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Permanently Affordable

Non profit plans condos to create shared equity, stability

Portland community land trust has plans to develop a major affordable condominium project giving priority to displaced residents

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Jury Rules Shooting Justified

Burglary suspect was shot during police chase

Grand Jury determines that a Portland Police Bureau officer was justified when he shot and wounded an unarmed black bank robbery suspect

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Going Too Fast

Amtrak Cascades crashes on inaugural run

The Amtrak train bound for Portland and Seattle making its first ever run along a faster new route was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it jumped the track and plunged off an overpass south of Seattle Monday, killing at least three people, injuring dozens more and crushing two vehicles.

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Giving Back for the Holidays

Donated car to help a family in need

J.R. Watkins is the lead mechanic for Elite OnSite, a new player in the Portland and Vancouver fleet services industry. This past November, he saw the opportunity to combine his professional skills and industry contacts to give back to a family in need. The goal was to refurbish a used car to mint condition before the holidays, so that a Christmas giveaway could be coordinated.

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Christmas Dinner and More

The plans are set for Portland’s largest Christmas dinner, free to anyone in need and anyone without family or friends to share the holidays.

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Christmas at the Grotto

Operating nightly with sights and sounds of the season

Since 1988, the Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights has been an ever-growing community tradition that celebrates the true spirit of Christmas.

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Trump behavior cited in resignation calls

But Oregon's U.S. House members don't stand for impeachment

Impeachment vote fails; but But Trump behavior cited in resignation calls

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Vera Katz Remembered

Three term mayor broke barriers; had tough but tender style

Vera Katz, a former three-term Portland mayor and first female speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives who died Monday after a long battle with complications from cancer is being remembered as a politician who broke gender barriers and deployed a tough-but tender political style to advance her priorities.

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Driving Healthcare Equity

First African American to chair Planned Parenthood chapter

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette has a new chair, small business owner and health care practitioner Sita Symonette, the first African American woman to lead the board in its 54 year history.

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First Equity Director Resigns

The first director of a Portland office charged with removing barriers in government for Portlanders of color and people with disabilities is leaving his post.

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A Fun, Festive Favorite

Portland Playhouse presents ‘A Christmas Carol’

“A Christmas Carol,” the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformative journey of redemption, a mainstay of Portland Playhouse’s annual season five years running, is back for the holidays, a fun, festive and family favorite featuring a diverse cast from a theater group based in northeast Portland.

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Rhodes Scholar Story Inspirational

Letter to the Editor

It’s inspiring and comforting to see a young man with enough emotional maturity to realize life after basketball does exist and that it can offer some truly amazing rewards- like a Rhodes Scholarship.

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Empowering Young Adults to End Social Injustice

Tomorrow’s leaders form alliance group

A national survey by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics found that between 2004 and 2015, there were likely a staggering 250,000 hate crimes each year in the country, the majority of which go unreported to police.

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Igniting a Movement for a Moral Economy

GOP tax plan sheds light on inequality

If you’re expecting a gift card from your boss as an end-of-year bonus, enjoy it this year because you probably won’t get one in 2018. The Senate tax bill would ban such rewards.

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Black Identity Extremists Who Don’t Exist

Resisting the FBI’s new racial targeting

It is the wisdom of the ancestors that “if you know the beginning well, the end will not trouble you.” Therefore, when we receive news that the FBI released a so-called “intelligence assessment” pretending a threat from a group of “black identity extremists” that doesn’t exist, we need not be shocked, shaken or even surprised.

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In Loving Memory

Willesha Elene Wade

Services for Willesha Elene Wade of Portland, who died Dec. 1, 2017, will be held Thursday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at New Song Community Church, 2511 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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No Support for Impeachment from Oregon

Entire House delegation voted to kill measure

When a black Democratic lawmaker from Texas introduced a resolution in Congress to impeach President Trump on Wednesday, not one member of Oregon’s congressional delegation supported it.

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Networking for Jobs

County recruits for courthouse, health department builds

Multnomah County is getting out the word to connect job-seekers with opportunities as the county moves ahead on two construction projects, a new courthouse and health department offices, downtown.

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Affordability for Now

Investment example of what may be lost in future

A proposed 240 unit, 12-story mixed-use complex reserved for lower income tenants, the largest affordable housing investment in Portland for decades, is an example of creating needed housing with federal financial supports that may be unavailable in the future because of tax legislation moving through Congress.

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Oregon Ballet Executive Hired

Oregon Ballet Theatre has hired Michel R. Greer as its new executive director, a former professional dancer who went on to complete degrees in economics and education to pursue a career in business management and later become the executive director of the Portland Opera in Portland, Maine.

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