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Stories for October 2018

Wednesday, October 31

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Pioneering Air Force Vet Remembered

Isaac ‘Ike’ Payne IV grew up in Portland

Isaac 'Ike' Sanders Payne IV, born April 16, 1940, passed away Friday Oct. 19, 2018 from heart failure. He was one of the first of three Black Americans to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, having been nominated to enter the school by U.S. Rep. Edith Green.

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Building Our Green Workforce for the Future

Why I’m voting yes and you should too

The Portland Clean Energy Initiative brings greatly needed resources to clean energy infrastructure and will provide just pathways that allow chronically unemployed workers the entry into new livelihoods.

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A Reason to Vote Yes on Clean Energy Measure:

Help reduce shocking health disparities

If anyone is still looking for a reason to vote yes on the Portland Clean Energy Initiative (Measure 26-201), here’s a big one: to help reduce shocking health disparities between those Portlanders who live in privilege and those who do not.

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Immigrant Stories to Inspire

The increasingly acerbic, anti-immigrant sentiment running rampant in our community and around the world has convinced Portland Story Theater that now is the perfect time to celebrate and support immigrants and refugees by hearing their stories.

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In Memory

Theodore Graham Jr.

Friends and family come and join us celebrate the life of Theodore “Ted” Graham Jr., Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Little Chapel of the Chimes in Sunnyside, 11667 S.E. Stevens Rd. He is forever in our hearts.

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Grim Truths and Hilarious Punchlines

Open Mike Eagle is a Los Angeles-based rapper who grew up in the projects of Chicago and has a passion for comedy by driving home powerful stories and grim truths using hilarious punchlines.

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Vying for Miss Glamouresse

Kevin Cook, aka Poison Waters, stars as Miss Texas in a silly spoof that has men dressed in drag vying for the title of Miss Glamouresse 2018

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Day of the Dead

Milagro celebrates with magical adventure

Fantasy, fairy tales and folklore are woven into a fantastical adventure in¡Alebrijes A Dia de Muertos tale, a new season opening play and one that celebrates the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead now showing at Milagro, Portland’s premier Latino theater at 525 S.E. Stark St.

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Flicker Flame Safety for Holidays

Flicker Flame lights are often seen as Halloween bulbs but are great for many occasions. Inside the pumpkin, they look like real candles. The light flickers and bounces inside the plastic jack-o-lantern. The same bulb placed in a fixture and set in your window is a fun decorator touch to say welcome or just to greet you when you return home.

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Don’t Need a Prince Charming

Oregon Children’s Theatre presents “Ella Enchanted,” a story of a young girl who overcomes outrageous obstacles and proves that she doesn’t need a prince charming to save her – she has the power to save herself!

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Space Oddities at MHCC's Sky Theater

From afar, shimmering stars set in the night sky seem peaceful and tranquil. However, telescopic images can paint a different picture, showing us star “oddities.” For instance, older stars can become unstable and even explode. Many stars have doubles; there’s at least one instance of a person describing a “star within a star.”

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In the Community

“What’s your motivation to vote?”

We asked community members on the eve of the Nov. 6 General Election: "What's your motivation to vote?"

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Librarian Builds on Equity

Wins fellowship for commitment to diversity

As Beach Elementary School’s librarian, Ayn Reyes Frazee is committed to reflecting the north Portland school’s unique diversity in its book collection, and her dedication and diligence have earned her a prized fellowship.

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Double Murder Case Turns Cold

A double homicide in northeast Portland’s Hazelwood Neighborhood has gone unsolved for four years and police are asking the public’s help to help solve it.

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Young Scientist Takes First

Rishab Jain of Stoller Middle School has been named America’s Top Young Scientist by winning the 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

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Forums on PSU Campus Security Begin

Portland State University will hold public forums over the next three days regarding campus safety policies and the future of armed police officers patrolling its downtown campus and adjacent neighborhood.

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Pleas for Peace

Portland vigil follows attack on Jews

Several interfaith leaders, elected officials and people of all backgrounds gathered in Portland Sunday to support the victims of a mass shooting and call for peace, one day after a white gunman apparently bent on racist and extremist postings against immigrants walked into a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn. and killed 11 people.

