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'The relationship between blacks and the justice community has always been defined by the reality that police were assigned to keep the black population under control.'
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In 1945, members of the City Club of Portland discussed 'The Negro in Portland,' and heard a report by its committee on race relations.
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FILE - Past concerts at the Oregon Zoo have included The Indigo Girls in 2015.
March 30, 2017

Oregon Zoo announces six summer concert acts

by Blair Stenvick
Summer concerts at the zoo have been happening since 1979.
March 30, 2017

Tenant protection bill heads to House floor

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Bill was amended to reduce relocation fees for allowable no cause evictions, lift ban on rent control.
March 30, 2017

Sources: Wheeler gets a lesson in what independent means

by Jim Redden
Portland mayor learns to be careful what he asks for, the New York Times turns on the city, and a rural Oregon legislator gets creative.


OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Hasel Afshar, 33, poses for a photo inside his home on Wednesday, March 29.
March 29, 2017

UPDATE: Bias crime targets Troutdale homeowner

by Zane Sparling
Man returns home from vacation to find hateful graffiti scrawled in every room of his house.
March 29, 2017

Group seeks state investigation into solar panel companies

by Steve Law
Campaign for Accountability charges widespread customer abuse by installers in Oregon
COURTESY: NADYA OKAMOTO - Okamoto, 19, founded Period., formerly Camions of Care.
March 29, 2017

Local teen Nadya Okamoto runs for public office in Massachusetts

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Okamoto, who founded the nonprofit 'Period., The Menstrual Movement' is running for a city council seat while a freshman at Harvard University.
GBD ARCHITECTS INC./CENTERCAL PROPERTIES - Concept art shows an open-air plaza at the northeast corner of the Providence Mercantile campus, which would face the Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Road intersection and serve as a new pedestrian access point to the site.
March 29, 2017

Lake Oswego neighbors get first glimpse of plans for Providence Mercantile Center

by Anthony Macuk
Residents' initial concerns revolve around increased traffic, a proposed organic grocery store and the future of the complex's existing tenants
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Access to quality health care is a factor in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's eighth annual County Health Rankings, which listed Washington County as the healthiest in Oregon.
March 29, 2017

Foundation's rankings say Washington County is healthiest in Oregon

by Pamplin Media Group
Oregon's five least-healthy counties, according to the rankings, are Klamath, Jefferson, Harney, Coos and Lake.
March 29, 2017

Governor dismissess majority of DEQ Commission

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Gov. Brown offered only a vague explanation for her sudden decision Wednesday.
KOIN 6 NEWS - Protesters laid down on MAX tracks outside the City Council meeting on Wednesday.
March 29, 2017

City Council protesters evicted, detained in and outside Wednesday meeting

by KOIN 6 News
UPDATE: Arrests continue into the evening, with six protests charged with crimes.
BLAZERS-NUGGETS
March 29, 2017

Blazers get 'keys to the car'

by Kerry Eggers
McCollum, Nurkic drive Portland to key victory, eighth spot in NBA Western Conference
COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read said Tuesday that he sees a "path forward" for public ownership of about 82,500 acres of the Elliott Forest in Coos and Douglas counties.
March 28, 2017

Read signals intent to pursue public ownership option for Elliott Fores

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Tobias Read said Tuesday that he sees a 'path forward' for public ownership of about 82,500 acres of the Elliott Forest in Coos and Douglas counties.
March 28, 2017

Wheeler criticizes sanctuary city crackdown, immigration arrest

by Jim Redden
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says sancturary cities like Portland are putting their citizens at risk.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JOSH KULLA - The Trail Blazers have a new look and added presence inside since the arrival of 7-foot, 280-pound Jusuf Nurkic, who has won over teammates and fans and become a media darling.
March 28, 2017

BLAZERS' CENTER OF ATTENTION

by Kerry Eggers
'Bosnian Beast' captures fans' attention, re-ignites team vying for spot in playoffs.
March 28, 2017

Oregon Democrats call for party unity in wake of Trump

by Claire Withycombe/Captial Bureau
State party leaders try to end rift between Clinton and Sanders supporters to prevent GOP advances.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland Public Schools is taking reporter Beth Slovic and parent activist Kim Sordyl to court to prevent a list of people on paid administrative leave from becoming public.
March 28, 2017

Portland Public Schools will sue reporter and parent to block release of records

by Beth Slovic
Unusual move is latest in series of records disputes, seeks to conceal names of employees on paid leave
PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Quanice Hayes
March 28, 2017

Officer defends fatal shooting of teenager in grand jury transcripts

by Jim Redden
Police say Quanice Hayes was carrying realistic-looking replica handgun and made threatening gestures before being shot.
March 28, 2017

