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AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

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

Ex-basketball coach sentenced to 60 days for sex abuse

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Beaverton basketball coach has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of probation for sexually abusing a teenage girl he met through work.KOIN-TV reported Wednesday 34-year-old Laurence Metz was convicted of two counts of sex abuse.Metz was a coach...

Legal pot will roll out differently in Canada than in US

Mail-order weed? You betcha!With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult recreational use of the drug. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and...

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which won't say if they are reviewing those connections or whether any concerns were raised about him.Ohio...

Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.The Senate gave final passage to the bill to legalize cannabis on...


How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...


Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley...

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so .Throughout American history,...

The Latest: Messi gets a chance to save face against Croatia

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local):12:16 a.m.Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup.Ronaldo has all of Portugal's goals, a tournament-leading four so far, and has been getting in digs at Messi...


Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock '69 concert field

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists scouring the grassy hillside famously trampled during the 1969 Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good vibes.Perhaps they would find an old peace symbol? Or a strand of hippie beads? Or Jimi...

Behind the making of Jack-Jack, the summer's breakout star

NEW YORK (AP) — The breakout star of the summer moviegoing season isn't a dinosaur, an Avenger or anyone aboard the Millennium Falcon. It's a giggling pipsqueak in diapers."The Incredibles 2," which last weekend set a new box-office record for animated films with 2.7 million in ticket...

Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson are engaged

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's true, Pete Davidson says: He and Ariana Grande are engaged.The "Saturday Night Live" cast member confirmed their rumored engagement to Jimmy Fallon on NBC's "Tonight Show."Fallon put Davidson on the spot Wednesday, telling him he didn't have to get engaged to the pop...


New Zealand leader welcomes newborn girl 'to our village'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a daughter Thursday...

Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

CHICAGO (AP) — Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an...

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio...

Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo's government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in...

Japan to scrap evacuation drills for NKorean missile threat

TOKYO (AP) — Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started last year while North Korea...

Official: Polish leader's ill health not sparking infighting

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A government official is denying rumors that the illness of Jaroslaw Kaczynski,...

New Multicultural Community Center Opens in East Portland

On Thursday May 7, 6 p.m., the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) will host the grand opening of the new APANO/Jade Community Space on 82nd and SE Division in the old 8,500 square foot discount furniture store across from PCC Southeast Campus.

After several years of multicultural organizing and an intensive multilingual visioning process, neighborhood leaders have secured a lease of up to two years from Metro Regional Government to operate the space to serve the community. 

The APANO/Jade Community Space located on the Southwest corner of 82nd and SE Division will be available for events, forums, art, and is envisioned to host several performing groups.

Performing artists including the new taiko ensemble Unit Souzu and Nepalese folk group Mandah headline an evening alongside keynote speaker Lisa Hasegawa.  Ms. Hasegawa is Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development and will speak to the growing housing needs of our communities and strategies for racial equity. 

For more details please contact Luann@apano.org or visit www.apano.org.

Multnomah County Elections: Ballots Are in the Mail

Multnomah County Elections announces that the U.S. Postal Service has begun mailing ballots for the May 19 special election.

Each of the county’s 445,216 registered voters will receive a ballot. Multnomah County voters who do not receive a ballot by Thursday, May 7 can call the county elections office at 503-988-3720.

Multnomah County Elections is asking voters to help test out a new ballot tracking system in this election. Participating voters will receive alerts at several points on their ballot’s journey. Text, email or voice alerts will tell voters when the Elections Division has mailed ballots and when a completed ballot has been received back at the elections office. Alerts will say whether the ballot has been accepted or whether it has a non-matching signature or another defect that requires further action by the voter. Voters can participate by signing up at https://multnomah.i3ballot.net.

A voted ballot can be sent to the elections office with one first-class stamp or by dropping it off at any official drop site in Oregon. To find a drop box locator in Oregon, go online to www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/#. Multnomah County voters looking for a convenient drop site also can go online at http://web.multco.us/elections/multnomah-county-official-ballot-drop-sites.

Voted ballots must be received by 8 p.m., May 19. For more information about the May 19 election, please visit www.mclections.org.

