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Danny Peterson

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Inspired by Science

Young inventor competes for top prize

Rishab Jain, a soon-to-be eighth grader at Stoller Middle School in Beaverton, was one of 10 finalists chosen to fight for the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” for his cancer treatment innovation.

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Team Beats Back Jail Door

Works with drug addicted, homeless to change outcomes

Pilot project helps struggling people, many living on the street, get connected with social services and treatment, instead of continuing to cycle through the criminal justice system.

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Court Pick Sets up Battle

Liberal groups in staunch opposition

Like Trump’s first nominee last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's latest Supreme Court judge pick Brett Kavanaugh could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

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Deadly Force Reviewed

First shooting by PSU campus police kills man

Multiple witnesses report that man killed was trying to break up a fight outside the Cheerful Tortoise

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Memory Walks for Healing

OHSU study finds benefits for aging brains

Unique program focuses on brain health while also serving as a way of preserving the stories of community black elders.

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Federal ICE Building Reopens

Path cleared; protest camp continues

A federal immigration building in southwest Portland reopened Monday as a protest against President Trump’s immigration polices continues outside the building.

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Cold Case Turns Seven Years

Family tries to break silence on murder

Family members of a Portland murder victim, Leonard James “LJ” Irving Jr., whose death remains unsolved seven years after the fatal shooting, are urging anyone who may have information leading to an arrest to speak up.

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Keeping it Affordable

Non-profit partners with AmeriCorps to revitalize homes

A nonprofit in northeast Portland is hosting 12 AmeriCorps volunteers this summer to protect vital affordable housing by upgrading homes with green technology, building community gardens and more.

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Green and Equitable

Dispensary represents progress and end to war on pot

The opening of an African-American owned and hip-hop themed dispensary brings economic growth to a disadvantaged community while also giving back through its unique training program to help others find economic opportunity in the legal cannabis industry.

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Portland native makes splash in beauty industry

Brings science to her business

Portland native Kalauna Carter is making waves in cosmetics by helming an environmentally, cruelty free, nail polish business called Kolors by K that has already garnered some high profile customers.

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County Sues Trump Administration

Suit filed for changes to federal sex-ed grant requirements

Mulnomah County is suing the Trump administration for restricting a teen sex education grant to apply to abstinence-only curriculum.

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More Than a Game

Coach offers kids opportunity for success

A basketball team for youth is changing the game when it comes to giving kids opportunities to college scholarships and putting them on track to a professional athletic career.

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Recess on the Line

Community rallies to rebuild playground

Community members have created a GoFundMe page to help build a new playground at James John Elementary in north Portland because the district won’t pay for a new one, organizers said.

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Unlawfully Held

Mass detainment during protest not justified

A controversial mass detainment by Portland police of nearly 400 anti-Trump protestors at a demonstration in downtown Portland last year is now being hit on three sides for not being legally justified.

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Senator Denied Look at Immigration Facilities

Turned back from separated immigrant children

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. ties to find out what's going on behind closed doors at some of the country's detention facilities amid concerns about the separation of children from their parents.

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Stepping Up for Kids

Rockwood Boys & Girls Club’s first summer season

The Rockwood Boys & Girls Club is now taking signups for its very first summer season of activities and programs serving a growing need to an ethnically diverse and often economically disadvantaged population in east Portland and Gresham.

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Transit Memorial Dedication

Hope and remembrance one year later

Hundreds of Portlanders gathered Saturday at a new mural adorning the Hollywood Transit Center with messages of hope and remembrance one year after a double fatal stabbing on MAX light rail stunned the community.

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Neighbor Mourned

Miracles Club to honor 85-year-old killed

Recovery assistance center serving the African American community is mourning the death of local welder and fabricator Eugene C. Gora, 85, who was found murdered May 10 at his landmark red welding garage, next door.

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A Runoff for November

Smith optimistic she can catch Hardesty

It’s certain that Portland will seat its first black female City Council member next year as the two top candidates in the race, Jo Ann Hardesty, who captured 46 percent of the vote, and Loretta Smith, with the second highest total of 21 percent, will face off in the November.

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‘Left Hook’ to Displacement

New play premieres for Vanport Mosaic

A new play that touches on the history of displacement in 1970s Portland, where hundreds of homes and businesses were razed in historical black neighborhoods, will debut as part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival.

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Legacy Fabricator Killed

Community in shock after 85-Year-old murdered

Community members of a northeast Portland neighborhood have been stunned by the murder of an 85-year-old man whose welding shop was a landmark of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

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Writing to Make a Difference

Local playwright debuts new work after injury

Kwik Jones is set to premiere his new play, “Jupiter is Stormy” for a free one-day-only showing during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

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Malcolm X’s Daughter to Visit

Activist to keynote Portland NAACP event

Ilasah Shabazz is coming to Portland Saturday, May 26 to be the keynote speaker at a fundraising brunch by the Portland NAACP.

