Stories for July 2016

Tuesday, July 26

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Clinton Ascends to Nomination

Hillary makes history as first woman to lead major party as presidential candidate

Hillary Clinton makes history as the first woman to lead a major party in a presidential race

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Investing in Student Leaders

Bank of America is helping five Portland students with investing in their futures.

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Children Show Off Bilingual Advantage

Benefits found in problem solving

A new study shows children learning two languages perform better at certain problem-solving tasks than their monolingual peers.

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Librarian Makes History

Carla Hayden is the first woman and the first African-American to hold the Librarian of Congress position.

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Runner Wins Gold

Jefferson senior achieves at state

Mason Williams proves you don’t have to be an Olympian to demonstrate a commitment to something you love to do.

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Soulful Bell at Mississippi Studios

Bell finished #8 on the debut season of XFactor and has performed with Van Morrison, Sheryl Crow, B.B. King, Etta James and more.

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Inducted to Baseball Hall of Fame

Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted Saturday into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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PCC Hires New Leader

Mark Mitsui picked from Obama Administration

A leader from President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative will be the next president of Portland Community College.

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Rooftop with Spike Lee Classic

Lee's first feature-length film and considerable landmark independent film is the next in NW Film Center's Rooftop Cinema.

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Former Miracles Director Sentenced

Herman Bryant, 59, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for embezzling money from the Miracles Club.

Tuesday, July 19

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Healing Wounds of Gentrification

Activists plan Saturday bike ride to build understanding

Gentrification is the major talking point of the city today, but for many neighborhoods it has been a reality for far too long.

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Rock Out

It will be the first time in 20 years the show has been produced theatrically with a professional cast in Portland.

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Gun Waver Banned

Michael Strickland has been banned from two local institutions.

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Report Sinks Schools Chief

District put off health and safety issues

Portland Public School Superintendent Carole Smith on Monday said she will step down now rather than wait a year to retire.

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Expanding Reach for Future Connect

Program breaks barriers to a college education

New funds will help PCC provide nearly 3,000 students with critical services and support.

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Librarian Makes History

The Senate last week confirmed the longtime head of Baltimore's library system to be the next Librarian of Congress.

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Named Champion of Change

Equity push brings White House honor

The White House honored Portlander Desiree Williams-Rajee Friday along with nine others from around the country as “Champions of Change for Climate Equity.”

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A Voting Rights Victory in Maryland

Almost 6 million U.S. citizens are effectively locked out of the democratic process.

Thousands of Marylanders will regain the right to cast their ballots this election year, thanks to the state’s lawmakers.

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Preschool Promise Adverse to Albina Head Start

New requirements fail kids of color, advocates say

An attempt to increase the quality of preschool instructors in the process risks isolating kids of color.

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Well Intended but with Devastating Consequences

Pre-school promise risks isolating kids of color

Hope lies in the seeds of early-childhood and K-5 interventions.

Wednesday, July 13

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Reverberations of Historic Black Events

Oregon Humanities hosts conversation at Alberta Rose

A conversation about the Great Migration of black families who fled the south, the civil rights movement, and the reverberations of these historic events in Oregon and the United States.

Tuesday, July 12

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Downtown Housing Saved

REACH celebrates reopening

On July 15, REACH Community Development will celebrate the grand re-opening of the Bronaugh Apartments, a three story, 50-unit historic apartment building located in downtown Portland.

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A Step Backwards for Police Diversity

Command shuffle leaves out African- Americans

We need leadership in the police bureau, in city government and in the community.

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Bike Share System Debut

1,000 rental bikes to dot inner city

The system was designed for quick trips with convenience in mind, as well as a fun and affordable way to get around.

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Protests and Vigils

Community and police respond to shootings

A sweeping march in downtown Portland happened before the Dallas violence on Thursday in the wake of the officer-involved shootings.

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Finding Common Ground

Obama pays tribute to officers; calls for racial healing

Obama insisted the nation is not as divided as it seems and called on Americans to find common ground in support of racial equity and justice.

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Powered by Diversity

Outreach expands business relationships

“Our goal is to create the appropriate business relationships to support and reflect the communities we serve”

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Beaumont Girls Repeat

Champs to represent Oregon in Arizona

Congratulations to the Beaumont Junior Girls Softball Team from northeast Portland who has won a state champion for a second year in a row!

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In Loving Memory

Alberta Moody

Alberta Moody of Portland died June 28, 2016.

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To Stop ‘Bomb Trains,’ I Honeymooned in Jail

Facing down a locomotive in Vancouver

We call these oil trains “bomb trains” because we know, with one tiny loose bolt, they can erupt into an inferno, scorching everything for miles.

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Indian Dance for a Good Cause

"Rangeela - The Dance Show" - was a unique effort by the Indian community of Portland to raise funds to build houses for impoverished people in the city of Chennai and its outskirts.

Friday, July 8

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Deadly Ambush on Dallas Police

Police said suspect told them he acted alone

Police say a man suspected in the slayings had been upset about police shootings of two black men earlier this week and wanted to kill whites, "especially white officers."

Tuesday, July 5

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Teens Create App for Summer Activities

“I Am A #ForceOf” gives youth good alternatives

The idea is to promote safe and productive activities as an alternative to gangs and other less productive pursuits this summer.

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Tax on the Sweet

Initiative wants to tax sugary drinks for kids’ benefit

A new petition initiative seeks to counteract Multnomah County’s high rates of heart disease, tooth decay and diabetes, specifically in children.

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Joining Port of Portland Commission

Former Urban League official named to policy role

Retired Urban League of Portland president and CEO Michael Alexander was recently appointed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to the Port of Portland Commission.

In Loving Memory

Lannis W. Warfield

Lannis W. Warfield was born April 1, 1940 and died June 27, 2016.

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SEI to Close Academy

Student services will transfer to re-opened middle schools

The return of the classic middle school structure to PPS sees the end of the Academy's era.

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Spreading Cultural Harmony

Local leader promotes peace and tolerance

Leonard joins peacemakers Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Pope Frances and many others in receiving the international Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Award.

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In Loving Memory

Carmon Cunningham

The loving father, husband, brother and friend who was highly loved and respected by members of the community with whom he worked, has died at the age of 62.