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Stories for October 2015

Wednesday, October 28

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In Loving Memory

Marian Calhoun Jacobs

Dignity, elegance, faith-filled and a phenomenal woman are all words that describe Marian Calhoun Jacobs, a long- time Portland resident who inherited a rich legacy of faith, family, character, leadership and entrepreneurship.

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#BlackLivesMatter: A Rallying Cry for our Times

The fight for equal access and opportunity

While it is obvious to many of us that all lives matter, it is not so obvious that in our great nation founded on the principles of equality and justice that black lives matter.

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Money Moved for Affordable Housing

More money will be directed to affordable housing projects from Portland’s Urban Renewal Districts over the next five years under a proposal going to the Portland City Council.

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Happy 80th Birthday!

Betty Marie Ivory

Join us in celebrating our mother's 80th birthday!

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Jazzy Halloween at Jimmy Mak’s

Portland’s beloved jazz ensemble, the Norman Sylvester Band, and special guests Lenanne Sylvester-Miller and Sarah Billings, will host a Halloween concert and costume party this Saturday.

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Mayor Nixes Re-Election Bid

Mayor Charlie Hales made a surprise announcement Monday that he was withdrawing his plans to run for a second term in office.

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Soccer Returns to PCC

Teams suit up for men and women

At PCC, Patterson hopes to build around talented core players with a sharp, crisp passing and possession style.

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Human Rights Film Series

(T)error follows the journey of Saeed “Shariff” Torres,’ a 63-year-old former Black Panther turned counterterrorism informant for the FBI.

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Teaching the Truth about America’s History

When a school textbook distorts slavery

Who is writing and influencing the history our children are taught? Should a few education officials in Texas or any state drive decisions about what all of our children learn or sugarcoat the truth?

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Forum to Hear from ‘Bloody Sunday’ Activist

WSU Vancouver tackles voting rights and immigration

The community is invited to learn more about voting rights and immigration during upcoming forums to mark the 50th anniversaries of the 1965 Voting Rights and Immigration Acts.

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In Loving Memory

Luke David Neufeldt

Luke David Neufeldt, 38, died Oct. 24, 2015 at his home in Portland. He was born Sep. 21, 1977, in Tucson, Ariz.

Tuesday, October 27

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On Alberta Street

Textiles and Ceramics at Guardino

Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St., begins a month long focus of works by three artists with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Adriene Cruz, a textile artist with a passion for color and texture, will be featured in the main gallery.

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Columbus River Theatre Organ Society and northeast Portland’s Hollywood Theatre are bringing back the 1925 silent picture horror classic, “The Phantom of the Opera” this Halloween.

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Treats in Store for Animals, Visitors

Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife Saturday, Oct. 31, during “Howloween” at the Oregon Zoo. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free with zoo admission.

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Challenging Expectations

Youth and police meet up for unity breakfast

A renewed partnership between African-American students and Portland Police is giving a large contingent of youth and officers an opportunity to build on something positive and learn more about each other.

Thursday, October 22

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The Racial Bias in Stand Your Ground Laws

Rather than curb violence, they increase violence

Trayvon Martin's unjust death at the hands of a trigger-happy, self-described neighborhood watchman continues to shock and live on in our nation's collective consciousnes

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‘This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Civil Rights Movement’

Welcoming a new generation of activists

The day after the Aug. 10 anniversary of Michael Brown's death, I was arrested along with more than 50 other protesters outside of the Department of Justice in St. Louis in an act of civil disobedience.

Wednesday, October 21

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Teen Serves as National Leader

A Lincoln High School student has become the first youth to ever serve on this city’s Human Rights Commission.

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In Loving Memory

Louis Mayes

Louis James Mayes was born on March 26, 1935 in Ardmore, Okla. He passed away Oct. 12, 2015 in Portland.

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Traffic Signal Improves Safety

New Seasons, Legacy and other businesses pay for upgrade

A new traffic signal is improving safety at the intersection of North Vancouver Avenue and Cook Street.

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Songs and Stories with Passion

Kenyan born singer and songwriter Naomi Wachira will perform a solo acoustic show at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro on Friday.

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Bad Weather Meals Arrive

To ensure that all homebound seniors have sufficient meals during upcoming inclement weather, Meals on Wheels People are delivering a two-day supply of shelf-stable meals this week to more than 3,000 homebound residents.

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Renters Rights Workshop Friday

The Community Alliance of Tenants will host a meeting to hear the concern of renters in the wake of Portland’s housing emergency and follow the session with a renter rights workshop on Friday, Oct. 30.

Tuesday, October 20

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Pumpkin Carving Fun

Portland Farmers Market invites everyone to its annual Great Pumpkin events at its King Market site in northeast Portland and at the downtown location next to Portland State University.

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Hit Show 'Cuba Libre' Extended

Haven’t caught the hit Broadway-scale musical 'Cuba Libre'? Good news: the Artists Repertory Theatre has extended its world premiere production through Nov. 15.