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Make Your Vote Count

Ballots due for vote-by-mail election

Official ballots must reach Elections Office by the Tuesday, May 15, 8 p.m. voting deadline

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N Touch Reunion

Portland musican brings back original players

After 17 years apart, the original members of a popular band that started in north Portland, N Touch, will reunite for a one night only performance

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Women of Color Rise as Top Candidates

Loca election races follow national trend

May 15 Primary Election shapes up to be a historic contest

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School Staffing Plans Upend King

Diverse school faces huge cuts; parents upset

Opponents say the proposal goes against the district’s own equity goals

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Shelter Shooting Draws Fire

Mental health safeguards may have fallen short

Federally mandated reforms to better protect people with mental disabilities from being shot by police during a disturbance appear to have fallen short of preventing the recent deadly officer involved shooting at a southeast Portland homeless shelter, according to the Albina Ministerial Alliance, the civil rights advocacy group from the African American community.

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50 Years of King

The ideals of respect, social justice, peaceful resistance, and the power of education that civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. championed were honored Friday during a community celebration on the 50th anniversary of renaming the northeast Portland school in his honor.

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Concert with a Cause

Inner City Blues a push for universal healthcare

Seeing families overcome with medical costs due to chronic illness or injury and being forced to take extreme measures just to stay healthy was all too familiar to Oregon Music Hall of Fame alum and bluesman Norman Sylvester.

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Knife wielding man killed in confrontation

Community in shock

A deadly police shooting of a 48-year-old man wielding a knife that occurred Saturday night at a homeless shelter holding an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting sent shockwaves through the community.

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Lloyd Center Office for NAACP

Civil rights group opens first office in 30 years

The Portland NAACP is celebrating the opening of an office in Lloyd Center marking a milestone for increasing public outreach and building on the local civil rights group’s 104-year-old history.

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Non profit helps filers as tax deadline nears

Free services help low income claim Earned Income Tax Credit

Non-profit CASH Oregon offers free tax preparation services at the Lloyd Center and other locations

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Honoring King 50 Years Later

special ceremonies on Wednesday to reflect on his life and impact

Church bells will toll for each of the 39 years of his life and special ceremonies will honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his death 50 years ago

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Fostering a Love of Reading

Diverse books let children see themselves

Helping children see themselves in the literature they read

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Connecting at Benson

Principal lets guard down to dance and inspire

School leader finds a way to connect with the over 300 new freshman that come to his school

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Students Declare ‘Enough’

Walkouts a unifying message on reducing gun violence

At least 45 Portland area schools joined hundreds more across the nation Wednesday in solidarity with student-led walkouts to declare “enough” in response to growing gun violence and the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla. one month ago.

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Empowering Women

Protesting the economic inequality and oppression women face at home and internationally, over 200 women from all walks of life rallied in Pioneer Courthouse Square and then took to the streets downtown for International Women’s Day. The demonstrations last Thursday were among many marches and rallies calling for social change held across the world.

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Gun Control for Domestic Abusers

The focus on preventing gun violence took a big step in Oregon last week thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Kate Brown that makes it harder for people convicted of domestic abuse to get guns, as well as a lesser known law implemented in January that allows courts to temporarily ban individuals shown to be at high risk of harming themselves or others from obtaining guns.

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Inspired Creations

Portland man builds unique, sustainable birdhouses

You won’t see a more popular street vendor with humans and animals alike than the birdhouse toting George Mayes, who makes a striking impression on street corners with his bicycle and hand-crafted wooden trailer. Packed full of what looks like rustic, miniature cabins -- some even complete with chimneys, staircases, awnings and roof shingles – the cart is loaded with the future nesting homes for our feathered, flying neighbors.

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Disaster in Cully

Scrap yard fire destroys homes; brings evacuations

A 5-alarm fire that started Monday morning at an auto salvage yard in the Cully Neighborhood spread to nearby houses, destroying a six unit apartment, a duplex, killing more than a dozen cats, and displacing an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 residents.

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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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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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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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And In This Corner: Cassius Clay

Portland actor helms role of boxing legend

Themes of racial injustice and childhood bullying come to life in a new Oregon Children’s Theater play about a young Cassius Clay

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Music and Activism Intersect

Civil rights leader fronts new CD with Pink Martini

Longtime Portland civil rights leader Kathleen Saadat has a hidden musical talent that the rest of the city is about to experience.

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Inspired to Keep Others Out of Gangs

She knows Portland’s history because she lived it

Nicky Taylor’s personal story of growing up with gangs in Portland and then escaping from gangs, a story inextricably tied to the city’s history of murder and mayhem on the streets

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Family Seeks Justice

Family Seeks Justice

Demanding accountability for what they believe was a wrongful death of their 17-year-old son and nephew

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The Greatest Honor

FBI agent looks back on exciting career

Special Agent Pete Collier outside the Portland FBI Field Office where is retiring after an illustrious 27 year career as an FBI agent.

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Dynamic Portland Pastor Dies

Rev. W. G. Hardy Jr. was humble and inspiring

Rev. W. G. Hardy Jr., a humble spiritual leader from Portland’s African American community who inspired so many others with his inspiring sermons and lifelong service to his church and community, succumbed to a three year battle with kidney cancer on Friday.

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