State mental health board staffs to merge, grow

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The combined staff will grow by two full time equivalents, and need larger offices.
March 28, 2017

House passes bill providing increased penalties for unequal pay

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Majority shot down effort to substitute legislation to reduce penalties and add veterans as a protected class.
KOIN 6 NEWS PHOTO - A Gresham police patrol car.
March 28, 2017

Former Gresham police lieutenant pleads guilty to misconduct

by Christopher Keizur
Lt. James Peninger, 50, exposed himself to fellow city employees while he was on duty.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Hemp grows in a field in Oregon in this 2016 file photo. Under House Bill 2372, Oregon's hemp industry would join 23 other crop, livestock and seafood sectors to have a state commission aimed at promoting and researching a commodity through fees raised from producers.
March 28, 2017

Hemp bills would move crop into mainstream

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Bills proposed in Oregon would create a commodity commission and seed certification process for hemp.
March 28, 2017

Council postpones votes on socialy responsible investment policy

by Jim Redden
Placing a large number of corporations off limits could potentially the maximum return the city can make on its investments, especially because the interest paid on government securities is so low.
KOIN 6 NEWS - Rodriguez Dominguez after he returned home Monday.
March 28, 2017

ICE releases Portland 'Dreamer' after public outcry

by Andrew Dymburt/KOIN 6 News
Rodriguez Dominguez has lived in the Portland metro area since he arrived from Morelia Michoacan, Mexico as a child. The ACLU said he has been a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program since 2013.
March 28, 2017

Bill would remove barrier to Oregon pesticide lawsuits

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
A proposal in the Oregon Legislature would make it easier to file lawsuits over alleged pesticide damages.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Under House Bill 3116, ungraded eggs could be sold at Oregon roadside stands, farmers' markets and other direct marketing venues as long as they're labeled as such and are examined with a candling light for inner defects.
March 28, 2017

Bill would remove Oregon egg-grading requirement

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
It's illegal to sell ungraded eggs to consumers in Oregon. A House bill would reconcile the statute with common practice.

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Natalie Hval has filed a civil rights complaint against Portland Public Schools over its decision to deny her son Nate's entry into a gifted school, which she believes is due to his disability.
Mar 28, 2017

Portland schools struggle to find way to handle complaints

by Shasta Kearns Moore
In the first of a three-part series, we hear from people who take their complaints all the way to the top and still don't get satisfaction.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: LYNDSEY HEWITT - The proposed historic district in Eastmoreland would affect about 1,271 homes. Those opposed have through early July to submit notarized objections, when the National Parks Service is expected to make its final decision.
Mar 28, 2017

Historic districts in conflict with moves to boost density

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Eastmoreland pushes for designation to avoid more residential demolition and infill projects; other neighborhoods may, too.
Mar 28, 2017

City Hall Update: Portland officially decreed a Sanctuary City

by Jim Redden
City bureaus will train employees what to do if immigration enfocrcement officers approach them.
CCSO - A Woodburn man died Saturday night when his car rolled after crashing on Kropf Road near Molalla.
Mar 27, 2017

20-year old man dies in Molalla crash

by Peggy Savage
A Woodburn man died Saturday evening when his vehicle rolled over on Kropf Road near Molalla
Mar 27, 2017

Wheeler denounces federal crackdown on sancutary cities like…

by Jim Redden
Mayor defends young immigrant reportedly arrested Sunday as 'respected member of community.'
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sgt. Jason Goodding was shot and killed in Seaside on Feb. 5, 2016, by Seaside resident Phil Ferry. He grew up in Sherwood.
Mar 27, 2017

Defendant linked to gun used to kill Seaside police sergeant…

by Pamplin Media Group
Jamie Lee Jones is believed to have once possessed the gun used by Phil Ferry to kill Seaside Sgt. Jason Goodding
Mar 27, 2017

Lawmakers consider sharing cost of Portland traffic bottlenecks

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The proposal is one a legislative committee is considering for a transportation package this session.
COURTESY PHOTO: NEVER GIVE UP! FILM - Lawyer Minoru Yasui, shown here during the 1980s in his cluttered Denver office, fought for civil rights as World War II military orders forced thousands of Japanese-Americans into internment camps.
Mar 27, 2017

Min Yasui's fateful 1942 walk, Senate resolution echo in tense…

by Kevin Harden
UPDATE: House unanimously adopts SCR 14. Documentary about Portland lawyer's fight for rights premieres in Salem Tuesday evening.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - Multnomah County has received a $10 million offer for the Wapato Jail.
Mar 27, 2017

