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NEWS BRIEFS

Augustana Lutheran Church Hosts Summer in the City Aug. 6

Free event includes BBQ, book sale, children’s games, music ...

Health Officials Warn of Spike in Heroin Overdoses

Emergency providers urge use of nalaxone, which is available without a prescription ...

Students Reach New Heights

Two rising sophomores attend aviation camp in Vancouver, Wash. ...

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways

This summer the eight-mile bike route takes place on July 23, from 11 a.m - 4 p.m. ...

APANO: Cultural Series Launches with Solidarity Film Screening

"American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" screens on July 25 at North Portland Library ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Throw the Doors of Opportunity Wide Open for Our Youth

Congressional Black Caucus member Robin Kelly says it’s time to pass the “Today’s American Dream Act.” ...

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Civil Rights

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending talks about the impact of President Trump’s budget on civil rights...

Nooses on National Mall Echo Domestic Terrorism

Lauren Victoria Burke reports on a series of domestic terrorist attacks across the U.S ...

White House Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut in Education Funding

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending writes about the rising costs of higher education ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

"We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Barack Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America," Time said in announcing its choice. "In 2012, he found and forged a new majority, turned weakness into opportunity and sought, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union."

Democrat Obama won re-election to a second term in the Oval Office in November, beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney 51 percent to 47 percent in the popular vote and 302 votes to 207 votes in the Electoral College.

In doing so, he overcame political challenges -- "Obama is the first Democratic president since FDR to win more than 50 percent of the vote in consecutive elections and the first president since 1940 to win re-election with an unemployment rate north of 7.5 percent," Time points out -- but also cultural ones, capitalizing on his popularity with "young people, minorities, Hispanics, and college-educated women" to show that "demographic change is here to stay," Time said.

The magazine's four runners-up for Person of the Year were:

-- Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl who was shot in the head by a Taliban assassin for her outspoken support of education for girls in Pakistan.

-- Tim Cook, Steve Job's handpicked successor as CEO of Apple.

-- Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president who then won international praise for helping broker a cease-fire in the November fighting between Hamas and Israel in Gaza.

-- Fabiola Gianotti, who led a team of scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in capturing the Higgs boson particle, the so-called God particle which gives all other particles their mass.




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