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Prisoners Find Peace in Art

Looking at the world from inside and outside custody

A group of Portland prisoners preparing to reintegrate into the community have been offered an artistic means of doing so.

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‘Good in the Hood’ Call Out

One of the largest multicultural community events in the Pacific Northwest needs your help. The Good in the Hood festival is putting out a call for volunteers for this year’s celebration.

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Kick Off to Rose Festival

Portland’s waterfront is about to come alive with fun and festivities for the annual Rose Festival which opens CityFair on Friday.

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School Shooters Sentenced

Last December a shooting outside Rosemary Anderson High School in north Portland shocked the community and injured four students. Last week, three young men were sentenced for their participation in the gunfire.

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PSU Hosts Queer Indigenous Gathering

The Native American Student and Community Center of Portland State University welcome the community to a free gathering and workshop focusing on the history, art and state of LGBTQ issues in native communities.

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Midwives and Women of Color

Advocates work to improve birth outcomes

The International Center for Traditional Childbearing, a group founded by Shafia M. Monroe of Portland, is celebrating the contributions of the African American midwife while highlighting the under-representation of midwives of color in health care institutions and schools.

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Supporting Better Mental Health

Discussion on wellness for African-Americans

African-Americans suffer from mental health issues like every other group, but they are among the least likely to seek help.

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Soap Pods Pose Safety Risk

Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets sometimes mistaken for toys or candy landed more than 700 U.S. children in the hospital in just two years, researchers report.

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Presidential Candidates Lose Touch with Reality

Clowning around issues of inequality

Hardly a day goes by that another candidate doesn’t announce his or her intention to run for the presidency. One day it’s Carly Fiorina, the next it’s Mike Huckabee, Bernie Sanders, or Hillary Clinton, even.

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Fitness with ‘JJ’

Make a Workout Date

Working out with a friend has its benefits. You are not lonely, you have someone to hold you accountable, and you both can cheer each other on as you hit your fitness milestones together.

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USDA Tackles GMO Labeling

The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.

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Eat Healthy with Local Produce

‘Double Up Food Bucks’ serve low-income

The Farmers Market Fund, an independent non-profit and companion organization to the Portland Farmers Market, has always been dedicated to providing increased access to healthy local grown food for low-income, elderly and underserved populations.

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Never-Ending Cycle of Debt, Poverty and Jail

A predatory system of policing

‘Held captive” was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation. For more and more Americans living in poverty, this feeling isn’t just a metaphor.

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Diggs Takes Over Title Role

Taye Diggs prepares for new role.

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Fire Stations Promote Health and Safety

As part of High Blood Pressure Education Month, Portland Fire and Rescue reminds Portlanders they can visit their neighborhood station to get free blood pressure checks

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Brown, Minaj Top BET Nominations

Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj are the top contenders at the upcoming BET Award with six nominations each.

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King of the Blues

‘Thrill is Gone’ legend B.B. King remembered

B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, is being remembered after his death at the age of 89.

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People of Faith Must Do More Than Pray

Our moral urgency to reform criminal justice

The moral urgency of criminal justice reform is crystal clear. We are called to not only “pray” for those directly affected, but we are also called to “act.”

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Picking up the Baton

Activists keep dead father’s pursuit for justice alive

Augustana Lutheran Church sits at the corner of Northeast 14th Avenue and Knott Street, a sturdy brick building with a sign proclaiming it as a “thriving multicultural congregation.” But the church played host to a different kind of gathering recently as community members from all over the city came to honor the memory of a young African American man killed by police five years after his death.

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