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Stories for December 2018

Friday, December 28

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Dial M for Murder

A thriller to keep you on edge of seat

Lakewood Theatre Company presents “Dial M for Murder,” a bone-chilling thriller by Frederick Knott about a marriage gone wrong. When tennis player Tony Wendice discovers his rich wife’s affair, he decides to have her taken out – for good. Made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film adaptation, this psychological thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat.

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Kicked-Out Hotel Guest Considers Next Steps

Man who had cops called on him hires lawyer

A white security officer and another employee at the Portland Hilton/Doubletree who calls police on a black man who was basically minding his own business while using a phone in the hotel lobby

Wednesday, December 26

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Understanding Light Color

As the winter sun gets hidden behind a grey cloud blanket, as our plants go dormant for the season, and our pets move in slow mode, sleeping the days away, many humans feel the same effects. We just want to hibernate. We call it S.A.D. for seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons.

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Portrait of a Visionary Artist

The Northwest Film Center presents a documentary about one of the top-selling female artists in the world, Yayoi Kusama of Japan, a person who has struggled with mental illness, overcoming impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. “Kusama: Infinity” uncovers her working methods and preoccupations, reveling in her playful, intensely colorful artistic world. Screens at 7 p.m. on both Thursday, Jan. 3 and Saturday, Jan. 5 and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Portland Art Museum. General admission $10.

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No. 1 Recruit Picks Oregon

The University of Oregon has landed five-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, ESPN’s top overall college football prospect in the country and the highest-ranked signee in Oregon history.

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Transcended by ‘Honesty’

Rapper 3rd Twin was at low point of addiction and depression when he wrote “Honesty,” a rap song that set him on the path to improving his life by raising awareness of the perils of opioid abuse and gang culture.

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A Luminous Experience

ZooLights holiday show lasts through Jan. 5

Zoolights, the Oregon Zoo’s walk-through winter wonderland of more than 1.6 million colored lights is more popular than ever and this year is accommodating the nightly crowds past the New Year’s holiday to Sunday, Jan. 5.

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Free Rides on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve revelers are encouraged to think safety by leaving your car at home and using TriMet. Rides on buses and MAX will be free on New Year’s Eve beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, through 3 a.m. Jan. 1.

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Deeper Commitment

Library system to expand reach for black families

Multnomah County Library will start the New Year with a new two-year initiative funded in part by a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust to better serve and support African and African American families.

Tuesday, December 25

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Ushering In a New World Community

True justice will respect differences

It is unfortunate that in the 21st century we are still subjected to the kind of propaganda that positions white people and white men in particular as the chosen ones of history and, indeed, the future.

Friday, December 21

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Forever Loved and Missed

Dewayne Gardner

Dewayne Wesley Gardner passed peacefully on Dec. 15, 2018 at the age 75

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Holiday Classic on Stage

A fun, heartwarming delight for the whole family.

Susannah Mars and Leslie North star in the holiday production

Wednesday, December 19

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Shaken by Break-ins

Coffee House responds; video shows suspect

A northeast Portland coffee shop is on guard after the fourth break-in in less than a month and surveillance video may lead to the person responsible.

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A Requiem for President Donald Trump

Imagine what would be said

I attended Donald Trump’s funeral today in a half-empty Washington Cathedral, curious to learn how the 45th president, who of course resigned in disgrace in 2019, would be remembered by those who came to mourn him. The only living former presidents, Mike Pence, Barack Obama and 100-year-old Jimmy Carter, were in attendance but did not speak to eulogize him. (Pence was scheduled to speak but was overcome by tears.) That task fell to Donald Trump Jr., just out of prison after his early release following his conviction in 2019 for lying to Congress and the FBI.

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Portland’s Christmas Street

Peacock Lane, the neighborhood holiday light show known annually as Portland’s favorite Christmas Street on Southeast Peacock Lane between Stark and Belmont, opens each night of the holidays through New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The display is free with donations accepted.

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A New Kid at the Family Farm

A pint-sized baby goat and his mom are settling into their surroundings at the Oregon Zoo. Born on Nov. 24, the new kid named Bruce Wayne can be seen exploring the zoo’s Family Farm with his mom Lilac. His name comes from the DC Comics character — also known as Batman — in honor of his father Justice (as in DC’s “Justice League,” of which Batman is a member).

