Stories for April 2018

Thursday, April 26

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Cosby Conviction a Spectacular Downfall

Faces prison time in his final years

Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman, a spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad.

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Condemnation of Bigotry Defended

The Oregon State Bar is standing by statements condemning the rise of speech that incites racism and violence even as it is poised to give partial refunds of dues to some of its members who were upset by an adjoining statement criticizing President Trump.

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Gun Measure Petition Training

An initiative petition promoting public safety in Oregon by banning the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines takes another step forward when a rally and signature gathering training session for all ages is held on Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 N.E. 14th Ave.

Wednesday, April 25

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Rose Festival Court

Fourteen outstanding Portland area high school students comprise the 2018 Rose Festival Court presented by Unitus Community Credit Union.

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Artists Reception Opens Show

New featured artists displaying works at Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St., will open their May shows during an artist’s reception on Last Thursday, April 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Celebrate Asian Culture

You’re invited to join Portland Parks and Recreation for the 4th annual New Year in the Park festival celebrating Cambodian, Lao, Thai and Burmese cultures on Saturday, April 28 at Glenhaven Park, located at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Siskiyou.

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Old Friends Welcomed Back

Kids play on a camel sculpture in the newly reinstalled Warren J. Iliff Sculpture Garden at the Oregon Zoo. The garden’s five popular statues, a hippo, bighorn sheep, bear and her cubs, a mouse and camel calf, were brought back after having been in storage since construction began on the Elephant Lands habitat in 2012.

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Taking the Lead in Sister Act

Feel-good musical based on smash hit

“Sister Act,” the feel-good musical comedy based on the smash hit 1992 film, takes to the stage in Lake Oswego this week featuring Portland actress Kristin Robinson in the title role.

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The Good Far Exceeds Our Shortcomings

Renewing the public trust

From the moment we received the call in the summer of 1988 from then Mayor J.D. Bud Clark to engage the burgeoning gang violence problem, which, at that time was a new phenomenon to the city of Portland, Emmanuel Community Services’ (ECS) goal has been to solve problems that impair the social, economic, spiritual, moral, health-related, and educational development of our children, youth, and families.

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Allen Temple Brick Campaign

Portland community leader Kay Toran recently hosted a fundraiser at her home to help Allen Temple Church rebuild from a 2015 fire.

Tuesday, April 24

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School Staffing Plans Upend King

Diverse school faces huge cuts; parents upset

Opponents say the proposal goes against the district’s own equity goals

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New Documentaries Worth Watching

Reviews from the Full Frame Documentary Festival

In order of my own appreciation, the first three films are especially well worth seeking out.

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High School Principal of the Year

Benson’s Curtis Wilson Jr. named top school leader

Benson High Principal Curtis Wilson Jr. inspires students

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Blazers Look to Future

A good season ends with a crash

The Blazers head into the offseason with plenty of questions, with speculation that big changes could be ahead

Wednesday, April 18

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It’s Up to Grown-Up to Stop Bullying, Not Kids

If only my teachers intervened

Bullying’s been in the news a bit lately, in part because of the Parkland shooting. In response, some people suggested that school children themselves should befriend kids who get bullied to prevent school shootings. Others say this is victim-blaming.

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Students of Color Need to See More People of Color

There’s no reason for me to be alone

I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood up. There were nearly 40 of us in the cohort. Two were black.

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A Candidate Who Will Take on the Establishment

Why I’m voting for Julia DeGraw

A few months ago I met and learned about Julia DeGraw, who is running against Nick Fish for Portland City Council (Position 2). I truly believe, in my heart, this is a rare candidate who is not afraid to take on the establishment and follow through on her promises.

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In Loving Memory

Aubrey Gene Davis Sr.

Aubrey Gene Davis Sr. was born Aug. 25, 1953 and died April 8, 2018.

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Shelter Shooting Draws Fire

Mental health safeguards may have fallen short

Federally mandated reforms to better protect people with mental disabilities from being shot by police during a disturbance appear to have fallen short of preventing the recent deadly officer involved shooting at a southeast Portland homeless shelter, according to the Albina Ministerial Alliance, the civil rights advocacy group from the African American community.

