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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 ...

Teen uses sign language to help blind and deaf man on flight

BOSTON (AP) — A teenager is being credited with coming to the aid of a blind and deaf man during a flight from Boston to Portland, Oregon.Clara Daly, of Calabasas, California, says she and her mother were traveling last week when the flight attendants asked if anyone knew American Sign...

18-year-old driver dies after colliding with log truck

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say an 18-year-old girl has died after colliding with a log truck on Highway 101 near Beaver.Law enforcement officials say Mikayla Michelle Howard was driving a 2003 Saab when it crossed into the other lane for an unknown reason on Friday morning....

New Mexico residents to testify on atomic bomb fallout

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of a New Mexico Hispanic village near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test say they were long ignored about the lingering health effects and were expected to share their stories with Congress.The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium plans to...

Small plane hits car after missing runway near Snohomish

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — A small plane hit a car after overshooting the runway at an airfield near Snohomish.The Seattle Times reports that three people, including a child, were in a single-engine plane when it was approaching the Harvey Air Field on Saturday.Lt. Rick Hawkins of the Snohomish...


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 ...


The Latest: Meek Mill debuts 'Stay Woke' song at BET Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 2018 BET Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater (all times local):7:45 p.m.Rapper Meek Mill has performed a new song, "Stay Woke," on the BET Awards with a striking performance that touched on police violence against black youth...

Anita Baker, H.E.R., Meek Mill shine at BET Awards

The 2018 BET Awards barely handed out any trophies with big stars like Cardi B, Drake and Kendrick Lamar absent, but the show included superior performances by rising singer H.E.R, rapper Meek Mill and gospel artist Yolanda Adams, who paid tribute to Anita Baker and nearly brought her to...

Complete list of winners at Sunday night's 2018 BET Awards

The complete list of winners of the 2018 BET Awards, presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles:— Video of the year: Drake— Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars— Best female R&B/pop Artist: Beyonce— Best male hip hop artist: Kendrick Lamar—...


The Latest: Prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels meeting

The Latest on the investigation into the business interests of Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen (all times local):8:30 p.m.Stormy Daniels' lawyer says the porn actress' meeting with federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer has...

Complete list of winners at Sunday night's 2018 BET Awards

The complete list of winners of the 2018 BET Awards, presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles:— Video of the year: Drake— Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars— Best female R&B/pop Artist: Beyonce— Best male hip hop artist: Kendrick Lamar—...

US prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels meeting in Cohen probe

Porn actress Stormy Daniels was scheduled to meet with federal prosecutors in New York on Monday as part of their investigation into President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, but the meeting was abruptly cancelled late Sunday after it was reported by news organizations, her attorney...


Anita Baker, H.E.R., Meek Mill shine at BET Awards

The 2018 BET Awards barely handed out any trophies with big stars like Cardi B, Drake and Kendrick Lamar absent,...

US prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels meeting in Cohen probe

Porn actress Stormy Daniels was scheduled to meet with federal prosecutors in New York on Monday as part of their...

College sports doctors under new scrutiny amid scandals

Allegations of sexual abuse carried out over decades by team physicians at Michigan State and Ohio State are...

Report: Protesters swarm Iran's Grand Bazaar in Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A semi-official news agency in Iran is reporting that protesters have swarmed Tehran's...

86 killed in central Nigeria as farmers, herders clash

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Scores are dead after vicious weekend clashes in central Nigeria between mostly...

Thai officials believe 12 boys missing in cave are alive

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Multiple attempts to locate 12 boys and their soccer coach missing in a flooded...

Ted Louis Levy in performance
By Lisa Loving | The Skanner News

Tap dancer and vocalist Ted Louis Levy performs with the Oregon Symphony in a program of flamboyant dance styles from all over the world -- Let’s Dance! The event riffs off “Dancing with the Stars,” but skips the stars and sticks with internationally-renowned dancers. Two shows are Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Mar. 1 at 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The program includes tango, flamenco and jitter-bug danced to the music of Leonard Bernstein, Johann Strauss, Jacques Offenbach, Georges Bizet and Camille Saint-Saëns.

Levy made his Broadway debut in the smash hit Black and Blue and returned to Broadway as Papa Jack in Susan Stroman and Harry Connick, Jr.’s Thou Shalt Not. He collaborated with George C. Wolfe and Gregory Hines on the choreography of Jelly’s Last Jam, for which he received a Tony nomination, a Drama Desk nomination and the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award. He also assisted in the choreography of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning hit Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk. Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, www.OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland; by phone at 503-228-1353 or 800-228-7343; and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

Mayor Shane Bemis Proclaims Feb. 25 'Jerome Kersey Day'

Mayor Shane T. Bemis today honored the memory of legendary Trail Blazers small forward Jerome Kersey by proclaiming Feb. 25 "Jerome Kersey Day" in Gresham and encouraged all Gresham residents to find an appropriate way to honor the hustle artist's memory.

Mourning Kersey's passing last week, and recognizing his deep roots in Gresham, Bemis asked his social media followers for ideas on how the City could best honor Kersey's memory. The leading idea was to proclaim a day of observance on the 25th, to coincide with Kersey's former jersey number.

"I always admired Kersey's strong contribution to my favorite Blazers squad of all time. He was a fixture in the Gresham community, and it seems like nearly everybody here has a story to tell about Jerome's magnetism and kindness," Bemis said.

After getting the idea from a fan's sign during the Trail Blazers game on Sunday, Bemis further encouraged the Trail Blazers organization to rename the Hustle Board inside the arena the "Jerome Kersey Hustle Board" to recognize the enduring legacy of Kersey's grit, determination and unrivaled work ethic.

