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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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Activist Acquitted

Jury rules in favor of protester

Teressa Raiford was unanimously acquitted Thursday on a charge related to protesting the death of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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Healing the Health Care Blues

Annual concert puts issue and need in focus

A Portland blues festival historically rooted in civil rights and social justice causes is once again putting its focus on supporting a campaign to bring universal health coverage to everyone.

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Prosecutor’s Post Called Racist

Oregon Commission on Black Affairs files a complaint

The Oregon Commission on Black Affairs has submitted a complaint to the Oregon State Bar against Washington County Deputy District Attorney Zoe Smith for her alleged racist statements on social media.

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Nourishing the Community

New Seasons expands to University Park

New Seasons Market, the locally-grown chain of grocery outlets that puts a premium on fresh, healthy foods while giving back to the community, has expanded its reach by opening its third location in north Portland.

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Vigil for Man Killed Crossing Cully

Family and neighbors call for safety improvements

Hugs, tears and fond memories were shared for a long time member of the black community

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Gang Team Investigates

Shooting disrupts peace near PCC campus

18-year-old male shoots another young man near sidewalk

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Ducks, Beavers are NCAA Bound

Oregon seeded No. 1 in West; OSU No. 7

A first for both teams playing in the same championship series

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Oregon Removes Confederate Emblem

Flag represented Mississippi in Walk of Flags

Oregon Legislative leaders first wanted to give the state of Mississippi a chance to change the flag on its own

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Gun Safety Bill Dies in Senate

Lawmakers fail to close 'Charleston' loophole

Senate leaders block law to end Legislative session

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Attorney General Addresses Police Issues

Says Portland sets example of work ahead

President Obama's chief law enforcement official visits city

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