Stories for November 2017

Thursday, November 30

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Winters Named Minority Leader

Sen. Jackie Winters, a long time African American lawmaker and business owner, has become the first black lawmaker to head one of Oregon’s major political caucuses.

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Skipping Meals Doesn’t Help

Do you ever have one of those days where your time is occupied with everything else but food? We all know that not eating is unacceptable and that we are supposed to eat but that is sometimes easier said than done.

Tuesday, November 28

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Improving Birth Outcomes

A new journey for a Portland entrepreneur

A Portland midwife, public health expert and business woman with decades of culturally-competent birth experience has taken on a new role in her journey to improve health disparities and reduce infant mortality in the African American community

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Remembering Steve "Snapper" Jones

Local standout had impact in two pro leagues

Steve “Snapper” Jones, former Portland Trail Blazers player, team announcer and later NBA broadcaster, died Saturday after reportedly battling a lengthy illness. He was 75.

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Artist’s Work Reflects on a New Generation

Celebrates diversity in east and outer east Portland

Mural pays tribute to growing diverse culture and ethnicities of east and outer east Portland

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Black Nativity Holiday Classic

Portland theater group presents powerful play

PassinArt: A Theatre Company is bringing to the stage Black Nativity, a moving and powerful play written by playwright, novelist, and poet Langston Hughes retelling the classic nativity story in song.

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Thriving on the Court

Immigrant youth start new basketball league

A new basketball league is geared toward Portland’s immigrant population

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Singing Christmas Tree and the Jefferson Dancers

55th annual show has all new lineup

Portland's Singing Christmas Tree is lighting up Keller Auditorium for its 55th season with an all-new lineup of songs and performances, as well as some old fan favorites.

Wednesday, November 22

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New Pledge on Tubman

District will spend more to make sure school is safe

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero has made a new pledge to get Tubman Middle School ready for opening in the fall of next year, reassuring leaders from the African American community.

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Out Front and On Point

Women of color share stories from elected office

More than 50 people gathered last Thursday to hear moderator Traci Rossi, executive director of the Center for Women’s Leadership, interview former state Sen. Margaret Carter, state Rep. Janelle Bynum of Clackamas and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.

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Free Thanksgiving in Kenton

A community service component of Kenton’s diverse Celebration Tabernacle Church and its Po’Shine’s Café De La Soul restaurant join forces to host a Thanksgiving Day dinner in hopes to feed 1,000 people.

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Holiday Festivities in Gresham

The start of the holiday season is celebrated in historic downtown Gresham on Saturday, Nov. 25, when the 26th annual Spirit of Christmas celebration is held with a variety of fun, family friendly festivities all leading up to the lighting of the city's 60-foot ponderosa pine.

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Christmas Concert at St. Philip Neri

On Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m., St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, a diverse congregation serving southeast Portland, invites the public to attend a special Christmas benefit concert with the signature contemporary music of Michael Allen Harrison and the powerful, joyful singing of Julianne Johnson.

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Holiday Tree Lighting Friday

Pioneer Courthouse Square, downtown, hosts the annual holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by SmartPark on Friday, Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

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Faith Leaders Meet Chief

New Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw (center) is the guest of honor Saturday for a Women of Faith brunch hosted by Dr. Karin Edwards, Cascade campus president of Portland Community College. Sponsors included Women at the Cross Ministries, Women of Faith of Oregon and Southeast Washington and representatives of the Dr. Audrey Terrell Institute.

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Blazers Club Team Crowned

Congratulations to the 5th and 6th grade boys basketball team from the Northeast Blazer’s Boys and Girls Club for winning a league championship by defeating the Waddle’s and Inukai Boys Club, 39-28.

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In Loving Memory

Andrew Craig Vaughn

Andrew Craig Vaughn was born Feb. 14, 1960 and died Oct. 22, 2017.

Tuesday, November 21

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Help Moves East

Sunshine Division expands to meet growing need

The increasingly impoverished populations of east Portland are getting some relief this Thanksgiving season as a non-profit dedicated to food and clothing services has opened a second location.

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Woman Strong

Self-defense classes for women and girls

With multiple disclosures of sexual assaults by men against women making national headlines, from movie producer Harvey Weinstein to actor Kevin Spacey, now might be the time to consider getting some tips on self defense by enrolling or volunteering with WomenStrength.

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Fragments of Shame, Contrition and Desperate Denial

Trapped in ‘a man’s world’

Allegations of sexual harassment and abuse are catching up with powerful perps, sometimes decades after the fact. The only real surprise in all this is that suddenly it matters.

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Thanksgiving and Forging Unity in Divisive Times

Praying for a nation’s healing

While Thanksgiving is clearly a celebration of gratitude for a bountiful harvest, its origin and history in the United States tell an unexpected tale of unity that is particularly relevant in these divisive times.

Thursday, November 16

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In Loving Memory

Lila Mae Robinson-Butler

Lila Mae Robinson-Butler was born Dec. 17, 1924 in Ethel, Ark., and died Nov. 8, 2017 in Portland.

