Stories for August 2018

Wednesday, August 29

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McCoy Academy’s New Home

PCC partnership brings new opportunities

The alternative high school for underserved and disenfranchised youth, originally located on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, lost their lease to a building that was sold to make way for condominiums in 2017. After nearly being forced to shut down, they fortunately found a new location with longtime partner Portland Community College on the PCC Cascade Camus in north Portland.

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Renovated Tubman Opens

School bell rings for two new middle schools

The first day of the new school year Monday saw the opening of two new middle schools serving diverse populations in north and northeast Portland—Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights—serving 1,000 of the district’s 50,000 students from historically underserved communities.

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Celebrate Gospel Music

Highland concert to feature five new honorees

Get ready to hear some of the best Gospel singers of the Pacific Northwest as the Highland Christian Center in northeast Portland prepares to host its fourth Gospel Greats of the Pacific Northwest awards ceremony and concert.

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Sewer Work Impacts Killingsworth

The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services advises the traveling public that a sewer construction project will involve periodic lane closures on Northeast Killingsworth Street between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Eighth Avenue for about two months beginning this week.

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Gospel Roots to Remember Franklin

Funeral to include all-star lineup of performers

An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

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Meal Ticket Guidelines Issued

Each year, the Oregon Department of Education announces income guidelines that allow students to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

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Foster Youth Speak Out

Current and former foster youth in Oregon have a prescription for improving foster care in the state, including expanding mental health services, increasing funding for court appointed special advocates and prioritizing housing needs of youth at risk of homelessness.

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Trusted, Caring Adults Needed

Mentor a child this school year

A little bit of extra support from a trusted, caring adult age 50 or over can help many children thrive academically.

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Black Cops Put Safety, Careers at Risk

The 2018 award-winning documentary “Crime + Punishment,” which follows a group of New York police officers of color who risk their safety and careers to expose systemic racism in the police department, is coming to the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum.

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Racial Paranoia and Revenge

The Northwest Film Center presents a late night showing of the classic film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song,” by black director Melvin Van Peeples as part of its late-night genre film series “Genrified! Cult and other Curiosities.

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Always Fun to be Around

Asian elephant Samudra turned 10 years old at the Oregon Zoo last week, and it’s safe to say birthday boys don’t come much bigger.

Tuesday, August 28

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Smith: ‘I can win this’

Commissioner refocuses her campaign for City Council

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith has refocused her campaign for Portland City Council and predicts she will make up ground from a second place finish in the primary to repeat history and win the general election this fall.

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Fearing a Return to Second Class Rights

Gravely concerned about Supreme Court

I’m gravely concerned for what Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s influence could mean for communities of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and others who’ve fought to advance civil rights in our country.

Wednesday, August 22

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Hardesty Releases Tax Records

According to a published report, the records showed Hardesty paid federal income and self-employment taxes on $33,448 of income from her consulting business, but did not make enough money to be subject to Portland or Multnomah County business taxes.

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TriMet Rolls Out Expansion

Starting on Sept. 13 when the changes take effect, bus lines overall will have more frequent service.

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Family Holds PSU Accountable

Pushes for disarming force; firing officers

Student groups and activists have also been voicing their continued opposition to keeping armed officers at the school and the NAACP Portland branch called the incident “an egregious violation of civil and civic rights.”

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Clyburn in Line for Speaker

Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said he would be up for the challenge of replacing Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, even as he has emerged as a favorite among his peers to become the first African American to hold that position and possibly Speaker of the House if the Democrats win control of the chamber.

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School Drivers Approve Contract

The new starting wages would be $18.50, an amount landed on by both parties at mediation two weeks ago and an increase from the district’s previous last final offer by 54 cents.

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Classic Documentary Screens

The Northwest Film Center is presenting an encore screening of the 1973 classic "Wattstax” which showcases the performances of Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Carla and Rufus Thomas, the Bar-Kays, Luther Ingram, Richard Pryor and many others.

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Golf for All Celebrated

A century ago, Portlanders set out to create golf opportunities and instruction for everyone – an experience quite different from the exclusive private clubs which were the primary venues for the game at the time.

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2 Pounds Fight Night

The event will include six professional fights, a great showcase for up-and-coming local boxing talent that will really deliver the action, Christina Lunzman said, “This is an evening fight fans will not want to miss!"

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Moral Imperative to Support Refugee Resettlement

Grave concerns about the soul of our nation

The number of displaced people in the world has never been higher. By the end of 2017, there were over 68 million forcibly displaced people in the world, including 28.5 million refugees.

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Disarm Portland State Campus Police Now

More guns multiply the risks

Since the death of Jason Washington at PSU, Don't Shoot Portland and Black Lives Matter, along with PSU Student Union, have advocated for disarming the campus police force.

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Dance Remix Propels Ross

This marks the first time any artist has had back-to-back No. 1 Dance Chart hits with songs that were originally No. 1.

