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Gentrification and displacement loom in Rainier Valley area

Now, city officials and Rainier Valley residents want to head off another threat from the transit project: the potential displacement of ethnic businesses and longtime residents by rising rents tied to a light rail development boom.
"I have worried about that, but I hope my landlord doesn't do that because we've been struggling so much around here," said Dang, whose business dropped 70 percent after Sound Transit began construction on Martin Luther King Way Jr. Way South two years ago.


The annual Fourth of Jul-Ivar's fireworks display in Myrtle Edwards Park, 3130 Alaskan Way W., will begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Unlike past years, Ivar's has decided to discontinue the event's daytime activities, so no music, food or other concessions are planned. However, the park will be open all day so people can bring a picnic.


Sen. Barack Obama last week warned fellow Democrats they must take religion seriously, delivering a highly personal speech that noted his own religious awakening and how his father died an atheist and his mother a skeptic about organized worship.

The Illinois lawmaker recounted before an audience of church and lay leaders at National City Christian Church how it was not until after he graduated from college and became a community organizer in Chicago that he confronted his "spiritual dilemma."


In honor of the anniversary of its independence from Britain, the United States observes a number of traditions, both joyous and solemn. Along with the fireworks, the cookouts and the music, a more somber recollection takes place -- the ongoing changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, Va.


Civil liberties group reacts to NSA's warrantless wiretap program

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon has delivered petitions on behalf of 1,774 Oregonians to the Oregon Public Utility Commission urging that body to vigorously investigate the cooperation of Oregon telephone companies with the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance and data-mining of innocent Americans.
Last month, the ACLU filed a formal complaint with the Oregon PUC against Verizon, Sprint and Qwest, alleging that the companies turned over private calling records of telephone customers in violation of state law. The ACLU also asked Attorney General Hardy Myers to investigate whether the companies violated Oregon consumer protection laws by allowing the National Security Agency to spy on their customers.

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