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Michael Leighton

Editor

Michael Leighton is the Editor of The Portland Observer.
He is a longtime journalist who has worked as a web editor, TV news producer, newspaper reporter and radio news anchor. He graduated from John Adams High School and St. Charles Elementary in northeast Portland and earned his degree in communications from Pacific University in Forest Grove.



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The Pen is Funnier than the Sword

His political cartoons tackle issues like Islamophobia, immigration and racial justice in America with insight and humor and have been carried by newspapers around the world, including regularly in the Portland Observer.

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Justice Reform Effort Grows

Grant allows county to target jail misuse and overuse

Multnomah County has added momentum to efforts to reform the local criminal justice system and reduce the county jail population

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Business Leader Settles with State

Mediation ends investigation of Roy Jay and nonprofits

No admission of wrongdoing or fault was made in settlement reached

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Dream Run on Starting Blocks

Still time to sign up and honor Martin Luther King

There’s still time to sign up for the MLK Dream Run coming to northeast Portland on Sunday, Sept. 24.

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Smith to Battle for City Council Seat

Field widens after Saltzman decides not to seek re-election

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith has thrown her name into a May election for Portland City Council seeking a position that will become vacant when Dan Saltzman steps down at the end of his term next year.

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Dreamers Abandoned

Trump ends program to furious opposition

Critics assail Trump Administration for ending program that has deferred deportations for more than 780,000 people who came to the U.S. illegally as children.

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Memorial Tells Story of Dr. Unthank

Building community pride

A memorial plaque telling the story of the late Dr. DeNorval Unthank, the first black doctor in Portland and a dedicated humanitarian who tirelessly advocated for civil rights while building his medical practice, was dedicated at Unthank Park in north Portland during an Aug. 19 community celebration sponsored by Self Enhancement, Inc.

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Mayor Names New Police Chief

Oakland cop will be first black woman to lead bureau

Citing the national push for police reforms and the opportunity to hire someone with qualities he wants, Mayor Ted Wheeler Monday picked Danielle Outlaw, an experienced assistant police chief from Oakland, Calif., to become Portland’s new police chief and the first black woman to lead the bureau.

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Hash Oil Butane Caused Massive Blast

Cause found of deadly home explosion

A massive house explosion and fire that killed two men in north Portland Monday sending glass shards and debris across the street into Peninsula Park and damaging surrounding homes was caused by using butane to make hash oil, investigators have determined.

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Deadly Blast Levels House

Explosion kills two; other homes damaged

Investigators were on the scene of a deadly house explosion Tuesday trying to determine what caused a Monday afternoon inferno that killed two people at a home on North Kerby Street across from Peninsula Park, causing extensive damage to surrounding homes and sending glass shards and other debris across the street into the park and surrounding area.

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