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Parents need to make informed child care choices, says governor

OLYMPIA—Gov. Christine Gregoire is calling for a new rating system for child care centers and preschools so parents can make informed decisions about where to send their tykes.
The governor also is proposing a new cabinet-level agency to pull together a half-dozen child-care and early-learning programs now scattered across state government.


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26,000 join service union as part of the Change to Win movement

OLYMPIA—Thousands of secretaries, bus drivers and other school workers have joined the Service Employees International Union


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An AP study finds that poorer neighborhoods also the most polluted

CHICAGO—Kevin Brown's most feared opponent on the sandlot or basketball court while he was growing up

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Local author Edwina Martin-Arnold reads from her new novel, "Chocolate Friday," at The Bookworm Exchange in Columbia City on Dec 9.


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LOS ANGELES—It is one of those indelible images from the late 1960s that remains locked in the minds of those who were there.
It's a comedy album photograph of a nearly naked Richard Pryor, dressed in a loincloth, with bones through his nose and beads around his neck like a stereotypical African bushman from an old "Tarzan" movie.


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OAKLAND, Calif.--They weren't your average thugs. Dressed in bow ties and dark suits, the group of nearly a dozen men entered a corner store and smashed bottles of liquor, wine and beer with metal pipes, shattering refrigerator cases and leaving behind a terrified clerk along with piles of broken glass.

No one was held up. Nothing was stolen. The vandals just wanted to leave a message: Stop selling alcohol to fellow Muslims. Followed by an identical attack at another West Oakland store the same evening, the episode highlighted tensions -- and different interpretations of doctrine -- between Black Muslims hoping to reclaim troubled parts of the city and Middle Eastern shop owners, many of them also of Muslim faith.


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Members of the singing group African Gospel A Cappella — originally from Liberia — perform at Africa AIDS Response, an annual benefit concert for Portland's sister city of Mutare, Zimbabwe. The concert, sponsored by AIDS Action Project Northwest, was held Dec. 1 at the Tiffany Center.


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Chief's Forum Award goes to the Rev. Mary Overstreet-Smith

When the Rev. Mary Overstreet-Smith heard the news that Hurricane Katrina had struck the Gulf Coast, no doubt clouded her mind.


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Emergency readiness is theme of The Skanner's annual breakfast

If an earthquake or other devastating, citywide emergency occurred today, would Portland be prepared?


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Statewide figure of 11,294 children is probably an underestimate

At least 2 percent of Oregon's students are homeless: They are never sure where they are going to spend the night — in a shelter or motel, at a park or in a car.


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