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Invite to Celebrate Arab Culture

“Join us as we celebrate our Arab heritage with live music featuring the amazing Raid Alasmar and other musicians from the Arab world, dabka, a Souq (Bazaar), delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, henna painting, games, dance, poetry, networking opportunities and much much more,” said organizers of the event.

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Sci-Fi Film Fest’s Final Week

The final run of theSci-Fi Film Festival at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is this weekend.

Tuesday, August 21

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Wine & Jazz Weekend

This year brings special focus on female stars

Recognized by musicians, fans and critics as one of the best concert events of the summer, the annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival this year gives a special focus to ‘The Power of Women’ and several Grammy and Blues Award winning female artists will perform.

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Solidarity for Immigrants

March brings support for new Portlanders

‘No one is illegal,’ ‘Refugees welcome,’ and ‘All are welcome here,’ were some of the many positive messages on display.

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Hardesty Focused on the Issues

Frontrunner has boots-on-the-ground campaign

As the decisive May Primary winner for a position currently occupied by retiring City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, city council candidate Jo Ann Hardesty is running confidently.

Thursday, August 16

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Aretha Franklin’s Powerful Legacy

Funeral services to span four days

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer.

Wednesday, August 15

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Parents Want Counselors Not Cops

Sheila Warren, a long time African-American activist who started the Portland Parent Union in 2009, told the Portland Observer that the rise of cops in schools has lead to an increase in referrals to the juvenile justice system.

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Obo Addy Legacy Project Farewell

Celebration to honor 32 years of outreach

A celebration to honor the work of the late African musician and his wife Susan Addy, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lagunitas Community Room, 237 N.E. Broadway, Suite 300.

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Cadet Program Takes Applications

The program is designed to encourage and promote accountability, being safe, communication, teamwork, fitness and develop leadership skills.

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A Career Owning and Driving Trucks

Finding good work without a college degree

After five years of steady work and savings, the North Carolina resident had amassed enough money in his 401(k) retirement plan – with the help of his employer, who matched his contributions – to buy his first truck. He put down $3,000 on a W900 Kenworth for $110,000.

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Red vs. Black Charity Game

NBA legends to team up with local celebrities

The fun event led by retired NBA star and former Trail Blazer Brian Gant and David Lucas, son of the late NBA great Maurice Lucas of Portland Trail Blazers fame, will feature local celebrities; other former Blazers and professional players, and college players and coaches.

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Surviving an Intolerant World

ased on the novel by Emily M. Danforth, the film tells the story of a young woman who is sent to gay conversion therapy camp.

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Betting on Diversity

Filmmaker creates jobs incubator for blacks, females

The fellowship is the brainchild of Ifanyi Bell, an accomplished and Emmy-nominated African American filmmaker who grew up a mile and a half north of the original 35-year-old Portland Community Media building in northeast Portland.

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Fabricator’s Death Goes Unsolved

A cash reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for any information about the case, for which homicide detectives have not determined any suspects.

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Rap Giants Front Block Party

Dead Prez to celebrate Green Hop dispensary, jobs

Dead Prez, composed of rappers stic.man and M-1, are considered to be one of the most influential hip-hop groups of the 21st Century.

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Our Coarse Culture and Resurgent Racism

A downward slide for democracy

He scorns democratic dissent even as his alt-right brown shirt followers claim “free speech” as their right to scream hate at gays, Muslims, and those who don’t toe the Trumpline.

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Contractor Grows with TriMet

Raimore on track for biggest job ever

Raimore will help bring faster, more efficient and reliable bus service to the east side with its pre-construction work for bringing high-capacity bus service to a 15-mile corridor between Gresham and downtown Portland.

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Fighting Displacement

Zoning plan to protect affordable Mobile Home Parks

The city’s 56 mobile home parks are some the most affordable residential areas left in Portland and many of the residents of these parks cannot financially afford to move.

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Apprenticeships to Strengthen Middle Class

Learning a trade key to honest, blue-collar life

The world is changing, it’s true, and the workplace along with it.

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In Loving Memory

Opal Strong

A homegoing service for Opal Strong will be held Thursday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at Life Change Church, 3635 N, Williams Ave.

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Pastor Back at AME Zion

The Rev. Joyce M. Smith has returned to her role as the leader of Community A.M.E. Zion Church in Vancouver after serving as presiding elder of the wider Oregon and Washington Conference for a year.

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Using Violence Wrong Way to Make a Point

Protests were far from peaceful

Through his peaceful approach, Dr. King made his point and the world followed.

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In Loving Memory

William ‘Ronnie’ Turner

A memorial service for William “Ronnie” Turner will be held Saturday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at the University Park Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4007 N. Alaska.

Wednesday, August 8

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Another Heat Wave Hits

Everyone is advised to wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

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Tips to Beat the Heat

For both homes lucky enough to have air conditioning and those without, you can do a few things to stay cooler.

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Black Parents Concert Series

You’re invited to party at historic Dawson Park on three consecutive Thursday nights this month as the Black Parents Initiative hosts a three part Concert in the Park series that is combined with the group’s family fun days.

