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Stories for December 2016

Wednesday, December 28

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Counting on a Miracle

McCoy Academy faces closure

McCoy Academy, a non-profit private high school serving underserved students in Portland for more than a generation is facing closure.

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Sanctuary County

Board on notice for welcoming immigrants

Multnomah County has reaffirmed its commitment to serving all residents regardless of immigration status by passing a resolution making it an official ‘sanctuary county.’

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Harmful Mass Incarceration

A new women’s prison won’t solve the problem

We need to understand that simply locking women up cannot cure the root causes of crime that so many criminal justice experts consider to be a public health issue.

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Flu Hits Oregon Strong and Early

Still time for flu shot protection

Influenza cases are rising in Oregon, and although the increase is expected this time of year, Oregon Health Authority officials say it shows flu season is off to a strong and early start. Most of the cases have been influenza A, this season's predominant flu type.

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Advancing Education and Literacy

McCollum earns NBA Cares Award

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his efforts to promote education and literacy throughout Portland.

Tuesday, December 27

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In Loving Memory

Bervin Lionel Johnson Sr.

Bervin Lionel Johnson Sr. was born in Longview, Texas on Nov. 27, 1958. He died Dec. 17, 2016 after a battle with cancer.

Wednesday, December 21

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Drawing on Experience

Officers of color ground new PSU police force

Five of the 12 officers now overseeing campus security are people of color.

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Equity Pledge at TriMet

Study finds racial disparities, but no bias

A new study showing racial disparities in fare enforcement at TriMet but no racial bias will lead to new efforts to improve equity practices at the transportation agency.

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50 Years of Kwanzaa

Portland celebrates with free events

The community is invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa, the festival of cultural heritage and traditional values.

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Tenant Shoots Housing Managers

Man was evicted from apartment earlier

A north Portland man is accused of shooting two housing managers at Casacadian Terrace after being evicted from the housing complex on North Kerby Avenue.

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A Nation of Second Chances

President Obama issues record number of pardons

Many drug sentences also shortened

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Luminous Zoolights

Annual light show and festivities bigger than ever

ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo’s popular walk-through winter wonderland of more than 1.6 million colored lights, is bigger than ever this year

Wednesday, December 14

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African American Wellness Village

Saturday's activities to include health screenings

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 17 as the African American Health Coalition kicks off its annual Wellness Village, a free event with dozens of health-related booths and a wide variety of health screenings

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Circus Carol at the Alberta Rose

coming for one weekend only at northeast Portland venue

The Wanderlust Circus performance group and band 3 Leg Torso combine forces to present “A Circus Carol,” a retelling of Charles Dickens’ holiday favorite by blending circus arts and musical theater

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Constructing Hope in the Trades

Apprenticeships power carrers

Retired boxer and current construction business operator Ray Lampkin encourages members of the black community to look for job opportunities in the trades

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Willie Taggart Era Begins

Oregon’s new coach aims for a championship

Willie Taggart, the new coach for the Oregon Ducks, says he has a goal to become the first black coach to win a national college football championship.

Tuesday, December 13

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Staying Put

Building a community on a controversial homeless site

Hazelnut Grove residents continue to take actions to enhance their community for the long run

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Drug Clinic Investigated

Opioid addictions expert fights to keep doors open

Ram Clnic, one of Oregon’s only independently-operated methadone clinics is facing the threat of having its doors shuttered

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A Refusal to Cave and a Right to Assert

New film depicts woman in a fight for her home

'Aquarius' is a canny film that has the power to stay with you for a long time

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In Loving Memory

Lydia Ruth Roy

A memorial service for Lydia Ruth Roy will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at Maranatha Church in northeast Portland

Monday, December 12

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A Place for All People

Poster exhibit is peak inside new national museum

Oregon Historical Society presents a commemorative poster exhibition, “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Hip Hop Toy Drive

Holiday show at the Ash Street.

Breakout Tuesdays hip hop show, Dec. 20, to collect toys for disadvantaged kids

Wednesday, December 7

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Historic Choice for PSU Athletic Director

Viking program gets a new leader

Valerie Cleary to become one of the rare female college executives at the NCAA Division I level

Tuesday, December 6

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Rebuilding Trust

Alberta Main Street markers to honor black community

Keeping African American roots alive on Alberta Street

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Police Conduct Probe on Activists' Arrest

ACLU calls police actions retaliatory

Mayor Hales calls for investigation to determine if excessive use of force was used in student protest that led to the arrest of three adult activist leaders.

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Portland Fitness Model Crowned

Andrea Green wins a first place trophy for natural bodybuilding at the recent Pro Elite World Championship

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Bikes and Helmets for 400 Kids

Holiday Bike Drive brings Joy

The 21st annual Community Cycling Center Holiday Bike Drive at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center gave 400 children their first bicycles and helmets.