

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Farmers Market at the Square

Local farmers, food producers and hot food vendors from all over the region fill Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland’s downtown living room, on Mondays.

Thursday, June 18

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Suspect in Charleston Church Killing Arrested in N. Carolina

A white man was arrested Thursday in the slayings of nine people, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston, S.C.

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Portland Vigil For Victims in Charleston

Hearts and Prayers with the 9 Lost Lives

Open to Portlanders who would like to hold healing prayer and light for the victims of the attack in Charleston.

Tuesday, June 16

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Time for an Ice Bath!

As a person that has been in physical activity from six years of age through my adult life the only thing that has helped me has been the infamous ice bath (cue scary music).

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Viking Pavilion in Building Phase

Portland State University has finalized a contract to build the Viking Pavilion and Education Center at the south end of the PSU campus.

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Portland Parks Go Smoke Free

Ban begins July 1 for entire parks system

Portland Parks and Recreation’s ban on smoking and tobacco use will expand July 1 to include the entire parks system.

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Juneteenth on Library Lawn

Juneteenth has become a national celebration of freedom commemorating the date in 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, that Union soldiers brought to Texas news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were now free.

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Joy of Freedom

Parade, celebration to honor Juneteenth

Celebrate Juneteenth in Portland this Saturday with a parade on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and march to the Legacy Emanuel field!

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Driven Dead Car Show

Fans of classic cars and motorcycles can catch the 8th annual Rose City Round Up this weekend.

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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland and Clean Air

Hooray for smoke-free parks, spaces

Congratulations to Portland Parks and Recreation for now becoming a smoke-free environment throughout the entire park system. The benefits? Are probably much more than we know yet.

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Education Reform: The Equity and Excellence Project

Confronting the obstacles to college degrees

All across the country, people are gathering to observe an annual academic rite of passage: graduation.

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Subsidizing Idle Rich While Poor Kids Go Hungry

A tax code stacked against working people

To hear some politicians tell it, America’s welfare system is facing a grave crisis: Millions of poor people, they say, are idling away their time eating lobster and relaxing on cruises. This is simply not the case.

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Safe and Free at Matt Dishman

Parks center initiates extra teen support

The Matt Dishman Community Center in northeast Portland has made access easier for teenagers this summer as part of the city’s long range plan to provide safe and free activities for youth.

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Free Kids Boxing Camp

Champion mentors to lead effort

Is your kid the world's next Golden Gloves champion? A free summer boxing camp is the perfect opportunity to build a student's discipline and self-confidence!

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Animal Services on Lombard

County opens center for cat adoptions

Multnomah County Animal Services just opened a facility in north Portland to help improve access for folks who can't make it out its main shelter in Troutdale.

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Unsung Heroes Breakfast

The Allen Temple CME Church family is inviting you to attend the first annual “Unsung Heroes and Heroines Award."

Thursday, June 11

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Rose City Showcase Tips Off

Tournament opens Friday for top basketball prospects

The Rose City Showcase, an official Rose Festival basketball tournament, tips off Friday

Wednesday, June 10

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Zoo Camp Spots Going Fast

School’s almost out — have you made plans for your kids this summer? Opportunities for summer fun and learning are going fast at the Oregon Zoo.

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Nebraska Executes its Death Penalty

An admission the system is broken

In a stunning vote last month, Nebraska became the first Republican-led state in more than four decades to abolish its death penalty.

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View Property Turns to Public Use

Portland Parks & Recreation has purchased a nearly three acre parcel of vacant land with views of the West Hills and the Willamette River for use as a public park in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of north Portland.

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Uniquely Oregon Photo Exhibit

An impressive collection of photographs celebrating people, places, and a potpourri of images unique to Oregon goes on public display this week.

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Vancouver Juneteenth Celebration

Invite out for festivities, food and guest speaker

The Vancouver chapter of the NAACP invites the community to celebrate Juneteenth, commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States, on Saturday, June 20.

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Fun and Healthy

Gresham’s Summer Kids in the Park program

Summer Kids in the Park is back for another summer of fun and healthy activities in Gresham's largest parks.

