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The Skanner Foundation has received two grants totalling $34,000 to improve accessibility at the North Portland Multimedia Training Center and to train adults in video production. 

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Lashai Williams was sentence to close to 8 years in prison for killing Billie Dee Andrea Pugh in a car crash April 28.

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A Portland Police officer arrested on a charge of criminal mischief, was involved in a police shooting in December 2001. 

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The PPS Focus on Diversity Film and Lecture Series is bringing to PPS students, teachers, staff and community members the Black History 101 Mobile Museum.

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The Seattle Public Library is offering a series of Microsoft IT Academy open lab sessions beginning Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Central Library.

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With the start of a new year, ClarkCounty residents have a new online tool to help them find volunteer opportunities to serve their community.

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Five Things White People and Five Things People of Color Can Do to Stop Racism: 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Tuesday Jan. 7 at Jefferson High School, 5210 N. Kerby Ave between Killingsworth and Alberta in the cafeteria. Speakers: Educators Linea King and Paula Dennis. Free. This second Race Talks series is on the first Tuesdayof each month.


Get fit and have fun at Portland Parks and Recreation pools, with the 13th Annual Water Warrior Club.  

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Race Talks Presents: “No More Pushouts! Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline!”

Program runs from 7pm - 9pm with doors open at 6pm on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at The Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland. 
Free/All Ages

Phone: 503.249-3983 
Website:  Kennedy School events

Arrive early to meet, network and eat dinner with friends. 

Presentations by:

Sheila Warren, Founder/Director, Portland Parent Union

Ray Leary, Director, Young Men's Group at Roosevelt High School

Melissa Goff, Executive Director, Office of Teaching and Learning, Portland Public Schools

Following the presentations, there will be small group discussions facilitated by trained volunteers from: Uniting to Understand Racism and City of Portland Intergroup Dialogue Program.  


Oregon Health & Science University neuroscientist Damien Fair, PA-C, Ph.D, who studies the developing brain has won a special presidential award.

The White House announced Dec. 23, that Fair was among 102 scientists and engineers to be honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for 2013.

Fair identified different types of Attention Deficit Disorder, and is using brain imaging to map children’s development and to identify

"The impressive achievement of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead,” President Obama said. "We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America's global leadership for many years to come.”

Fair's research using brain imaging technology to map children’s development. He is working to understand what’s different about the brains of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism. The aim is to improve the scientific understanding so doctors can find better ways to diagnose and treat these disorders.

"I am honored to have been considered for this award and extremely humbled to have received it,” said Fair, who is an assistant professor of behavioral neuroscience, an assistant professor of psychiatry and an assistant scientist in the Advanced Imaging Research Center at OHSU. "The scientific work we've been conducting is really the culmination of several mentors who have guided my training, a large and talented staff who conduct much of the work and many families who feel it important to participate in our research.”

Fair also founded an OHSU initiative in 2012 called YES! — or the Youth Engaged in Science program, which gives opportunities to underrepresented middle and high school students in science, technology, engineering and math. careers.


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