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Jeff Alumni Oppose Name Change

Group will host public discussion next week

A group representing past and present students of Jefferson High School has taken a stand against changing the name of the school

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In Loving Memory

Tina Osoms

A home going service will be held March 21

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In Loving Memory

Darryl Thomas

Services scheduled at Emmanuel Temple

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‘Get Out’ Writer Wins Oscar

Writer and director Jordan Peele, 39, made movie history Sunday by becoming the first African American to win an Academy Award for best original screenplay for the movie ‘Get Out.’

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Feeding the Hungry

Church helps by fixing hundreds of sandwiches

The Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church congregation in northeast Portland is upping the ante when it comes to their assistance feeding and clothing the homeless.

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PIL Teams Play for State

Four Portland schools are competing for a state championship in basketball this week with the Oregon 6A tournaments for boys and girls being held at the University of Portland in north Portland.

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A Pathway to Return

Housing reserved for displaced residents

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI) has broken ground on the future site of four new townhomes at North Williams Avenue and Emerson Street that will be first homes for purchase by first-time homebuyers as part of the non-profit’s Pathway 1000 initiative, a 10-year plan to construct 1,000 new affordable homes and rentals.

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Exploring Race, Power and Justice

Forum to address criminal justice alternatives

What if the justice system were focused on repair rather than retribution? What would a system that minimizes suffering look like? An onstage conversation with a diverse group of Oregonians with deep knowledge of the criminal justice system will be the focus of a public forum by Oregon Humanities on Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.

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In Loving Memory

Stanley Wheeler

Our beloved father and husband, Stanley Wheeler, aka Big Stan, passed away on his 67th birthday, Feb. 5, 2018 in Vancouver.

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Moving Portrait of Black Life

The Northwest Film Center brings one the year’s most incisive, tender portraits of life in America with the screening of “Quest,” a documentary that follows a black family living in Philadelphia during the Obama presidency.

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Playhouse Reopens with ‘Scarlet’

Condemned by her community, Hester fights to build a life for her and her daughter in puritan Boston in ‘Scarlet,” the first Portland Playhouse production returning to their newly restored performance venue in northeast Portland.

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Burning Obsession for Jazz

One man’s burning obsession for American jazz takes center stage when Artists Rep presents “The Holler Sessions,” written, directed and performed by Frank Boyd in collaboration with the Brooklyn-based theatre ensemble, “the Team.”

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Geriatric Otter Loves Hoops

Eddie, the Oregon Zoo’s ultra-geriatric sea otter, turned 20 Friday, but keepers and basketball experts agree: He can still dunk with the best of them and might even have the highest shooting percentage in town.

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Rebuke to Arming Teachers

Porland union leaders speak out against the idea

Arming teaches as a response to school shootings draws fire from Portland union leaders in law enforcement and education

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School Band on a Lifeline

Sounds of Jefferson is back; but program needs funds

In the 1970s, Jefferson High was a performing arts school with a thriving school band, the Sounds of Jefferson. Today, the focus is on college prep academics and the school’s highly-rated dance program is the only remnant of those days.

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Courage and Political Will in the Gun Reform Debate

Advocacy grows after latest school shooting

As horrified as we were then, just after the Columbine shooting in 1999, we could not have imagined the next 19 years would bring not reforms, but even more lenient gun laws; another 200-plus school shootings, and more than 122 students, teachers and coaches slain.

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Another Undefeated Season

Congratulations to the Portland Observer Ballers, a sixth grade youth basketball team from north and northeast Portland playing in the Portland Parks and Recreation league.

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Empowering Women

Mentorship group celebrates first graduates

WomenFirst, a grass-roots organization helping women rebuild their lives and gain support through peer mentorship, will host a public celebration on Saturday, March 3 for their first graduating class from a 12 week women empowerment group, called “I Love Me.”

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Oregon Moves on Gun Control

People convicted of stalking and domestic violence or with restraining orders won't be able to buy or own guns or ammunition in Oregon under a new gun control measure that was passed last week in the Oregon Legislature and is now headed to Gov. Kate Brown who plans to sign it into law.

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New Gym for Heart Patients

Legacy Emanuel has opened a new cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program, which includes a 4,200-square-foot gym, to help heart and pulmonary patients on their road to recovery.

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