Stories for October 2016

Wednesday, October 26

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In Loving Memory

William F. Johnson

Services will be held Friday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Moore Street Salvation Army, 5325 N. Williams Ave.

Tuesday, October 25

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Write-in Campaign for Sheriff

‘Don’t Shoot’ activist Raiford seeks votes

Don’t Shoot Portland founder and police reform activist Teressa Raiford has announced the launch of a write-in campaign for Multnomah County sheriff.

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In Loving Memory

Ronald D. Slider

Ronald D. Slider, our honorable father, husband, son, brother, and man of God, died Oct. 11, 2016.

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Blazers Basketball Clinic

The Portland Trail Blazers celebrated National Junior NBA Week Thursday by hosting a basketball clinic at the Blazers Boys and Girls Club on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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Daze of the Dead

Nef the Pharaoh is a rapper from Vallejo, Calif. who mostly collaborated with fellow hip hop artist E-40

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Weekend of Fun at the Zoo

Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct 30, at the Oregon Zoo.

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Catching the ‘Thriller’ Craze

Michael Jackson hit recreated for a good cause

Worldwide project Thrill the World plays on Michael Jackson's haunting hit.

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President Obama Endorses Brown

Releases exclusive video message

President Obama sought to do one more thing before leaving office and that’s endorse Oregon gubernatorial incumbent Kate Brown.

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Voting Begins

Large ballot packed with candidates, issues

Ballots are due back by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8.

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Jefferson Athlete Remembered

Gary Ladd

Gary Allen Ladd Sr., a basketball legend from Jefferson High School’s Class of 1968, died on Oct. 12, 2016 in Seattle.

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Roosevelt Damage

Pranksters vandalize school’s new wing

Roosevelt High Principal Filip Hristic says six classrooms and six bathrooms are deemed unusable until repairs are made due.

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Electronic Soul Project

The 18 year old Atlanta native strives to spread a general feeling of happiness and love.

Monday, October 24

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Obama’s Local Endorsement

Incumbent Kate Brown sees presidential support

Obama wants Oregon to continue having "real leadership in Kate Brown."

Wednesday, October 19

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Explosion Rocks Northwest 23rd

At least 8 injured in powerful natural gas blast

Three firefighters, two police officers and three civilians were hurt

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Equity on Employment in Courthouse Build

Aggressive goals set for a diverse workforce

Multnomah County has set a high bar for hiring a diverse group of workers to build a downtown courthouse to replace the existing county courthouse which is more than 100 years old.

Tuesday, October 18

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Historic Artist in Black Smithsonian

Portland niece thrilled with aunt’s selection

Last month, the Smithsonian bought Thelma Johnson Streat’s “Medicine and Transportation Mural” to be part of the new African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington D.C

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Battle Lines Grow

No let down in fight for police reforms

“We need politicians who will run outside of City Hall and help the injured get to safety, not ones who direct a militarized police force to beat women and children.”

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Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement

Here’s some examples to follow

The presence of minority officers is likely to introduce different perspectives into an agency.

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Acknowledging Past and Sobering Present

Re-birth of a racist nation

Parker hopes his film will give birth to "the kind of honest confrontation that will galvanize our society toward healing and sustained systemic change."

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Lost City, Living Memories

Vanport film of first-person narratives

Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of short films creates a rich and elaborate “mosaic” of Vanport's vibrant community.

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Negative Trump Coattails Good for Senate

Thank you Donald for your key role

For Trump, everything is a contest and he is the best at every one.

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Red Door Project’s ‘Hands Up’

What it’s like to be black in America

'Hands Up' presents unflinching accounts of what it is like to be black in America.

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Debut Future Soul Artist

Publications like Billboard and NME labeled Gallant "Breakthrough Artist of 2015."

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El Muerto Vagabundo

Latino theater group explores homelessness

The production was inspired by an obituary of a homeless veteran without friends and family and can be seen in Portland through Nov. 6.

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Do Not Resist

Documentary on policing in America

“Do Not Resist” offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and glimpses into the future of increasingly militarized forces.

Tuesday, October 11

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Natural Foods Plans Approved

Project will be low scale development

The Natural Grocers project coming to Northeast Alberta Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be a single-story retail strip mall project.

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Honoring a Warrior for Justice and Equality for All

Courageous Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was a brilliant but allegedly illiterate slave woman, a great orator and a powerful presence who possessed unbelievable courage and perseverance in standing up for justice as a black woman.

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Tuesday Voter Registration Deadline

Make your voice heard

In Oregon, Tuesday, Oct. 18 is the last day to register to vote to participate in the upcoming election.

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New Kwanzaa Stamp Issued

This is the sixth Kwanzaa stamp issued by the Postal Service.

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McCoy Tyner at Revolution Hall

His blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music.

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Dishman Pool Fix Completed

The indoor pool at the Matt Dishman Community Center has reopened after renovations.

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Police Contract Undermines Public Trust

A failure to make police accountable

The proposed contract between the city and the Portland Police Association failed to address a number of issues related to police accountability.

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World Class Dance Created Here

Be prepared to be surprised, amazed and energized.