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50 Years of King

The ideals of respect, social justice, peaceful resistance, and the power of education that civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. championed were honored Friday during a community celebration on the 50th anniversary of renaming the northeast Portland school in his honor.

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Natural Grocers Opens at Alberta and MLK

The new store, built in a public-private partnership to bring jobs and a healthy, affordable grocery to the underserved King Neighborhood, was preparing for Wednesday’s grand opening with a full day of events, giveaways, food samples and an ice cream social from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Helping PCC Build Workforce

Employers educate and train for future jobs

Portland area employers helping Portland Community College educate and train a skilled workforce for future jobs and careers were honored at the college’s first Employer Partnership Awards.

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Meals on Wheels Walk, Festivities

Meals on Wheels People invites you to join them for live music, food and entertainment on Sunday, April 22, when they host a non-competitive 3K walk at Portland International Raceway to raise awareness and funds for the nutritious meals they serve older adults.

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Tradeswomen Career Fair Coming

The nonprofit Oregon Tradeswomen will hold their annual career fair next month where career seekers can learn about job training opportunities, apprenticeships and job openings at local companies and organizations.

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Training Program Turns 50

Community advocates, including Mayor Ted Wheeler and Andrew Colas of Colas Construction, joined Joe McFerrin II, president and chief executive officer of Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) and Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS) to celebrate POIC’s 50 years as a leader in workforce training for communities of color.

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Nursing Students Rebound

A temporary program to support nursing degree completion for former students of the ITT Technical Institute has concluded with exceptional success.

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Rapper First to Win Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar makes history with latest work

Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.

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Alvin Ailey Back in Portland

After a 7-year absence, White Bird is proud to present Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by Congress as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” for two upcoming performances featuring 32 extraordinary dancers with a diverse repertory.

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Concert with a Cause

Inner City Blues a push for universal healthcare

Seeing families overcome with medical costs due to chronic illness or injury and being forced to take extreme measures just to stay healthy was all too familiar to Oregon Music Hall of Fame alum and bluesman Norman Sylvester.

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Celebrated Author at the Alberta Rose

Kwame Alexander visit sponsored by library

You’re invited to an evening with poet, educator and bestselling author Kwame Alexander who will appear Friday, April 20 at the Alberta Rose Theatre in northeast Portland for a free event sponsored by the Multnomah County Library.

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Sou’ld Out Festival Begins

Now in its ninth year, the Soul'd Out Music Festival opens its five day run of soulful music this week, bringing jazz, funk, electronic, fusion and hip-hop artists from around the world to some of Portland’s coolest venues.

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New School Model Lauded

Faubion-Concordia school partnership a pathway to progress

Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, said a new public and private partnership between Concordia University and Faubion Elementary is a shining example of making powerful changes in education that can lift an entire community.

Wednesday, April 11

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Thank You Dr. King, We Will Carry On

The profound impact he had on my life

I first heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak in person on April 19, 1960 during my senior year at Spelman College. Dr. King was just 31 but he had already gained a national reputation during the successful Montgomery bus boycott five years earlier.

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Running for County Chair

D. Bora Harris sets priorities in campaign

Championing the causes of the elderly, homeless people, affordable housing, and the interests of children, D. Bora Harris, a business specialist and consultant from the black community, formally launched her candidacy for Multnomah County Chair on Friday at the Multnomah County Building in southeast Portland.

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Youth Job Fair Friday

Event gives special focus to vulnerable

Up to 2,000 young adults are expected to engage with 45 local and national employers seeking to fill more than 1,500 immediate openings at the Opportunity Youth Job Fair, coming Friday, April 13 beginning at 9 a.m. and running through 2 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center.

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Violence and Reconciliation

“Quietly,” a play that grapples with the carnage, consequences and hope for healing following Ireland’s decades-long, bloody conflict referred to as the Troubles, makes its West Coast premiere in Portland.