New $10 million offer for Wapato could signal a data center

by Nick Budnick
Current county officials, who inherited the never-used jail property from past county officials, have been eager to sell it. But they have resisted the idea that it be turned into a homeless…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Len Reed will be the new principal at Kraxberger Middle School.
Mar 27, 2017

Gladstone hires new middle school principal

by The Clackamas Review
Portland Public Schools' Len Reed will be the new principal at Kraxberger Middle School
COURTESY PHOTO - Lorrine and Leonard Shipley were a fun-loving couple, according to their daughter, Linda Kintz. Married in 1943, their romance lasted 74 years before they died a day apart March 13 and 14.
Mar 26, 2017

Together 74 years, Forest Grove couple dies a day apart

by Nancy Townsley/Forest Grove News Times
'They were a wonderful couple. They had a good life - I'm happy for them.'
COURTESY ACLU - Rodriguez Dominguez
Mar 26, 2017

Rights groups say Portland area 'Dreamer' picked up by ICE

by Jim Redden
Rodriguez Dominguez, 25, is connected to Portland and Gresham. He was reportedly taken from his Portland home Sunday morning after entering DUI diversion program last December.
Mar 26, 2017

Socially responsible investing policy heads to City Council

by Jim Redden
Resolution does not include any of the corporations that became controversial late last year.
PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION - Signs have been placed warning the Eastbank Esplanade is closed because of high river levels.
Mar 26, 2017

Eastbank Esplanade closed because of high river level

by Jim Redden
Heavy rains have swollen the Willamette River and made passage on the floating portion of the walkway unsafe.
Mar 26, 2017

Teenager wounded in shooting near airport

by Jim Redden
Gang Enforcement Team investigating late Saturday incident at Residence Inn Marriott Hotel.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Minnesota Timberwolves try to stop Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum.
Mar 25, 2017

Blazers hit stride, and lots of shots

by Kerry Eggers
McCollum gets 32 points on just 13 shots as Portland pounds Minnesota
PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Naseria Monique Thomas, left, 17, and her son, Davon Donaldson, 4 months, have gone missing. The photos provided are from Snapchat and are distorted.
Mar 25, 2017

Police ask for help locating missing 17-year-old girl and…

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland Police are searching for Naseria Monique Thomas and son, Davon Donaldson, last seen around 162nd Avenue and East Burnside Street.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland Chief Mike Marshman is on leave while under investigation. He is shown flanked by former Mayor Charlie Hales last July when he was elevated to be Portland's top cop.
Mar 24, 2017

Portland police Chief Mike Marshman and assistant on leave…

by Nick Budnick
UPDATE: Marshman says he respects the investigative process, no reason for probe given
Mar 23, 2017

Advocates, legislators seek more money for veteran services

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Veterans and their supporters say governor isn't meeting spirit of Measure 96 and its allocation of lottery money.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: PETER WONG - Former Gov. Barbara Roberts speaks Thursday, March 23, at the Capitol about her autobiography 'Up the Capitol Steps.'
Mar 23, 2017

Former governor criticizes U.S. Supreme Court nominee

by Peter Wong
Barbara Roberts singles out Gorsuch's opposition to death option for terminally ill patients and broad educational rights for students with disabilities; she supports both.
PHOTOS COURTESY: TYSON CAMPBELL - At Chapin Park, Paige, 7, and Nora, 3, are towed by mom Erin Campbell.
Mar 25, 2017

Oregon City addresses flooding at Chapin Park

by Raymond Rendleman
Chapin Park play area has been completely surrounded by an approximately 52-inch plastic fence
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - Mayor Ted Wheeler was enthusiuastic about the city of Portland in his State of the City speech.
Mar 24, 2017

Wheeler unveils big ideas in State of the City speech

by Jim Redden
Mayor want to address homelessness, affordable housing and the I-5 freeway along the east bank of the Willamette River.
LINKEDIN.COM - Dan Bradley
Mar 24, 2017

Oak Lodge Water Services General Manager Dan Bradley 'out of…

by Raymond Rendleman
Newspaper asks for documents explaining Bradley's absence, which would be disclosable public record under Oregon law
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Gresham Public Works employees Bruce Lucky, Jeremy Turin and Kary Moore fill potholes on Southeast Orient Drive during a recent rare sunny day.
Mar 24, 2017

After brutal winter, Gresham road repair crews go into full-on…

by Christopher Keizur
Roads: Pothole repairs dependent on weather, East Multnomah County crews say
Mar 24, 2017

Draft recommendations released for ODOT reform

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A management audit of ODOT was intended to make sure agency was prepared to handle large sums from a transportation package.