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Momentum to Vote

Smith, Hardesty contest propels local ballot

Just a week out from the Tuesday, Nov. 6 General Election and Oregon is poised to see a larger than normal turnout, boosted in part by a bigger interest in the Midterm elections nationally but also in a local race for a coveted Portland City Council seat that will make history by ushering in Portland’s first black female councilwoman—the contest between former NAACP President and State Rep. Jo Ann Hardesty and current Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.

Wednesday, October 24

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Mobilize the ‘Mob’ to March on Ballot Boxes

Remember Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

We must never forget the humble, dignified and courageous testimony of a Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Nigerian Independence Celebration

Portland’s Nigerian community invites supporters to join them for a "Nigeria Independence Day” gathering, Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Colwood Golf Center, 7313 N.E. Columbia Blvd.

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Motown’s ‘Dreamgirls’

Stumptown Stages has opened its 14th season with the sensational musical “Dreamgirls,”a sweeping and inspirational journey that chronicles a Motown group's rise from obscurity to superstardom.

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M.I.A.’s Rise to Stardom

In a loving and charmingly disheveled documentary, ‘Matangi/Maya/M.I.A,” charts the rise of British rapper Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, also known as M.I.A., to stardom culled largely from self-shot video of the rapper cultivating her art (and identity), providing an illuminating glimpse into the birth of a global pop icon from her humble beginnings.

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New Films by Northwest Artists

A Portland filmmaker will be in attendance for the screening of her new movie “My Summer as a Goth,” the opening night attraction for the 45th annual Northwest Filmmmakers’ Festival, coming Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum, downtown.

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Skating into Portland

Moana is on a high-seas adventure with demigod Maui in the new touring Disney on Ice production ‘Dare to Dream,’ featuring five daring Disney princesses and hosts Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The ice skating extravaganza is coming Thursday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 28 to the Moda Center. Tickets start at $23.

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A Rap Group Rises

Portland playwright’s ‘The Price of Fame’

A new play with Portland roots focuses on the challenges faced by an up-and-coming rap group in the early years of the genre.

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Drop, Cover and Hold On!

Rigler Elementary students practice what to do during an earthquake during the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill, a coordinated event last Thursday at exactly 10:18 a.m. involving schools and office buildings throughout the metro area.

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6,000 Sign Up for Low Income Fares

For those experiencing poverty in Portland, a simple expense like transportation can mean having to make the choice between getting a bus pass and buying groceries. Now with successful enrollment in TriMet’s new reduced fares for low income riders, savings of more than $860 per year can be made on day and monthly passes, an amount that can be life-changing for some.

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E-Scooters Popular Survey Says

The results of a survey conducted to evaluate the riding habits, perceptions and safety of Portland’s e-scooters pilot program show that they’re a popular new transit option for residents and visitors alike and may be helping to reduce the number of cars on the road.

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Lessons Learned

Words matter for player, parent and coach

When a racist word was inserted into a children’s counting game by the adult coach mentoring his son, the Sunset High School parent wanted the school principal to do something about it. Now almost a year and a half after bringing the incident to the attention of school staff, the parent is getting an apology and a commitment that it won’t happen again.

Tuesday, October 23

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Community Driven

A new mission and a good fit for local leader

A community member with deep roots in northeast Portland and a track record of commitment to housing and urban development has been named the new Community Programs Manager at the Community Cycling Center a nonprofit organization located on Northeast Alberta Street whose mission is to broaden access to bicycling for all Portlanders.

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Election Countdown

Issues weigh heavy as ballots go out

As the Nov. 6 General Election draws close with vote-by-mail ballots already in the mail and being cast up until Election Day, the issues at stake are weighing heavy on the minds of voters, especially for working families, women, immigrants, and those seeking affordable housing.

Friday, October 19

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Writings to Humanize Education

‘Teaching for Black Lives’ a handbook for caring

Three-time NFL Pro Bowler Michael Bennett and Grammy award-winning artist Macklemore have teamed up to purchase and distribute copies of a new, widely-acclaimed book, “Teaching for Black Lives” to middle and high school social studies and language arts teachers in the Pacific Northwest.

Wednesday, October 17

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GOP Playbook Was Textbook Abusive Behavior

Shortly before he became a Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh made two things clear: He likes beer. And he’s a self-righteous beneficiary of presumption of innocence.

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Power to the People Tour

You’re invited to join Kent Ford, founder of the Portland chapter of the Black Panther Party, for a legacy tour of Albina, the historic district of inner north and northeast Portland and home for Portland’s black community.

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No Kind of Rider

No Kind of Rider, a new indie rock and experimental band from Portland, is winning rave reviews from music publications like Afropunk, Pop Matters and Indie Shuffle for their debut album ‘Savage Coast.’ You’re invited to celebrate the 5-piece band’s latest work when it performs Sunday, Oct. 21 at Rontoms.

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Promoting Golf for All

Vincent Johnson takes helm of citywide program

Vincent Johnson, a Portland native and former professional golfer who has championed growing the game of golf through outreach to women, youth and people of color is the new director of golf with Portland Parks and Recreation.

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Gothic Horror Film Screening

Peter Cushing stars as Doctor Van Helsing and Christopher Lee as Count Dracula in the 1958 classic ‘Horror of Dracula.’ The NW Film Center gets into the spirit of Halloween with a screening of this towering achievement of gothic horror on Friday, Oct. 19 at 9:30 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum, downtown. Tickets are $10 general and $8 for students and seniors.

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Fearless, Bold and Stark

Portland’s White Bird dance series will begin its new Uncaged season with the West Coast premiere of Lucy Guerin’s spellbinding duet titled ‘Split,’ featuring two of Australia’s most gifted dancers.

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Triumph over Obstacles

Story embraces diversity of immigrants

Portland’s Corrib Theatre presents ‘Hurl,’ a play about a group of immigrants of color, refugees and asylum seekers who triumphed in the face of historical, societal, and personal obstacles.

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Benefit Supports Local Students

Oh what a night! The Maurice Lucas Foundation’s eighth annual Celebration Dinner & Auction attracted 650 supporters and raised more than $731,000. The funds will support academic and athletic programs for underserved youths at Harriet Tubman Middle School and six high schools in Portland.

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Ballots Going Out to Voters

Ballots for the upcoming Nov. 6 election are scheduled to arrive in mail boxes as soon as this week. In the past few days, the official Voter Pamphlet, which contains information and arguments for and against the various ballot measures and candidates, was delivered to registered voters.

Tuesday, October 16

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Advocating Tenants’ Rights

Security deposit, screening and other reforms urged

The goal is to provide more access to housing for people who currently face huge obstacles to finding a house or apartment to rent.

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Protest Turns to Brawl

Repeated clashes has mayor calling for new rules

After rival political factions broke into a bloody street brawl in downtown Portland again Saturday night, Mayor Ted Wheeler called on imposing new regulations to crack down on such occurrences in the future.

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Death Brings End to Paul Allen Era

Blazers owner had loyalty to team and the city

Paul Allen, the longtime-owner of the Portland Trail Blazers who was passionately involved in the team’s operations, died Monday from complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Friday, October 12

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In Loving Memory

Sherrill Faye Clark

March 1, 1954 – Oct. 5, 2018

Wednesday, October 10

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Man Killed Leaving Comedy Show

Comedian arrested in separate incident

Man killed leaving comedy show; artist arrested in separate incident

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Former PCC Campus Dean Dies

Dr. Mildred Ollee remembered

Dr. Mildred Ollee oversaw the build out of a comprehensive Cascade campus during her eight years serving Portland Community College.

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Funk Master Tribute

Ural Thomas joins Oregon Music Hall

Ural Thomas, a veteran R&B funkmaster from north Portland who has shared stages with the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown is being inducted into the Oregon Music Hall

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Brown Sisters Benefit Concert

Event to support Joseph Smith, 13-year-old battling cancer

Musical showcase Saturday, Oct. 13 at Maranatha Church

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Breast Cancer Screenings Offered

Mobile mammogram van to make stop at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church

The Susan G. Komen foundation of Oregon and Southwest Washington is working to prevent breast cancer in the African American community

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Life in the Rural South

Award winning documentary screens at Portland Art Museum

An uncommonly specific and compassionate look at life in a mostly black, rural community in Alabama

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Vote and Dream

Museum shares message for civic engagement

Participating in the democratic process and midterm election by raising a banner by Carrie Mae Weems, an acclaimed African American artist and Portland native.

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We Need to Talk About Masculinity

Need to change the discussion

Maybe if we raised men to feel their full range of emotions, to feel confident in their manhood without violating women, and to respect the boundaries of others, we wouldn’t have to teach women to use the buddy system and watch their drinks.

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In Loving Memory

George R. Walker III

Sunrise: Sept. 9, 1951 Sunset: Sept. 15, 2018

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In Loving Memory

Beverly Jean Welch Hardman

Beverly and her four siblings grew up in Portland. She was a graduate of Scripps College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Washington.

Tuesday, October 9

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Shaking Up Controversy

Earthquake retrofits seen as next wave for displacements

A city-led effort to post and label some buildings in Portland as potentially unsafe during a major earthquake, the first step to requiring major and costly upgrades, is shaking up controversy with many African American community church leaders, among others, who say the unintended consequences of such a measure may lead to an undesired repetition of history: homes, businesses and non-profit organizations in traditional communities of color being displaced at the hands of the city.

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On Race and Class

Profile Theater tackles a divided nation

At a time in our nation when there is much division, giving a theatrical voice to the diversity in our humanity is a great way to start a conversation. Portland’s Profile Theatre current new season which focuses solely on female and person-of-color playwrights, led by a local black actor and director of color.

Friday, October 5

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Life under Nazi Rule

The Portland Art Museum and Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education jointly present two exhibitions featuring photographs from German-occupied Poland in 1939 when the Nazis consolidated a Jewish population of more than 160,000 into the Lodz Ghetto.

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Diversity Embraced at Local FBI Office

Agent’s service is a second career

From bakers to bankers and teachers to truck drivers, the FBI is made up of people from every potential background, and these “unexpected agents” help to make the Bureau both strong and successful. The FBI currently has about 13,000 Special Agents. Over its 110-year history, the agency has been known for hiring accountants, lawyers, former cops, and military veterans to fill those jobs. The Bureau also knows, though, that diversity in all ways at all levels makes the agency a better advocate for the people it serves: you!

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Taking Hip Hop by Storm

Critically acclaimed Los Angeles rapper Duckwrth is taking hip hop by storm with his new single “Fall Back,” a perfect anthem to close out summer.

Thursday, October 4

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Comedy Shines in ‘A Life’

Dana Green, Nat DeWolf, Gary Norman and Cycerli Ash perform in the Portland Center Stage at the Armory production of “A Life,” a funny play about the meaning of life from Adam Bock and commissioned for its West Coast debut.

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Honored by Fellow Journalist

Book shares experiences of black anchor

Say “Al Allen” in Metro Detroit, and people smile, thinking of the cheerful reporter who greeted them through their TV screens every morning… broadcasting live from frigid freeway overpasses, crime scenes, celebrations, and just about anywhere.

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Shapeshifting Movement

Portland’s White Bird dance series kicks off its third decade with the return of Pilobolus, a group of super athletes as well as great dancers known for their astounding shapeshifting moves

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The Discovery of King Tut

A compelling insight into the discovery of pharaoh’s tomb

The Discovery of King Tut, an exhibition about one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, opens on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The reproduction of the burial treasure in its original archaeological context offers a compelling insight into the historically unique discovery of the Pharaoh’s tomb in the Egyptian Valley of the Kings more than 95 years ago. A discovery that remains unparalleled to this day: a virtually intact pharaonic tomb with all its treasures.

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Excelling in the Martial Arts

Participants build on discipline and spirit

Northeast Boys and Girls Club members are excelling in the martial arts. Congratulations to seven students from northeast Portland who recently took home trophies at the 2018 Moo Duk Kwan Championships in Lake Oswego.

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Achieving as a Parks Ranger

Manager gets call after proving his abilities

Portland Parks and Recreation’s Vicente Harrison has been promoted to Security and Emergency Manager for the Portland Park Ranger program. Harrison joined the PP&R team in 2012 as a seasonal Park Ranger. He went on to earn a permanent Ranger position, and in 2016 was promoted to Park Ranger Supervisor. His employment advancement comes after he proved his versatility, dedication and people skills by driving positive changes in the Ranger Program, officials said.

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From Food Cart to Restaurant

Airport welcomes new small business start

Bangkok Xpress Thai Food at Portland International Airport is a story of firsts. The new restaurant is the first Thai food restaurant at PDX. It’s also the first brick and mortar location for Bangkok Xpress. And Bangkok Xpress is the first to graduate from the PDX food cart program into a traditional restaurant location in the airport.

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Building Economic Self Sufficiency

Help with business start-ups geared to underserved

Mercy Corps Northwest, headquartered in downtown Portland, works with underserved and aspiring entrepreneurs in Oregon and Washington to help build thriving communities in the Pacific Northwest. The nonprofit offers business education, grants and loans that address small business owner’s needs and supports them as they build toward economic self-sufficiency and prosperity.

Wednesday, October 3

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Breast Cancer Health Focus

Komen reaches out to African Americans

Despite similar screening rates, breast cancer is detected at an advanced stage more often in black than in white women, and breast cancer mortality is nearly 41 percent higher in black women than in white women in the U.S.

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Happy 100th Birthday Mom!

On Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m., a centennial birthday celebration will be held with family and friends for Bennie Manuel given by her daughters and granddaughter.

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Happy Birthday

Shirley Bailey

We love you! From your family

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Fighting the Injustices of Mass Incarceration

Prison strikes and why they are happening

Earlier this spring, violence broke out in the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, resulting in seven deaths and many injuries. Incarcerated leaders in the prison system decided they had had enough. Brutal treatment from corrections officers, deteriorating prison conditions, and incredibly long, punitive sentences had led to a condition of hopelessness

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A Gilded America Returns to Unequal Past

Wealth is more concentrated now than ever

Can we compare the concentration of wealth today to the height of the Gilded Age, when robber barons sat on massive piles of wealth while the masses struggled? In a word: Yes. And actually, it’s worse.

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Playground for All Abilities and Ages

Neighbors, friends, and project partners celebrate Saturday’s grand opening of Kenton Park’s new playground.

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In Loving Memory

A celebration of life service for Craig Martin Sherman will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church 4009 N Missouri.

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Adjusting to Darker Days

Fall is here, the days are shorter. The dark is coming fast. When the sun isn’t up when you wake up and it’s dark before you head home at night, you can feel like hibernating like a bear. A trip to any place where the sun shines would help you get through winter. If only you could migrate with the seasons. But no; you have to stay and work in gray, rainy Portland. There is help. All you have to do is trick your body to think that the sun is shining.

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Barber Opens Retro Shop

Business start follows a passion for nostalgic

A local barbershop is bringing old school cool to the way they cut men’s hair. Classic Men in southwest Portland is a retro–style barbershop that delivers modern and traditional cuts in a nostalgic atmosphere.

Tuesday, October 2

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Designer Turns Skills into Business

Driven by passion and finding a niche

Angela Medlin, a seasoned African-American female designer with more than 25 years experience working for big-name companies like Nike, Adidas, Levi Strauss, Eddie Bauer and The North Face, has transformed her skill set to support a passion for entrepreneurship by launching two companies—one to feature indoor dog accessories from the home market and another to teach young designers of color how to break into the design industry.

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East County Business Focus

Jarvez Hall grows prospects in culturally diverse region

East Multnomah County is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the state, and also one of the poorest. That reality has been the impetus behind push by the nonprofit East Metro Economic Alliance (EMEA) to transform the east county area by coordinating economic development with East Portland as well as the four cities that comprise the eastern end of the county – Gresham, Wood Village, Fairview and Troutdale.

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Biggest Chair at the Table

Black owned firm grows into major employer

From humble beginnings to winning multi-million dollar contracts, the black-owned construction company Raimore Construction of northeast Portland has proved what positive benefits can happen to communities of color when government agencies and other private contractors invest in contracting with small and minority businesses.

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Man Killed in Police Response

Officers confronted man after hearing shots fired

A community is in mourning even as many questions remain unanswered in the wake of an officer-involved shooting early Sunday that left one man dead. It happened around 3:30 a.m. at Southwest Third and Harvey Milk Street (formerly Stark) as police responded to civilian-on-civilian gunfire that left two others injured.

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Occupy PSU Protest

Call to disarm campus security enters second week

Portland State University students began a second week of camping outside the offices of the university’s Public Safety Office on Monday to protest the campus officer-involved shooting death of Jason Washington and call for the disarming of campus police entirely.