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Black Food Professionals See Opportunities to “Scale Up” in School Cafeterias and on Store Shelves

Two Portland women are addressing disparities in the local food scene with Ethiopian and Haitian flavors, ingredients

Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone Climbing Historic Ladders

In 1995, Boone was the first African American woman hired by Portland Fire & Rescue; this year she became its first African American Chief

Christmas Tree Shopping is Harder Than Ever, Thanks to Climate Change and Demographics

For Christmas tree farms to survive, shoppers will need to be more flexible

November Holiday Travel at PDX Brings More Comfort, Convenience and Furry Friends

If you’ve not been to Portland International Airport in a few months, you’re in for some surprises.

NEWS BRIEFS

Conservation Breakthrough for Endangered Butterfly

The Oregon Zoo's breeding success provides new hope in an effort to save Oregon silverspots ...

Meet 80 Local Authors at OHS 52nd Holiday Cheer Book Sale and Signing

This free Oregon Historical Society event will be held this Sunday, December 8 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ...

Need for Blood Doesn’t Stop for Holidays – Donors Needed

Those who come to give through Dec. 18 will receive a Amazon.com Gift Card ...

North Carolina Court Decision Upholds Removal of Confederate Monument

Lawyers argued that the monument was installed at the end of Reconstruction to further the false “Lost Cause” narrative,...

Artist Talk with 13-year-old Local to be Held This Tuesday, Nov. 26

Hobbs Waters will be discussing his solo exhibit “Thirteen” at The Armory in Portland ...

Driver gets 16 years for striking pregnant woman in Gresham

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man on methamphetamine was driving his Jeep with a suspended license in 2010 when he crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into a sedan, causing catastrophic injuries to the pregnant woman inside, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.The Oregonian/OregonLive...

North by Northwest: Minor league hires prez with proper name

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — The short-season Northwest League has named a new president with a most fitting name for the post: North Johnson.The Class A loop made the announcement Friday, appointing the longtime minor league executive."I was literally born to have this job," Johnson kidded in an...

Missouri fires football coach Barry Odom after 4 seasons

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri fired football coach Barry Odom on Saturday, ending the four-year stay of a respected former player who took over a program in disarray but could never get the Tigers over the hump in the brutal SEC.The Tigers finished 6-6 and 3-5 in the conference after...

Powell, Missouri snap 5-game skid with win over Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In a game started by third- and fifth-string quarterbacks, the outcome was decided by one of their backups. It was appropriate enough for Arkansas and Missouri, two teams facing their longest losing streaks in decades.Fayetteville High School graduate Taylor Powell...

OPINION

Will You Answer the Call for Moral Revival?

In embracing and expanding the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Revs. Barber and Theoharis have asked Presidential candidates to consider a debate that focuses exclusively on poverty ...

What I’m Thankful For This Season

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Congressional Black Caucus Members Visit U.S.-Mexico Border: “Mistreatment of Black Immigrants is Another ‘Stain on America’”

Members said they witnessed first-hand the deplorable treatment and plight of Black immigrants ...

Portland, I'm Ready

Last month I had the privilege to stand with hundreds of supporters and announce my intention to run for re-election ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Illinois prison guards face federal charges in inmate death

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Three Illinois prison guards were arraigned in federal court Friday on charges of assault and civil rights violations in the May 2018 death of an inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center. A grand jury indicted the correctional officers, who also face charges...

Haley: Killer 'hijacked' Confederate flag meaning for some

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Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visit

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of "deep shame” during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Adolf Hitler's regime murdered more than a million people.Merkel...

ENTERTAINMENT

R. Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

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Bloomberg: His news reporters need to accept restrictions

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg says employees at his news organization need to accept restrictions with their paycheck, including the ban on investigating their boss.Bloomberg, billionaire founder of Bloomberg News, was asked in a CBS News interview about...

Billy Joel, Kardashians Diplo descend on Miami for Art Basel

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As gallerists and collectors descend on Miami's most prestigious art fair by day, the Hollywood crowd knows it's all about the exclusive after parties. Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell were in town while DJ Khaled and rappers Travis Scott and Gucci Mane held...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Let's cancel 'OK Boomer' in 2020, and the humblebrag, too

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Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for...

US firms keep hiring, easing worries of weakening economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses have complained for years that they can’t find the workers...

World powers press Iran to reverse nuke deal violations

VIENNA (AP) — World powers pressured Iran on Friday to reverse recent atomic activities that violate the...

Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visit

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of "deep shame” during her...

US hits Iran-backed Iraqi militia leaders with sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday slapped sanctions on three Iran-backed Iraqi militia...

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By Frank S. Washington, NNPA Columnist

DETROIT – When I first got my hands on Hyundai's 2008 Tiburon, I envisioned a lead paragraph that started with fuel-efficient fun.
But once I looked at the sticker of my test car and saw that the fuel mileage on the Korean 2+2 sport coupe was 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg, on the highway, that idea went out the window because that sort of mileage is not that great.
Still, at $23,835, the Tiburon is not a bad buy. Its all-aluminum 2.7-liter V6 made 172 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 181 lbs.-ft. of torque at a reasonably low 3,800 rpm. It was mated to a six speed manual transmission. The low maximum torque was good for acceleration from a standstill as well as merging onto the expressway or passing.
A 2.0-liter, 138 horsepower four-cylinder engine with 136 pounds-feet of torque is also available. Alternate gearboxes include a five-speed manual and a four speed automatic.
The Tiburon handled well. It had a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. This setup translated into a pretty firm ride. But it wasn't as harsh as a true sport suspension and it wasn't as soft as a sedan. I found the Tiburon quite comfortable.
However, there was a bit of disconnect between the steering wheel and the front wheels. In other words, I really didn't feel like I was connected to the road. It was difficult to feel what the car was doing from its interaction with the pavement.
But the Tiburon looked good. It had the proportions of a small coupe. A long hood, muscular fenders, side gills along with projector headlights and an aggressive front bumper gave it a muscular look.
The dual exhaust conveyed speed. While the curving roofline made the car appear as though it was cutting through the wind, or moving while standing still. Given the Tiburon's relatively sleek design, it was easy to think that it cost thousands of dollars more than it did.
With its cross-drilled front brake rotors, high spoiler and wheel design, the Tiburon SE, which was the model I had, evoked performance. But the Tiburon was not the sort of car that you want to challenge somebody coming off the line. Though it had a six-speed manual transmission, the engine just didn't produce enough power.
But it was still a very nice car. The cockpit wasn't bad. Fit and finish were acceptable. But just like in most 2+2s the back seats were suited for groceries not grownups. It was just about impossible to get anybody but a toddler in the back seat of a Tiburon.
The cockpit features were ergonomically designed for ease of operation, from the driver's controls to the HVAC and audio system layout in the center stack, the latter highlighted with a gunmetal trim finish. An ambient temperature display, cup holders, and center console storage completed the interior amenities. 
The analog gauges included a large speedometer and tachometer positioned so the driver could immediately access that critical driving information. The instrument cluster featured Hyundai's signature blue gauge backlighting. The three-spoke steering wheel on the Tiburon GS has a high-quality urethane covering; the Tiburon GT, GT Limited and SE steering wheel was leather-wrapped.
For 2008, Hyundai has added satellite radio and a 220-watt audio system with MP3 capability to the Tiburon's list of standard equipment. The Hyundai Tiburon SE V6 may not have been all that fuel-efficient but it certainly was cost efficient fun.

Frank S. Washington is managing partner/editor of www.AboutThatCar.com.

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