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On Alberta Street

Creating Life through Art

A Portland artist who grew up in Kenya is bringing his mixture of traditional and abstract art to the Alberta Street Gallery.

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Ancestors Beckon in Seasonal Play

Milagro, the Pacific Northwest’s premier Latino arts and culture organization, continues its long tradition of Day of the Dead celebrations with an original production, 'La Muerte Baila.'

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Home Ownership Help Offered

Free housing fair Saturday at Legacy Hospital

Portland's African American Alliance for Homeownership is hosting its 17th Annual Black Homeownership Fair on Saturday.

Wednesday, October 14

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Drama Tackles Color Line

A powerful, resonant drama about race relations in the United States is now showing on the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center stage in north Portland.

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First Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Portland celebrated its first ever Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday changing what was formerly known as Columbus Day.

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Earthquake Info Fair Saturday

A free earthquake information fair for the public will be held Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. at the University of Portland Chiles Center in north Portland.

Tuesday, October 13

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How To Prevent A School Shooter

Start with building a caring community

Invest time every day in building strong, caring relationships that will support the community in times of crisis. This strategy is not about "shooter management." It is about "shooter prevention" long before anyone picks up a gun.

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Compelling Focus on Police Tactics

‘Peace Officer’ Documentary screens in Portland

No matter where you think you stand on these issues, "Peace Officer" deserves attention and at least one viewing.

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Exploring Diversity with Music

A high-energy dance party concert takes kids on a musical journey through blues, funk, soul and hip hop in ‘Frogtown Live,’ a celebration of cultural diversity by Oregon’s Socially Conscious Entertainment Company.

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Expanding Healthcare Coverage for Everyone

Every state can make progress

The progress made on reducing the number of uninsured people should inspire us to keep going until every child and adult has needed health coverage.

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Rise and Fall of ‘The Radiant Child’

World-renown black artist and phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat’s story is coming to Portland’s Northwest Film Center with the documentary “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.’

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Challenging the Narrative

Film explores obstacles for kids of color

Pushed out of the inner city by rising costs and economic development, minority families increasingly settle in outer Portland and Gresham. That’s the backdrop for the Portland documentary “Holla,” which screens Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater in northeast Portland.

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Jazz Quartet Honors John Coltrane

Celebrating jazz great’s greatest hit 50 years later

A special Portland concert is set to celebrate 50 years since the release of John Coltrane’s greatest hit, “A Love Supreme.”

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Searching for Aztlán

Portland’s bilingual touring company Teatro Milagro returns to Clackamas Community College for a free noon performance of “Searching for Aztlán,” on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the McLoughlin Auditorium.

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Hip Hop Day at City Hall

Mayor Charlie Hales is calling for Portland’s first annual Hip-Hop Day with a free all-ages concert at City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, October 12

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Creston Named School of Excellence

Principal inspired by recognition

Creston School and the southeast Portland school’s Parent-Teacher Association have been honored for excellence by the national PTA for their achievement in building effective family-school partnerships.

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New Leader for Providence

Executive picked from nationwide search

Providence Health Plan has named a top black healthcare executive to lead its Portland and Northwest operations as chief executive officer.

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Worship in Pink for a Cure

Faith community works for breast cancer prevention

October kicks off Worship in Pink, a month-long effort in the black community to address the breast health disparities for women and men in our region.

Tuesday, October 6

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Obama to Visit Roseburg

Campus tragedy tears at hearts and minds

President Obama announced Monday that he will travel to Roseburg on Friday to visit with the families of victims killed in a campus shooting that left 10 people dead, including the 26-year-old gunman, and injured nine people.

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Race and Justice Forum Planned

The League of Women Voters of Portland and the Portland chapter of The Links, Inc., are sponsoring a panel to examine racism in Oregon’s criminal justice system.

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Portlandia Birthday Bash

Portland’s famous copper statue is turning 30 years old – and you’re invited to help celebrate, Thursday, Oct. 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Standard Insurance Plaza across from the street from the statute at 1120 S.W. Fifth Ave.

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Sharing the Gospel

Faith leader elevated as bishop

A northeast Portland church leader will be recognized and celebrated during a special consecration service to elevate him as bishop and presiding prelate of HeavenBound Fellowship of Churches International.

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Conscious Rap Project Show

The Conscious Rap Project is proud to bring GZA to Portland, one of the founding members of world-famous hip-hop group Wu Tang Clan.

Friday, October 2

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In Loving Memory

Johnny Poole Jr., 78, of Sylacauga, Ala., and former longtime resident of Portland, transitioned from this life on Sept. 28, 2015 with his beloved wife, Ella, by his side.

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Roseburg Shooting Addressed By President Obama

More than just thoughts and prayers

President Obama expounded on the importance of gun control, legislation, and the importance of political action surrounding Thursday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Thursday, October 1

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Missing Girl - Update: Found

The public needs your help to find a missing girl.