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Portland Braces as Right-Wing Extremists Rally

Gov. Kate Brown warned violence would not be tolerated as right wing extremists converge on Portland "looking for a fight"

A Reminder: Delta Park is Vanport

As extreme right-wing, white supremacist groups prepare to converge on Portland tomorrow, here is a reminder of the historical significance of the place they plan to overrun and the stories of the people that lived there.

Wildfires Taint West Coast Vineyards With Taste of Smoke

No one knows the extent of the smoke damage to the crop, and growers are trying to assess the severity.

Black Lives Matters Protestors, Organizers Keep Up Momentum

Hazardous air quality stopped protests for a week, interrupted the more-than-100 nights of demonstrations.

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Blumenauer Statement on Planned White Supremacist Rally in Portland

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The Wish Local Empowerment Program is set to impact more than 4,000 small businesses across the US ...

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Free Masks and Gloves Now Available for Small Businesses

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Arrests in Portland protest follow fairly calm rally

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Portland, Oregon, largely peaceful after right-wing rally

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a right-wing rally and counter-protests in Portland, Oregon, have largely dispersed without serious violence Saturday, though they are investigating an assault after one person who was documenting the event was pushed to the ground and kicked in the...

No. 2 Crimson Tide rolls on offense to 38-19 win over Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Nick Saban has never lost a season opener while coaching Alabama.Then again, he'd never had one like this.Yet despite an offseason largely scrapped by the coronavirus pandemic, and a delayed start to the season, Saban's second-ranked Crimson Tide looked just fine as they...

No. 2 Alabama visits Missouri to begin SEC-only campaign

No. 2 Alabama at Missouri, Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN).Line: Alabama by 27 1/2.Series record: Alabama leads 4-2.WHAT’S AT STAKE?The second-ranked Crimson Tide will go for their fifth straight win over Missouri when the teams open their SEC-only schedule at Faurot Field. The Tigers will be...

OPINION

When Black Women's Lives Matter All Lives Will Matter

Brazen disregard for the lives and safety of Black women goes back over 400 years in U.S. history with the definition of Black women’s bodies as property at the complete disposal of white slave-owners ...

Sarah Iannarone Demands Action from Mayor Regarding Planned Right-Wing Demonstrations; Opens Safe Space for Portlanders

BIPOC, Queer, and other marginalized Portlanders will bear the brunt of these attacks simply because of their identity or the color of their skin. ...

National Bar Association Statement on Breonna Taylor Decision

Not only was justice not served, the desultory and insufficient result we received today was also unacceptably slow in manifesting. ...

All Officers Responsible for Breonna Taylor’s Murder Must Be Held Accountable

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's dubious claims on health care, court

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Louisville protests continue in Breonna Taylor's name

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Organizer arrested after driving car into California protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An organizer of a Southern California demonstration against racism was in jail Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder after authorities say she drove through a crowd and struck two counterprotesters. Tatiana Turner, 40, was arrested Saturday in Yorba Linda after speeding...

ENTERTAINMENT

Q&A: Underwood on holiday album and her little drummer boy

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Billie Lourd introduces newborn son in surprise announcement

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'Beginning' triumphs at San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain

SAN SEBASTIÁN, Spain (AP) — Georgian writer-director Dea Kulumbegashvili’s first feature film “Beginning” triumphed at Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival, scooping up four of its top prizes including best film and best director. The story about...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Back to the Finals: Heat oust Celtics, move to title series

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It was exactly one year ago Sunday when Jimmy Butler walked into the Miami...

Trump ex-campaign boss hospitalized amid threat to harm self

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Report: Cardinal Pell returning to Vatican in crisis

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Mali transitional government appoints new prime minister

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French hospitals delay operations to cope with COVID surge

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UK university students furious over virus restrictions

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Breaking ground for the East Side Big Pipe project were, from left, Bill Mariucci, Kiewit-Bilfinger Berger Project Director; Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams; Paul Gribbon, Willamette River CSO Tunnel Program Manager; and Dean Marriott, Environmental Services Director

While the city begins to bore a 5.5-mile tunnel 120 feet under Portland's east side, minority contractors should be sharpening their pencils to compete for at least $26 million in construction contracts.

The Portland City Council approved a $426 million construction project for the eastside Big Pipe, which will divert untreated sewage and stormwater from the Will-amette River.

The company hired to do the project, Kiewit/Bilfinger Berger, has identified $53 million in "opportunities" for local subcontractors, and of that, at least $26 million could go to minority- or women-owned businesses, said Bill Mariucci, the company's project director.

"This is a long project and that's what we are today vs. where we could be when we're done. It's a dynamic project," said Mariucci, who noted that, because the project will take several years, there may be more opportunities for minority contractors than initial estimates include.

Construction on the tunnel began in March and is scheduled for completion by December 2011. It will extend from Swan Island, along River Street, move east to Southeast Third Avenue, then to Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard up to 17th Avenue. Water will be diverted from 12 existing combined sewer outfalls that discharge into the Willamette River and will be held in the tunnel until the water can be pumped to the city's treatment plant.

The plan also calls for seven shafts — on Swan Island, at River Street between the Broadway and Fremont bridges, at the Steel Bridge, on Southeast Third Avenue and Alder Street near the Morrison Bridge, near the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, on Southeast Taggart Street near the Ross Island Bridge and on McLoughlin north of 17th Avenue.

A similar project on the west side is nearing completion. The two "Big Pipes" will meet at Swan Island when the entire $1.4 billion project is done.

Although the city and Kiewit/Bilfinger Berger haven't established firm goals for minority participation, Mariucci said, the best estimate is that 50 percent of the local subcontracting to be done will go to minority contractors.

Paul Grippon, program manager for east- and westside pipe projects for the city's Bureau of Environmental Services, noted that the numbers could change, as they did on the west side. Originally, officials estimated that $13 million would go to minority subcontracting projects, but that ultimately grew to over $20 million.

To determine what projects could go to minority- and women-owned businesses, Kiewit and the city relied on their previous large-project experience and on the availability and experience of local minority companies, Mariucci said. The work was broken down into individual projects that could accommodate the size and expertise of those companies.

The city also considered the companies that are part of its "sheltered market" program, which attempts to improve bidding opportunities for emerging, minority- and women-owned businesses.

The company also included the minority-owned businesses on the state's certification list to determine how much depth Oregon has in the minority construction field. Group AGB, a subcontracting and diversity firm that has worked with other local agencies, helped to parcel projects according to talent.

Minority contractors who want to bid for projects can find a list of projects and an application form on the Kiewit Bilfinger Berger Web site, www.kbbescso.com. Winning contractors will have already been certified by the state that they are qualified to do the work and they will promise to do it at the lowest cost.

Finding enough minority contractors for the projects envisioned is "very doable," Mariucci said.

Although no penalties will be enforced against the company if it fails to supply $26 million in minority construction projects, the work will be monitored monthly, Grippon said. The company is required to submit a list of subcontractors that delineates what work was done by minority-owned, women-owned and emerging businesses.

"If it does start to lag, we will sit down with the contractor and find out what the problem is," Grippon said.

An independent eastside review committee, composed of city employees and local citizens, also will review the information, and it will be available to the public, he added.

Interns on the business side of the project and apprentices on the construction side also are being sought, Mariucci said.
"We would really like to hire as many local interns as we can," Mariucci said. "I started as an intern. It's really a great opportunity for someone to evaluate the company and for us to look at someone to make sure it's a good fit. When they graduate from college, they may come to work for us full time."

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