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Michael Leighton

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Clean Up Alberta Street

Earth Day event planned rain or shine

Friends and neighbors and other volunteers will focus on cleaning up litter, clearing storm drains, weeding and mulching at bus stops and removing graffiti along Northeast Alberta Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Northeast 33rd Avenue.

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No Satisfaction

Grieving mom and reform advocates push back

Advocates for police reforms have added their voices to the mother of a teenage son killed in an officer-involved shooting to criticize and reject a grand jury decision finding no criminal wrongdoing.

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Build Better Futures

‘Believe to Achieve’ founder marquees scholarship drive

Local community leaders working to lift black and minority students to future careers and promising lives by helping them achieve a college education will get some star power at their annual United Negro College Fund gala Friday.

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Women in Film

POWfest puts spotlight on gender disparities

Showcasing the work of women directors from around the globe while strengthening the community of women making films here at home.

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Big Melt Begins

Ice and snow to give way to rain and more rain

One of the largest snowfalls in Portland history started to give way to a big melt on Tuesday that brought freezing rain. Heavy rain was in the forecast overnight and into Wednesday to keep travel extremely hazardous before the big accumulation of ice and snow could be expected to slowly melt away.

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Let’s Get Healthy Together

Wellness Village rescheduled after snow event

The African American Health Coalition will celebrate its annual Health Disparities Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 20 and Wellness Village on Saturday, Jan. 21, after the previous December dates for the events were postponed when Portland was hit by snow and ice.

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Making Noise in the Northwest

All-girls music festival makes return

Girl Fest, Portland's own, all-girls and all-ages mini-music festival returns to Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom, downtown, on Saturday, Jan. 14.

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Mayor to Speak at King Observance

Mayor to Speak at King Observance

Mayor Ted Wheeler will be the featured speaker at the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observance on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. at Maranatha Church, 4222 N.E. 12th Ave.

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Traditions of Giving Back

Concordia exhibit explores black philanthropy

A groundbreaking touring exhibit that explores the giving traditions of African Americans through history and the contributions of black Americans in transforming society will open this weekend for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at Concordia University.

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Flu Hits Oregon Strong and Early

Still time for flu shot protection

Influenza cases are rising in Oregon, and although the increase is expected this time of year, Oregon Health Authority officials say it shows flu season is off to a strong and early start. Most of the cases have been influenza A, this season's predominant flu type.

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Historic Choice for PSU Athletic Director

Viking program gets a new leader

Valerie Cleary to become one of the rare female college executives at the NCAA Division I level

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Portland Fitness Model Crowned

Andrea Green wins a first place trophy for natural bodybuilding at the recent Pro Elite World Championship

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Scrapbook Selections

Sharing Portland’s history in family exhibit

Clifford Walker is enjoying his retirement by remaining engaged in his community and making a difference in the direction of the city.

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Construction begins on PDC-backed project

Alberta Commons to bring economic benefits

Construction has begun on Alberta Commons, a Portland Development Commission backed project to bring economic benefits to the heart of the historic black community at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street.

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Jumping into the Fire

Sharing the story of black paratroopers in Oregon

Unique story of patriotism, race and service will be shared during a free and open “history pub” series event at McMenamins Kenendy School in northeast Portland

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Supporting School Sanctuaries

Helping kids regardless of immigration status

Portland School Board Member Julie Esparza Brown has rallied and won support for a new school district policy to affirm the protection of civil liberties and the rights of undocumented students.

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Rattled by Trump

Turmoil erupts on Portland’s streets after election

Thousands of people stunned by Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election set off on a week of daily protests.

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Life in Vanport

New documentary features stores from survivors

A new OPB one-hour documentary tells the story of Vanport, a city with roots for Portland's African American population.

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McCollum Dream Center Introduced

Blazer makes space for kids to learn, explore

Blazer CJ McCollum project brings innovative learning room outfitted with new computers, books, art and learning tools to the Blazers Boys & Girls Club.

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War Stories to Heal and Reflect

Alberta American Legion post reaches out

Portland-area veterans, family members of veterans, and civilians are invited to join War Stories, a free, six-month reading, writing, and discussion group at American Legion Post 134, located at 2104 N.E. Alberta St.

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PCC Cascade Campus Transformed

Library completes second major expansion

Friends and neighbors are invited to celebrate the campus transformation

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Arson Fire Displaces Families

Man tells police he started the blaze

Red Cross helps with temporary housing and food

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Neighbors Against Violence

Ex-gang member forms group to help kids

Nicole Taylor has formed a mentoring group for youth to find jobs and give them a safe place in the community.

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Equity on Employment in Courthouse Build

Aggressive goals set for a diverse workforce

Multnomah County has set a high bar for hiring a diverse group of workers to build a downtown courthouse to replace the existing county courthouse which is more than 100 years old.

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Natural Foods Plans Approved

Project will be low scale development

The Natural Grocers project coming to Northeast Alberta Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be a single-story retail strip mall project.

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New Approach on Drugs

Civil rights groups applaud call for reforms

Two major civil rights groups are applauding a call by law enforcement officers in the state to decriminalize drug possession crimes.

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August Wilson’s solo show on race, power and more

'How I Learned What I Learned'

August Wilson’s provocative autobiographical solo show about race, culture, oppression, hierarchy and power.

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Racial Healing on Stage

'Blue-Eyed Black Boy' launches series on race

A new series of plays to elicit greater understanding of historical events related to today's racial environment.

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Peeling through stereotypes and misconceptions

Bonnie Ratner's 'Hazardous Beauty' tackles election

Democracy is Hazardous Beauty

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Beloved Pastor Mary Overstreet Smith Dies

Was known for decades of selfless work

Plans set for public memorial services

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Roadblocks at the Courthouse

Report on DAs is push for criminal justice reform

As Oregon votes in next week’s Primary Election most of the candidates overseeing criminal justice in the state won’t face any opposition and that’s a roadblock to reforming laws that disproportionately impact minorities, according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

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ACLU Blasts Sheriff’s Probe

Says AG investigation falls short on protecting civil rights

An investigation that cleared Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton of criminal wrongdoing failed to account for actions that may have violated civil protections, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

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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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City takes legal action against homeowner

Time runs out on nuisance complaint

Long time African American resident says complaints are harassment

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Hybrid Human Artist Welcome

Wangechi Mutu to visit Northwest College of Art

Works by New York-based artist and Kenyan native Wangechi Mutu have achieved global acclaim for creating some of the most important contemporary African art of recent years.

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Attorney General Visits Portland

Loretta Lynch is on community policing tour

Loretta E. Lynch has set a full schedule with stops at George Middle School the Blazers Boys and Girls Club.

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Honoring Gladys McCoy

New building will retain leader’s name

A resolution to retain the name of the Multnomah County Health Department headquarters in honor of Gladys McCoy.

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Inside Ferguson

Portland author shares story in personal account

A front row seat into the turmoil and outrage that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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Tests Offered for Airborne Metals Exposure

A call is issued for those concerned about the risks from exposure to elevated levels of airborne metals found near two glass company sites.

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Sweet Baby James Benton Dies at 85

Beloved musician was link to Portland's past

A beloved personality in Portland's music community

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Duckworth Dock May Move

City department wants out of dock upkeep

The downtown core may be losing its public dock on the Willamette River with a proposal to move it to Swan Island.

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