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The Rising Scourge of Voter Suppression

A call to action by the NAACP

Editor’s note: The following statement regarding the issue of voter suppression was issued last week by the NAACP.

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Growing the Brand

Champions founder opens vocational school

A long time barber and the founder of Portland’s upscale Champions Barbershop, Lane is growing his brand by opening Champion’s Barbering Institute, Inc. (CBI), the only Portland school dedicated solely to teaching the craft of being a barber, located at 424 N.E. Killingsworth St.

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Hire Diverse and Local

Advocates plead for river cleanup jobs

As federal, state, and local governmental entities begin an estimated $1 billion clean up of Portland’s polluted harbor, local community members are pushing to have the Superfund revitalization work completed by a local and diverse workforce.

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Cooking Up Culinary Careers

Teach Me to Fish eyes Alberta Street expansion

E.D. Mondainé and his Teach Me to Fish nonprofit organization are cooking up a new venture following the success of his Po’Shines Café De La Soul restaurants in Portland, a catering clinic and culinary school which will offer on-the-job training with investments back into the community.

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Chuck Berry Dead at 90

Guitar hero originated rock n’ roll

Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday at his home west of St. Louis. He was 90.

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Powerful Truths in Top Film ‘Moonlight’

A story to open hearts and minds

Everyone should watch the film “Moonlight,” the film that won for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

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Best Intentions and Solemn Commitments

Portland’s safety pin campaign

Wearing a safety pin, if you haven’t heard, lets anxious families who fled cruel states, failed economies, or rising oceans, know they’re safe near the pin’s wearer, a symbol of solidarity.

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Ducks in Sweet 16

Oregon advanced with a hard-fought NCAA Tournament win in Sacramento, Calif. Sunday as Tyler Dorsey delivered two clutch 3-pointers against Rhode Island to send the Ducks back to the Sweet Sixteen for a second straight year and third in five years.

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Urban League Job Fair on Tap

The Urban League of Portland is hosting a free job fair for the community, connecting job seekers with over 80 of the metro area’s best employers.

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Spring Break for Kids and Teens

Beaverton City Library will host more than a week of free events for kids and teens at the main library and Murray Scholls branch during spring break, March 25 to April 2.

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Life Changing Job Training Offered

A free introduction to the trades

Constructing Hope empowers people by encouraging self-sufficiency through the learning of life skills and basic education in the construction industry.

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Active Fun for Spring Break

The Oregon Zoo’s spring break day camps return March 27-31.

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Race and Close Post-Katrina

The NW Film Center presents "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

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Rapper’s Show Sold Out

Indie music mogul and rap road warrior Tech N9ne has an upcoming show at the Roseland Theater that has already sold out.

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Celebrating a Great Season

Congratulations to the Portland Observer ‘Ballers’ youth basketball team for a great season!

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Player of the Week

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week.

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Best in State!

Jefferson celebrates 9th hoops championship

Jefferson High School proved it has what it takes to win no matter the level of competition by completing a nearly perfect season in basketball and winning the Oregon Schools Activities Association’s Boys Class 6A State Championship.

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12 Angry Jurors

Justice theater group shines light on bias

Bias and fairness in the criminal justice system is front and center when “Voice for Voiceless Theater,” a diverse justice theater group, presents “12 Angry Jurors” a play that exposes the truth about the effects of racism and classism on criminal justice, on Friday, March 17 through Sunday March 19 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Ave. Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Bottle Bill Deposits Double to 10 Cents

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission reminds customers, retailers, and manufacturers that the redemption value for eligible containers covered under Oregon’s Bottle Bill will soon increase from 5 cents to 10 cents.

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Bus Service to Expand

TriMet released a new operating budget last week that calls for continued investment in expanding bus service and improving the reliability of MAX light rail trains.

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