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NEWS BRIEFS

Exhibit Explores the Legacy of Portland Bird Watchers

Dedicated bird watchers catapult a conservationist movement ...

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

A conversation on diversity and the tech industry ...

City Announces Laura John as Tribal Liason

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

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Don’t Delay, Sign-up for Affordable Healthcare Today

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

The Skanner Editorial: Alabama Voters Must Reject Moore

Allegations of predatory behavior are troubling – and so is his resume ...

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...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

By The Skanner News

Revamped Disparity Study Calls on Portland to Strengthen Equity Programs in Construction Contracting
A near-million dollar report on racial disparities in Portland's construction contracting practices has been pulled apart and pieced together again – pushing documentation of discrimination and unfair practices to the forefront – in preparation for a City Commission policy vote Wednesday afternoon … For all the information click here



Black Parent Initiative Seeks to Break Cycles and Release Dreams
The Black Parent Initiative held its second annual Breaking the Cycle conference about education, parenting and supporting the next generation to be successful academically and in life. Participants spoke highly of all the workshops, which covered everything from children's mental health to single parenting… To read the whole story click here


Actress Q. Smith Breaks Ground in 'Mary Poppins'
The Fred Meyer Broadway Over America series presents Mary Poppins – with the musical production's first-ever African American featured actress In an interview with The Skanner News  actress Q. Smith said she exults in her edgy role as Poppins' viscious nemesis, Miss Andrew (as well as two other parts, Queen Victoria and Miss Smythe)… For all the information click here


Culture of Driving With Phones Must Change
The nation risks a surge in deadly accidents unless it makes distracted driving - talking, texting and browsing the Internet while operating cars, boats and trains - as taboo as drinking and driving, members of the National Transportation and Safety Board said Tuesday … To check the details click here


Our Prison System is Bankrupting Us; There Are Alternatives
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, made up of former presidents and other luminaries from the United States and abroad, concludes that the Drug War is an expensive failure. The California prison system—which the U.S. Supreme Court declared to be in violation of the 8th Amendment due to overcrowding and neglect—has yet to develop a plan to bring it into compliance with the court order … To read all about it click here


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