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Sentenced to Life Terms with No Parole

Judge imposes maximum against Jeremy Christian

Jeremy Christian has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for fatally stabbing two people during his racist rant on a light-rail train in Portland more than three years ago.

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Killer Taunts Victim

Heated exchange delays Christian sentencing

Sentencing for Jeremy Christian, the Max killer of two passengers during a racist tirade in 2017, was delayed on Tuesday after Christian was thrown out of court for going on a new tirade against the first victim who spoke.

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Suit Claims Unjust Force on Young Black Male

Sheriff denies neck hold was used

The mother of a young African American male filed a lawsuit, saying three sheriff’s deputies pinned him to the ground at the Clackamas Town Center Mall — one by pressing a knee on his neck.

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Opening Up and Giving Back

Hair salon stays focused on community

Business owner opens hair salon and distributes free food boxes for those in need.

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Juneteenth Elevates in Significance

As day becomes holiday, NFL star leads youth justice march

Both the city of Portland and Multnomah County have made Juneteenth an official annual paid holiday for their employees, citing that this is a moment of reckoning for the history of anti-blackness and racism in Portland

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Police Defunding Proposals Pass

Vote eliminates former gang task force, school police

The Mayor and Portland City Commissioners voted Wednesday to cut nearly $16 million from the police budget in response to concerns about use of force and racial injustice.

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Kids Ready for Summer Lunch + Play

Parks program returning with take home activities

A Lunch + Play summer program for kids by Portland Parks & Recreation returns on Monday with expanded free meals at Portland parks, citywide.

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Introducing Rutherford Park

First Portland park named for black woman

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced the new name earlier this month amid the protests in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

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In Loving Memory

Wilma Pauline Graham Jan. 12, 1934 - June 11, 2020

Wilma Pauline Graham passed away peacefully Thursday, June 11, 2020 of natural causes after a long illness.

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Eliot Neighborhood New Apartments

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Resounding Victory for LGBT Rights

Supreme Court upholds landmark civil rights law

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court.

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New Sentencing Date for Max Killer

Court prepared to meet COVID-19 restrictions

Much of the challenge will be in maintaining physical distancing during the sentencing hearing

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Fighting for Health and Justice

Calling out racism as a public health epidemic

As our nation faces a pandemic that is disproportionately ravaging black communities, we must address the public health crisis that racism presents.

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Juneteenth Declared a County Holiday

Multnomah County Chair takes action for racial healing

Saying we are in a moment of reckoning for our country’s systemic oppression of black people, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury has made Juneteenth an annual paid holiday for all county employees.

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Jefferson Statute Toppled in Protests

Principal says priority now is community healing

A historic bronze statute commemorating the namesake for Portland’s Jefferson High school was toppled over after a protest of police brutality and racism descended on the north Portland school Sunday night.

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Honoring the Class of 2020

Jefferson seniors reflect back in special issue

The Jefferson High School senior class created all of the Class of 2020 content for this special graduation edition of the Portland Observer.

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Floyd Funeral Held in Houston

`He is going to change the world’ brother declares

George Floyd was fondly remembered Tuesday as a father and brother, athlete and neighborhood mentor, and now a catalyst for change — at a funeral for the black man whose death has sparked a global reckoning over police brutality and racial prejudice.

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Black leader: Change will be won in streets

Long time activist adds his voice to protest demands

A historic leader of Portland’s African American community joined thousands of marches in northeast Portland Monday night to demand police accountability and an end to racism and police brutality against African Americans.

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New Police Chief Named to Build Trust

Chuck Lovell rises to the top of command

A black Portland police lieutenant and former resource officer at Jefferson High School who earned praise for building bridges in the black community during his tenure at the school, was suddenly named Portland’s new police chief on Monday.

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Music Legend Bonnie Pointer Remembered

Early member of Pointer Sisters dies at 69

The founding member of the Pointer Sisters died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles on Monday. She was 69.

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