Thursday, July 27
Cause found of deadly home explosion
A massive house explosion and fire that killed two men in north Portland Monday sending glass shards and debris across the street into Peninsula Park and damaging surrounding homes was caused by using butane to make hash oil, investigators have determined.
Wednesday, July 26
Some job gains made; more progress needed
A prodding of local tech companies to hire a more diverse workforce is gaining some traction.
The August shows at Guardino Gallery kicks off Thursday, July 27 with a reception for the featured artists from 6 pm. to 9 p.m. at the gallery, located at 2939 N.E. Alberta St.
Release may come as early as Oct. 1
O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star.
George Clinton, one of the foremost innovators of funk music, and the mastermind behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic, comes to Portland for a performance on Sunday, July 30 at 8 p.m. at the Crystal Ballroom, downtown.
Explosion kills two; other homes damaged
Investigators were on the scene of a deadly house explosion Tuesday trying to determine what caused a Monday afternoon inferno that killed two people at a home on North Kerby Street across from Peninsula Park, causing extensive damage to surrounding homes and sending glass shards and other debris across the street into the park and surrounding area.
Ending any confusion over the word describing the murder of black Americans by white mobs during the civil rights era and other periods of U.S. history, the Centennial School Board has announced plans to rename Lynch Meadows, Lynch Wood and Lynch View elementary schools.
Second minority business impacted by development
A second minority business is being impacted by a next door construction project in the King Neighborhood of northeast Portland.
Gallery shines light on historic mural artist
A new gallery will shine the spotlight on one of Portland’s most prominent black mural artists of a generation during an exhibit and art show that opens on Saturday, July 29 at GreenHAUS Boutique and Gallery, 18 N.E. Killingsworth St.
Portland Parks & Recreation and Kemper Sports will host a grand reopening of the Colwood Golf Center in northeast Portland on Sunday, July 30, a free, family-friendly event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
JAW: Playwrights Festival an incubator of new works
Portland Center Stage at the Armory, downtown, hosts its annual festival for talented playwrights this weekend featuring staged readings of scripts in development along with a host of exciting performances, all free and open to the public.
The fourth annual Rip City 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, a premier outdoor basketball event for the public, sponsored by the Portland Trail Blazers and supporting Special Olympics, takes over the Rose Quarter this weekend featuring divisions for all ages and skill levels.
Augustana Lutheran Church has announced plans for its 25th annual “Summer in the City” neighborhood party on Sunday, Aug. 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25
Appointments set off alarm bells
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump is pro-torture. He said on the campaign trail he’d approve waterboarding “in a heartbeat,” plus “a hell of a lot worse.”
But not for the reasons you might expect
New public opinion polling shows most Republicans think colleges have a negative impact on the country. Unfortunately, they might be right — but not for the reasons you might expect them to give.
Jimmie Excell Trice Sr.
Jimmie Excell Trice Sr. has passed away.
A civil rights icon charts a new course
After 12 historic years leading the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, the Rev. Dr. William Barber is stepping up to a new challenge.
Wednesday, July 19
A theater group that brings no-cost repertory Shakespeare in parks and other venues in Portland and across the state comes to Irving Park in northeast Portland and Willamette Park in southwest Portland for multiple performances this weekend and next weekend before moving to Laurelhurst Park for shows the weekend of Aug. 4-6.
Access to farm-fresh food and regional products just got more convenient in Vancouver with the opening of the Franklin Street Farmers Market in the plaza outside the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.
Tuesday, July 18
DA says agreement violates Oregon Law
The Portland Police Bureau’s controversial 48-hour rule, which was eliminated in negotiations with the city’s police union last year, is now back stronger than ever.
You’re invited to an evening of international food, crafts, live music, and dance performances when the Beaverton Night Market is held Saturday, July 22 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Round, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way.
Racist past jettisoned in new name for dorm
New signs are up week at Unthank Hall, the University of Oregon dormitory renamed because of the Ku Klux Klan past of its former namesake.
