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In Loving Memory

Albert ‘Al’ Williams

Though God decided Al’s journey had ended on the evening of March 9, 2015, our hearts will be filled with happy, funny, crazy, and loving memories forever.

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Author’s Book Reading

Novel brings up issues of addiction and fear

A new novel follows the descent of an African-American family into the bare horror of the afterlife of slavery in its modern attachments to the black body.

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Bridging Cultures

Immigrant and refugee group taps leader

Learn how one immigrant is preparing to become the executive director of an organization that once helped his own family ease into American life.

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Boyfriend Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking

The boyfriend and pimp of a Portland woman murdered by a Marine in Hawaii two years ago has pleaded guilty to a human trafficking charge.

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Selma Visit Brings Memories and Hope

Bonamici attends 50th anniversary tribute

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici shares how a visit to Selma last week brought her closer understanding on civil rights issues and the need to protect and restore voting rights.

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A Vampire to Capture You

Surrender to a mood of appreciation

Something about the idea of a class of immortal beings, lurking in the shadows and choosing victims among the living because they must, persists in our collective imagination, fascinating terrain for exploring our own shadow regions.

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Poetry Slam

Reach out to young black writers

Over 100 SEI students took the opportunity to work with poet Patricia Smith to create original works of spoken word and slam poetry based on their own personal and cultural history.

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Time to Redefine the Measures of Our Success

What do we Americans truly value?

What do we stand for as a nation and who do we wish to be? In a 1968 speech at the University of Kansas, Sen. Robert Kennedy correctly worried too many used our nation’s wealth as the standard of greatness rather than the human values that should matter most.

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‘Scandal’ Star Cast as Anita Hill

HBO says "Scandal" star Kerry Washington will play Anita Hill in a film about Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

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The Next Chapter in the Struggle for Racial Justice

Equality and justice for all

Ferguson, Mo. awakened many Americans to a reality too well known in communities of color throughout the nation. From New York City to Los Angeles, the story repeats itself: an unarmed African- American male is shot to death by a police officer.

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Indebted students are force to be reckoned with

The time bomb of student debt

There’s a generational time-bomb ticking — and the student debt crisis is the trip wire. Adults under 35 disproportionately bear the brunt of escalating inequality.

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Explore Vancouver Parks and Trails

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore Vancouver area parks and trails with the help of two new maps developed by Vancouver Parks and Recreation.

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Job Barrier Target

‘Ban the Box’ aimed at second chance success

A new campaign to help people with convictions find a way into the job market might provide opportunities for rehabilitation.

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In Loving Memory

Ashley Marie Harris will truly be missed. She was born Jan. 25, 1989 and died March 5, 2015. Services will be held Saturday March 14 at 11 a.m. at Omega Funeral Chapel, 223 S.E. 122nd Ave

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Boardroom is new Frontier for Diversity in the NBA

Earl Lloyd left a legacy to follow

In an era that can boast of legendary feats of basketball from black players like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and countless others, one might find it difficult to remember there was ever a time when black athletes were not a significant presence on professional basketball courts.

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Grading Students Changed My View of Education

A crash course on reality and higher standards

My view of education changed the first time I had to grade my students. It was a difficult assignment, and I hadn’t prepared them adequately for it. I naively thought that because the material was easy for me, it would be easy for them, too. That was not the case.

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Sticker Shock

Bible College land turns to market rate housing

While it may not be unusual to have sticker shock for the price of new housing in the heart of Portland’s historic African American community where gentrification is rampant, a property sold by the North Portland Bible College and turned into apartments by private developers, is making eyes roll.

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Rebuilding from the Ashes

Allen Temple struggles to carry on after fire

The Allen Temple CME Church is on its way to recovering after an electrical fire last month ran through its basements and sanctuary and has started fundraising to make repairs.

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Clamp Down on E-Cigarettes

Multnomah County Commissioners have voted to restrict e-cigarettes and so called “vaping” devices to protect children and public health.

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Season Ending Injury

Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews will miss the remainder of the season pending surgery and the recovery from an injury.

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