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The Wake of Vanport
New reporting system gives letter grades to potential borrowers

Sooner or later, most everyone has to come to grips with their credit score. By giving lenders an idea of whether you're likely to pay your debts, the state of your credit score can determine if you will qualify for a credit card to finance household items like furniture or appliances and what kind of interest rate you'll pay on a home or car loan.


Spirited downtown protest marks third anniversary of Iraq War

Thousands of anti-war protesters took to the streets in Portland and around the world last weekend, marking the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq with demands that coalition troops leave immediately.
A crowd estimated to be in excess of 10,000 gathered in Tom McCall Waterfront Park Sunday to listen to a slate of speakers and then march along a winding route through downtown Portland. The crowd, a wide cross-section of ages, races and faiths, carried homemade signs, beat on drums and chanted to signify their opposition to the war.
The Rev. LeRoy Haynes of Allen Temple CME Church was among the speakers at the rally. Haynes drew connections between the alleged purpose of the Iraq War — establishing a democratic government in Iraq — and the erosion of civil liberties and voting rights that has taken place in the United States under the Bush administration.


SEATTLE—State officials, citing worries about safety, are backing away from a state program in King County aimed at helping Black children and families in the child welfare system.
Last month the state halted referrals of new child abuse complaints to the Office of African American Children's Services, and officials with the state Department of Social and Health Services are contemplating an end for the program, a local paper reported Monday.

"The Department (of Social and Health Services) has to take a lot of responsibility for that"


This ceramic tile is among many currently on display at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center as part of the "AIDS Crisis: Zimbabwean Artists Respond" exhibit. The installation is comprised of dozens of tiles crafted by artists from Zimbabwe to represent the terrible toll exacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic on their culture.


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