11-19-2017  2:24 am      •     
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SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

Multnomah County Animal Services Waives Adoption Fees Nov. 17

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Fitzpatrick Presents 'Pathway 1000' Plan Before City Council

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Sisters Network to Hold Monthly Meeting Nov. 11

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Local Author Visits North Portland Library

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ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

Charlene Crowell explains why Black consumers often pay higher fees than White consumers, because of “add-on” products. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Saad Abedine and Elise Labott CNN

(CNN) -- Syrian rebels have taken control of the only crossing between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Rebels attacked government checkpoints and battled Syrian forces in the largely abandoned city of Quneitra before gaining control of the city's border crossing, the opposition group said.

A steady stream of gunfire could be seen in Quneitra from the Israeli-occupied side. Rebels opened fire on the Syrian forces, who responded with tank fire to try to force the rebels back.

Mortars and small arms fire caused the bushes and shrubs to catch on fire.

The Israeli military has not publicly commented on the report that rebels have taken over the crossing.

But spokesman Peter Lerner said mortar shells fell on the Israeli side of the border near the Quneitra crossing. He said Israel is aware of fighting between Syrian forces and rebels in Quneitra and is taking necessary precautions to prevent spillover.

Lerner said Israeli authorities have instructed farmers in the Golan Heights not to approach the border fence in the Quneitra area due to the ongoing fighting on the Syrian side.

CNN's Michael Schwartz contributed to this report.

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