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Date with Rising Comedy Superstar

Chicago comedian, writer and actor Hannibal Buress will bring his unique blend of irreverent humor and satirical musings to Keller Auditorium for an 8 p.m. show on Saturday, April 14.

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In Loving Memory

Mary Virginia Robinson

Mary Virginia Robinson was born Jan. 9, 1934 and died Feb. 8, 2018. She was the mother of Pastor Johnny Pack IV of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors also include five siblings, and a grandson, Dr. Johnasen L. Pack of Arlington, Texas.

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Washington Park Shuttle Returns

Spring is upon us and there is no better place to enjoy the outdoors than the iconic Washington Park. This year guests will experience several new visitor enhancements and the return of the free Explore Washington Park shuttle.

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Creative Dining Opportunity

The Oregon Zoo’s Asian elephant Samudra plays with a creative new feeder made from a donated fire hose and mounted high upon a large wooden pole.

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He Created Change for the Good of All America

Dr. King pointed us to a better way

As a tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, I was pleased to work with Gov. Kate Brown who proclaimed April 4, 2018 to be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Day in Oregon.

Tuesday, April 10

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Knife wielding man killed in confrontation

Community in shock

A deadly police shooting of a 48-year-old man wielding a knife that occurred Saturday night at a homeless shelter holding an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting sent shockwaves through the community.

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Lloyd Center Office for NAACP

Civil rights group opens first office in 30 years

The Portland NAACP is celebrating the opening of an office in Lloyd Center marking a milestone for increasing public outreach and building on the local civil rights group’s 104-year-old history.

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Voices from the Riots

Portland actress fronts groundbreaking play

“Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,” gives voice to the people directly impacted or involved in the riots that followed the acquittal of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King

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Documenting the Human Experience

Best films from Full Frame

I saw 16 premiere feature-length documentaries in four days

Wednesday, April 4

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Free Legal Services Day

In an effort to help low-income individuals apply for jobs, attain housing, and regain their driver’s licenses, a free legal services day will be held at the Rosewood Initiative in Gresham on Friday, April 13, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Meeting on Gang Violence

Laurie Palmer, a black community activist who started a local organization to address the root causes of gang violence invites members of the community to an upcoming meeting to explore and advance efforts to combat the influence of gangs and reduce violence.

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April Shows at Guardino

Distortions of reality are behind the creative works from artists featured this month at Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St.

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Journey to the Trail of Tears

Cherokee performance artist and activist DeLanna Studi returns to The Armory, downtown, to perform her powerful memoir play “And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears.”

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Dance Troupe Benefit Saturday

A gala fundraiser for Portland’s Kúkátónón Children's African Dance Troupe will take place Saturday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Madeleine Parish Hall, 3123 N.E. 24th Ave.

Tuesday, April 3

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Non profit helps filers as tax deadline nears

Free services help low income claim Earned Income Tax Credit

Non-profit CASH Oregon offers free tax preparation services at the Lloyd Center and other locations

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Black Women and Positive Role Models

Program next in 'We can Listen' series

Program to honor women who are positive role models at home and the world at large

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Honoring King 50 Years Later

special ceremonies on Wednesday to reflect on his life and impact

Church bells will toll for each of the 39 years of his life and special ceremonies will honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his death 50 years ago

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A No-Brainer Way to Bring Gun Deaths Down

Oregon sets example by closing loophole

It’s now been just over a month since 17 teenagers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, culminating in a march that brought nearly a million people to the capital.

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‘Now is the Time to Act’

Moved by gun violence, faith leaders call for action

Protecting children and teenagers from gun violence is the driving force of a new grass roots effort to regulate semiautomatic weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines in Oregon.

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Meyer Trust to Build in Albina

New headquarters to build on equity mission

The largest private foundation in Oregon, The Meyer Memorial Trust, has purchased property in the historically African American Albina neighborhood of inner north Portland to build a new headquarters as part of its growing commitment to equity.