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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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Grant Girls Soar Undefeated

The Grant High School Girls Basketball team is headed to the state playoffs after beating Franklin.

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Intolerance of Past and Today

A wonderful exhibit on Anne Frank and the holocaust comes to the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

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Preserving Our Cultural and Natural Heritage

We can take nothing for granted

The historic Golden West Hotel stands as a marker to the development of the African American middle class in Oregon – and the nation.

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‘Put Your Guns Down’

Urgent plea for peaceful path forward

Gang-related shootings are on the rise and the mourning families of shooting victims are urgently asking for an end to the violence and a peaceful path forward.

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Culture and Learning

African dance troupe integrates arts with education

An African dance troupe has a new program that integrates math and science education with traditional art and music, bringing STEM to children who naturally prefer to dance or sing.

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Black Lives Matter

Lesson in justice turns to a call for action

The Mock Trial team at Ockley Green Middle School decides to put on an assembly to share their hopes and fears around racial-profiling with the community.

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Giuliani's Words Do More than Hurt - They Divide

A horrible thing to say on many levels

Questioning the president's patriotism isn't just inappropriate; it demonstrates a complete lack of respect. It begs the question that as Giuliani continues to seek a prominent role on the national political stage, will he choose to rehearse only in the Theater of the Absurd?

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