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NEWS BRIEFS

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Family Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

The Latest: Cougar that attacked cyclists was underweight

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a cougar attack that killed one mountain biker and wounded another outside Seattle (all times local):4:10 p.m.Authorities say the cougar that attacked two cyclists east of Seattle, killing one of them, appears to have been emaciated.Washington Department of Fish...

Portland jury issues million verdict against landlord

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury has ordered a rental-property company to pay more than million after a man fell through a rotting walkway at his Portland apartment complex.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Robert Trebelhorn argued that Los Angeles-based Prime Group, which owns the...

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle.They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and...

The Latest: Cougar that attacked cyclists was underweight

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a cougar attack that killed one mountain biker and wounded another outside Seattle (all times local):4:10 p.m.Authorities say the cougar that attacked two cyclists east of Seattle, killing one of them, appears to have been emaciated.Washington Department of Fish...

OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

Dr. Jasmine Streeter says CBD-derived products show beneficial therapeutic benefits for pets ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Principal apologizes for 'insensitive' prom tickets language

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The principal of a New Jersey high school has apologized for what he called "insensitive" language on tickets for the upcoming senior prom.The Courier Post reported the Cherry Hill High School East senior prom tickets urged students to "party like it's 1776" during...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump.The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo.And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb.Horner,...

Kelly Clarkson honors school victims at Billboard Awards

An emotional Kelly Clarkson opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in tribute to the recent school children and teachers who died in Texas, barely able to speak as she urged the audience and the world to do more to prevent deadly shootings from happening.Clarkson, who is hosting the show, said she...

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend reveal name of newborn son

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chrissy Teigen and John Legend now have a baby boy to go with their toddler girl.The 32-year-old model and 39-year-old singer, whose real name is John Roger Stephens, introduced Miles Theodore Stephens to the world on Sunday.Teigen had been hinting to her millions of...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the...

In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this...

Venezuela keeps voting stations open amid light turnout

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Voting centers across Venezuela's capital appeared largely empty during Sunday's...

Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Sherpa climbing guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week...

Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic...

Britain basks in royal wedding afterglow; grave gets bouquet

LONDON (AP) — Unwilling to kiss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding goodbye just yet, Britain basked...

By The Skanner News

Vancouver, Canada-based burger restaurant, Vera's Burger Shack, winner of "Vancouver's Best Burger" the last eight years running, this month announced the signing of an expansion deal which will see franchised locations opening across the US Pacific Northwest.

Under the terms of the deal, the first two locations are scheduled to open their doors in the Portland, Oregon neighbourhoods of Nyberg and Pearl District in the Fall of 2011. Over the next three years, the agreement calls for at least five restaurants across Oregon, Idaho and Southwest Washington State.

"After years of continued franchise growth in BC [2], we are excited about exporting Vera's award-winning made-fresh-daily burger experience to the US Pacific Northwest," said Vera's co-owner Gerald Tritt. "In the highly competitive US hamburger market, customers recognize a great burger when they taste one. We are confident our neighbours to the south will agree that "you can't beat Vera's meat."

The deal's area developer, Portland-based businessman and boxing promoter Paul Brown, visited Vancouver last year looking for potential locations for a planned frozen yogurt franchise. During his trip, he saw a picture of a Vera's burger in a storefront window and decided to conduct some on-the-spot market research.

"I had one bite of that burger and knew I had to bring Vera's to Portland," stated Brown, who has managed, sponsored or trained 18 World Champion boxers including Michael Spinks, Riddick Bowe and Mike Tyson. "Vera's will be the undisputed champion of all hamburger restaurants in the US Pacific Northwest. I believe the burger franchise they've developed stands second to none."

Brown plans to open restaurants featuring Vera's seasoned, freshly-made burgers and fries complemented by a self-serve frozen yogurt counter. The Portland locations are each expected to occupy 2500 square feet and include full sit-down bars.

Brown's vision and enthusiasm exemplifies the steady stream of interest shown by businesspeople across the globe in opening Vera's franchises outside of British Columbia.

"Although we've had numerous offers over the years from companies in the US and Canada, and from as far away as the UK and Kuwait, we've kept our expansion local [3] and worked on improving all aspects of the business. We feel like now is the perfect time to begin sharing Vera's world class burger experience beyond our borders."

Notwithstanding their expansion plans, Vera's remains focused on providing the ultimate hamburger to the legions of Lower Mainland burger fans to whom they owe their business success.

"Despite all of the dining options available to them, Vancouver's burger lovers continue to choose to eat at Vera's week after week and vote for us in the readership polls. We're extremely proud of the fact that, since the arrival of another two giant US burger chains in the Lower Mainland, not only have we grown from six to 16 locations, but Vera's is now setting up shop on their home turf. It speaks volumes about the quality of our food and the loyalty of our amazing customers. We will show them that we don't take them for granted for a second."

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