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Stories for July 2018

Wednesday, July 25

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Asylum Seekers Endure Brutality

Advocates say immigrants held are desperate

"We are dying day by day inside here," one detainee said, William Teesdale, chief investigator for the federal public defender's office in Oregon, wrote in a filing in federal court in Portland.

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Youth Leaders Need Host Families

The program brings youth leaders and their adult mentors from Benin, Burkina Faso, Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Togo to our community.

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Homegoing Celebration

Ron Webb

A memorial service for Ron Webb, sunrise May 20, 1938 and sunset, July 16, 2018, has been scheduled for this Thursday, July 26.

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Concerts in the Round

It will be an evening of family fun and dancing with music by Hit Factory featuring Patrick Lamb and entertainment by Capoeira São Salvador-PDX when the free Beaverton Concert in The Round series opens Thursday, July. 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. adjacent to the Beaverton Central MAX stop

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Soul Goddess at Chinese Garden

She’s called a genre defying R&B goddess who literally gives people goose bumps when she sings.

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Last Thursday Opens Show

On Alberta Street

A reception with the artists whose works are featured during August at Guardino Gallery will be held on Thursday.

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‘Half Baked,’ Opens Rooftop Cinema

The 1998 comedy “Half Baked” starring Dave Chappelle, will be the series opening film.

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Beating the Heat

Blast of summer to persist

When it's hot, it's important to stay cool and hydrated.

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Phantom Returns to Stage

Quentin Oliver Lee portrays the man behind the mask and Eva Tavares the innocent young soprano he falls madly in love with in the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’

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Craft Brewers Throw a Party

One of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer events, over 80 beers from small, traditional and independent breweries in10 different states as well as The Netherlands and Baja, Calif. will be available for tastings.

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Support Dreamers and Shut Down ICE

I can relate to refugees seeking a better life

Trump and his loyal acolytes continue to dismiss and demonize immigrants in general and the so-called 'Dreamers' in particular.

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Property for Affordable Housing

Cully site purchased with city bond

The Cully Neighborhood will be the site of at least 50 new affordable housing units thanks to the Portland Housing Bureau and its acquisition of a 19,000-square foot property at 5827 N.E. Prescott with monies from Portland’s Housing Bond.

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Police Sweep Underway at Occupy ICE Camp

No reported arrests

The city’s clean-up of the Occupy ICE protest encampment they’ve held for more than a month on the street adjacent to the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building on Southwest Macadam Avenue has gone underway early this morning, with little reported conflicts, police officials said, though there will be traffic delays expected in the area.

Tuesday, July 24

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Final offer for school bus drivers falls short

Workers say stike is possible

Portland Public Schools special education bus drivers may go on strike

Thursday, July 19

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Racist Writings Derail Court Pick

Ryan Bounds nomination pulled after black senator objects

A controversial nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals from Oregon had his nomination derailed in the Senate today after the only Republican black member of the Senate made clear he couldn’t vote for him.

Wednesday, July 18

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Benson Sprinter Wins Gold

Congratulations to Benson High School’s Micah Williams who ran the anchor leg to propel Team USA to its first gold medal in the 4 X 100 meter relay at the IAAF World U20 Championships Saturday in Tampere, Finland

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Homeless Arrests Defended

“Our City has become a cesspool” Turner said in a press release on Monday that also criticized Wheeler for what he described as throwing police “under the bus” for the mayor’s own “failed policies” on reducing the homeless population.

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Fundraiser to Help Infant Son

Support needed for brain injury operation

Advocates for an infant son have established a gofundme account and are holding a special weekend fundraiser to help a local family raise donations to treat his debilitating brain injuries after a near drowning two years ago.

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Happy 95th Birthday

Laura Barber (left) with family and friends, celebrated her 95th birthday on July 16th. You go Laura!

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In Loving Memory

Ron Webb

Ron Webb: Sunrise May 20, 1938; Sunset: July 16, 2018.

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Honoring Women of Strength

Emmanuel Pastor April Murchinson invites the community to attend when retired Portland police officers Victoria Burton and Marci Jackson and active officer Rashida Saunders are honored for their work as leaders for Portland’s Crisis Response Team.

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Summer Movies at the Square

For the next five Fridays nights though Aug. 27, the Pioneer Courthouse Square is transformed into Portland’s largest outdoor movie theater.

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Bringing Kids to Nature

Oregon Zoo’s Urban Nature Overnights program this year celebrates 18 years of actively engaging historically underrepresented Portland-area youth in outdoor recreation and conservation in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other community partners.

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Blazers Plan Rip City Fun

Youth line up for a 3-on-3 tourney

Area youth are lining up to play in the annual Trail Blazers “Rip City 3 on 3” basketball tournament presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers coming to the Rose Quarter campus the weekend of July 28-29, featuring basketball clinics, classes and contests. The team registration deadline is Friday, July 20 by visiting ripcity3on3.com.

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Open Air Art Gallery Party

Sponsored by the Portland Street Art Alliance, the all-ages event will include live-painting, artist commissions, live music, food carts, local beer, skateboarding ramps, a break dancing battle and more.

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Beautiful Lives Lost

Local artists honor shooting victims

The artists volunteered their time, materials and talents to recognize, remember and honor the 58 lives lost after the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert as a loving gesture to bring some comfort to the families, loved-ones and communities by showing that people care about their loss.

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Vancouver NAACP Voter Drive

From school superintendent to sheriff to senator to president, our elected officials determine the quality and equality of our law enforcement, public education system, and so much more.

