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NEWS BRIEFS

Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, 10 percent of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave. businesses will go to SEI ...

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 seeks answers after Oregon student injured on trip

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The family of an Oregon college student is searching for answers after the 22-year-old was found injured and unconscious near railroad tracks in Truckee, California.The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Aaron Salazar remains in the critical care unit at a hospital in Reno,...

Oregon mom raises awareness after baby dies from meningitis

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Summer Poff knew something was wrong with her 7-month-old son, Blaize, early in the morning on May 11.He was fussy, feverish and wouldn't go to sleep. The Salem mom tried to soothe her baby and gave him Tylenol, but at 3 a.m, she knew she needed to take him to the...

Lawsuit says Army Corps is failing to protect marine habitat

SEATTLE (AP) — Three conservation groups have sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying it fails to protect marine habitat because it doesn't adequately regulate seawalls and other structures built along many stretches of Puget Sound shoreline.Sound Action, Friends of the San Juans and...

Facelift of Seattle's Space Needle nears completion

SEATTLE (AP) — Tourism is booming in Seattle. Just take a look at the Space Needle.The family-owned landmark is set to unveil the biggest renovation in its 56-year history next month, a 0 million investment in a single year of construction that transformed the structure's top viewing...

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

Man charged with shooting at black teen waives hearing

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A white suburban Detroit homeowner accused of shooting at a black teenager who came to his door to ask for directions will stand trial.Jeffrey Zeigler was bound over Tuesday to circuit court after waiving his preliminary examination on assault with intent to...

GLAAD study finds LGBTQ representation in film fell in 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite high-profile Oscar wins for art house films like "Call Me By Your Name" and "A Fantastic Women," LGBTQ representation in films from the seven biggest Hollywood studios fell significantly in 2017 according to a study released Tuesday by the advocacy organization...

Black man ordered to pay [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 for racist campus graffiti

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former Eastern Michigan University student who admitted to painting racist graffiti on campus has been ordered to pay more than [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 in restitution.The Ann Arbor News reports 29-year-old Eddie Curlin learned his punishment Monday after earlier pleading guilty to...

ENTERTAINMENT

Soccer star Brandi Chastain or Gary Busey? Fans pan plaque

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired soccer champion Brandi Chastain.The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco unveiled the plaque on Monday night. Chastain said, "It's not the most flattering. But it's nice."On...

Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer R. Kelly sexually abused a woman, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment, and infected her with herpes, the woman said in a lawsuit filed in New York.Faith Rodgers said in the suit filed Monday that she met Kelly about a year ago after a concert in San...

A farewell to the road for Paul Simon

NEW YORK (AP) — Farewell tours don't always mean farewell, but are a ripe time for appreciation and appraisal. Paul Simon's concerts and a new biography offer the opportunity for both.Simon's "Homeward Bound" tour began last week in Vancouver and takes him across North America, to Europe and...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Soccer star Brandi Chastain or Gary Busey? Fans pan plaque

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired...

Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer R. Kelly sexually abused a woman, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment,...

APNewsbreak: Pentagon adopts new cellphone restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of debate, the Defense Department approved Monday new restrictions for the...

Brazil leader won't seek re-election

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Michel Temer is ending speculation that he might seek re-election...

Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus

BANGKOK (AP) — Amnesty International said Wednesday that Myanmar's army was not the only group that has...

Romania court acquits Senate speaker of lying under oath

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has acquitted the Senate speaker of making false statements...

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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