06-22-2018  3:36 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

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 ...

Police: Oregon toddler dies after being left in hot car

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A toddler in Oregon died after being left alone in a hot car while her mother went to work as a family nurse practitioner, authorities said Friday.Nicole Engler, 38, of Roseburg told investigators she thought she had taken her 21-month-old daughter Remington to daycare...

Lawsuit seeks lawyer access to immigrants in prison

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rights group filed an emergency lawsuit in federal court Friday against top officials of U.S. immigration and homeland security departments, alleging they have unconstitutionally denied lawyers' access to immigrants in a prison in Oregon.Immigration and Customs...

Man charged in 1986 killing of 12-year-old Tacoma girl

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Lakewood man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl in Tacoma over three decades ago has been charged with murder and rape.The News Tribune reports Pierce County prosecutors charged 66-year-old Gary Hartman Friday in connection with Michella Welch's death in 1986. She...

Federal agency approves Idaho field burning rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved Idaho's request to loosen field burning rules.Backers say the move offers more flexibility to keep smoke away from people but health advocates counter that it will lead to breathing problems for some residents.The U.S. Environmental...

OPINION

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 ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local):1:13 a.m.Will Germany follow Brazil's lead in righting the ship after a rocky World Cup start, or will the defending champ find itself keeping company with Argentina, needing help if it hopes to advance?The World Cup could...

Trial set in long-delayed post-Katrina racial shooting case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A trial date has been set for a white man accused of shooting at three black men in what federal prosecutors said was a racially motivated attack following Hurricane Katrina.The case of Roland Bourgeois Jr. has dragged on for years. He was indicted five years after the...

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Albania's national flag was at the center of Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday at the World Cup.Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.Both players put their open hands...

ENTERTAINMENT

Actress Betty Buckley wants to 'make America happy again'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's busy. And then there's Betty Buckley busy.The veteran singer and actress began the month with four nights of concerts in New York celebrating the release of her new live album, "Hope."Buckley appeared earlier this week on the season finale of The CW's "Supergirl,"...

So much TV, so little summer: Amy Adams, Kevin Hart, Dr. Pol

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fall television season is months away but that's no reason to stare moodily at a blank screen. In this era of peak TV, there are so many outlets and shows clamoring for your summertime attention that it can be as daunting as choosing between a mojito and a frozen...

Honduran girl in symbolic photo not separated from mother

NEW YORK (AP) — A crying Honduran girl depicted in a widely-seen photograph that became a symbol for many of President Donald Trump's immigration policies was not actually separated from her mother, U.S. government officials said on Friday.Time magazine used an image of the girl, by Getty...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Mexican players can have beef again at the World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Mexico's mantra for this World Cup is "No Excuses," and that includes no complaining about...

US officials say girl on Time cover isn't separated from mom

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol officials said Friday that a girl who is pictured on the cover of this...

Ex-New England Mafia boss 'Cadillac Frank' guilty in slaying

BOSTON (AP) — Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme was convicted Friday of killing a nightclub owner to keep...

UK split by Brexit divide 2 years after vote to leave EU

LONDON (AP) — It's been two years since the shoppers and traders of London's Romford market voted by a wide...

Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy

ROME (AP) — Barely a week in office, Italy's populist interior minister lost no time in bringing home his...

Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold temporary reunions of families...

Movies in the park
By The Skanner News

Black Parent Initiative to Host Garden BBQ Launch Party

The Black Parent Initiative will host a Cultivating Culture garden barbecue and launch party from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 2915 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
There will be a live DJ, food, children's activities, raffles, and office/program tours.

 

Portland Parks & Recreation Continues Drinking Water Testing

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is continuing testing that began in June 2016 at several of its properties as a voluntary precautionary measure. PP&R is adhering to the guidance put forward by Oregon Health Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency that lead in drinking water at schools and day cares should not exceed 20 parts per billion (ppb).

Working with our partners at Portland Water Bureau, PP&R is moving forward with testing at all PP&R facilities that host preschools, regardless of date of construction. This will total more than 20 sites. Because of the high number of samples to be collected at each facility, testing will likely take most of the summer to complete. PP&R’s focus continues to be on any likely prolonged drinking water access by children, as this testing moves forward.

Here is the full list of sites that will be tested this summer (CC = community center):

 

Completed Testing:

PDX Children's Museum
Multnomah Arts Center
Fulton Community Center
Mt. Tabor Annex
Charles Jordan CC

 

Pending Testing:

Hillside CC
Matt Dishman CC & Pool
Montavilla CC & Pool
Portland Tennis Center
Sellwood Community Center
Woodstock Community Center
St. John’s Racquet Center
St. Johns Community Center
Mt. Scott CC & Pool
Pennisula Park CC & Pool
Laurelhurst Dance Studio
Columbia Pool
Community Music Center
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
Southwest CC & Pool
East Portland CC & Pool
Grant Pool
Creston Pool
Pier Pool
*Wilson Pool
Sellwood Pool
*Buckman Pool

*pending coordination with PPS

 

On July 18, PP & R received results from testing at our Charles Jordan Community Center; results are posted here. All water tested below the threshold of 20 parts per billion (ppb).

Consistent with guidance from the Portland Water Bureau and the Environmental Protection Agency, samples were taken from fixtures commonly used for drinking or cooking.
PP&R will continue communicating about the test results directly to site patrons, and results will be posted on this website for all Portlanders to see: www.portlandoregon.gov/LeadInfo.

Multnomah County health authorities say they have conducted more than 15,000 blood tests over the last three years on children and teens. The County says that of those 15-thousand-plus tests, elevated blood lead levels were found in 190 of those people. No cases were traced to lead in drinking water from any source.

 

Grants Focus on Housing Stability for Families

A roof over your head is a key sign of whether you can take care of your health. That’s why CareOregon is awarding $365,000 in grants to six groups that help keep families in their homes and make it easier for them to access health care.

CareOregon supports these organizations working to preserve housing for vulnerable people.

Helping Hands, $75,000 to support housing in Clatsop and Tillamook counties. Coastal Oregon has few emergency shelter beds and this organization makes housing a priority.
Clackamas County Social Services, $75,000 to expand the Senior Companions program into Multnomah County. Senior Companions will be able to talk to Korean or Mandarin Chinese speakers in their language and help them get health care. The program targets residents of affordable housing complexes, many of whom are CareOregon members.
Transition Projects, $65,000 to support peer-based outreach to people who are homeless in Portland, to help them get health care.

Catholic Charities, $50,000 for a health and wellness coordinator. The coordinator will work with people in affordable housing developments, all of which house some CareOregon members. Goals include helping people through events, such as job loss or serious health issues, that could cause them to lose their housing.

Living Cully/St. Charles Church, $50,000 to support Northeast Portland community groups to preserve mobile home parks and help residents exercise their tenant rights.
Portland Homeless Families Solutions, $50,000 to support work that helps 125 families remain housed.

The grants program received requests totaling nearly $2 million from 30 organizations. CareOregon staff reviewed the applications to identify those that best addressed both health and housing. They wanted to fund work that helps people overcome economic, racial or cultural barriers to obtaining health care.

These organizations are invited to share lessons learned with CareOregon staff members. Together they can identify successful practices and suggest policies to help reduce homelessness and its root causes.

 

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