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Help Repairing Your Home

The Portland Housing Bureau is offering up to $15,000 to eligible homeowners in north and northeast Portland - find out if you might qualify for this assistance.

Tuesday, June 9

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Fight for Better Policing and Greater Accountability

How many more will we mourn?

Freddie Gray wasn't the only person to die at the hands of the police in April.

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Building Bonds for Local Kids

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia Northwest has new support for its program that connects children facing adversity with adult mentors to create real and meaningful impacts in the lives of those involved.

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Blood Drive to Save Lives

The American Red Cross is hosting a community blood drive commemorating the work of Dr. Charles Drew, an African American physician who served as medical director of the first Red Cross blood bank.

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John Lowry Jr. died in a suspected gang-related shooting.

Shooter Charged in Gresham Murder

A suspected gang-related shooting at a Gresham gas station last October that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old Portland man has been solved.

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Answers Sought in Violent Death

Authorities believe a black man was violently attacked before he was found in Portland's Old Town district. The family is looking for answers.

Wednesday, June 3

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U.S. Army Sgt. Henry Johnson of the 369th Infantry Regiment.

Obama Makes it Right

Declaring it's never too late to make things right, President Barack Obama posthumously bestowed the Medal of Honor on two World War I veterans whose heroic acts nearly 100 years ago went unrecognized in an age of discrimination.

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Free Parks and Fishing Weekend

State parks throughout Oregon invite the public to camp and play for free the weekend of June 6-7 in celebration of State Parks Day and Free Fishing Weekend.

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Baccalaureate for Hope and Pride

The Portland African American Leadership Forum is bringing back the city's Black Baccalaureate program for graduating seniors this year.

Tuesday, June 2

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Theatre for Real Life

Confronting stigmas of homelessness and addiction

Participants in Living Stages ‘ Theatre for Real Life’ artist residency at Bud Clark Commons will present “Hurry Up and Wait” a performance of two original interactive forum plays reflecting the challenges low-income community members face in accessing healthcare services, and dealing with the stigmas of former homelessness and addiction.

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Big Band Bash

The Clark College Music Department has a welcome mat out for its 4th annual Clark College Big Band Bash on Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in Gaiser Hall Theater.

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Futsal Court Enhances Park

Brings version of soccer on smaller scale

Portland Parks and Recreation dedicated a new futsal court, a version of soccer played on a smaller scale, at Colonel Summers Park in southeast Portland Saturday.

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Refocusing Our Affordable Housing Goals

A pathway to building 1,000 homes

A non-profit is refocusing its affordable housing goals and bringing folks back into the city.

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Latino Culture Celebrated

Festival Latino 2015 takes place on Saturday, June 6, at Clackamas Community College from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Gregory Forum.

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A Crusader for a Tax on Inherited Fortunes

Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy

Republican lawmakers celebrated Tax Day by voting to repeal the estate tax. If they get their way, the multi-millionaires and billionaires who fund their election campaigns will reap a huge tax break.

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Unique Literacy Space

Reading made more accessible at Rosa Parks

An innovative new space designed for children with diverse learning needs is helping children at Rosa Parks Elementary concentrate on reading and other classroom tasks, setting an expectation that everyone can read and graduate.

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Opening a New Door and a New Set of Challenges

To the Class of 2016

Your life’s journey—and its achievements—does not end here. Celebrate, because you’ve earned it; bask in your well-earned feeling of accomplishment today, because tomorrow you will find that there is much work to be done.

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Unshackling an Imprisoned Soul

‘Marie’s Story’ resonates for its victory over crushing defeats

The film is based on the true story of Marie Heurtin, born five years after Helen Keller in Vertou, France.

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Overmedicating Children in Foster Care

Other treatments can build on better outcomes

On any given day nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication — more than four times the rate for all children.

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Documentary on Police Violence

Weekend screenings, discussion set

The locally produced, award winning documentary “Arresting Power- Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon” will screen at the Clinton Street Theater.