06-18-2018  12:32 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

CareOregon Awards $250,000 for Housing Projects

Recipients include Rogue Retreat, Bridges to Change, Luke Dorf, Transition Projects and Bridge Meadows ...

The Honorable Willie L. Brown to Receive NAACP Spingarn Medal

The award recognizes Brown’s lifelong commitment to the community, equality and civil rights ...

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

New Smithsonian exhibit looks at how Oprah Winfrey shaped American culture and vice versa ...

Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Black Pioneers Host ‘Celebrate History and Make a Difference Now!’ Event June 9

Representatives from local organizations will talk about how individuals can get involved in promoting social change ...

Grants Pass man, 39, drowns in Rogue River

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Josephine County sheriff says a Grants Pass man drowned in the Rogue River.Sheriff Dave Daniel says it happened Saturday afternoon when 39-year-old James Dawson tried to swim to shore after his watercraft quit working. He was not wearing a life jacket.Crews...

Some forest trails remain closed long after 2017 wildfire

IDAHHA, Ore. (AP) — Some trails in Oregon's Willamette National Forest remain closed due to damage from a wildfire that ripped through the area last year.The Register-Guard reports the Whitewater Trail into the Jefferson Park area remains closed. Other trails, including some in the Fall...

UW to pay 7K to settle Republicans' free-speech lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington will pay 7,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after the college billed a Republican club security fees for a rally.The UW College Republicans sued, saying the bill for ,000 to cover security costs for the campus event violated free-speech and...

Old farm warehouse may be saved as part of Hanford history

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — One of Washington state's most endangered historic places is located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland. That's according to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.The long warehouse along the Columbia River was once owned by farmers Paul and Mary...

OPINION

What Happened? Assessing the Singapore Summit

For all its weaknesses, we are better off having had the summit than not ...

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties

A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied ...

5 Lessons on Peace I Learned from My Cat Soleil

Dr. Jasmine Streeter takes some cues on comfort from her cat ...

Research Suggests Suicides By Racial and Ethnic Minorities are Undercounted

Sociologist Dr. Kimya Dennis describes barriers to culturally-specific suicide research and treatment ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Greece: 2 face racism charges over beatings of immigrants

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested one suspected extreme nationalist and are seeking a second as suspects in a pair of attacks on immigrants in Athens.A police statement issued Monday said the suspects allegedly attacked two Pakistanis on Friday, stole a mobile phone...

Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census.In most places, the state legislature and governor are...

States' redistricting plans facing challenges in court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block the use of legislative districts in Wisconsin and Maryland in separate cases that had alleged unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. Instead, the high court allowed lower courts to continue considering the claims.The cases are among several that...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: 'Jurassic World 2' leans on nostalgia, contrivances

Here's the good news: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom " is more fun than "Jurassic World." It's not exactly a high bar, but still a welcome surprise. In the hands of a new director, J.A. Bayona, with Chris Pratt's high-wattage charisma on full blast and a fair amount of self-aware humor intact,...

'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with 0 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a drought of family-friendly films helped "Incredibles 2" become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall.Disney estimated Sunday that the film...

AFI highlights Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney's Hollywood career spans more than three decades, with memorable roles including fighting vampires, playing Batman and drifting through space in "Gravity." But Clooney's other accomplishments, including directing, screenwriting and activism, led to him...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases post-Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe....

Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the...

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

GENEVA (AP) — Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health...

Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have met after...

Geraldine McCaughrean wins Carnegie children's book prize

LONDON (AP) — British writer Geraldine McCaughrean has won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's...

Greek far-right lawmaker arrested on treason-linked charges

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek anti-terrorism police arrested an extreme far-right lawmaker on treason-linked...

Ron Wyden delivering Meals on Wheels
The Skanner News

Sen. Ron Wyden and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith delivered Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Northeast Portland on Friday, Nov. 21. Wyden, a long-time supporter of senior issues and the Meals on Wheels People, frequently delivers meals when he is in the state. They stopped in to chat with Luther Avery, above, who lives on Northeast Rodney Avenue. Photo by Jerry Foster


College Night at CCC Rescheduled for Dec. 9

College Night at Clackamas Community College has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9. The event was originally scheduled for Nov. 13, but was canceled due to inclement weather. The event offers sessions to help people find out about higher education choices and funding.
College Night in Oregon begins at 6:30 p.m. with pizza and beverages in the college's Gregory Forum at the Oregon City campus. The session provides information on choosing the right college, the financial aid process, completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and scholarship searches and scams.
Participants can enter to win one of three $500 scholarships, provided by the event sponsor, Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC). The scholarships can be used at any accredited college in the United States.
For more information, please contact CCC Financial Aid director Chippi Bello at chippi@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3099 or Student Support & Enrollment coordinator Tawnya Stauffer-Dexter at tawnyas@clackamas.edu 503-594-6136.

