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NEWS BRIEFS

Multnomah County Library Hosts ‘We Refuse to Be Enemies’

Library will hold a series of social justice workshops this summer ...

The Skanner Wins NNPA Award for Best Layout and Design

Our graphic designer Patricia Irvin wins for July 2016 issues ...

Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County Saturday, Sunday

Temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s this weekend ...

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

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Ask Ernie the Attorney

Ernest Warren's primary practice is personal injury, real property, corporate and criminal practice in Ore. and Wash. ...

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

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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