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A new Web site, called the"Gas Price Reporter," will enable Oregonians to report evidence that suggests unlawful conduct in gasoline pricing.

The Web site also provides information on how gas prices are set and regulated, links to conservation strategies and information about tax credits for projects that reduce energy use in transportation. It invites Oregonians to help detect unlawful conspiracies in gasoline pricing.


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Mayor Tom Potter will be the keynote speaker at the annual Neil Kelly Day Awards Luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 12, in the Doubletree Hotel at Lloyd Center.

For the ninth year, the Albina Rotary Foundation and the Northeast Business Alliance have teamed up to raise funds for the 2006 Neil Kelly Memorial Scholarship program.


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Local tap dancers will have a chance to strut their stuff during a "tap jam" and "tap show" on Sunday, May 28 in the Wonder Ballroom. The event is in honor of National Tap Dance Day, which celebrates Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's birthday.

Learn a traditional tap dance, jam with other tappers and watch Portland-area tap dancers strut their stuff in honor of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's birthday.

National Tap Dance Day will be celebrated locally on Sunday, May 28, in the Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. Tap classes run from 4 to 6 p.m.; a tap "jam" begins at 6 p.m.; and a tap show starts at 7 p.m.


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An intended parody of the civil rights era offends students, staff

A class skit intended to parody White ignorance of the civil rights movement has generated more concern than laughs at Cornish College of the Arts, and students are asking administrators to do more to curb racial insensitivity at the school.

Students said the in-class performance by three White students in clown makeup and costumes resorted to stereotypes and mocked civil rights icons like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. A Black faculty member walked out of the March 31 performance and students said they were shocked and upset by the skit.


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Group would aid Citizen Review Commitee in assessing opinion

It goes without saying that the Portland Police Bureau is viewed with a certain amount of suspicion by many residents. This is particularly true in North and Northeast Portland, where, in recent years, the fatal shootings of James Jahar Perez and Kendra James by officers — and those officers' exoneration — have fueled the perception that the police are largely unaccountable for their actions.

But the bureau is meeting this criticism head-on. Under the tenure of Chief Derrick Foxworth, the bureau's protocols on the use of force by officers underwent a review by an independent organization, and the bureau's Citizen Review Committee intensely examined officers' conduct and sought to improve the way officers interact with the community.


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DaMarcus Beasley

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands— DaMarcus Beasley knows what it's like to be an American soccer player in Europe — especially a Black American soccer player.

"When I got here, people would do the monkey noises and chants and stuff like that," he said. "I just kind of laugh it off."

For him, racism is not some far-off concept.

"I take most of the free kicks and corner kicks," Beasley said, "so I'm in the corner and I can hear it — you know, stuff." As the United States prepares to announce its World Cup roster, the 23-year-old midfielder from Fort Wayne, Ind., is a shoo-in, a spark of speed and energy that helped the Americans reach the quarterfinals four years ago. 

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George Johanson, Three Kayakers, oil on canvas

There is something for everyone at Portland Community College's 19th annual Art Beat festival.

Art Beat 2006 will spread across all of the PCC campuses from May 8 through 12, offering students and the community access to local, regional and national artists, as well as an extensive collection of visual art, dance, music, theater and literary events to help expose them to art. Art Beat is free and open to the public.


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The city is taking suggestions to name two yet-undeveloped plots

Seattle Parks and Recreation is inviting the public to submit names for two new parks in the Central District and Rainier Beach neighborhoods. The properties in question — listed here with their working names — are yet to be developed:

• "Colman School Parking Lot." Located next to Colman School at 2400 S. Massachusetts St. in the Central District, this land was acquired by Seattle Parks and Recreation in 1948.


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The American Red Cross invites the public to join in observing "World Red Cross Day" with a viewing of the documentary Valentina's Nightmare, followed by a panel discussion on children and war.

Children and War will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.

Valentina's Nightmare is the story of a 13-year-old girl who survived the 1994 massacre of 800,000 Tutsis by the Hutu majority in Rwanda.


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Actor George Clooney, left, looks on as U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addresses the crowd April 27 at a Washington, D.C. rally about the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.

WASHINGTON—Thousands of people joined celebrities and lawmakers at a rally Sunday urging the Bush administration and Congress to help end genocide in Sudan's Darfur region.

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