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Arbor Day Fun at Park Blocks

Portland Parks and Recreation invites the public to celebrate trees and the great outdoors with an Arbor Day Festival at the Southwest Park Blocks.

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Empowering Youth

Trayvon Martin’s mom to visit Portland

Many of those who remember the story of Trayvon Martin, and black Florida teenager murdered in 2012, and the infamous trial surrounding his killer, George Zimmerman, might remember another name – Sybrina Fulton.

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Why I Applaud Levi Pettit for Confronting Racism

Important step against bigotry

A study found that young whites under 30 are no more enlightened in their racial views especially of blacks than their parents. How far has white supremacy come or changed?

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50 Years of Praise

Emmanuel Church looks back and ahead

Emmanuel Church is getting ready to celebrate 50 years of ministry, community service, and helping Portland’s vulnerable populations, with a weekend of music and sermons.

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‘Fun Over 50’ in Beaverton

Beaverton will hold a ‘Fun Over Fifty Fair’ with music, drama and dance to introduce older residents to affordable and fun opportunities.

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Something’s Deeply Wrong when Poor Get Prison

The pattern of criminalizing poverty

Here’s something you might not know about Ferguson, Missouri: In this city of 21,000 people, 16,000 have outstanding arrest warrants. In fact, in 2013 alone, authorities issued 9,000 warrants for over 32,000 offenses.

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Something for Everyone

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s diverse new season

There's something for everyone at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, year in and year out. It's always worth a trip down to Ashland, for the high quality of the productions, and also because the plays themselves are so thoughtfully selected, produced, and cast to bring a variety of voices and cultures to the stage.

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In Loving Memory

Kevin B. White

Kevin B. White was born March 13, 1954, and died April 2, 2015.

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Race Chats: Walking upon Sacred Ground

Forming trust key to success

Starbucks is known for selling high-end coffee and tea. Having conversations about a sensitive and sacred topic such as race, while extremely important, is something that requires relationships with more depth than your typical customer service interaction.

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Author Back for Book Awards

Award-winning author and homegrown Portlander Mitchell S. Jackson will be back in Portland this week to host the 28th Annual Oregon Book Awards.

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Chokehold Complaint Filed

A Portland mother is still looking for answers on why her daughter was thrown into a chokehold at Madison High School. Vice Principal Alfredo Quintero can be seen wrestling his arms around the neck of the student in a cellphone video taken by a witness.

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King’s ‘Stand by Me’ Honored

One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead.

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Medical Records Go Online

All medical records for the approximately 650 youth in the Oregon Youth Authority's close-custody facilities are going electronic to make youth intake and healthcare more efficient, accessible and cost efficient.

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Zoo Says Goodbye to Beloved Rama

Leg injury was no longer responding to treatment

Rama, a 31-year-old Asian elephant known for his sweet disposition and Jackson Pollock-like painting technique, was humanely euthanized at the Oregon Zoo Monday.

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Cedric’s Barber Battle

A new reality series to capture the unique culture that exists in barbering communities across the country premiers Friday, April 17 on the CW network.

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Healthcare Blues

Music festival supports a system serving all

An all-star lineup of musicians who know all too well the struggles of affording health care will gather once again for the Inner City Blues Festival’s ‘Healing the Healthcare Blues’ concert.

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Activist Teacher Remembered

A longtime Portland educator who helped countless Portland students embark on careers in journalism and other pursuits, including the editor of the Portland Observer as a student at John Adams High School, is being remembered after his death at the age of 92.

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Our Challenges Are Not Insurmountable

Education key driver to opportunity

There’s no other way to say it. Black America is in crisis.

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In Loving Memory

David Ray Nicholas Dec. 14, 1954 -- April 2, 2014 David, we miss you so very much! Love, your family

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