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Exhibit Explores the Legacy of Portland Bird Watchers

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Special Call for Stories about the Spanish Flu

Genealogical Forum of Oregon seeks stories from the public about one of history's most lethal outbreaks ...

Joint Office of Homeless Services Announces Severe Weather Strategy

Those seeking shelter should call 211 or visit 211.org. Neighbors needed to volunteer, donate cold-weather apparel ...

Q&A with Facebook's Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams

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City Announces Laura John as Tribal Liason

Laura John brings an extensive background in tribal advocacy and community engagement to the city of Portland ...

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The deadline to enroll or modify healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act is December 15. ...

The Skanner Editorial: Alabama Voters Must Reject Moore

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Payday Lenders Continue Attack on Consumer Protections

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending writes that two bills that favor predatory lenders has received bipartisan...

Hundreds Rallied for Meek Mill, but What About the Rest?

Lynette Monroe, a guest columnist for the NNPA Newswire, talks about Meek Mill, the shady judge that locked him up and mass...

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CNN

O.J. Simpson was granted parole Wednesday on some charges related to his 2008 armed robbery convictions. But he won't be freed from prison just yet because his sentences were to be served consecutively. He'll have to serve at least four more years behind bars.

The Nevada Parole Board said in a statement that it reached its decision based on Simpson's "institutional conduct, participation in programs, lack of prior conviction history and that he has consecutive sentences yet to serve."

After the former NFL star's parole becomes effective on October 2, 2013, he must start serving a 12-month-minimum sentence related to his use of a weapon during the incident. If he's granted parole on that charge -- which carries up to 72 months behind bars -- then he has two more sentences to serve that carry a minimum of 18 months each.

Simpson was convicted and sentenced to up to 33 years in prison, with eligibility for parole, on October 5, 2008, for entering a Las Vegas hotel room and collecting sports memorabilia that he said belonged to him. Simpson insisted that no weapons were ever discussed and that he never saw any weapons in the hotel room where he got the items.

Simpson told parole board members last week that his nearly five years in custody "have been somewhat illuminating at times and painful a lot of times."

"I missed my two younger kids who worked hard getting through high school, I missed their college graduations," a seemingly emotional Simpson said, via closed-circuit TV from prison. "I missed my sister's funeral. I missed all the birthdays."

 

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