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Boogie Cat’s New Year’s Eve Ball

Big Blues party to usher in 2019

Norman Sylvester, the “Boogie Cat of the Northwest” is throwing a big Blues party to bring in 2019 with style. You’re invited to join the fun in semi-formal black and white or whatever feels right!

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Christmas at the Grotto

Enjoy the festive lights and choral groups

The Grotto’s annual Christmas Festival of Lights and the world’s largest choral festival runs nightly through Dec. 30 (except Christmas Day).

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Voted to Rock Hall of Fame

Janet Jackson is joining her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The "Nasty" singer earned induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks - her second time - and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard.

Tuesday, December 18

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Expanding the Impact

Volunteer makes hot meals for kitchen-less shelter

Giving back and recruiting others to do the same

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Achieving Success

KairosPDX school organization earns high praise

The organization behind a majority black charter school honored by civil rights panel

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Holiday Food Boxes Going Out

Donations represent best of the season

The Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has packed 3,800 holiday food boxes to help local families who struggle economically.

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Charting Rapper Comes Home

Hip hop artist born and raised in Portland

Aminé brings his national concert tour to the Rose City with shows on Thursday and Friday at the Roseland Theater, downtown.

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Thawing Hearts of Every Scrooge

Portland Playhouse presents a festive, family favorite

Diverse cast of just over a dozen brings nearly 40 characters to life

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Consultant Quits Police Reform Panel

Complained of hostile work enviornment

A black consultant with expertise in building partnerships between police and the community has stepped down from a new community panel formed to help oversee police reforms in the city

Wednesday, December 12

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Fixing Our Streets

Portland city officials are celebrating the newly-completed Southeast 50th Avenue Paving Project, part of a Fixing Our Streets initiative paid for by a local gas tax approved by Portland voters in May 2016 and a heavy vehicle use tax.

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Holiday Production for Kids

With a new production of “The Magic Cloth,” created in collaboration with the ingenious puppeteer and co-designer of the Lion King, Imago Theater, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., is bring back its globetrotting production ZooZoo this holiday season.

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Half the Picture

Top female directors share their experiences in the film industry in the new documentary ‘Half the Picture,” a feature length film about the dismal number of women directors working in Hollywood.

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An Evening of Stand Up

As a black, immigrant gay woman, her perspective on the world is unique. Comedian Gina Yeshere hits Portland for a show on Monday, Dec. 17 at the Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Holiday Bike Drive

A young man gets some tips about bike helmet safety from trauma nurses at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center during the annual Holiday Bike Drive sponsored by Legacy and the Community Cycling Center in northeast Portland. The Dec. 2 event gave over 300 bikes and helmets to young people in the community, the first bike for some.

Tuesday, December 11

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Community Healing

A jobs and housing mission grows

A northeast Portland non-profit is breaking down employment and housing barriers

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Sugar Shack Comes Down

Blight to give way to affordable housing

The destruction of a much-maligned former strip club, the Sugar Shack, in the Cully Neighborhood of northeast Portland, kicked off Monday

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Michelle Obama Coming to Portland

February stop added to book tour

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has added Portland to the list of cities she will visit to promote her new book, “Becoming.”

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Young Filmmakers Honored

City Hall event to include film screenings

Mayor Ted Wheeler and members of the Portland City Council honor homeless youth filmmakers

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Spirit of the Season

Children particpate in holiday program

Children lean to love each other no mater color, creed or status

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Confession Made Under Threats

Supreme Court sides with accused serial killer

Oregon’s Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling by throwing out the confession of a black man accused of strangling four black prostitutes in the 1980s.

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Black Heritage Advocate Remembered

Catherine Mary Galbraith

Advocate for historic preservation was friend to black community

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A Zest for Life and Love for Her Family

In Loving Memory

Gary Ann Taylor was a beloved and long time resident of Portland

Thursday, December 6

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A Dent on Homelessness

Non-profit opens complex for 153 households

People are coming together to solve Portland’s housing crisis. Central City Concern, Portland’s non-profit serving people impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions since 1979, has opened Hazel Heights, the first of three buildings in the Housing is Health initiative—a pioneering commitment from local hospitals and health systems in supportive, affordable housing.

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Prosper Portland Funds Internships

Applications opened this week for Prosper Portland’s first Small Business Internship Grants, available for up to 12 eligible small businesses to promote diversity in the workforce.

