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In this May 21, 2001, file photo, Secretary of State Colin Powell talks with reporters during a news conference at the Department of State in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) 

Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace died Monday of COVID-19 complications.

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Clara Jackson McLaughlin, October 22, 1939 - October 3, 2021 

Clara Jackson McLaughlin was best known for being the first Black woman to own and be the majority shareholder of a network-affiliated TV station in the United States.

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Harrington was opposed by Portland Police Association, the police union, from the start and resigned after 17 months after her husband broke police rules

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Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, a founding member of the long-running soul-funk band Kool & the Gang died peacefully in his sleep Saturday

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Joan Brown-Kline, June 13, 1948 - July 17, 2021 

A service for Joan Brown-Kline, held in Georgia, will be livestreamed starting at 11:50 a.m. PT (2:50 p.m. EDT) on Saturday, July 31

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Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who endured beatings and jail while leading black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died at 86

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Cortez Samuel, September 7, 1942 - June 22, 2021 

Friends and family are invited to attend Cortez’s graveside service on July 7, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE MT Scott Blvd., Happy View, Ore.

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Cora Smith, Jan. 1, 1940 – May 25, 2021 

Cora Smith was a pioneer in the beauty industry, owned a hair salon, and founded a skincare and makeup line. She had a career in the fashion industry that included print and runway modeling. 

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B.J. Thomas, the Grammy-winning singer who enjoyed success on the pop, country and gospel charts with such hits as “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling,” has died. He was 78.

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Rutha Mae Funchess-Harrington, Sunrise: March 31, 1941 - Sunset: April 12, 2021 

A special service of remembrance will be held Saturday May 15 at 11a.m., hosted by Senior Pastor Rose E. Franks at the House of Prayer for All Nations located at 721 N. Mason St. in Portland, Oregon and on Zoom.

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