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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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Not Your Everyday Family

Portland director brings comedy on West African experience

A play with lots of laughs and drama that follows an African family over three distinct stages of their development, through changing times and circumstances

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Police reviews of police St. Johns disturbance ordered

Police used taser to arrest teenager

The use of a Taser gun by Portland police to subdue a black teenager and the actions of police to make the arrest will be investigated by Portland’s Independent Police Review Division as well as an internal police review

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When Justice Fails

Advocating for children tried as adults

Partnership for Safety and Justice leads a rally to raise awareness of the social and personal harm caused by policies that allow young people to be punished as adults.

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Forum on Racial Disparities Law

Mechanics of law goes before the public

A forum was held in Salem Tuesday aimed at educating lawmakers and members of the public about a new law that can delay and possibly prevent future legislation that causes racial disparities in our criminal justice and child welfare systems.

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Dream Makers

Child Development Center opens at PCC Cascade

New classrooms for Albina Head Start and Albina Early Head Start at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus will bring needed child care for people going to the north Portland school and enhance the abilities of children and their families to succeed in life.

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Look Out for Kids!

Crosswalk enforcement for back-to-school safety

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau are raising awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws as kids go back to school from summer break.

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Beyond an Ugly Past

Portland woman’s memoir of a hard life and hope

A long time Portland woman has written an inspirational and dramatic story about how she escaped poverty and life-and-death challenges as a child to build a better life. “I Thought I Wouldn’t Tell It,” by Deloris Dallas is a memoir of a hard life and hope.

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Remembering Charles Jordan

First black city commissioner inspired leadership

People from all over the city are remembering Jordan for his leadership, especially in his role as a former director of Portland Parks and Recreation.

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Change Agent

Issues of race and disability move into the spotlight

Issues of race and disability have moved into the spotlight at City Hall thanks to Portland’s first ever Office of Equity and Human Rights. Dante J. James, the office’s first bureau director, presented an annual report on the work accomplished by the department to the full City Council last month and recently met with the Portland Observer to help build public support for the mission.

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Through the Eyes of Africans

Cascade Festival of African Films to entertain and inform

Portland Community College's 24th Cascade Festival of African Films brings 19 films and two African directors

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