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Stories for June 2016

Wednesday, June 29

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In Loving Memory

Joe Reed

From Vancouver to Portland, Joe Reed is survived by many friends and family.

Tuesday, June 28

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Summer Reading Challenge

End of late book fines encourage participation

The library’s Summer Reading program entices kids to read for pleasure when school is not in session.

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Report Finds Racial Bias

Oregon seventh for locking up black residents

Oregon has the seventh highest percentage rate in the United States of incarceration of black people in state prisons.

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Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel

Stories behind the church members who lost their lives

“We Are Charleston,” is a comprehensive new book about last summer’s tragic events at South Carolina’s Mother Emanuel Church.

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‘Wildlife Live’ Returns for Summer

Popular zoo program runs daily

This year’s program also features some new animals and a much-anticipated return to the zoo’s central lawn.

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Police Command Shake Up

New chief takes oath and makes changes

Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea will be replaced by Captain Mike Marshman, Mayor Charlie Hales announced Monday.

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Power of Blues Fights Hunger

Warfield to lead Prince tribute at Blues festival

For the last 29 years, the Oregon Food Bank has used the emotional power of blues music to help pacify hunger.

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Everything’s Good in the Hood

Community unites for parade and festival

The Good in the Hood Festival brought the community together for yet another fun year.

Thursday, June 23

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A Riveting Take on Abortion Divide

Ashland play ‘Roe’ accords dignity to complex points of view

"Roe" is a beautifully directed play by Bill Rauch and features a wise and stunning cast. It's playing in Ashland through the end of October.

Wednesday, June 22

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Juneteenth 2016

Portland's 44th Juneteenth celebration was this past weekend.

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Diversity in Golf Championship

The Western States Golf Association, founded in 1954, has over 1,000 members in over 33 affiliated clubs in six Western states.

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Good in the Hood Weekend

Festival promotes unity in the community

For over 20 years, the Good in the Hood Festival has had thousands of community residents participating.

Tuesday, June 21

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Breaking Down the Prison Pipeline

Supporting vital services for released inmates

People returning to the community from Oregon’s prisons and jails face numerous barriers to successfully reintegrating.

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Comic Book Celebrates Prince

“Tribute Prince” is available in print for $3.99 at Comic Flea Market.

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Hope for Oak Leaf

Affordable housing tax could save mobile home park

An affordable housing tax could save the homes of the Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park residents.

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Third Death at Strip Club

Skinn’s stabbing revives community concerns

The death of a dancer at a northeast Portland strip club revives community concerns.

Wednesday, June 15

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Measure 11 Prosecution Changes

Changes come for certain Ballot Measure 11 charges in the second degree.

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Justice Progress and Struggles

“Roots, Resistance, Revolution” is the theme for the June 22 celebration as a response to the growing issue of housing displacement in Portland.

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Blood Drive Needs You

Diversity of donors saves lives

Just in time for Juneteenth, the 11th Annual Dr. Charles Drew Community Blood Drive returns.

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Youth Symphony Enlists Memory

Esteemed musician and educator will direct jazz band

Dr. Thara Memory has been enlisted to direct the jazz band for advanced students at the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.

Tuesday, June 14

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Juneteenth Weekend Celebrations

The “Clara Peoples Freedom Trail Parade” will begin Saturday, June 18 at 10:45 a.m. at Bethel AME Church.

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Connecting to our Waterways

Environmental educators lead big canoe trips

Paddlers can enjoy observing birds and wildlife from a one-of-a-kind on-water perspective.

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Companies Need to Stop Bankrolling Hate

Trump led GOP a deal breaker

What happens when the convention nominates a presidential candidate who’s an out-and-out racist?

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Champion Boxer, Activist and World Icon

Muhammad Ali was my idol

How would you approach the colossal task of describing a man who once boasted that he, “wrestled with alligators, tussled with a whale, done handcuffed lightning and throw thunder in jail?

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Blast Off to Space Exploration

New exhibit opens Saturday at OMSI

The new exhibit at OMSI takes guests on a trip through space.

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Movies, Concerts and More

A summer free for all at Portland Parks

A broad portfolio of culturally diverse music, movies and recreation programs will once again grace Portland’s parks this summer.

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Ali! Ali! The Greatest Laid to Rest

Honored as fearless man of principle

The Greatest was laid to rest in his hometown Friday after an all-day send-off.

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Horror, Anger and Healing

Pride week dampened by gay club massacre

Portland’s Pride celebration is kicking off this week from a place of condolence and concern of safety after Orlando's events.

Thursday, June 9

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President Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton

President Barack Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House

Wednesday, June 8

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Driving to Make a Difference

Ride Connection provides public transit services that help pickup senior citizens and take them to doctor’s appointments, shopping trips and community events.

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Motown the Musical

Classic hits ground stellar production

Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.

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Ready for Summer

Opening day for the city’s outdoor pools is Tuesday, June 14.

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Jury of One’s Peers? A Definite NO

Prosecutors unfairly seek white juries

Prosecutors are likely to exclude minorities from juries knowing that their personal experience may have caused them to distrust law enforcement.

Tuesday, June 7

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Portland Rapper’s Edgy Video

Swiggle Mandela has just released a controversial new hip hop music video with a positive message.

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Muhammad Ali, 1942 - 2016

World to Gather for Final Farewell

With a wit as sharp as the punches, Muhammad Ali dominated sports for two decades. He passed Friday, June 3.

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Alarm Grows Over Toxins

Public health responds to widening threat

Multnomah County Health Department officials are responding to the growing public concerns.

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Police Panel Departure Explained

Kathleen Saadat has indicated that discord surrounding police reform issues did not influence her decision to retire

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Students Learn Hands-On

Real-world meaning comes with outreach

Portland Public School students are engaging in a hands-on learning process at The ReBuilding Center, where failure, experimentation and creative solutions are encouraged.

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Finally, a True Black Prime Contractor at TriMet

A grand reason to celebrate

TriMet’s most recent action of awarding a major contract to black-owned Raimore Construction is evolutionary and is the culmination of many years of struggle.

Thursday, June 2

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Multnomah County to Open Cooling Centers

Weekend locations include Walnut Park and Gresham

With temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees this weekend, two cooling centers will open in Multnomah County to help seniors and people with disabilities and other health conditions stay safe.

Wednesday, June 1

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YouthPass Sought for All

Justice groups point to unequal treatment

YouthPass doesn’t reach past the attendance areas of the Portland School District and a group of students are trying to change that.

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Important Screenings

Komen reaches out for breast health

“The statistics in the African American community are alarming, and we need to do something to address the disparities."

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Health Leader Nominated for PDC

Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia has been nominated to serve on the board of the Portland Development Commission by Mayor Charles Hales.

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Jefferson Relay Team Pride

Congratulations to the boys 4X100 Relay team at Jefferson High School for a successful season by pushing themselves to the limit.

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Tried and Convicted by Mistake

Documentary sparks conversation on how badly things can go wrong

When the criminal justice system makes mistakes, why are we as a culture not more curious about what went wrong?