NEW YORK--The nation and the world began a solemn observance of the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Monday, with sorrowful family members clutching photos of the victims at the World Trade Center site and quiet remembrances planned around the country.
A moment of silence was observed at ground zero at 8:46 a.m., commemorating the moment American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the trade center's north tower.
On the 16-acre New York City expanse where the World Trade Center once stood, three more moments of silence were observed at 9:03, 9:59 and 10:29 a.m., the times when the second jetliner struck one of the twin towers, and when each tower fell.
Family members began arriving before 7 a.m. at the trade center site, some clutching bouquets of roses and framed photos of their loved ones. Others wore pins bearing pictures of the victims.
"I think it's important that people remember as years go on," said Diana Kellie, of Acaconda, Mont., whose niece and niece's fiance were killed on one of the planes. "The dead are really not dead until they're forgotten."
A multimedia video production training center is being developed at The Skanner Newsgroup's North Portland offices.
The Skanner Newsgroup is partnering with The Skanner Foundation, the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission and Portland Community Media to create the production center.
The center was conceived to address the lack of equipment access and training opportunities in North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods and will help to balance the disparities found in every African American community in the United States.
The anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall has brought the issue of emergency preparedness into the national spotlight. While hurricanes aren't a threat here in the Pacific Northwest, we nonetheless face a range of potential large-scale disasters, including volcanoes, floods, earthquakes and another sort of emergency that's on the minds of public health officials everywhere — an influenza pandemic.
"It's not a question of if we will have an influenza pandemic — it's a question of when," said Susan M. Allan, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., director of the state of Oregon's Public Health Division. "Some day there will be a pandemic."
Dealing with just such a pandemic was the subject of a statewide conference held last week at the Oregon Convention Center. Public health officials from the state, county and municipal levels, along with emergency response and law enforcement personnel, researchers and representatives of community health organizations met to discuss how they would work together in the event of a deadly flu outbreak.
Soon-to-be third-grader Olivia Wolfe, 8, left, and her pre-kindergarten sister Georgia Wolfe, 4, show off the brand new backpacks filled with school supplies that they received Aug. 26 at Northeast Portland's Grant Park. The supplies were given away at event sponsored by Friendship Christian Fellowship Church, which also provided free food and a blow-up, carnival-style playground for children and their parents to enjoy. The church is opening a new branch in September at 2738 N.E. 34th Ave.
A new study found that people living in Multnomah County's poorest neighborhoods face a much greater risk of sudden cardiac arrest than people living in the wealthiest areas.
For people younger than 65, residents from the poor neighborhoods were more than twice as likely to have their heart suddenly stop than people living in the rich ones.
Marian de Bardelaben is the first African American state president of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators.
Two new teams will make their International Fight League debuts on Sept. 9, when the IFL World Team Championship visits Portland. The evening of mixed martial arts bouts starts at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter.
The event will feature four squads, including Matt Lindland's new Wolfpack, based in Portland, vs. Maurice Smith's Tiger Sharks of Seattle; and Bas Rutten's Anacondas, who train in Los Angeles, vs. Antonio Inoki's Sabres, another of the IFL's latest additions, from Tokyo.
Veteran Seattle Seahawk wide receiver Bobby Engram will help kick off the first of what organizers hope will become an annual walk around Seward Park to benefit children with sickle cell diseaseand raise awareness of the affliction.
SPOKANE—Despite eight years of effort, minority enrollment is still down at Washington colleges and universities after voters passed an initiative outlawing racial preferences in admissions.
Black, Hispanic and American Indian students are less likely to go from high school to college, and more likely to drop out, than their White peers. And fewer than 5 percent of faculty members in the state are Black, Hispanic or Native American.
Yet minority groups are the fastest-growing parts of the population, expected to grow from 22 percent to 28 percent of Washington's total by 2020.
"I think there has been progress, it's just been slow progress," said Ricardo Sanchez, an associate director of education policy for the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. "People are feeling more and more the need to do better."
A draft report by the Higher Education Coordinating Board looked at Washington's diversity efforts since the passage of Initiative 200 in 1998 and recommended improvements.