Senior All Night Party Hosts Tree Sale Benefit Fundraiser

Reynolds High School Senior Class of 2015 is holding a Tree Sale on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at RHS in the Tennis Courts, which is located 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd. in Troutdale.
Trees available for purchase will be: Bareroot Shade, Flowering and Ornamental
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the 2015 RHS Senior All-Night-Party at Bullwinkles. This is a great opportunity for Seniors to join friends and celebrate graduating in a safe, drug and alcohol free environment!
A special thank you to the John Holmlund Nursery who generously donated the trees for this fundraiser.
For more information or to donate, please contact the Reynolds High School Senior-All-Night Party Planning Committee at: Reynoldssanp2015@gmail.com

The St. Johns Bizarre Kicks Off Street Fair Season

The 9th annual St. Johns Bizarre is coming up May 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Now in its ninth year, the Bizarre is the perfect kick off event for Portland’s vibrant street fair season, with an eclectic lineup of local musical talent, dozens of craft vendors and artists, and a beer garden featuring only locally-brewed libations. And, as always, the Bizarre takes place on the same day as the historic St. Johns Parade, a North Portland favorite for 53 years.

On stage this year are: Tango Alpha Tango, Mic Capes, The Shivas, Sapient and Tezeta Band.

And just as in years past, the Bizarre kicks off with some great fun for kids and adults alike with a Western-themed physical comedy performance by Leapin’ Louie followed by a Bollywood dance class featuring music and instruction by beloved Portland mainstays, DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid. We'll also have a Puppet show from St. Johns locals, Puppet Central, a dance performance from The Aspire Project dance studio and a Square dance lead by The Flat Rock Stringband.

All in all, your kids are guaranteed a good night’s sleep after all this fun.

For more info go to www.stjohnsbizarre.com.

Beaverton City Library Annual Teen Poetry Coffeehouse

The Beaverton City Library invites teens in grades 6-12 to share poems at the Annual Teen Poetry Coffeehouse on Thursday, May 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the main library, 12375 SW Fifth St, in Meeting Rooms A & B. Poems may be original or favorites written by other authors.
All ages are welcome at 6 p.m. for the announcement of the winners of April's Irregular Odes Teen Poetry Contest and a live performance by student band Royal Gravy. From 6:30-7:30 p.m., the event is open to teens only for poetry sharing as well as coffee and snacks provided by Ava Roasteria.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org/teens or call (503) 350-4001 or go to the Teen Room at Beaverton City Library on Fifth Street.

Youthbuild Vancouver GED/Construction Skills Info Sessions May 14, 26

Clark County residents, ages 17-24, who do not have a high school diploma and are interested in obtaining a GED and job-related skills are invited to attend a free YouthBuild Vancouver information session to learn more about the program.
The sessions will be held Thursday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Partners in Careers, 3210 NE 52nd Street, Vancouver 98663. To register, contact Dave Cole at 360-696-8417 or dave@swwpic.org.
To participate in YouthBuild, an individual must be:
* A Clark County resident
* 17 to 24 years old
* A high school dropout in need of a high school diploma or GED
* Interested in gaining job skills and experience
Those enrolled in YouthBuild will have the opportunity, at no cost, to:
* Obtain their GED or high school diploma
* Gain two nationally-recognized construction certifications
* Participate in building a house for a family in need
* Receive services, including job, college and career preparation

Gentrification Discussion with the Oregon State Bar

Squeezed Out: The Experience of Diversity, Gentrification, and Growth in Portland is a special event May 27, at 7 p.m., McMenamins Kennedy School Gym, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland.

The Civil Rights Committee of the Oregon State Bar will hosts this free public forum showing two poignant short films about the paradox of development in N/NE Portland. New and old residents of N/NE Portland will learn about the history of their neighborhood and the different meanings of the term “gentrification.”

The films are “Future: Portland,” and “What Happened.”

A panel discussion will feature Llondyn Elliott, one of the student film makers; Karl Dinkelspiel; a representative from the City of Portland Housing Bureau; and Rukaiyah Adams from “Future: Portland.”

ASL interpreter will be provided.

For more information on the Oregon State Bar Association, go to www.osbar.org.

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