Ahjamu Umi Book Reading

Local activist/organizer/author Ahjamu Umi has released the 500 page literary fiction book entitled The Courage Equation.  The book has a social justice focus on highlighting and uplifting the role of women in fighting against racist and sexist attacks as well as other forms of oppression, like rape culture. 

There is also a strong emphasis on daily life in Africa, and a strong presence of women and men from Africa in the worldwide struggle for justice and liberation.  Finally, the book travels a unique path of having the character victims of white supremacist attacks decide to organize and wage an unrelenting battle against the racists.  

A book release party is Friday, Feb. 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the newly opened Columbia International Cup Coffee Shop and Cafe at 9022 N. Newman Ave in Portland. The party will feature music, food, and drink.  All are welcome and admission is free of charge.

The Courage Equation is published through the New York based Raider International Publishing House. It is Umi's second literary fiction work, following as a sequel the 2010 released “Find the Flower that Blossoms.” Find out more about his work at www.abetterworld.me.

Local Grassroots Organization Offers Free Health Screening

On Saturday, Feb. 28, Fresh Start Restorative Health Services and the Linfield Good Samaritan School of Nursing, holds a free public health screening.

Participants can get their blood glucose tested (requires a 3 hour fast), blood pressure, height, weight and even body mass index checked. Fresh start will provide free healthy snacks for attendees and even a free door prize.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Celebration Tabernacle, 8131 N. Denver, Portland. Fresh Start encourages attendees to bring their children, who can participate in Kids Club, a program that educates children on the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. Kids ages 7 to 13 are welcome.

For more information, call Robin at 503-890-5393 or visit:


Humane Society’s Summer Camps Offer First-Hand Look at Careers with Animals

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington is now enrolling campers for Discover Camp. For kids entering grades 3 – 6, Discover Camp offers an in-depth look at a wide variety of careers with animals. From doctors and trainers to farmers and law enforcement, campers will learn about animals big and small from the professionals who work with them.

Camp includes encounters with animals, crafts, games, guest speakers and field trips. Discover Camp is a one-week camp organized by grade level and occurs daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The cost is $225.

Dates for the 2015 Discover Camp are as follows:

June 22-26: 3-4 Grade*

July 13-17: 4-5 Grade* 

July 27-31: 5-6 Grade*

*Grade in fall, 2015

Camps are filling fast with limited space available in two of the three sessions. Register for Discover Camp at southwesthumane.org. For more information, contact Sam Ellingson at sellingson@southwesthumane.org or 360-213-2626.

Portland’s Black Creative Collective @ Work
Stop by the Collins Gallery at the Central Branch of the Multnomah County Library from through March 8 to check out a curated installation of Portland's Black creatives mobilizing visual art, printed materials, movement, and voice to honor and celebrate the intersection of interests, histories, and cultural production of our community.
Then join the poets, performers, and image makers of Portland’s Black Creative Collective: BrownHall for an art-filled Opening Reception on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2 pm. 
Featuring: Akela Jaffi AuerTuriya AutrySamiya Bashir, Aasha Benton, Aisha Edwards, Diamond Ferguson, Chris Fuzell, Keyon GaskinJamondria HarrisElijah HasanLin Lucas, Nakeia R. Medcalf, André MiddletonS. Renee MitchellSidony O'nealAlex RiedlingerJonny SandersSharita Towne, Tasha Triplett, David Walker
Free and open to the public, Collins Gallery, 3rd Floor Central Library, 801 SW10th Avenue, Portland.
For more information go to www.multcolib.org/events.

RACC Hosts Public Art Murals Information Session

On Saturday, March 14, RACC hosts a free information session to help local artists and other community members learn how to organize, fund and navigate two different approaches to creating murals in the City of Portland.

The event is Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m –noon, at RACC, 411 NW Park Ave., Suite 10.

Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Presenters include Gage Hamilton, an organizer of Forest for the Trees Northwest—a public art mural project that brought twenty artists together in August to paint murals—and Robin Corbo, a local artist known for her skill at organizing and creating community murals. Peggy Kendellen, Manager of RACC’s Public Art Murals Program, and Doug Strickler from the City’s Bureau of Development Services will also be on hand to help participants navigate the two options available for creating an exterior mural on a wall in Portland.  

The workshop is free and open to artists, property owners, business owners, and community and neighborhood association members. To sign up, email publicartmurals@racc.org with the subject heading “Public Murals Workshop” and include contact information in the text of the email.


The tenth annual Native Caring Conference will be held on April 15-16 at the Three Rivers Casino and Hotel in Florence, Oregon. All Native Elder caregivers and relative caregivers of children from Northwest Indian communities are invited to attend.

The two-day conference features local and national spokespersons on Caregiver Well-Being, Medication Management, Elder Abuse, Children's Alcohol and Drug Use, and How to Communicate with Health Care Providers.

Registration deadline is April 3rd. The cost is $150 with a $25 discount if registration is received by March 3. The registration fee includes two lunches, dinner, and breakfast.

For more information contact: Doug Morrison, CTCLUSI (541) 997-6685; Wilson Wewa, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (541) 553-3313; or, Michelle Carson, The Klamath Tribes (541) 783-2219 ext 175.

The Native Caring Conference is hosted by: Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Coquille Indian Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians Reservations, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, The Klamath Tribes, Burns Paiute Tribe, AARP and the Oregon Department of Human Services State Unit on Aging.

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