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Stories for May 2016

Tuesday, May 31

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A Streetcar Named Desire

Gripping masterpiece on main stage

A mostly black cast is giving Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire, new and dramatic meaning.

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Changing How Men View and Talk about Women

I’m not your Shorty

We need to teach young men that hollering at women just isn’t okay.

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Oxygen Under Pressure

Therapy chamber first of its kind in Oregon

A new hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber for multiple patients has opened at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in north Portland.

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Running for Election was an Amazing Experience

Proud of what we accomplished

While we did not get the outcome we wanted, I am proud of what we accomplished.

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Lillard Earns All-NBA Honor

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is officially one of the top 10 players in the league.

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Lofty Dreams and Aspirations

Jefferson student graduates to Juilliard

With only about a seven percent acceptance rate into the school, Sekai is the among the most talented ranked.

Wednesday, May 25

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Remembering Vanport

Weekend of events begin with proclamation

The nation’s largest public housing project, Oregon's second largest city and home to a large African American community, was destroyed on May 30, 1948 in a matter of few hours.

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Community Leader Led Impactful Life

Joice Taylor

Joice Antoinette Taylor, 66, a longtime Portland community leader and role model, passed away on May 18, 2016.

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Faith and Homelessness Collide

With touching humor, a motley group of characters unravel the intricacies of need, the vagaries of compassion and limits of forgiveness.

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Police Chief Investigated

Portland Polie Chief Larry O'Dea kept a shooting a secret for a month before telling the public.

Tuesday, May 24

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Sanchez Wins Close Race

Not enough ballots left to change outcome

Tawna Sanchez has won an extremely close nominating contest for state representative in House District 43.

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Trump and the Bigoted Peddlers of Conspiracy Theories

A coalition of the unhinged

Trump’s rhetoric is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the vast network of fringe figures he’s decided to associate himself with.

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The History of Vanport

New book published on anniversary of flood

In its heyday, Vanport was the second-largest city in Oregon with a population of over 40,000 residents. It was a city with many firsts.

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Gender Barriers Hold True

State teams up with tradeswomen to fight job site duress

In the trades, it’s often issues of sexual harassment and bigoted opinions on race and gender that remain major obstacles to progress.

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First Class of Childbirth Educators

The International Center for Traditional Childbearing in Portland has graduated the first cohort of African American Childbirth Educators.

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Wellness at Benson

Health center improves outcomes and provides career mentoring

Providing students with easy access to health services, Benson Polytechnic High School recently unveiled their new student wellness center.

Thursday, May 19

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Nonviolence Superior to Violence in Every Way

Consider the research and all the costs

The more we wage our conflicts with nonviolence, the lower the costs.

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Clark College Jazz Shines

Eight Clark College Jazz Ensemble students were honored with Outstanding Musicianship awards at the University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festival.

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Hope is Waiting for the Supreme Court

Speaking up for our brothers and sisters

The futures of millions of immigrant families are on hold until the Supreme Court makes a decision in U.S. v. Texas.

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Wheeler Elected; Sanchez Pushes Ahead

Votes have been counted, how did everyone stack up?

A race for state representative in north and northeast Portland has gone back and forth with Tawna Sanchez now pulling ahead of Roberta Phillip-Robins with a 90 vote lead.

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In Loving Memory

Samoyia LaCheryl Lowe

Samoyia LaCheryl Lowe

Tuesday, May 17

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Vanport Mosaic

Celebrating a history, culture and legacy

This coming Memorial Day marks the 68th anniversary of the Vanport Flood.

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Transcending Your Past and Future

Local playwright presents ‘Note to Self’

The play is a personal examination of how individuals change and grow over time.

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Things to Keep Out of Your Recycling Bin

The ins and outs of recycling

Is it recycling or garbage? Read on for what goes in and what stays out of your home recycling bin.

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Coaching Contract Extended

Stotts completed his fourth season as Blazers head coach last week, going 44-38 to solidify his third consecutive winning season.

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Powerful Film Classic

The Northwest Film Center presents “Black Girl” as part of its series of restored or preserved film prints.

Thursday, May 12

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Special Season Ends

Blazers fall to defending champion Warriors

A special season in which the Portland Trail Blazers defied expectations and advanced to the postseason with an exciting playoff run ended Wednesday night in Oakland

Wednesday, May 11

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In Loving Memory

Gladys Farve

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Soaring Voices of Gospel

Stronger than ever, the five-time Grammy Award winners will be in Portland to perform Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

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Oregon’s New Poet Laureate

"As Poet Laureate, she will be a great asset to our state, using vivid storytelling to help us understand who we are as a larger community."

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‘Acoustic Soul’ from ‘The Voice’

Blending pop, rock and R&B into a style he’s dubbed “acoustic soul,” Colin will perform Monday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Mississippi Studios.

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In Loving Memory

Maddie Mary Davis Richmond

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 806 N.E. Alberta St. on Thursday, May 12 at 11am.

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Roadblocks at the Courthouse

Report on DAs is push for criminal justice reform

As Oregon votes in next week’s Primary Election most of the candidates overseeing criminal justice in the state won’t face any opposition and that’s a roadblock to reforming laws that disproportionately impact minorities, according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

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ACLU Blasts Sheriff’s Probe

Says AG investigation falls short on protecting civil rights

An investigation that cleared Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton of criminal wrongdoing failed to account for actions that may have violated civil protections, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

Tuesday, May 10

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Ballots Due

Decision time for Oregon voters

With ballots due by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, the time to hone in on which way to vote is now

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Curry Sensational in OT

Blazers fall to 3-1 in playoff series

Stephen Curry returned from a sprained right knee to score 40 points, helping the Golden State Warriors beat the Blazers 132-125.

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St. Johns Throws a Party

A free event, the St. Johns Bizarre takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Ethnic Studies for All High Schools

A new curriculum plan calls for at least one ethnic studies course in each Portland high school by 2018.

Tuesday, May 3

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Arrested at School

Mother feels Beaumont failed her daughter

Getting arrested isn’t an act any child should ever have to experience, yet for 12-year-old Emaujah H., that traumatically scarring experience became a reality.

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Minority-Owned Firms Hired

Black-owned Raimore Construction was awarded a contract with TriMet to install 14 shelters along the MAX Orange Line.

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A Fitting Choice

Diversity grounds race for state representative

With Lew Frederick stepping down to run for an Oregon Senate seat, finding a fitting replacement for his House seat may seem difficult

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My Non-Traditional Face Closes Doors in Election

Why I am running for mayor

A response to those Portlanders and entities that continue to question why I am running for the office of Mayor with my background as African American and female.

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Cinco de Mayo Fun

Largest multicultural celebration in Oregon

The 32nd annual event celebrates the richness and diversity of family, culture and community.

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A Man Who Refused to be Defined or Confined

Nothing compares to Prince

May Prince rest in purple peace.

Monday, May 2

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A Portland Leader for Racial Progress

Arthur ‘Bantu’ Palmer was a change agent

Arthur James “Bantu” Palmer Sr. was a change agent who is not forgotten and his works continue to enrich the lives of many.