05-21-2018  5:59 am      •     
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Shawneen L. Betha, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, is Portland's 30th postmaster.


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PacifiCorp will be allowed to increase its rates by only 5 percent — much less than the 13 percent hike it had requested from the Oregon Public Utility Commission earlier this year.
The commission is allowing overall rates to go up next Jan. 1 by 5 percent, which would raise the average residential customer's bill by about $3.


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A model struts her stuff in the latest fall couture during the first Macys Northwest Fashion Show, held Sept. 21 at the Portland Art Museum. The show benefited the Gerry Frank Center for Children's Care at Providence St. Vincent Hospital.


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The Safeway Foundation and the Oregon Partnership joined forces with parents and students of Rosa Parks Elementary School on Sept. 25 to celebrate "Family Day — A Day to Eat Dinner With Your Children." State Sen. Margaret Carter, D-Portland, second from left, joins Sharon Anthony, left, Rosa Parks student Michaela Carter and Oregon First Lady Mary Oberst at the luncheon.


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Renee Cleland, left, as Sarah, and D. William Hughes, as Coalhouse Walker, star in "Ragtime: the Musical", playing at the Lakewood Theatre Co. in Lake Oswego through Oct. 29. For ticket information, call 503-635-3901 or visit www.lakewoodcenter.org.


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Civil rights leaders, Black Democrats and Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele went ballistic when they…


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Sarah Stein, left, visits the Switch Ups booth — owned by Paulette Hague, right, with the help of her son, Andreas Akins, center — at the recent Alberta Street Fair. Hague makes all kinds of creative light switch plates, including personalized plates with photos.


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Commissioner claims future complaints should be prevented

Although the city of Portland is appealing a lawsuit brought against the city by two African American women, Commissioner Randy Leonard says procedures already are in place that should prevent future complaints.
"I honestly believe if the events had happened now, I would have found some way to intervene and they would have been resolved," said Leonard, who last week voted with Mayor Tom Potter and three other commissioners — all of them White — to appeal the lawsuit to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Leonard oversees the Bureau of Development Services, where the women still work.
Although the women, who won the racial discrimination suit in U.S. District Court, asked the council not to appeal it, the council said the issue could set a precedent for future cases. The council wants the 9th Circuit Court to determine if the same case can be litigated twice — once by the state Workers Compensation Board and once by the U.S. District Court.
"It's a big deal," Leonard said. "It's not small at all."

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Pay will rise to $7.80 per hour based upon Ballot Measure 25

Oregon's minimum wage workers will receive a 30-cents-per-hour raise beginning next Jan. 1, bringing it to $7.80 per hour.
Oregon's minimum wage currently is the second highest in the nation, behind Washington's $7.63 per hour. Washington is expected to adjust the rate for inflation at the end of September.
"The rising cost of living makes a serious dent in many workers' paychecks, but it hits the lowest paid in the worst way," said Oregon Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner, who announced the wage hike.


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Peter Kohler, Mary Overstreet-Smith to receive Opportunity Awards

The legacy of the civil rights movement and its push toward equality for all will be celebrated next month when the Urban League of Portland hosts its annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner.
The dinner, which features keynote speaker Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO of Act*1 Group and the presentation of this year's Equal Opportunity Awards, takes place at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Grand Ballroom of the Portland Hilton Hotel, 921 S.W. Sixth Ave. A no-host reception begins at 5:45 p.m. KOIN TV anchor and reporter Ken Boddie will emcee the evening's festivities.

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