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Next Steps in PSU Shooting

Campus opens probes; board open to disarming

After a grand jury cleared two Portland State University police officers of criminal charges in the shooting death of a lawfully armed black man and evidence from the case is before the public for the first time, the university will begin its own public investigations into the circumstances of the case which will include an examination of PSU’s policing policies and may result in a decision to disarm campus police entirely, PSU officials said.

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Class of ’68 Reunion Coming

The Jefferson High School Class of 1968 will be celebrating its 50th year reunion with a reception and dinner on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Riverside Golf and Country Club, 8105 N.E. 33rd Dr.

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Grand Jury Rules for Campus Police

PSU body camera footage released; campus probe continues

Video release comes day after a Multnomah County Grand Jury cleares the campus safety officers of any criminal charges

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Absorbed by the Experience

Plays worth seeing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Live theater productions that offer soulful windows into how humans struggle justify a trip to Ashland

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Murder Case Turns Cold

The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a 2017 homicide. Police responding to a report of a shooting found Antonio Garrett, 40, also known as "Munchie," dead inside a white Mercury sedan that crashed on Northwest Fifth and Everett a few minutes past 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. The Oregon State Medical Examiner later determined that Garrett died from a gunshot wound. There are no suspects in the shooting and no known motive.

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DePaul Hosts Service Fair

The nonprofit DePaul Industries site at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street will host a Community Services Network and Project Homeless Connect Social Service Fair in their parking lot on Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Hill Block Agreement Signed

Community gets say on plans for vacant site

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, as co-chairs of the Hill Block Project Working Group, we signed a memorandum of understanding with Mayor Ted Wheeler, Kimberly Branam of Prosper Portland, Kathryn Correia of Legacy Health, Shannon Callahan of the Portland Housing Bureau and Dr. Steven Holt, our group facilitator, which outlines our respective commitments and responsibilities related to the potential development of the Hill Block, a 1.7-acre block bordered by Vancouver Avenue, Williams Avenue, Knott Street and Russell Street.

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A Struggle to Stay Relevant

Factory workers fight for survival in ‘Skeleton Crew’

An award winning play that touches on the struggles of factory workers living pay check to pay check amid a dying Detroit auto plant and featuring an all-black cast kicks off a new season for Portland’s Artists Repertory Theater.

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September shows at Guardino

On Alberta Street

Ceramic art and self portraits in clay highlight what’s on display through Sept. 25 at the Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St.

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The Orange Man’s Mystifying Approval Ratings

We need a united front to confront ‘Trumpism’

With all the vile acts that Donald Trump, “the orange man,” has committed and the barrage of media coverage of his egomaniacal behavior, you would think that his approval rating would be tanking. But, that’s not the case.

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Lights for Back to School

School days are back. Back to doing homework, reading more books, papers to write and so much new information to learn. Students need a learning place where they can be comfortable, have good lighting and few distractions.

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In Loving Memory

Erin ‘Jo Jo’ Cowan

Erin Lemar Cowan, known to many as “JoJo” was born Sept. 17, 1971 to Julius “JC” and Shirley Cowan in Portland.

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Community Support for Nike

Nike got some community support last week when it made former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick the face of its 30th anniversary ‘Just do It’ advertising campaign.

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Russell Clinic Expands

Second dentist to serve low-income community

The Russell Street Dental Clinic, which has served low-income community members from its north Portland headquarters for over 40 years, recently hired a second full time dentist and is now accepting new patients and celebrating by holding an open house this Saturday afternoon.

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Sign Up for MLK Dream Run

Annual event benefits local youth

It’s not too late to register for the Martin Luther King Dream Run coming to northeast Portland on Sunday, Sept. 23.

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Accepting the Challenge

For new OHSU leader, it’s about doing better

Dr. Danny Jacobs is the fifth president of Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) and the first African American to lead the medical institution.

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Supporting Tubman and KairosPDX

Thursday meeting at SEI to build coalition

Education advocates in Portland’s black community are calling on parents and other supporters to join them for a meeting on Thursday at Self Enhancement, Inc. to gather support for Tubman Middle School and KairosPDX Elementary, two public schools that serve African American students in north and northeast Portland.

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Black is Beautiful

Public art project draws on positive messages

The historic heart of Portland’s black community is receiving the finishing touches of a new urban beautification project that celebrates the contributions of African Americas to the city.

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A Memorial Fit for a Queen

Honoring Aretha Franklin

(AP) -- An all-star lineup of mourners filled a Detroit church with prayers and songs Friday for Aretha Franklin's funeral, honoring her not just as the Queen of Soul but also as a lifelong friend, family member, churchgoer and activist.

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Schools Need Resources, Not ‘Resource Officers’

There are better ways to keep students safe

The very students school resource officers are supposed to protect are often the ones most harmed by them. In addition to referring kids to the juvenile justice system, SROs have been repeatedly filmed violently mistreating black and brown girls in particular.

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