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A daylong celebration to honor the African Child — past, present and future — will include drumming and marimba playing, an African market and storytelling.

The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 17, in the World Forestry Center. The Rose Festival sanctioned event is sponsored by the Harambee Centre and the World Forestry Center.


Officials blame methamphetamine, budget cuts for increase

State officials and an advocacy group are debating where to place the blame for a rise in child abuse cases in Oregon: methamphetamine use by parents or budget cuts by the state.

The Department of Human Services said in a new report that 18 Oregon children died of abuse or neglect in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, and it said reports of abuse or neglect continue to rise, driven by alcohol and drug abuse, particularly methamphetamine.


City's racial tiebreaker will be decided in the next judicial session

WASHINGTON—In a case arising from Seattle, the Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether skin color can be considered in assigning children to public schools, reopening the issue of affirmative action.

The announcement puts a contentious social topic on the national landscape in an election year and tests the conservatism of President George Bush's two new justices.


VANCOUVER, Wash.—With their signatures on a landmark agreement to cut red tape and reduce Interstate 5 congestion, managers from 17 federal and state agencies created a new national model for environmental reviews.

Agencies from Washin-gton, Oregon and the federal government agreed to coordinate the review process and expedite decisions without giving up necessary environmental protections when improving or replacing the I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.


Muhammed Hussein, blinded by bullet, is at Swedish Medical Center

Muhammed Hussein is blind, 3 years old and speaks no English, but the moment he sat in his foster mother's lap in an examination chair at a Seattle clinic, he seemed to know the bullet wound on his face was going to be probed.

After months in hospitals in his native Iraq and later Iran, Muhammed has come to dread visits to the doctor.

The touch of rubber gloves, cold metal on his skin or the pressure of fingers on his face triggers a reminder of the day 13 months ago when he was shot from close range with an AK-47 assault rifle.


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