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Breast Cancer Disparities Study Begins

Diverse team leads Komen effort

As the first step in developing a multi-year initiative to address breast cancer disparities, the Susan G. Komen Oregon and Southwest Washington foundation has partnered with a team of independent contractors who are actively involved with the Portland-metro area’s African American community.

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Comedy Jam with Shang

BET and Comedy Central comedian Shang will headline a live comedy show this Friday, July 20 at the Alberta Abbey, 126 N.E. Alberta St.

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Letter to the Editor: Give Pot to Seniors

Let seniors have the oversupply for free.

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Inspired by Science

Young inventor competes for top prize

Rishab Jain, a soon-to-be eighth grader at Stoller Middle School in Beaverton, was one of 10 finalists chosen to fight for the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” for his cancer treatment innovation.

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Creating a Justice System that Works for Everyone

Community supervisors play critical role

Locking up people who pose limited or no risk to public safety comes at great cost with little benefit.

Tuesday, July 17

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Team Beats Back Jail Door

Works with drug addicted, homeless to change outcomes

Pilot project helps struggling people, many living on the street, get connected with social services and treatment, instead of continuing to cycle through the criminal justice system.

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Incredible Survivor

Injured woman found alive after crash

Portland woman went missing in California and survived for nearly a week after her car plummeted over a cliff

Wednesday, July 11

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Court Pick Sets up Battle

Liberal groups in staunch opposition

Like Trump’s first nominee last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's latest Supreme Court judge pick Brett Kavanaugh could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

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Comments taken on Freeway Tolls

toll charges for using segments of the freeway system in and around Portland, including I-5 in north Portland, could be the result of a public listening session on congestion pricing recommendations being held by the Oregon Transportation Commission this Thursday, July 12.

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All Star Jazz Benefit

Funds raised will be used to assist with legal help for families separated at the border and to provide them resources to apply for asylum in the U.S., many of whom are fleeing violence and have been separated from their children due to cruel and unjust federal policies.

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Beaverton Tiny Dances Show

Modern, contemporary and traditional ethnic dance will be represented on five small stages for Beaverton’s annual Ten Tiny Dances show on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Round, 12725 S.W. Milikan Way.

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Race for the Cure

Registration opens for annual event

Today, one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and 40,000 will die annually.

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Kids Tee Up for Golf

Play is free on Mondays at two public courses

Mondays are free golf days for junior golfers up to the age of 17 at Portland’s Colwood Golf Center in northeast Portland and the Eastmoreland Golf Course in southeast.

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Abolishing ICE Isn’t Radical — It’s Rational

Agency has become a menace

Far from being a law enforcement agency, ICE has become the closest thing we have to a lawless organization.

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Creating a Mood with Night Lights

Make your summer nights sweet with mood lights around the patio, music in the background, and the laughter of friends.

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Low Income Fares Begin

Adults who qualify pay half the cost

Some good news on affordability for public transit this month as new low-income fares went into effect for qualified adult riders on TriMet and new governmental agreements mean many Portland area high school students will again ride free when classes start back in the fall.

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Free Summer Fun

Portland Parks and Recreation’s popular Summer Free For All is all about popular movies, culturally diverse concerts, free lunches and more at parks locations all around town.

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CME Churches Meet in Portland

“The Investment Factor: Expressing God’s Love through Missions and Outreach” will be the theme of a regional conference this week in Portland representing Christian Methodist Episcopal Churches from several western states.

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Campaigning While Black

Lawmaker shares experience when cops called

Bynum told reporters she immediately suspected the officer was there to talk to her and she introduced herself as a state legislator.

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Church Parking for the Homeless

A new initiative to allow people experiencing homelessness to sleep in their cars in church parking lots and other faith organizations is poised to launch soon and aims to connect them with needed services.

Tuesday, July 10

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Learn to Cook Fresh!

Community cooking classes and a popular “Kids Cook at the Market” class are drawing folks this summer to the King Portland Farmers Market, open every Sunday through September from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the King School parking lot located at Northeast Seventh Avenue and Wygant Street.

Tuesday, July 3

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Celebrate Tubman’s Reopening

Alumni, teachers and staff invited back for special event

Harriet Tubman Middle School is reopening in the fall and to celebrate the revitalization of a quality middle school to serve Portland’s historic African American communities plans have been made for an alumni gala.

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Deadly Force Reviewed

First shooting by PSU campus police kills man

Multiple witnesses report that man killed was trying to break up a fight outside the Cheerful Tortoise

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Boogie at the Waterfront

Waterfron Blues Festival nation’s second biggest

A Fourth of July tradition marks the summer holiday with the Waterfront Blues Festival, Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.

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Memory Walks for Healing

OHSU study finds benefits for aging brains

Unique program focuses on brain health while also serving as a way of preserving the stories of community black elders.

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Federal ICE Building Reopens

Path cleared; protest camp continues

A federal immigration building in southwest Portland reopened Monday as a protest against President Trump’s immigration polices continues outside the building.

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Gun Control Supporters Regroup

Lift Every Voice” campaign set sights on 2020 ballot

An effort led by Portland-area clergy to put a measure on the November ballot to ban the sale of certain semi-automatic guns and large capacity ammunition magazines has been postponed after legal maneuvers by opponents made it nearly impossible to gather enough signatures to meet a July 6 deadline

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Soul of ’71 Class Reunions

Gala at Colwood Golf Center kicks off events

Invite out for all African-American 1971 high school graduates from the entire Portland metro area

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New Chinatown Museum

First exhibit a showcase of cultural pride

The first museum of Chinese-American history and culture in Oregon re-opens after two weeks for repairs

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Celebrating a Great Season

A great year for the Portland Observer softball team