08 25 2016
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After 14 years, Good in the Neighborhood festival still delivers

As the neighborhoods of inner North and Northeast Portland have changed over the years, the area's favorite annual festival has evolved right along with them. The Good in the Neighborhood Multicultural Music and Food Festival returns this weekend for the 14th time, complete with the lineup of music, food and activities that locals have come to expect.
"We're going to have a lot of the same entertainers and vendors that have been with us since Day 1," said festival Chair Cheryl Roberts. "But what I've noticed this year is the new energy from the new community members and new entertainers who want to come on board this year."

A new report issued by the Oregon Department of Human Services concludes that employees of a former Portland-area vermiculate processing plant were exposed to asbestos.
The report, called a public health consultation, said employees working at Vermiculite Northwest from 1967 to 1994 were exposed to asbestos in vermiculite mined at Libby, Mont. The Portland plant at 2302 N. Harding St. processed more than 193,000 tons of the mineral, used in attic-insulation manufacture and as a soil additive.

District adjusts for the religious needs of its Islamic student body

Seattle school officials are finding ways to accommodate the needs of a growing Muslim student population without compromising the separation of church and state.
Federal and state law prohibit teacher-led prayer in public schools, as well as student-led prayer at school events or religious programs. But students have a legal right to pray on their own in private or in groups.
The challenge comes in allowing students to pray without disrupting class.

Walk Raises Cancer Awareness

The sixth annual Block Walk and Community Wellness Festival will be on June 24 at the Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S.

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