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Sharing His Cosmic Philosophy

The Northwest Film Center presents ‘Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise,; the 1979 documentary about the black jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, and poet known for his experimental music, ‘cosmic’ philosophy, prolific output and theatrical performances. Screens Thursday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Admission is $5

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Christmas Tree Permits Available

Personal-use Christmas tree cutting permits from the Mt. Hood and Pinchot National Forests near Portland and Vancouver are now available at Forest Service offices and many local vendors.

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A Sound of His Own

Conner Youngblood, a Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist, is known for playing no less than 30 different instruments, mixing folk and ambient electronica, and writing songs about nature and travel.

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Friends Fight to Cheat Death

Artists Repertory Theatre presents “Everybody,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama. The funny and haunting production is an inventive twist on the medieval morality play ‘Everyman’ where participants fight to cheat death in the company of their friends and loved ones.

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Open for the Holidays

The Safeway Winter Wonderland holiday light show, powered by Advantis Credit Union, is open for the season with new light displays, LED upgrades and more at Portland International Raceway in north Portland. The show operates as a fundraiser for the Sunshine Division's food and clothing assistance programs. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 pm to 11 p. m. Tickets and a detailed schedule of events can be seen at winterwonderlandportland.com.

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Zoo Heartbroken by Lily’s Death

The Oregon Zoo is in mourning following the sudden and unexpected loss of Lily, the youngest of the zoo elephant family, one day before her sixth birthday. Despite exhaustive efforts by veterinarians and care staff to save her, Lily succumbed late Thursday night to a sudden onset of endotheliotropic herpesvirus, a rapidly progressing and often fatal disease to which calves are particularly susceptible, zoo officials said. “I can’t imagine a more devastating loss for this zoo family and our community,” said Dr. Don Moore, zoo director.

Tuesday, December 4

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Stadium Envisioned

Riverfront site gets backing from Port of Portland

Portland Diamond Project, the organization behind an effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland, announced Thursday it has signed an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to develop the Port’s 45-acre Terminal 2 property in northwest Portland for a new stadium.

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Shared Stewardship

Social justice advocates introduce new space for organizing

A new public gathering space for multiple organizations to share and one geared toward social justice issues and support for communities of color is giving various non-profit groups a better way to consolidate their limited resources and make a bigger impact.

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Fail First’ Fails Seniors

In January, Medicare Advantage Plan Holders will no longer be protected from insurance company implemented Step Therapy. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced the upcoming change which will force physicians to prescribe drugs chosen by the insurance company first, only allowing a patient to move on to potentially more effective drugs if the first fails, giving this program the nickname “fail first”.

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School Policing Contract Draws Fire

A proposed contract would formalize an arrangement between Portland Public Schools and Portland Police Bureau to expand School Resource Officer (SRO) presence to five days a week, though the proposal has received mixed reactions from student groups.

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Promoting Peace through Music

Local singers interested in promoting peace through music are invited to join a community choir with a mission to share their light by singing songs of peace.

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Musician Remembered

Lloyd Allen

Services for Lloyd Allen, 81, a long time Portland resident and music legend who died recently will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. at Daniels Memorial Church of God in Christ, 1234 N.E. Killingsworth. Allen was an esteemed member of the Vibratones, the Cannonballs and other musical groups in Portland.

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The Barber of Seville

Magic of opera made for kids

The adaptation of a classic opera, a 50-minute English and Spanish-language version of Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville,’ that has been touring local schools and community centers across the state, will take the stage for two public performances in Portland this month.

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Catalina Founder Loved by Generations

Catalina Caldera

Catalina Caldera, 78, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 26 at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, surrounded by all of her children and grandchildren, final visits from good friends, prayers and bible scriptures.

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Unwavering Messenger of Hope and Justice

Lessons in servant leadership

This past month the Children’s Defense Fund was blessed with a visit from one of the greatest nonviolence practitioners in our nation and world, Rev. James Lawson. He shared lessons in leadership with our staff from our greatest American prophet, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who called Rev. Lawson “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.”

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Homecoming for Beloved Singer, Educator

Gail Strong-Price

Gail Strong-Price was an international opera singer and a Portland educator who had a passion for children and the performing arts. A beloved teacher, it was common place for her to be recognized and greeted by her many students as she was out and about in the community.

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In Loving Memory

Teresita Andrews

Services Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd