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Stories for September 2018

Wednesday, September 26

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Making Cycling More Inclusive

Two Portland-based business owners will be recognized for their efforts to make cycling more inclusive, accessible and safe when the non-profit Street Trust hosts its annual Alice Awards, Friday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Castaway Portland.

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New Playground in Kenton

A new playground at Kenton Park is the latest Parks Replacement Bond project to come to completion. To mark the installation, a free and open-to-all celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the park, located at 8417 N. Brandon Ave.

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Hop Harvest Beer Tasting

Celebrating Oregon’s annual hop harvest with dozens of fresh-hop beers, the 15th annual Portland Fresh Hops Fest will return to Oaks Amusement Park in southeast Portland this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29. Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Visit oregoncraftbeer.org.

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Hard Choices in America

‘En El Sėptimo Dia’ (The Seventh Day) by director Jim McKay illustrates the tensions of modern-day immigrant life in America where the protagonist, a restaurant bike delivery worker, is treated like a second-class citizen but carries a dignity wholly his own in search of a better life.

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On Alberta Street

First Thursday Opens Show

The 12th annual “Day of the Dead” show at Guardino Gallery is not to be missed. Each year, the gallery at 2939 N.E. Alberta St. asks artists to interpret this Latino tradition and make it their own.

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Blazers to Host Fans

Preseason showcase has new start time

The preseason showcase that Portland Trail Blazers fans eagerly await is back with a new, later 7 p.m. start time. The 14th annual Blazers Fan Fest presented by Wells Fargo is set for Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Moda Center featuring new entertainment and fan engagement in the arena’s lower bowl, alongside a first-look scrimmage by the new 2018-19 Trail Blazers roster.

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Police Sued for Flash Bag Injury

Man claims crowd control device was used negligently

A man is suing the city of Portland for being hit in the back of the head with a flash-bang munition that police are accused of launching at counter-protestors without warning during a right-wing rally early last month in downtown Portland.

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Judge Sentences Cosby to Prison

81-year-old led away from court in handcuffs

(AP) -- His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, Bill Cosby was led away to prison in handcuffs Tuesday at age 81, sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his gated estate.

Tuesday, September 25

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Democracy under Threat

Dark money, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials.

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TV Star to Front Local Gala

From the action-packed sets of zombies and crime-ridden streets, to Vancouver’s stunning Royal Oaks Country Club, American film and TV celebrity Lawrence Gilliard Jr. will join the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as guest of honor at its 40th Anniversary Fundraising Gala on Saturday, Sept. 29.

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College Fund Night Celebration

You’re invited to an evening of excellence celebrating our youth when the United Negro College Fund Portland Leadership Council hosts a scholarship fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, 2220 N.E. Marine Dr.

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Opposing Kavanaugh

Unity at Planned Parenthood

Gov. Kate Brown and most of Oregon’s congressional delegation has joined reproductive rights leaders in the state to speak out against confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the U.S. Senate, even as national Senate Republicans press for a swift vote confirming him to a life time position on the highest court.

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Over Confident Men in Power Often Can’t Count

A growing resistance to Trump’s tenure

Our embattled but still legal occupant of the White House is notoriously bad at math. Donald Trump couldn't guestimate the crowd size of an inaugural parade for all the tea in China. As a beleaguered president, he is also having problems even counting the extent of the growing opposition to his tenure at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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New Garlington Campus

Expansion adds health services, housing

Governmental officials and community members joined Cascadia Behaviorial Healtchare’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate the new Garlington Center Campus, home to the Garlington Health Center and Garlington Place Apartments at 3036 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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Housing on the Ballot

Measures aimed at growing need

In a region where rent and housing prices have increased far faster than wages and a growing homeless population is one of government’s most pressing problems, a new ballot measure coming in the November General Election proposes an affordable housing bond that leverages $652.8 million in new tax revenues for additional affordable housing units across the greater Portland area.

Wednesday, September 19

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Heal the Willamette Ceremony Invite

Native community to lead in prayer and song

A group of advocates overseeing work to clean up the Willamette River invite supporters to join them at Cathedral Park in north Portland this Saturday, Sept. 22 for a day of healing as local Native Americas join them for traditional songs, prayer and dance.

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How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?

Partisan electors block will of the people

Historically, the American people have proven to be a pretty astute judge of character of people running for the presidency. Unfortunately, the last three times when the Electoral College outcome was different from the votes cast by the American people, there have been disastrous consequences.

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‘The Color Purple’ on Portland Stage

Musical a powerful story of sisterhood

Portland Center Stage at The Armory has launched its new season with the Tony Award-winning musical “The Color Purple,” adapted from Alice Walker’s classic novel about the sisterhood, resilience and self-empowerment found in a community of black women living in rural Georgia in the early 20th century.

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African Homowo Festival

You’re invited to a free community festival to showcase the traditions of the Ga people of Ghana, West Africa and other African immigrants from Portland with performances of songs and dance that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. at Sunnyside School Park, 3421 S.E. Salmon St.

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Happy 100th Birthday

Congratulations to Natalie Lawrence in celebration of her 100th birthday! She was born June 28, 1918. We all love you!

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Giving Back; Making a Challenge

Inmates reach out to help foster kids

Uhuru Sasa will hold its third annual fundraiser inside the prison to help raise funds to purchase coats for children involved with the Multnomah County foster care system, originally spurred by an initiative from Talunaka Washington, a child and community advocate with the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) and the daughter of Portland Observer Publisher Mark Washington.

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Dracula at the Kiggins

A special live production of “Dracula” will bring the spirit of a Transylvanian Halloween to Vancouver’s Kiggins Theater, on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

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‘We Should All Be Feminists’

Acclaimed author selected for Everybody Reads

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian-born artist whose influence spans continents and genres has been selected for the Multnomah County Library’s next Everybody Reads community reading project.

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In Loving Memory

George Kelley

A memorial ceremony with full military honors will be held for George Kelley on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 12:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd. A repass celebration will follow at 3 p.m. on the same day at Project Truth Community Church, 4905 N.E. St. John Road, in Vancouver.

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Stay Clean Summer Celebration

A support group for African American women is inviting the public to their first annual “Stay Clean” celebration marking the end of summer.

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Supreme Court Nominee Accused

Woman says she was sexually assaulted

Senate Republicans and Democrats fought determinedly Tuesday over who should testify at a high-stakes hearing on the allegation Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a girl in high school, 36 years ago.

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Hardesty Disputes Smith Charge

Portland City Council Candidate Loretta Smith accused her November election opponent Jo Ann Hardesty of theft by mismanagement of funds Tuesday after a story on Oregon Public Broadcasting about a lack of fiscal oversight at the Portland NAACP when Hardesty served as president of the organization.

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United Against Hate

Clark sheriff, others, speak out on racism

Clark County officials in southwest Washington want the public and its employees to know that it rejects hate groups that propagate violence and discrimination, a message that’s now being shared by civil rights groups representing black and Latino communities in the area.

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Next Steps in PSU Shooting

Campus opens probes; board open to disarming

After a grand jury cleared two Portland State University police officers of criminal charges in the shooting death of a lawfully armed black man and evidence from the case is before the public for the first time, the university will begin its own public investigations into the circumstances of the case which will include an examination of PSU’s policing policies and may result in a decision to disarm campus police entirely, PSU officials said.

Monday, September 17

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Class of ’68 Reunion Coming

The Jefferson High School Class of 1968 will be celebrating its 50th year reunion with a reception and dinner on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Riverside Golf and Country Club, 8105 N.E. 33rd Dr.

Friday, September 14

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Grand Jury Rules for Campus Police

PSU body camera footage released; campus probe continues

Video release comes day after a Multnomah County Grand Jury cleares the campus safety officers of any criminal charges

Wednesday, September 12

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Absorbed by the Experience

Plays worth seeing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Live theater productions that offer soulful windows into how humans struggle justify a trip to Ashland

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Murder Case Turns Cold

The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a 2017 homicide. Police responding to a report of a shooting found Antonio Garrett, 40, also known as "Munchie," dead inside a white Mercury sedan that crashed on Northwest Fifth and Everett a few minutes past 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. The Oregon State Medical Examiner later determined that Garrett died from a gunshot wound. There are no suspects in the shooting and no known motive.

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DePaul Hosts Service Fair

The nonprofit DePaul Industries site at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street will host a Community Services Network and Project Homeless Connect Social Service Fair in their parking lot on Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Hill Block Agreement Signed

Community gets say on plans for vacant site

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, as co-chairs of the Hill Block Project Working Group, we signed a memorandum of understanding with Mayor Ted Wheeler, Kimberly Branam of Prosper Portland, Kathryn Correia of Legacy Health, Shannon Callahan of the Portland Housing Bureau and Dr. Steven Holt, our group facilitator, which outlines our respective commitments and responsibilities related to the potential development of the Hill Block, a 1.7-acre block bordered by Vancouver Avenue, Williams Avenue, Knott Street and Russell Street.

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A Struggle to Stay Relevant

Factory workers fight for survival in ‘Skeleton Crew’

An award winning play that touches on the struggles of factory workers living pay check to pay check amid a dying Detroit auto plant and featuring an all-black cast kicks off a new season for Portland’s Artists Repertory Theater.

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September shows at Guardino

On Alberta Street

Ceramic art and self portraits in clay highlight what’s on display through Sept. 25 at the Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St.

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The Orange Man’s Mystifying Approval Ratings

We need a united front to confront ‘Trumpism’

With all the vile acts that Donald Trump, “the orange man,” has committed and the barrage of media coverage of his egomaniacal behavior, you would think that his approval rating would be tanking. But, that’s not the case.

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Lights for Back to School

School days are back. Back to doing homework, reading more books, papers to write and so much new information to learn. Students need a learning place where they can be comfortable, have good lighting and few distractions.

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In Loving Memory

Erin ‘Jo Jo’ Cowan

Erin Lemar Cowan, known to many as “JoJo” was born Sept. 17, 1971 to Julius “JC” and Shirley Cowan in Portland.

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Community Support for Nike

Nike got some community support last week when it made former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick the face of its 30th anniversary ‘Just do It’ advertising campaign.

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Russell Clinic Expands

Second dentist to serve low-income community

The Russell Street Dental Clinic, which has served low-income community members from its north Portland headquarters for over 40 years, recently hired a second full time dentist and is now accepting new patients and celebrating by holding an open house this Saturday afternoon.

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Sign Up for MLK Dream Run

Annual event benefits local youth

It’s not too late to register for the Martin Luther King Dream Run coming to northeast Portland on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Tuesday, September 11

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Accepting the Challenge

For new OHSU leader, it’s about doing better

Dr. Danny Jacobs is the fifth president of Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) and the first African American to lead the medical institution.

Wednesday, September 5

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Supporting Tubman and KairosPDX

Thursday meeting at SEI to build coalition

Education advocates in Portland’s black community are calling on parents and other supporters to join them for a meeting on Thursday at Self Enhancement, Inc. to gather support for Tubman Middle School and KairosPDX Elementary, two public schools that serve African American students in north and northeast Portland.

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Black is Beautiful

Public art project draws on positive messages

The historic heart of Portland’s black community is receiving the finishing touches of a new urban beautification project that celebrates the contributions of African Americas to the city.

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A Memorial Fit for a Queen

Honoring Aretha Franklin

(AP) -- An all-star lineup of mourners filled a Detroit church with prayers and songs Friday for Aretha Franklin's funeral, honoring her not just as the Queen of Soul but also as a lifelong friend, family member, churchgoer and activist.

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Schools Need Resources, Not ‘Resource Officers’

There are better ways to keep students safe

The very students school resource officers are supposed to protect are often the ones most harmed by them. In addition to referring kids to the juvenile justice system, SROs have been repeatedly filmed violently mistreating black and brown girls in particular.

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Letter to the Editor: Inspired by Hardesty

I send my appreciation to The Portland Observer for printing an article of such substance and importance!

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Reducing the Risk of Stroke

Legacy hits milestone with ‘Watchman’ implant

Legacy Emanuel was the first in Oregon to offer the Watchman device in 2015, and today the local hospital is in the top 10 of hospitals in the U.S. for implanting the medical product.

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Lock him up! Lock him up! The Flipper regime

His karma is headed over the cliff

The web of Trump lies, cheating, and conspiring with Russians to steal the biggest prize of all — the White House — is quite wide and deep.

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Arrested for a Cause

‘Reluctant Radial’ screens with director

‘The Reluctant Radical’ follows activist Ken Ward over the course of a year and a half of civil disobedience, culminating in the coordinated direct action. While charges against the filmmakers have been dropped, the other activists, including Ward, still await trial with no regrets.

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Orchestra as a Garage Band

Music training program adds a new dimension

A new classical music training program working with disadvantages students in Portland Public Schools dubbed “Collective Composition” combines the brilliance of Beyoncé with the power of Beethoven

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Deliciousness in all its diversity

Rockwood cookbook celebrates foods and traditions

From home cooks to cafes, time-tested restaurants and upstart kitchens, there is a diverse array of food and tradition found in Gresham’s Rockwood neighborhood

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Tough as Nails

The late Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas known for her outspoken feminism and one-liners, gets a no-holds-barred portrait in the play “Ann,” coming to Portland’s Triangle Productions in September.

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Valuing Cats and Wildlife

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Audubon Society of Portland are bird and cat organizations working together to increase the awareness of cat patios, screened enclosures to keep your cats safe outdoors and protect wildlife!

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Trying to Get it Right

A Jobs and justice mandate for Broadway development

Portland has mismanaged economic and residential development in the past and caused the diaspora of much of its African American community. But now the city is taking a different tact to determine the scope of a major downtown development.