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Immigrant task force to address needs of growing community

With a foreign-born population numbering in the tens of thousands, Portland has become home for immigrants and refugees; in some neighborhoods, one in three residents hail from another country. On Dec. 6, the City Council will hear a report from Portland State University Capstone students on immigrant demographics and the issues affecting those communities.


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Recent donation helps St. Andrew Legal Clinic keep costs low

Serving over 2,100 clients a year, and with 25 years in the legal profession, the St. Andrew Legal Clinic isn't your typical law firm.
Last month, the law firm Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, as well as its supporters, raised $45,000 for St. Andrew during a wine-tasting and auction event at the University Club. While most legal firms aren't in the business of taking charity, St. Andrew, a non-profit law firm providing reduced-cost family law service to low-income clients, needs community contributions to help provide essential services.


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It was a rare scene for all to see, not being able to see the field. People may have thought the game was in Green Bay the way the snow came down at a white-covered Qwest Field in front of a record crowd of 68,256 to see the Seattle Seahawks' 34-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers on nationally televised "Monday Night Football."


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John Horton, an official with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, will present two awards to the Governor's Meth Task Force and the Oregon Board of Pharmacy Thursday at the U.S. Courthouse in Salem.
Accepting the national awards will be Anna Peterson, of the task force, and Craig Schnabel, of the Oregon Board of Pharmacy.
In 2005, the Oregon Legislature passed legislation focusing on limiting the use and manufacture of methamphetamine. The law requires a doctor's prescription for any product containing Pseudoephedrine, Ephedrine or Phenylpropanolamine. The legislation also addressed toxic waste problems associated with the drug's manufacture and established drug courts.


 


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"Big media" will be the focus of a public hearing with two Federal Communications Commissioners from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. in the Microsoft Auditorium.
Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein will listen to local concerns about media consolidation as they take testimony on a proposal to revise the commission's media ownership rules. The rules currently limit the number of newspapers, television and radio stations a single company can own or control.
The commission leadership is proposing loosening limits on how many television stations a single company can own and allowing one company to own a combination of broadcast outlets and major daily newspapers in the same market.
Allowing cross-ownership would allow TV newspaper combinations in virtually every city in America.


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Former Mayor Norm Rice says he'd like to become chief of Seattle Public Schools, and he doesn't want to wait.
The schools' current superintendent, Raj Manhas, has said he intends to leave the post in August. And school board members say they intend to stage a national search for his replacement.


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Sumayya Diop shows Jessica Duong, 8, and Yohanna Gebregiorgis, 8, how to cut an onion at an after-school cooking class taught by the Nature Consortium at the Yesler Community Center on Nov. 27. The Nature Consortium is a community organization with a mission to teach environmental lessons through the creative arts.


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Anthony Sparrow and Lyda Overton enjoy a turkey dinner Nov. 17 with all the trimmings during the Loaves and Fishes pre-Thanksgiving celebration at the Multicultural Senior Center in Northeast Portland. More than 1,000 hot turkey dinners will be delivered to homebound seniors on Thanksgiving Day by the Meals on Wheels program, and community dinners will be served at several sites. Call Loaves & Fishes at 503-736-6325 or 360-693-7125 for a dinner location or volunteer opportunity.


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About 142,000 Oregonians have very low food security

At one time, Oregon had more residents than any other state who went hungry. But the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture tells a different story.
According to the report, released this week, Oregon fell from being the state with the highest percentage of hungry people in 1999 to a ranking of 17th in the nation in 2004. The decrease was called "significant" in national food insecurity rates.


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After eight years, summit continues to deal with same problems

For the eighth straight year, officials and citizens involved in the education, discipline and incarceration of juveniles in Oregon continue to wrestle with an ongoing problem: Why are more minority youths involved in the juvenile justice system than Whites? Gov. Ted Kulongoski, along with the Oregon Youth Authority and a host of different departments and organizations, sponsored the 2006 Governor's Summit on the Over-representation of Minorities in the Juvenile Justice System on Monday. Speakers from across the state covered a variety of youth justice topics including gang recognition, American Indian Tribal Courts and why disproportionate minority contact exists, among others.


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