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'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' Screens at New Performing Arts Center, Federal Way

Free screening follows the day after official ribbon cutting of the arts center ...

Join a Book Club at Your Neighborhood Library

At North Portland Library, Pageturners Black Voices focuses on books written by and about African and African American authors ...

Meeting of the NE Community Development Oversight Committee

The fourth meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23 ...

Health Share of Oregon Invests $3M in Community Health Workers

Investment will improve health care access, quality and outcomes for Oregonians who face barriers to care ...

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SEIU’s President: No Place for White Supremacists in the White House

Mary Kay Henry makes following statement on Trump’s remarks after violence in Charlottesville ...

It’s Time to Show “Middle Neighborhoods” Love, Before It’s too Late

Middle Neighborhoods, School Rehabilitation and Food Insecurity are key action items for the policy agenda of the CBC. ...

Despite Unequal Treatment, Black Women Will Rise

NNPA Newswire Columnist Julianne Malveaux talks about Black Women’s Equal Pay Day ...

PCC Cascade President on Free Tuition Program

Any student who qualifies for the Oregon Promise can attend most in-state community colleges tuition-free ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Fire Department of New York's commissioner says it has recruited almost twice as many black candidates for its upcoming exam as it did for the last one as it steps up its outreach to minorities.

The New York Times reports ( http://nyti.ms/rcGk0X ) FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano testified in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday. His appearance was the latest development in ongoing litigation about the lack of diversity at the nearly all white 11,000-member fire department.

About 3 percent of city firefighters are black. Census figures show the city is about 23 percent non-Hispanic black.

Cassano says nearly 17,000 people applied to take the test and 15 percent were black - compared with only 8 percent for the last test, in 2007. The overall number of minority applicants stayed steady at 40 percent.

The application period ends Sept. 15.

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