Shining light on the humanity of the incarcerated
A new art show at the Pearl District’s Gallery 114 invites attendees to confront the humanity of the Oregon state prison system.
A longtime Portland resident and business owner was injured after jumping out of a second story window to escape an apartment fire in northeast Portland Thursday.
Health care repeal is a direct attack
The health care repeal that Republicans are pushing through Congress is a direct attack on the lives of black people throughout the country.
Madison grows Muslim Student Alliance
A group of students at Madison High, the most ethnically and culturally diverse school in Oregon, is leading the way to facilitate positive perceptions about families in Portland who have emigrated from Muslim-majority countries around the world.
The Northwest Film Center presents six Portland-made films featuring dance and movement.
Benefit Concert for IRCO
A celebration of IRCO, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization serving refugees, immigrants and the community at large, will take place during a benefit concert, Thursday, July 27 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Mississippi Pizza Pub’s Atlantis Lounge, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave.
Dr. Ethel Simon-McWilliams, an accomplished educational leader in Portland for decades and the former chief executive of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, now known as Education Northwest, died July 12, 2017. She was 78.
Billionaires doing a lot better than Putin
Many leading liberals suspect, now with a little more evidence, that Trump worked with Russia to win his election. But we’ve long known that huge corporations and wealthy individuals threw their weight behind the billionaire.
Working together for better results
I have been working in our community with Head Start since 1975. I have never been as excited as I am today about the path ahead to make progress for our students because of a new partnership Albina Head Start formed with Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School this past school year.
Tuesday, July 11
Retiring school leader on defying expectations
One of Portland’s most influential black educators has retired.
Diversity at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Stories of people of color written by people of color now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.
Wednesday, July 5
The community is invited to enjoy the best of Muslim cultural traditions at the first annual Portland International Muslim Cultural Festival on Saturday at Director Park, downtown.
Epitomizes separate and unequal
Our representatives are on the brink of instating a health care plan that epitomizes separate and unequal. Thirteen U.S. Senators -- all white men -- sat behind closed doors in Washington, D.C. and crafted a replacement to the Affordable Care Act.
Free canoe paddles for environmental focus
Free guided big canoe excursions along the lower Columbia River and its tributaries started up last week and will continue all summer as a non-profit works to keep the public informed on efforts to restore and protect habitat, improve water quality and reduce pollution.
Incentives offer help to minority businesses
A new Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program by the city’s economic development agency addresses a dramatic increase in retail rents and a decrease in vacancy rates which have resulted in the displacement of small businesses from urban neighborhoods.
Search for the term yoga online—the results display an endless scroll of slender young white women. It’s easy to see how someone who doesn’t fit that mold might feel alienated.
Peer-recovery counselors battle opioid epidemic
A unique, collaborative approach to addiction care at Oregon Health and Science University is helping to tackle the opioid epidemic.
Abe Rogers Jr. Sunrise: April 17, 1947 Sunset: June 19, 2017
In Loving Memory of Willie Mae Hart
Blues singer kicks off Vancouver series
The city of Vancouver presents another summer of free concerts and moves at locations throughout the city beginning this week.
Portland has joined Seattle in going to court to challenge President Donald Trump’s executive order on “sanctuary cities.”
Jay-Z gesture bring focus to justice reforms
Hip-hop legend Jay-Z recently celebrated Father's Day by allowing incarcerated fathers to spend the day with their families.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 8, for the 16th annual Mississippi Street Fair.
You’re invited to enjoy a showcase of traditional ethnic dances when “Ten Tiny Dances."
Supporters rally to save sports programs
Students and alumni of Benson High School are keeping pressure on Portland Public Schools to continue to fund athletic programs at one of the district’s most diverse schools. A group of students and community members gathered in front of the northeast Portland school last week to show their support for school sports. It followed a protest one week earlier before the Portland School Board.
Grants support black history museum, other projects
Prosper Portland, the city’s renamed economic development agency, is awarding a series of grants to help revitalize and expand north and northeast Portland establishments that represent the rich history and culture of Portland’s historically black neighborhoods.