Wednesday, November 15

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Youth of the Year

Benson junior dedicated to giving back

Teya Shearer, a junior at Benson Polytechnic High School and 11-year member of the Regence Boys & Girls Club in New Columbia of north Portland, has been named Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro's Youth of the Year.

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Compassion and Justice

Lakewood Theatre Company presents the timeless drama ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’

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Is Perception Reality?

‘Illusion: Nothing As It Seems’ new OMSI exhibit

“Illusion: Nothing Is As It Seems, a mind-bending new featured exhibition opening at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will premiere on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Tuesday, November 14

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No More Gang Lists

How advocates, new practices and technology bought change

Practice of tracking suspected and known gang members was determined to be unfairly and disproportionately impacting minorities

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School board called out for ‘betrayal’

Black leaders respond to Tubman's delay in opening

African American community leaders are calling on Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero to “take steps immediately” to allow Tubman Middle School to open next fall, calling into question recent concerns over the safety of the building and grounds

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Groundbreaking for Housing and Healthcare

Integrated services will help residents stay housed

A pioneering commitment from local hospitals and health organization to supportive, affordable housing

Monday, November 13

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Table Set for School Arts Fair

Da Vinci Arts Fair coming Saturday Dec. 2

Preparations are underway for one of the more popular arts fairs in Portland, the da Vinci Arts Middle School Arts Fair

Thursday, November 9

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P-Town Funk Master Release

New solo album from Bruce Smith, aka Doc Brucade

If you know your local music history, Bruce Smith, aka Doc Brucade, is etched across the decades as one of Portland's most recognized percussionist and lyricist.

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Grant Workshop for Causes

The Oregon Community Foundation is reaching out to the African American community to help people working with nonprofits submit competitive grant applications for community causes they care about on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at KairosPDX, located at 4915 N. Gantenbein Ave.

Wednesday, November 8

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Empowering Military Construction

Madison grad embarks on career with the ‘Seabeas’

A Portland native and Madison High School graduate from 2012 has embarked on a Navy career with the construction force known as the “Seabeas.”

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Hollywood Veterans Parade Saturday

A Portland based commissioning committee for the new Navy ship USS Portland will be honored as grand marshals for the annual Portland Vetarans Day Parade, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11 at Northeast 40th Avenue and Hancock Street and proceeding through the Hollywood district.

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Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

A day for books, authors and workshops

The annual event Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival by the non-profit group Literary Arts returns Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum and neighboring venues, downtown.

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Pathway to Housing Celebration

Enjoy music, food and drink and giving back

Live music, spoken word performances and works of art created by artists from the African American community will highlight a kick-off party for the Pathway 1000 housing initiative by Portland Community Reivestment, Inc. (PCRI), a program to bring 1,000 new affordable housing units to north and northeast Portland that are reserved for people who have been displaced by gentrification.

Tuesday, November 7

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Albina Visionaries

New non-profit offers plan for Rose Quarter

Albina Vision for the Rose Quarter district would turn area into a fully functioning diverse neighborhood, keeping the sports and entertainment venues, but adding new residential and business-centered blocks

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Confession Thrown Out

Police coercion sets back case against accused killer

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Michael A. Greenlick has thrown out the alleged confession of accused serial killer Homer Lee Jackson, citing improper and coercive tactics used by Portland police.

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Ex-Chief Covered Up Shooting

Independent review says former police chief lied to shift blame

Independent Police Review says former Police Chief Larry O’Dea misled three assistant chiefs and then-Mayor Charlie Hales

Monday, November 6

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In Loving Memory

Anthony Lawrence Stone

Anthony Lawrence Stone was born on Oct. 3, 1951 to Ruth and Forrest Stone in Vancouver.

Friday, November 3

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Healthcare Open Enrollment Begins

Most applicants qualify for financial assistance

Now is the time to get health insurance if you don't already have it, and to re-enroll if you have coverage through HealthCare.gov

Wednesday, November 1

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Phil Knight Invitational Hoops Feast Nears

An unprecedented 16-team men’s college basketball event in Portland, all to honor Nike’s Phil Knight and celebrate his 80th birthday, is slated to kick off Nov. 23-26 at the Rose Quarter.

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Northwest Filmmakers Showcase

Festival brings array of short and feature films

An outstanding array of short and feature-length films produced by local artists highlight the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, opening Wednesday, Nov. 1 and running through Sunday, Nov. 5.

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Lifetime Achievement Honor

Diana Ross will receive a lifetime achievement honor at the American Music Awards on Nov. 19 and will celebrate with a performance.

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Gospel and Jazz Love Fest

You’re invited to embrace diversity, the arts, and love in the world at a “Bringing the Love” gospel and jazz music festival, Sunday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave.

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Stay Awake with a Bright Light

Adjusting to the long, dark days to come

On Sunday we set our clocks back one hour for standard time, the beginning of the long, dark days of late fall and winter--fight wintertime blues with full spectrum light bulbs.