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SANTA ANA, Calif.—A former Aryan Brotherhood prison gang member said an alleged gang kingpin ordered him to hide two bullets until they could be used to kill a Black inmate who had assaulted a mob leader.

Kevin Roach, his head shaved and arms covered with tattoos, testified Friday for a second day in one of the largest capital cases in U.S. history, a sweeping prosecution aimed at the Aryan Brotherhood's leadership.


Former Trail Blazers guard Terry Porter talks with reporters April 19 at Portland City Hall. Porter is attempting to assemble a group of investors to buy the Blazers from current owner Paul Allen. What do you think — is it just for kicks?


College math exam asks about 'Condoleezza' and her 'watermelon'

BELLEVUE—A question given to students during a practice test for a math final at Bellevue Community College has students — and others — shaking their heads because of what they say is a lack of racial sensitivity.

It refers to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, although it doesn't mention her by name, a civil rights activist said.
The question read: "Condoleezza holds a watermelon just over the edge of the roof of the 300-foot Federal Building and tosses it up with a velocity of 20 feet per second."


An Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute is being organized to address the shortage of healthcare workers in Oregon — a shortage that affects accessibility to health care, as well as affordability, for families and employers.

"Health care is a major concern of Oregonians," said Gov. Ted Kulongoski who announced the institute on Tuesday. "I hear this all the time when I travel the state, but it is not just about access and affordability — it's also about quality.


For hundreds of churchgoers, health care comes in the form of a parish health promoter. Providence Portland Medical Center's program reached a significant milestone this spring, with nearly 100 volunteers serving the community's low-income and often Spanish-speaking residents.

The health promoters are volunteers who serve in five north and southeast Multnomah County parishes, including St. Anne's, St. Peter's, Ascension, Holy Cross and Holy Redeemer.


To help people make more informed decisions at the polls on May 16, the League of Women Voters of Portland will release its Voters' Guide next week.

The Voters' Guide is free and will be available at the Multnomah County Elections Office, 1040 S.E. Morrison St., on the Internet and at all branches of the Multnomah County Library. The guide also will be included as an insert in the Portland Tribune on Tuesday, April 25.


Portland's African community has mounted a response to the concerns of immigrants and refugees in Portland and Southwest Washington.

"It's time African communities came together and address the growing needs of the African refugee and immigrant in the Portland area," said Basko Kante, president of the African Community Coalition's board of directors, "because it is high time we began to 'do for self' and pool our resources together, creating better life chances and choices to African people in the Portland community."


Local author and genealogist Stephen Hanks will highlight "Jump-Start Your African American History," a genealogy workshop scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.


Members of the PHAME Academy, Portland's fine arts academy for the developmentally disabled, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, in the Community of Christ Church, 4837 N.E. Couch St. Admission is a free-will offering.

The drama class will stage Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The art, dance, creative writing and voice students also will perform, and the choir will close the show.


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