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Terror at Reynolds

Student dies in high school shooting

A 15-year-old gunman who killed a student at Reynolds High School had an assault rifle, handgun and several magazines of ammunition hidden in a guitar case and duffel bag when he rode a school bus to the campus, police said Wednesday. Details continue to emerge.

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Teams Collide at Joyce Washington Classic

The Portland Observer held its 14th annual Joyce Washington Classic’ basketball tournament this past Saturday, and as-per-usual the talent showed up. Six teams composed of some of the brightest players from Portland and across the state showed up to the court at Self Enhancement, Inc. and played in what were all close games.

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Please, No Labels

Musical couple explores ‘norms’ with debut EP

"Etheral" hip hop duo 7hirdwav3 explores the bounds of music, society, and the 'norms' with their debut EP 'Thirdwave'.

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Drug Courts Turn 15

Advocates praise corrections programs

For 15 years now, Clark County has operated seven Drug Courts under the heading of Therapeutic Specialty Courts. The accomplishments of the courts were recently celebrated by public officials, advocates, graduates and the public at large during a special ceremony at Esther Short Park in Vancouver.

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Finding Vivian Maier

Mindful curiosity to an odd and ordinary life

Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega critiques the film "Finding Vivian Maier''--that probes mysteries about the human experience with a vigorous curiosity that may be deemed obsessive.

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New Grocer Bids for MLK Lot

PDC updates plans at open meeting

Plans by the Portland Development Commission to develop a long-vacant lot on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Alberta Street are moving forward with many of the same players involved before a community protest caused grocer Trader Joes to pull out of the bidding. PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton announced at an open community meeting at the adjacent Curious Comedy club last Wednesday evening that California developer Majestic Realty Co. and local minority contractor Colas Construction would be staying on board as participants in the venture.

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Getting at the Root of the Problems at MLC

We applaud the superintendant for her response

Some local African American leaders commend Portland Public School superintendent Carole Smith for confronting recently highlighted racial inequities at Metropolitan Learning Center where she concluded complaints from the mostly white parent-body against the Black principal of the school were in part racially motivated.

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Keyboardist Janice Scroggins Remembered

2013 Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Janice Scroggins passed away May 27; the Grammy nominee was a prominent musician in the Portland scene.

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God’s Prophet in Non-Violence

Local pastor writes book on Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King

Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes Jr., a Portland minister who has been on the front lines of injustice issues nearly his entire life has explored Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life in his new book “God’s Prophet in Non-Violence.” The pastor of Allen Temple CME Church and the chair of the Albina Ministerial Alliance’s Justice and Police Reform committee, Haynes hopes his book drives home the story of King’s own radical methodologies to refresh or enlighten readers in a society still dealing with systematic racism.

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Cultural Connections

Effort underway to document African-American historic sites

An effort is underway to document historic places in Oregon associated with African Americans. The Oregon Black Pioneers, in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office, has announced a property survey project to protect and preserve Oregon's African American historic sites and places from the time period of 1844 to 1984.

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Street Fee Proposed

Portland city leaders announced plans Thursday for a new fee to fund street maintenance and traffic safety improvements. The proposal is scheduled to come before the full City Council for a vote this week.

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In Loving Memory

Ester Mae Denton

Ester Mae Wilder Denton was born on Feb. 28, 1927 and went to be with her Lord on May 12, 2014. Funeral Services were held on May 21 at Caldwell’s, Hennessey, Goetsch and McGee Funeral Home. Interment followed at Willamette National Cemetery.

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Recreation Director Remembered

George A. Bingham Sr.

George A. Bingham Sr. passed quietly away at his home on April 21, 2014, 9 days after his 80th birthday. Mr. Bingham was well loved by many and was active in the community. For 29 years he was employed by the city of Portland as a recreation director, starting as boxing director of the Knott Street Community Center (now the Matt Dishman Community Center), and concluding as Summer Park Manager at Alberta Park and the University Park Community Center (now the Charles Jordan Community Center ).

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Abolish the Unfair Death Penalty

An assault on human rights and racial equality

Judge Greg Mathis calls the death penalty unfair and an assault on human rights as well as racial equity.

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Your Election Results

Multnomah County, your elections results are in. District 2 Incumbent Loretta Smith will retain her seat receiving about 77% of the votes in partial returns when ballots were tallied Tuesday night.

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Same-sex couples take vows as marriage ban lifted

Same-sex couples raced to pick up marriage licenses and get married Monday after a federal judge struck down Oregon's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said the 2004 ban unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples and ordered the state not to enforce it. State officials earlier refused to defend the constitutional ban in court.

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Backsliding on Education Equality

‘I feel compelled to respond’

Brianna Montague calls Michigan's repeal of affirmative action a "backslide for education equality".

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#BringBackOurGirls: Why We Should Care

A real war on women

Marc H. Morial calls the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls a "real war on women. Read Morial take on the #BringBackOurGirls here.

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Startup Biz Grant Challenge

Building diversity into the economy

Startup businesses looking to grow their business may want to apply for the Portland Development Commission’s Startup PDX Challenge competition this year. Up to six startup ventures will receive a $15,000 working capital grant, a full year of rent-free office space.

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Common Core Rollout

Schools implementing new standards, tests

Oregon is set to begin implementing the new Common State Standard testing, mandatory for all public schools in the district; but how will the new more vigorous standards effect students.

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