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Multicultural Night Market

Beaverton Night Market returns on Saturday, Aug. 11, a multicultural evening of international food and craft vendors, as well as cultural performances, from 5 to 10 p.m. at The Round, located just off the Beaverton Central MAX stop.

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Gateway Discovery Park Opens

The newest Portland Parks and Recreation site to serve communities in outer east Portland features a playground with wheelchair accessibility, free games for checkout, a large, grassy play area, performance plaza, splash fountains, skateboard ramps and more.

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Diverse Health Center Opens

The Beaverton Wellness Center offers one-stop for kids, families and individuals needing medical, dental, pharmacy and mental/behavioral health services.

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Outlaw Defends Response

Crowd control tactics will be reviewed

Protesters' injuries were sustained from crowd-control munitions fired by police, according to multiple news outlets and from activists on social media. Four arrests were made.

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Smith, Hardesty Face Off

Race Talks will sponsor first candidates forum

The public forum centers around two Portland City Council seat candidates--Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith--who are poised to become the first African-American female council-woman in Portland’s history.

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Experience African Culture

A celebration of resilience, strength and influence

With the guiding theme of “Experience The Culture”, the Pan African Festival of Oregon seeks to galvanize, mobilize, and empower peoples of the African diaspora in the state.

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Tracking the Hate behind Measure 105

Ballot to kill sanctuary law draws a fight

Measure 105 (Initiative Proposition 22) seeks to roll back anti-racial profiling reforms in Oregon and is sponsored by the Repeal Oregon Sanctuary Law, which is funded by Oregonians for Immigration Reform and the Federation for American Reform--both groups are classified as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Advocating for KairosPDX

One year lease brings uncertainty

KairosPDX wanted a five year lease, but the district offered only one year, plus a rent increase of over 30 percent, according to KairosPDX school board members.

Tuesday, August 7

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The ‘Color’ of Immigration Policy Reform

Policy debates leaves out black people

While some might debate the “legality” of people crossing the border without documents, absolutely nothing justifies treating human beings inhumanely.

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Late Deacon Honored

Senior Pastor Dr. R. H. Edwards Sr. invites every church and their congregations to come and be part of this important occasion, in honor of the late Jeffrey Ward Sr., a church deacon.

Wednesday, August 1

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Scooter Rentals Begin

Pilot transportation option will be evaluated

Two companies were allowed to set up shop for their app-based scooter services last week thanks to permits from the Portland Bureau of Transportation as part of a pilot program to test the compatibility of e-scooters in the city.

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Big Sam’s Funky Nation

The band is celebrating the release of "What's My Name (Big Sam)" from their new album "Songs in the Key of Funk"

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Augustana Hosts Summer Party

All are welcome at this free outdoor event celebrating the diversity of our city and featuring a barbecue, a book sale, and music provided by Marilyn Keller and other notable jazz musicians.

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Dive-In Movies for Summer

This month, you can watch the family-friendly classic movie “Toy Story” from the pool deck or while floating in the pool itself on large screens at Pier, Wilson, Montavilla, Creston, and Sellwood Pools.

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Arming Teachers Makes Matters Worse

Better to learn conflict resolution

With the lack of laws and training regarding carrying and purchasing guns, more students are likely to die in schools if Trump’s ideas are applied.

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Charity Provides Clean Socks for Homeless

The mission will distribute 150,000 pairs to fulfill a basic need for those who can’t access clean laundry.

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Supportive Housing for Homeless

The bundling of affordable housing and mental health treatment is a first-of-it’s-kind for cross-governmental funding.

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Freeway Ramp Closure: I-84 West to I-5 North

Expect traffic delays in the coming weeks as freeway construction of I-84 and I-5 ramps continue.

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Vanport Jazz Fest Returns

The Vanport Jazz Festival honors the city of Vanport, a once thriving, multi-cultural city that housed a large African American population but was flooded and disbanded 70 years ago.

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Neighbors Consider Proposed Greenway

Portland Bureau of Transportation has released design concepts for two route options for the Lloyd to Woodlawn Greenway: Northeast Seventh Avenue and Ninth Avenue.

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Cold Case Reward Offered

Victim shot outside bar 13 years ago

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred 13 years ago.

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‘Most Beautiful Girl’ Goes Viral

A photogenic five-year-old from Nigeria has been dubbed the world’s “most beautiful girl” after portraits of her went viral on social media, People magazine reports.

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A Business Tax for Climate Justice

Advocates say ballot measure supports communities of color

Poised for placement on the ballot this November, the measure would require big businesses in Portland to apply a one percent surcharge on their sales in the city if the business has at least $1 billion in annual revenue and at least $500,000 of that revenue from within the city limits.

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SNAP Saved at Farmers Markets

Food Bank helps keep low-income shoppers connected

the charitable arm of Portland Farmers Market announced last week that SNAP recipients will not be turned away when shopping at Oregon farmers markets, thanks to help from the Oregon Food Bank to cover costs of the transition.