 

Arts Commission Seeks Artists, Works to Mount 2015 Exhibitions

The Clark County Arts Commission is seeking artists who create two-dimensional pieces and are interested in exhibiting their works next year in the Sixth-Floor Gallery at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Artists can propose a solo exhibition of 20-24 pieces or share an exhibit with another artist and each show 10-12 pieces.

Interested artists should send four representative JPEG images to sixthfloorgallery@clarkcountyartscommission.org. Submission deadline for jurying is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23.

 

Portland Police Seek Public Input on Directives

The Portland Police Bureau is in the process of reviewing its directives. At the beginning of every month, the Bureau posts directives asking for public review.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following directives:* 060.50, Tips and Techniques and Safety Bulletins; * 210.05, Field Training Program; * 210.21, Leaves of Service; * 412.00, Employee Retraining Program; * 690.00, Training - Precinct/Division. 
Community members are encouraged to read the directives and provide drafting comments at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new directives are posted.

These directives will remain posted and comments collected for thirty days, from Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 through Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.

 

GirlStrength and BoyStrength Volunteers Needed

Portland Police Bureau is looking for men and women to volunteer with the WomanStrength , GirlStrength and BoyStrength self defense and violence prevention programs.
WomenStrength and GirlStrength have a 35 year history of success and trained over 110,000 community members in the Portland area. BoyStrength is an exciting new program for boys ages 10-14 that provide boys with options, strategies and skills to make healthy choices and be leaders in non-violence.
Volunteer instructors are trained by professionals in the field of violence prevention. No experience necessary. Men and women from all backgrounds, abilities and ages (over 18) are encouraged to apply. Application Deadline: Feb. 5, 2015. Strength Instructor Training Starts: Feb. 21, 2015
Volunteer Information and Application: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/BoyStrength
For more information call 503-823-0239.

 

Free Screening of Documentary on Stigma of Addiction

A special screening and public discussion of the groundbreaking film "The Anonymous People" will take place on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Greater Portland Bible Church (2374 SW Vermont St. in Portland). The event will be preceded by a social hour at 6 p.m.
Hosted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Center for Public Advocacy and Hazelden in Springbrook's Alumni Chapter, this moving documentary tells the story of the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
It features the diverse faces and voices of recovering people who are fighting against the stigma of addiction that has kept them silent and hidden for decades.
Following the screening, a discussion with the audience will be moderated by William Moyers, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations. It will also feature panelists Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life; Dr. Andy Mendenhall, Medical Director at Hazelden in Beaverton; James O'Rourke, Attorney at Law; Dr. Jeffery Young, psychologist at Hazelden in Springbrook; and Patty Katz, cofounder of Hands Across the Bridge.
Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by visiting www.hazelden.orgpeople. The film trailer may also be viewed at the same page.

 

Tool Library Celebrates ‘Power Tools to the People’

A celebration of North Portland Tool Library’s 10th anniversary is Tuesday, Dec. 9,

5-10 p.m. at the PAUSE kitchen and bar, 5101 N Interstate.

The event features delicious food from PAUSE and a raffle for items and gift cards from local businesses.

PAUSE is donating 25 percent of all food and beverage sales from 5-10 p.m. to the tool library– so please eat and drink up!  Additional donations to NPTL are gratefully welcomed.

The North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) is a community resource that

loans a wide variety of tools to North Portland residents free of charge. For more information call 503-823-0209, write info@NorthPortlandToolLibrary.org or go to www.NorthPortlandToolLibrary.org.

 

Groundwork Portland Celebration

Groundwork Portland is excited to celebrate this year's accomplishments and growth with you at our Annual Fundraiser and Network Social, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6 - 9 p.m. at El Centro Milagro, 425 SE 6th Ave, Portland.  

This will be an exciting event featuring inspiring stories from environmental justice changemakers of all ages. Enjoy delicious food, drinks, silent auction and the opportunity to meet Groundwork Portland representatives,  partners and allies.  We look forward to seeing old and new friends at this event to continue our work with Portland area communities.

For more information go to www.groundworkportland.org.

 

Volunteer Tax Preparers Needed For Free Tax Assistance Program

AARP Foundation will be providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. But first, the program is in need of volunteers to help prepare tax forms.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide thrives due to the remarkable efforts of its volunteer base. With nearly 50 million low- to moderate-income taxpayers helped and growing, there are always opportunities for new volunteers. Lack of experience shouldn't stop anyone from volunteering. Tax volunteers must complete a tax preparation workshop from the Internal Revenue Service prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grass-roots leadership on-site greeters, and those who can provide language assistance in Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese.
Last year, 1,197 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in Oregon helped more than 80,795 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 134 sites in Oregon including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.
For volunteer information and an online application, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. 

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