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NEWS BRIEFS

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 ...

St. Johns Center for Opportunity to Host Meet the Employer Event June 27

Employers represented will include Mary’s Harvest and Del Monte ...

New Self-Defense Organization Offers Training to Youth in Multnomah County

EMERJ-SafeNow offers July classes for children ages 8-10 and youth ages 15-19 ...

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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...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

(CNN) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is undergoing physical therapy in Cuba, an ally said Tuesday, a development that would be a significant step for the ailing leader, if true.

Bolivian President Evo Morales, during his state of the union speech Tuesday, said he spoke Sunday with Cuban officials who shared the news of Chavez's recovery.

"I have good news," Morales said. "Our brother, president-commander Hugo Chavez, is already doing physical therapy to return to his country."

Venezuelan and Cuban authorities have been secretive about the health of Chavez, who has not been seen since undergoing a fourth cancer surgery more than a month ago.

Morales' comment, along with another by Venezuela's foreign minister, paint an uplifting picture, but officials have previously provided rosy reports that did not bear out.

Chavez is awake, joking and, most importantly, still making decisions for the country, the foreign minister, Elias Jaua, said.

Jaua said he met with Chavez on Monday in Cuba.

"Compatriots, leaving the meeting with our President Commander Hugo Chavez. We shared jokes and laughs," Jaua said in a tweet.

Jaua said Chavez was making decisions about the upcoming summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, a coalition of the region's countries.

"He made decisions about our participation in the Summit," the foreign minister tweeted. "Very happy that progress continues ..."

Two weeks ago, Chavez was unable to be sworn in for a new term because of his health.

The postponed inauguration raised constitutional questions about who is in charge of the country, opposition politicians have said.

But the Supreme Court ruled that Chavez remains president and can be sworn in at a later date.

Chavez has not made a public appearance or spoken on state television since doctors operated on him. The long absence is not typical of the loquacious leader.

CNN's Rafael Romo and Mariano Castillo contributed to this report.

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