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Carving Out Identities

‘Black Girl’ rises from racially charged world

Portland’s White Bird is bringing this production to Portland’s Newmark Theatre, downtown.

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Shared Goals

A bridge to community-focused policing

Two members of Portland’s black community were guests of the U.S. Attorney for Oregon at a national conference on community policing.

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In Loving Memory

Bernadine Johnson

A homegoing celebration for the beloved mother, grandmother and family member was held Tuesday at New Song Community Church.

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In Loving Memory

Rosie Mary Lester

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 at 12 p.m. at Life Change Church.

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New roots for legacy clinic

Move to Alberta keeps focus on underserved

On Oct. 17 North by Northeast will have a new home that thankfully will still be located in the heart of the community it serves.

Wednesday, October 5

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Strip Club Murder Confession

Rinita Linelle Lowe confessed to the murder of Shantina Turner that occurred in June of this year.

Tuesday, October 4

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Disney film ‘Queen of Katwe’ Inspires

This is a rare opportunity to see an African story filmed in Africa, by a director who lives there.

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Pushed from the Agenda

Mayor’s labor deal with police draws opposition

“You serve the community first, and then you serve the police second.”

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PDX Jazz Presents

Her voice has been described as full blown femininity incarnate; a dusky, stalwart and soulful instrument that radiates interpretive power yet remains touchingly vulnerable.

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Divergent Views with Racial Underpinnings

Kaepernick’s right to self-expression

Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest police violence against African Americans by declining to stand for the National Anthem is a profoundly patriotic act.

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Confronting a Shameful History

‘Hold These Truths’ opens at Portland Center Stage

Portland Center Stage at The Armory debuts a play that brings this story to the stage with Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths.

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Haunted Walking Tours

You’re invited to spend an evening with Vancouver's haunted side.

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Age Ain’t a Factor

Groovin High Steppers set table for soiree

Over 250 guests from across the country are expected to attend the 4th annual “Age Ain’t a Factor” Chicago-style Steppin’ weekend on Oct. 14-16.

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The Fight for Fifteen

Tavis Smiley tackles hot button issue

His one hour documentary “Getting Ahead,” about the impact of the rising minimum wage, will air Friday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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New Approach on Drugs

Civil rights groups applaud call for reforms

Two major civil rights groups are applauding a call by law enforcement officers in the state to decriminalize drug possession crimes.

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Fearless in Motion

White Bird opens 19th season

The diverse team of performers creates awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit.

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Black Youth and Elusive Freedom

Remembering my brother’s struggle

At the age of 11, I cried for my brother for the first time.

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Computer Science Introduction

According to the White House, an estimated 51 percent of all science, technology, engineering, and math jobs are projected to be in a computer science related field by 2018.

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Review: ‘Birth of a Nation’ bluntly tells tale of Nat Turner

Film opens Thursday in local theaters

"The Birth of a Nation " has had more expectations placed on it than any movie could reasonably bear.

Monday, October 3

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Foods Global, Made Local

Piedmont Station brings foods from around the world

A food cart pod in northeast Portland has become the go-to place for delicious foods from around the world all in one place.

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Serving Up Chinese Vegan Dishes

Yuan Su solves the lack of great Chinese food options for the vegan population.

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Salon Defined by Expertise

Turning Heads Hair Styling Studio has been serving customers for the last 10 years.

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Store Owner is Sweet on Fashions

From dress hats to Montique shirts to Belvedere shoes, most of the necessary pieces to build a dapper suit can be found at A Touch of Urban Apparel.

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Boutique Owner has Love for Fashion

Northeast Portland’s Thirty27 Boutique translates one woman’s love of family and fashion into a trendy and affordable clothing locale for the working girl.

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Couple Hooked on Vintage

Shop specializes in affordable treasures

Those that love sifting through treasures from the sartorial past should check out Sugar Mountain Vintage.

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Preparing the Next Generation of Athletes

Certified trainer opens sports facility

ProForce Athletics specializes in providing specific and professionalized sports training, with an emphasis on speed strength and sprint mechanics.

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Success Follows Photographer for Hire

Naim Hasan's photography background stems back 15 years with experience in shooting portraits, corporate events, product photos and more.

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Chef Grows Recipe into Best Eats Venue

Dubs St. Johns serves customers and community

Dub's St. Johns serves everything from brisket, to catfish, to cheesecake, while also being able to accommodate vegetarian diets and vegan ones upon advanced notice.

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Entrepreneur Inspired by Sneaker Culture

Establishes Deadstock Coffee after work at Nike

Young and creative entrepreneur Ian Williams followed his impresario path from start to finish.

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Bison Coffeehouse Stands Out

Business venture starts with a dream

Bison Coffeehouse stands out among the other caffeinated establishments in town.

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Mural Artist Rises to Top of Profession

Race and culture rooted in Arvie Smith’s works

Smith has had his work shown in many of the world’s top cities for art, among them New York, New Orleans and Florence, Italy.

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Preparing for High Demand Careers

The goal is to increase the number of youth completing Career Pathway credentials by 20 percent.

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Visionary Idea Now Business Reality

Entrepreneur brings life to Ankeny Square

Jamal Gardner's Grubbin’ is now active at Ankeny Square in the North Park Blocks.