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Ballerina Aspirations

‘Aspire Project’ makes the arts accessible

It is not everyday that a 5th grader has the opportunity to dance in front of 400 plus people, a performance most adults would shy away from in a heartbeat. But there is no doubt this 5th grader, Anna, is excited. And she says the best way to achieve her aspiration to be ballerina someday is “to take a lot of classes and do the best you can.”

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Beyond an Ugly Past

Portland woman’s memoir of a hard life and hope

A long time Portland woman has written an inspirational and dramatic story about how she escaped poverty and life-and-death challenges as a child to build a better life. “I Thought I Wouldn’t Tell It,” by Deloris Dallas is a memoir of a hard life and hope.

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Supremely Mistaken About Affirmative Action

A strike against truly equal access

Marc H. Morial calls Michigan's strikedown of Affirmative Action a loss for true equality.

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46 Million Rides

MAX Yellow Line turns 10 years old

TriMet is taking note of the 10 year anniversary of the opening of the MAX Yellow Line with a report on the impact of the line serving north and northeast Portland. Since the light-rail extension opened on May 1, 2004, nearly 46 million trips have been taken on the line.

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In Loving Memory

Timothy “T” Johnson

On May 2, 2014 we lost a loving father, son, brother and friend. A public viewing to say your goodbyes to Timothy “T” Johnson will be held on Friday May 9, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Garden, 1101 N.E. 112th Ave., in Vancouver, WA.

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A 'Sterling' Example of Our Confusion

Let our money do the talking

Ron Busby Sr., president of U.S. Black Chambers Inc. says the widespread disdain shown at Donald Sterling highlights the confusion many blacks have in the greater context of racism and plight.

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Memorial Service at Bethel

Charles Jordan

A public memorial service for former Portland City Commissioner and Parks Bureau Director Charles Jordan will take place Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at Bethel AME Church, 5828 N.E. Eighth Ave.

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Appreciation Service for Rev. Smith

Rev. Smith is currently experiencing medical challenges, according to the organizers of the services, scheduled at Powerhouse Temple, 4525 N. Williams Ave., for Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m.

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Fighting for the Innocent

Oregon Innocence Project a lifeline to the wrongly convicted

Oregon is the last of the 50 states to adopt a project solely focused on reversing mishandled convictions.

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Good and Bad News in the Diabetes Fight

Even as the epidemic skyrockets, the rate of diabetes-related complications drops

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Blood Sugar Swings—Handled!

Staying away from the wrong foods can help folks with type 2 diabetes gain better blood sugar control.

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Marine Guilty in Harris’ Death

Family grateful for justice in case

A military jury in Hawaii has recommended that a Marine who killed a Portland woman Ivanice 'Ivy' Harris in his Hawaii hotel room serve a life sentence. The jury's recommendation on Saturday will be reviewed by the Marines commander and the court-martial's convening authority, who will either agree with the sentence or reduce the penalty.

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Clearing the Space

Artist kicked out of studio after visit from authorities

After a recent visit from authorities that led to his subsequent eviction from his studio space, local artist/entrepreneur DeAngelo Raines is questioning not only why he was visited by the police and fire marshals , but whether the storage company was renting to him under false pretense as well.

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A Lifetime Investment in Deserving Kids

The Neil Kelly Memorial Scholarship

J. Byron Kellar, president of Albina Rotary talks about the history of Neil Kelly Scholarship and what it means moving forward.

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Health Care Reform was the Right Direction

Stop the political attacks

Judge Greg Mathis makes a case for Affordable Care Act aka "Obamacare"

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25 Years a Name

Anniversary is a reminder of challenges that remain

Portland will celebrate 25 years of having a Martin Luther King Boulevard at the Blazers Boys and Girls Club April 26th from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the commemoration brings to highlight some of the many changes that have come to the boulevard and the surrounding neighborhood since it's renaming on April 20, 1989.

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Light Rail Project Creates 10,000 Jobs

Record set for business with minority and other disadvantaged firms

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project has reached a new jobs milestone by creating 10,298 jobs, and providing a record $153 million in contracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms.

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Texting and Driving Crackdown

Campaign raises awareness to decrease road hazards

Texting and driving is getting more eyes with a new campaign to deter people behind the wheel from become distracted while driving. The U.S. Department of Transportation released its first-ever national advertising campaign this month to increase the awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted from cell phones, text messages and other devices. The tagline is simple: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

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Sounding off on Texting and Driving

Portland residents offer their views

Some say it's "crazier than drinking and driving" others say people should even do jail time for it, Portland residents offer their views on texting and driving.

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Going to Work

More jobs are expected to follow best job growth in nearly a decade

The largest monthly gain in jobs in Oregon a little under a decade has put a slight dent in the state’s high unemployment rate, but new long term projections expect even more of a positive jolt to the economy with a 15 percent increase in employment over 10 years.

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